Clemson organic peach research bags $1 million grant

More Southeastern peaches will be grown organically thanks to a $1 million federal grant awarded to Clemson University. Clemson University pomologist Juan Carlos Melgar and pathologist Guido Schnabel are tying paper bags on peaches as they grow on trees, an unconventional method of protecting them from insects and disease while reducing reliance on pesticides. They began testing the method two …

Bioengineers see big opportunities in medical device industry

Clemson University bioengineers are working to expand a program that teaches students how to clean, sterilize and design medical instruments so they can be reused, a practice at the center of a fast-growing industry that helps cut back on biohazardous waste and reduces hospital costs. Melinda Harman, an assistant professor of bioengineering, said that the GreenMD program is beginning to …

Clemson University Research Foundation awards funds for technology development

The Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF) has announced six recipients of fiscal year 2017 Technology Maturation Fund awards. The CURF Technology Maturation Fund provides grants to faculty to support the last critical development step needed to move their technology to the marketplace. “There is no limit to innovation at Clemson,” said CURF director Casey Porto, “however, it’s a long and arduous …

Clemson Pitch Smackdown rewards business ideas with cash infusions

Budding entrepreneurs recently presented their ideas for the next best thing in smartphone apps, medical devices and water disinfection at the third annual Pitch Smackdown sponsored by the Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Clemson University College of Business. Nearly 40 students and faculty members pitched their business startup ideas across a wide range of disciplines, including bioengineering, …

Sez Atamturktur lands $3 million for new Clemson University graduate degree program

A new graduate degree program that could help save lives and keep basic services running when disaster strikes is in development at Clemson University with $3 million in backing from the National Science Foundation. Sez Atamturktur, the principal investigator and the director of the project, said that students enrolled in the program will learn how to predict vulnerabilities in the …

Clemson researcher selected as 2016 TechConnect Innovation awardee

Clemson researcher Andrew S. Mount has been selected as a 2016 TechConnect Innovation awardee. As an associate professor and director of the Okeanos Research Laboratory in Clemson’s department of biological sciences, Mount has dedicated his scientific career to studying the mysteries of oyster shell formation and the prevention of marine biofouling by barnacles. His latest discovery was recognized by the TechConnect …

Clemson awarded $2.1 million for research in mathematics for data security

A team of Clemson University mathematical sciences professors was awarded $2.1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enhance teaching and research in mathematical areas critical to the privacy and security of computer communications. The NSF Research Training Groups grant will support research training for undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral scientists in coding theory, cryptography and number theory; …

Clemson researcher Stephen Foulger to lead $6 million in research on the brain

Stephen Foulger of Clemson University is leading a team that has received $6 million to develop a new way of stimulating specific parts of the brain in what could be the first step toward treatments for seizures and illnesses ranging from addiction to depression. If it works like researchers hope, patients would someday ingest tiny particles that would lodge themselves …

Clemson Visualization uses cutting-edge technology, virtual reality to give researchers insight into data

Rapid technological advances have given researchers access to more data than ever before, and Clemson University’s Advanced Visualization group wants to give those researchers better insight into their data using cutting-edge equipment and high-performance visualization. “Visualization is the ability to be able to see your data, to actually see what’s happening within your data,” said Dr. Oyewole (Wole) Oyekoya, Director …

David Freedman and his team dig deep to answer questions about water safety

Inside the 11 stainless steel cylinders lined up in David Freedman’s lab at Clemson University are rock samples that were pulled from deep below the Earth’s surface and could help shed light on one of the world’s most widespread environmental challenges. The cylinders are central to the unique method Freedman and his team have developed to study whether natural processes …