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State Representative Lovvorn supports COSAM’s BEST Robotics outreach program

09/22/2017

State representative Joe Lovvorn stopped by the Sciences Center Classrooms Building on campus to present a check to Dean Nicholas Giordano and COSAM Director of Outreach Mary Lou Ewald for BEST Robotics. Answering the nation’s need for more and better-prepared workers in scientific, industrial and technological fields, BEST, which stands for “Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology,” is a middle school and high school robotics program, now in its 25th year nationally and 17th year in Alabama. BEST Robotics is the only robotics program in the nation that is offered to schools at no cost. The not-for-profit, all-volunteer program challenges students to design, build and market a robot to use in a six-week-long series of competitions, culminating in the South’s BEST championship, which is hosted by Auburn University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

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David Zalik becomes new billionaire.

09/22/2017

David Zalik, former math student, becomes new billionaire.

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COSAM alumnus George Baker reflects on life as a student at API in the 1940s

09/22/2017

George Baker, pre-medicine ’45, was born in 1925 in Columbus, Georgia, and he enrolled at Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) in 1941. During his childhood, Baker watched his father, Dr. E.L. Baker, practice medicine. As a result, Baker was naturally drawn to the field and studied pre-medicine while a student at Auburn. Looking through his freshman year copy of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute Bulletin, a printed catalogue containing a list of majors and course requirements, Baker notes some differences he sees between the 1940s and today as a student at Auburn.

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Playing molecular Lego: Merner explores the complex architecture and construction of creating carbon nanotubes

09/22/2017

Bradley Merner, the James E. Land Assistant Professor of Chemistry, received a five-year, $700,000, National Science Foundation Early Career Development, or CAREER, Award for his proposal titled, “Functionalized Bent para-Phenylenes: New Strategies and Tools for the Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes.” The NSF Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, program is a foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

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Mansoorabadi receives competitive DOE award to research a solution to the world’s energy crisis

09/22/2017

Auburn University Assistant Professor of Chemistry Steven Mansoorabadi is the recipient of a highly competitive, Early Career Research Program award from the Office of Basic Energy Sciences and the Department of Energy Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. Approximately 700 proposals were submitted for consideration, and Mansoorabadi is one of only 59 researchers nationwide to receive a DOE Early Career Research Program award, and one of only two recipients in his division, physical biosciences.

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Nature lover and herpetologist Sierra Stiles discusses life, love and the outdoors

09/22/2017

Sierra Stiles is a COSAM alumna who received a master’s in biology. She is currently pursuing a second master’s in science education at Auburn. From early childhood, she has devoted a tremendous amount of time and resources to the outdoors. Stiles was exposed to wildlife through the support of her parents, who were biologists and avid bird watchers. Stiles said she was raised as an, “Audubon Kid;” discouraged from staying in front of the television too long, and instead encouraged to take up bird watching and spend time creatively outdoors. As Stiles grew, so too did her fascination with the wildlife, and she would often spend her days wading in rivers and overturning rocks looking for salamanders.

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Guanqun Cao is awarded an NSF grant

09/05/2017

Dr. Guanqun Cao is awarded a$212,916 NSF grant for 2017-2020

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