SEPTEMBER–OCTOBER 2021

COMING HOME

This fall, we welcomed our largest freshman class to Clemson, and the energy on our campus is palpable. Students followed the paws on the roads leading to campus, coming home to one of our nation’s top research and teaching universities with a student experience second to none.
This summer, we celebrated alumna Emily Wallace ’72. Her latest gift establishes the Emily Peek Wallace ’72 Endowed Directorship for the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. Emily is a trailblazer, first as a student and then in industry. She continues that trend with the first endowed faculty position in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences.
Thank you to those who gave to the College of Science this past year. Your support helps us recruit and retain top faculty, staff and students. Together, we are advancing scientific discovery, learning and engagement that is both locally relevant and globally impactful.
I look forward to seeing you as you come home to Clemson this fall!
Go Tigers!
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Woman (Emily Peek Wallace) in grassy field with pi symbol statue behind her.

Making a difference

Emily Peek Wallace ’72 knows the importance of getting an opportunity. The first-generation college graduate was a trailblazer during her time at Clemson and she has dedicated much of her career creating innovative opportunities for underrepresented scientists. She’s continuing that legacy through a $1.25 million gift, the largest given to the College of Science since its inception in 2016. Find out how the gift will support the next generation of mathematicians. ➥ Read more about this $1.25 million gift

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Woman (Keisha Cook) by a tree outside.

Meet a Scientist: Keisha Cook

Meet Keisha Cook, an assistant professor in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. Here’s what she had to say about mathematics, Clemson and life outside of work. ➥ Learn more about Keisha Cook 
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Man (Yanzhang (Charlie) Wei) in lab.

Natural Killers: Targeting Breast Cancer

The human body’s immune system has natural killer cells. Clemson University researcher Yanzhang (Charlie) Wei has developed a bifunctional protein that triggers them to target and kill breast cancer tumor cells. The novel approach to breast cancer-specific immunotherapy could lead to a new treatment options for the world’s most common cancer. ➥ Read more about breast cancer research
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Mackay elected to society founded by Benjamin Franklin

Trudy Mackay was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society. She is the first professor at Clemson to become a member.

Ajello Receives Award

Marco Ajello, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, received the 2021 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research.

Science Alumni Honored

The Clemson Young Alumni Council included two science alumni — Dorothy H. Askins and Rebecca Leigh Stratford — in its 2020 Roaring10 young alumni award recipients. Each year, the Council honors 10 individuals who received undergraduate or graduate degrees within the past 10 years and who exemplify Clemson’s core values.

COSMIC featured in INSIGHT Into Diversity

COSMIC, the College of Science’s peer-to-peer mentoring program that supports incoming students in their transition to college, received a 2021 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

New Podcast: ‘BA in Science,’ hosted by Chemistry Alumni

Chemistry Ph.D. alumnae Brynna Quarles has teamed up with her mathematician sister Maggie to start a history of science podcast called “BA in Science.”
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