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Auburn selected for prestigious Carnegie recognition for community engagement
(Jan. 5, 2011)
Auburn University has been selected for the 2010 "Community Engagement Classification" by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, recognizing Auburn's commitment to community partnership and public service through its mission of outreach. The classification is the most significant recognition in higher education for a university's total outreach body of work in the community.
Auburn University and East Alabama Medical Center partner to provide cutting-edge MRI
(Nov. 30, 2010)
Auburn University and East Alabama Medical Center and have partnered to bring a 3-Tesla MRI, the most powerful unit currently cleared for clinical use with humans, to Auburn. The Siemens Verio open-bore 3T MRI, located in Auburn University's new 45,000-square-foot MRI Research Center, will be used during normal office hours by EAMC. It is leasing nearly 3,000 square feet in the center for the 3T operations and began welcoming patients on Nov. 19. When not used by EAMC, the 3T unit will be available for use by Auburn researchers and those from other universities. In 2011, Auburn will add an actively shielded whole-body 7T MRI; there are only 28 7T scanners worldwide. Auburn's 7T will be one of two located in the southeastern U.S. and will be the only actively shielded unit in the U.S. This unit will be used solely for research.
Auburn researcher part of team to trap and hold anti-hydrogen atoms for the first time
(Nov. 18, 2010)
An international team of scientists including Auburn University Physics Professor Francis Robicheaux has trapped and held the antimatter version of the hydrogen atom for the first time in history. The team's breakthrough could test fundamental physics. The journal Nature published the results of the experiment Nov. 17. "This breakthrough is significant because it's the first time we've been able to hold the atomic form of antimatter. We're now gearing up to perform high-precision experiments on these anti-atoms," Robicheaux said. "We're closer to learning the very basic behavior of antimatter and why the universe is made of matter." The lack of antimatter in the universe remains one of the biggest mysteries of science.
Researchers from Auburn University and LSU to introduce new oyster farming technique in Gulf
(Nov. 17, 2010)
Researchers at Auburn University have teamed up with colleagues from Louisiana State University to launch a new oyster farming initiative that could help stimulate the economy in the northern Gulf of Mexico region. The goal of the effort is industry adoption of off-bottom oyster culture to supplement the traditional harvest. Historically, oysters are grown on and harvested from reefs on the water bottom. In this new process, oysters are grown suspended in the water column.
Auburn alum named one of Time's 100 most influential people
(Oct. 29, 2010)
Valentin Abe, an Auburn University Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures alumnus has been named to Time magazine's 2010 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The Time honor is in recognition of Abe's untiring efforts to establish a fish-farming industry in Haiti. In a recent presentation at Auburn, Abe spoke on "Development in Haiti: A New Approach" about his work in the impoverished Caribbean country and his mission to make a long-term difference in the lives of Haitians.
New Auburn research center in Huntsville advancing space exploration and homeland security
(Sept. 29, 2010)
Auburn University's new Huntsville Research Center is working closely with area industry and federal agencies, including plans to develop cyber security technologies designed to protect U.S. soldiers and information systems on the battlefield. The center opened July 1 and is headed by Rodney Robertson, former director of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command's technical center. It will concentrate on projects in defense, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, life sciences, biotechnology, information technology and other federal and state government priorities.
Auburn to use $4.6 million Department of Commerce grant for rural broadband initiative
(Sept. 27, 2010)
The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded an Auburn University outreach initiative $4.6 million to expand the availability of broadband technology in Alabama's rural libraries and schools. The initiative will deploy 1,000 new computer workstations and replace nearly 500 more at 94 rural libraries and 21 public schools across Alabama. Auburn plans to use the new equipment to offer online training programs and telemedical applications to underserved rural areas.
Auburn University dedicates new airport terminal
(Sept. 24, 2010)
Auburn University administrators and local officials say a new flight terminal at the Auburn University Regional Airport will be an important economic development tool for east Alabama. The 26,000-square-foot facility is the latest upgrade to the airport which was founded in 1930. A runway was expanded in 2001 to a length of 5,265 feet to handle corporate jets; the airport also has a second runway of 4,000 feet. In 2008 new approach lights and an instrument landing system were installed to allow for all-weather landings.
Auburn awarded $4.6 million NSF grant to renovate biological engineering laboratories
(Sept. 2, 2010)
The National Science Foundation has awarded Auburn University a $4.6 million grant to renovate research laboratories that will enhance the university's biological engineering programs. Auburn's Department of Biosystems Engineering will use the funding to upgrade the Tom Corley Building Annex, which was constructed in 1948. The renovated 23,000-square-foot facility will allow Auburn to increase its research into bioenergy and bioproducts engineering, ecological engineering, food safety engineering, biosystems automation and best management technologies.
Auburn research team studying risk of picking up infectious diseases during air travel
(June 11, 2010)
How likely is it that airline passengers will pick up infectious diseases during air travel? Auburn University engineers and scientists are collaborating to answer that question by studying how different microorganisms survive in cabin air and on frequently touched surfaces. James Barbaree of the Department of Biological Sciences and Tony Overfelt of the Department of Mechanical Engineering have been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. They are working to get a better understanding of the possible disease transmission process within airline cabins and the application of existing and emerging technologies for rapidly determining the presence of potentially dangerous disease microorganisms.
Auburn's EcoDogs sniffing out endangered species
(June 3, 2010)
These dogs seek out animals in the woods, but they aren't your typical hunting dogs. They have been trained to find endangered species so Auburn University researchers can document the location and number of the rare animals. The question is, how do you put dogs on the trail of unusual, elusive critters that few humans have seen? The dogs aren't looking for animals per se, but are trained to find where the animals have been, that is, by finding their excrement … or, in other words, the poop or scat. Todd Steury, assistant professor of wildlife ecology in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, has started a program, EcoDogs: Detection Dogs for Ecological Research, to study "greatest conservation need" species.
Auburn study shows poor children fare worse from sleep disruptions than peers
(May 25, 2010)
A study conducted at Auburn University looked at the ties between children's sleep and their emotional development, and found that poor children fared worse from sleep disruptions than their peers. The study, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, appears in the May/June 2010 issue of the journal Child Development. In the study, led by Mona El-Sheikh, Alumni Professor of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Human Sciences, the researchers looked at how disruptions in the amount, quality and schedule of sleep affect children's adjustment.
New Auburn University canine detection technology provides latest in preventing terrorism
(April 13, 2010)
Auburn University researchers in the Animal Health and Performance Program and its Canine Detection Research Institute have taken standard explosives detection to another level through the development of their Vapor Wake Detection training program. The Vapor Wake Detection canine team is a standard explosives detection team with an additional detection application to sense carried or body-worn explosives. The Vapor Wake Detection canine samples the plume of air coming off a person and what they are carrying as the person passes through a choke point or within a crowd. They can also detect an explosive's vapor wake after a person has carried an explosive through an area, and can follow the vapor wake to the explosive source.
Auburn University breaks ground for new MRI research center
(Feb. 1, 2010)
Auburn University and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new $21 million facility that will house Auburn University's new Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, Research Center on Thursday, Feb. 4. The first floor of the new building will house a Siemens Verio open-bore 3T MRI scanner that will be used for both clinical and research use, as well as the nation's first actively shielded whole-body 7T MRI. There are only 28 7T scanners worldwide. Auburn's 7T will be one of two located in the southeastern U.S. and will be the only actively shielded unit in the U.S. This unit will be used solely for research.