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COSAM Student Awarded

Rhodes Scholarship

Jordan Anderson, a senior in Biomedical Sciences, was recently awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, joining only three former Auburn University students with this recognition.

"Mr. Anderson is truly an outstanding person who represents all for which Auburn University stands," says COSAM Dean Stewart Schneller. "I convey my gratitude to him for this honor he has brought to our University and to his family for sharing this wonderful individual with us. My colleagues in COSAM and those across campus are to be congratulated for providing an academic environment that has nurtured and mentored Jordan to this exceptional accomplishment."

The Rhodes Scholarship, the oldest international fellowship, was created in 1902 at the request of Cecil Rhodes to bring outstanding students from across the world to study at Oxford University in England. The Roanoke, Va., native began the application process last August with the help of Dr. Paul Harris of the Honors College. After being named a District Seven finalist, Anderson traveled to Birmingham in November to begin a two-day interview process with 12 other finalists from Tennessee, Alabama and Florida.

"There were so many great and qualified candidates, and to be in their company was a great honor," Anderson recently said. "When they announced my name, I was overwhelmed at first, but then felt very honored and excited." Anderson was the first Auburn student since 1980 to receive the recognition.

Anderson fulfills a

COSAM Imagine


Anderson, who is also a decorated member of the Auburn University swimming and diving program, maintains a 3.91 GPA and plans to obtain a master's degree at Oxford in the global health science discipline, which is a program geared toward a better understanding of the health conditions in third-world countries.

"The long-term goal is to give me a better understanding of the problems in countries that I want to one day work in," Anderson said. "With the help of a future dental degree, I'd like to develop medical solutions from a dental perspective."


Dr. Edward L. Wampold Presented Distinguished Alumnus Award

The College of Sciences and Mathematics recently presented Dr. Edward L. Wampold, Biological Sciences '53,the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Wampold was honored at a dinner on Nov. 6, 2009, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.


The Montgomery native completed his undergraduate studies after serving in the Army during World War II and the Korean War. In 1953, Dr. Wampold joined Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation (a Johnson and Johnson company) as a territory salesman. Quickly proving to be a valued asset to the team, he was asked to join Ortho Diagnostics, Inc. in 1959. In 1963 he became the division manager of the southern division. While working with Ortho Diagnostics, Dr. Wampold attended Syracuse University in the Marketing Executives International program and later studied marketing at Columbia University. In 1972, Dr. Wampold was promoted to general manager of the Arlington, Texas, manufacturing facility and served on the management board from 1969-1974.


In 1974, Dr. Wampold co-founded Biological Corporation of America (BCA), a diagnostic company dedicated to immunohematology. Serving as executive vice president, Dr. Wampold helped build the company to the number two diagnostics company in the industry. After BCA was acquired by Cooper Laboratories, Dr. Wampold served as group vice president and a member of the board of directors.


Dr. Wampold retired in 1985, but was called back to the workforce by Technimed Corporation to serve as president and CEO and was subsequently elected to the board of directors. Dr. Wampold resigned in 1990 and relocated to Atlanta, Ga.

Dr. Wampold is involved in numerous professional and community activities. He is an emeritus member of the American Association of Blood Banks and past director of the American Blood Commission and the American Blood Resource Association. He also serves on the Northside Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, is the former vice chair of the Fulton County Hospital Authority, past president and trustee of the Atlanta Sportsman's Club and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, to name a few.


Dr. Wampold also remains firmly committed to the Auburn family. He is an Auburn Alumni Association Life Member, was chair of the Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award Committee, member of COSAM's Leadership Council, founder and co-chair of COSAM's Dean Scholarship Golf Classic, recipient of the Walter Wheatley Outstanding Contribution Award and established the Auburn University/SmithKline Clinical Laboratory Work Program. He is a member of the All American Society, 1856 Society, Petrie Society and The President's Club.


Dr. Wampold resides in Johns Creek, Ga., with his wife Diane. He has three children: Troy, Tracy and Chandler, and five grandchildren: Morgan, Tanner, Carson, Lauren and Clem.

COSAM Faculty Receive

Auburn University Awards

Two COSAM professors received recognition at the Auburn University Faculty Awards ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 27, recognizing excellence in teaching, research and outreach.


Dr. Mary Mendonca, Biological Sciences professor, was one of the two recipients of the University's highest teaching honors, The Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Awards. She is pictured second from the right with Gerald and Emily Leischuck.


Also during the ceremony, Auburn awarded the 2009 alumni professorships including Dr. Mendonca and Dr. Mark Steltenpohl, a professor in Geology and Geography. He is pictured below, second from the left, with Dr. Mendonca, second from the right.


College of Sciences and Mathematics Faculty Receive New Awards

COSAM LogoSeveral faculty members from the College of Sciences and Mathematics have recently received funding awards for research and development.

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Arboretum Calendars Available

Order your 2010 Donald E. Davis Arboretum calendar! The calendar showcases photographs from the annual photo contest, which is held each April. Calendars are just $8 each. Orders of five or more get a special discount rate of $6 each. Proceeds support special projects and development of the Arboretum’s diverse native collections. Calendars are available by clicking on the link below, at the Arboretum, and at select locations in town.

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U.S. News ranks Auburn

among Top 50 public universities

for 16th consecutive year

Auburn University is ranked 28th among land-grant universities nationally and in the top 50 of public universities overall for the 16th consecutive year, according to an annual survey released by U.S. News & World Report today. Auburn placed 45th among the top 50 public universities.


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