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BEST Robotics participant changes children’s lives, one hand at a time

04/29/2016

In Vietnam, a group of approximately 30 children are missing fingers or parts of their hands or arms, conditions most have endured since birth. Prosthetic replacements are available, but are largely unattainable for this group because of the high cost – as much as $100,000 – and the fact that children outgrow their prostheses just as they do clothing. Enter Zach McCleery, a junior at St. Luke's Episcopal School in Mobile and longtime participant in the Auburn University BEST, or Boosting Engineering Science and Technology, robotics program sponsored by the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. McCleery took inspiration from his BEST experience and executed an Eagle Scout project to coordinate the purchase, production and construction of affordable prosthetic hands that could be shipped overseas to the Vietnamese children.

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2016 Kosolapoff Award presented to Bercaw

04/28/2016

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Auburn Local Section of the American Chemical Society named John E. Bercaw, Centennial Professor of Chemistry at CalTech, the recipient of the 2016 Kosolapoff Award.

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Auburn amateur radio club reaches hundreds during special event commemorating university’s 160th anniversary

04/28/2016

On A-Day, the Auburn University Amateur Radio Club, K4RY, hosted a special event in commemoration of the university’s 160th anniversary.

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COSAM recognizes top students at Honors Convocation

04/28/2016

COSAM recognized top students and faculty at the annual Honors Convocation, which took place on April 23 in the Auburn University Student Center Ballroom.

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Wendy Hood selected as Outstanding Graduate Mentor

04/28/2016

Wendy Hood, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, is one of six faculty members from across the university to be selected as an Outstanding Graduate Mentor by the Graduate Student Council.

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Take 5 with Dr. Cary Gannon

04/28/2016

Dr. Cary Gannon, biomedical sciences '99, is a podiatric surgeon who founded AILA Cosmetics, a nail lacquer collection that is "8-free," paraben-free, gluten-free, Triphenyl Phosphate, or TPHP-free, cruelty-free and vegan. The Nashville-based company has been featured in French Vogue, Southern Living and a variety of talk shows and beauty blogs. Most recently, AILA has added Anthropologie online to its rapidly growing retail arsenal.

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Ghimire accepts tenure track assistant professor position with LSU at Alexandria.

04/27/2016

Ghimire accepts tenure track assistant professor position in the Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences at Louisiana State University at Alexandria.

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Abby Bartlett has been awarded the Phi Kappa Phi-Susan Stacy Entrenkin Yates Award.

04/26/2016

Abby Bartlett has been awarded the Phi Kappa Phi-Susan Stacy Entrenkin Yates Award.

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Kim receives a 2nd place award at the Undergraduate Research Symposium of AU

04/26/2016

Mr. DoYon Kim received a 2nd place award at the Undergraduate Research Symposium of AU for the oral presentation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

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McDonald has received the 2016 Outstanding Female Faculty Award given by the Society of Women in Sciences and Mathematics

04/25/2016

Dr. Jessica McDonald has received the 2016 Outstanding Female Faculty Award given by the Society of Women in Sciences and Mathematics

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Clontz ('15) accepts tenure track assistant professor position at USA

04/25/2016

Clontz ('15) accepts tenure track assistant professor position with University of South Alabama

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Kim and Denu selected to be the awardees in the Annual International Student Recognition Banquet

04/25/2016

DoYon Kim and Dawit Denu were selected to be the awardees in the Annual International Student Recognition Banquet

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Jessica Brooks has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Frank Sturm Memorial Fellowship

04/20/2016

Jessica Brooks has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Frank Sturm Memorial Fellowship.

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Taylor Farmer has been awarded the 2016 Comer Award in Physical Sciences

04/11/2016

Taylor Farmer has been awarded the 2016 Comer Award in Physical Sciences

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2016-2017 graduate student awardees

04/11/2016

2016-2017 graduate student awardees Congratulations Emily, Manuel, Caroline and Nirmal!

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Dr. Peter Livant was chosen as the recipient of the 2015-2016 Student Government Association Faculty Member of the Year Award for the College of Sciences and Mathematics

04/08/2016

Dr. Peter Livant was chosen as the recipient of the 2015-2016 Student Government Association Faculty Member of the Year Award for the College of Sciences and Mathematics!

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COSAM junior named Barry M. Goldwater Scholar

04/07/2016

COSAM junior Natasha Narayanan has been chosen as a 2016 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, an honor bestowed to only 252 students nationwide this year. The scholarship is widely considered the most prestigious award in the United States for undergraduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Narayanan is an Auburn University Honors College student who is double majoring in biochemistry and Spanish (College of Liberal Arts). She has conducted two undergraduate research projects, both under the direction of Bradley Merner, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. As part of the first project, she worked to incorporate a chemical modification into antisense therapeutics drugs, which may lead to better treatments for genetic diseases. Her second research project relates to medicinal chemistry, which she hopes to apply to the synthesis of a natural product known as haouamine A, a product that has shown selective anticancer activity in human colon carcinoma cells.

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Armbruster named director of the Auburn University Museum of Natural History

04/07/2016

Auburn Professor Jonathan Armbruster has been named the new director of the Auburn University Museum of Natural History in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. His term began April 1. Armbruster joined Auburn in 1998 as an assistant professor. He was named an associate professor in 2003, and an alumni professor in 2007. He has served as curator of the museum’s fish collection where he has grown the collection from 25,000 jars to 65,000, obtained a specimen from every continent and developed online searching capabilities through a database system. His area of research involves the systematics, ecology and functional morphology of fishes, particularly suckermouth armored catfishes, or Loricariidae, the largest family of catfishes in the world, also known as plecos in the aquarium trade. He is also involved in survey work of several regions of South America including Guyana and Venezuela, and also works on local projects involving ecology, behavior and systematics of fishes. Recently, Armbruster has begun collaborative work in a worldwide project, “All Cypriniformes Species Inventory,” which facilitates taxonomic work on minnows. His lab is particularly interested in the barbs of Africa, and relationships of taxa worldwide. As part of this study, he has built a global database of minnow morphology, and will use the information to explore aspects of the evolution of cypriniform ecology and functional diversity. “I have been striving to make the collections at Auburn University into a museum since I arrived in 1998,” said Armbruster. “Now that Dr. (Jason) Bond has ushered us into a new building and upped our community presence, the question becomes what to do next. I hope to begin series of initiatives in teaching and outreach over the next couple of years to further cement the museum’s position in the Auburn University community and beyond.” Armbruster received his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois. Before his time at Auburn, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution. Throughout his career, Armbruster has secured a number of research grants from the National Science Foundation, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and National Geographic, among many others. Aside from his extensive research, Armbruster has instructed many undergraduate and graduate-level courses including comparative anatomy, evolution and systematics, and systematic ichthyology. Armbruster has guided many graduate students to make new discoveries and publish their own work. Armbruster has given a number of lectures, received numerous awards for teaching and research, participated in many outreach events and has authored dozens of publications. He garnered international media attention in 2015 after naming a previously unknown species of catfish in honor of the Star Wars character, Greedo.

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Auburn Azaleas: a tradition rooted in timeless beauty

04/04/2016

Auburn University is brimming with tradition. Our popular mascot, Aubie, our “War Eagle” battle cry, rolling Toomer’s Corner, the eagle’s flight at football games, and the Auburn Creed are, perhaps, the most widely celebrated traditions at Auburn. But each spring as delicious shades of orange, yellow, purple, red and pink appear throughout campus, one can be reminded of a lesser-known university tradition with roots extending many decades into the past – the tradition of preserving and hybridizing our native azaleas for future generations to enjoy. The native beauties are scattered around campus and represent the tireless dedication of Auburn scientists, faculty and staff. As such, many of the native hybrid azaleas planted at the university are included in the new Auburn Azalea series, which is now available to the public through the College of Sciences and Mathematics Donald E. Davis Arboretum. The series includes spectacular cultivars such as ‘Samford Sorbet,’ ‘Tiger,’ ‘Aubie,’ ‘War Eagle,’ ‘Plainsman’ and more.

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2016 Arbor Day Photo Contest

04/01/2016

Take your best shot, and get it ready for the Arboretum’s annual Arbor Day Photo Contest! The entries will be on display in Biggin Hall from April 17th – April 26th. The awards will be announced on our website and hung on the photos on Friday, April 24th.

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