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COSAM Graduation Marshal Balances Activities, Research, and Athletics with Goal to Make a Difference Internationally

Morgan Sisk

12/10/2019

For the Fall 2019 Graduation Marshal for the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM), Morgan Sisk was able to balance “all of the elements of Auburn” during her time here leaving her with unforgettable memories and skills applicable beyond the classroom.

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Children Explore Auburn’s Arboretum and Learn about Nature

Morgan Beadles

12/02/2019

“Auburn’s Arboretum is much more than just a garden,” explained Morgan Beadles, director of the Donald E. Davis Arboretum. “It is a place of learning for our entire community.”

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Southern Regional VEX Robotics Conference Held at Auburn University

Tj Nguyen shares information about 3D printing.

11/26/2019

  The Southeastern Center of Robotics Education (SCORE) held its annual Southern Regional VEX Robotics Conference at Auburn University on October 10-11, 2019. The conference provided professional development opportunities for teachers across the southeast through hands-on workshops and technical sessions. Presentation topics ranged from the basics of competing in VEX tournaments to hosting robotics tournaments in addition to 3D printing, coding and programming. Educators from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, Texas, and Arkansas participated in talks addressing increasing the number of females in robotics, designing robotics curriculum for the classroom, creating robotics leagues in their communities, and how to effectively document the design process through an engineering notebook.

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COSAM Fraternity President Seeks Career as Surgeon

Davis Voecks

11/26/2019

Auburn University senior Davis Voecks wasn’t even considering touring his father’s Auburn University alma mater when choosing a college. This decision quickly changed during the Nashville, Tenn., native’s senior year of high school.

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Physics Graduate Joins Defense Contractor as a Scene Developer/Analyst

Spencer LeBlanc

11/26/2019

“Earning a doctorate degree in physics gave me the competitive edge to secure a job before I even graduated,” explained Spencer LeBlanc.

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Alumni Spotlight: Auburn Native Molly Miller-Beard – First Female to Earn an A in Biochemistry, President of a Sorority and Registered Medical Technologist

Mollie Miller-Beard

11/26/2019

For many Auburn University graduates, returning to the Loveliest Village on the Plains signifies coming home. For College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) alumna and Auburn native Molly Miller-Beard, returning home after decades away felt almost as if she never left.

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COSAM Welcomes Students at STEM High School Visitation Day

Dean Giordano Welcomes Students to HS STEM Visitation Day

11/19/2019

“John Oakberg is an Auburn alumnus that was part of a team that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005,” said Dean Nicholas J. Giordano from the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) as he welcomed students at the STEM High School Visitation Day. “The next Nobel Peace Prize winner from Auburn University might very well be in this room today.”

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Museum of Natural History Represents ‘Snapshot in Time’ through Collections

Items in the Museum of Natural History Collection.

11/19/2019

The Auburn University Museum of Natural History provides what museum director Dr. Jonathan Armbruster describes as a “snapshot in time.” Through their collections, natural history museums like the Museum of Natural History provide access to specimens that are integral to studying and understanding Earth’s biodiversity.

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F. Ivy Carroll Honored by the Research Triangle Park Rotary Club at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center

F. Ivy Carroll was also recognized as the Auburn University College of Sciences and Mathematics Distinguished Alumni award in 2012.   

11/19/2019

The Research Triangle Park (RTP) Rotary Club at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center honored F. Ivy Carroll, a 1957 graduate of Auburn’s Department of Chemistry, for his work in drug discovery and medicinal chemistry.

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COSAM Professor Emeritus Asks Tough Questions about Humankind in New Book

James Bradley

11/19/2019

Dr. James Bradley, professor emeritus in the Auburn University Department of Biological Sciences, is asking what some may consider uncomfortable questions about humankind in his recent book titled “Re-Creating Nature: Science, Technology, and Human Values in the Twenty-First Century.”

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COSAM Staff Spotlight - Darrick Artis

Darrick Artis

11/19/2019

Darrick Artis received a 2019 Lilly-Lovelace Distinguished Service Award. Learn more about Darrick who works in the Department of Physics in this COSAM Staff Spotlight: 

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COSAM Alumnus Oversees Collections and Research as VP for the San Diego Natural History Museum

Michael Wall

11/19/2019

Auburn alumnus Michael Wall is the “face of science” at the San Diego Natural History Museum (Nat), serving as both Vice President of Science and Conservation and Curator of Entomology.

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Through Hands-On Learning, Physicists Ignite a Passion for Science in Young Students

11/19/2019

“I am now going to think of magnets in a totally different way because of science,” explained Valencia Merllien, a seventh grade at Olsen Middle School in Dania Beach, Florida. Faculty and graduate students from the Department of Physics at Auburn University made a lasting impact on more than 1,500 students at the 61st Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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“Faith, Climate, and Our Culture in the U.S.” A talk by Katherine Hayhoe

11/13/2019

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change, one of the most pressing issues facing humanity today. But Katharine may be best-known to many people because of how she’s bridging the broad, deep gap between scientists and Christians — work she does in part because she’s a Christian herself. She’s been named by Christianity Today as one of their 50 Women to Watch and currently hosts the PBS digital series, Global Weirding: Climate, Politics and Religion. She will be presenting her talk: “Faith, Climate, and Our Culture in the U.S.” for the 2020 Sustainability Speaker Series at 7:00 PM on February 6, 2020.

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Engineering a Virtual Experience for Auburn University Students Taking Astronomy

VR Team

11/12/2019

In an astronomy class, you might see stars and planets in textbooks or through video clips.

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2019 Lilly-Lovelace Distinguished Service Awards Recognizes Outstanding Employees

Lilly-Lovelace Awards

11/12/2019

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Lilly-Lovelace Distinguished Service Awards: Anna Allen from the Office of Student Services, Darrick Artis from the Department of Physics, Joyce Hung from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Michele Smith from the Department of Biology. This annual award recognizes outstanding contributions by staff, administrative, and professional employees in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM).

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Auburn’s Davis Arboretum Treated Families with Bones and Boos

Bones and Boos at the Arboretum

11/12/2019

Auburn families looking for kid-friendly Halloween activities were treated with the Donald E. Davis Arboretum's Bones and Boos event. Partnering with the Auburn Museum of Natural History, and the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, the Arboretum invited auburn citizens and their families to a day filled with eerie displays of bones from various animals, including whale ribs and rhinoceros’ legs.  

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COSAM Senior Plans to Pass Science Knowledge on Through Teaching

Todd Lamb

11/12/2019

Auburn University senior Todd Lamb hopes to pass his love of science onto future generations.

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Alumni Spotlight – Emergency Medicine and the Courtroom

11/12/2019

With more than 29 years of practice, Dr. Edward Mallory’s work in the medical field stretches from emergency room to court room – providing patients and clients alike with the best possible care.

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COSAM Researchers are Recipients of $440,000+ Grant to Study Aging, Develop New Vertebrate Model and Train 50 Undergraduate Students

11/12/2019



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Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week

11/05/2019

Established by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress in 1987 and observed the third week in November every year, Geography Awareness Week (GAW) promotes what geography is, why it is important, and the relevance of a geographic education in preparing citizens to understand and debate pressing social and environmental issues and problems. To celebrate this important week, the Geography Student Organization be holding a public event.

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COSAM Staff Spotlight - Julian Oliver

Julian Oliver

11/05/2019

Julian Oliver works in the Office of Inclusion, Equity and Diversity. He works on an array of projects including representing COSAM to current and prospective students. Learn more about him in this COSAM Staff Spotlight: 

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2019 Award for Outstanding Alumni Achievement Presented to Audrey Goins Cormier

Audrey Goins Cormier

11/05/2019

Auburn alumna Audrey Goins Cormier received the 2019 Award for Outstanding Alumni Achievement in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) at Black Alumni Weekend this September.

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Schenck Selected as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society

11/05/2019

Dr. Henry “Hal” Schenck has been selected as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS).

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COSAM Professor Discovers New Fish Genus, Species

Jonathan Armbruster

11/05/2019

When Jonathan Armbruster first began his career in the Auburn University Department of Biological Sciences 21 years ago, his first research trip was to Guyana in search of new species of fish. During the trip, with the help of Patamona Amerindians, Armbruster boated up the Essequibo and Potaro Rivers to a waterfall called Kaieteur Falls. He didn’t know at the time, but this trip would mark the beginning of many new discoveries.

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COSAM Physicist Wins Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program Award for $450,000

11/05/2019

Dr. Ryan Comes is the first recipient from Auburn University selected for the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program Award. He joins a cohort on only 40 researchers in 2019 given this prestigious honor as being the one of the most promising scientists and engineers who received a doctoral degree during the last seven years and demonstrate exceptional capabilities for conducting research that can advance military interests.

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Message from Dean Giordano – November 2019

COSAM Dean Nicholas J. Giordano.

11/05/2019

This week, a second round of Table Talks led by joyce gossom will take place. I appreciate all of the faculty, staff, and graduate students that signed up for this opportunity to connect and share information.

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