USC Upstate Faculty Focus

Recent presentation by John Riley, associate professor of Physics

September 20, 2013 at 11:17 am

John Riley, associate professor of Physics in the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering at the University of South Carolina Upstate, presented “Using Interactive Object Movies of Flower Dissection to Visualize Botanical Structure, during the International Virtual Reality Photography Association’s June meeting in Selfoss, Iceland.

The talk was co-authored by Dr. Ben Montgomery.

McConnell wins 2013 Fiction Fellowship prize

August 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm

The South Carolina Academy of Authors is very pleased to announce Thomas McConnell, professor of English at the University of South CarolinaUpstate, is the 2013 Fiction Fellowship winner. McConnell’s manuscript, “How We Live Now,” was chosen by this year’s judge, Florida novelist Mary Robinson.

McConnell’s story was selected from 25 submissions. In choosing the winner, Robinson commented that “How We Live Now” is a work of quality and depth, humor and heartbreak. On every page, the details and rhythms of speech are attended to with genius. It was far and away my favorite, and certainly wins the prize.”

The Academy wishes to congratulate McConnell, winner of the second annual Fiction Fellowship, and to thank all of those who participated in the competition. McConnell will receive a $1,000.00 prize at a special brunch held in conjunction with the Academy’s annual induction ceremony. This year’s ceremony will be at the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library of the University of South Carolina in Columbiaon April27 when Jack Bass, Nikky Finney, Terrance Hayes and Eugene Robinson will be inducted into the state’s literary hall of fame.

The submission period for the 2014 Fiction Fellowship will open next autumn.

Parker elected president of SCPSAC

June 27, 2013 at 11:17 am

Dr. Jennifer Parker has been elected to serve as the 2013-2014 president of the South Carolina Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (SCPSAC). Dr. Parker is the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of psychology at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She is the founder and the director of the Center for Child Advocacy Studies at the university.

SCPSAC is a private, non-profit, interdisciplinary society for professionals working in the field of child abuse and neglect.

SCPSAC’s major goal is to promote effective interdisciplinary coordination and practice among the social workers, physicians, psychologists, researchers, attorneys, law enforcement officers, nurses, judges, educators, and many other professionals who respond to child maltreatment.

The South Carolina Professional Society on the Abuse of Children is a regional chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). Membership is comprised of individuals or organizations engaged in various aspects of addressing child abuse with abused children, their families, adults abused as children and/or offending individuals. Members include social workers, therapists, lawyers, doctors, researchers, counselors and teachers.

Omolo receives Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians

April 16, 2013 at 6:37 am

Bernard Omolo has been awarded a research grant in the amount of $35,000 by the Simons Foundation’s Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences. The grant, known as the Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians, will provide $5,000 per year for his collaboration, travel and research expenses, plus $ 1,000 per year in discretionary funds for the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at USC Upstate to enhance the research atmosphere within the division through seminars/colloquia support. In addition, the grant will pay $1,000 per year in indirect costs to the University of South Carolina, for the next five years (September 2013-August 2018). Omolo is an associate professor of mathematics.

Neary to present at European Sociological Association 2013 Conference

April 15, 2013 at 9:43 am

Brigitte Neary’s abstract, titled “Grobalization: The Case of Heidelberg, Germany,” has been accepted for presentation at the European Sociological Association 2013 Conference in Torino, Italy. The conference is called “Crisis, Critique and Change,” and will take place August 28-31, 2013. Hers was one of 4,000 submissions. Neary is a professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Women’s Studies.

June Carter elected president of SCOLT

April 15, 2013 at 9:17 am

June C. D. Carter, professor of Spanish and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence was elected president of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) at the annual conference on April 11-13, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala.  SCOLT is a 14-state non-profit organization serving world language professionals in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The mission of SCOLT is the advancement of modern and classical languages and their literatures and cultures at all levels of instruction.

Omolo to contribute to research projects at Strathmore University in Kenya

April 11, 2013 at 10:32 am

Bernard Omolo has been invited to visit the Centre for Applied Research in Mathematical Sciences (CARMS), Strathmore University, Kenya, under the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Visiting Scholar Programme. ICTP has generously granted a total of Euro 4,500 to partially cover his travel for three visits, each lasting at least one calendar month, over the next three years (2013-16). During the visit, he will be involved in  current research projects and new research initiatives at CARMS and help with capacity building. For more information about the scientific programs at ICTP, visit the ICTP website. Omolo is an associate professor of mathematics in the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science at USC Upstate.

The Last Balladeer nominated for Jazz Book of the Year

April 4, 2013 at 11:12 am

Gregg Akkerman’s book, The Last Balladeer: The Johnny Hartman Story (Scarecrow Press, 2012), has been nominated as “Jazz Book of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association. Nominees were chosen by the votes of the professional journalist members of the Jazz Journalists Association and made on the basis of work done in calendar year 2012. Winners will be announced May 1. More information is available online on the Jazz Journalists Association website. Akkerman is the director of the Jazz Studies program and an associate professor of music in the Fine Arts and Communication Studies Department at USC Upstate.

Ben Montgomery publishes article in journal Biological Invasions

March 19, 2013 at 7:42 am

Shi-Guo Sun, Benjamin R. Montgomery, and Bo Li.  Contrasting effects of plant invasion on pollination of two native species with similar morphologies. Biological Invasions. DOI 10.1007/s10530-013-0440-0
Online:  http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10530-013-0440-0/fulltext.html
Montgomery is an assistant professor of biology in the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering.

Jennings’ article to be published in journal Fat Studies

March 15, 2013 at 8:14 am

Laura Jennings will have an article titled “Visual Representation of Fatness and Health in High School Health Texts” published in the journal Fat Studies volume 3(1) that will appear in early 2014. Jennings is an assistant professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Women’s Studies.