Clemson University Feature Stories

Archive for September, 2011

Teaching students about farming — investigating the spokes and switches beneath the John Deere green

Friday, September 30th, 2011
Members of Clemson

By taking a cutaway tractor to schools across the state, students in Clemson’s agricultural mechanization and business (Ag Mech) major are able to show elementary-age children the inner workings of a tractor. Their aim is to raise awareness and show these children that the realities of agriculture and engineering technology hit closer to home than they might’ve imagined.

New Clemson book makes perfect holiday gift

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
Historian and professor emeritus Jerome Reel will sign copies of his book from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 30, at the Library Book Sale.

Historian and professor emeritus Jerome Reel will sign copies of his book from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 30, at the Library Book Sale. Look for his table on the lower level plaza of the R.M. Cooper Library.

Clemson scientists are hot on the trail of greener, better biofuels

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
Genomist Alex Feltus analyzes 400 varieties of sorghum to identify the ones most easily converted to fuel.

At Clemson the search for oil substitutes is, well, energetic. Researchers are cooking up a storm. Let’s look in the kitchen.

With five siblings on campus this year — and two more with Clemson degrees — the Sanders family is truly Solid Orange

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
The Sanders family in 2011 from left to right, Patricia Sanders Merritt, Allison Sanders, Tom Sanders, Bill Sanders, Lisa Sanders Perini, Lindsey Sanders, Mac Sanders and Leslie Sanders.

At the head of this clan is Bill Sanders, who earned his mechanical engineering degree from Clemson in 1961. Science and math skills seem to run strong in the Sanders family, and the kids — all of whom are in a science or engineering field — attribute it to their parents.

Following the Deans

Monday, September 19th, 2011
Professors Brian and Delphine Dean met more than 12 years ago during their undergraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and have made Clemson their academic home.

Brian and Delphine Dean have more in common than just a last name. They are two of the College of Engineering and Science’s most distinguished professors who also happen to share a dual academic career, an extensive list of awards and accolades, and a passion for research.

More than words on a page

Friday, September 16th, 2011
Trina Zeiler, far right, and her sister Kristen Zeiler, first row far left, with students and teachers from Louverture Cleary School in Haiti.

Alumna Trina Zeiler wanted to know how the pictures and words in a text stood next to the real world they described. So, she traveled to Haiti to see if what she read really was how it looked and felt. Read her story through her own words on a page.

Jennifer Shurley shares her passion for service with students

Monday, September 12th, 2011
This past May, associate director of civic engagement Jennifer Shurley, right, used her connections to friends in Alabama to quickly coordinate a trip for 34 Clemson students and staff to travel there to help victims of the deadly April tornadoes.

From Mexico to the Appalachian Mountains, Jennifer Shurley spent a lot of time throughout high school, college and beyond helping a variety of people. Now, as Clemson’s associate director of civic engagement, she’s providing resources to students so they can have the same life-changing experiences.

Expressing science through words

Monday, September 12th, 2011
Professor Steve Katz, second from right, discusses the results of a National Science Foundation grant with faculty and students.

When we have the opportunity to hear scientists speak directly about such critical issues, we’re sometimes left even more confused. At Clemson, professor Steve Katz is finding ways to help students of science gain a better understanding of scientific communication, both within their own fields and with the public.

This year, three Clemson professors are taking on dorm life

Friday, September 2nd, 2011
Vernon and Georganne Burton have taken up residence in the Fraternity and Sorority Quad after raising five daughters of their own. They are part of the first year for the new Faculty in Residence program on Clemson

Clemson University housing is breathing new life into an old concept with the start of its new Faculty In Residence program.