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Wu has accepted an offer of Financial Analyst with Synchrony Financial

12/15/2016

Ms. Ming Yan (Angie) Wu accepts a job offer from Synchrony Financial for Financial Analyst position

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Alumni Spotlight: Katherine Seley-Radtke ’96

12/15/2016

Katherine Seley-Radtke is the Presidential Research Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, or UMBC. She earned her doctorate in organic chemistry at Auburn University under the mentorship of Stewart Schneller. Seley-Radtke followed a non-traditional pathway to her career in science, having enrolled in college at the age of 15, but leaving to marry when she was 18. She later returned to academia in her late 30s to pursue her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees while raising a family.

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Faculty Spotlight: Tj Nguyen, assistant director of the Southeastern Center of Robotics Education

12/14/2016

Tj Nguyen is the assistant director of the Southeastern Center of Robotics Education, or SCORE, an Auburn University outreach initiative designed to prepare future generations of STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math, professionals by developing and delivering student robotics programs, online robotics resources, and professional development for educators. Nguyen, of Birmingham, received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Auburn in 2013. He completed his master’s degree in secondary science education in 2016, and is projected to complete a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2017. He has worked with the College of Sciences and Mathematics Office of Outreach since 2009, previously as a student program coordinator.

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COSAM faculty, students and alumni attend the sixth annual Masamu Institute and Workshops in Mathematical Sciences in Pretoria, South Africa

12/14/2016

Auburn University faculty, students and alumni attended the 2016 Masamu Advanced Study Institute, or MASI, and Workshops in Mathematical Sciences in Pretoria, South Africa, from Nov. 18-27. The program was held in conjunction with the 2016 Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association, or SAMSA, Annual Conference at the University of Pretoria. Auburn University faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, including Overtoun Jenda, professor and assistant provost for special projects and initiatives, Professor Ash Abebe, Professor Emeritus A.J. Meir, and Alumni Professor Peter Johnson, together with the SAMSA Executive Committee, formed the Masamu Program in 2010. The inaugural MASI and Workshops were held in November 2011 in Livingstone, Zambia, with funding from the National Science Foundation.

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Fifty-eight teams from five states compete in robotics championship at Auburn University

12/14/2016

The South’s BEST Robotics Championship took place at Auburn University Dec. 3-4 and featured the top 58 teams from 16 hubs located in five southeastern states. South’s BEST, or Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology, is headquartered at Auburn and sponsored by the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. The first-place BEST Award is the top honor in the competition, and this year it went to W.P. Davidson High School, a Mobile-area school that is part of the Jubilee BEST Robotics hub. The BEST Award is given to the team that most embodies the concept and spirit of the competition. The winner of the BEST Award is judged on a combination of project engineering notebook, marketing presentation, team exhibit and interview, and team spirit and sportsmanship.

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Katherine Seley-Radtke selected as the Maryland Chemist of the Year for 2016

12/05/2016

Katherine Seley-Radtke (1996 PhD, Dr. Schneller Group) has been selected as the Maryland Chemist of the Year for 2016. Katherine also received the Presidential Research Faculty Award 2015--2018 at University of Maryland. She is currently Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland – Baltimore County.

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Ortiz awarded NSF grant

12/05/2016

Dr. J. Vincent Ortiz was awarded an NSF grant of $420K for his work in "Structure and Bonding in Double Rydberg Anions and Related Species"

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Mansoorabadi laboratory publishes article in Science

12/02/2016

The Mansoorabadi laboratory in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Auburn University published a Report in the 21 Oct 2016 issue of Science entitled “The biosynthetic pathway of coenzyme F430 in methanogenic and methanotrophic archaea”.

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The long, hard road for Hellbenders

12/01/2016

On a hot, late August afternoon in 2016, an expedition of scientists carefully turned onto a narrow, one-lane, dirt road that ran parallel to the railroad tracks. Their trucks precariously balanced canoes and kayaks as they weaved a short distance marked by deep potholes. In single file, they arrived at the back entrance to the property, property owned by a family from scientist Jeff Garner’s childhood. “The gate’s locked,” shouted Garner to the team. “I know another way in!” Garner grew up in Lauderdale County, Alabama. A biologist with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Garner’s local connections were the team’s key to accessing the more remote portions of Butler Creek, portions that run through private property. The group, led by James Godwin, an aquatic zoologist with the Auburn University Museum of Natural History’s Alabama Natural Heritage Program, was searching for the Eastern Hellbender, the largest and one of the longest living salamanders in North America. A Hellbender can reach more than 2 feet long and can live for decades. Once found abundantly throughout its native range, which extends from northern Alabama and Georgia to New York, Eastern Hellbender populations are experiencing steep declines. In fact, the species was thought to be completely eliminated from the state of Alabama, but unconfirmed sightings in recent years have given scientists new hope that the species still exists in the state.

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Auburn University spearheads cutting-edge, one-of-a-kind outreach initiative that provides center for K-12 robotics education

12/01/2016

The Southeastern Center of Robotics Education, or SCORE, is a new, innovative Auburn University outreach initiative designed to more effectively develop and deliver robotics education to K-12 students and teachers. The SCORE program centralizes the robotics education activities already underway in Auburn’s College of Sciences and Mathematics, College of Engineering and Auburn University Aviation Center, and provides a mechanism for growth in the area of robotics education outreach. The SCORE initiative is the only center of its kind in the country. By centralizing robotics programming, faculty and staff at Auburn are better able to serve K-12 teachers and students with a diverse and targeted approach. The programs offered through SCORE aim to provide education on the use of robots on the land, in the air, and in the water, thus reflecting Auburn University’s commitment to research, outreach and instruction as a land, sea and space grant institution.

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Graduate Student Awards announced

12/01/2016

Award certificates are to be given to outstanding graduate students at end-of-year get together, December 2.

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