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David Steen receives Mindlin Science Communication Prize

01/30/2017

David Steen, assistant research professor at the Auburn University Museum of Natural History, received the Mindlin Science Communication Prize for his efforts to communicate with the lay public via the internet. Steen maintains a strong online connection with the public through his wildly popular blog, www.livingalongsidewildlife.com, as well as his Twitter account, @Alongsidewild.

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Department of Geosciences receives gift from Vulcan Materials Company

01/31/2017

The Department of Geosciences received a $5,000 gift from Vulcan Materials Company in Birmingham to fund the company’s annual scholarship.

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Schwartz publishes paper in Biology Letters

01/31/2017

Tonia Schwartz, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, published a paper titled “Here and there, but not everywhere: repeated loss of uncoupling protein 1 in amniotes,” in the scientific journal, Biology Letters.

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Auburn University physics professor serves as co-organizer of National Science Foundation workshop

01/31/2017

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the National Science Foundation/Department of Energy Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering, from January 9-11, a workshop was held at NSF Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Auburn University Physics Professor Edward Thomas served as one of the three lead organizers of the workshop, which was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. Approximately 100 plasma scientists and engineers were invited to give oral and poster presentations on the diversity of research topics supported by the partnership. The goal of the three-day meeting was to celebrate 20 years of partnership and achievements, and to assess progress and challenges in the broad field of plasma science and engineering as encompassed by the scope of the NSF/DOE Partnership. Assisting Professor Thomas as lead organizers were Professor Ellen Zweibel from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Professor Jorge Rocca from Colorado State University.

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Mills and Zhang recipients of 2016 Andrew C. Connor Memorial Award

01/30/2017

Mills and Zhang recipients of 2016 Andrew C. Connor Memorial Award

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Alumni Spotlight: Tina H. Straley, mathematics ’71, reflects on her time as a graduate student, her successful career in mathematics, and her enduring love for Auburn

01/20/2017

I chose to attend Auburn for graduate school because of the strong reputation of the mathematics faculty, and because the Graduate School chose me to receive a National Science Foundation Traineeship that covered all academic costs and a stipend for living expenses. Auburn was highly recommended by a professor at Georgia State University where I received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematics. The NSF award allowed me to concentrate totally on my studies with no other work responsibilities. All of these factors made Auburn my decided choice. I was not entirely sure what field in mathematics to pursue, but when Professor Charles ‘Curt’ Lindner joined the mathematics faculty the second year I was there, I was enthralled by him as a teacher and by his fields of specialization, combinatorics and universal algebra. In a seminar he conducted, we started working on current research papers from the beginning of the term. I was soon able to greatly extend a very recent result and amazingly, I wrote a dissertation and graduated with a doctorate degree after my third year in graduate school.

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Perry establishes the Dr. J. Earl Perry Endowed Summer Graduate Award

01/12/2017

Dr. J. Earl Perry has established the Dr. J. Earl Perry Endowed Summer Graduate Award. This endowment will generate around $2,000 annually and the funds will likely be available in the summer of 2018.

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