Letter from the Vice President

John W. Kelly, Vice President for Public Service and AgricultureInnovation is one of the driving forces in improving the quality of life for South Carolinians. For that reason, it is also one of the driving forces behind Clemson Public Service Activities. In this issue, you'll see evidence of that innovation in action.

Clemson entomologist Mike Hood has developed a trap that protects honeybees from predatory hive beetles that can wipe out entire colonies. Without honeybees as pollinators, many of your favorite fruits and vegetables would not be available.

A new internship program provides service learning for Clemson students and much-needed help for government officials dealing with population growth and development along the state's Grand Strand.

Alternative energy research, led by Clemson's Restoration Institute, is investigating the power of coastal winds to generate electricity. This is just one of several possible sources of renewable energy that can reduce our dependence on imported fuels.

Research by food scientist Paul Dawson measures the validity of the "five-second rule" when food is dropped on the floor. A better use of those five seconds may be to consider the risk of illness from salmonella or E. coli.

Middle school students are discovering the science of learning through CSI: Clemson Student Investigators, forensic investigations led by the Youth Learning Institute. And 4-H youth are learning high-tech skills that can help emergency officials develop maps to pet shelters during hurricane evacuations.

Sincerely,
John W. Kelly
Vice President for Public Service and Agriculture