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Among America’s oldest and most comprehensive public universities, USC Columbia is the major research institution of the University of South Carolina system and its largest campus, enrolling approximately 21,000 undergraduate students and approximately 8,000 students in graduate and professional programs. USC Columbia offers over 320 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional program levels, affording students the most comprehensive array of educational programs in the state.

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President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and Vice President Joseph Biden in 2019. Library of Congress, photo Alexander Gardner; AP/Nati Harnik

Abraham Lincoln, Joe Biden and the politics of touch

The news is filled with stories about inappropriate touching by politicians. But touch by politicians was long important in the US, and Abraham Lincoln's handshake helped engage and guide the nation.
An increase in colorectal cancer in adults younger than 50 is troubling to doctors and often tragic for patients. kan-chana/Shutterstock.com

Colorectal cancer increase in younger adults: What could be the cause?

Colorectal cancer rates among older adults have been declining, but diagnoses in adults younger than 50 have increased. As Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month winds down, a researcher offers insight.
Some charter school operators make profits by leasing space to themselves at unusually high rates. By Ilya Andriyanov from www.shutterstock.com

Charter schools exploit lucrative loophole that would be easy to close

Charter school operators have been capitalizing on lax laws that let them lease building space to themselves at above-market rates. A simple ban could end the practice, two education scholars argue.
The nation’s founders saw education as key to self-rule. Joseph Sohm/www.shutterstock.com

Fight for federal right to education takes a new turn

The Supreme Court long ago rejected the idea of a federal right to education. Can a series of new lawsuits convince the court to change its mind?
There are lots of ways to support a friend through breast cancer. Sharing the journey is key, studies suggest. Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock

What kind of support do breast cancer patients want? Food, rides and prayer

People across the country show their support for breast cancer patients and survivors by wearing pink and raising money each October. A recent study of patients suggests ways to help all year.
A Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 6, 2018. AP Photo/ John Raoux

A decade of commercial space travel – what’s next?

It has been 10 years since Elon Musk's SpaceX launched the commercial space age. What hurdles must be overcome before private companies begin exploring, colonizing and mining other planets?
A court has ruled that New Mexico isn’t ensuring that its students get an adequate education. Lisa F. Young /shutterstock.com

New Mexico case should serve as wake-up call on school funding

A state court has ruled that New Mexico is not doing enough to ensure its students receive an adequate education. Other states should be held accountable in the same way, an education scholar argues.
Immigrant children separated from their parents who were detained at the U.S.-Mexico border arrive at a foster care facility in East Harlem on June 22. Rainmaker Photo/MediaPunch /IPX

For many immigrant families, the fight for reunification is just beginning

History shows that the US court system isn't sympathetic to undocumented migrants when it comes to parental rights.

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