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Brice, Byaly, Clontz, and Sarver competed in the Smart City Hackathon

02/26/2015

Brice, Byaly, Clontz, and Sarver competed in the Smart City Hackathon

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2015 Summer Bridge Program Applications due March 15th

02/26/2015

The COSAM Summer Bridge Program is an intensive four-week residential program for talented and highly motivated minority students who want to get a head start in their college career. This program, which takes place on the main campus of Auburn University, emphasizes academic preparedness, development and enhancement of study and time management skills, establishment of academic and social support and career awareness. Chemistry and Mathematics faculty, graduate teaching assistants, counselors and academic advisors will staff the program. Applications must be post-marked by March 15, 2015.

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PASS Mentoring Program Members Reconnected on Feb 8th

02/26/2015

On February 8th, members of the PASS Mentoring Program met in Science Center Classrooms Building room 115 to reconnect mentors and mentees.

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Perry and Holmes Win Teaching Awards

02/24/2015

(1) Ms. Kat Perry has won the 2015 COSAM Outstanding GTA Award. (2) Dr. Randall Holmes has won the 2015 COSAM Outstanding Teacher Award.

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Biology Clubs hold the 2nd Biology Trivia Night!

02/24/2015

Biology Clubs hold the 2nd Biology Trivia Night!

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COSAM to host science communications workshop

02/20/2015

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m., the College of Sciences and Mathematics’ Museum of Natural History and the Alabama Natural Heritage Program will host science writers Sarah Keartes and Jason G. Goldman who will present a workshop on science communication.

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Department of Biological Sciences to host Bioinformatics Bootcamp

02/20/2015

From May 11-15, the Department of Biological Sciences will offer a "Bioinformatics Bootcamp" where instructors Scott Santos, Les Goertzen and Ken Halanych will introduce participants to bioinformatic tools and computational biology workflows.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry receives gift from Newman estate

02/20/2015

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has received a gift in the amount of $147,000 from the estate of Robert Newman ’54.

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Nguelifack accepts assistant professor position

02/20/2015

Brice Nguelifack, Ph.D. student in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position offer in the Department of Mathematics at the United States Naval Academy.

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Abebe promoted to full professorship

02/20/2015

Abebe promoted to full professorship

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COSAM alumna spotlight: Meredith Voyles

02/19/2015

Meredith Voyles, ’96, ’01, ’11, is a veterinary ophthalmologist currently practicing at Veterinary Ophthalmology Services in Nashville where she specializes in animal eye disease. After receiving her veterinary degree from Auburn in 2001, she spent nearly six years in general small animal practice in Fairhope, Ala. Voyles returned to Auburn University in 2006 joining the faculty as the Community Outpatient Clinician.

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Kuperberg and Zeng granted Professional Improvement Leave

02/17/2015

Krystyna Kuperberg and Peng Zeng have been granted Professional Improvement Leave (PIL) by the Provost Office in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, respectively.

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Nguelifack accepts a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Mathematics at the US Naval Academy

02/17/2015

PhD student Mr. Brice Nguelifack received and accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position offer in the Department of Mathematics at the US Naval Academy (USNA), which is a highly selective four-year federal service academy located in Annapolis, Maryland.

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SCB and Honors Biology participate in indigo snake project

02/15/2015

Auburn University’s chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) continued its involvement with the Alabama Indigo Snake Reintroduction Project on Saturday, February 14, 2015. The hope was that we could find some snakes basking around the gopher tortoise burrows that they use as homes in winter. We were especially hoping to find juvenile snakes, as that would indicate the reintroduced population is starting to reproduce. SCB members were joined by some students from the Honors Organismal Biology class so that we had a good sized crowd of 10 students.

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Award to Taylor Farmer at the 47th Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of Alabama

02/10/2015

Taylor Farmer, who is doing undergraduate research with Dr. Peter Livant, and who is supported by an Auburn University Undergraduate Research Fellowship, gave an oral presentation at the 47th Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference in Tuscaloosa. I am pleased to report that she was awarded the second place prize in the Organic/Inorganic division. Congratulations, Taylor!

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Kim and Easley Finalists for Innovation Award

02/10/2015

Assistant Research Professor Joonyul Kim, working with Associate Professor Christopher Easley, will present his work at the 2015 meeting of the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS 2015). Their presentation was selected as a finalist for the SLAS Innovation Award, a $10,000 cash award given to recognize highly innovative techniques developed in academic or industrial laboratories. Dr. Kim's presentation, entitled "Zero Background in Homogeneous Proximity Assays Using Thermofluorimetric Analysis (TFA) for Quantitation of Attomole Protein Levels in Serum," has been highlighted in the SLAS conference program and website. http://slas2015.org/awards/innovationAward.cfm

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Scotland 2015: Walking in the footsteps of Hutton

02/09/2015

Registration for the study abroad program in Scotland, “Walking in the footsteps of Hutton,” is now open? The course will start in Edinburgh, Scotland. We will be staying near the center of old town and will be within walking distance to many of the classic local attractions. Edinburgh is a modern city that still has all of its old world charm. You will be captivated by its unique culture, vibrant night life, and the sounds of distant bagpipes playing old Scottish tunes. With its free museums and affordable public transportation, you will be spoiled for choice of activities in your free time. After three days of indulging on the geology and culture of Edinburgh, we will leave the rolling volcanic hills and ancient volcanic remains for the rocky exposed shores on the northwest Highlands. We will start our exploration of the Scottish Highlands on the Isle of Skye, thought by many to be the most beautiful of the Inner Hebrides. We will enjoy the long summer days of northern Scotland by exploring many locations as rich in folklore as they are in geology. Upon leaving the Isle of Skye we will travel north to the vacation town of Ullapool. This small vacation spot is very pedestrian friendly, and you will be able to enjoy a late dinner of fish and chips out by the loch. We will spend several days in Ullapool before moving even more northward to the shores of Clachtoll Beach. You will see the true rugged nature of the Scottish Highlands and see how its rural and remote culture differs from that of Edinburgh. Toward the end of our highland journey, we will have the opportunity to venture out north of Kinlockbervie to visit a mid 1800’s bothy. The hike to the bothy alone is worth the effort due to its natural moors and beaches, but this will provide insight to the peat cutting culture and simple living of the northern Scots of the past. After our northern Scottish adventure is complete, we will return to Edinburgh to enjoy two more nights of this historic city before we depart for home. There will be three course offerings with this program: GEOL4930-GeoVenture, GEOL4300-Geodynamics, and GEOL4930-Directed Study. They are designed to target the non-geology/non-science majors, upper level geology majors, and intro geology majors. For more details about the courses and the overall trip costs, please view to above flyer or visit www.auburn.edu/~jfh0005/Scotland. If you have any questions please contact John Hawkins at jfh0005@auburn.edu.

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Auburn University program promotes worldwide mathematical research in southern Africa

02/09/2015

In 2009, Overtoun Jenda, associate provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, attended a conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, held by the Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association (SAMSA). As the only representative from the United States, Jenda made a promise that he would increase the presence of American mathematical research in Africa, and capitalize on an opportunity to create U.S.-Africa collaboration through Auburn University and SAMSA. When he returned to Auburn, Jenda, along with Ash Abebe, A.J. Meir and Peter Johnson of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, together with southern Africa mathematicians, began to brainstorm and developed what would become the Masamu Program, meaning mathematics in the southern African region.

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Armbruster receives grant to study the fish fauna in Guyana

02/09/2015

Jonathan Armbruster, of the Department of Biological Sciences, received a grant from the Coypu Foundation Trust to study the fish fauna of the upper Ireng River in Guyana, a country in Northern South America formerly known as British Guiana. Armbruster is currently studying when fishes moved into or became isolated within the high Pakaraima Mountains and the diversity of fishes there.

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SCB meeting features indigo snake

02/06/2015

The February meeting of the AU Society for Conservation Biology featured Jim Godwin talking about the indigo snake reintroduction project. Members got to meet a 6 foot long snake and are invited to participate in field work at Conecuh National Forest on Feb. 14 and Mar. 3 (both Saturdays). We also heard about plans to restart our Tigers 4 Tigers Committee, as well as plans for other Spring Semester activities.

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Mariita wins at NSF EPSCoR Science and Technology Open House

02/06/2015

Richard Mariita, a graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences, won 2nd place at the National Science Foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Science and Technology Open House in Montgomery. Mariita presented his poster, "Seasonal Variability in the Diversity of Microbial Assemblages and Antibiotic Resistance Determinants of an Estuary System."

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Name change for Department of Geology and Geography reflects broad range of expertise

02/06/2015

AUBURN UNIVERSITY — The Auburn University Board of Trustees voted today to change the name of the Department of Geology and Geography to the “Department of Geosciences.” The change is due to the ever-widening areas of expertise of the department’s faculty and the resulting increase in both interdepartmental and interdisciplinary instruction and research. “Geology and Geography are diverse fields, and the expertise of our faculty spans a broad range of both the natural and social sciences, bridging them perhaps as well as any other unit at Auburn University, which makes us well suited for interdisciplinary research and instruction,” said Mark Steltenpohl, chairman of the Department of Geosciences. “Faculty expertise and research activities contribute to a variety of Auburn’s strategic research areas, particularly in health, the environment, and energy, and we collaborate with faculty in many units across campus, including those in the colleges of Sciences and Mathematics, Agriculture, Engineering, Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Education, and the schools of Nursing and Forestry and Wildlife.”

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Assistant Professor Patkowski receives “OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award” from the ACS.

02/05/2015

Assistant Professor Konrad Patkowski has been awarded the "OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award” from the Computers in Chemistry Division (COMP) of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The award will be presented at the Spring 2015 ACS Meeting in Denver, CO and includes a $1,000 prize. The award highlights outstanding tenure-track junior faculty members at the forefront of the computational chemistry field. http://www.acscomp.org/awards/the-comp-acs-outstanding-junior-faculty-award

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Dr. Orlando Acevedo featured on the cover of Journal of Physical Chemistry

02/02/2015

A Featured Article from Prof. Orlando Acevedo, the S. D. and Karen H. Worley Associate Professor, was featured on the front cover of the Journal of Physical Chemistry A. The article was also selected as an ACS Editors' Choice. This work was supported by a research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jp507967z

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Cover Article for Easley and Judd

02/02/2015

A recent manuscript from Prof. Christopher Easley’s research group (group page)—in collaboration with Prof. Robert Judd’s group at Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine—was featured on the front cover (link) in the latest issue of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal, Analyst. The article is entitled “A microfluidic interface for the culture and sampling of adiponectin from primary adipocytes,” and the work was supported by a research grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2015/an/c4an01725k

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