COSAM News Articles 2018 December Message from Dean Giordano - December 2018

Message from Dean Giordano - December 2018

Published: 12/03/2018

By: Dean Giordano

This is an exciting time for the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM). As we look upon multiple new construction projects and future growth, we also celebrate the past that has shaped our college into the five departments it has today.

One of these departments, Geosciences, recently marked its 50th anniversary. To commemorate this event, an open house gave an opportunity for faculty to share history, reconnect with colleagues, provide tours of labs and offer a drone demonstration. An interesting timeline based on the human influence of the geological eras in the Department highlighted five decades of accomplishments and accolades. Attendees also learned about the state-of-the-art equipment in COSAM labs including seven mass spectrometers that are used to conduct research using isotopic analysis in a variety of ways.

The Department of Geosciences is reaching new heights with students, faculty and educational programs. Currently, it has the largest number of graduate students ever enrolled. The number of faculty is also at an all-time high together with 17 tenured and tenure-track faculty.

In 2018, Auburn obtained final approval for a new Ph.D. program Earth System Science, a unique collaboration of five colleges and 10 academic departments, which provides for a variety of academic specializations all based on the theme that our planet is an interconnected system.

As Auburn University continues to grow with the largest enrollment in history, COSAM continues to strive to support students and help them reach their goals through providing the highest quality education for tomorrow’s leaders in science and mathematics.  

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