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Andrew Sobiesuo, Ph.D., the College of Charleston’s associate provost for international education and professor of Hispanic studies, has been awarded a grant by the U.S.-UK Fulbright Commission to participate in the U.S.-UK International Education Administrators Seminar.  He will join a select group of top officials from leading U.S. and UK universities to discuss enhancing and advancing international education.  “As a representative of your country in the United Kingdom,” the award states, Sobiesuo “will help fulfill the principal purpose of the Fulbright Program, which is to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of the more than 150 countries that currently participate in the Fulbright Program.”

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The College of Charleston is turning the table on summer brain drain. The Center for Partnerships to Improve Education (CPIE) created this initiative to stop the summer learning loss that occurs when students in grades K through 12 do not engage in learning activities through the summer. Custom paper placemats with summer learning suggestions are available for all customers at Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurants. The partnership is being called Turn the Table on Summer Brain Drain

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Will SelfieThe selfie trend is soaring and so are downloads for College of Charleston Computer Science Major Will Jamieson’s Front Flash Android app. A selfie is a self-taken photograph usually posted online via social media outlets. Jamieson realized that in low light, selfies don’t turn out because most phones do not have a flash on the phone’s front camera.

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The College of Charleston’s summer 2013 Archaeological Field School, offered in conjunction with the Charleston Museum and the South Carolina State Parks and Recreation Department, is currently in session. Students will work on three very different sites during the seven-week field school.

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College of Charleston Honors College student Christopher Jackson will spend his summer studying at the University of Dundee and the University of Strathclyde in Scotland on one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide. Jackson is one of 50 students from the U.S. and UK chosen to participate in the five-week Fulbright Summer Institute. This year is the first year a program in Scotland has been offered and the program is themed around identity formation via politics, technology, and the media.

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Advice for Incoming Students

Posted on 17 June 2013 | 10:04 am

The following is advice for incoming students from a June 13, 2013 College of Charleston Facebook post.

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College of Charleston sophomore Jami Baxley is the only student participating in an archaeological project in Greece during the 2013 summer months. She will join two College of Charleston professors and other researchers for a month in Greece collecting archaeological data on more than 1,400 objects from the ancient Palace of Nestor in Pylos. Over the next year, the team, led by Classics Professor Kevin Pluta and Dimitri Nakassis of the University of Toronto, will compile a traditional print volume and a searchable online database of their findings. Jim Newhard, College of Charleston Professor and Director of the Archaeology Program, will also a researcher on the project.

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Education Professor to Swim the English Channel

Posted on 12 June 2013 | 8:21 am

College of Charleston Education Professor Brian Lanahan is an accomplished teacher, a Fulbright Scholar, and a Woodrow Wilson International Center Scholar. But, he’s preparing for what is possibly his biggest challenge yet. The second week of August, Lanahan will attempt to swim 19 nautical miles across the English Channel in very cold temperatures.

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Gavin NaylorA team of researchers, led by College of Charleston Biology Professor Gavin Naylor, has developed a new targeted gene capture method to isolate and compare protein-coding genes across highly divergent vertebrate species in a single next-generation sequencing experiment. This new approach should allow biologists to more rapidly understand how organisms acquire new traits, such as disease predisposition or environmental adaptation, during evolution.

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A community garden, bike share, and additional water bottle refill stations are just some of the projects on the horizon in the College of Charleston’s Office of Sustainability.

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