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Zoom session on July 21, 2020, includes statistical examination of the coronavirus.

07/28/2020

On Tuesday, July 21, a Zoom Q&A was held. The Q&A session included research from a project examining the statistical examination of the coronavirus. The students worked on COVID-19 data as their final project in the course STAT 6650—Statistical Learning, taught by Assistant Professor Jingyi Zheng, a recent addition to data science faculty in Department of Mathematics & Statistics (DMS). The students with backgrounds ranging from computational mathematics to statistics comprised the team for this project, which examined the countries most impacted by the global pandemic and analyzed numbers at the state level as well. (Download PDF slide presentation of the Q&A session.) Under Zheng’s guidance, they used the data science techniques they learned in class, as well as knowledge from their various academic backgrounds, to provide useful inference for this real-world problem. This project resulted in an article titled “A Data-driven Approach for Assessing the Impact of Re-opening Order and Non-pharmaceutical Interventions on the Spread of COVID-19 using Time-dependent SEIR Model,” and the article has been accepted for presentation at the highly competitive International Workshop on Data Mining in Bioinformatics. (Download PDF slide presentation of the paper.)

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Amy Thomas in the COSAM ADR Office Becomes National Certified Research Administrator and Traveling Faculty for National Board

Amy Thomas

07/28/2020

Amy Thomas is just one of eight people at Auburn University who passed the Certified Researcher Administrators certification test to become a National Certified Research Administrator.

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Join Vanessa Falcao at this Week's Science Cafe

July 30 Science Cafe

07/28/2020

Don't miss the next Science Internet Cafe on July 30, 2020 at 4 p.m. Learn from Vanessa dos Reis Falcao from COSAM's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry about "Producing Green Fuel from Algae" and the answers to these questions:

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Arboretum Now Taking Reservations for Outdoor/Physically Distant Meetings

Waterfall at the Arboretum

07/21/2020

Located in the heart of Auburn’s campus, the Davis Arboretum is a 13.5 acre outdoor classroom equipped to meet your social distancing needs. Beginning July 20, 2020, you can reserve one of three meeting spaces in the Arboretum to hold physically distant, in-person meetings. The pavilion (15 – 20 people), the council ring (5-8 people), and the outdoor classroom (6-12 people), can all be reserved in 2 hour blocks of time throughout the day. These meeting spaces cost $25/ meeting block and can include tables, chairs, and projector set up upon request. The main pavilion and outdoor classroom by the bog are both covered spaces which include fans and access to power. Golf cart, bike and vehicle parking are also available on site. In addition to meetings, we are also reserving times and spaces for in-person classes or office hours at no charge. Get out of the conference room and come together with your colleagues in a natural setting. Contact Arboretum director, Morgan Beadles at arbinfo@auburn.edu or by calling 334-844-5770 to learn more and reserve your spot today.

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Carpenter receives $380,000 award to be split among Mathematics/Statistics, Aerospace, and Computer Science.

07/17/2020

Dr. Mark Carpenter received a one-year award for $380,000 which will be split approximately three ways among Mathematics/Statistics, Aerospace, and Computer Science.  The grant is from from MSIC (Missile and Space Intelligence Center), and the task will start on August 1.

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Kopruluoglu accepts tenure track assistant professor position in mathematics at Christian Brothers University

07/17/2020

Ph.D. student Baris Kopruluoglu has accepted a tenure track assistant professor position in mathematics in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. 

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Nath accepts tenure track assistant professor position in statistics at Murray State University.

07/16/2020

Ph.D. student Gopal Nath has accepted a tenure track assistant professor position in statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Murray State University (Murray, Kentucky).  

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Message from Dean Giordano - July 2020

COSAM Dean Nicholas J. Giordano.

07/14/2020

Summer is quickly going by and the new fall semester is just around the corner. August marks an important milestone for students to begin their education at Auburn or return for another academic year preparing them for future careers. While the coming semester will certainly look different from any in the past, COSAM faculty and staff will have the same dedication to providing the best possible educational experience for our students.

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Virtual Leadership Council Keeps COSAM Connected

Kim Mulligan

07/14/2020

More than 30 participants were part of the summer Leadership Council update on July 11 for the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM). The meeting was conducted by Zoom and was also attended by the College leadership.

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Auburn Researchers Discover Rare Plant Species at Chewacla State Park

Curtis Hansen

07/14/2020

Among the 696 acres of Chewacla State Park, located in the city of Auburn, Auburn University researchers have recently discovered an abundance of plant life, including many plant species that have never been documented in Lee County.

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Join Ryan Comes and COSAM Outreach at the July 16 Virtual Science Internet Café

Science Cafe

07/14/2020

Join Ryan Comes, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, at this week's cafe on July 16 from 4 - 5 p.m. The topic is Engineering Electronic Technology One Atom at a Time with Physics. 

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NSF renews funding for the US-Africa Collaborative Research Network

07/13/2020

Great news!  The NSF has renewed the funding for the US-Africa Collaborative Research Network in Mathematical Sciences for another three years and the amount is $250,000. The PI team is

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Alejandra Brewer Castano Receives National Award and Inspires Future Generations

Alejandra Brewer Castano

07/07/2020

“I wish I could have told my mom that I received this prestigious award that supports my doctoral studies and supports my aspiration to be a math professor,” explained Alejandra Brewer Castano. “My mom passed away two years ago and she did not get the opportunity to pursue her education at the university level, but always encouraged me to do so.”

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COSAM Graduate Progresses Knowledge on Python Parasite

Melissa Miller

07/07/2020

Melissa Miller, a Ph.D. graduate from the Auburn University Department of Biological Sciences, saw her first snake while on a walk with her mother in the woods as a child. From then on, she was hooked.

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Educational Activities Transform Young Learners into MaSTErMinds

MasterMinds Activity Kit

07/07/2020

The Outreach Office in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) has new MaSTErMinds activity kits to help students learn at home during a time of social distancing.

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If You Love Literacy, You Have Another Reason to Love the Arboretum

Little Free Library by a Bench in the Arboretum

07/07/2020

When you visit the Donald E. Davis Arboretum, you see beautiful flowers, relaxing areas to escape and enjoy nature, miles of trails, and lots of interesting wildlife.

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