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Accelerating Science: 2023 and beyond

As we welcome new and returning students to campus, the College of Science is embarking on new opportunities and experiences to make this another record-setting year!
Fresh on the heels of releasing our new strategic plan, Accelerate Science, we are focusing our attention and resources on increasing research impact, enhancing students’ educational experiences and amplifying engagement with our alumni, industry partners and communities — expanding how we support our students past, present and future:
  • Engaging alumni with more ways to connect, get involved and give back. Most recently, alumni joined us at the SCIENCE tent for First Friday Parade festivities. And we will welcome alumni and their families for our third annual Explore Science during Homecoming weekend.
  • Increasing experiential learning opportunities for current students. Catalyst, our annual entrepreneurship competition, launched a Creative Inquiry course to prepare students for the spring pitch competition. And a new Science-focused career fair in October will connect students with companies looking for top science talent.
  • Supporting K-12 science education to serve our state and grow the STEM pipeline. We’re welcoming Girl Scout troops to our Science Outreach Center for the first time later this month, opening more doors to scientific discovery and inspiring the next generation of leading scientists.
I invite you to help us ACCELERATE SCIENCE at Clemson by taking advantage of the many opportunities to engage, from attending events to sharing your latest professional news.
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Heroic effort

As water temperatures spiked this summer in the Florida Keys, scientists from universities, coral reef restoration groups and government agencies launched a heroic effort to save corals. Some of them have ties to the Clemson University College of Science.
Read about the efforts to save the coral reef
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Making a difference

Whether it’s being Clemson University’s first African American female student body president or working as an audiologist after she completes her schooling, Ashley McCollum wants to make change for the better.
Read about Ashley McCollum
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Birds, dinosaurs and human health

At first glance, it doesn’t look like there would be any connection between birds, dinosaurs and human health. But an unexpected discovery by a Clemson University biologist and her collaborator found there is.
Read about the research
Decorative header: Alumni Spotlight
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Dr. Arpita Gupta DePalma ’95

Dr. Arpita Gupta DePalma had it all laid out. Go to Clemson, major in biological sciences, go to medical school and become a physician. But that path changed when she turned to a mindset coach and enrolled in a coaching program for women physicians, a decision that not only transformed her life, but altered her career path as well.
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Register to attend Clemson’s Ethics Day keynote address

The College of Science is hosting Clemson University’s sixth annual Ethics Day on October 18. Dr. Lyric Jorgenson, acting associate director for science policy and the acting director of the Office of Science Policy at the National Institute of Health, will deliver the keynote address. Register to attend the keynote either in person or virtually.

College of Science hires director of industry partnerships

Mallory Neil has been named the College of Science’s inaugural director of industry partnerships. She will collaborate with industry partners to promote student experiential learning and workforce readiness, including student internships, co-ops, entrepreneurship opportunities and shadowing experiences.

Researchers study sharks in hopes of reversing declining populations

A team of Clemson researchers led by Antonio Baeza, an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, are studying the genetic connectivity among populations of different shark species. The ocean shark population has plummeted 71 percent since 1970.

Explore Science on October 6

We invite you and your family to join us for the third annual Explore Science Homecoming Celebration on Friday, October 6, from 4-6 p.m. on the lawn between Long, Martin and Kinard halls. Enjoy free science-based activities, treats and fun games for the whole family just steps away from the floats on Bowman Field. Register for Explore Science now.

It's time to tailgate

Calling all College of Science alumni. Please save the date to join us on Saturday, November 4, for the SCIENCE Alumni Tailgate before our Clemson Tigers take on the University of Notre Dame. More details to come!

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Let us know what you’re doing. Share your professional accomplishments with the College of Science, and your news may be featured on our website or in this newsletter. Share your alumni news today!
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