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Hill and Ortiz named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences

12/15/2017

The American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, or AAAS, announced that both Geoffrey Hill, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and J. V. Ortiz, professor in the Department of Chemistry, have been named Fellows of AAAS. The AAAS was founded in 1848 and aims to advance science and serve society through various initiatives. The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874, and those named a Fellow are continuous members of AAAS for four years prior to their nomination. This year 396 members were awarded the distinction of Fellow because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Hill was named a Fellow of AAAS for distinguished contributions in the field of behavioral and evolutionary ecology, particularly for advancing understanding of the evolution of ornamental traits. Hill’s research focuses on the function and evolution of ornamental traits in birds and on the co-evolution of hosts and pathogens. His research has garnered $8.8 million in external grant support, including grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, he was appointed director of the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems at the National Science Foundation, which is the largest of the four divisions within the Biological Sciences Directorate at NSF.

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New Geosciences Diversity and Multicultural Award gives students a life-changing opportunity

12/15/2017

Tasha Williams was certain she wanted to take a traditional path to medical school by majoring in organismal biology. Now she is not so certain. A recent study abroad trip to Scotland with the Department of Geosciences opened her imagination to a new approach to medical school, as well as new career options. “The trip taught me to be open to life’s possibilities,” said Williams. “I gained so many experiences and insights I wouldn’t have been able to access through classroom instruction alone. Both academically and personally. The study abroad trip was a life-changing experience that broadened my horizons in the field of geological science. With my newfound interest, I am now considering a career in the geosciences.”

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COSAM faculty, students and alumni attend the seventh annual Masamu Institute and Workshops in Mathematical Sciences in Arusha, Tanzania

12/15/2017

Auburn University faculty, students and alumni attended the 2017 Masamu Advanced Study Institute, or MASI, and Workshops in Mathematical Sciences in Arusha, Tanzania from Nov. 17-26. The program was held in conjunction with the 2017 Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association, or SAMSA, Annual Conference hosted by the University of Dar es Salaam. With funding from the National Science Foundation, or NSF, Auburn University faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, including Overtoun Jenda, professor and assistant provost for special projects and initiatives, Professor Ash Abebe, Professor Emeritus A.J. Meir, and Alumni Professor Peter Johnson, together with the SAMSA Executive Committee, formed the Masamu Program in 2010. The inaugural MASI and Workshops were held in November 2011 in Livingstone, Zambia. The word “Masamu” translates to “mathematics” in the Southern African region, and the program serves to promote U.S.-Africa collaboration in mathematics research.

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