CAFLS eNews 2012 FALL #2

Segars family gives $1.5 million to support Clemson agricultural students

Goz Segars and his wife Pat

G. Graham "Goz" Segars of Hartsville, along with his wife, Pat, and their family have made a gift of $1.5 million to support students in agricultural majors. The students are the "driving force" for the future of agriculture, according to the Segars.

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James Strickland, PhD, appointed Department Chair of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Dr. James StricklandDr. Strickland is a Nutritional Toxicologist with a BS in Animal Science from Southwest Missouri State University, and MS and PhD in Nutrition from Clemson University. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Animal Science and Comparative Medicine at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Assistant and Associate Professor of Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State University where he was Program Director for Building Minority Cancer Research Capacity, and most recently he has served as Research Program Leader for the Forage-Animal Research Unit with USDA-ARS, Lexingron, KY. He will assume the duties of Department Chair on January 4, 2013.

Clemson Institute receives sustainable agriculture award

 The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has named Clemson’s Institute for Economic and Community Development the Institute of the Year for its work in sustainable agriculture programs. Dave Lamie, Professor in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences received the award on behalf of the Institute for a program that helps new farmers grow successful businesses and for its work in local food system development. The Institute for Economic and Community Development, based at the Sandhill Research and Education Center, addresses a broad spectrum of statewide economic and community development needs. The Institute’s focus areas are agribusiness, community development, entrepreneurship, leadership development, strategic planning and research. 

CAFLS faculty members receive teaching awards

Three Excellence in Teaching Awards were presented at the FALL for CAFLS celebration on October 12. The awardees are:
Ron Johnson, PhD, Professor in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences.
Molly Espy, PhD, Professor in the Department of Economics, College of Business and Behavioral Sciences, formerly in the CAFLS Department of Applied Economics and Statistics.
Christina Wells, PhD, Associate Professor in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences.

Research Highlights — William Baldwin, PhD, awarded major grant from NIEHS

William Baldwin, PhDDr. Baldwin, a Clemson University Metabolic Toxicologist and Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, has received a $363,083 three-year grant to continue his research on how industrial chemicals and other toxicants affect environmental and human health.

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CAFLS team places third in Paperboard Packaging Alliance Student Design Challenge

Starboard Sandwiches packagingThe Paperboard Packaging Alliance (PPA) has named a team of three Clemson Packaging Science students — Dan Zold, Matt Barber, and Kyle McMurphy — as third place winners in its eighth annual Student Design Challenge at a luncheon at Pack EXPO in Chicago this October. Students were asked to "design a creative and fuctional movie theater product and packaging and explain how it could be merchandised." The team's product is called "Starboard Sandwiches." Andrew Hurley, PhD, served as faculty advisor.
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Two graduate students in Biological Sciences win research grants

Elizabeth Fallwell received a $1,000 research grant and Katherine Heldt received a $500 research grant from the Slocum-Lunz Foundation.

Clemson's exhibit at PACK EXPO explores how consumers decide what to buy

Clemson exhibit at PACK EXPO 2012All eyes were on Clemson's "Packaging Test Track" exhibit at the PACK EXPO trade in Chicago, October 28-31. Eleven graduate students from the Sunoco Insstitute of Packaging Design and Graphics and the Department of Packaging Science, accompanied by five faculty members, showcased the latest in innovation and research methods to evaluate consumer behavior.

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Senior in Microbiology receives Honorable Mention from American Society for Microbiology

Sara Virginia Smith, a senior majoring in Microbiology, has received an Honorable Mention in the American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. Her faculty advisor is Min Cao, PhD.,

Dairy Science students attend SC State Fair

Dairy Science students at SC State FairTwenty-four students and sixteen heifers travelled to Columbia in October for the South Carolina State Fair. Clemson won the Herdsmam Award for the Open Show—an award selected for a group's ability to attract and engage the public and for keeping a well-maintained area for the public to visit. Clemson students were at the top of their respective breed classifications in showmanship, and many of the heifers were in the top five classes. Jillian Fain, PhD, was the faculty advisor.


Glenn Birrenkott, PhD, accepts grant for Clemson from USPOULTRY

Clemson University recently received a $2,500 student recruiting grant from the USPOULTRY Foundation. The check was presented by Charlie Olentine, PhD, Executive Vice President of USPOULTRY, to Glenn Birrenkott, PhD, Professor of Animal & Veterinary Sciences at Clemson University. Clemson was one of 21 U.S. institutions to receive student recruiting grants. "The poultry industry is very important to the South Carolina economy and offers many internship and career opportunities for students in the College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences," said Birrenkott.

Kalan Ickes, PhD, participates in global study — results published in Nature

Kalan Ickes, PhDDr. Ickes, Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences who studies rainforest community ecology, was a participant in a unique global research project involving scientists from 166 universities and scientific institutions around the world who study 60 protected areas in the world's major tropical regions. The uniquely comprehensive data set which covered these areas for a period of 20 to 30 years was published in Nature in September, "Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas." Ickes contribution was based on his work in a reserve in the Malaysian rain forest.

Alex Feltus, PhD, is CO-PI on two interdisciplinary grants from National Science Foundation

Alex Feltus, PhDDr. Feltus, a Systems Biologist in the Department of Genetics & Biochemistry, is a CO-PI on two recent grant awards from the National Science Foundation totaling nearly $2 million. The two interdisciplinary grants involve researchers from the College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences, the College of Engineering and Science, the Clemson University Genomics Institute, PSA, CCIT and CITI.

Vincent Gallicchio, PhD, travels to Ghana and Scotland to speak on biomedical laboratory sciences and healthcare

Dr. Gallicchio and High Prince of the Ashanti KingdomDr. Gallicchio, Professor of Biological Sciences and Public Health Sciences, and Past-President of the International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science, recently visited Ghana and Scotland to address National Congresses on the topic of biomedical laboratory science, access to healthcare, and health education.

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Anthony Keinath, PhD, awarded $40,000 USDA grant

Anthone Keinath, PhDDr. Keinath, Professor of Plant Pathology at Clemson’s Coastal Research and Education Center in Charleston, recently was awarded a $40,000 USDA grant to develop a model for predicting downy mildew infection risk to cucurbits, a family of plants that includes various squashes, melons and gourds. Keinath‘s research will be part of a wider study being conducted by N.C. State and funded by a $180,000 USDA grant.
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Desmond Layne, PhD, takes his knowledge of peaches to Brazil

Desmond Layne, PhDDr. Layne, Professor of Pomology, State Program Team Leader-Horticulture, and Extension Tree Fruit Specialist, was recently invited to speak at the 22nd Annual Brazilian Congress of Fruit and at Brazil’s national government Agricultural Research Service. Layne, who works in Clemson’s School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences (SAFES) presented insights into the effectiveness of using simple greenhouses or high tunnels to cultivate fruit, a process known as protected fruit cultivation, and commented on innovations in protected fruit cultivation in China and the U.S. In other presentations Layne highlighted Clemson's peach research efforts.

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CAFLS professor works to increase access to healthy food for South Carolinians

David Lamie, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences, and Extension Specialist at the Sandhill Research and Education Center, and Chairman of the SC Food Policy Council is concerned that hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians live in communities where healthy, affordable food is difficult to obtain—communities known as "food deserts." Recently the SC Food Poiicy Council, the Lowcountry Housing Trust and the SC Department of Agriculture sponsored a workshop to address the health and socio-economic issues associated with food deserts.


Alums Blake Berry and Josh Murdock praised as Pendleton High School is recognized as Outstanding Ag Ed Program in the Southeast

Josh Murdock, Blake Berry, Jay JackmanPendleton High School's Agri-Science Program and instructors Blake Berry and Josh Murdock have been recognized as having the Outstanding Program in the Southeast and as one of six in the nation. Jay Jackman, PhD, Executive Director of the National Association of Agrigultural Educators in Lexington, Kentucky, traveled to Pendleton to make the announcement. Dr. Jackman was interviewed on Your Day on October 1, 2012, the 95th anniversary of the Pendleton program. To listen to the broadcast go to and click on "next" until you get to the broadcast.

CAFLS alum receives Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award

Allen Williams

Allen Williams, BS in Agricultural Education and MS in Animal Science, has received the Distingushed Teacher of the Year Award by the South Carolina Association of Agricultural Educators.
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Dean Tom Scott

Read Tom Scott's October 10th editorial in The State




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February 8, 2013

1:00 to 1:30

More details to follow on other planned events

Life Sciences Building under construction


CAFLS student poster competition for the Dedication of the new Life Sciences Building

All CAFLS undergraduate and graduate students (individuals or teams) are eligible to participate in a poster competition for the Dedication of the new Life Sciences Building.

All posters will be displayed in the lobby of the new Life Sciences Building durng the Dedication event on February 8, 2013


Send your name(s), major, and title of poster to:


For more information contact Dr. Culin at 864 656 3013



HACCP Certification Workshops

The Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences, in collaboration with North Carolina State University, is offering workskhkops for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)

December 10-12

NC State, Raleigh, NC

Basic HACCP Certification

Contact Julie Northcutt for more information

January 16-18

AFDO-HACCP Seafood Certification Workshop

Anderson, SC

Contact Julie Northcutt for more information



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