My most rewarding moments as Dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences are when I shake your hands and see the smiles on your faces at Commencement. I cherish those moments with every student and every handshake. While this chapter in your life here ends, a new one begins as you pursue your careers, dreams and aspirations. For those continuing on to graduate and professional schools, the academic life continues with new challenges. You are young in heart, mind and spirit. The world awaits and needs your talent, your ideas and your enthusiasm.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!
— attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
Dean, College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences
CAFLS hosted the Outstanding Senior Recognition Ceremony at the Clemson University Outdoor Lab on Friday, April 13, 2012. A total of 39 students were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments as undergraduate students. After a warm welcome from Dean Thomas R. Scott, a representative from each department presented their respective awards.
Drew Lanham, PhD, professor in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences, has been a mentor to many students over the years. He not only teaches his students wildlife ecology, he inspires passion and encourages them to think beyond the borders of knowledge. His students in his hunting class write haiku poetry. His students in wildlife conservation learn about the political realities that will impact their work after graduation. Lanham was selected by students for the award that was presented at 2012 Commencement ceremonies. Photo at left: Drew Lanham (top row center) with students.
Bert McCarty, PhD, professor in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences, is internationally recognized for his expertise in turfgrass maintenance and sod production. He is the 2012 recipient of Clemson University's highest agricultural honor: the Godley-Snell Award for Excellence in Agricultural Research. He received the award at the Clemson University faculty meeting to close academic year 2011-2012.
The Class of 1940 Bradbury Award for outstanding contributions to Clemson’s Calhoun Honors College went to Kerry S. Smith, PhD, professor in the Department of Genetics and Biochemistry. Smith has been very involved with the Honors College, serving on the Calhoun Honors College Committee, reviewing honors college applications and serving on the selection committees for the National Scholars and Goldwater Scholars programs. He has mentored 23 honors students’ theses and has taught several honors courses in his department.
Kelly Arps graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. She was a student in the Calhoun Honors College and a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-professional health honor society, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, Alpha Lambda Delta and the National Society for Collegiate Scholars. She was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Tiger Paw Productions. She volunteered her time at the Rosa Park Medical Clinic in Seneca and traveled to serve at a medical clinic in Roatan, Honduras, in 2010. She also took several service trips around the country with FCA.
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is given “in recognition of the recipient's influence for good, excellence in maintaining high ideals of living and... service to others.” The award, named in honor of the first president of the New York Southern Society, was established by an agreement between the society and Clemson University.
Robert Kosinski, PhD, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences was included along with four other Clemson faculty members as the Top 300 Professors by the Princeton Review. Kosinski teaches freshman biology and does research on laboratory development for freshman biology courses, the use of computer simulation in biology education, application of computer modeling and statistics to the problems of aquatic ecology, and stream ecotoxicology, especially pollution of streams by herbicides. Kosinski publishes regularly in the journal "Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching."
Rob Baldwin, PhD, assistant professor in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences is this year's recipient of the Sigma Xi Young Investigator Award from the Clemson University Chapter. Baldwin's teaching and research interests include landscape ecology, conservation biology and design of sustainable landscapes. He is co-editor of "Landscape-scale Conservation Planning," a comprehensive book on the subject. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed papers and has an active lab with graduate students, undergraduate researchers through Creative Inquiry, and a post-doctoral scholar, Amber Pitt, PhD, working on field and GIS-based analyses.
Every year CAFLS Office of the Dean recognizes faculty for their exemplary teaching and advising abilities. An award is given to one faculty member who has been with the College for less than six years, one faculty member who has been with the College six years or more, and one award is given to a faculty member for graduate teaching and advising. This years recipients are:
Ron Johnson, PhD, professor in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences: Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching—less than six years with CAFLS. Kendall Kirk, PhD, assistant professor in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences: Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching—more than six years with CAFLS. Christina Wells, PhD, associate professor in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences received the Faculty Award for Excellence Graduate Teaching and Advising. The awardees will receive $500 and a certificate of their accomplishment. Photos of Dr. Johnson and Dr. Wells. Photo of Dr. Kirk not available.
Aaron Brown, a PhD student in Microbiology in the Department of Biological Sciences received the 2012 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Brown works on polyaromatic hydrocarbon degradation by Sphingomonas paucimobilis's with faculty advisor Tom Hughes, PhD.
CAFLS sponsored six graduate students to attend t he Eleventh Annual Graduate Research Symposium at The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, March 23 and 24. Heather Stowe, a graduate student working with Scott Pratt, PhD, in Animal and Veterinary Sciences won a Visiting Scholar Honorable Mention. Other CAFLS graduate students who attended are: Richa Koul, Genetics and Biochemistry, working at the Greenwood Genetics Center with Anand Sirivstrava, PhD; Amanda Say, Genetics and Biochemistry working with Michael Sehorn, PhD; Tara Rafferty, Biological Sciences, working with Tamara McNealy, PhD; Poulomi Ray, Biological Sciences, working with Susan Chapman, PhD; and Daniella Triebwasser, working with Nishanth Tharayil, PhD, in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences.
The Graduate Research Symposium (GRS) encourages interdisciplinary exchange, bringing together students from the sciences and the humanities at William & Mary and other surrounding regional universities. The GRS provides an exciting opportunity to share experiences common to students in all graduate school communities.
Dylan Hale, a May 2012 graduate in Biological Sciences has received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his graduate school education. Christie Sampson, a graduate student in Biological Sciences, and Cheryl Howell, a graduate student in Genetics and Biochemistry, received Honorable Mentions.
The Clemson University Shotgun Club won four National Championships at the Association of College Unions International (ACIU) Target Championships at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas, March 27 – April 1, 2012. Competing in the event were 57 colleges and 520 individual shooters. Photo from left to right: Coach Ed Prater, Brandon McMenemy, Katie Stansell, Lillie Dukes, Austin Mogy, Hunter Baughman, Player Aston, David Tucker, Jack Rogers, Austin Rodgers, Coach Rick Willey
For the second year in a row the Department of Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences College Bowl team at Clemson has won the Southeast Region of IFTSA (The Institute of Food Technology Student Association). Made up of five undergraduate and three graduate students, the team competed in Baton Rouge on Saturday, March 31st against teams from the University of Florida, UGA, and LSU. During the competition, the Clemson team went up against the best and brightest students in food science. Close matches were a theme during the competition, as the match against UGA went into “overtime”, while the final match against the University of Florida came down to one question. In the end, Clemson was victorious and will represent the Southeast Region when the team makes its way to Las Vegas in June for the national competition. Photo from left to right. Top row: Benton Maddox, Hung Trang, Jason Raines, Dr. Pometto, Emily Steinberg. Bottom row: Matt Craig, Maggie Dunn, JoAnna Gorcesky, Timothy Broderick
Graduate students from Clemson’s Environmental Toxicology (ENTOX) Graduate program won five of the six awards at the regional meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). The meeting was held at the University of South Carolina-Aiken on March 30-31, 2012, drawing attendees and presenters from 10 different universities, including Duke University, the University of South Carolina, North Carolina State University, the University of Georgia, Furman University, the Citadel, UNC-Charlotte, Appalachian State University, and Clemson University. A total of 32 posters and oral presentations were given, and awards were presented for the top three presenters in each category. Photo from bottom to top: Namrata Sengupta, Lauren Sweet, Austin Wray, and Amy Anderson. (Josephine Wojdylo is not pictured.)
Julia Frugoli, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Genetics and Biochemistry, was recently award a nearly $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue her study of how the roots and shoots of plants communicate to regulate growth and development.