January 10, 2019
How to build an animal—a discussion of how animals develop
Kara Powder, Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University
Parasite Love: Bad Romance and Toxic Relationships—three vignettes about parasites
Kimberly Paul, Department of Genetics & Biochemistry, Eukaryotic Pathogen Innovation Center, Clemson University
What shape is a fish? Revealing how evolution shapes biodiversity by merging traditional museum work with modern data science approaches.
Samantha Price, Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University
Untapped biodiversity - recent insect discoveries in southern Appalachia
Michael Caterino, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Clemson University
January 11, 2018 - 6:30pm, Viva Wine Bar, Pendleton
I Knew I Should Have Picked the Blue Pill! Chromic Biosensors for Food Safety
Bill Pennington, Department of Chemistry, Clemson University
February 8 - 6:30pm, Viva Wine Bar, Pendleton
Nano for Your Nose: Functional Nanomaterials for Odor Remediation
Dan Whitehead, Department of Chemistry, Clemson University
March 8, 6:30pm, Viva Wine Bar, Pendleton
The Universe is a Very Dark Place
A discussion of the evidence for the preponderance of dark matter and dark energy in the cosmos.
Mark Leising, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University
April 12, 6:30pm, Viva Wine Bar, Pendleton
Biomechanics - How Thinking About Animals like Machines Helps Us Understand Biodiversity
Rick Blob, Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University
May 10, 6:30pm, Viva Wine Bar, Pendleton
Evolution of Deadly Venom in Rattlesnakes
Chris Parkinson, Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation, Clemson University
June 14, 6:30pm, Viva Wine Bar, Pendleton
Molecular and Structural Memory
Hugo Sanabria, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University
July 12, 6:30pm, Viva Wine Bar, Pendleton
Genetic Footprints of Crop Domestication
Amy Lawton-Rauh, Department of Genetics and Biochemistry, Clemson University
August 9, 6:30pm, Viva Wine Bar, Pendleton
Double-Dipping and Other Disgusting Habits
Paul Dawson, Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences, Clemson University
September 13, 6:30pm, Viva Wine Bar, Pendleton
Hips, Horses and Helmets: Orthopaedic Research Gone Wild
John DesJardins, Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University
Loops, braids and Mobius strips, oh my! A "Celebration of Mind” event to celebrate the things that delighted Martin Gardner— puzzles, games, math, magic and more!”
Neil Calkin, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Clemson University
When compact stellar objects merge, ripples in the fabric of space-time excite the Universe
Dieter Hartmann, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University
December - no meeting
A discussion about the impact of separation science on one of the more popular local products.
Carlos Garcia, Dept. of Chemistry, Clemson University
How Does A Plant “Decide”?
Julia Frugoli, Dept. of Genetics and Biochemistry, Clemson University
Nature’s Machines: Using Physics To Understand How Cells Move
Josh Alper, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University
The Last Glacier: Tracking Glacial Retreat Through Art
Todd Anderson, Dept. of Art, Clemson University
The Bite Counter, Moving Science From The Bench To The Breakfast Table
A discussion of tech transfer.
Eric Muth, Dept. of Psychology and College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, Clemson University
Planets: What are they, where are they, and how do they form?
Sean Brittain, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University
Keeping our heads above water in the fight against the brain eating amoeba (and friends)
Jim Morris, Dept. of Genetics and Biochemistry, Eukaryotic Pathogens Innovation Center, Clemson University
August 21 (solar eclipse at 2:30!)
The Living Sandstones of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Harry Kurtz, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Clemson University
The Climate, it’s A’changing
Mike Sears, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Clemson University
I Need a Drink!
A discussion on alcohol’s neurobiological impact on the brain and its relationship to PTSD suffers.
There are many motivating factors that govern our desire to drink alcohol. Some of us drink responsibly while others struggle to regulate their alcohol consumption. For instance, those who have experienced traumatic events and develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often choose to self-medicate with alcohol. Dr. Rice will discuss alcohol’s neurobiological impact on the brain and its relationship to PTSD suffers. Additionally, he will present some encouraging findings from his research laboratory that may lead to new treatments for those who 1) abuse alcohol; 2) have PTSD; and 3) self-medicate with alcohol because of their PTSD.
Onarae Rice, Dept. of Psychology, Neuroscience Program, Furman University
From Bacteria to Bedside: the Power of CRISPR/CAS9 Gene Editing
Jennifer Mason, Dept. of Genetics and Biochemistry, Clemson University
December 2017 - no meeting
Forensic Anthropology and What We Can Learn from Human Skeletons
Katherine Weisensee, Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Clemson University
The Three Faces of Fracking
A discussion of the fracking process and its various applications from energy extraction to shoreline safety.
Larry Murdoch, Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University
Controversies in Cancer Screening and Prevention
A discussion of the latest science with respect to reducing or preventing the risk of cancer.
Rachel Mayo, Department of Public Health Sciences at Clemson University
Sleep on It!
A discussion of how memories are strengthened and transformed in the sleeping brain.
Erin Wamsley, Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience, Furman University
The Three Faces of Fracking
A discussion of the fracking process and its various applications from energy extraction to shoreline safety.
Larry Murdoch, Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Clemson University
*Note that this is the fourth Monday of the month, not the usual third Monday.
A Bloody Problem: Biting Flies versus Endangered Wildlife
A discussion of problems that arise when native species are pitted against one another.
Peter Adler, Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Clemson University
July 18, 2016
DoThese Genes Make Me Look Fat?
An introduction to the genomics revolution — from shotguns to designer genes — and how it will impact our lives.
Vince Richards, Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University
How to mend a broken heart, literally, a discussion of novel approaches that aim to regenerate, rather than replace, tissues—including heart and blood vessels—using approaches collectively named "tissue engineering". Dan will present the current knowledge and challenges as well as several new devices developed exclusively at Clemson; the "Clemson Bioactive Vascular Graft" and the "Clemson Tissue Engineered Heart Valve".
Dan Simionescu, Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University, and Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine, Greenville Hospital System
The Three Faces of Fracking, a discussion of the fracking process and its various applications from energy extraction to shoreline safety
Lawrence Murdoch, Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Clemson University
Faking It, all feature films are full of science, in the form of computer graphic models and simulations of many physical phenomena. Sometimes the simulations are highly accurate, and many times not accurate intentionally. We will watch some movie clips and discuss the science content in the computer graphics.
Jerry Tessendorf, Professor, School of Computing, Clemson University.
Dr. Tessendorf also worked in feature film visual effects, for which he received and Academy Award.
You Are What You Eat: How Antioxidants Prevent Oxidative DNA Damage, We are exploring how antioxidants from green teas, fruits, and vegetables can prevent the oxidative damage to DNA and cells that is an underlying cause of aging, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cardiovascular diseases. Our results have established that rather than scavenging the radicals that cause this damage, a new iron-binding mechanism is responsible for antioxidant behavior.
Julia Brumaghim, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Clemson University.
Dr. Brumaghim earned her PhD from U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research aims to understand how antioxidants prevent DNA damage and cell death.
Drug Resistance in a Nutshell: How do Pharmaceutical Drugs Work and then Fail to Work? Many of us rely on pharmaceuticals to support our constant battle against acute and chronic disease. We will begin by discussing how pharmaceutical drugs work at the molecular scale. We will then discuss how these diseases 'fight back', becoming resistant to these drugs.
Brian Dominy, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Clemson University
Dr. Dominy earned his PhD from Scripps Research Institute. His research aims to increase our understanding of the physical and chemical properties underlying biomolecular evolution.
Chocolate. Need we say more? New World peoples have been imbibing chocolate since at least 1900 BC. Jon will describe the fascinating history of chocolate as well as the modern processes that give chocolate its ethereal qualities. Bonus feature—tastings!
Jon Hoskin, Department of Computing and Information Technology, Clemson University. Dr. Jonathan Hoskin earned his Ph.D. at Penn State University.
Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication
Although our world depends on ever more sophisticated technologies, nature itself tends towards the simplest solution. In this simplicity is not only elegance and beauty, but also important insights that can better inform future technological progress. This discussion will highlight examples from the world of light, called photonics, where we’ve created optical fibers with ground-breaking performance from otherwise conventional, i.e., boring (!!) materials by returning to a belief that simpler is always better.
John Ballato, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of COMSET, which is a South Carolina Research Center of Economic Excellence. Previously, Dr. Ballato served as the interim Vice President for Research. Dr. Ballato earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers University. His research focuses on new optical materials and structures for high-value photonic and optoelectronic applications, including light-emitting nanoparticles for transparent ceramics, lighting, and sensing applications. Additionally, Dr. Ballato’s group develops specialty optical fibers for high-energy laser, biomedical, and industrial uses.
Are We Alone In the Universe?
NASA is predicting we will find evidence of extraterrestrial life within 20 years. We’ll discuss the scientific discipline known as astrobiology and its social, ethical, and religious implications.
Kelly Smith, Dept. of Philosophy and Religion & Dept. of Biological Sciences, Clemson University. Kelly earned his Masters in Zoology and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Duke University. In addition to his appointments listed above, Kelly is a Lemon Fellow at the Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson and on the faculty of USC School of Medicine, Greenville, where he oversees their ethics curriculum.
Saving Tigers the T4T Way
An overview of three crises facing tigers today, and landmark efforts by Clemson students and alumni to address them.
Dave Tonkyn, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Clemson University. David earned his Ph.D. in Biology from Princeton. He teaches ecology and field courses in India and the Rocky Mountains, and he and his students research ways to protect endangered species. He is also the founding adviser to the Clemson Tigers for Tigers club, and to the National T4T Coalition.
Medical Devices in Developing Countries: Learning about good design by visiting hospitals in other countries
Healthcare systems in resource-poor settings often depend heavily on donated medical supplies to offset the costs of medical devices designed for developed markets. Our long-term research goal is to provide Tanzania and similar markets affordable, robust, and sustainable alternatives to complex donated equipment, which is prone to malfunction and disrepair. For the past five years, our engineering design teams have been working with contacts in Tanzania and other countries to design a variety of medical devices, from infant monitors to diabetes glucometers, that can be used and maintained in resource poor regions both abroad and here in the US.
Delphine Dean, Dept. of Bioengineering, Clemson University. Delphine earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Her lab studies nano- and micromechanics in relation to cell functions.
“Debugging” Humans: Biomedical Research Through the Lens of Computer Science
A discussion of how biomedical problems, e.g., genetics or neural disorders, can be addressed through an abstract computational vantage point.
Brian Dean, School of Computing, Clemson University. Brian received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science from MIT. His research interests encompass most of algorithmic computer science and its applications. He is also interested in computer science education, particularly at the high-school level.
Developing Baby Brains
David Feliciano, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University
It takes a village to raise an engineer
Julie Martin, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Science Education, Clemson University
Mathematical magic tricks
Neil Calkin, Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Clemson University
Brain works: choices and intention
June Pilcher, Alumni Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, Clemson University
Cold Blood in a Warming World, a discussion on how animal species are adapting to their changing environments in a time of climate change
Mike Sears, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University
Big Data and Medicine, a discussion of how the human genome project is finding genetic causes for diseases and influencing medical decisions
Christina Wells, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University
Insights into Autism, a discussion of how defects in mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell, may be linked to autism spectrum disorders
Susan Chapman, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University