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New Research, Testing Equipment for Clemson Automotive Engineering Program

Several worldwide leaders in automotive equipment manufacturing donated testing and research equipment, valued at nearly $2.3 million, to a Clemson graduate program. The donations, valued at nearly $10 million, for Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). "I don't know of another university in the country - maybe in the world - that has this combination of equipment under one roof," said Tom Kurfess, the BMW Chair in Manufacturing at Clemson and director of the Carroll A. Campbell Graduate Engineering Center. The newest supporters of the CU-ICAR team include MTS Systems Corporation, Germany-based Weiss, FEV's Test Systems, RENK Test Systems, Carl Zeiss Industrial Measuring Technology and J&H Machine Tool Specialty, Inc.

Clemson University Chemist Develops Strategy Against Anthrax

Clemson University chemist Ya-Ping Sun and his research team have developed a method for rendering weaponized anthrax ineffective as a biological agent of terrorism.

"For anthrax to be effective, it has to be made into a fine powder that can easily enter the lungs when inhaled. That is what makes it lethal," said Sun. "What we have done is come up with an agent that clings to the anthrax spores to make their inhalation into the lungs difficult." The Clemson team used carbon nanotubes, which are hollow tubes made of carbon atoms, then sugar-coated them to attract the anthrax spores. Subsequently, the anthrax binds with the nanotubes, forming clusters that are too large to be inhaled.

The National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Agriculture funded the study.

231 Students Admitted Through Bridge Program

Clemson welcomed 231 students from the Bridge program in its inaugural year. The program, first announced in January, joins the University and Tri-County Technical College in an effort to allow students a seamless transfer into Clemson during their sophomore year. Benefits for students include tutoring and other academic resources at both schools. Also, students can keep lottery tuition assistance and state-funded scholarships for those enrolled at technical colleges, while they stay on track for a four-year degree. With the number of applications and rejections rising at Clemson, the program offers undergraduates a second chance at enrollment if they were not directly accepted the first time.

Donation Provides Astrophysics Students Opportunity to Study Deep Space

The Charles Curry Foundation has donated $100,000 to Clemson University's astrophysics program. Students and faculty will use the funds to visit the Kitt Peak National Observatory's 4-meter Mayall telescope in Arizona; the donation provides for approximately one-third of the $290,000 cost for 33 nights. Clemson University made a three-year agreement with the National Optical Astronomical Observatory (NOAO), which is funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF); besides access to the Mayall telescope, students and faculty can trade metered observation time for looks through other telescopes in the U.S. system around the world. The Clemson faculty plans to take their students to Kitt Peak throughout the year to study gamma ray bursts, supernovae and planet formation in deep space. Keowee Key resident Charles Curry donated more than $300,000 to the astrophysics program at Clemson since 2001. In addition, Charles Curry has endowed three fellowships for outstanding graduate student researchers in astrophysics over the past three years.

Clemson University offers first Graduate Fellowship at ICAR

Last Thursday, the Automation Engineering Corporation (AEC) announced, in conjunction with Clemson University, that a new graduate fellowship is now available at the CU-ICAR (International Center for Automotive Research) facility.

The AEC donated $100,000 to support graduate students working at the ICAR campus in Greenville, according to a news release.

The grant is meant specifically for students working toward a Master of Science in Automotive Engineering, a graduate program new to the university with the establishment of CU-ICAR. The facility will be initially operational in the summer of 2007, with the completion of the first phase of development.

The state of South Carolina will match the amount, effectively increasing the endowment to $200,000.

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