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Billor invited to speak at the 26th Colombian Symposium on Statistics

07/28/2016

Dr. Nedret Billor is invited to be a plenary speaker at the 26th Colombian Symposium on Statistics, to be held at Sincelejo, Colombia, August 8-12, 2016

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Trawick named senior vice president and chief operating officer for Southern Power

07/26/2016

Trawick, formerly senior vice president of commercial operations and planning for Southern Company Services, was recently named senior vice president and chief operating officer for subsidiary Southern Power.

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Temperature's Rising: Study shows local urban areas can be as much as 18 degrees warmer than surrounding rural locations

07/20/2016

Scientists have long understood the effect large urban areas like New York City or Atlanta have on temperature – these mega cities are warmer than nearby rural locations due to increased energy usage, the enormous presence of heat-absorbing impervious surfaces like concrete, steel and asphalt, and dwindling green spaces. Scientists refer to these heat-producing urban centers as “urban heat islands.” What is less understood is whether smaller urban areas create the same urban heat island effect. In an effort to shed light on the heat-causing potential of small to mid-sized cities, Chandana Mitra, assistant professor in Auburn University’s Department of Geosciences, recently completed a study on whether the Auburn-Opelika and Birmingham areas create enough excess heat to be considered urban heat islands. “In 2008 we crossed the line between urban and rural, and we now have more people living in urban areas than rural areas,” said Mitra. “Urbanization is happening rapidly; it’s a global phenomenon. The United Nations forecasts that over 70 percent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas by 2050, which is why it is imperative we gather information on how urban heat islands affect local climate change and how we can lessen human discomfort.” Mitra, along with recent geography master’s student Andy Hug ’14, GIS Specialist for the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust, used 40 iButtons, which are highly accurate, small digital thermometers that store data, to measure temperature differences in rural and urban locations throughout Birmingham, Opelika and Auburn. They placed 20 iButtons in downtown Birmingham and surrounding rural areas, and 20 iButtons in the Auburn-Opelika area including Tiger Town, the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center, Samford Park and various rural locations.

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Recent marine biology graduate teaches ocean conservation in Hawaii

07/20/2016

Jenny Roberts, marine biology ’14, is spending her summer educating a boat of tourists about Hawaiian culture, sea life and ocean conservation.

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COSAM alumnus leads Juno spacecraft research

07/20/2016

COSAM physics alumnus Phil Valek (B.S. '97, Ph.D. '01) is the lead investigator for the Juno spacecraft JADE instrument, which is a set of sensors charged with detecting the electrons and ions that produce Jupiter’s auroras.

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Q and A with Dr. Kacie Jackson Saulters: the journey from first-generation college student to assistant professor of medicine at Georgetown University

07/20/2016

How did you choose to come to Auburn? Originally I thought, given family finances, that I would attend community college prior to transferring to a four-year university. My family had always been Auburn fans, so I decided to apply to Auburn, just to see what would happen. Not only did I get accepted, but I was also blessed to receive a full-tuition scholarship allowing me to go straight to a four-year university.

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McDonald awarded a three-year research grant by NSF

07/15/2016

McDonald awarded a three-year research grant by NSF

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Dhar’s paper selected as Editor’s Pick for 2015

07/06/2016

Associate Professor Sarit Dhar’s article, “Silicon carbide: A unique platform for metal-oxide-semiconductor physics,” was selected as an Editors’ Pick for 2015 in Applied Physics Reviews.

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Warner publishes paper on turtle aging, reproduction, and mortality in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

07/06/2016

Daniel Warner, a research assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, recently published a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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COSAM 2016 Faculty Staff Campaign department winner is crowned

07/06/2016

Congratulations to the Department of Geosciences for having the most participation in COSAM’s 2016 Faculty Staff Campaign. Representing the Department of Geosciences with 81 percent participation was Team Captain Sheila Arington.

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COSAM’s chemistry graduate program ranked fourth in the nation

07/06/2016

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s graduate school program was listed as the No. 4 program in the country on the 2016 Top Chemistry Graduate Programs rankings that were recently released by GraduatePrograms.com. Each year the website publishes top graduate school rankings, which are compiled based on student and alumni feedback in areas such as quality of instruction, student diversity, campus safety, and earning potential.

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