Letter from the Vice President

John W. Kelly, Vice President for Public Service & AgricultureFarmers are increasing crop production while using fewer chemical pesticides with the help of biological controls. Clemson scientists are working to make these biological controls more efficient through innovative processes.

Hurricane Katrina victims waited days for relief to arrive by air or land. For future disasters, a Clemson transportation policy consultant proposes outfitting relief ships that could reach ports within hours of a hurricane’s landfall.

Maritime industries are faced with a billion-dollar problem caused by barnacles and other sea life that attaches to underwater surfaces. A Clemson marine biologist has discovered a promising treatment by studying the biochemical signal that oysters use to repel hangers-on.

There are no established standards for quality or safety in herbal medicines such as feverfew or Echinacea, known as nutraceuticals. A Clemson post-harvest physiologist is developing methods to test for bacterial content in the commercial products and the harvested plants used to produce them.

Selected members of 4-H can enhance leadership and communication skills in a new statewide program that begins this fall. The 4-H Ambassador Training program will serve both teens and adult volunteers, with an emphasis on public speaking.

Early childhood development programs are economic development programs because they improve the quality of the future workforce and create tremendous cost savings for society. This statement was made by a Federal Reserve Bank economist at a meeting of business leaders hosted by Clemson social scientists.

These are some of the Clemson Public Service programs you’ll find in this issue.

John W. Kelly
Vice President for Public Service and Agriculture