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Homecoming 2011 Recap

We hope you enjoyed coming back to campus for Clemson’s Homecoming last weekend. Over twelve alumni college, group or department tailgates were held, Tigerama was a huge hit as always and the Clemson family enjoyed a 36 to 14 win over Boston College. Check out this fabulous photo album to bring back memories from this fun-filled weekend or to see what you missed! From the floats on Bowman, to Tiger Walk, to game highlights and halftime presentations, there’s something for everyone.
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Offshoring Can Negatively Affect Pharmaceutical Quality

The over-the-counter or prescription medication provided in the United States may not be as safe as consumers are led to believe, according to the research findings of Aleda Roth, the Burlington Industries Professor of Supply Chain Management at Clemson University. “It is often difficult for executives to fully understand the day-to-day challenges faced by operations managers as they attempt to meet delivery pressures with both low cost and low quality risk,” Roth said.
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Graduate Students Win Peterson Prizes

Two historic South Carolina buildings are the subjects of architectural documentation drawings by Clemson University and College of Charleston students that won both first and second prizes in the Charles E. Peterson Prize competition. The annual awards, co-sponsored by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the American Institute of Architects, recognize the best set of measured drawings prepared to Historic American Buildings Survey standards and donated to HABS by students. The prizes will be presented at the annual historic resources luncheon held in conjunction with the National Trust for Historic Preservation annual conference Oct. 19-22 in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Clemson Goes Vegas

The latest in eye-tracking technology was in focus at the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics’ exhibit, “The Consumer Retail Experience by Clemson University,” at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011. Seven Clemson graduate students and two undergraduate students, all in white lab coats, greeted visitors to the exhibit and invited them to participate in a research experience as high-tech shoppers. The participants put on digital eye-tracking glasses that recorded their eye movements at 30 movements per second and showed on a computer where they looked and what attracted their attention. “This research will help to improve the speed, efficiency and sustainability of product development and packaging design,” said Chip Tonkin.
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Clemson Receives World’s Most Advanced Microscope

Clemson University’s Advanced Materials Research Laboratory (AMRL) now has one of the world’s most-advanced electron microscopes that will further the university’s leadership in nanotechnology and materials research. Thanks to a strong partnership, Hitachi High Technologies America Inc., chose Clemson for the first university installation of the Hitachi NanoDuet NB5000 Focused Ion and Electron Beam System. “The relationship already has helped Clemson build what we believe is the nation’s finest university-based electron microscope facility,” President James F. Barker said. “Electron microscopy is one of the cornerstone research capabilities that is helping Clemson University drive innovation and economic development for our state and nation."
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The Clemson Edge

We all know about Clemson’s drive to become a top-20 public research university. But you may not realize that Clemson is already ranked at No. 12 among national doctoral universities — public and private — in its commitment to undergraduate teaching. That ranking by U.S.News & World Report (2011 guide to “America’s Best Colleges”) is backed by findings from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The annual survey — given to freshmen and seniors — has five benchmarks of effective educational practice. Over the past few years Clemson has outscored its competition, both regional public university peers and those classified as Carnegie peers, in nearly every benchmark comparison on the survey.
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Professor Awarded for Excellence

Laine Mears, assistant professor of automotive engineering at Clemson University, has received the 2011 South Carolina Governor’s Young Researcher Award for Excellence in Scientific Research. Presented by Gov. Nikki Haley, it is the top state honor for young science faculty. "In his five years with us, Dr. Mears has grown to be seen by his community as a future research and manufacturing leader in South Carolina," said Imtiaz Haque.
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President Barker Appointed By NCAA

Clemson University President James F. Barker has been appointed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to serve as chairman of one of four working groups charged with recommending changes to improve the culture and operation of Division I intercollegiate athletics. “There is broad agreement among presidents, athletic directors and coaches that the NCAA rule book needs to be revised, clarified and shortened,” President James F. Barker said.
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Go Green Tailgating Trailer

A group of Clemson University students has come up with a way football fans can make tailgating more environmentally friendly. A team led by students in civil engineering and architecture designed a sustainable tailgating trailer that can be pulled by a bicycle for a Creative Inquiry project. Their goal is to reduce the carbon footprint of tailgating by providing a way to do it without using a car.
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Clemson Biochemists Discover DNA Damage Control

Clemson University researchers recently reported finding a new class of DNA repair-makers. Clemson biochemist Weiguo Cao studies how cells repair damaged DNA. The finding from Cao’s lab in the Clemson Biosystems Research Complex in collaboration with computational chemist Brian Dominy appeared in the Sept. 9 issue of The Journal of Biological Chemistry: “A new family of deamination repair enzymes in the uracil DNA glycosylase superfamily by Hyun-Wook Lee, Brian N. Dominy and Weiguo Cao.”
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Lund Legacy Lives on With Endowed Chair Gift

A new $1.25 million Carl McHenry Lund Endowed Chair in Agricultural Science at Clemson University continues a legacy for excellence in agricultural innovation that Carl Lund and his wife, Mary, began more than two decades ago.
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Nominate Outstanding Tigers

We need your help in selecting five outstanding alumni to join the Clemson Alumni Association board of directors and also one to serve in an officer’s position as President-elect, effective July 1, 2012. Nominations are due by Friday, December 30th, 2011. We're looking for candidates with sound judgment, strong work ethic, demonstrated service to the University and Alumni Association, leadership qualities and potential, and the desire and vision to advance the goals and objectives of the Alumni Association. The board is responsible for overall policy, direction and organizational vision of the Alumni Association.
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Scientists Discover Possible Key to Mysterious Metal Failure

Studying images of the very boundaries where atoms meet, a team of Clemson University and Lehigh University researchers has gained an atomic-level understanding of a spectacular form of metal failure, yielding clues to its causes that have eluded science for a century. Jian Luo, an associate professor of materials science and engineering and member of the Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET) at Clemson, said the work reveals a possible key to why certain metals become brittle and fail catastrophically after they are brought in contact with other liquid metals; for example, during welding or when applying anti-corrosion coatings.
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Tiger Band Plaza

Clemson University Tiger Band Association (CUTBA) has unveiled plans for a Tiger Band Plaza to be built on the band practice field on Perimeter Road. “The plaza will provide a special place for our band members and their parents to assemble, and it will be an excellent recruiting tool for prospective band students,” said Mark Spede, Clemson band director. “It will be both a functional structure and a chronological monument to Tiger Band -- and a beautiful addition to the campus.”
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Baseball Locker Room Named for McCabes

The Clemson University baseball team will name its new locker room for Jim and Barbara McCabe of Clemson, who have supported the construction with a $100,000 gift. Ardent Tiger fans, the McCabes have attended Clemson sporting events for as long as they can remember. They have been IPTAY members for nearly 60 years and also have given generously to the university’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. The gift is part of Clemson’s The Will to Lead capital campaign to raise more than $600 million to support students and faculty.
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Clemson Young Alumnus of Merit Award

Each year, the Young Alumni Council accepts nominations for the Young Alumnus of Merit, an award given to someone who has graduated within the past ten years recognizing their exceptional achievement and significant contribution to their profession, community, or the university. Adam Witty ’03 was presented with the 2011 Young Alumnus of Merit Award during the halftime show of the Clemson vs. Boston College Homecoming game. Witty graduated with a BS in Marketing and serves as CEO of Advantage, an international media company headquartered in Charleston, SC. He serves on numerous boards and is an active supporter of his alma mater.
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Clemson Bioengineering Graduate Honored in China

Dr. Perry Sprawls, a triple Clemson graduate (B.S., 1956, M.S.1961, Ph.D., 1968 was recently invited to Xian, China where he was honored for his work in advancing medical education there over the last 20 years. He is an engineer and medical scientist and is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Emory University. In Xi’an there were several events where he was honored and appreciation was expressed for his contributions but the main event was a daylong seminar attended by many physicians, scientists, and engineers.
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Fall Ring Ceremony

Over 200 students received their Clemson rings at the Spring Ring Ceremony which was held Thursday, September 29th at the Owen Pavilion. Any student who has earned 90 credit hours at Clemson is eligible to participate in the ceremony sponsored by the Alumni Association. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 656.2345.
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4th Annual Rock the ‘John - Oct. 21

Clemson Basketball will host the fourth annual Rock The `John, Clemson’s version of Midnight Madness, on Friday, October 21 at Littlejohn Coliseum. This free event, sponsored by Verizon and Coca Cola, will celebrate the start of the 2011-2012 men’s and women’s basketball season and will begin at 8:00 PM. Doors will open at 7:30, and the first 500 fans will receive a free Rock the ‘John t-shirt.
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Sandhill REC Fall Festival - October

Join us for the 2nd Annual Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center Fall Festival , located at 900 Clemson Road in northeast Columbia. The festival began on 10/2 and includes programs for school children Pre K – 2nd grade every weekday morning. Roadside sales of pumpkins, gourds, straw, mums, scarecrows and more take place Tuesday through Saturday. The traditional evening festival itself will be held on Thursday- Saturday the last three weekends of the month from 6-10 PM with the first evening being this Thursday the 13th. During the last week of October a carnival will also be on site. Funding garnered from this event goes to support the Sandhill property.
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Bowl Bound. Wanna Go?

With the sixth win of the year, our Tigers are officially bowl eligible. Don’t miss out on all of the fun and excitement. Travel packages can include combination of game tickets, flights, hotel accommodations, game transfers, official parties and much more!
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