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Character Counts - UofSC News & Events - @UofSC

Posted: 18 Dec 2020 02:27 PM PST

It's been a year. Full stop. 

But that doesn't mean there wasn't plenty to celebrate, recognize and honor at the University of South Carolina in 2020. There was. And there's even more to look forward to in 2021.

Whether we were developing innovative instruction strategies and aggressive testing protocols to confront the coronavirus, whether we were making our voices heard on social justice issues or proving our mettle, yet again, on campus and in the community, UofSC rose to each and every challenge this year and raised the bar for the year to come.

We welcomed new leadership, including provost and executive vice president for academic affairs William Tate; vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion Julian Williams; law school dean William Hubbard; and vice president for communications Larry Thomas. 

We also announced a new vice president for development, Monica Delisa, who will begin in January 2021, and a new head football coach, Shane Beamer, who will lead the Gamecocks onto the field at Williams-Brice next fall.

And we adjusted to the new normal. We taught courses, conducted research and pursued scholarship at a time when it might have been easier to wait and see. We opened new classrooms, offices and labs. We built new partnerships and strengthened existing ones. We played sports, and we cheered. 

Of course, we had good reason, and not just on the field. Check out the rankings: best public university first-year experience, best international business programs (graduate and undergraduate), four Top 5 and twelve Top 25 graduate programs, all according to U.S. News & World Report. In all, we now boast 56 nationally ranked academic programs, more than any other university in the state. 

Meanwhile, Inside Honors named the South Carolina Honors College tops among public honors colleges nationwide, the Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments ranked the university's sports sciences programs No. 1 in the U.S. for the fourth year running, and the Department of Defense recognized our Navy ROTC program, which turned 80 in 2020, as the best in the nation.

No surprise, we're one of the fastest-growing flagship university's in the country. At the Columbia campus alone, we minted 7,288 new graduates in the spring and opened our doors to 7,750 new students in the fall. To prepare for the next chapter, we also unveiled a bold new strategic plan, which will guide the university's growth and improvement in the years to come.

Most importantly, though, we showed what we're made of, who we are and what we can become. Challenge is opportunity waiting to happen, but it also reveals character. And in 2020, our character was our greatest strength.

COVID-19: Up to the test

When the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hit earlier this year, it was all-hands-on-deck at the University of South Carolina, where faculty and staff members, students and alumni responded in bold fashion.

Following spring break, professors moved classroom instruction online for the remainder of the spring semester, and President Caslen held the first of what would become a regular offering of virtual town hall meetings, reaching out to students, parents, faculty and staff to keep them abreast of the university's plans. The town hall meetings demonstrated Caslen's ongoing commitment to clear communication in a time of crisis and his concern for the well-being of the campus community. 

Student leaders stepped up, too. Student Government President Issy Rushton led efforts to launch I Pledge Columbia, which encourages Carolina students to adhere to best practices in COVID-19 hygiene and physical distancing to help keep Columbia safe for everyone.

1. waterbottle with #IPledgeColumbia sticker, 2. VESper ventelator component, 3. person working in a lab with test tubes, 4. COVID-19 saliva test tube at the outdoor SAFE Testing site. The coronavirus may have defined 2020, but UofSC helped define the coronavirus response. 1. The #IPledgeColumbia campaign, a collaboration between the university and City of Columbia, promoted mask wearing, social distancing and other pandemic safety protocols starting in June. 2. Early into the pandemic, the university's College of Engineering and School of Medicine Greenville teamed up to fast-track FDA approval for the VESper Ventilator Expansion Splitter that enables a single ventilator to assist up to four COVID-19 patients at once. 3. The SAFE (Saliva Assay Free Expedited) test, developed by the College of Pharmacy, enabled rapid testing for COVID-19 on campus. 4. Students, faculty and staff stepped up and were tested throughout the fall semester.

Of course, safely reopening campus in the fall also meant rapid and accurate testing. To meet that need, scientists in the College of Pharmacy collaborated with colleagues across the country to develop a simple saliva test for COVID-19 that could yield results in 24 hours or less. Meanwhile, Arnold School of Public Health scientists developed a means of rapidly testing raw sewage to determine the population health of a community, a technique that has been shared across the state. 

And that innovative spirit spread throughout the university system. One of the earliest examples came from the School of Medicine Greenville, which partnered with Prisma Health and the College of Engineering and Computing to get emergency FDA approval for a device that allows a single ventilator to assist up to four patients at once. The idea went from concept to reality in just two weeks. A subsequent partnership with a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson allowed the device to be manufactured and distributed at no cost to U.S. health care providers. 

And let's not forget our PPE. Faculty and students didn't simply mask up this year. When high demand created a temporary shortage of personal protective equipment for health care workers in South Carolina, engineering students worked with faculty members to create 3D-printed face shields to help address the need. 

But technology alone can't beat COVID-19. The world also needs front line health care workers with the skill, dedication and courage to confront the pandemic head on, and this spring our College of Nursing alumni could have put on a clinic. As the first wave of the virus hit New York City, several of them volunteered at some of the city's hardest hit hospitals. "My heart seriously broke for the nurses, how much they were struggling," says Rosina Fadul, '15 BSN. "I realized, 'I have the ability to make a difference, to help take off some of the burden.'"

Social justice for all

Fifty years ago, in May 1970, the University of South Carolina made national headlines as students demonstrated against the war in Vietnam, gender and racial inequality and a university administration that they felt was out of step with their generation. And while the story of Vietnam-era student activism recounted by alumni in the summer issue of Carolinian magazine was complicated, in some respects even problematic, it ushered in positive developments. In addition to raising consciousness among many members of the student body, some of whom made social justice and activism their life's mission, the unrest of 1970 gave rise to the University 101 program, which in 2020 remains the undisputed national model for first-year experience programs. 

But make no mistake, UofSC in 2020 is not the USC of 1970. In fact, when it comes to pressing societal issues such as diversity and inclusion, it's not even the UofSC of 2019.

Just look at the numbers. Underrepresented minorities now make up 25 percent of the 7,750 new students who came to UofSC this fall. Eighteen percent of new freshmen are first-generation college students. Since 2016, African American freshman enrollment has grown 28 percent and Hispanic enrollment has grown by 55 percent.

"I'm thrilled and honored to greet this extraordinary class of first-time students to campus and to Columbia," President Caslen said upon seeing the latest stats. "The diversity and academic talent represented in this new group of students will make us even stronger, and I look forward to seeing these students become an integral part of our Gamecock community."

The university's ongoing efforts are also reflected in the One Creed, One Carolina fundraising campaign, which highlights programs and projects that directly impact Black students on campus, and in bold new initiatives and new hires.  As of Dec. 1, this campaign has raised $29,789 for 26 different programs, projects or scholarships that impact Black students at UofSC. 

And it's not just a numbers game. The Presidential Commission on University History was established late in 2019, but its work began in earnest in 2020. The commission is tasked with exploring the controversial histories of people whose names grace certain campus buildings, including the Sims residence hall on the Women's Quad, the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center and Thomas Cooper Library. The university meanwhile reaffirmed its commitment to diversity and inclusion among faculty, staff and students, naming its first vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, Julian Williams, in February.

The loudest campus voices, though, continue to belong to the students, many of whom made themselves heard on the important issues of the day. And as the Black Lives Matter movement vied with the coronavirus pandemic for national headlines over the summer, a diverse group of Gamecock football players seized the conversation, declaring "matter is the minimum," and going the right kind of viral.

Eyes on the prizes

An MVP, a lifetime achievement award, a Nobel Prize — 2020 was a big year for high profile Gamecocks. 

For starters, how about women's basketball great A'ja Wilson? The former Gamecock forward didn't just lead the Las Vegas Aces to the WNBA finals, she earned league MVP honors. Her success in the pros is also further testament to her time under South Carolina women's head coach Dawn Staley — not that Staley's program needs the attention. When the 2020 tournament was called off due to the coronavirus, the Gamecocks women's basketball team was ranked No. 1 and on cruise control for another national championship. 

Speaking of women at the top of their game, poet and English professor Nikky Finney had another banner year. In April, the winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry was admitted to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences and, in September, landed the Wallace Stevens Award by the Academy of American Poets in September. The coveted lifetime achievement award came with a $100,000 prize.

A'Ja Wilson, David Beasley, Nikky Finney 2020 was a rough year for everyone, but there was still plenty to celebrate. 1. Gamecock basketball legend and current Las Vegas Aces forward A'ja Wilson was awarded the WNBA MVP in September. 2. Poet and UofSC English professor Nikky Finney was admitted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in April and won the Wallace Stevens Award, presented by the Academy of American Poets, in September. 3. Double-alumnus, former South Carolina governor and current World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley helped the WFP bring home the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to combat world hunger. (Photo: WFP/Claire Nevill)

And then, of course, there was the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the World Food Program, which is headed by alumnus and former South Carolina governor David Beasley. "The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Program is a humbling, moving recognition of the work of WFP staff who lay their lives on the line every day to bring food and assistance for close to 100 million hungry children, women and men across the world," Beasley said in an October statement. "People whose lives are often brutally torn apart by instability, insecurity and conflict."

Of course, you don't have to make headlines to make a difference, and achievements don't always come with trophies, medals and prizes. The University of South Carolina Dance Marathon fundraiser, for example, raises more than a million dollars a year for Prisma Health Children's Hospital, but the only thing the 2,000 students who participated in the February event this year brought home from the 14-hour event were memories and the satisfaction of a job well done.

Better with age

Anniversaries and birthdays are opportunities for reflection, but how much do they really mean? Stick around long enough, and they happen. That said, every once in a while, you hit a milestone so monumental you have to strike up the band. This year, that was very literally the case.

That's right, the Mighty Sound of the Southeast — aka the University of South Carolina Marching Band — celebrated 100 years in 2020. The band, which began as a humble outfit of 20 student musicians in 1920 now comprises more than 300, plus a dance team, plus a color guard, plus, of course, a few mesmerizing baton twirlers who never miss a beat, not even during a pandemic. To celebrate the centenary, a virtual tribute was staged on Facebook in September.

By comparison, Cocky is a spring chicken. But everybody's favorite feathered mascot did celebrate a big one in October — his 40th. Social media birthday greetings poured in from the Gamecock cheerleaders, Alumni Association Gamecock Clubs, current students, faculty and fans On Twitter, where Cocky already enjoys significant influencer status, the hashtag #CockyTurns40 yielded plenty of memories and some truly great pics.

Elsewhere on campus, the College of Social Work continued its 50th anniversary celebration in 2020. Technically, the college hit the Big Five-Oh in 2019, but the academic year stretched into the spring and the sense of accomplishment lasted even longer. A photo mosaic of Martin Luther King Jr. designed for the college's donor campaign was originally scheduled to be unveiled in April but was moved to October due to the pandemic.

And finally, the university celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and the battle for women's suffrage with a special exhibition at McKissick Museum. "A Woman's Right," which opened in March, brought the women's movement to life by exploring the lives and experiences of women on campus from the birth of the institution to today.

Today, tomorrow, forever to thee!

The pandemic upended a lot of plans and put some projects on hold, but that doesn't mean the university stopped moving forward. Planned renovations progressed on schedule, new spaces opened for students and artificial intelligence got a real-world address. We even got something new to cheer about, but more on that in a minute. First, the finished business.

The overhaul of the former law school building at 1112 Greene Street was in the works long before COVID-19. In fact, the university's new Science and Technology Building opened at the start of the spring semester, when students, faculty and staff got their first glance at the gorgeous sunlit atrium. The real attraction, though, lay beyond that grand entryway — in the new state-of-the-art chemistry instructional labs, which are expected to enhance the educational environment, attract new students and faculty and improve lab safety.

"These labs offer our students the best 21st century lab experience now available," Lacy Ford, dean of arts and sciences, told @UofSCToday in February. "It will become a showpiece for our college and university and stands as just another example of our college's commitment to providing an excellent undergraduate education."

And the Science and Technology Building houses more than chemistry labs. It's also the base of operations for the university's new Artificial Intelligence Institute. Led by College of Engineering and Computing professor Amit Sheth, the new institute will help 10 individual colleges at the university and several major centers and research groups harness the power of big data.

numerous images showing the gamecock statue, the chemistry labs, the lobby of the science building, the culinary lab and the library study areas. Many students took classes online in 2020 and faculty often worked from home, but construction and renovation continued despite the pandemic, meaning campus will look better than ever when the Gamecocks finally come home to roost. 1. A majestic bronze bird landed outside Williams Brice Stadium this fall. 2. New chemistry labs opened in the remodeled space that formerly housed the School of Law. 3. Thomas Cooper Library unveiled new collaborative workspaces. 4. A sparkling new demonstration kitchen brought added sizzle to the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management's new home in the remodeled Close-Hipp Building. 5. The new Science Building is home to chemistry labs (see above), the new Artificial Intelligence Institute and a sunlit atrium designed to inspire the scientists of tomorrow.

But reimagining the former law center for lab space wasn't the only smart move this past year. Across campus, the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management took over four floors of newly renovated space in the Close-Hipp Building in December 2019 and welcomed faculty, staff and students to their shiny new digs in January. The $17 million project ushered in plenty of new classroom and office space as well as a new 2,000-square-foot culinary innovation lab courtesy of the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation.

The beginning of the spring semester also saw ribbon cuttings at Thomas Cooper Library, which unveiled new, glass-walled, tech-ready collaborative learning spaces on the fourth floor, and at South Quad, which now houses the Rhodos Makerspace, a tricked out digital workshop where today's students can collaborate, create and launch the technologies of tomorrow.

More recently — on Veteran's Day, no less — the university announced plans for the new Veterans and Military Center of Excellence. The 3,200-square-foot center will be housed on the first floor of the Byrnes Building, directly across from the Horseshoe, and will provide services and meeting spaces for the university's growing military and veteran student population. Currently, there are approximately 1,300 military-affiliated students on the Columbia campus, and the plan is to increase that population by 20 percent by 2025.

Finally, something to cheer Gamecocks the world over. As students, faculty, staff and alumni made the best of an exceptionally difficult year, they were treated to something inspiring. That's right, this fall saw the unveiling of the long-awaited Gamecock statue outside Williams-Brice Stadium. Measuring 20-feet-by-20-feet and weighing in at an impressive 10 tons, the majestic bronze bird was paid for with private funds but stands to inspire proud Gamecock faithful now and for many years to come.

Accolades: Professor's Paper on Algorithmic Decision-Making Wins Award - UVA Law

Posted: 18 Dec 2020 07:00 AM PST

The University of Virginia School of Law and members of the Law School community have recently been singled out for excellence. Among the accolades, the Association of American Law Schools announced Thursday that Professor Deborah Hellman has won the Section on Jurisprudence Article Award.

Published in the Virginia Law Review, Hellman's paper "Measuring Algorithmic Fairness" outlines how best to measure whether algorithms — which are used in everything from pricing insurance to considering risk for recidivism — are fair. Hellman writes that algorithmic decision-making "is both increasingly common and increasingly controversial" due to the potential for discrimination against protected groups.

The awards are hosted by several of AALS's 103 sections organized around various academic disciplines and topics of interest. This year's winners will be honored during an online awards ceremony at the 2021 AALS Annual Meeting on Jan. 5.

Hellman, a member of the American Law Institute, is author of the book "When Is Discrimination Wrong?" and co-editor of "The Philosophical Foundations of Discrimination Law." She is the David Lurton Massee, Jr., Professor of Law.

Alumnae Elizabeth Katz '09, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, and Pamela Bookman '06, a professor at Fordham University School of Law, also picked up AALS prizes for their scholarship.

Commitment to Racial Justice

UVA Law is No. 10 among law schools for a commitment to racial justice, in a preLaw magazine ranking announced Nov. 25 based on clinics, centers, courses, journals and student body diversity. "What all of the schools have in common is a commitment to racial justice issues that is supported through their curriculum and by their faculties," reads the fall issue preLaw article bestowing the honor. The publication is a product of National Jurist. UVA Law's racial justice academic programs include the Center for the Study of Race and Law, the Center for Criminal Justice, the Innocence Project and the Civil Rights Clinic. Additionally, the Law School hosts the annual Shaping Justice conference, aimed at inspiring students and lawyers to promote justice through public service. This year, the Law School welcomed its most diverse class on record.

Honoring Howard

Professor A. E. Dick Howard '61 will be honored with the Hill-Robinson Expansion of Freedom Award by the Virginia Commonwealth University L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs on April 15. The 14th Excellence in Virginia Government virtual ceremony will celebrate Virginians who have made noteworthy contributions to the practice of government and the welfare of the state's communities and citizens. Award recipients were announced Jan. 29. Howard served as executive director of the Commission on Constitutional Revision and directed the successful referendum campaign for the new Virginia constitution's ratification, which took effect in 1971. He is the Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of International Law.

Faculty Scholarship Wins Prize

Professor Cynthia Nicoletti, a legal historian, on Aug. 5 was named winner of the Supreme Court Historical Society's Hughes-Gossett Award for Best Journal Article for "Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase and the Permanency of the Union," published in the Journal of Supreme Court History. Nicoletti is the Class of 1966 Research Professor of Law and has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the William Nelson Cromwell Prize for the best dissertation in legal history, awarded by the American Society for Legal History.

A Global Pioneer

Professor Mila Versteeg will be awarded the Innovator in Constitutional Democracy Prize at The Global Summit in January. The four-day summit, hosted by the International Forum on the Future of Constitutionalism, is a multilingual and multidisciplinary academic event for scholars of all ranks around the world, from undergraduate students to senior professors. Versteeg is being recognized "for her pioneering empirical research methods in the study of constitutions," said University of Texas law professor Richard Albert, the forum's founding director, who made the announcement Sept. 17. Versteeg is co-director of the Human Rights Program and Center for International & Comparative Law, and a senior fellow at the Miller Center.

'Two Rights' Wins a Prize

Justin Aimonetti J.D.-M.A. '20 and Christian Talley '20 were named co-winners of The Yale Law Journal's annual Student Essay Competition for their paper exploring defamation torts. Their paper, "How Two Rights Made a Wrong—Sullivan, Anti-SLAPP, and the Under-Enforcement of Public Figure Defamation Torts," is forthcoming in the Yale Law Journal Forum. Aimonetti and Talley argue that anti-SLAPP ("strategic lawsuits against public participation") laws coupled with high standards established in New York Times v. Sullivan make successful defamation suits virtually impossible. The duo previously won the annual White River Environmental Law Writing Competition, sponsored by the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and Vermont Law School, and Stanford Law Review's inaugural Student Essay Competition

Tops on Twitter

UVA Law ranks No. 1 globally in the number of law professor followers on Twitter among top 20 law schools, with 3,590, according to a recent analysis.

Ryan Whalen, an assistant professor at the National University of Singapore, used a self-reporting census to map law school professor Twitter use for his report, "The Law Prof Twittersphere 2020."

Resident faculty can be followed on Twitter here.

ACS Chapter Recognized

The American Constitution Society chapter was named Student Chapter of the Week for Nov. 16. The chapter was lauded for its Zoom-friendly programming, most notably hosting federal and state judges for conversations. Students were also recognized for partnering with social justice organizations for election protection teams. "While COVID-19 has unquestionably presented more challenges than benefits, one of the few benefits that the chapter has seized on is the ease of access to leaders from all over the country," the national ACS noted.

Here's How NYC School Admissions Are Changing - Spectrum News NY1

Posted: 18 Dec 2020 06:30 AM PST

The city is making significant changes to the middle and high school admission processes due to the coronavirus pandemic — eliminating the use of academic criteria to determine admissions to middle schools this year, but allowing it to continue at high schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced Friday. 

The changes are meant to address complaints the city's admissions policies discriminated against Black and Hispanic students and led to more segregated schools. 

"I think these changes will improve justice and fairness," de Blasio said. "But they'll also make the process simpler and fairer, particularly given what we're dealing with this year."

The mayor and chancellor argued that using screens at the middle school level was not possible when those students did not get grades or take state exams last academic year, in part because they are so young. Students applying to high school, they argued, had more data to draw from for screened admissions. 

"I think the simple answer on high school versus middle school is, middle school just wasn't viable. There was no way to do fair evaluation with a screen this year. High schools, there's more factors to deal with for this year," de Blasio said.


What You Need To Know

  • Middle schools will not use academic criteria to determine admissions this year

  • High schools can still use academic screens — but they will be from years prior to 2020

  • The city will administer the Specialized High School Admission Test in person next month

The controversial Specialized High School Admission Test, the sole criteria for admission to the city's most prestigious public schools including Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech and Bronx Science, will remain in place and will be given in person in January.

Here's a rundown of how admissions will work this year.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Middle schools will not use academic screens as part of their admission process this school year. However, middle schools will still be able to give priority for admission to students who live within the school's community school district.

Keeping middle school screens would have meant admitting students based on their third-grade scores, and that's the first year children take state exams.

"It's just not educationally sound. But we do have other data points for the high schools and that was factored into the decision," Carranza said.

The removal of middle school screens is so far temporary — but the mayor hinted it could continue.

"This is clearly a beginning. And what I think is clear is that unfortunately screens have had the impact of not giving everyone equal opportunity. And this is not our future," he said.

If a school has more applications than seats, students would be chosen via a lottery.

Students will be able to apply to middle school beginning the week of January 11; a deadline will be set for some time during the week of February 8.

HIGH SCHOOLS

Academic screens will remain in place for high school admissions. However, those screens typically use tests scores and grades a student earned in the last school year, and public schools did not give grades last school year, nor were state exams taken. Schools will instead be able to use test scores and grades from the year prior — so, a student's sixth grade year, as opposed to their seventh.

Schools will now be required to post online the exact rubric they use for ranking students; and that ranking will be done by the Education Department's central office, not the school.

In a significant shift, the city will eliminate the use of district geographic priorities for high school students, a process that had come under fire in Manhattan's District 2.

The city eliminated "zoned" high schools under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, allowing students to apply for high schools across the city. But some schools still gave preference to students who live within the same district where the school is located, giving those students a tremendous edge for admission. That means students who live elsewhere are often shut out of these schools — some of the highest performing, and often least diverse, in the city.

All other geographic priorities — some schools have priority admissions for students from the same borough, for example — will be scrapped in the next school year.

High school applications will open the week of January 18; the deadline for applications will be set for a day during the week of February 22.

ARTS SCHOOLS

Schools that require students to audition will this year use a virtual audition process.

SPECIALIZED HIGH SCHOOLS

The Specialized High School Admission Test will remain in place. While some proponents of the test feared the mayor would use the pandemic as a reason to scrap it, and some critics of it hoped he'd do the same, the test is required under a state law.

The exam will be given in person, but this year, instead of at designated sites around the city, it will be given to students at their own school to minimize their exposure to other children. Registration for the exam will open on December 21; it will close on January 15. The exam will be administered beginning on January 27.

THE FALL-OUT

Advocates for diversity in schools have applauded some aspects of the changes — like the end of geographic preferences — but also found the mayor's announcement lacking. Meanwhile, on the other end of the ideological spectrum, some parent groups are criticizing the mayor for removing the screens, arguing children had worked hard to gain entry into the middle schools that formerly used them.

The chancellor argued those students hadn't wasted their effort — nor had they necessarily worked harder than students in more difficult circumstances.

"There's nothing wasted in that effort and that'll yield lots of benefits later on in life. But we also know that these are public schools for all children in New York City, and that all children in New York City deserve the opportunity to go to schools anywhere in this city," he said, noting that on top of that, many students have been directly impacted by the pandemic. "I just flatly reject the notion that a student that has lost somebody to the pandemic or a student whose parents don't have the option of working from home or a student who's lost their apartment because their parents have lost their jobs that, that student's working any less rigorously than the student who perhaps hasn't had to have those kinds of challenges during this pandemic."

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