CLEMSON – With a number of events planned in the coming week, the College of Science is gearing up for busy days ahead.

Saturday, March 10 – CBASS features college and high school students

The Clemson Biological Sciences Annual Student Symposium (CBASS), held by the department of biological sciences, will occur in the Life Sciences Facility atrium from 9-11 a.m.

The event is centered around a poster session for undergraduate and graduate students involved in biological sciences research at Clemson University. High school students from Daniel, Pendleton and T.L. Hanna high schools will also be in attendance to present the results of their “What’s In Our Waters” (WOW) project.

The WOW project, led by graduate students here at Clemson, was created to teach students from local high schools about water quality and the importance of natural resources. As part of the project, students are first taught a lesson about water sampling by Clemson graduate students. They then put their lessons to the test by sampling local waters in the city of Clemson. After analyzing their results, the students are taught how to present their results in the form of a scientific poster.

High school students have been presenting their water quality studies at CBASS since the project’s inception in 2013.

For more information about CBASS, contact Amanda Palecek (

Saturday, March 10: Chemistry symposium features expert on Mars

The 3rd Annual Chemistry Research Symposium will also be held on Saturday from 9-noon in the Hendrix Student Center (Almeda R. Jacks Ballrooms and McKissick Theatre) on Clemson’s campus. The symposium will include a two-hour poster session followed by a keynote address titled “Chemistry on Mars: Zapping Rocks with the ChemCam Laser on Curiosity,” which will feature Dr. Roger Wiens from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Wiens has been the leader of the ChemCam laser instrument on the Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in 2012. In this role, he directs the U.S. and French teams that operate the ChemCam, and he helps to interpret data gathered from the rover. Wiens has been involved in other NASA robotic missions as well, including Stardust, Mars Odyssey, Lunar Prospector and Deep Space-One, which include missions to the Moon, Mars and distant comets. He is also directing the development of a new laser instrument slated to replace the ChemCam in 2020, called the SuperCam. In 2016, Wiens was knighted by the government of France for his work in “forging strong ties between the French and American scientific communities” and for “inspiring many young, ambitious earthlings.”

Alumni, representatives from local industry and students from local public schools are encouraged to attend the symposium. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

For more details on the Chemistry Research Symposium, contact George Chumanov ( or visit the symposium’s website here.

Saturday, March 10: An out-of-this-world adventure for all ages

Professors and students from the department of physics and astronomy and the Clemson Nanomaterials Institute will be leading demonstrations at Space Day, an annual event held at the Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include space-related arts and crafts as well as interesting demonstrations, such as rocket launches, flight simulators and rocket balloons. Kevin Metrocavage, the operations manager for the International Space Station, will speak at the event about his experiences with NASA and the ISS.

Members from Clemson University will be located at the Symmes Hall of Science in the Upper Lobby and in Lab 8 on the same level. Clemson EMAG!NE, an outreach group from the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, will also be holding demonstrations at the event in Lab 2 in the lower level of Symmes Hall. Other organizations represented at the event include Greenville Technical College’s Aircraft Maintenance Technology program and Wade Hampton High School’s FIRST Robotics Team 283, The Generals, among others.

For more information, visit Roper Mountain’s website here.

Thursday, March 15: “The Biophysics of DNA Strand Displacement”

In celebration of biophysics week, the Clemson Student Chapter of the Biophysical Society will be hosting Professor Harold Kim from the Georgia Tech School of Physics on March 15.

Kim will be giving a lecture on DNA strand displacement, which will take place in Kinard Hall G-01 at 4 p.m.

At Georgia Tech, Kim’s lab group experimentally studies the physics of genome architecture to understand how our each of our cells can fit two-meters-worth of DNA.

Friday, March 16: “The Physics of How Cells Move”

On Friday afternoon, the department of physics and astronomy will open their doors for lab tours, a planetarium show and a general public talk with Clemson professor Joshua Alper.

Alper – whose research is interested in systems with molecular motor proteins – will speak on the physics of how cells move at 5 p.m. in the Watt Family Innovation Center, Room 106.

For more information about events concerning biophysics week, contact Hugo Sanabria (