Mind over muscle

Josh Pilz ’16 lights up with enthusiasm as he tells the story, and who can blame him? In November he and other members of the Furman Powerlifting Team won the World Natural Powerlifting Federation (WNPF) bench press championship for the second consecutive year, and to be sure it was “huge, absolutely huge.” Only that’s not […]

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Students explore connection between oceans and human health

It’s the stuff of postcards—pink-sand beaches, abundant coral reefs, pristine waters brimming with marine life in all colors of the spectrum, and secluded coves leading to underwater caves. For Bermuda, a fish-hook shaped chain of islands 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina, there’s no lack of natural beauty. But while there’s much for […]

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Turgeon receives grant to study spinal cord injury

Furman biology professor Dr. Victoria Turgeon has been awarded a grant from the South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund. With the two-year, nearly $80,000 grant, Turgeon will study factors which impede neuronal cell growth following spinal cord injury. Her study of the physical and chemical changes related to spinal cord trauma could lead to the development of therapies to limit cell damage pursuant to injury.

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Biology majors gain national recognition for T-cell research

The accolades keep coming for the Furman biology department’s ground-breaking research into the chemical processes behind T-cell activation. Early in the summer, the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) sent a video team to campus to document a procedure developed by biology professor Jason Rawlings ’96 that uses a flow cytometer to track the decondensation of T-cell chromatin. “It’s huge for Furman. It gets us on the map,” Rawlings said. “It shows Furman students are doing some top-end research.”


Life through the lens of Army photojournalist Mike MacLeod

“When you’re a writer, life’s a smorgasbord,” says Mike MacLeod ’89. From tracking grey wolves in Montana, to starting his own magazine, to serving the United States Army, to writing a memoir about his time in the Middle East, MacLeod ’89 has been busy. After graduating from Furman with a B.S. in biology, MacLeod moved to Missoula, Montana, […]

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Faculty, staff receive grants from ACS

Nine Furman faculty and staff members have received grants from the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS), an organization serving 16 nationally ranked liberal arts institutions. ACS Faculty Development Grants are funded by the Mellon Foundation and the Woodruff Foundation. The grants support projects that develop method rather than content, have a direct impact on student learning and assessment of that learning, and help increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of a liberal arts education.

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For the birds

With the changing seasons come mass migrations of bird populations. Unfortunately, many birds perish during their travels when they collide with glass buildings. During the day, birds are unable to distinguish between reflection and real sky; and at night, birds mistake lights in buildings for stars, which help them navigate. Furman sophomore and biology student […]


Duke Endowment awards Furman $22.3 Million Grant to Support Student Scholarships

Furman has received a $22.3 million grant from The Duke Endowment to strengthen and support one of the University’s premier merit scholarship programs. The grant includes $22 million for the University’s endowment to augment Furman’s James B. Duke Scholarship program, which provides full-tuition scholarships to students who display “exceptional academic achievement and distinctive personal accomplishment.” The remaining $300,000 is operational funding that will support the University’s ongoing initiatives to enhance the Duke Scholars’ academic experiences.

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Analyzing the diet of mountain lions

  In the more than 10 years Furman’s Travis Perry has conducted research on mountain lions (puma concolor) in New Mexico, the biology professor continues to unearth answers about the big cats—their population density, hunting habits, and variety in their diet. It’s the latter question Perry and student researcher Mary Stone are targeting in the […]


NIH awards Furman $1.3 million in funding to support biomedical research

Furman will use $1.3 million in new funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide resources for students and faculty engaged in biomedical research, K-12 outreach and science infrastructure. The funding is part of a five-year, $18 million NIH award to South Carolina, where Furman will partner with colleges and universities across the state in an effort to strengthen the Palmetto State’s biomedical research capacity.