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Unlocking the mysteries of the mind »

South Carolina residents are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s, dementia and stroke, and USC is working to improve health care outcomes for residents impacted by these conditions.

Wide-ranging research: University researchers are working across several academic disciplines to better understand how the brain works and to develop effective treatments.

Future focus: The university’s health science campus in Columbia’s BullStreet District will include an emphasis on brain health. Long-term plans include an expanded McCausland Center for Brain Imaging and a rural brain health network to meet the needs of underserved areas of the state.

What they’re saying: “The concept is simple. By combining the unique expertise, skills and perspectives of scholars at the top of their various fields and bringing them together in cutting-edge facilities with state-of-the-art tools and spaces to collaborate, innovation emerges almost as a natural consequence.” — Julius Fridriksson, vice president for research

Learn how USC’s neuroscience research offers hope for a range of conditions.

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Construction kicks off in USC–LMC nursing partnership »

The University of South Carolina and Lexington Medical Center broke ground Tuesday (Feb. 21) on a new 52,000-square-foot state-of-the-art nursing simulation center and teaching space on the hospital campus. The facility is expected to open in fall 2024.
Why it matters

  • Registered nurses are crucial to health care, but they’re in short supply — especially in South Carolina, which has one of the fewest number of nurses per capita in the U.S.
  • The College of Nursing graduates roughly 220 nurses from the Columbia campus each year. With this new space, the university will be able to graduate 400 nurses per year. 

What they’re saying: “This partnership with Lexington Medical Center will provide advanced clinical training for our nursing students in a state-of-the-art learning environment,” University of South Carolina President Michael Amiridis said. “It demonstrates the commitment of our combined leadership to work together to improve health care and patient outcomes in the Midlands and across the state.”

Learn more about the USC-Lexington Medical partnership.

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Podcast: We hail thee, Carolina! »

For more than 110 years, USC alumni and students have been singing the university alma mater — 'We hail theee, Carolina!'

But what, exactly, is an alma mater and how did USC end up with one?

Listen to the Remembering the Days podcast to learn more about the alma mater.

USC aids effort to expand S.C. broadband

The University of South Carolina is teaming up with the Broadband Office in the Office of Regulatory Staff to help expand access to and adoption of broadband throughout the state.

The problem: An estimated 450,000 South Carolinians lack broadband access.

What’s happening: Gov. Henry McMaster and U.S. Rep. James Clyburn launched the Get Connected SC program Tuesday (Feb. 21) at the State House.

USC’s role: The College of Education, Arnold School of Public Health and School of Medicine Greenville have developed a statewide Better Internet Survey and are working with public, private and nonprofit partners to assist in the broadband expansion effort.

Take the survey.

South Main streetscaping construction narrows street to 2 lanes starting Feb. 23 »

A groundbreaking ceremony Thursday (Feb. 23) will mark the beginning of the South Main Street project. Spanning from the State House at Pendleton Street to Blossom Street, utility lines will be buried as part of the project.

  • Four lanes of traffic will be narrowed to two lanes.
  • Street parking will be closed for the two-year project. 
  • Road intersections on the western side of South Main will occasionally be closed to traffic when needed.
Visit the project website for updates.
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“As the pandemic swept America, deaths in prisons rose nearly 50 percent” (feat. Hayden Smith, criminal justice)
The New York Times
“With Black Power’s rise, a turbulent shift in the civil rights movement” (feat. Patricia Sullivan, history)
The Washington Post
“If ‘self-driving’ Teslas are defective, why are regulators letting them stay on the road?” (feat. Bryant Walker Smith, law)
Los Angeles Times
“Pastor Nikki Haley idolizes is covered in controversy” (feat. Kirk Randazzo, political science)
“COVID-19 deaths remain high in SC despite falling case counts” (feat. Helmut Albrecht, internal medicine)
The Post and Courier
“FDA advisors endorse moving Naloxone over the counter” (feat. Jordan Marie Ballou, clinical pharmacy)
MedPage Today
“How award-winning poet Nikky Finney is bringing new life to her community” (feat. Nikky Finney, English language and literature)
PBS NewsHour


Reitmeier and Samuel Bethel, social work, presented Healthcare Professionals Attitudes Toward Social Workers As Integrated Care Providers” at the 2023 Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ. 

Henry Tran, education, and others published “Embracing the Future of Education Work with Talent Centered Education Leadership” in the Journal of Education Human Resources.
Nansi Boghossian, Jihong Liu, epidemiology and biostatistics, and Mark Sarzynski, exercise science, authored “Metabolome-Wide Associations of Gestational Weight Gain in Pregnant Women with Overweight and Obesity” in Metabolites.

Speaker focuses on health, well-being of Black families »

The Research Center for Child Well-Being will host Iheoma U. Iruka at its next Distinguished Speaker Series, which begins at noon March 3.

  • Iruka, UNC Chapel Hill public policy research professor and the founding director of the Equity Research Action Coalition, will speak about protecting and promoting the well-being of Black families.
Learn more about the event, which will be both in-person at 1400 Pickens St. and available via Zoom. In-person attendees can register for a boxed lunch.

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