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Richard T. Greener

Larger than life

February 21, 2018, Chris Horn

Richard T. Greener’s larger-than-life story is one of academic achievement, professional success and civic service, played out mostly in the tumultuous years after the Civil War. It’s a story of firsts — in addition to being USC’s first black professor, Greener was also Harvard’s first black graduate and America’s first black diplomat to a country of white citizenry.

Freeze-dried crickets

Guess what's coming to dinner

January 25, 2018, Chris Horn

Insects are regularly consumed by an estimated 2 billion people, a practice that has its roots in culture and sometimes necessity. Law professor Marie Boyd studies the regulation of insects as food as part of her research on the Food and Drug Administration. She says insect-based food has a long way to go, both from a cultural and regulatory standpoint, in the U.S.

Russ Meekins

Remembering Russ Meekins

January 18, 2018, Chris Horn

The university community is invited to a celebration of life at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 in the My Carolina Alumni Center in memory of Russ Meekins, executive director of University Foundations who died unexpectedly Dec. 23.

ultrasound education

The curious case of Marcus Brown

January 09, 2018, Chris Horn

Marcus Brown is a fictional high school student athlete whose medical history is the centerpiece of a teaching module in anatomy and biology courses at 20 middle and high schools that participated in a joint venture with USC’s School of Medicine and the College of Education. The project gives students an interesting case study that guides them through an exploration of various physiological conditions that might have contributed to the star athlete’s untimely death.

Ben Maronites

Nothing but blue skies

January 02, 2018, Chris Horn

The forecast for Benjamin Marosites’ professional goals while attending Carolina went from “foggy” to “sunny and clear” in just one semester. The undeclared major enrolled in the geography department’s weather and climate course, which ignited his curiosity about meteorology, prompted him to change majors and helped launch his career as an emergency planner for Richland County.

Billy Buckner

Comeback win

December 12, 2017, Chris Horn

It’s been 13 years since Billy Buckner played baseball for the University of South Carolina, memorably striking out 16 batters one afternoon against Clemson and winning seven games in the 2004 season. Now, after taking several online classes and on campus, he has a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies from the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management.

karate kids

The karate kids

December 04, 2017, Chris Horn

The martial arts craze of the 1970s had hundreds of students signing up for Carolina's karate course. Many of those students including Keith Vitali and his younger brother, Steve, competed successfully in tournaments around the country, making Columbia and the University of South Carolina an important center of karate competition.

Breathe Easier

Breathe easier

October 31, 2017, Chris Horn

Just because lung cancer patients are living longer and sometimes even cured of the disease, long-term survivors of the disease often cope with distressing symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, depression and anxiety. Karen Kane McDonnell, a nursing professor in USC’s College of Nursing, plans to test an intervention to reduce their symptom burden.

Xiaoming Li

Fighting disease with data

October 25, 2017, Chris Horn

Without consistent medical supervision, HIV patients remain infectious and often have dire health outcomes. But two Arnold School of Public Health professors and an interdisciplinary team from the University of South Carolina have a plan to help reduce HIV infections in South Carolina and make medical care more responsive for those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

time travelers

Time travelers

October 03, 2017, Chris Horn

USC astronomy professor Steve Rodney and doctoral student Justin Roberts-Pierel are part of a NASA-funded project that could locate stellar explosions so far away that their light has taken more than 13 billion years to reach us. That means those stars exploded — give or take a few million years — near the dawn of time.

Dave Robbins

Nature's palette

September 27, 2017, Chris Horn

University horticulturalist Dave Robbins creates artistry in gardens — and on canvasses with paint. Check out his chalkboard art at the School of Music library this fall.

Emily Suski and Lisa Martin

Clinical approach

September 19, 2017, Chris Horn

The School of Law is launching two new legal clinics this academic year. A medicolegal clinic will team law students with medical students, medical residents and physicians to improve health outcomes for pediatric patients, while a domestic violence clinic will focus on protection, advocacy and community education.

Aramark food services

Bon appétit!

August 29, 2017, Chris Horn

USC’s new food service contract with Aramark promises to bring big changes to the campus dining scene, both in restaurant options and dining facilities.One of the highlights of the 15-year contract is $79 million in dining facility improvements and new construction


Going dark

August 20, 2017, Chris Horn

Naturalist-in-residence Rudy Mancke has never witnessed a total solar eclipse, so he’s especially looking forward to the Aug. 21 event, not only to see what’s happening in the sky but to learn how it affects the animal life he’s studied for so long


Cause and reflect

August 09, 2017, Chris Horn

An innovative program at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department aims to prevent post-traumatic stress disorder among its officers — and change the culture in law enforcement that makes it difficult to ask for help.

health center

Wellness revealed

August 01, 2017, Chris Horn

With its soothing interior colors, lush plants, comfy seating and walls of windows, the new student health center might become the next cool place for students to hang out. And if that happens, executive director of student health services Debbie Beck will be more than a little pleased.

Cold Case

Solving the cold case

May 23, 2017, Chris Horn

Established about three years ago in the Children’s Law Center with funding from the Casey Family Programs, Cold Case goes to bat for S.C. children who have lingered in foster care for years. The goal is to help them to be adopted or to establish meaningful contact with a family member or adult friend who will be there for them down the road.

Norma Frizzell

Breakthrough Star: Norma Frizzell

March 24, 2017, Chris Horn

If a key component in a car goes bad, the car won’t go for long. That’s roughly what happens in the human body when mutations and other insults disrupt the mitochondria, the essential energy-making components of human cells. Norma Frizzell has devoted much of her career to understanding how and why mitochondria go haywire and sometimes lead to fatal maladies.

adam reiss

Why the universe is accelerating

January 10, 2017, Chris Horn

Nearly 90 years ago, astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered that the universe is expanding. Now we know, thanks to research by Adam Riess and other scientists, that this cosmic expansion is speeding up. The Nobel-winning astrophysicist will explain the phenomenon of a faster-expanding universe in a Jan. 17 public lecture at Carolina.

Mindy Castles

A southern connection

January 09, 2017, Chris Horn

Mindy and Jack Castles made Beaufort, S.C., their home in retirement. So when it was time to donate Jack's extensive collection of Civil War documents, USC Beaufort was the natural selection.

inspired teaching

Inspired teaching

January 03, 2017, Chris Horn

Helping faculty members build online and blended courses is only one aspect of the Center for Teaching Excellence, an initiative the university launched 10 years ago as part of a broader effort to enhance student learning by fostering a culture of effective and innovative teaching.

WWII platoon

The day everything changed

December 06, 2016, Chris Horn

Franklin D. Roosevelt called it “a date which will live in infamy” — Dec. 7, 1941, the day Japan attacked the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor, dragging America into a cataclysmic world war and dramatically altering the course of history. For USC students like Jim Pearce, the event had personal ramifications, as the immediate effect of the Sunday morning attack changed the mood on campus from pre-holiday gaiety to frenetic patriotism.

michael dowdy

Expanding the literary canon

October 09, 2016, Chris Horn

For Michael Dowdy, there’s a familiar ring to this year’s political rhetoric about border walls and deportation of Latinos. “Latinos have a different story than most in coming to the United States and a unique perspective on the American dream,” says Dowdy, a recently appointed associate professor whose specialty is Latino literature and poetry.


An insider view

August 17, 2016, Chris Horn

From the start of their medical studies, students in the School of Medicine in Columbia begin learning to use ultrasound, which can image all major organs, as well as joints and blood vessels, at the bedside. It’s one of the school’s distinctions, being the first institution in the nation to integrate ultrasound instruction into all four years of its curriculum.

From left, Carolyn Morris, Christopher Church, Kristen Seay, Cynthia Flinn

Saving Elyse

June 14, 2016, Chris Horn

The Cold Case Project, an initiative in the Children’s Law Center, focuses on a select group of adolescents who have lingered in the S.C. foster system and are at risk for aging out of foster care without achieving legal permanency — that is, without a family. Partnering with DSS and the family courts, Cold Case staff find ways to reunite these at-risk foster children with responsible family members or to match them with a new family. With children’s lives at stake, giving up is not an option.

Ralph White, chemical engineering professor

Research leadership by the numbers

June 08, 2016, Chris Horn

Ralph White’s story could be told in numbers — journal papers published, graduate students who completed their degrees under his tutelage, or years of service as a department chair and dean and mentor and colleague. Or it could be told in international honors. Whatever the case, it's easy to see why he is a recipient of the 2016 Leadership in Research Award.

Harvie Nachlinger

Last call

May 04, 2016, Chris Horn

Carolina is one of the few large public universities that still announces each graduate by name at its commencement ceremonies, even as the number of graduates has increased dramatically in recent years. For Harvie Nachlinger, it’s just a matter of speed and diction to enunciate each student's name.

Florence med school campus

Side by side

April 12, 2016, Chris Horn

It’s probably not a record, but third-year medical student Dustin Rawlinson still marvels at how much experience he got in his recent obstetrics rotation — delivering 20 babies in two weeks. Rawlinson is among the inaugural cohort of M-III students at the School of Medicine’s Florence regional campus, and they and the other M-IIIs are getting a full dose of hands-on learning.

Stranded boat after Hurricane Katrina

Earth, wind and fire

February 15, 2016, Chris Horn

If it's a disaster, whether natural or manmade, the Hazards and Vulnerabilities Research Lab at the University of South Carolina has probably considered the ramifications of it from every angle. It's what they do — studying vulnerability to potential disasters across the U.S. while also interpreting data from past disasters.

Permeable concrete

Reducing the runoff

January 13, 2016, Chris Horn

When heavy rain hits hard surfaces like highways or parking lots, the resulting runoff can cause trouble — as it did three months ago during South Carolina’s historic flooding. But what if those hard surfaces allowed some of the water to soak through to the ground underneath? That’s the concept behind civil engineering senior Fedora Nwachukwu’s independent project through the Sustainable Carolina initiative.

SOCO shared work environment

Start me up

January 12, 2016, Chris Horn

Columbia’s start-up culture is getting hotter, and Carolina is helping fan the entrepreneurial flames. Incubating companies is only part of the start-up equation. There’s a thriving entrepreneurial vibe now among students — enrollment in entrepreneurship classes has doubled and membership in the Entrepreneurship Club is at an all-time high — and the university has built an ecosystem on campus to foster that interest.

Lost and found

October 27, 2015, Chris Horn

Students often separate education from ‘real life’,” says Irma Van Scoy, director of USC Connect. “We try to help students connect the dots, to understand that the things they do outside of the classroom — service projects, research and internships, for example — can be transformational experiences that dovetail with their formal education.

The Savannah runs through it

August 24, 2015, Chris Horn

A cursory reading of the synopsis of “Jacob Jump,” Eric Morris’ just-published first novel, might prompt comparisons with James Dickey’s “Deliverance.” Both stories involve ill-fated boating trips on rivers, but the similarities end there.

HRSM Dean Haemoon Oh

Running toward excellence

August 17, 2015, Chris Horn

Haemoon Oh, the newly appointed dean in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, has hit the ground running — in every sense of the word — at Carolina.

Gabrielle Olexa

First-person narrator

August 10, 2015, Chris Horn

In a perfect world, all of Gabrielle Olexa’s neighbors would own cats and drive whisper-quiet electric cars. None of those things happens, of course, which is why Olexa’s budding career as an audio book narrator hits the pause button whenever the noise level spikes outside her home recording studio.

Sarah Leverette, a 1943 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, enjoyed a long and productive legal career, even serving as the law school's first female faculty member.

Unlocking the law

August 04, 2015, Chris Horn

Sarah Leverette, a 1943 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, enjoyed a long and productive legal career, even serving as the law school's first female faculty member. Now the alumna is giving back, establishing a scholarship in memory of her parents and with a memorial gift to the Children's law Center in honor of her colleague Beverly Lovejoy Boyer.

Patti Marinelli and her new Spanish textbook, Conectados

The Spanish Connection

August 03, 2015, Chris Horn

Patti Marinelli has helped create what she thinks is a great textbook and online curriculum for teaching Spanish. But you don’t have to take her word for it. A pilot study conducted at Carolina confirmed that "Conectados” helped students learn to write and speak Spanish better .

Del Maticic, 2015 Honors College graduate

Making order of a classical education

July 27, 2015, Chris Horn

The ancient Greek word "kosmos" has to do with order and achievement — which nicely describes the academic prowess of Del Maticic, a 2015 Classics and history graduate of the Honors College.

Ke Ke Fuller

Keeping Ke Ke's legacy alive

July 17, 2015, Chris Horn

KeKe Fuller was never your average little girl. Instead of a play kitchen, her playroom was set up like a doctor’s office where she wore scrubs and a surgical mask. But all of that precociousness and childhood energy disappeared in 2013.

William Welsh, Critical Languages Scholar

Total immersion

July 13, 2015, Chris Horn

William Welsh is spending the summer in a country he’s never visited before, immersing himself in a language with which he’s had only limited exposure. He couldn’t be happier.

Carli Cochran and Garrett Abernethy


June 29, 2015, Chris Horn

From 55 yards away, a five-inch yellow circle appears miniscule. But that little circle is plenty big enough for archery champions Garrett Abernethy and Carli Cochran, who can consistently drive one arrow after another into the bull's-eye.

Lily Gullion

Game theory

June 22, 2015, Chris Horn

Lily Gullion had a passion for helping children with disabilities when she came to Carolina, and it’s taken the exercise science junior all the way to the Netherlands this summer for an intensive research project.

Bakery items from Silver Spoon Bake Shop

Early to rise

June 15, 2015, Chris Horn

There are two constants in Erin Noble’s life, but she’s not really wild about the first one — waking up every day before 5 a.m. to start the ovens at Silver Spoon Bake Shop.

Coy Gibson, left, and James Armstrong, both '14 graduates of Carolina, on the Way of St. James.

Journey of 500 miles

June 08, 2015, Chris Horn

Coy Gibson and James Armstrong, both 2014 Carolina graduates, are in the middle of a 500-mile journey on foot across northern Spain called El Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James.

Steven Gantt’s great-grandmother and Bryant White’s grandfather are no longer around — but the commitment they inspired to giving back would make them both proud.

Inspired to give

May 25, 2015, Chris Horn

Steven Gantt’s great-grandmother and Bryant White’s grandfather are no longer around — but the commitment they inspired to giving back would make them both proud.

Melonee Ginn Mattie, 2015 Milken Educator Award

The 'Oscar' winner of Hampton County

May 18, 2015, Chris Horn

There are newer school buildings in more affluent school districts in South Carolina, but Hampton Elementary School has something this year that’s the envy of them all. Her name is Melonee Ginn Mattie, a fifth-grade teacher whose commitment to educational excellence netted her the 2015 Milken Educator Award, the only one given in the Palmetto State.

Brynley Farr, founder of the Columbia-based boutique letterpress printing company ByFarr, adds a vintage touch to modern design.

Better by Farr

May 15, 2015, Chris Horn

Alumni Brynley and Chris Farr are the cofounders ByFarr, a Columbia-based boutique letterpress printing company. The company uses vintage equipment to create modern designs for a variety of clients.

Making manga.

Making manga at Carolina

May 11, 2015, Chris Horn

Along with learning how to tell stories, several of Northrop Davis’ former students are writing the beginning chapters of their own successful careers — in TV, the animation industry and the popular Japanese artform of manga. Their success stems from a mixture of talent and personal mentoring from a professor whose contacts have helped open doors.

James Wilton Holiday

May 04, 2015, Chris Horn

James Wilton Holiday never doubted he would earn a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina. Not when he struggled in his first year of studies. Not when a car accident nearly ended his life, and not when he missed three consecutive semesters.

James Wilton Holiday

Engineering a comeback

May 04, 2015, Chris Horn

James Wilton Holiday never doubted he would earn a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina. Not when he struggled in his first year of studies. Not when a car accident nearly ended his life, and not when he missed three consecutive semesters.