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Scientific Research Society Chapter Earns Top Award

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 1:23 pm

The Sigma Xi chapter hosted at the College of Charleston has been named a Chapter of Excellence for 2013.  Sigma Xi is the national scientific research society, and this award is given to the to two to three percent of all Sigma Xi chapters in the nation.


RELATED: Learn more about the Charleston Chapter.

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Students of Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies and Religious Studies Todd LeVasseur’s environmental studies capstone have arranged for environmental activists and scholars to speak at the College of Charleston for ‘Earth Week’ 2014.

Environmental activist and musician Dana Lyons will perform April 22, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Theodore S. Stern Student Center Garden (71 George St.), and sustainability scholar and environmental scholar Bron Taylor will speak April 24, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the School of Education, Health and Human Performance Alumni Center (86 Wentworth St.).

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U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will stop at the South Carolina Marine Resources Center, which includes the College of Charleston’s Grice Marine Lab, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 2:45 p.m. as part of his “climate change road trip.” Senator Whitehouse will hear about climate-related research being conducted by staff and faculty from the College of Charleston, Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology.

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I Want Your Job No. 17: Mobile Game Designer

Posted on 9 April 2014 | 9:30 am

See more posts in the I Want Your Job series, which features Q&A sessions with recent College of Charleston graduates in exceptional positions all over the world.

College of Charleston alumnus Jonathon Myers ’00 is writing his own destiny. Literally. The psychology major has written storylines for the nation’s top video game companies. Now, he’s the CEO and creative director of Reactive Studios, a mobile game company he co-founded.

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On April 9, 2014, nearly 6,000 middle school students will pack Joe Riley Park to see a chemistry magic show, animal bones, brain models, a planet walk, robotics… oh, and a baseball game. The College of Charleston School of Sciences and Mathematics is teaming up with the Charleston RiverDogs to host the first Education Day of the year.


RELATED: Read about the Harry Potter Magic (Chemistry) Show.


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Ryan Murphy taught himself German by translating into English the German versions of the Harry Potter novels, and by listening to German gamers on YouTube.

Now, a senior at the College of Charleston, he’s earned a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) fellowship to intern in a German hospital or industrial research lab, after which, he hopes to attend medical school in the U.S. and return to Germany as a cardiologist or surgeon.

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5 Tips to Prevent Cyberstalking

Posted on 28 March 2014 | 9:00 am

Technically speaking, most of you are cyberstalkers.

Lanice Affonso

Lancie Affonso, adjunct instructor of computer science

“If you’ve ever looked at someone’s Facebook profile – an enemy, a co-worker, whoever – that’s cyberstalking,” says Lancie Affonso, an adjunct instructor of computer science at the College of Charleston.

But most people understand the difference between browsing social media profiles to learn more about an individual versus attempting to gain someone’s personal information to do them harm.

Affonso, who teaches a course titled “What does Google Know?” says don’t assume that the content you share with your family and friends in cyberspace isn’t also being viewed by people you don’t know.

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Did you know soil environment can influence the color of hydrangea flowers? Or that you’re most likely to see insects when it is a particular temperature? This idea – called plasticity – impacts everything from your flower garden to agribusiness and even organisms’ response to climate change.

College of Charleston Biology Professor Courtney Murren led the recent publication of research that suggests biologists look at plasticity in a new way.

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How to Become a Billionaire in 5 Easy Steps

Posted on 19 March 2014 | 6:15 pm

This March, anyone with Internet access stands a chance to win $1 billion from Warren Buffet and Quicken Loans – if you can perfectly pick all 63 games in the NCAA tournament. But your chance of doing that is exceedingly small – about one in 9.2 quintillion.

[Related: Learn more about the Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge.]

College of Charleston junior mathematics major Stephen Gorman has spent the past year immersed in rankings research, and he’s ready to put his skills to the test. Here, he shares tips for billionaire-hopefuls looking to increase their odds.

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Twelve College of Charleston schools, departments and offices worked together to fund and coordinate a campus visit from speaker Will Allen at 7 p.m. on March 19, 2014 in the Sottile Theatre (44 George St.). This event is free and open to the public.

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