When the Clemson Tigers face the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, the rivalry between the second- and third-ranked teams is fierce. But when colleagues from the two schools meet, research projects benefit.
Researchers from Clemson and Ohio State work together on a variety of projects, including an education project designed for teachers who work with struggling readers. The Clemson Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Training Center brings Clemson and Ohio State education researchers together to train teachers.
“The intercollegiate relationship helps us understand how our work plays out in different states,” Clemson Associate Professor of Literacy Education Celeste Bates said. “We can study how children read and write in South Carolina, but because of state policies and mandates, it plays out differently from state to state.”
To support the center's efforts, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney's All In Foundation donated $10,000 for books for the 300 first-graders in the reading intervention program.
Other collaborations between Clemson and Ohio State include a grant funding Professor Jim Morris' work on the malaria parasite and a second National Institutes for Health grant that pairs Morris with the Ohio State Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy Chair Karl Werbovetz. The second grant focuses on molecules that could be used in oral treatments for African sleeping sickness and Chagas disease. The infectious disease researchers will consider 25,000 molecules with the potential to starve parasites.