USC honors its first African-American professor
The University of South Carolina last week celebrated the career of Richard T. Greener, the first black professor at the school, who taught from 1873 to 1877.
It was unheard of to have an African-American professor in a Southern university during that post-Civil War period, and it was decades before another black professor was appointed to USC’s faculty. In addition to teaching philosophy, Greener was a librarian and helped catalog USC’s library’s holdings, left in disarray by the Civil War.
Associate history professor Bobby Donaldson spoke about Greener at a symposium in the Museum of Education at USC’s Wardlaw College.
North Charleston opens computer lab for residents
NORTH CHARLESTON North Charleston and Clemson University are teaming up to open a workforce development computer lab here. The lab, which opened last week at the Midland Park Community Center, has donated computers that residents can use to develop computer skills and find jobs.
Clemson’s Restoration Institute is located in North Charleston. The institute focuses on a number of areas, including community revitalization, historic preservation and renewable energy.
Moore School to host seminar on sustainability
Shawn Heath, Duke Energy’s vice president of sustainability, will be the keynote speaker at a seminar on how to profit from more environmentally friendly business practices.
The seminar, “The New Path to Profit: Developing a Sustainability Plan for Your Business,” will be held Feb. 27 from 2 to 4:30 at the Lumpkin Auditorium of the Darla Moore School of Business. The event will offer information on the value of developing a sustainability policy and how that policy can lead to reduced costs and improved profits.
Reservations are required, and there is a fee of $20. For more information, go to sustainablemidlands.org.
Clemson students win 5 prizes in international competition
CLEMSON Two teams of Clemson University’s School of Architecture graduate students have earned first and second places in Dow Chemical’s “Dow Solar Design to Zero Competition.” Three additional Clemson teams received honorable mention and ancillary awards.
The international competition asked undergraduate and graduate students to conceptualize energy-efficient, sustainable residential solutions. The Clemson teams were selected as winners by other contestants from 131 design teams and 19 countries.
Clemson’s Live/Work team — Eric Laine of Indianapolis and Suzanne Steelman of Las Vegas — won first place and $20,000 for their design of a home that incorporated both commercial and residential functionalities.
Daniel Kim of Vienna, Va., and Caitlin Ranson of Pickens received second place and $10,000 for their Project Zero design of a seamless house that re-imagines spaces and blurs the boundaries between interior and exterior.
From Wire, USC and Clemson reports