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Vincent Connors Co-Authors Paper for Compartive Parasitology

March 11, 2014 at 12:00 am

Connors VincentDr. Vincent A. Connors, professor of Biology, has co-authored a paper for “Comparative Parasitology,” titled “Distribution of Kudoa inornata Plasmodia in the Musculature of its Host, the Spotted Seatrout Cynoscion nebulosus,” with Sharamie Ware and William A. Roumillat.

The article is published in Volume 81, pages 10-14.

Connors is also the executive editor of “Comparative Parasitology,” which is one of the leading journals in the field of parasitology and serves as a venue for the publication and dissemination of information on the classification, pathology, evolution, and ecology of primarily non-human parasites and parasitic diseases.

Jim Charles, English Education, Presents Paper at Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

February 25, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Charles JimJim Charles, English Education, presented a paper titled “Things Change; Things Remain the Same: Johnny Depp, Tonto, and Disney’s The Lone Ranger,” at the 35th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference held Feb. 22, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM.

Dr. Bernard Omolo, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Mathematics, Has Co-Authored A Paper on “Development of DNA Damage”

February 25, 2014 at 7:04 am

Omolo Bernard 2013Dr. Bernard Omolo has co-authored a paper entitled “Development of DNA Damage Response Signaling Biomarkers” in the Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry.

An abstract of the paper is available online in PuBMed (

Dr. Omolo is an associate professor and assistant chair of the division of mathematics and computer science.

Upstate’s Colleen O’Brien Included Among Featured Scholars

November 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Colleen O’Brien,  an assistant professor of Early American Literature at USC Upstate, is included among the November “Featured Scholars” on the USC Office of Research website.

O’Brien’s first book, “Race, Romance and Rebellion: Literature of the Americas in the Nineteenth Century,” was released Sept. 27.

The Office of Research seeks to support faculty excellence in research, creative activities and other scholarly pursuits across the University’s diverse schools, colleges and campuses.

Associate Professor Hightower Continues Service on School Board

November 20, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Mary Lou Hightower, associate professor of art education in the department of Fine Arts and Communication Studies at USC Upstate, was re-elected to the Spartanburg School District Six Board of Trustees.

This is Hightower’s fourth term serving on the school board.

“It has been my pleasure to be able to serve on the school board for the past 12 years and I am thrilled to be able to work for the children of this great district again,” Hightower said. “As a retired teacher of 30 years with District Six and now an associate professor at USC Upstate, I feel that it is my duty to give back to the district that I had the privilege to teaching in during my career in the public schools.”

Gilbert, Retired Faculty Member, Author Textbook

November 11, 2013 at 8:21 am

Elements of Modern Algebra

A textbook authored by Dr. Linda (Gilbert) Saucier, a distinguished professor emerita of Mathematics and Computer Science at USC Upstate, will be released next month.

The eighth edition of “Elements of Modern Algebra” features a 2015 copyright date and USC Upstate is listed as the affiliation on the title page.

The book has a user-friendly format, that will help to provide tools needed to succeed in algebra and to move on to higher levels of mathematics.


McConnell Awarded Artist Residency at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center

October 31, 2013 at 4:00 pm

English professor Thomas McConnell, College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded an artist residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska to continue work on a novel-in-progress titled “The Traveler’s Scroll.”

An excerpt from the manuscript won the Hackney National Short Story Competition earlier this year and appears in the Fall 2013 issue of the Birmingham Arts Journal.

Last month another work won second prize in the Porter Fleming Award for the Essay, an annual competition for Southeasterner writers.

Dr. Colleen O’Brien, Associate Professor of English, Releases Book Exploring Race, Gender-Based Rights

September 25, 2013 at 1:26 pm

In “Race, Romance and Rebellion: Literatures of the Americas in the Nineteenth Century,” University of South Carolina Upstate professor Dr. Colleen O’Brien presents her first book and delves into the intricacies of territorial expansion, freedoms, and disenfranchised groups in the nineteenth century Americas.

Scheduled for release on September 27, this book explores the enigma of race and gender-based rights during an era of conflicting portrayals of American history and the hemispheric developments transpiring at that time, in particular those that united the
United States with Africa, Cuba and other parts of the Caribbean.

“I don’t just look at the U.S. or U.S. citizens,” O’Brien noted. “I consider the interrelationships between different parts of the Americas and different groups, many of whom were disenfranchised. Images of violent slave insurrection repeatedly coincide with stories of interracial romance, both in cautionary tales that depict the revolution as a gothic nightmare and in reform literature that idealizes and romanticizes race relations.”

A cultural historian, literary scholar and associate professor of English, O’Brien presents a compelling look at how transnational print cultures consistently flashed back to moments of domestic controversy over race, gender and rights. Her extensive research and review of official documents and histories, such as speeches given in the U.S. legislature, as well as newspaper reports, private letters, novels and narratives by people whose voice wasn’t part of the public record otherwise, reveal a common concern: a future in which romance and rebellion engender radical social and political transformation.

“I chose this topic because the process of freedom is ongoing, not guaranteed,” she said. “There are pervasive issues of human rights in the United States and throughout the world today that I think can be traced back to the founding of the United States and the Colonial era, in general.”

“Race, Romance and Rebellion: Literatures of the Americas in the Nineteenth Century” is published by University of Virginia Press and the Mellon American Literatures initiative.

For more information, contact Dr. Colleen O’Brien at (864) 503-5678 or

Bryan Hiott awarded first place at annual art competition

September 20, 2013 at 11:45 am

Bryan Hiott, an adjunct Art History instructor, was awarded first place in the first Juried Art Exhibition  sponsored by Spartanburg County Public Libraries.

The competition was judged by Will South, chief curator of the Columbia Museum of Art.

Hiott’s work will be displayed through Sept. 27.

Works of art by Jane Nodine displayed

September 20, 2013 at 11:36 am

Works of art by Jane Nodine, assistant chair and professor in the Fine Arts and Communications Studies, will be on exhibit through Oct. 20 at Riverworks Gallery in downtown Greenville and at Greenville Technical College’s greer campus.

Her collection, “Thermal Response,” consists of paintings and prints that use beeswax as a primary medium. The ancient technique of encaustic or hot wax, is a mixture of beeswax and resin that has a long history of applications dating to the Fayum portraits of 100 AD.

Nodine’s work takes a magnified look at surfaces and patterns in nature.

Nodine currently has works displayed at the Spartanburg Art Musuem and has an installation of encaustic prints on view in the 40th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Spartanburg Artist Guild.

Her artwork was recently featured in an exhibit titled, “Radiant,” at East Tennessee State University’s Slocumb Galleries in Johnson City, Tenn.