Grant to help schools recruit teachers

Winthrop University has received $1.4 million from the U.S. Department of Education to start a program that will pair the university with five S.C. school districts to recruit and retain teachers.

The money is the first chunk of what is expected to be $7 million in federal funding for the five-year program.

"This grant is especially important to South Carolina in that it will provide both support for schools with high-need populations to help boost our state's overall education attainment, and for development of long-term strategies for preparing future teachers to work successfully over time in these and similar settings," Winthrop president Anthony DiGiorgio said.

Winthrop's Richard W. Riley College of Education will work with school districts in Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster and Union counties to improve student achievement, improve professional learning for teaching candidates, increase support for new teachers and start school leadership programs.

USC cancer researcher wins grant

James Hebert, a cancer researcher at the University of South Carolina, has been awarded an $800,000 grant to expand his work and train new researchers.

The grant, to be paid out over five years, is from the National Cancer Institute.

"This highly competitive award to one of our nation's leading cancer researchers puts him in the company of those from Harvard University, the Mayo Clinic, the University of Washington and Boston University, all highly regarded for their cancer research programs," USC president Harris Pastides said.

Pastides said the grant is an indication of what can spring from the university's research campus, Innovista.

"This is an outstanding example of the ability of our faculty to secure top grants, the faculty whose discoveries, in turn, will drive the future development of Innovista and create jobs."

Hebert joined USC's Arnold School of Public Health in 1999 as a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics.

He was named USC's distinguished health sciences professor in 2006. He received the S.C. Cancer Alliance Research Award the next year.

Since 2005, Hebert has been listed as one of the "leading scientists of the world" by the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England.

- Wayne Washington