CAFLS eNews Summer 2012

Clemson University receives major USDA grant for collaborative program in Food Science and Technology

Multicultural Scholars program in Food Science logoWith a 4-year $439,920 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Clemson University is collaborating with Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College and Trident Technical College to develop a program to educate students from underserved populations. Selected students will complete their freshman and sophomore courses of study at the technical colleges and enter Clemson University in the third year as juniors in Food Science and Technology. Aubrey Coffee, PhD, and Ted Whitwell, PhD, are the principal investigators.

Clemson University organic program and student farm rank high in national survey

Student farm logoIn the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) 2012 Organic Land Grant Assessment Report Clemson University scored seven out of a total possible eight points, topping other well known land grants such as Cornell and the University of California.




Clemson University Shotgun Team receives $20,000 donation

Clemson Shotgun Club team photoThe MidwayUSA Foundation, Inc. and Scholastic Shooting Trust, a public charity established by MidwayUSA founders Larry and Brenda Potterfield, has announced that the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has donated $20,000 to the Clemson University Shotgun Team’s endowment account.   




Melissa Macher and Anna Saunders receive scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Anna SaundersMelissa MacherMelissa Macher (left), a recent graduate with a degree in Food Science, and Anna Saunders (right), a Food Science major, will share a $4,500 scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The award is sponsored by The Academy Foundation/ConAgra Food Safety Student Challenge, a program that seeks to educate college students about the importance of food safety. Macher will use the scholarship to fund a 10-month internship at the Medical University of South Carolina to become a registered dietician. Saunders will use the scholarship to fund her graduate studies in the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences. "Mac" Marsh, a senior in the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Paqckaging Sciences, submitted a separate application and also received a $4,500 scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic for The Academy Foundation/ConAgra Food Safety Student Challenge. These students received two of the nine scholarships awarded across the U.S.

Carrie Woods wins Best Oral Presentation at Southeastern Conference

Carrie WoodsCarrie Woods, a PhD Candidate in Biological Sciences, won the best oral presentation award at the Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference on March 2-4, 2012. Carrie's presentation was titled "Habitat partitioning of epiphytes within tropical tree canopies." 



William “Charlie” Wilson selected as Clemson’s AFA Ambassador

William William “Charlie” Wilson, of Williamston, South Carolina, has been selected as a 2012-13 Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Campus Ambassador. Wilson and twenty four other students were selected nationally to represent AFA on their respective university campuses during the coming year. Wilson's major is Agricultural Mechanization & Business.




Ashley King receives the John W. Parris Agricultural Leadership Award

Ashley KingAshley King of Townville, SC and a senior majoring in agricultural education is the recipient of the John W. Parris Agricultural Leadership Award, presented by the Clemson University Collegiate FFA Organization. King is a recipient of the American FFA Degree, the highest award presented by the 530,000 member National FFA Organization. She is  past president of the Clemson Collegiate FFA and has been recognized with the Outstanding Service to Agricultural Education Award, and was recently installed as a member of Alpha Tau Alpha National Agricultural Honor Society.


Nick Seiter wins top award at National Conference of Urban Entomology

Nick SeiterNick Seiter, a graduate student in entomology in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences, received $1,000 for the top graduate student presentation at the National Urban Entomology Conference in Atlanta, May 20-23. He presented his research on the efficacy of professional-use insecticides on the invasive “kudzu bug, ”Megacopta cribraria." This pest moves from kudzu vines to soybean fields where it causes significant crop damage, and it also can infest homes.



Margie Lehnert wins award for outstanding research at National Conference of Urban Entomology 

Margie Lehnert, a graduate student in entomology in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences received the outstanding PhD student research award at the National Urban Entomology Conference in Atlanta, May 20-23. In addition, she was an invited speaker for the opening plenary session of the conference where she presented her research on bed bugs. 

Clemson’s Food Science Culinology Team makes it big in San Antonio, Texas

Food photoClemson's team won second place in the sixth annual Research Chefs Association Student Culinology® Competition.The team "The Texas Triangles," placed second in the competition, winning a cash prize. The competition is designed to challenge and recognize the industry's young talent in the Culinology® field - the blending of culinary arts and food science. The competition focus this year was appropriate for the area, a Tex-Mex Appetizer featuring pork that could be found in a club store, such as Walmart or Costco. Each of the competing teams developed both the gold standard recipe and a corresponding product formulation.

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Chittaranjan Kole, PhD, wins award at the International Crop Science Society Congress in Brazil

Dr. Chittaranjan Kole accepting award in BrazilChittaranjan Kole, PhD, Director of Research of the Institute of Nutraceutical Research, has received the "Outstanding Crop Scientist Award" at the 6th International Crop Science Congress in Brazil earlier this month. He was one of three scientists to receive the award in recognition of "life-time and original contributions in the field of crop science." He also chaired a special international workshop on "Genomics and Breeding of Climate Resilient Crops for Future Food Security" for the International Crop Science Congress, held August 6-10 in Brazil.

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Dave Lamie, PhD, to serve in leadership positions with the Community Development Society

Community Development Society logoDavid Lamie,PhD, associate professor in the School of Agriculture, Forest, and Environmental Sciences, has been elected to serve as an officer of the Community Development Society, an international organization, for three successive terms: vice president of operations for 2012-2013, vice president of programs for 2013-2014 and president for 2014-2015.

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Timothy Spira, PhD, wins award for recent book

Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont, by Timothy Spira, PhD, and professor in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences, received a design award from the Association of American University Presses (AAUP). Dr. Spira also recently learned he has been nominated for a Green Oscar from WildSouth, a conservation organization in the southeast. Learn more details about Dr. Spira and see details about his book.


Sarah White, PhD, and J.C. Chong, PhD, collaborate with multi-institutional team to invent high-tech apps

IPM pro logoIPM pro is the app that puts vital information on pest outbreaks, insect and disease management, and fertilization and pruning schedules just clicks away for green industry professionals. IPM lite is the version for home gardeners. Sarah White, PhD, professor in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences, and J.C. Chong, assistant professor in the School who works at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center, are part of the team involving scientists from seven universities that developed these tools that have the potential to revolutionize the green industry.

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Outstanding Clemson Tiger becomes Harvard Hero

Rupal Ramesh ShahRupal Ramesh Shah, a 2007 Clemson graduate with an MS in Microbiology, has been honored by Harvard University as a 2012 Harvard Hero. This prestigious award is given to a select number of Harvard staff members who are recognized for "above and beyond" achievements and for their many contributions to Harvard University. Shah is laboratory manager of Dr. Sarah Fortunes Tuberculosis Laboratory in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard University, School of Public Health.


Carson Funchess sends greetings from the Bering Sea

Carson Funchess, a 2010 graduate in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, remembers to think of Clemson while working on a fishing boat on the Bering Sea.Carson Funchess with Clemson banner on fishing boat


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Creative Inquiry team wins poster award

Beth Kunkel, PhD, and her Creative Inquiry team, “Clemson’s Green Culture”, won the award for best poster at the Spring Focus On Creative Inquiry poster presentations at the Hendrix Center


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