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SciencePREP Seminar Series

SciencePREP — Science Promoting Research, Engagement and Professionalism — hosts a number of seminar speakers each fall as part of the SciencePREP Seminar Series.

This series is for students interested in learning how a STEM education can lead to a broad range of career opportunities or pathways. We have assembled speakers who represent current entrepreneurs, non-profit founders, public policy experts and national security professionals. The series is organized by Jennie LaMonte, director of scholar development for the College of Science. Speakers will join Clemson students either in person or through a virtual link.

  • When: Selected Mondays, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Watt Innovation Center, room 106
  • Sponsors: College of Science; College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Science; Office of Veteran Engagement

Find out more: If you would like to receive future notifications for the 2019–2020 Science PREP, LEADERS or CECAS Advanced Degree Planning workshops, please add your contact information to this form.


Seminars will be posted here when scheduled.

  • Lev Sviridov
  • Director, Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, CUNY
  • Feb. 17, 2020

Sviridov joined the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in 2013 as an acting director. Following a national search, Sviridov was appointed director in 2014. He received a B.S. degree in chemistry from The City College of New York and a doctor of philosophy degree in inorganic chemistry from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to his service at Hunter, Sviridov was a senior research associate at the CUNY Energy Institute. He is a member of the board of directors of the Concord Consortium, Human Rights First, the 21st Century Foundation, and serves as the secretary of the Varma Cooperative Homes. In his free time, he enjoys going to the opera and spending Sunday afternoons playing softball in the park.

  • Greg Mulholland
    CEO, Citrine Informatic
  • Aug. 26, 2019

Greg Mullholand headshotMulholland is a co-founder and CEO of Citrine Informatics. He works with partners using state-of-the-art data science techniques to identify areas of improvement and optimization in advanced materials discovery and production. He is an internationally recognized materials technology leader with invitations to speak at global conferences on six continents. Mulholland holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an M.Phil. in materials science from Cambridge University, and a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from N.C. State University where he was a Park Scholar.

  • Johanna Wolfson
    Principal, Prime Impact Fund
  • Sept. 9, 2019

Johanna Wolfson headshotWolfson is principal at the PRIME Impact Fund, backing breakthrough climate-focused ventures with philanthropic capital. She joined PRIME from her role as director of technology-to-market in the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Her work at DOE included testing new models for financing and commercialization, launching entrepreneurs and new businesses out of universities and National Labs, and supporting early-stage clean energy businesses with funding, training and technical resources. Wolfson has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from MIT.

  • Sarah McAnulty
    Founder, Skype a Scientist
  • Sept. 16, 2019

Sarah McAnulty headshotMcAnulty is a squid biologist and the executive director of the science communication nonprofit Skype a Scientist! She believes that the first step toward improving science literacy is making science feel more approachable by building connections between scientists and non-scientists. McAnulty will discuss the many ways that scientists can get involved in their local and online communities. She will highlight ways that every scientist, from extroverts to introverts, can make everyone feel that science has space for them.

  • Ralph Rynes
    Consultant, Doctors Without Borders
  • Oct. 28, 2019

Ralph Rynes headshotRynes is a retired neurologist and infectious diseases physician who now volunteers his time with Doctors Without Borders, both in the field and in the world headquarters in Geneva. He has worked in Central America, Africa and the Middle East. It goes without saying that medicine is his first love, followed by travel. He considers himself extraordinarily lucky to be able to combine the two. His seminar is titled “Reducing Stigma to Increase Retention in Health Care.”

  • Adele Ratcliff
    Director, ManTech Office, DoD
  • THIS EVENT WAS CANCELLED (It was originally scheduled for Nov. 11, 2019)

Adele Ratcliff headshotDuring her tenure in OSD, Ratcliff has focused on building strong interagency partnerships to address broad transitions of manufacturing issues such as manufacturing readiness and the Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise. Most recently, as director of the Manufacturing Technology Program, Ratcliff led the effort to establish the Department of Defense-led national Manufacturing Innovation Institutes outlined in the 2013 State of the Union address. Ratcliff has a long acquisition career, including program manager for the congressionally mandated Defense Acquisition Challenge Program, deputy program manager for the Foreign Comparative Test Program, and more than 11 years in Air Force Test and Evaluation at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. 

  • Brian Clark
    Interim Director, Duke Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy
  • Nov. 25, 2019

Brian ClarkAs interim director, Clark heads up Duke’s Initiative for Science and Society. Prior to joining the Science and Society team, Clark worked as an energy and environmental policy advisor for Senator Elizabeth Warren. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University, where his research focused on high-energy physics at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.He also earned a master’s degree of advanced study in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar, and a B.S from North Carolina State University.

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