What’s Happening at Clemson

April 30-May 8, 2016

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Wednesday (May 4)

President James P. Clements will announce a major research grant awarded to Clemson by the National Institutes of Health during the annual Research Symposium at 11:30 a.m. in the Watt Family Innovation Center on the Clemson campus. The grant is among the largest ever awarded to Clemson from the NIH. It will fund research into some of the world’s deadliest disease-causing agents. Others in attendance will be two co-principal investigators of the grant, the vice president for research and many other scientists. A brief Q&A will follow the announcement. For information, contact Clinton Colmenares (ccolmen@clemson.edu, 919-548-6493).

Thursday (May 5)

There will be a Doctoral Hooding Ceremony for spring 2016 Ph.D. recipients at 3 p.m. at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. For information, contact Jill Bunch (jillbb@clemson.edu, 864-656-1340).

Friday (May 6)

The semester-ending General Faculty Meeting will be at 10 a.m. at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. For information, contact Ken Scar (kscar@clemson.edu, 864-656-1220).

PHOTO/VIDEO OP: Army and Air Force ROTC cadets will become officers at the spring 2016 Commissioning Ceremony at 2:30 p.m. in Tillman Hall auditorium. After the ceremony, the officers will move to the Military Heritage Plaza for the traditional Silver Dollar Salute, the first salute received by the new officer from an enlisted member. As a sign of mutual respect, the officer presents the enlisted member with a silver dollar. For information, contact Lt. Col. James Mullinax (mullin6@clemson.edu, 864-656-3107).

The Carolina Gold Rice Foundation will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the U.S. Vegetable Laboratory adjacent to Clemson University’s Coastal Research and Education Center in Charleston. The speakers will discuss different aspects of heirloom grain histories, seed-saving efforts and future projects. Among them will be Clemson researcher Brian Ward; Steve Kresovich, director of the Clemson Institute of Translational Genetics and the Advanced Plant Technology Program, who will speak on the Sapelo Purple Ribbon sugar cane repatriation and plans for sour orange cultivation on the island; and Merle Shepard, professor emeritus of entomology, who will talk about wild pollinators. For information, contact Stephanie Barna at 843-209-3736.

Saturday (May 7)

Nearly 3,300 students will graduate from Clemson University at three spring commencement ceremonies at Bons Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville. The first will begin at 9:30 a.m., the second at 2:30 p.m. and the third at 6:30 p.m. GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony. (See related story.) All three ceremonies will be streamed live online at http://www.clemson.edu/tv/live. For information, contact Cal Becker (bcalvin@clemson.edu, 864-656-2174).

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