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Sen. Tim Scott will deliver the commencement address at the College of Charleston on May 10, College officials announced Monday.

More than 1,400 students are expected to receive their degrees during the two ceremonies held on Cistern Yard.

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There are questions, though, about just how much potential South Carolina has for energy development. Mitchell Colgan, chairman of the geology department at the College of Charleston, says there is not much oil off the coast of South Carolina, and that the economics of harvesting Atlantic natural gas are questionable given that the nation is already awash in the stuff from fracking onshore.

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College of Charleston EMS volunteer Lisa Petruncio wasn’t sure what she would find when she responded to a recent call about an accident in a campus laboratory.

When she arrived on the scene of the freak accident, a patient had a knife lodged at least two inches deep into his arm. “It looked like a Halloween costume,” she said.

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College of Charleston economist Frank Hefner said the state saw 39,000 additional jobs in March, a sign of good growth that nearly follows the 2 percent jobs growth predicted.

“We are there in terms of the growth we have had, and we should continue to see declines in the unemployment rate, especially given the labor force is less this year than last year,” he said. “We have more jobs and fewer people that are in the market, so the unemployment rate should continue to drop.”

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Why Do People See Faces in the Moon?

Posted on 14 April 2014 | 12:16 pm

“When you first look at the moon, you pretty much see light areas and dark areas, and some are more gray than others,” said planetary geologist Cassandra Runyon of the College of Charleston, in South Carolina. “The lighter areas are the mountains, often referred to as the highlands. The dark areas are volcanic—the mare, which is Latin for ‘seas.'”


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Seeing Charleston, S.C., in a new light

Posted on 14 April 2014 | 12:15 pm

“It has the largest concentrated Confederate burial ground in the area, but I don’t consider it a Confederate cemetery because 33,000 people are buried here over 160-plus years,” Beverly Donald, Magnolia Cemetery’s superintendent, said in an interview with Patrick Harwood, a communication professor at the College of Charleston. (Harwood posted the interview on his CofCMultimediareporting blog.) But more than 2,000 Civil War veterans are buried at Magnolia, and those rebel flags invite contemplation of their history and their symbolism.

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“Eclipses are just like clockwork,” College of Charleston Astronomer Terry Richardson noted. Even the planetary alignment “is just a matter of cycles. The planetary cycle just happens to be occurring in line with the eclipse cycle, he said.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The deadly threat posed by German submarines during World War One helped spur scientists to develop sonar, using underwater sound signals to locate objects like subs that might be taking aim with a torpedo.

In the 20th century, it was an important technological breakthrough.

But it was old technology as far as whales go. These marine mammals have been using echolocation – bouncing high-frequency sounds off underwater objects – to find prey for tens of millions of years.

The fossils were unearthed near Summerville, South Carolina, outside Charleston, said College of Charleston geology professor James Carew, another of the researchers.

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Reviving a Jewish cemetery

Posted on 25 March 2014 | 2:37 pm

Gary Zola, director of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati and a visiting professor at the College of Charleston, says the cemetery is definitely among the most significant and historic burial grounds for Jews in North America.

“Without question, it’s a national treasure,” he says.


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The Lowcountry offshore is mostly barren sand bottom to the edge of the Continental Shelf – that’s conventional wisdom.

But three times now, College of Charleston geologists have dropped high-tech imaging devices to map that bottom, and three times they found “these amazing features” they didn’t expect – ancient river channels.

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