Research Symposium

2019 Clemson University Research Symposium

2021 Research Symposium

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2021 Research Symposium on May 4th at the Watt Family Innovation Center. Abstracts from the session presentations are available below for your records, if needed. We hope to see you at next year’s Research Symposium. Details to come at a later date.

  • Session 1, 11:15-12:00pm
    WFIC Auditorium WFIC 208 WFIC 106 Virtual Session

    Topic: Water 

    Chair: Brian Powell


    1. Mani Rouhi Rad, “Managing Water Resources: An Interdiscipinary Approach”
    2. J. Todd Petty, “Freshwater species conservation at the interface of land use and climate change in Appalachian watersheds”
    3. Brian Powell, “Geochemistry of iron and trace metals in wetlands and monomictic ponds”
    4. Tom O’Halloran, “Managed Ecosystems as Natural Climate Solutions” (poster)


    Topic: On Health: Medical Applications

    Chair: Thompson Mefford


      1. Sara Sarasua (poster), “Searching for the Genetic Cause of Language Delay in Phelan-McDermid Syndrome”
      2. Luigi Boccuto, “IGF-1 therapy: a new translational approach for treatment of developmental delay” (virtual)
      3. H. Bryan Riley (poster), “Global Manufacturing Within Automotive OEM Adaption for Design and Production of Medical Ventilators”
      4. Pingshan Wang, “High-throughput and label-free radio-frequency flow cytometry”
      5. Thompson Mefford, “Collaborative efforts utilizing magnetic nanoparticles”

    Topic: Within a Pandemic

    Chair: Lior Rennert


      1. Andrew Metcalf, “Using Air Pollution as a Tool for Research”
      2. Lior Rennert, “Effective strategies for SARS-CoV-2 mitigation”
      3. Rachel Getman, “Reducing Out-of-Pocket Costs for Our Students through Open Educational Resources”
      4. Amalia Leifeste, “Drawing Buildings in a Pandemic: changing pedological sequence” (virtual)
      5. Delphine Dean (poster), “Beyond COVID-19: Collaborative Research Opportunities and Available Resources at Clemson’s New On Campus Diagnostic Lab (the REDDI Lab)”

    Topic: Rural Geopolitics

    Chair: Lee Morrissey (virtual)


      1. Rebecca Stoil, "Reassessing the Rural from the Upstate to the Global"
      2. Archana Venkatesh, "Activism and Rurality in 21st century India: A Transnational perspective"
      3. Lee Morrissey, "'Rural' Upstate South Carolina and the question of 'the Creative Economy'
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  • Session 2, 1:30-3:00pm
    WFIC Auditorium WFIC 106 WFIC 208

    Topic: Considering Collaboration

    Jean McKendry and Melinda Fischer


      1. Marissa Shuffler, “Training to Team: Evaluating the Impact of Team Development Interventions on Inclusive Teamwork Behaviors across Collaborative Spaces” (lightening talk)
      2. Jennifer Ogle, “Training Teachers to Incorporate Inclusive Collaboration Opportunities into Courses” (lightening talk)
      3. Lighting Rounds “Collaboration, Technology and Learning Across Educational Environments” (5 talks where faculty will pitch key ideas for their project)
        1. C.C. Bates, Dani Herro and Carl Ehrett, Leveraging AI to improve literacy in elementary-aged students
        2. Jeff Marshall, Stephanie Madison, Michelle Cook, Leigh Martin, Luke Rapa, Nathan McNeece and Bart Knijnenburg, STEM teacher learning progressions using a recommender system
        3. Golnaz Arastoopour Irgens, Modeling and measuring critical data literacies in informal learning environments
        4. Dani Herro, Shanna Hirsch, Golnaz Arastoopour Irgens, Computational Thinking-STEM Pop-Ups for All: A Research-Practice Partnership for agile learning in elementary schools
        5. Kris Frady and Karen High Developing engineering experiences and pathways in engineering technology
      4. Laine Mears, “THINKER: NSF NRT for Collaboration between Humans and New Manufacturing Technologies”

    Topic: On Health

    Chair: Thomas Britt


      1. Jeryl Jones, “AVS One Health Research Group” (virtual)
      2. Arwen Declan, “Science & Medicine Through the Emergency Department Lens: A Spectrum of Collaborative Opportunities” (virtual)
      3. Marissa Shuffler, “Addressing Emergency Clinician Well-Being and Burnout During the COVID-19 Pandemic”
      4. M. Gabriel Sava, “Diabetes Patient Surveillance in the Emergency Department: Proof of Concept and Opportunities”
      5. Lawrence D. Fredendall, “Creating Nurse Standard Work in an Emergency Department”
      6. Kevin Taaffe (new), “Identifying Optimal Staffing Levels to Improve Patient Flow and Patient Safety in the Emergency Department”
      7. Arelis Moore de Peralta, "A CBPR Approach to Combatting Childhood Obesity in the Greenville County Latinx Community: Community members' perspectives on barriers and facilitators to healthy eating and active living.”

    Topic: Of Public Memory

    Allison Kidd


      1. Allison B. Kidd, “Bringing Equity to Institutional Memory”
      2. Krista Oldham, “Rewriting Our Wrongs: Integrating Reparative Work in the Archives” (virtual)
      3. Rachel de Cuba, “Windswept Memories”
      4. Jonathan Beecher Field, “The Sleeping Historian”
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  • Session 3, 3:15-4:45pm
    WFIC 106 WFIC Auditorium WFIC 208 Virtual Session

    Topic: Inclusion in Research

    Chair: Robin Tyndall


    1. Join a conversation around Inclusion in Research. A panel consisting of experts and advocates in building equitable and diverse collaborations, and researchers whose presentations focus on inclusive topics, will discuss how we ensure Clemson research includes all voices.Panelists:
          1. Dr. Shelia Cotten, Assoc. VP for Research Development
          2. Dr. Natasha Croom, Assoc. Professor in Education and Organizational Leadership
          3. Dr. Terri Bruce, Director of the Clemson Light Imaging Facility
          4. Dr. Faiza M. Jamil, Assoc. Professor in Education and Human Development
          5. Dr. Oriana Aragon, Assist. Professor in Marketing
          6. Dr. Brian Powell, Professor in Environmental Eng. and Earth Sciences

    Topic: AI& Machine Learning

    Katherine Weisensee


          1. Katherine Weisensee, “Building a Nationally Representative Forensic Taphonomy Database”
          2. Apparao M. Rao, “Data-driven Design of Electrolytes Enabled by Computation, Machine Learning, and Experiments”
          3. Zhen Li, “Multiscale Modeling and Machine Learning for Scale-Bridging”
          4. Alex Feltus, “Discovering Patient-Specific Biomarker Systems Using Artificial Intelligence” (virtual)
          5. Nicole Bannister and Bart Knijnenburg, “Teaching AI-related cybersecurity through metaphors and math.
            Graduate Researchers contributors: Shahan Iqbal, Sushmita Khan, & Khushbu Singh (virtual)
          6. Carl Ehrett and Lucian Ghita, “Using AI to Understand Shakespeare’s Drama”

    Topic: Changing Climate

    Puskar Khanal


      1. Whitney Huang, “Estimating Concurrent Climate Extremes: A Conditional Approach” (virtual)
      2. Brook Russell, “Developing Statistical Methodologies to Investigate Extremes in the Earth’s Climate” (virtual)
      3. Ming Yang, “Single-Site Catalysis for Efficient Fuel Gas Processing and Clean Transportation”
      4. Sachin Rustgi, “Turning perennial cotton into an annual: Remobilizing end-of-season”

    Topic: Politics and Religion

    Chair: Lee Morrissey


      1. Lee Morrissey, "Have any of us ever been modern?: Religion in recent discussions of modernity."
      2. John Tracy Thames, “Empire and Religious Integration in Late Bronze Age Syria”
      3. Kevin Gregory Vance, “A Liberal and Generous Toleration: John Adams and the Freedom of Religion”
      4. Mashal Saif, “Traditional Islam and Modernity in Pakistan”
      5. Peter Eisenstadt, “Howard Thurman, the Interracial Church, and the Travail of Black Religious Modernity”

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For questions reach out to Sarah White or Erin Goss or Penny Reid