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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.

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Furman featured in “Campus Wild” guide

Furman University is among 85 colleges and universities featured in a new publication released by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), The Campus Wild: How College and University Green Landscapes Provide Havens for Wildlife and “Lands-on” Experiences for Students. The detailed guide highlights how institutions of higher education are playing a dynamic role protecting wildlife and restoring habitats in campus green spaces, including on-campus landscapes and natural areas, as well as distant campus-owned lands.

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2006 Furman graduate Dickson receives M.D.-Ph.D. from Harvard

Anyone who develops a shortcut for calculus should be awarded a Nobel Prize. But Furman biology and chemistry double major John Dickson will have to settle for an M.D.-Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School. The 2006 Furman graduate from Gaffney, S.C. received a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology in 2013 from the Ivy League […]

Bridging language barriers to healthcare

    She met her new friends for the first time on the sixth floor of Greenville Memorial Hospital. And when they saw some of the first pictures of their newest family member, McKenna Luzynski ’18 was there to share their joy. “I got to see the ultrasound and watch the mom interact with the […]


Furman, USC School of Medicine Greenville forge new early admissions agreement

A unique agreement between Furman and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville (USCSOMG) will allow up to five Furman juniors each year to gain early admission to the medical school. The arrangement is designed to help Furman’s pre-med students avoid the expense, travel and stress of the regular medical school admission process as they complete their degree programs at the university. Rising juniors at Furman, or members of the Class of 2017, are eligible to participate in the new early admissions program.


New medical school scholarship established for Furman graduates

Thanks to the generosity of the Sanders Family Foundation of Greenville, a Furman graduate will be able to attend the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville on a full scholarship throughout the student’s time at the medical school. Dr. John Sanders, a Greenville physician and 1988 Furman graduate, said his family wanted to ensure that financial circumstances were not a deterrent for a deserving young Furman alumnus to attend medical school. The first recipient of the Paladin Scholarship is Taylor Mitchell of Hephzibah, Ga., who graduated from Furman in 2015 with a degree in biology.

Furman hosts faculty workshop on public engagement

Should liberal arts colleges engage the public? If so, how and when and on what questions? What does public engagement mean for college professors and to what extent should it be promoted? Seventeen professors from eight liberal arts colleges nationwide gathered at Furman University from June 14-17 to share ideas and attempt to answer some […]