University Update- December 15, 2014

Faculty News

1.   Two USCB Professors File a Patent Application with the U.S. Patent Office

Dr. Edward L. D’Antonio, assistant professor of biochemistry and structural biology, and his wife, Dr. Jennifer D’Antonio, visiting assistant professor of chemistry, have filed a patent application entitled, “Therapeutic monosaccharide-based inhibitors of hexokinase and glucokinase for parasitic diseases, along with methods of their formation and use” with the United States Patent Office.

2.   Dr. Lauren Gellar Becomes Master Certified Health Education Specialist

Dr. Lauren Gellar, director of USCB’s Health Promotion program, has completed all of the requirements to become a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. In her role, Dr. Gellar works with our students, empowering them to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to exert a positive impact on the health of those in the community. To qualify as an MCHES, Dr. Gellar met required academic qualifications, worked in the field for five years, passed a competency-based assessment and satisfied the continuing education requirement.

3.    Dr. John Salazar Interviewed on “Together for Beaufort County” Initiative

Dr. John Salazar, a professor in the Department of Hospitality Management, joined Fred Leyda, director of the Beaufort County Alliance for Human Services, on “Coastline,” hosted by Rick Forschner on the Beaufort County television channel Dec. 4. The two discussed their work on the Together for Beaufort County initiative, which is defining current levels of educational, social, economic, environmental and health activity in Beaufort County. The overarching goal of the initiative is to determine where improvements can be made. Dr. Salazar also serves as Director of the Lowcountry and Resort Islands Research Institute.

4.    Dr. Sean Barth’s Drone Business Appears in Hilton Head Monthly Magazine

Dr. Sean Barth, assistant professor of Hospitality Management, is quoted extensively in a story entitled, “A View from Above,” which appeared in the November issue of Hilton Head Monthly magazine. An enthusiast of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as “drones,” he is currently studying for a commercial pilot’s license and developing algorithms to make drone technology safer.

5.    Dr. Ellen Malphrus Moderated a Panel Discussion of Lowcountry Authors

Dr. Ellen Malphrus, associate professor of English, moderated a panel discussion of Lowcountry authors during “An Evening with Pat Conroy’s Story River Books,” Dec. 8 at the USCB Center for the Arts on the Historic Beaufort campus. Appearing on the panel were: Pat Conroy, The New York Times best-selling author and Story River Books editor-at-large; Beaufort writers John Warley, author of “A Southern Girl;” Bernie Schein, author of “Famous all over Town;” Maggie Schein, author of “Lost Cantos of the Ouroboros Caves;” and artist Jonathan Hannah. Dr. Malphrus’s own book is scheduled for publication next year.

Student News

6.   Sean Kearns Presents Research Poster at ACS 2014 Conference

Sean P. Kearns, a biology major, presented a poster on his research entitled, “Exploration of Monosaccharide Inhibitors for Trypanosoma cruzi Glucokinase and Hexokinase,” at the 66th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Nashville, Tenn. Kearns works under the direction of Dr. Edward L. D’Antonio, assistant professor of biochemistry and structural biology. His work was in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer D’Antonio, visiting assistant professor of chemistry; and a USCB affiliate, Dr. Timothy A. Roy.

7.    Victoria R. Hearn Presents Research poster at ACS 2014 Conference

Victoria R. Hearn, a biology major, presented a poster on her research entitled, “Amphitrite ornata Erythrocruorin Functions with Substantial Dehaloperoxidase Activity” at the 66th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Hearn works under the direction of Dr. Edward L. Antonio. The project was a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen A. Borgianini, assistant professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Dr. Joseph L. Staton, associate professor of Biology.

Staff News

8.    Advancement Thanks all who Supported USCB Advocacy Campaign

The Advancement department has issued a warm thanks to all faculty, staff and students who have supported “Parity for Students,” the USCB advocacy campaign with the state legislature, over the past two years. Thanks to the combined efforts of our legislative delegation and parity advocates, the university’s legislative appropriation has increased by 93 percent, nearly double the previous amount. The American Association of Colleges and State Universities invited USCB to participate in the AASCU Innovations Exchange because of the exceptional support demonstrated by so many university and community stakeholders during the campaign.

Important Dates

9.   Dr. Jane T. Upshaw to Preside at Chancellor’s End of the Year Update Dec. 17

Dr. Jane T. Upshaw, USCB chancellor, will preside at the Chancellor’s End of the Year Update Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. in Library 237. The chancellor will provide an update on the university’s progress in supporting strategic standards, our mission and vision, and the Family Fund 2014 results. There will be ample opportunity to socialize with colleagues after the formal report.

10.   2015-16 Faculty/Staff Dependents’ Scholarship Program Application Available Now

The 2015-16 Faculty/Staff Dependents’ Scholarship Application is available now in the Financial Aid/VA office. The program is open to any dependent child or spouse of a full-time employee in the USC system who meets eligibility requirements. The scholarship is valued at $1,500 for students attending the Columbia campus and $1,200 for students attending USCB. The deadline for applications is Feb. 2. Contact Patricia Greene, financial aid/VA director, at 843-521-4117 for more information or an application form.

11.   Spring Orientation for Freshmen and Transfer Students Set for Jan. 9

Spring orientation for freshmen, transfer students and their families will take place Jan. 9, 2015, Contact Kate Vermilyea or Rachel Beach if you plan to serve as an advisor to students.

The Arts

12.    Two Lowcountry Authors to be Featured at USCB Lunch With Author Series Dec. 17

Lowcountry Authors Bernie Schein and John Warley will speak at the next USCB Lunch With Author Series Dec. 17 at noon at the Belfair Clubhouse in Bluffton. Schein is the author of “Famous All Over Town,” and Warley is the author of “A Southern Girl.” Both authors’ books were chosen by Pat Conroy, editor-at-large at new Story River Books. For reservations, contact Jo Ann Kingsley at 843-521-4147 or email

13. Events at the Center for the Arts

For more information on additional Center for the Arts events taking place this month, please click here.

Community Engagement

14.   Dr. Lynn McGee Again Selected to Head Judging Panel for Truck Dealer of the Year

For the 24th year, Dr. Lynn McGee, USCB adjunct faculty member, has served as chair of a selection committee comprised of Indiana University marketing faculty that chose the American Truck Dealer of the Year. This service to an industry that’s critically important to our ports/logistics economy is typical of staff and faculty community-engagement activities. Please submit your work in this area to the USCB Update so we can learn from each other.


15.   30% off Lands' End Sand Shark Logowear- Last Day is TODAY!

As you cheer for USCB’s Sand Shark athletic teams this fall, and participate in Sand Shark Fridays (the day when all faculty and staff wear Sand Shark apparel and/or Navy, Sand, and Garnet), please remember that you have the opportunity to purchase apparel from Lands’ End Business Sand Shark Logowear. The Lands’ End (yes, that’s the way their logo reads) Logowear Program enables members of our faculty and staff to get exact sizes and tailoring in professional attire, complete with a high-quality Sand Shark logo. For more information on ordering, please contact Candace Brasseur at

And don’t forget to check out the Shark’s Cove Bookstore for casual, comfortable Sand Shark apparel that’s sports team-specific.

Submissions to the University Update

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