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Patkowski awarded professional improvement leave

02/09/2017

Dr. Konrad Patkowski was awarded the competitive professional improvement leave funded by the Provost's Office. Dr. Patkowski will spend Spring 2018 conducting research at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany).

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Easley selected to RSC Editorial Board

02/28/2017

Easley to serve as Associate Editor for the RSC journal, Analytical Methods.

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Kallenberg invited to deliver a plenary lecture at Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden) in 2018

02/27/2017

Kallenberg is invited to deliver a plenary lecture at The 40th Conference on Stochastic Processes and Their Applications at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Zalik invited to deliver a plenary talk at University of Delhi, Delhi, India

02/27/2017

Zalik invited to deliver a plenary talk at The Third International Workshop on Wavelets, Frames and Applications, University of Delhi (India).

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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Connie Faro, biomedical sciences ’95

02/16/2017

Connie Faro is an OB/GYN at the Women’s Hospital of Texas. Faro works alongside her uncle and cousin, delivering more than 200 babies each year. She was recently featured on The Today Show’s series, “24 Hours With…” where a camera followed her for a full day. You were featured on The Today Show. What was that like? What an experience! When I was asked to participate in the Today Show series "24 Hours With…", I was hesitant to do it at first because I am not that type of personality. I was nervous! But once I asked my mother her opinion, there was no turning back. Proud mom! The producer and Craig Melvin, the correspondent, made the day as easy as possible. It was a very long day. Due to my somewhat hesitation to do the show, I mentioned to the producers that I work with my uncle and cousin, as well as my husband who is a physician at the hospital. It’s a family affair. That shifted some of the attention away from me! I thought that they did a nice job with the segment.

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Auburn University’s Museum of Natural History and Red Clay Brewery partner to conserve Alabama wildlife

02/16/2017

“Drink Beer! Save a Species!” is the new mantra of the College of Sciences and Mathematics’ Alabama Natural Heritage Program, which has teamed up with Red Clay Brewery in Opelika to conserve native Alabama wildlife. Beginning Thursday, Feb. 23, one dollar of each pint sold of a new brew, Drymarchon Berliner Weisse, will benefit conservation efforts of COSAM scientists who are working to reintroduce the Eastern Indigo snake to the Alabama landscape. The partnership will officially kickoff on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at a special “Science Pub” event featuring guest scientist Jason Bond, professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. Bond will give a presentation titled, “Do Spiders Really Have Superpowers?” The Science Pub kickoff at Red Clay Brewery is sponsored by COSAM’s Office of Outreach. The event is family friendly and open to all ages. There is no cost to attend.

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COSAM professor studies lifelong effects of stressors during development through $1 million NSF CAREER Award

02/16/2017

Haruka Wada, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, is scientifically proving the old adage, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” “We think we know stress or stressors because we feel them everyday, we talk about it everyday, but when it comes to the physiology of stress, there are a lot of unknowns, and this is partly because how we respond to stress depends on what we’re feeling that day,” said Wada. “The way you perceive a physical, physiological or psychological stress is also influenced by what you’re currently going through and previous exposure to a similar stressor, including during childhood.” Her project, “Proteostasis to Allostasis: Integration of Cellular and Organismal-Level Stress Responses,” will critically evaluate how a stress response is regulated while improving scientists’ understanding of stress responses at both the organismal and cellular level. The study is made possible through a five-year, $1,018,132 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.

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The drive to strive: COSAM to host regional, state Science Olympiad

02/02/2017

The College of Sciences and Mathematics’ Office of Outreach has long hosted regional Science Olympiad competitions for K-12 students. This year, for the first time, the COSAM Office of Outreach will host the middle and high school state competitions. Science Olympiad is a national, academic, competitive science tournament. Participating K-12 schools develop Science Olympiad student teams who are coached and mentored as they practice for regional competitions across the country. Elementary teams compete at the regional level only, and COSAM will host a regional elementary school contest this weekend on February 4. The state of Alabama middle and high school regional tournaments take place in various locations throughout the school year. Top-performing middle and high school teams at regional competitions will advance to the state tournament at Auburn University on April 1 and have a chance to be selected to compete at the national level.

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Hansford receives Andalusia High School’s Outstanding Graduate Award

02/02/2017

Dr. William “Bill” Hansford, pre-med ’64, has received Andalusia High School’s Outstanding Graduate Award, an honor given to graduates whose personal lives, professional accomplishments, and community service exemplify the ideals of Andalusia High School. Hansford is a longtime COSAM supporter and member of the Dean’s Leadership Council, along with his wife, Gerrie, laboratory technology ’63. After his time at Auburn, Hansford attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine. From 1970 until his retirement in 2012, Hansford worked as a physician and medical director focusing on underserved communities in Texas, Arizona and Alabama, specifically in his beloved Covington County and the surrounding area. He provided primary care on a Navajo Indian reservation, which he calls a "life changing experience and the highlight of his career."

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COSAM students study abroad in Swaziland, South Africa

02/02/2017

Dr. William “Bill” Hansford, pre-med ’64, has received Andalusia High School’s Outstanding Graduate Award, an honor given to graduates whose personal lives, professional accomplishments, and community service exemplify the ideals of Andalusia High School. Hansford is a longtime COSAM supporter and member of the Dean’s Leadership Council, along with his wife, Gerrie, laboratory technology ’63. After his time at Auburn, Hansford attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine. From 1970 until his retirement in 2012, Hansford worked as a physician and medical director focusing on underserved communities in Texas, Arizona and Alabama, specifically in his beloved Covington County and the surrounding area. He provided primary care on a Navajo Indian reservation, which he calls a "life changing experience and the highlight of his career."

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DePriest creates professorship in honor of special mentor

02/02/2017

Paul DePriest, mathematics ’75, has established a professorship through an estate gift in honor of his former instructor, Jack Rogers. DePriest, a cyber-information assurance analyst for Northrop Grumman Corporation, is a longtime member of the COSAM Dean’s Leadership Council and benefactor of the college. “I met Dr. Rogers in 1974 and was in his class for three quarters of math analysis,” said DePriest. “I believe the way Dr. Rogers taught the analysis series of classes helped develop my problem solving skills and enhanced my desire to constantly learn new things. This has been extremely beneficial throughout my career as I have done numerous types of jobs, including scientific programming using supercomputers, computer network design and management, computer system management, and currently, cyber security. I have also taught cyber security part-time at the university level for 12 years. I used teaching techniques I observed from Dr. Rogers' classes to help my students to succeed in learning how to develop secure systems.”

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COSAM benefactor publishes new book

02/02/2017

Longtime COSAM supporter and Dean’s Leadership Council member Dr. T. Lee Baumann, has published a book, “The Drug-Free Restless Legs Syndrome Handbook.” Baumann, a medical consultant and author, wrote the book after suffering from Restless Legs Syndrome, or RLS, much of his life. In his book, he shares drug-free alternatives to treating the symptoms of RLS. Baumann holds medical certifications in internal medicine, geriatrics, and medical management, and practiced medicine for more than 20 years. He is a “quantum spirituality” writer, and his first book, “God at the Speed of Light,” helped inspire the CBS television series, “Joan of Aracadia.” Baumann has been featured for his writing and theories in television documentaries by Grizzly Adams Productions, Alabama Public Television, and has appeared on the popular radio programs "Coast-to-Coast" and CBC's "Tapestry.”

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