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COSAM Graduate Returns to Golf Classic 16 Years After She Received Scholarship

Erin Prince

09/24/2019

Erin Prince ’04 received a scholarship from the Annual Dean’s Scholarship Golf Classic 16 years ago. This year, she returned to speak at the 24th annual event.

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Auburn Senior Brings Yale Experience to COSAM Education

Kennedye McGhee

09/24/2019

Auburn University senior Kennedye McGhee’s grandfather instilled in her the desire to seek out a future profession that would be more than just a job.

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Alumni Spotlight: Meghan Ward – Graduate Student, Independent Research, Author and Much More

Meghan Ward

09/24/2019

Auburn alumna Meghan Ward has accomplished some pretty incredible feats since receiving her bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2017.

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Fall Leaves Cause Days to Shorten

Fall leaves

09/24/2019

In Scotland, I didn't have to rake leaves each fall. After moving to the Auburn, I was raking leaves and had never appreciated before how much work it was, or how heavy all the leaves were when all raked together.

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Three Million Dollar Grant Trains Students on Climate Resiliency

Group Photo of NRT Team

09/24/2019

Climate change impacts the world. An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Auburn University received a highly competitive $3 million National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) grant to train the next generation of scientists and leaders to conduct cutting-edge interdisciplinary and applied research, develop effective communication skills, and prepare them for the workforce.

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Carpenter awarded $170,000 grant from PARSONS - Envision More

09/19/2019

Dr. Mark Carpenter was just awarded a $170,000 grant from PARSONS - Envision More.

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Alumni Spotlight: Putter Tiatragul’s Adventure from Auburn to Australia

Putter Tiatragul

09/17/2019

Auburn alumnus Putter Tiatragul takes his passion for creating healthy biodiversity around the world as he pursues his next degree.

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COSAM Undergraduate Student Interns at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Davis Arthur

09/17/2019

Davis Arthur, a junior majoring in physics in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM), spent his summer interning at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, the largest U.S. Department of Energy open science laboratory.

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NSF Grant Offers Additional Biological Sciences Research in Antarctica

Auburn faculty in Antarctica.

09/17/2019

Dr. Ken Halanych, the Schneller Endowed Chair of the Auburn University Department of Biological Sciences, has recently been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his research on marine organisms in Antarctica.

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Mark Your Calendar – October Events at Auburn’s Arboretum

Movie Screening on a Lawn

09/10/2019

Fright Night Fridays

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COSAM Senior Uses Head Injury to Inspire Career Goals

Kaitlyn Conner

09/10/2019

The unfortunate incidents of suffering two severe concussions in high school happened to lead Auburn University student Kaitlyn Conner towards her chosen career path.

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Society of Health Professionals Annual Reception Spotlights Two Scholarship Recipients

Clay Harper and two Auburn students receiving scholarships

09/10/2019

Dr. Clay Harper ’92, Chair of the Society of Health Professionals, welcomed guests to this year’s reception on August 27 at Pebble Hill. Two scholarship recipients, Brittany Duck ’22 and Chase Smith ’22, were honored and each given a copy of The Quotable Osler. Brittany addressed the audience and shared the importance of this scholarship, which gave her the opportunity to continue her family’s tradition attending Auburn University. 

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High School Students Will Get AMP'd Up Solving Puzzles

2019 AMPd

09/10/2019

High school students can be part of a fun and exciting STEM problem-solving event with a Halloween theme.

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COSAM Faculty Shares Experiences Using the Hubble Space Telescope at the Discover Auburn Lecture Series

09/10/2019

Dr. Dennis Bodewits, associate professor in the Department of Physics, spoke at the Discover Auburn Lecture Series. Hosted by the Auburn Libraries, these public events showcase the university and its land-grant mission of teaching, research and extension/outreach. Dr. Bodewits, whose research focuses on water in the solar system, spoke on the topic of “From the Microscope to the Hubble Space Telescope: Laboratory Astrophysics at Auburn University” on Thursday, September 5, in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Auditorium in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

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Sunday Asogwa accepts Assistant Professor of Mathematics (tenure-track) position at Tuskegee University

09/06/2019

 

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Minglei Yang accepts postdoctoral associate position at Oak Ridge National Lab

09/06/2019

Minglei Yang has accepted a postdoctoral associate position at Oak Ridge National Lab.  He is expected to graduate this December and to start to work in January 2020. Minglei is Dr. Yanzhao Cao's student.

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COSAM’s Open House Gives Students a Chance to Connect with Advisors, Students and Even Animals

Aubie with an indigo snake

09/03/2019

The College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) welcomed students to its annual open house on August 28. Students had a chance to meet their advisor, learn about student organizations and enjoy refreshments.

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COSAM Senior Preparing for Military Career

Alexis Lugo

09/03/2019

Auburn University senior Alexis Lugo always knew she was destined for the military. With military parents, Alexis grew up on a military base and loved it. But Alex plans to serve more than her country, she also plans to one day serve the sick as an Army doctor specializing in family medicine.

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COSAM Researcher Studies Opioid Degradation to Help the CDC Fight the Opioid Crisis

Rashad Karimov

09/03/2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2017. Dr. Rashad Karimov, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM), is the recipient of a grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to help characterize cases related to fentanyl and its analogues which are major contributors to the opioid crisis. Over the next nine months, the Karimov Group which focuses on organic synthesis, will be studying the selective degradation of fentanyl type compounds to improve proper characterization of fentanyl related overdose cases. At the end of these studies his research group, will provide a complex report to the CDC about the specific chemical methodologies. “Fentanyl is an incredibly potent and fast-acting drug” Dr. Karimov explained. “Being able to accurately characterize overdoses from fentanyl and its analogues will help first-responders to be able to save more lives.” The main limitation of current approaches is that they require generation and storage of a large number of antibodies and internal standards for detecting ever changing fentanyl analogues. Working with the CDC’s emergency response branch, Dr. Karimov’s goal is to reduce the overall number of internal standards, which will help researchers classify cases quicker from blood samples and direct resources more efficiently to fight this epidemic.

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Message from Dean Giordano – September 2019

COSAM Dean Nicholas J. Giordano.

09/03/2019

Our college has been developing a new strategic plan that aligns with the university’s six pivotal goals in its 2019-2024 strategic plan: elevating the student experience, transformative research, impactful service, exceptional and engaged faculty and staff, strategic enrollment, and operational excellence. I added a seventh goal to our plan, communication, to ensure we effectively tell the COSAM story to our stakeholders.

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