The International Astronautical Federation recently presented the Frank J. Malina Astronautical Medal to Dr. J-M Wersinger, Carr Professor of Physics. The award is presented annually to an educator who has demonstrated excellence in taking the fullest advantage of the resources available to him/her to promote the study of astronautics and related space sciences. http://www.iafastro.org/index.html?title=IAF_Newsletter_April_2010:_Page_9
Dr. Annie Gorden, assistant professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was the recipient of the 2010 Delta Gamma Foundation Faculty Award. This honor is awarded to only one person each convention year. The award was established to recognize excellence in faculty members who teach undergraduate students. Dr. Gorden was recognized at the Delta Gamma Convention this summer in Denver, Colo., at the Foundation Banquet on Friday, June 18.
Kenneth M. Halanych, associate professor in the department of biological sciences, has been invited to be a keynote speaker at the Computational Phylogenetics and Molecular Systematics international conference in Moscow, Russia. In his speech, “Animal Phylogeny: New Insights from Molecular Data,” Halanych will discuss recent advances in the evolutionary relationships of animals. Additionally, Halanych has been asked to share his Antarctic research at a biology seminar. Read full story
Among those being honored were COSAM’s Robert Lishak, associate professor of biological sciences, and S. Davis Worley, professor and former interim chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Lishak is one of two recipients of this year’s Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching; and Worley is the recipient of the Creative Research and Scholarship Award.
Also recognized were COSAM’s own Kenneth Halanych of Biological Sciences and Michael McKee of Chemistry and Biochemistry as two of the recently named Alumni Professors for 2006. The professorships are sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association, and are presented on the basis of research, publishing and teaching. Read full story
Auburn University’s Graduate School selected Olav Kallenberg of the College of Sciences and Mathematics as the 32nd Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lecturer.
The Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lecturer is selected annually by a committee of previous recipients. The honor is given in recognition of a faculty member’s service in support of graduate education at Auburn University. Read full story
James Saunders and Bill Hames of the College of Sciences and Mathematics Geology and Geography Department were recently awarded a prestigious grant by the U.S. Geological Survey Mineral Resources External Research Program. Read full story