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Backbone and brick »

As a tribute to the women featured in the student-produced documentary The Backbone, USC’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion installed 18 personalized bricks on the Horseshoe last month.

  • Produced by 2022 Honors College graduate and former student body vice president Hannah White, The Backbone tells the university’s history through the eyes of the Black women who lived it over the past seven decades.
  • Honorees include former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, who died in 2022, and Gamecock Women’s Basketball standout Markeshia Grant.

Read more about the Black alumnae whose stories are commemorated on the Horseshoe.

Student finds his path through internship in Germany »

Jahleel Johnson has spent the past year studying and interning in Germany through the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals Program. This program is designed to encourage cultural exchange between American and German participants and emphasizes language training, community service and internships.

  • Johnson, a political science and German double major, is interested in pursuing international relations and was eager for the opportunity to pursue work with the German government.
  • He is currently living and working in Berlin, where he is an intern with the German Christian Democratic Party.
  • Johnson’s time in Berlin has reaffirmed his interest in working internationally and is encouraging him to apply for other fellowships abroad.

Read more about Johnson’s experiences abroad.

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Computer science professor has international background »

Christian O’Reilly, a faculty member at the University of South Carolina’s Artificial Intelligence Institute and an assistant professor in computer science and engineering, had extensive international experiences before arriving in Columbia in 2021.

  • O'Reilly worked in Switzerland on the internationally renowned Blue Brain Project and was postdoctoral fellow in Canada at the University of Montreal and McGill University.
  • He has also completed research in identifying brain differences between neurotypical people and individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder

Learn more about computer science faculty member Christian O'Reilly.

Recognizing teachers who challenge, inspire »

Students often express their gratitude toward instructors who have a profound impact on their learning experiences here at USC, and last fall, the Center for Teaching Excellence gave them a way to do that more formally.

  • The "Thank a Teacher" program received 451 notes of gratitude last fall recognizing 316 faculty members and teaching assistants from 12 colleges and schools, University 101 Programs and the Palmetto College campuses.

Learn more about the Thank a Teacher program.

graphic with a trophy and the words: Do you know a remarkable Gamecock 2023 alumni awards nominate today


“Cat owners are more cautious consumers than dog owners” (feat. Xiaojing Yang, marketing)
Harvard Business Review
“These city leaders continue to dodge accountability. They went from refusal to silence.” (feat. Eric Robinson, media law)
The Sun News
“South Carolina task force reveals teacher vacancies continue to rise in the state” (feat. Barnett Berry, educational studies)
“Federal managers and recruiters, take note: Salaries may stay way behind inflation’s spiral” (feat. John T. Addison, economics)
Government Executive


Fengrui Jing, Zhenlong Li, Shan Qiao, Jiajia Zhang, Bankole Olatosi, Xiaoming Li, Big Data Health Science Center, authored “Investigating the relationships between concentrated disadvantage, place connectivity, and COVID-19 fatality in the United States over time” in BMC Public Health
Sarah Gareau and Ana Lòpez-De Fede, social work and Institute for Families in Society, presented “Association between COVID-19 and adverse birth outcomes among pregnant women in South Carolina during the first year of the pandemic” at the 2022 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo in Boston.

Henry Tran, David Martinez, Mazen Aziz, education, and others published “Of Coalition and Resistance in Abbeville vs. South Carolina: A Policy Regimes Analysis” in Educational Studies.
Yeomin Yoon, civil and environmental engineering, authored “Hydrophobic sulfur core–shell layered metallic iron for nitrate reduction with nearly 100% dinitrogen selectivity: Mechanism and field studies” in the Chemical Engineering Journal.
Sudha Xirasagar, health services policy and management, authored “Association of Fabry Disease with Hearing Loss, Tinnitus, and Sudden Hearing Loss: A Nationwide Population-Based Study” in the Journal of Clinical Medicine.
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Student art exhibition awards »

The School of Visual Art and Design will hold the closing reception and awards ceremony for the 68th annual Juried Student Exhibition on Thursday (March 16).

  • The exhibition features more than 40 works of art by more than two dozen students taking classes in School of Visual Art and Design, regardless of their major.
  • Artworks on display include painting, drawing, ceramics, jewelry and mixed media.
  • First Lady Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis, who has a master's in art history from USC, served as juror for the exhibition.

If you're going: The reception begins at 5 p.m. in McMaster Gallery and the awards ceremony starts at 5:30. Scholarships will be announced for three undergraduate student artists and three graduate students.

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