CLEMSON – Jim Melvin, public information director for Clemson University’s College of Science, has won gold and silver medals in the 2017 Association for Communication Excellence’s critique and awards program.

Melvin won a gold medal in the category “Writing for Magazines” for an article titled “Appalachian Odyssey,” which featured Clemson University scientist Rob Baldwin. He and his family – wife Betty and children Ella and Julian – spent three months exploring virtually the entire length of the Appalachian Mountains for the sake of conservation.

April 6, 2017 - Jim Melvin, Director of public communications and marketing for the College of Science.

Jim Melvin

Melvin won silver in the category “Writing for the Web” for a media release titled “Clemson scientists unraveling astonishing complexities of the butterfly proboscis,” about the research of university entomologist Peter Adler and materials science and engineer Kostya Kornev. Adler and Kornev have spent the past decade exploring the unique intricacies of a naturally engineered feeding tube that butterflies and other insects have been refining for millions of years.

Melvin also won a gold medal in “Writing for the Web” in the association’s 2016 contest for a story titled “Clemson forestry professor takes students to magical mountains.”

The Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) is an international association of communicators, educators and information technologists that focuses on agriculture, natural resources and life and human sciences. ACE has more than 350 members, and this year’s awards competition received 315 entries.

Melvin, who joined Clemson University in January 2015, won the awards during his two-year stint as a writer for Public Service and Agriculture and the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences. In February of this year, Melvin became public information director for the College of Science.

“Though I’m proud of these awards, the credit really goes to the scientists at Clemson who are doing such amazing work,” Melvin said. “Telling their stories is the easy part. What the university’s researchers are accomplishing is what impresses me.”

Melvin will be presented the two 2017 awards at ACE’s annual conference in New Orleans in June.