CLEMSON – Jim Melvin, an award-winning journalist for the Tampa Bay Times, Greenville News and Charlotte Observer, has been named director of public communications and marketing for Clemson University’s College of Science.

Melvin joined the university in January 2015 as a media specialist for Public Service and Agriculture (PSA) and the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS). During his first year at Clemson, he won a gold medal in the national Association of Communications Excellence contest in the category “Writing for the Web.” The story was titled “Clemson forestry professor takes students to magical mountains.”

Jim Melvin

Jim Melvin

“The College of Science has many great stories of research discoveries and student and faculty accomplishments to tell,” said Mark Leising, interim dean of the College of Science. “Jim Melvin has the right experience to tell these stories to our many audiences.”

Melvin has an extensive background covering science-related topics. As a journalist, he wrote about everything from the future of the human race to erupting volcanoes. At Clemson, he has written dozens of stories that focused on the university’s globally recognized research, including diabetes, autism, obesity, genomics and Big Data.

“Although I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in PSA and CAFLS, this was an opportunity that I couldn’t resist,” Melvin said. “I’ve always been fascinated by scientists – and I’m honored to portray their important research in a manner that is both accessible and intriguing.”

Clemson University restructured its colleges effective July 1, 2016, when the College of Science was officially born. The college has five departments: biological sciences, chemistry, genetics and biochemistry, mathematical sciences and physics and astronomy.