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Rural Medicine Program students receive white coats, begin Auburn University studies

08/31/2016

The 2016 entering class of the Rural Medicine Program were awarded their first clinical white coats as part of an initiation ceremony at the East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika. The Rural Medicine Program is a pre-matriculation year at Auburn University for students who were raised in rural Alabama and will go on to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine following the year’s completion.

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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. William Earl Bobo

08/31/2016

Dr. William Earl Bobo, molecular biology ’92, is a radiation oncologist at the Southeast Radiation Oncology Group in Charlotte, North Carolina. When he began his academic journey at Auburn, Bobo had set out to become a veterinarian. “After meeting with Dr. Lawrence Wit, I determined Auburn was the place for me,” said Bobo. “I was drawn in a different direction and became interested in molecular biology, which was a new degree option at the time.” His advisors, Bill Mason and Marie Wooten, helped guide Bobo into a career path he would soon love. While at Auburn, Bobo was involved with the Beta Beta Beta biology society and was a part of the Wooten Laboratory, researching Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

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Biologists take to Twitter to advocate for snakes

08/31/2016

A team of experts organized by David Steen, biological sciences faculty member in the College of Sciences and Mathematics and researcher with the Auburn University Museum of Natural History’s Alabama Natural Heritage Program, and Blue Aster Studio, a design firm in Bloomington, Indiana, will answer questions about snakes during a special #SnakeTownHall event on Twitter on Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 6-8 p.m. CDT. Steen, who was dubbed the Best Biologist on Twitter by Slate Magazine, regularly engages with the public to advocate on behalf of snakes and prevent their needless killing, particularly when harmless snake species are mistaken for venomous copperheads and cottonmouths.

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King co-authors textbook

08/31/2016

David King, professor in the Department of Geosciences, along with Harold Levin, of Washington University, have co-authored a new edition of the widely-used geology textbook, “The Earth Through Time.” The book, used by the Department of Geosciences since the mid 1990s, chronicles the Earth’s story, from the time the Sun began to radiate its light to the beginning of civilization, while also presenting the history of the Earth and the science behind it. The authors strived to convey the unique perspective and value of historical geology, and to improve the presentation to stimulate interest and enhance the reader's ability to retain essential concepts.

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Goodwin awarded NSF Grant

08/24/2016

Doug Goodwin, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been awarded an NSF Grant of over $500,000 for his research, "Conduits and Control of KatG Intramolecular Electron Transfer: Formation and Operation of a Novel Cofactor."

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NSF provides grant to Drs. Overtoun Jenda and Pete Johnson for REU Algebra and Discrete Mathematics

08/24/2016

NSF has granted $287,697 over a three-year period effective May 1, 2016, to Drs. Overtoun Jenda (Principal Investigator) and Pete Johnson

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Rodger reappointed as Don Logan Endowed Chair of Mathematics

08/24/2016

Chris Rodger, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has been reappointed as the Don Logan Endowed Chair of Mathematics. Rodger is the recipient of a wide range of awards and accolades, including: the 2006 Scharnagel Professorship; the 2008 Auburn University Outreach Award; and the Hall Medal, given by the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications. Rodger holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Sydney, Australia, and a doctorate from the University of Reading, England. A COSAM faculty member for more than 25 years, he has received numerous grants for his outreach work and was among the six principal investigators on a $9 million National Science Foundation grant for the program, “Transforming East Alabama Mathematics,” or TEAM-Math. The purpose of TEAM-Math was to improve mathematics education in 14 local and regional school districts. As COSAM’s associate dean for research and graduate studies from 2010-2014, Rodger led efforts to assist faculty with grant opportunities and proposal development and maintained contract records for the college. Chris Rodger, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has been reappointed as the Don Logan Endowed Chair of Mathematics. Rodger is the recipient of a wide range of awards and accolades, including: the 2006 Scharnagel Professorship; the 2008 Auburn University Outreach Award; and the Hall Medal, given by the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications. Rodger holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Sydney, Australia, and a doctorate from the University of Reading, England. A COSAM faculty member for more than 25 years, he has received numerous grants for his outreach work and was among the six principal investigators on a $9 million National Science Foundation grant for the program, “Transforming East Alabama Mathematics,” or TEAM-Math. The purpose of TEAM-Math was to improve mathematics education in 14 local and regional school districts.

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John Drummond, a COSAM alumnus and physician, reflects on the 1996 Olympics working with the Infection Control Committee

08/17/2016

Dr. John Drummond, a COSAM alumnus, has been an infectious diseases physician in Atlanta for nearly 40 years. He was on the front lines when the AIDS virus was first encountered and below he reflects on the differences and similarities with AIDS and Zika, and his work with the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. Shortly after being awarded the prize of hosting the Olympic Games in 1996, the city of Atlanta began the complex job of preparing for them. One of the myriad of issues to be addressed was Infection Control – most importantly, the very worrisome concern with the problem of HIV/AIDS. With nearly 10,500 sexually active young adults were coming to town and living in close quarters, the potential for casual romantic interludes was high. There was also a great possibility of contact and exchange of blood by competitors in the boxing ring or wrestling mat, or even a basketball court.

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COSAM welcomes new faculty and staff

08/16/2016

Quality faculty and staff allow the college to build upon the already-stellar reputation and strengths of a COSAM education. Our faculty and staff offer the intellectual capital upon which strong programs, innovative research, and student success are built. As we embark on a new academic year, the college would like to extend a warm welcome to the newest members of the COSAM family.

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Auburn University professor combating red tides through NSF CAREER Award

08/15/2016

Auburn University is familiar with battling against a red tide, but this time the foe is coastal red tides that have a significant negative impact on the environment and economy. Steven Mansoorabadi, assistant professor in Auburn’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has received a five-year, $703,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation to study the problem through his project, “Mechanistic and Biosynthetic Studies of Dinoflagellate Bioluminescence.”

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Join us for 2016 COSAM Tailgates

08/03/2016

Join the College of Sciences and Mathematics for food, family, fun and entertainment at our annual tailgates!

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New program for incoming freshmen aims to assist with fundamental mathematics concepts and the college transition

08/03/2016

Auburn University is offering a new program, Plainsmen’s Prep: A Bridge to Calculus, from Aug. 4 - 12, which is designed to give approximately 70 incoming freshmen an exclusive opportunity to review pre-calculus and calculus topics needed to be successful in their college courses.

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Trawick named senior vice president and chief operating officer for Southern Power

08/03/2016

John Trawick, applied mathematics ’90, has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer for Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company.

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Tree Gene Conservation Partnership

08/02/2016

Auburn University's Davis Arboretum joins the national conservation efforts of the American Public Gardens Association who is partnering with the United States Forestry Service’s Forest Health Protection to establish living gene banks of US threatened tree species, by collecting seed from across its native range to capture broad genetic diversity then distributing propagules to public gardens for safeguarding in ex situ collections. Efforts focus on taxa native to US forests which cannot be conserved through traditional seedbanking methods. Launched in 2015, the Partnership funded four pilot projects leveraging established curatorial groups of the Plant Collections Network.

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