Stories by Laura Schmitt

  • Meredith Morris and grad student in lab

    Clemson scientists working to find new ways to combat parasitic diseases that afflict millions

    February 21, 2020

    CLEMSON, South Carolina — In the quest to develop more effective treatments for parasitic diseases like African sleeping sickness, Chagas disease and Leishmaniasis, scientists look for weaknesses in the organisms’ molecular machinery. These weaknesses can then be targeted with drug therapies designed to kill the parasites. While they’ve made significant strides in recent years, scientists […]

  • Science and art theatrical production ignites awareness of marine conservation

    February 21, 2020

    LIBERTY — With catchy musical numbers, colorful sets and characters, and interactive marine exhibits following the show, Something Very Fishy is an educational family-friendly event that demonstrates the importance of protecting our oceans and keeping them clean for all oceanic life and the overall health of our planet. The show is playing at the Pickens […]

  • Renee Lyons talking to high school students

    High school students learn about Clemson health majors at Tigers on Call event

    February 19, 2020

    CLEMSON — Ten motivated ninth through twelfth graders attended the first annual College of Science Tigers on Call II: Path to Health Professions event for high school students on Feb. 17, 2020, at Clemson University. The participants explored Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career paths to becoming a doctor or other type of healthcare […]

  • Jenna Carpenter speaker

    Celebrated scientist to speak at Clemson in support of women in STEM and computing

    February 14, 2020

    CLEMSON — Jenna Carpenter, who was named by Dreambox Learning as one of the “10 Women in STEM who Rock” along with Chelsea Clinton and IT executive Marissa Mayer, will speak on campus about women’s contributions to the history of computing. Her talk, “Top Secret: Women’s Contributions to the History of Computing,” will take place […]

  • Clemson cancer-detection biosensor featured on World Cancer Day

    February 6, 2020

    The American Institute of Physics (AIP) “Scilight” featured physics assistant professor Rama Podila’s latest cancer-detection biosensor work on World Cancer Day (Feb. 4, 2020). Podila and his graduate students Bipin Sharma and Prakash Parajuli developed a sensing technique to detect up to femtomoles of a particular protein (uPA) that indicates cancer metastasis. The team combined quantum mechanical […]

  • Fun w chemistry 2020

    Clemson students share the ‘fun’ in fundamentals of chemistry with area children

    February 4, 2020

    LIBERTY – The Sarlin Community Branch Library was transformed into a science lab Feb. 1 as Clemson chemistry students and area children created slime, dissolved Styrofoam and made glassware disappear as part of the third annual “Fun With Chemistry” outreach event. More than 20 students from the Chemistry Graduate Student Organization and Student Affiliates of […]

  • William Kimler

    College of Science celebrates Darwin Day with guest lecture honoring famed scientist

    February 4, 2020

    CLEMSON — William Kimler, an associate professor of history at North Carolina State University, will speak on campus about Charles Darwin and his vast contributions to holistic sciences. Kimler’s talk will focus on the global natural history fields that were emerging in the mid-1800s, while highlighting the innovation Darwin brought to ecology and evolution. His lecture […]

  • Seifert biochem alumnus

    Alumni spotlight: Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellow Bryce Seifert

    February 3, 2020

    CLEMSON — Like many teenagers starting out, Bryce Seifert (B.S. 2007, genetics) landed a job washing dishes — just not at the local diner. As a Clemson freshman, Seifert launched his research career by washing glassware in the lab of genetics professor Julia Frugoli. “It was competitive to be an undergraduate researcher, but she graciously […]

  • Mackenzie Foster

    Clemson alumna Foster earns top honors from national leadership honor society

    February 3, 2020

    CLEMSON —Recent Clemson University College of Science graduate Mackenzie Foster was named the 2019 Leader of the Year in Scholarship by Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society, which provided her with a $1,000 graduate/professional studies scholarship. Foster was recognized for her role in the ODK Clemson chapter’s fundraising operations, including the establishment […]

  • Clarice Clemmens alumna

    Alumni spotlight: ENT physician Clarice Seifert Clemmens

    January 31, 2020

    CLEMSON – “I don’t even know how to put into words what a tremendous impact Clemson had on my life,” said Clarice Seifert Clemmens (B.S. 2005-Biochemistry), a successful pediatric otolaryngologist and faculty member at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. As a student, Clemmens played cello in the campus orchestra; participated in […]

  • Elaine Ostrander headshot

    Canine genome project pioneer Elaine Ostrander to speak on campus January 31

    January 28, 2020

    CLEMSON — Dr. Elaine Ostrander, a pioneer in the field of comparative genomics known for her leadership on the canine genome project, will speak on campus about how scientists are using unprecedented amounts of genetic data from more than 1,000 dogs of various breeds to better understand the animals’ genetic diversity and behavior. Her talk, […]

  • Sumanta Tewari physics prof

    Physics professor’s perspective article appears in the journal Science

    January 15, 2020

    CLEMSON – College of Science researcher Sumanta Tewari, an expert in theoretical condensed matter physics, has published a perspective article in Science describing current research on a novel quantum particle with applications for quantum computing. Tewari’s collaborative article titled “Majorana fermions go for a ride” appeared in Science on Jan. 2. West Virginia professor Tudor […]

  • Troutman physics alumnus

    Alumni spotlight: Educator Matthew Troutman

    January 14, 2020

    CLEMSON — As a doctoral candidate at Clemson a decade ago, Matthew Troutman (M.S. 2007 + Ph.D. 2010 physics) taught an undergraduate astronomy lab course. He enjoyed the experience so much that he changed his career path from astrophysics research to pre-college education and leadership. Today, Troutman is a faculty member and director of teaching […]

  • Zhicheng Dou sitting at microscope in his lab

    New grant enables Clemson researcher to further combat widespread parasitic disease

    January 9, 2020

    CLEMSON, South Carolina — Biological sciences assistant professor Zhicheng Dou has received a $1.85 million collaborative grant from the National Institutes of Health to better understand the molecular mechanisms of the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, a widespread human infectious disease afflicting more than 40 million people. Dou’s work might help pave the way for finding […]

  • Timo Heister standing outside near mountain

    Clemson mathematician helps deepen understanding of Earth’s mysterious mantle

    January 6, 2020

    CLEMSON, South Carolina — More than 1,800 miles thick and sandwiched between the Earth’s surface and its super-hot core, the mantle is made up of hot, iron-rich rock that slowly moves upward to cool. Known as convection, this process of heat transfer causes a cascade of geological events that lead to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or […]