John Scaringi Awarded the W. Curtis Worthington Jr. Paper Prize

The Waring Library Society honored John Scaringi, a senior History major at College of Charleston, with the W. Curtis Worthington Jr. Paper Prize for his essay, “Physicians, Paupers, and the Peninsula: the Emergence of Public Health Policy in Charleston, South Carolina.” His prize-winning essay was completed at CofC under the director of Dr. Scott Poole, History.

cwworth_clip_image004 copyJohn Scaringi, originally from Greenville, South Carolina, attends the College of Charleston from which he expects to graduate with a B.A. in history, B.S. in chemistry, B.S. in biochemistry and a minor in philosophy. After a post-graduate year working full time studying cardiac electrophysiology in the research lab of Martin Morad, Ph.D., Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina endowed chair for Cardiovascular Health and professor of Regenerative Medicine and Cell biology, he plans to apply to medical school.

The W. Curtis Worthington Research Paper Competition is named for Dr. W. Curtis Worthington Jr., director of the Waring Historical Library, and is in its seventh year. The Award was established to encourage students to contribute to the scholarship about the history of medicine and to reward those whose work is truly exemplary.

The Waring Library Society’s annual Warren A. Sawyer Lecture at MUSC featured Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus Peter McCandless. McCandless presented a lecture entitled ” Disease, Race, and Slavery in the South Carolina Lowcountry,”which explored the epidemiological impact of the region’s slave-based rice economy. The lecture was based upon McCandless’s award-winning book, Slavery, Disease, and Suffering in the Southern Lowcountry (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).


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