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COSAM student, granddaughter of COSAM supporter, helps capture Auburn Oak arsonist

09/29/2016

Herron Taylor, junior in biomedical sciences, has received praise from Auburn fans across the nation for helping capture the man accused of setting fire to one of the Auburn Oaks following the Auburn and LSU football game on Sept. 24. Surveillance footage from Toomer’s Corner shows Taylor confronting the man, now identified as Jochen Wiest, after he allegedly set fire to toilet paper hanging from the Magnolia Avenue tree. “My boyfriend and I were posing in front of the tree for a picture while another person took a photo of us,” said Taylor. “Then my boyfriend said, ‘he just lit the tree on fire!’ So, I turned around and sure enough, there was a guy with a lighter in his hand and flames going up the tree. Then he just casually walked back to his group of friends standing around like nothing had happened.”

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Stolzenburg lecture available to watch online

09/28/2016

Last week, author William Stolzenburg gave a presentation on his book, “Heart of a Lion.” The presentation is now available online at this link: https://youtu.be/0Ab5My-7tQM. Stolzenburg is a 2010 Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellow, has written hundreds of magazine articles about the science and spirit of saving wild creatures, and is also the author of the books “Rat Island” and “Where the Wild Things Were.”

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Auburn University researcher links collapse of Maya civilization with lack of hurricanes, reveals benefits of cyclones

09/28/2016

More than a millennium ago, in what is now southern Mexico and northern Central America, the ancient Mayan empire stretched across an area the size of Texas. The Maya civilization flourished along the Yucatán Peninsula and built temples now regarded as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World,” until approximately A.D. 1000 when the Maya territory inexplicably disappeared. For centuries, the collapse of the Maya civilization has both intrigued and puzzled researchers as studies have examined sociopolitical factors, endemic warfare, migration and many other circumstances at the time of the Mayan’s demise. A recent study by Martin Medina, associate professor in Auburn University’s Department of Geosciences, has determined that drought due to low tropical storm activity could be to blame for the Maya civilization collapse.

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Lori Bell selected as a Spirit of Excellence Award winner

09/21/2016

Lori Bell selected as a Spirit of Excellence Award winner

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NSF grants $298,424 to project NSF INCLUDES with Drs. Overtoun Jenda (PI) and Ash Abebe (Co-PI) as team members of Auburn University, the lead institution.

09/16/2016

NSF has granted $298,424 to the collaborative research project NSF INCLUDES: South East Alliance for Persons with Disabilities in STEM (SEAPD-STEM), effective October 1, 2016. The pilot project has 21 colleges and universities in the Southeast with Auburn as the lead institution.

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Auburn University among first-time recipients of National Science Foundation’s new INCLUDES program awards

09/14/2016

The National Science Foundation, or NSF, issued its first-ever awards for the NSF INCLUDES program, and among the award recipients is Auburn University’s Overtoun Jenda, assistant provost for special projects and initiatives and professor of mathematics. Jenda received $298,424 for his project titled, “South East Alliance for Persons with Disabilities in STEM.” NSF INCLUDES, or Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science, is a comprehensive initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering by broadening participation in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program aims to improve access to STEM, or Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, education and career pathways at the national scale, making them more widely inclusive to underserved populations. The initial recipients comprise 37 Design and Development Launch Pilots, funded through two-year grants aimed at supporting projects with the potential to deliver prototypes for bold, new models that broaden participation in STEM. Jenda’s project represents a collaborative effort with multiple people from institutions around the Southeast, including Carl Pettis, associate dean and associate professor of mathematics at Alabama State University, Mohammed Qazi, professor of mathematics at Tuskegee University, and Maithilee Kunda, assistant professor of computer engineering and computer science at Vanderbilt University.

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COSAM alumnus named president of Birmingham Rotary Club

09/14/2016

Fred McCallum, chemistry ’79, has been named president of the Birmingham Rotary Club. Established in 1913, the Birmingham Rotary Club is the second largest chapter of the international organization, which boasts more than one million members in 164 countries. The Birmingham Rotary Club brings together civic leaders to learn, exchange ideas and take action to solve critical community problems in Birmingham and beyond. “We dream big dreams and make them come true,” said McCallum. “From the gift of the Rotary Trail to the Birmingham community, to improving the educational opportunities for our children across the city, to detecting and curing cancer halfway across the world in Sri Lanka, we are proud to serve as a shining example of ‘Service above Self’ as we look forward to a bright and impactful future serving others in our community and around the world.”

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Drs. Zhang and Y. Cao receive NSF grant

09/14/2016

NSF grants $38,913 to Drs. Zhang and Cao for project centered around the interdisciplinary training of graduate students in computational data science and engineering.

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Schneller to give Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lecture Sept. 28

09/14/2016

Stewart Schneller, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will give Auburn University's 2016-17 Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. in 134 Chemistry Building. The lecture honors a faculty member who has made significant contributions to graduate education at Auburn University. Schneller's address is titled "Antivirals: The Other Sam's Club."

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Browns donate $2 million to COSAM to set up the Rosemary Kopel Brown Chair in Mathematics

09/09/2016

Browns donate $2 million to COSAM to set up the Rosemary Kopel Brown Endowed Eminent Scholar Chair in Mathematics

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Govil signs book contract with Elsevier

09/06/2016

Browns donate $2 million to COSAM to set up the Rosemary Kopel Brown Endowed Eminent Scholar Chair in Mathematics

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