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  • Clemson program ranked No. 1 among national online graduate education programs for second year
    Michael Staton | January 15, 2019
    CU Online

    U.S. News & World Report once again has ranked a Clemson University College of Education program as the best online graduate education program in the nation in 2019. The college’s Master of Education in Teaching and Learning program retains the top spot for the second year in a row.

  • Graduation spotlight: Cordell’s late nights pay off
    Philip Sikes | December 19, 2018
    December 2018 graduate Madeline Cordell in front of the Trustee House for a photo shoot.

    You’ll have to forgive Madeline Cordell if she seems a little anxious for Thursday’s 9:30 a.m. commencement at Clemson University. After all, the graduating senior has had a close brush with embarrassment before. “I almost took out the principal at my high school graduation,” she laughed. “I always seem to trip when I’m on stage. My family’s waiting to see what will happen. Maybe I’ll wear flip flops instead of heels.”

  • ‘Cyborg laureate’ Jillian Weise finds freedom in words
    Ken Scar | December 18, 2018
    Jillian Weise, head shot, wearing a pink shirt with frilly collar and straight black hair.

    Jillian Weise is comfortable with words. She’s comfortable with writing them, accepting them, and rejecting them. Some words she uses to describe herself: provocative, disabled and amputee. Some words she rejects: inspirational, courageous and brave. As associate professor of creative writing at Clemson she spends her days gently encouraging students - many who don’t consider themselves poets or even writers - to fully open their minds and hearts to words.

Research


  • Mojave rattlesnakes’ life-threatening venom is more widespread than expected
    Hannah Halusker | January 14, 2019
    A coiled up rattlesnake

    It was thought that Mojave rattlesnakes with hemorrhagic venom only lived in Arizona, but new research from Clemson University scientists documents hemorrhagic and neurotoxic venom types throughout the U.S. and Mexico, and even hybrid venom in which one snake exhibits both types.

  • Clemson facemask research continues in quest to help reduce brain injuries
    Denise Attaway | January 4, 2019
    Alex Bina (left), Gregory Batt (center) and john Desjardins are using a linear drop tower with an anthropomorphic head model for their football helmet facemask tests.

    Football helmets have evolved since first introduced about 100 years ago. So when the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide battle it out in the College Football National Championship game Monday night, teams' helmets will be much safer than earlier versions. But could football helmets be made even safer? A Clemson research team believes so.

  • Clemson researchers: Trees grow more efficient leaves to compensate for hurricane damage
    Steven Bradley | December 18, 2018
    Vista overlooking Guanica, Puerto Rico.

    When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico last year, ecologists at Clemson’s Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science took the opportunity to study how hurricanes affect tropical dry forests in the Caribbean. Doctoral student Tristan Allerton presented findings from the year-long field study Tuesday at the British Ecological Society’s annual conference.

Economic Development


  • Overall S.C. ag outlook strong, but weather, trade affecting cotton and soybeans
    Denise Attaway | December 13, 2018
    Clemson experts say the 2018 cotton season could be better than the record setting season of 2017.

    With a focus on economic development, the South Carolina agricultural industry is poised for positive productivity in 2019.

  • ExxonMobil sponsors Deep Orange sustainability concept vehicle at Clemson University
    Ashley Boncimino | December 6, 2018
    Image of covered car with CU-ICAR logo

    Clemson University students are partnering with industry leaders to create sustainable solutions for the lifecycle of vehicles. Sponsored by ExxonMobil, graduate automotive engineering students in the university’s flagship Deep Orange program will develop a next-generation sustainable concept vehicle.

  • Clemson-based project aims to transform Southeastern feed grain industry
    Steven Bradley | November 13, 2018
    Grain sorghum grows in a field during commercial trials.

    A concept born out of research from Clemson University’s Advanced Plant Technology (APT) Program is taking shape as a company that seeks to revolutionize regional agriculture by building a feed grain pipeline through the Southeast. The company, Carolina Seed Systems, is working to address a lack of feed grain hybrid crop development and a regional feed shortage by creating a grower-focused company to take advantage of South Carolina’s unique environment to maximize crop productivity.

University News


  • Clemson is national champion of GameDay Recycling, too
    January 18, 2019
    Clemson fans tailgate outside Death Valley.

    The Clemson Tigers are national champions of college football, but Clemson fans and employees are national champions, too. For the second year in a row, Clemson University is the national champion in the 2018 GameDay Recycling Challenge. Fans and employees recycled 123,661 pounds of gameday refuse, 25,000 pounds more than last year’s 98,521 pounds.

  • Clemson to bring ‘Heat’ to first Lowcountry Student Summit
    Wanda Johnson | January 14, 2019
    Lowcountry Student Summit logo

    The phrase knowledge is power may not be trending on Twitter right now, but it will be all the buzz at the inaugural Clemson University Lowcountry Student Summit. The summit is an extension of the Clemson University Men of Color National Summit, an annual event that brings together high school and college students, business professionals, educators, government officials and community leaders from around the country to emphasize the importance of education, best practices and choices to increase high school and college graduation rates.

  • Pete and Sally Smith Foundation donates $100k to Sullivan Center’s mobile health initiatives
    Michael Staton | January 2, 2019
    Sullivan Center Mobile Clinic

    Clemson’s Joseph F. Sullivan Center plans to use a $100,000 gift from the Pete and Sally Smith Foundation to expand its mobile outreach efforts. The center will use funds to purchase two mid-sized SUVs that it will employ to more efficiently provide follow-up visits or specific health care services in conjunction with the center’s larger mobile clinic.

Public Service and Agriculture


  • Clemson seeks funding to keep SC farmers competitive nationally and globally
    Steven Bradley | January 18, 2019
    Thomas Legare addresses House subcommittee.

    In a hearing before a House subcommittee Wednesday, Clemson Public Service and Agriculture and university officials requested state investments in programs and facilities to help conserve South Carolina’s water resources, keep its farmers nationally and internationally competitive, and support prosperous and healthy families.

  • Clemson officials increase areas of sweet potato weevil and Benghal dayflower quarantines
    Jonathan Veit | January 16, 2019
    Benghal dayflower

    Clemson University’s Department of Plant Industry (DPI) has issued updated quarantine information related to two crop pests: sweet potato weevil and Benghal dayflower. The agency expanded a longstanding quarantine due to sweet potato weevils in Charleston and Beaufort counties to include Jasper, Colleton and Berkeley counties. The agency also increased an area of quarantine in Aiken County due to Benghal dayflower. The original quarantine was implemented in November 2016. The area now includes a section forming a triangle from north latitude 33.380, east to U.S. Highway 1, south to U.S. Highway 125 and north back to north latitude 33.380.

  • New pest found in Darlington County forces some states to quarantine S.C. sweet potatoes
    Jonathan Veit | January 9, 2019
    Sweet potato with bumps from infection

    A new pest detected in two farm fields in Darlington County has resulted in a quarantine of South Carolina sweet potatoes by Louisiana and Mississippi. Guava root-knot nematode was detected in the Darlington County fields during a routine survey by Clemson University’s Department of Plant Industry (DPI) in September 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in January 2018.

People


  • Clemson agricultural education professor recognized with national award
    Steven Bradley | January 16, 2019
    Clemson University Professor Phil Fravel with former Agricultural Education students.

    Clemson University Professor Phil Fravel, a faculty member in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, was one of only six regional recipients of the National Association of Agricultural Educators Teacher Mentor Award, given at the NAAE annual convention in San Antonio, Texas, on Nov. 29, 2018.

  • Debra Jackson appointed director of Clemson’s Emeritus College
    John Gouch | January 8, 2019
    Debra B. Jackson

    Debra B. Jackson, professor emerita of nursing at Clemson University, has been appointed director of the Emeritus College, which comprises retired Clemson faculty members who continue to serve the university as mentors and in other roles.

  • Graduation spotlight: Cordell’s late nights pay off
    Philip Sikes | December 19, 2018
    December 2018 graduate Madeline Cordell in front of the Trustee House for a photo shoot.

    You’ll have to forgive Madeline Cordell if she seems a little anxious for Thursday’s 9:30 a.m. commencement at Clemson University. After all, the graduating senior has had a close brush with embarrassment before. “I almost took out the principal at my high school graduation,” she laughed. “I always seem to trip when I’m on stage. My family’s waiting to see what will happen. Maybe I’ll wear flip flops instead of heels.”

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