Online Presentations

Given the current circumstances and the need for social distancing. The Emeritus College has moved all its programming online. We are dedicated to providing our faculty the engaging content and information that we always provide but just in a different format! If you would like assistance with Zoom please contact Nicci Hanewald at You also may click HERE for easy instructions for joining a Zoom presentation and click HERE to view the very informative workshop on Zoom by Dr. Del Kimbler.

  • Please contact Nicci Hanewald at with any questions or if you would like information about joining a presentation.

Upcoming Presentations

October 28 (Wednesday) 10:00am – 11:30am, Online Seminar: Clemson’s New AI Research Institute for Science and Engineering (AIRISE) with Professor Mitch Shue, School of Computing and Dr. Feng Luo, School of Computing: Eighty Clemson faculty are working together to launch the new Clemson Artificial Intelligence Research Institute for Science and Engineering (ARISE). The institute will strengthen Clemson’s ability to conduct research and offer courses in artificial intelligence. Dr. Shue will provide an overview of AIRISE as well as present the current challenges to industry. Dr. Luo, the institute’s director and founder will provide the latest research from his lab in advanced machine learning. Click HERE to view a recent article about the institute in the NEWSSTAND. This seminar promises to be interesting and will demonstrate the university’s continued effort to work across disciplines in this field.

October 29 (Thursday) 10:00am – 11:30amOnline Seminar:  Staying SHAARP! Evidence-Based Programs to Keep Our Brains Healthy with Dr. Lesley Ross, SmartLife Endowed Chair of Aging and Cognition, Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of the Institute of Engaged Aging: Dr. Lesley A. Ross will review current methods to maintain cognition, mobility and independence throughout older adulthood. Her research is tailored to our emeritus faculty and focuses on modifiable factors and interventions, such as brain games and exergames, that keep older adults independent and mobile.  Her research methodology includes measures of brain functioning, cognition, health, physical functioning, ecologically-valid active and passive mobile assessments, and everyday functioning.  The Emeritus College’s mission is to facilitate high quality engagement and involvement, both intellectually and socially.  As Dr. Ross shares her research with us, perhaps together we might identify new or alternative approaches for the Emeritus College to consider.  Join us for this exciting seminar and discussion

November 4 (Wednesday) 10:00am – 11:30am, Online Seminar: The Hacienda La Esperanza Steam Engine and Sugar Mill with Dr. Cecil Huey, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering: A century and a half ago, long before our modern sensibilities emerged, we relied on machines that would be downright frightening today.  This program recounts the instructor’s decade-long participation in returning a large, long-abandoned, inherently dangerous, 19th century steam powered sugar mill to safe operation.  It was not a simple matter.   The Hacienda La Esperanza steam engine and sugar mill located near Manati, Puerto Rico, was built at the West Point Foundry in Cold Springs, NY, in 1861.  It operated at its present site for some 25 years and then lay abandoned until acquired by the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico nearly a century later.  Technically, the engine is a six-column, drop valve, side crank steam engine having a 16-inch bore, 40-inch stroke, and a flywheel 18 feet in diameter.  It is the only American six-column beam engine known to survive and is the only operable drop valve engine known.  Successful steam operation was achieved in March 2015, and, now, after surviving a century of neglect and Hurricane Maria, it is regularly, and safely, demonstrated for visitors.  The entire Hacienda is on the National Register of Historic places, and the engine and sugar mill are recognized as a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

November 5 (Thursday) 10:30am – 11:30am, Online Get-Together: Morning Conversations with Friends and Colleagues:  One thing we hear over and over is that the emeritus faculty miss the social conversations that happen before/after presentations or at our social events. While we can’t physically be together yet, we can virtually! We know this is not ideal but it still can be fun! Join this session for casual conversations with a small group of your friends and colleagues. When you log-in you will be assigned to virtual rooms to engage for a bit and then we will rotate rooms so you have a chance to talk with others. Bring your favorite morning beverage and let’s chat!

November 10 (Tuesday) 10:00am – 11:30am, Online Seminar: Testing for COVID-19: Science and Politics with Dr. Gary Powell, Professor Emeritus of Genetics and Biochemistry: Rapid and timely testing is key to current policies for returning to normal activities in commerce and sport.  I will describe the biochemical basis of the current tests, innovations that will speed those tests and the reporting required for doing tens of thousands of them.  Testing for this virus is based on specifically detecting a unique nucleotide sequence (20-30 bases) coding for the N protein that is contained within the SARS-coV-2 virus.  I will explain why this method is both specific and why it takes a relatively long time (3 hours) to carry out.  The second method of testing looks for specific antibodies developed by the patient in response to viral infection to report the presence of the virus in samples.  The results are visible within 15 minutes of application of the sample (blood, or serum).  However, because antibodies for the virus are the result of infection, their development can take a week or more.  I will discuss why in February the CDC was slow developing tests here in the USA and why there have been considerable lags in making testing widely available.  As well as, why there were further bottlenecks in obtaining test results and look ahead to what we can expect as testing technology develops. Click HERE to read full description and for links to informational videos to watch prior to the session.

November 12 (Thursday) 10:00am – 11:00am, Online Workshop: Lightroom, Part 2 with Curt Russell, CCIT Emeritus Support: You have your photos imported – Now what? We’ll explore how to view and evaluate [flag/label] your photos. Finding faces in People view and making photos pop with the Development module.

November 17 (Tuesday) 10:00am-11:30am, Online Seminar: What Does It Take to Get Children Ready for School in South Carolina & Richland County? With Marcia Bacon (Clemson Alumna), CEO of Richland First Steps: First Steps began 21 years ago as an initiative of then-governor Jim Hodges to focus South Carolina’s efforts on early childhood education. During this seminar, we will discuss what has happened since that time and where we are in the struggle to get South Carolina’s children on a path to thrive in school.

November 19 (Thursday) 3:30pm-4:30pm, Online Get-Together: Afternoon Conversations with Friends and Colleagues:  One thing we hear over and over is that the emeritus faculty miss the social conversations that happen before/after presentations or at our social events. While we can’t physically be together yet, we can virtually! We know this is not ideal but it still can be fun! Join this session for casual conversations with a small group of you friends and colleagues. When you log-in you will be assigned to virtual rooms to engage for a bit and then we will rotate rooms so you have a chance to talk with a variety of participants. Bring your favorite afternoon beverage and let’s chat!

December 10 (Thursday) 10:00am-11:30am, Online Seminar: Ethical Principles and the COVID 19 Pandemic:  Clinical Care, Public Health and Public Policy with Dr. Lee Crandall: This presentation will briefly review approaches to addressing ethical issues in health care, with a focus on three ethical principles commonly used in analyzing ethical issues: patient autonomy, beneficence/nonmaleficence and justice. We will explore how responses to the current pandemic challenge are informed by these principles.  The seminar will identify several examples of situations where maximizing one principle inherently harms other principles (i.e., ethical dilemmas). Examples include mask mandates, disparities in access and treatment, rationing of scarce resources, demands for experimental treatments, vaccination mandates and “lockdowns”. Issues are explored at the level of care of individual patients, management of medical systems, public health policies and recommendations, and policy decisions at the national and international levels.

December 16 (Wednesday) 10:00am – 11:30am, Online Seminar: Becoming the Solution to “People Pollution”: An Overview of Stormwater Education, Outreach, and Public Involvement at Clemson University with Haley Parent, Cooperative Extension Water Resources Extension Agent: Clemson Extension’s Carolina Clear program partners with over 38 communities in South Carolina to provide stormwater education, outreach, and public involvement opportunities. Campus Water Resources Extension Agent Haley Parent will provide an overview of campus efforts to reduce stormwater runoff and its subsequent pollutants at the university. In her roles on campus and statewide, Haley strives to protect water resources and encourage pollution prevention by providing quality programs that raise awareness of stormwater issues, and promote actions and behaviors that ultimately protect our water resources.

January 12, 2021 (Tuesday) 10:00am – 11:30am, Online Seminar: Missional Entrepreneurs: How Values-Based Enterprises Build Freedom from Chronic Poverty with Dr. Dave Bodde: Since Lyndon Johnson announced the War on Poverty in 1965, the United States has spent about $22 trillion in the fight. Nevertheless, the rate of poverty held steady, fluctuating between 11% (1973, 2000, and 2019) and 15% (1965, 1983, 1992, and 2010-15).  In contrast, many private service organizations have demonstrated a pathway to economic freedom. These organizations reside in the communities they serve and know the poor as individuals. They help those individuals to learn and to practice the ethical values that support economic freedom. We can think of them as Missional Entrepreneurs, and this research tells their story so that others may replicate it.

January 21, 2021 (Thursday) 10:00am – 11:30am, Online Presentation: Anecdotes from 60 Years of Doing Research with Dr. Steve Hedetniemi, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science: Anyone who does research for any length of time has many stories they can tell of their experiences.  In this seminar there will be very little that is technical, just interesting, amusing, heartwarming and even unbelievable stories I have experienced over the last 60 years.  I have so far made a list of 60 stories to choose from (hey that is only one per year!), but will only tell just a few, time and interesting permitting.

PAST PRESENTATIONS: Please note that recorded presentations are not edited, therefore the transcription may not be 100% accurate

  • Cultivating Food Security in a Changing World with Emily Burchfield, Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences and Honors Program Coordinator, Emory University: This presentation is definitely worth watching. Dr. Burchfield’s research is so relevant for today and in the future. As a Clemson Alumnae, Duckenfield Scholar and Honor’s College graduate, she credits her time at Clemson as instrumental in her development as a researcher. Click HERE to view the presentation.
  • Virtual Recital with Dr. Eric Lapin, Director of Artistic Initiatives and Senior Lecturer of Music: Once again, Dr. Lapin did not disappoint! His performance was a great way to spend the morning. Be sure to click HERE to view the performance as well as hear all the great activities that are happening at the Brooks Center.
  • Creating a Faster COVID-19 Test with Feng Ding, Associate Professor of Physics and Faculty Scholar (CU School of Health): The research occurring at Clemson is truly remarkable and Dr. Ding’s research in creating a faster COVID test is at the top of the list. Click HERE to view the recorded presentation!
  • Impact of Climate Change on Bird Life in the Upstate and Beyond with Dr. Imtiaz Haque, Professor Emeritus of Automotive Engineering: Haque has turned his hobby into a passion and his presentation is fantastic! We all need to be concerned about the effects of climate change on birds. Click HERE to view the presentation.
  • Congratulations to our 2020 Emeritus Award for Research and Scholarship Recipients!! Dr. David Bodde, Professor and Senior Fellow Emeritus of Automotive Engineering, CU-ICAR and Dr. Stephen Hedetniemi, Professor Emeritus and Chair of Computer Sciences were awarded this prestigious honor in a virtual ceremony on Oct. 6. Dr. Bodde’s  nominator stated, “Dr. Bodde continues his life as a scholar, applying his knowledge and expertise to societal challenges such as global energy issues, technological changes that threaten the automotive industry, and even chronic poverty. He is very deserving of this award.” Dr. Hedetniemi’s nominator stated, “His prolific publication record since retiring has contributed more than half to achieving his current Google Scholar h-index of 58, over 7,000 of his total number of citations, that is approaching 20,000, and 74 publications toward his total lifetime publication count of over 300.”   Dr. Tanju Karanfil, vice president for research, provided the keynote address. Dr. Karanfil provided attendees with an update on the Clemson’s R-1 status and research as well we stated, “In fact, we are an R-1 institution today because of you. Emeritus faculty helped us to lay the grounds for a strong culture, strong facilities and abilities. Because of the hard work that you have done, today we have accomplished the Carnegie R-1 status. Of course, we do not stop there. We will continue to improve but I would like to recognize the major roles that every one of you as Clemson faculty and administrators have played in that accomplishment.” Click here to view Dr. Karanfil’s presentation. Click here to read more about their amazing accomplishments post retirement!! A video recording of the presentation is available online.
  • Freshwater Pollution in Asia and the Role of Insects in Its Management with Dr. John Morse, Professor Emeritus of Entomology: Thank you Dr. Morse for a terrific presentation. Click HERE to see the presentation and learn more about Dr. Morse’s important research/work in Asia.
  • That Often-Irrational Human Brain with June Pilcher, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology: Once again, Dr. Pilcher offered a fascinating session with lots of practical and interesting information. This presentation is worth watching! Click HERE to view the recorded presentation.
  • Adobe Lightroom, Part 1 with Curt Russell, CCIT Emeritus Support: Curt gave another great session on how to use Lightroom, the photo program for photo management and editing. Click HERE for the presentation (please note there is some feedback noise in the recording).
  • The Role of Nonviolent Protest in Our Society with Todd May, Class of 1941 Memorial Professor, Philosophy and Religion:Dr. May’s presentation was so informative and very relevant for the current times. You can see the presentation by clicking HERE. Be sure to check it out!!
  • What Happens if the Sun Sets at Midday? with Dr. Dale Linvill, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Meteorology: You will definitely want to check out Dr. Linvill’s research on the 2017 Solar Eclipse. While everyone else was looking up, he and his granddaughter were gathering data of what happened on the surface of the earth. Fascinating! Click HERE for the link to the presentation.
  • China: Wow! It’s quite a place with Dr. James Brannan, Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Sciences: Brannan’s discussion about his time in China was truly fascinating. The videos and pictures he shared are really worth seeing! Click HERE to view the presentation.
  • Covid-19 Vaccines-an update with Gary Powell, Professor Emeritus of Genetics and Biochemistry: Dr. Powell provided an in-depth presentation on the progress of COVID-19 vaccines along with explanations on the stages of vaccine testing and much more. Click HERE to watch the presentation that will help clarify all the information you hear in the news! Click HERE for links to informational videos you may want as well.
  • Healthy Sleep/Healthy Life with Dr. June Pilcher, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology: This informative presentation follows the science of sleep but also provides practical advice on how we all can get a better night’s sleep on a consistent basis! Definitely worth watching, click HERE to view the presentation.
  • Virtual Recognition Ceremony: The Emeritus College and Office of the Provost were privileged to celebrate the inaugural class of I. Dwaine Eubanks Emeritus College Fellows, the 2019-20 Emeriti, and the 2019-20 EC Memberships (regular b, associate and affiliate). While we prefer in-person events, it was an honor to be able to recognize these outstanding individuals virtually.  If you missed the ceremony, click HERE to view!
  • Buildings and Landscapes, Teaching the Art of Freehand Drawing with Lynn Craig, FAIA, RIBA, Professor Emeritus of Architecture: You will definitely want to watch this presentation! Professor Craig has shared his talent with all of us and during the presentation provides guidance on how we all can freehand draw! The students are lucky he is still teaching this class for the Architecture Department! Click HERE to view presentation.
  • COVID-19: Diagnosis through recovery, one survivor’s experience with Johnell Brooks: 124 days after she first contracted the virus, Dr. Brooks’ presentation was riveting and chronicled her path to recovery with many practical suggestions. Special thanks to Dr. William Logan for his appearance and providing the medical knowledge to recovery. This is one presentation that you will want to see. Click HERE to view presentation.
  • Call Me MiSTER: A Historical Perspective on the Educational Disenfranchisement of Black People in South Carolina with Dr. Roy Jones, Provost Distinguished Professor: What an extraordinary presentation! Dr. Jones provided such insight and an the important historical timeline of the educational disenfranchisement of black people in South Carolina. Click HERE to view some important talking points from the presentation. The document also provides some links that were shared during the discussion. Click HERE to view this important presentation!
  • Visiting the CERN and ITER Facilities: A journey through France and cutting-edge physics with Dr. John Meriwether, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy: What an exciting journey Dr. Meriwether took audience members on through the CERN and ITER Facilities in France! You will definitely want to see this cutting-edge science. Click HERE to view the presentation.
  • Online Arts Experience with Dr. Eric Lapin, Director of Artistic Initiatives and Senior Lecturer of Music: Lapin’s presentation gave a new perspective to the online arts experience and how venues/organization are finding unique methods of engagement during this time. His presentation is definitely worth watching! Click HERE to view the seminar.
  • Temperature as a Neurological Stressor with Caitlin Seluzicki : Caitlin’s work in the Margolis Lab at John Hopkins University is truly fascinating. She is one alumna Clemson can be proud of! Click HERE to view Caitlin’s presentation on her research as she completes her second year in the PhD, BCMB Program at John Hopkins School of Medicine.
  • More to the Story: The Golden Age of Hollywood with Kelly Durham, Local Author and Businessman: Durham gave a fascinating presentation on Hollywood from the 1920s through the 1960s. You will definitely want to see this presentation! If you missed the presentation, click HERE to view.
  • Coloring the Conservation Conversation with Dr. Drew Lanham, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology: Thank you Dr. Lanham for you ability to relate the natural world to human behaviors! Click HERE to view the presentation. Click HERE to view an article from The New Yorker about Corina Newsome and the Black Birders Movement mentioned by Dr. Lanham.
  • Google Drive with Curt Russell, Emeritus CCIT Support: Curt gave another useful presentation on utilizing Google Drive. Click HERE to view the presentation and get all the details on how to activate your account.
  • Glyphosate and GMO’s:  Science-based progress vs. human health dangers with DrJim Palmer, Professor Emeritus of Agronomy and Soils: Thanks to Dr. Palmer for the insightful discussion. Click HERE to view presentation.
  • Hornets and Wasps in the Palmetto State with  Eric Benson: South Carolina has some beneficial pollinators for sure! Click HERE to see all the information presented by Dr. Benson on Hornets ad Wasps in South Carolina.
  • Covid-19: An Overview: Dr. Matt Turnbull gave a fantastic and informative session on Covid-19! It is definitely worth watching, if you were not able to attend. Click HERE to view the presentation. Click HERE to see the follow-up Q & A session.
  • Covid-19 and the Climate Crisis: Many thanks to 2020 Honors Graduate Jessica Harris for an engaging presentation! Click HERE to view the presentation and HERE to download Jessica’s Honors Thesis.
  • Computer Maintenance and Malware Prevention: Curt Russell, Emeritus CCIT Support, provided another very informative session on how to keep our computers safe and running properly. Click HERE for all the information.
  • Africa with Larry Allen: Dr. Allen’s and his colleagues’ work in Africa with youth and the park system is something Clemson University can truly be proud of! If you missed this session, click HERE for the intriguing presentation.
  • CCIT Best Practices: Thanks to Curt Russell, Emeritus CCIT Support, for his presentation on keeping our information safe in this ever-changing world of IT and IT security.  Click HERE to view the presentation.
  • Comparative Genomics: From Flies to Humans, Humans to Flies: Dr. Trudy Mackay gave a fascinating presentation on her research taking place at the Clemson Center for Human Genetics in Greenwood, SC. Click HERE if couldn’t make the presentation.
  • Fig Buttercup Presentation: Dr. Bill Stringer’s presentation on the invasive species Fig Buttercup was definitely a wake up call for those that love Lake Conestee Nature Preserve. Thanks to Bill and the SC Native Plant Society for all their efforts to control the spread of this invasive species. Click HERE to view the video of the presentation. Click HERE to see the PowerPoint.
  • Zoom Tutorial: May thanks to Del Kimbler for his informative session on how to use Zoom. Click HERE for the video of the workshop!
  • For the Birds with Skip Eisiminger: Thanks so much to Skip for his thought provoking discussion on birds and their contributions to our everyday language. They truly are amazing!! Click HERE to view the presentation with transcript. Click HERE to see Skip’s handout as well as a list of his favorite bird books.
  • Duckenfield Scholars Presentation: The 2019 Duckenfield Scholars gave a fantastic presentation on their work while at Oxford University. Click HERE to view the presentation with audio transcript, if you were not able to attend. Both students will be graduating this year and will make Clemson proud as they move on to their future careers!
  • Library Presentation: Did you miss the library presentation? If so, no worries! Click HERE to see this very informative presentation, with audio transcript, on utilizing the CU Libraries’ during the time!