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Poet laureate pens verse for USC »

Poetry has always been ingrained in Jennifer Bartell Boykin’s life, and it has followed her through adventures as a student, a journalist, a teacher, an advisor and more. Now, it’s empowering her as Columbia’s new poet laureate.

  • The Columbia poet laureate position was established in 2014 by a city resolution to “encourage appreciation and dissemination of poetry in Columbia.”
  • An English teacher at Spring Valley High School, Boykin received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2014 from USC.
  • Her love of literacy — and of sharing the written word with her own kids during treks to the local library — brought her back to the university again in 2022 for the online Master of Library and Information Science program at the School of Information Science.
Learn more about Columbia's new poet laureate Jennifer Bartell Boykin.
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Looking back at Staley's first Gamecock NCAA tournament team »

Expectations are once again high as South Carolina starts play in the 2023 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament on Friday (March 17) as the No. 1 overall seed.
  • It wasn’t that long ago that getting back to the NCAA Tournament was something new for the program.
  • The Gamecocks made their first NCAA Tournament appearance under Dawn Staley in her fourth season at South Carolina in 2012 after the program hadn’t been to the tournament since 2003.

Read more about Dawn Staley's first trip to the NCAA as the Gamecocks head coach.

Meet university staff who work like dogs »

Meet George and Louie — no, they are not members of the royal family — but they, along with Sunny and Timber, are among the working dogs on campus.
  • Their goal? To do what dogs do best: spread paw-sitivity. (Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves.)

Meet four of the campus canines and their humans who improve life at USC.

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


“Hypertension research could yield advancements in CVD prevention” (feat. R. Clinton Webb, Director of the Cardiovascular Translational Research Center)
“Strong support for CBT as first-line treatment for insomnia in seniors” (feat. Shilpa Srinivasan, neuropsychiatry and behavioral science)
“Will you be able to afford home insurance when you retire?” (feat. Robert Hartwig, finance)

“Commentary: We’ve learned to control smoking. Will we ever control obesity?” (feat. Emerson Smith, internal medicine) 
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Monirosadat Sadati and Nader Taheri-Qazvini, chemical engineering, and Guoan Wang, electrical engineering, authored “Tuning the Self-Assembled Morphology of Ti3C2Tx MXene-Based Hybrids for High-Performance Electromagnetic Interference Shielding” in Applied Materials & Interfaces.
Ron Prinz, Research Center for Child Well-Being, co-authored “Prevention Science and Health Equity: A Comprehensive Framework for Preventing Health Inequities and Disparities Associated with Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class” in Prevention Science.
Allison Swenney, nursing, will receive the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research’s Early-Stage Investigator Award at the upcoming Annual Meeting in June 2023.
Jan Ostermann, health services policy and management, has been awarded $375,000 from the National Institutes of Health’s Fogerty International Center to test the effectiveness of a new approach to increasing HIV testing rates in Tanzania.

Spring flower arranging class »

Learn to mix spring colors to make a bouquet at a floral design class offered 6-8 p.m. April 6.

  • This class will use yellow, creams and blues to make an arrangement. A clear glass vase and all other supplies will be provided.

Use the code FACSTAFF when registering to save 10 percent on the $60 class fee.

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