College Notes, July 7

July 6, 2013 

The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research and the S.C. Technology Aviation Center have agreed to work with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to support a three-year program to develop and test wireless charging systems for electrical vehicles.

Clemson working on wireless electric car charging

The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research and the S.C. Technology Aviation Center have agreed to work with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to support a three-year program to develop and test wireless charging systems for electrical vehicles.

The $1.5 million in research for Clemson is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Wireless charging, when applied to stop-and-go or vehicle-in-motion battery charging, could lead to extended range and downsized batteries for electric vehicles and could speed development of electric-powered passenger vehicles.

Clemson research professor Joachim Taiber will lead the project that will validate the Oak Ridge-developed technology, and develop communication networks for the wireless charging system.

S.C. State official to head national group

Elbert Malone, assistant vice president for sponsored programs at S.C. State University, was elected president of the National Sponsored Programs Administrators Alliance-Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The group shares information on best practices, upcoming research initiatives and professional development opportunities. Malone was interim president for the past year

New president starts at Winthrop

Jayne Comstock started leading Winthrop University last week. The former director the Executive Leadership Group for the American Council on Education was chosen president in February. Comstock resides in the President’s House on the main campus, along with her husband, Larry Williamson, a retired U.S. Navy captain.

Clemson names 2 department heads

Karyn Ogata Jones was named chairwoman of the Clemson’s communication studies department and Lee Morrissey will chair the English department.

Morrissey joined the Clemson faculty in 1995 and has been a professor and chairman of the department. His research focuses on relationships between literature and intellectual history, political philosophy and theory, mainly during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Jones has been on the Clemson faculty since 2002 as an instructor, assistant professor, associate professor and interim department chairwoman. Her research focuses on health communication, disability studies and media effects.

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