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McCausland Fellows

Biological anthropologist Sharon DeWitte is part of the second group of professors from the College of Arts and Sciences at UofSC to be named McCausland Fellows.

Professors rewarded for outstanding research, teaching

Posted on: 10/27/2014; Updated on: 10/30/2014

Sharon DeWitte first became interested in bones at the age of 14, when the California native had surgery to correct scoliosis of the spine. 

Now she spends weeks each summer in London, where she analyzes the skeletal remains of more than a thousand men, women and children who lived before, during and after the Black Death.

She is looking for clues about who survived, who died and “how the disease might have shaped human evolution.”

“We should always expect mortality to be selective and to target certain individuals. So if we expect that, then we can identify the factors that are going to elevate someone’s risk of death in future epidemics, and then we can actually do something to reduce these risks,” says DeWitte, a biological anthropologist and professor at the University of South Carolina.

DeWitte is part of the second group of professors from the College of Arts and Sciences at UofSC to be named McCausland Fellows. The fellowships reward professors for excellence in teaching and research and are funded by a $10 million endowment given to the college by alumnus Peter McCausland (’71), chairman and chief executive officer of Pennsylvania-based Airgas Inc., and his wife, Bonnie.

DeWitte’s research informs her teaching.

 

Please click here for the entire article from Uof SC Today about all four of this year's recipients from UofSC:http://www.sc.edu/uofsc/stories/2014/10_mccausland_fellows_2014.php#.VFI_y2ciBD9