Letter from the Vice President

John W. Kelly, Vice President for Public Service and AgricultureAs the price of oil continues to rise, Clemson scientists are exploring alternative fuels that can be produced in South Carolina. Alternative sources being studied include agricultural waste and trees grown especially for fuel. Other scientists are investigating ways to improve early strawberry production and are sharing management systems to boost profitability for cattlemen.

Social science research is being put into practice to build strong communities that provide a safe and supportive environment for children. This model program brings together community members from all sectors – schools, civic groups, churches, health care and business – with the goal of protecting and nurturing our most precious resource: children.

Environmental research is discovering that oysters can produce high-tech coatings that protect metals from corrosion and reduce resistance. Other research is restoring “brownfields” – areas that have been polluted by chemicals. In addition to the science, a team approach and long-term vision are needed to restore or prevent damage to the environment.

Food scientists are finding that poultry processors can reduce water usage by using chilled air instead of water to prevent food-borne bacteria. Other research is investigating ways to reduce the fat content in beef cattle as a means to reduce fat in human diets.

A remarkable partnership with the S.C. Department of Education, private donors and Clemson has set a goal of developing a national-model for nature-based education programs for both teachers and students. The first programs will be implemented this summer with more to be offered in the future.

John W. Kelly
Vice President for Public Service and Agriculture