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Marie Wooten Memorial 5k to be held April 21
The second Annual Marie W. Wooten Memorial 5k will be held on April 21 at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. The event will include both a 5k run and a one mile walk and will honor the late dean's vision for the future of COSAM. Prior to her passing, Dean Wooten had wished to start a 5k to raise money for COSAM scholarships in hopes of bettering the future of her beloved college. To register for the event, go to this link. For more information, contact Brook Moates at email@example.com.
Department hoods 6 doctoral graduates
Six doctoral candidates from seven faculty labs received their PhD at the Fall 2011 graduation, Lesley DeSouza (Armbruster lab), Kathleen Morrow (Chadwick lab), Molli Newman (Liles/Feminella labs), Nandini Rajamani-Robin (Dobson lab), Christina Schmidt (Hood lab), and David Steen (Guyer lab). This was the largest assemblage of PhD graduations in the department’s history. Since 2002 the department has conferred 59 doctoral degrees.
Biological Sciences professor publishes book
Troy Best, professor of Biological Sciences and curator of mammals at Auburn University, has written a field guide on bats and is trying to change the misconception of the winged animals. Best, along with collaborators Michael Harvey of Tennessee Tech University and J. Scott Altenbach of the University of New Mexico, wrote Bats of the United States and Canada as a follow up and update of their 1999 book Bats of the United States. Best says the group worked hard to cover all topics concerning bats and provide an informative and complete account of all 47 species of bats that occur in the United States and Canada in hopes the book will help give bats a better public image than they have received in the past. The book can be purchased here.
Graduate students publish paper
Chemistry professors part of NSF education partnership
Space still available for study abroad opportunity
For the first time, students planning to take Concepts of Science have an opportunity to combine the class with a study-abroad experience. Students interested in taking the class in the summer of 2012 will have an option to take classes in Auburn from June 25 through July 3, in preparation for studying in Italy for the remainder of the course from July 7 through 21. Additionally, all COSAM undergraduate and graduate students are invited to attend and take a course under the direction of Geology Professor David King. The Italian portion of the class will be held at the Coldigioco Geological Observatory, or CGO, which is an independent center for research and education in science, art and cuisine. Located in the tiny hilltop village of Coldigioco in the Apennine Mountains of central Italy, CGO consists of sleeping, eating and living facilities, science labs, art studios, kitchens, and a small fleet of vehicles. Space is still available and the application deadline is March 30. For more information, contact Program Director David King at firstname.lastname@example.org or click HERE.
Condensed Matter Physics Professor Retires
John Williams, professor of condensed matter physics, has retired after a 37-year career at Auburn University. Williams helped direct the Wide Band Gap Semiconductor Physics Program and focused his research in the field of advanced semiconductor materials.
BEST Robotics team meets President
Students from the Monroeville Junior High School BEST team recently met with President Barack Obama during the White House Science Fair. The team and its BEST robot were invited to the fair to be among more than 20 individuals or groups of students from across the nation to present their science and engineering based projects. Monroeville was represented by three of its BEST team members: Morgan Ard, Robert Knight and Titus Walker, each in the eighth grade at Monroeville Junior High School. This is the first BEST team to ever receive such an honor. To read more about the BEST program, go to this link.
Outreach hosts AMP'd puzzle competition
COSAM Outreach hosted the first AMP’d, Auburn Mathematical Puzzle Challenge, on February 4. The event was based around the recent trending adult puzzle parties. Teams of six to eight students from seventh and eighth grade competed against one another to solve the case of the stolen Auburn spirit. Each challenge rewarded teams with puzzle pieces, each a piece of a larger picture of the culprit in the missing spirit of Auburn. Graduate students from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics helped create the challenges and more than 20 Math Club members and math graduate students helped out during the event. In the end, Opelika Middle School Team B took the overall first place prize, with Opelika Middle School Team A taking second. Auburn Junior High School rounded out the top three. To see more upcoming outreach events, go to this link.
Student Services welcomes new advisor
Dani Smith joined COSAM student services on January 19 as an advisor. Smith graduated from Auburn University with her master's in higher education and administration. For more information on student services, go to the student services web site.
COSAM Alumnus becomes Alabama Optometric Association president
Alumna named Assistant Administrator at Princeton Baptist Medical Center
COSAM alumnus builds a reputation through work with Legos
Arboretum recognized by North American Plant Collections Consortium Multi-site Quercus Collection
Arboretum benefit to be held April 14
The Auburn University College of Sciences and Mathematics will hold a benefit for the Donald E. Davis Arboretum Saturday, April 14, at 6 p.m. “A Night in New Orleans” will be held at the arboretum and will include a sit-down dinner of traditional New Orleans fare, music, entertainment and a silent auction. “Our hope is that the funds raised by the event will help to provide a way for the arboretum to better serve the growing needs of the university, the community and the state at large,” Kim McCurdy, event coordinator, said. “With the number of students who came to the arboretum to experience hands-on what they learn in the classroom last year, we can only expect those numbers to increase. We need to be prepared.” To read more, see the full release.
Auburn Scholarship Campaign extended through June 30
PASS Mentor Program Meeting held Jan. 26
COSAM welcomes new communicator
Katie Horn has joined COSAM as a communications specialist. Horn graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is currently filling in for Candis Birchfield while she is on maternity leave. Please contact Katie at email@example.com or 844-5734 with any ideas, questions or news.
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