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2022 Research Symposium

Timing Activity
8:00 a.m. Breakfast and coffee available
8:15 a.m. Welcome from the Symposium organizers, Dani Herro (Digital Media and Learning) and Chris Saski (Plant and Environmental Sciences)
8:30 a.m. Research Update and Clemson Strategic Planning Forum (Dr. Tanju Karanfil, Provost Dr. Bob Jones)
9:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
9:45-11:00 a.m. Plenary Session: The Future of Research and Scholarship in a Changing Climate
8:15-11:00 a.m. ZOOM LINK
11:15-12:15 p.m. Breakout Session 1
12:15-12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45-1:45 p.m. Remarks from President Clements and VPR Awards Ceremony
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1:45 p.m. Grad 3-Minute Thesis Presentations
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2:00-3:15 p.m. Breakout Session 2
3:15 p.m. Afternoon Break
3:30-5:00 p.m. Breakout Session 3
5:00-6:00 p.m. Networking and Social Hour
  • 11:15-12:15pm, Session 1
    WFIC 218
    Chair: Brian Powell Gary Machlis (Forestry and Environmental Conservation), A Framework for Research on Recurrent Acute Disasters

    Brian Powell (Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences), Large rainfall events cause pulsed release of trace metal and radionuclide contaminants from riparian wetlands

    Andrew Brown (School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences), Functional Calibration of Computer Models
    WFIC Auditorium
    Chair: Andrew Metcalf Adolph Beyerlein (Chemistry), Stability of Magnetic Skyrmions as Candidates for Dense Information Storage Devices

    Carl Blue (Graphic Communications), Computer-to-screen application using an inkjet printer to apply a printed stencil directly to the mesh as a hybrid screen-printing process

    Andrew Metcalf (Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences), Using Microfluidics to Create Devices for Future Research
    WFIC 203
    Chair: Chris Saski Jose Payero (Agricultural Sciences), Measuring Crop Evapotranspiration Using the Eddy Covariance and Surface Renewal methods in South Carolina

    Sachin Rustgi (Plant and Environmental Sciences), Facing the fear of accidental peanut exposure with reduced-immunogenicity peanuts
    WFIC 106
    Chair: Dani Herro Poster Session #1:
    Alexander Adogwa
    Allison Traylor (virtual)
    Anna Morrison
    Cristina Tica
    Daniel Moore
    Deepak Sapkota
    Delaney O'Tuel
    Emily Howell
    Ewa (Richard) Chukwu
    Junior Langa
    Leah Holcomb
    WFIC 208
    Chair: Erin Goss Poster Session #2:
    Longxiang Guo
    Lu Zhang (virtual)
    Maher Algalayini
    Omar Hussein
    Prasanna Valavanur Shekar
    Pravin Nath
    Reagan Ross
    Rohan Goli (digital)
    Salman Naveed
    Samantha Scott
    William T. Pennington
    Zehua Jin
  • 2:00-3:15, Session 2
    WFIC 218
    Chair: Dani Herro Golnaz Arastoopour Irgens (Education and Human Development), Designing Critical Machine Learning Educational Programs with and for Children

    Dani Herro (Education and Human Development), Pathways for their Futures: Engaging Rural Elementary Students in Authentic Data Science Practices

    Shanna Hirsch (Education and Human Development), Innovations in Teaching Critical Content to Undergraduate Teacher Candidates

    Joseph Ryan (Education and Human Development), Recognizing the Benefits and Versatility of Single Case Research Design for Interdisciplinary Research
    WFIC 106
    Chair: Thomas Britt CUSHR Health Research: A Focus on Innovation in Addiction and Substance Use Disorders

    Mary Ellen Wright (Nursing)

    Brian Miller (Sociology)

    Corrine Sackett (Education and Development)

    Kaileigh Byrne (Psychology)

    Moonseoung Heo (Public Health Sciences)

    Irene Pericot (Public Health Sciences)
    WFIC 208
    Chair: Jeremy King Academic Analytics’ Faculty Insight and External Discovery Site tools (roundtable)

    Jeremy King (Clemson U)

    Julie Wilson (Academic Analytics)

    Beth Falwell (Academic Analytics)
    Chair: Berrin Terim Architecture, Society and the City (roundtable)

    Berrin Terim (School of Architecture)

    David Franco (School of Architecture)

    Peter Laurence (School of Architecture)

    Andreea Mihalache (School of Architecture)

    Ufuk Ersoy (School of Architecture)

    Amy Trick (School of Architecture)
    Chair: Puskar Khanal Climate Smart Forestry & Artificial Intelligence (lightning talks & seminar)

    Geoff Wang, Forestry & Environmental Conservation

    Puskar Khanal, Forestry & Environmental Conservation

    Feng Luo, School of Computer Science

    Venkat N. Krovi, International Center for Automotive Research

    Matthew Browning, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

    Whitney K. Huang, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
  • 3:30-5:00pm, Session 3
    WFIC 106
    Chair: Erin Goss Seth McKelvey (English), Analyzing Narrative Voices in Fiction with Computer Help

    Hudson Smith (Watt Family Innovation Center), In-the-wild detection of coordinated social media accounts using message narratives and account characteristics

    Eric Touya (Languages), French laïcité: Feminisms, Cross-Cultures, and the Common Good (virtual presentation)

    Kendra Allison (School of Nursing), Adolescent mental health assessment in primary care settings of Appalachia, South Carolina to include sexting frequency and depression indices
    WFIC Auditorium
    Chair: Zhicheng Dou Microbial Pathogenesis and Resistance (seminar & lightning talks)

    Zhicheng Dou, BioSci

    Emily Rosowski, BioSci

    Anna Seekatz, BioSci

    Lior Rennert, Public Health Sciences

    Lukasz Kozubowski, G&B

    James Morris, G&B

    Daniel Whitehead, Chemistry
    WFIC 208
    Chair: Emily Howell Future of Learning

    Emily Howell (Education and Human Development)

    Rachel Wagner (Higher Education and Student Affairs)

    Golnaz Irgens (Learning Sciences)
    Chair: Steve Creager Full panel: Electrical Energy Storage (5-10 minute papers)

    Steve Creager, Chemistry

    Apparao Rao, Physics

    Srikanth Pilla, Automotive Engineering

    Jeff Zhang, Automotive Engineering

    Mark Roberts, Chem & bimolecular Engineering

    Dillip Panda, Materials Science

    Morteza Sabet, Automotive Engineering
    Chair: Cameron Bushnell Full panel: Communication Across the Curriculum

    Karen High, Engineering and Science Education

    Carl Blue, Graphic Communications

    Shanna Hirsch, Education and Human Development

    Lesly Temesvari, Biological Sciences

    Lea Jenkins, Mathematics and Statistical Sciences

    Cameron Bushnell, Pearce Center/English, Moderator

2021 Research Symposium

The annual Research Symposium demonstrates the breadth of creative endeavors undertaken by Clemson’s diverse community of scholars and serves as a launching pad for inter-disciplinary research collaboration. Faculty from each college and the libraries participate, as do members of Clemson’s executive leadership team. The daylong event, planned by the Vice President for Research Faculty Advisory Board includes oral and poster presentations and panel discussions on targeted topics of broad interest suggested by faculty.

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.

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

2021 Schedule

  • 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 Interdisciplinary 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

    Co-Chairs: 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)
      • C.C. Bates, Dani Herro and Carl Ehrett, Leveraging AI to improve literacy in elementary-aged students
      • Jeff Marshall, Stephanie Madison, Michelle Cook, Leigh Martin, Luke Rapa, Nathan McNeece and Bart Knijnenburg, STEM teacher learning progressions using a recommender system
      • Golnaz Arastoopour Irgens, Modeling and measuring critical data literacies in informal learning environments
      • Dani Herro, Shanna Hirsch, Golnaz Arastoopour Irgens, Computational Thinking-STEM Pop-Ups for All: A Research-Practice Partnership for agile learning in elementary schools
      • 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:
      • Dr. Shelia Cotten, Assoc. VP for Research Development
      • Dr. Natasha Croom, Assoc. Professor in Education and Organizational Leadership
      • Dr. Terri Bruce, Director of the Clemson Light Imaging Facility
      • Dr. Faiza M. Jamil, Assoc. Professor in Education and Human Development
      • Dr. Oriana Aragon, Assist. Professor in Marketing
      • Dr. Brian Powell, Professor in Environmental Eng. and Earth Sciences

    Topic: AI& Machine Learning

    Chair: 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

    Chair: 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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2018 Schedule

2018 Symposium collage


Faculty members from each College gathered at the 2018 Research Symposium to learn about research happening across campus and spark conversations about collaboration. The symposium served as a medium for dialog generation, for change, and for participation from the audience. It provided an opportunity for research work to be showcased and known across a growing audience each year.