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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.

October 17, 2018 – Laboratory Safety

Safety is a guiding principle for effective, efficient, and ethical scientific research.  Responsible research necessitates a culture that ensures researcher safety, protection of property, and environmental stewardship while also producing the highest quality research.  The importance of an effective safety culture in industrial settings has been well established and practiced, however, the establishment of safety cultures in academia has proven elusive.  In this workshop we will explore techniques used to evaluate hazards and mitigate risk in the laboratory, discuss stakeholder roles and responsibilities, and evaluate institutional roadblocks towards safety cultures within the academic setting.  Participants will learn to develop a mindset beyond simple adherence to regulation that will enhance overall safety as well as the quality of research.

  • Presenter – Dr. Chris Weber, Chemical and Laboratory Safety Manager, Office of Research Safety
  • Target audience – Faculty, staff, postdocs and students
  • Location – 118 Academic Success Center; 12-1pm (Bring your lunch, we’ll provide the sweets!)

November 8, 2018 – Predatory Publishing Essentials

Predatory publishing is a growing concern in scholarly research for both content creators and researchers. Predatory publishers deceive authors and readers by publishing their research for a fee without providing the editorial services typical of vetted open access publishers such as rigorous peer review, yet often masquerade in trusted databases and web sources as legitimate journals. Join us in Cooper Library for a workshop on the rise and impact of predatory publishing, how to identify predatory publications, and how to avoid using and submitting to these decidedly non-scholarly sources.

  • Presenter – Megan Sheffield, University Libraries
  • Target audience – Faculty, staff, postdocs and students
  • Location – 416 Cooper Library
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November 13, 2018 – Patent Searching Basics

Interested in learning about patents? This workshop is designed for the absolute beginner, or those who want to brush up on their patent searching skills. You'll learn what a patent is, why they are useful, and how to find them. In addition, you will learn how patents fit into the research process at Clemson.

  • Presenter – Jan Comfort, Engineering Librarian, University Libraries
  • Target audience – Faculty, staff, postdocs and students
  • Location – Student Senate Chambers; 11am-12pm (Bring your lunch, we’ll provide the sweets!)

Save the date: March 7, 2019-Temple Grandin

Target Audience- Faculty, Staff, Postdocs, and Students

Location- TBD  Time- TBD

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.