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Brown Bag Series/Advanced RCR Training Offerings

Brown Bag Series

The Brown Bag Seminar Series is an opportunity for the Clemson University community to better understand research integrity and research compliance related topics. 

Please register for one or more of the following presentations


Bring your lunch and snacks will be provided.  These seminars DO qualify for one hour or RCR advanced training credit hours.

February 7, 2019 – Initiatives and Issues that have Influence on the Collection, Management, and Analysis of Data for Research Purposes

This talk will discuss how the University is navigating the ever-growing demands to collect, store, process, analyze, access, and share data in support of its research mission. Using a large-scale ongoing research project at a peer institution as a case study, Ben will relate some big ideas that researchers might consider when developing strategy and logistics for the management of data sets. He will answer questions and give an overview of various University-wide initiatives aimed at supporting end-to-end research data management and analytics.

  • Presenter – Dr. Benjamin Wiles, Clemson University Chief Data Officer
  • Target audience – Faculty, staff, postdocs and students
  • Location118 Academic Success Center; 11am-12pm (Bring your lunch, we’ll provide the sweets!)

March 7, 2019 – Animal Behavior and Well Being

Dr. Temple Grandin will discuss her extensive work on the design of animal handling facilities, the development of animal welfare guidelines, and her research on animal behavior.

  • Presenter – Dr. Temple Grandin
  • Target audience – Faculty, staff, postdocs and students
  • LocationMcKissick Theater, Hendrix Student Center; 9:00am-10am (a book signing will occur prior to the event at 8:30am)  ***seating will be limited at this event, please register early***

Counts for 1 hour of Advanced RCR training credit


Dr. Grandin did not talk until she was three and a half years old.  She was fortunate to get early speech therapy.  Her teachers also taught her how to wait and take turns when playing board games.  She was mainstreamed into a normal kindergarten at age five.  Oliver Sacks wrote in the forward of Thinking in Pictures that her first book Emergence: Labeled Autistic was “unprecedented because there had never before been an inside narrative of autism.”  Dr. Sacks profiled Dr. Grandin in his best selling book Anthropologist on Mars.

Dr. Grandin became a prominent author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior.  Today she is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.  She also has a successful career consulting on both livestock handling equipment design and animal welfare.  She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio) and a BBC Special – "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow". She has also appeared on National TV shows such as Larry King Live, 20/20, Sixty Minutes, Fox and Friends, and she has a 2010 TED talk.  Articles about Dr. Grandin have appeared in Time Magazine, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Forbes and USA Today. HBO made an Emmy Award winning movie about her life and she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016.

When she was young, she was considered weird and teased and bullied in high school.  The only place she had friends was activities where there was a shared interest such as horses, electronics, or model rockets.  Mr. Carlock, her science teacher, was an important mentor who encouraged her interest in science.  When she had a new goal of becoming a scientist, she had a reason for studying.  Today half the cattle in the United States are handled in facilities she has designed. 

Other Offerings

The library regularly offers courses on plagiarism and data management that qualify for one hour of RCR advanced training credit.  Please see the course schedule and register.

The Graduate School Professional Development office offers additional courses related to research, teaching, ethics, career development, leadership and wellness.

Questions?  Please contact Hope Smith-Sielicki, 864-656-1525

If faculty, staff and students would like to have specialized training or have suggestions for future programs, please contact Tracy Arwood, 864-656-1525.