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Ortiz Wins 2014 Charles H. Stone Award

03/31/2015

The Stone Award of the Carolina-Piedmont Local Section of the ACS is given every two years to the most outstanding chemist in the southeastern United States. This prestigious award recognizes contributions to the field of chemistry through activities in the scientific community, public outreach, education, and research. Previous winners from Auburn are Stewart Schneller (2001) and Dave Worley (2004).

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Goodwin wins 2015 COSAM Faculty Service/Outreach award

03/30/2015

Professor Doug Goodwin has been awarded the 2015 COSAM Faculty Service/Outreach award based on his leadership role in helping to bring STEM education to prisoners in Alabama under the umbrella of the Auburn Prison Arts + Education Project.

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Graduate student accepts instructor position with United States Navy

03/30/2015

Randall Gay, graduate student in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, accepted a position as nuclear power instructor with the United States Navy in Charleston, S.C.

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COSAM students receive Outstanding Graduate Student Awards

03/30/2015

Three COSAM students have been selected as 2014-15 Outstanding Graduate Student Award honorees.

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COSAM alumnus spotlight: Dr. George Hardy

03/30/2015

Long before Dr. George Hardy, ‘77, kept the mouths of Alexander City, Ala., healthy, he was an actor starring in the 1989 cult classic “Troll 2,” adoringly referred to as “the best worst movie ever.” Since it’s debut, “Troll 2” has acquired an international following still going strong today. The pop-culture phenomenon has been screened in sold-out theatres worldwide. “I sort of fell into the movie, really,” said Hardy. “I was doing postdoctoral work in Salt Lake City and running a small practice after graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s dental school. A patient told me the Italian filmmakers Claudio Fragasso and Rossella Drudi were in a nearby town casting a low-budget movie. I thought ‘why not’ and decided to go give it a shot.”

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Gay accepts the Nuclear Power Instructor (Navy) position in Charleston, South Carolina.

03/30/2015

Gay accepts the Nuclear Power Instructor (Navy) position in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Han selected as the recipient of the 2015-2017 Jack B. Brown Endowed Faculty Award

03/30/2015

Han selected as the recipient of the 2015-2017 Jack B. Brown Endowed Faculty Award

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Yuxiang Zheng selected one of AU Outstanding Master's Students for 2014-2015

03/19/2015

Yuxiang Zheng has been selected as one of AU Outstanding master¹s students for 2014-2015. He received his MS degree in 2014 and Dr. Dmitry Glotov was his major professor. He is now a PhD student, again with Dr. Glotov as major professor.

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Gathiaka Selected as Outstanding Doctoral Student

03/19/2015

Symon Gathiaka (Acevedo group) was recently chosen by the Graduate School as one of Auburn University’s Outstanding Doctoral students for this year. Congratulations, Symon!

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Students create app, win prize for “Is Toomer’s Corner Being Rolled Right Now” app

03/16/2015

Alex Byaly, Steven Clontz, Zachary Sarver and Ph.D. graduate, Daniel Brice, all from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, won first prize at the Smart City Hackathon, a competition hosted in Auburn where teams build smart tools for the benefit of the city.

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Pate named Young Optometrist of the South

03/16/2015

Rob Pate, a 2002 graduate of the College of Sciences Mathematics, has been named Young Optometrist of the South by the Southern Council of Optometrists.

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American Geophysical Union highlights plasma research by DuBois

03/16/2015

Ami DuBois, a Ph.D. graduate of the Department of Physics, has been highlighted by the American Geophysical Union journals for her research on laboratory simulations of boundary layers in the Earth’s magnetosphere.

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Armbruster names catfish species after Star Wars character

03/16/2015

Jonathan Armbruster, biological sciences professor and curator of fishes for the Auburn University Museum of Natural History, has named a previously unknown species of catfish in honor of the enigmatic Star Wars fan favorite, Greedo. The suckermouth armored catfish, Peckoltia greedoi, was found along the Gurupi River in Brazil and is known physically for its large, dark eyes, sucker mouth and protruding bristles. Armbruster, along with David Werneke, Milton Tan and Chris Hamilton, all of the Department of Biological Sciences, were examining the specimen for characteristics when they made the connection.

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Cao delivers keynote talk 9th International Conference on Computational Physics

03/16/2015

Cao delivers keynote talk 9th International Conference on Computational Physics

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Museum of Natural History and Department and Biological Sciences announce new scholarship program

03/16/2015

The Auburn University Museum of Natural History and the Department of Biological Sciences have a new annual scholarship program, Excellence in Environmental Sciences.

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SCB and Honors Biology help control invasive plants on National Pi Day

03/16/2015

A small but mighty combined force of 5 students from our AU Society for Conservation Biology chapter and Honors Biology (BIOL 1037) traveled to Haines Island Park (Monroe Co. AL) to help the Alabama Plant Conservation Alliance control invasive plants. The event took place on March 14 (3/14/15), National Pi Day, when the date and time shortly following 9:26:53 would represent the value of Pi. We commemorated that moment by taking a group photo with everyone holding a photo of a Pi pie! Besides interesting biological findings, we helped control much invasive privet at the park. And of course during lunch we enjoyed some pie for dessert!

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2015 Arboretum Photo Contest

03/12/2015

Once again it’s time to start thinking about your entries for the annual Davis Arboretum Photo Contest! It’s your photographs that give us the amazing selection of images to choose from for our Arboretum calendar. The entries will be on display in Biggin Hall from April 17th – April 26th. The awards will be announced on our website and hung on the photos on Friday, April 24th.

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Bezdek to Deliver a Plenary Talk at the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest

03/12/2015

Bezdek to Deliver a Plenary Talk at the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest

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Hammer accepts Assistant Professor position with Cedar Crest College (Allentown, PA)

03/09/2015

James Hammer has accepted an Assistant Professor position with Cedar Crest College in Allentown Pennsylvania http://www.cedarcrest.edu/ca/index.shtm He will be starting his job there in Fall 2015.

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Peng Zeng Receives 2015 Dr. Marie Kraska Award

03/09/2015

Dr. Peng Zeng is the recipient of the 2015 Dr. Marie Kraska Award for Excellence in Teaching (Statistics). The Kraska Award Committee unanimously recommended Dr. Zeng for the award.

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Ortiz wins COSAM Dean’s Faculty Research Award

03/04/2015

Professor Vincent Ortiz from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has been honored with the 2015 COSAM Dean’s Research Award. Ortiz, an internationally respected quantum chemist, has worked at the forefront of internationally regarded research over the entire course of his 30 year career, has given unselfishly to the cause of diversity in STEM, has contributed to student success, and has offered his expertise to professional service. Congratulations Dr. Ortiz!

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Graduate Student from Merner Lab Wins Fellowship

03/03/2015

Rolande Meudom, a second year graduate student in the research group of Dr. Bradley Merner, was recently awarded a Cellular and Molecular Biosciences Summer Research Fellowship. Congratulations Rolande!

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NSF Career Award for Patkowski

03/19/2014

Assistant Professor Konrad Patkowski has received a five-year CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for his proposal, “Towards an accurate and illuminating theory of weak interactions between open-shell systems”. Dr. Patkowski, a theoretical chemist, has been at Auburn University since January 2011 and is an expert on the calculation of intermolecular forces and applications of these computational techniques to a variety of systems of interest in energy research.

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