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  • College of Science student receives prestigious Astronaut Scholar Award

    June 14, 2017

    Caitlin Seluzicki, a rising senior majoring in microbiology at Clemson University, is the latest of more than 400 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) scholars to receive the Astronaut Foundation Scholarship.

  • Photograph of white light corona by Dr. Charles Keller, LANL.

    26 AND COUNTING / The Liebenberg Chronicles / Eclipses 7-9

    June 12, 2017

    Clemson scientist Donald Liebenberg has personally witnessed and researched 26 total solar eclipses in the past 60-plus years. For eclipses 7, 8 and 9 he is in the air above Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico, Canada, and Western Africa, respectively.

  • Clemson scientist’s paper on ‘space weather’ garners international attention

    June 9, 2017

    CLEMSON, South Carolina – Clemson University physicist Jens Oberheide’s collaborative research on “space weather” – which was published in an international journal in 2015 – has since caught fire in the worldwide scientific community. Oberheide recently received the “Most Accessed Paper Award 2017” in Progress in Earth and Planetary Science (PEPS), which is the journal […]

  • Recent Clemson graduate uncovers a link between environmental toxicants and lipid metabolism

    June 9, 2017

    CLEMSON — While working for an environmental nonprofit organization in India, Namrata Sengupta investigated how poor waste management and sanitation practices can impact the environment and public health. Her work sparked an interest in environmental toxicology and led her to Clemson University in 2011 as a doctoral student in the field. Sengupta spent her time […]

  • Astronomers care because total solar eclipses provide an optimal opportunity to study the sun’s corona, which includes the solar wind that travels millions of miles from the solar surface.

    Five things you should know about total solar eclipses

    June 8, 2017

    CLEMSON, South Carolina – The sun, Earth and moon have been swirling together through the depths of space for billions of years, intertwined like cosmic dancers. For almost countless millennia, solar eclipses have been a part of this dance. Over the past couple of thousand years, recorded history has shown that the moon has passed […]

  • The eclipse path will be from Oregon to South Carolina.

    Nightfall in the middle of the day

    June 8, 2017

    A sunlit sky turns pitch dark in the middle of the day as the moon moves between the Earth and the sun: a total solar eclipse. The last time such an eclipse occurred over Clemson was June 24, 1778. Now, 239 years later, Clemson University researchers prepare for the Aug. 21 coast-to-coast eclipse.

  • (From left) Donald Liebenberg, Amber Porter and Dieter Hartmann conducted interviews with NPR at the Clemson Broadcast Production studio.

    Three Clemson scientists interviewed by national NPR science reporter about upcoming eclipse

    June 7, 2017

    CLEMSON, South Carolina – Three Clemson University astronomers were recently interviewed about the upcoming total solar eclipse by National Public Radio’s Nell Greenfieldboyce, a science and technology reporter based in Washington, D.C. Professor Dieter Hartmann, adjunct professor Donald Liebenberg and lecturer Amber Porter – all of the department of physics and astronomy in the College […]

  • In a total eclipse, Earth is completely darkened by the moon’s cone-shaped umbra. In a partial eclipse, only a chunk of the sun is visible from behind the moon, casting the moon’s penumbra on Earth. Lastly, an annular eclipse results in the sun appearing as a lopsided ring of light because the moon’s antumbra is shading Earth.

    How the moon’s shadow creates varying types of solar eclipses

    June 6, 2017

    The waxing and waning of the moon appear to us in phases over the course of a lunar month, which takes approximately 29 days to complete. One half of the moon’s surface that is facing towards the sun is always illuminated, but as the moon’s orbit brings it around the Earth, we see different portions […]

  • Clemson scientists share the excitement of solar eclipse at Anderson school

    June 5, 2017

    A solar eclipse will occur on Aug. 21 over much of the Upstate, but it will not be the result of a sky-dragon eating the sun. At least, that’s one of the messages that physics and astronomy graduate student Andrew Garmon conveyed to about 300 third- and fourth-grade students at McLees Elementary School.

  • Eclipse team members are shown in the cockpit of the NC-135. The telescope barrel is at right.

    26 AND COUNTING / The Liebenberg Chronicles / Eclipse 6

    June 4, 2017

    Clemson scientist Donald Liebenberg has personally witnessed and researched 26 total solar eclipses in the past 60-plus years. Here he is again in an airplane, but this time almost 40,000 feet above the South Atlantic off the coasts of Argentina and Brazil in November 1966.

  • Clemson mathematician Lea Jenkins (left) discusses her project with France Córdova, the director of the National Science Foundation.

    Clemson mathematician’s research featured at national exhibition in Washington

    May 31, 2017

    A Clemson University mathematician’s research on precision farming was featured at the prestigious Coalition for National Science Funding’s 23rd annual exhibition and reception.

  • Come learn about the effects of climate change on everyday life during a lecture series at the Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science

    Clemson lecture series addresses effects of climate change

    May 31, 2017

    The Earth’s rising temperatures are creating changes that affect everyone and researchers at Clemson University’s Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science plan to educate the public about them in a new lecture series.

  • From left, Ken Williamson, Donald Liebenberg and Walt Wolff operate a conglomeration of equipment they named the Rube Goldberg, after the American artist known for his zany invention cartoons.

    26 AND COUNTING / The Liebenberg Chronicles / Eclipse 5

    May 29, 2017

    Clemson scientist Donald Liebenberg has personally witnessed and researched 26 total solar eclipses in the past 60-plus years. Here he in an airplane 40,000 feet above the South Pacific in May 1965.

  • Staff members from the College of Science’s five departments gathered on May 24 at Clemson Outdoor Lab’s Kresge Hall for the college’s first annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon.

    College of Science honors its dedicated staff at awards luncheon

    May 26, 2017

    CLEMSON – Staff members from the College of Science’s five departments gathered on May 24 at Clemson Outdoor Lab’s Kresge Hall for the college’s first annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon. Dean Mark Leising welcomed staff from the departments of biological sciences, chemistry, genetics and biochemistry, mathematical sciences, and physics and astronomy. He distributed seven awards to […]

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    Eight students selected for National Scholars Program at Clemson University

    May 24, 2017

    Clemson University selected eight students for the 2017 National Scholars Program, the university’s most selective academic merit program.