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College of Science lines up distinguished speakers for Spring 2019


CLEMSON – In the pursuit of faculty and research excellence, the College of Science has rounded up a series of renowned scientists who will be on campus in Spring 2019 to share their stories and their studies.

Here are the highlights:

College of Science Lectures

“Successful Scientific Publishing” – Jan. 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Madren Conference Center

Robert Anholt – a Provost Distinguished Professor and the College’s Director of Faculty Excellence – will host a workshop on the topic of “Successful Scientific Publishing.” Open to all faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students, the workshop will feature presentations with Q&A and a forum discussion. Speakers include:

  • Gould portrait.
    Gould’s lab investigates the ecology and genetics of insect pests in order to better understand natural and human-induced evolution.

    Randy Schekman, a professor at the University of California-Berkeley and recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Medicine. He is former editor-in-chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and founding editor of eLife.

  • Greg Copenhaver, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is editor-in-chief of PLoS Genetics.
  • Jake Yeston, an editor at Science whose beat includes general inquiries about editorial procedures and policies for the physical sciences, chemistry and applied physics.
  • Madhusree Mukerjee, a member of the editorial board of The Scientific American. Mukerjee writes about science, the environment, climate change, colonialism, development, indigenous rights and animal research. She is also a blogger with the Huffington Post.

Registration for the workshop is required. Fees are $25 for faculty and postdoctoral fellows and $10 for students, which includes breakfast (served at 8:30 a.m.) and lunch. RSVPs can be sent by e-mail to Mary Clare Mitchell ( and checks can be made out to “Clemson University” to Mary Clare Mitchell, 118 Long Hall, Clemson, S.C. 29634. For information, contact Mary Clare Mitchell or Robert Anholt (

“Responsible Innovation in Genetic Sciences: Past, Present and Future” – Feb. 1, 12-1:30 p.m., Watt Family Innovation Center Auditorium

Fred Gould, a professor of entomology and plant pathology and the William Neal Reynolds Professor of Agriculture at North Carolina State University, will speak on the ethics of genetic manipulations and biotechnology. This lecture is open to interested faculty, staff, and students. Gould will be giving a separate seminar to the department of genetics and biochemistry later this day at 2:30 p.m. in the Watt Family Innovation Center Auditorium. This talk will describe the role of gene drives in malaria and endangered species research. For more information, contact Mary Clare Mitchell at

TIGERS ADVANCE Distinguished Speaker Series

“TIGERS ADVANCE: Transforming the Institution through Gender Equity, Retention and Support” is a program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) aimed at reducing gender inequality and expanding career opportunities for Clemson faculty. Its Distinguished Speaker Series, now in its third semester, connects early-career faculty with leaders in their research discipline to promote networking skills and career development.

Here’s the spring 2019 lineup of College of Science speakers:

Algebra and Geometry Throughout History: A Symbiotic Relationship” – Jan. 25, 10:10-11 a.m., Watt Family Innovation Center Auditorium

Marie Vitulli, a professor at the University of Oregon and a Fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics, will speak about her experiences as researcher in mathematics. This lecture is open to faculty, staff, students. For more information, contact Sean Sather-Wagstaff (

Mike Brown portrait.
Mike Brown specializes in the discovery and study of bodies at the edge of the solar system.

“How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog)” – Feb. 8, 3:30-4:45 p.m., Watt Family Innovation Center Auditorium

Lee Alan Dugatkin, a professor and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of Louisville, will present his research on the evolution of social behavior and the history of science, specifically on how evolution contributed to the domestication of dogs from wolves. This talk is open to faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact Margaret Ptacek (

“Planet 9 From Outer Space” – Feb. 21, 4-5 p.m. and 7:30-8:45 p.m., Watt Family Innovation Center Auditorium

Infamously regarded as the scientist who debunked Pluto’s status as a planet, Mike Brown – the Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology – will speak about how his team’s discoveries led to the redefinition of just what a planet is. Brown’s 4-5 p.m. lecture is intended for faculty, staff and students at Clemson University. The evening lecture, from 7:30-8:45 p.m., is open to public, as well as the University. Brown will deliver his public lecture from the Watt Family Innovation Center Auditorium, and it will be broadcast to overflow seating in Brackett Hall 100. Contact Máté Adamkovics ( for more information.

Hottinger headshot
Sara Hottinger studies the intersection of gender and mathematics research.

“The Discursive Construction of Gendered Subjectivity in Mathematics” – March 7, 2-3:15 p.m., Hendrix Center McKissick Theater

Sara HottingerDean of the Honors College at Coastal Carolina University, conducts cultural studies of mathematics, feminist epistemology and science. Her TIGERS ADVANCE lecture – sponsored by the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and the Clemson Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics – will explore how our ideas about mathematics shape our individual and cultural relationship to the field. This lecture is open to faculty, staff, and students. Contact Kristen Savary ( for more information.

“Next Generation Studies in Gene-Culture Coevolution” – April 12, 2:30-4:45 p.m., Watt Family Innovation Center Auditorium

Marcus Feldman is the Burnet C. and Mildred Finley Wohlford Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of the Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies at Stanford University. Feldman helped develop the quantitative theory of cultural evolution and has research interests in the evolution of complex genetic systems and the evolution of learning. This public lecture will explore these topics further for a look into mathematical and computer modeling techniques for evolutionary studies. Contact Miriam Konkel ( for more information.


For a list of College of Science lectures intended for students’ professional development, click here.

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