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COSAM Graduate, Aspiring Neurologist, to take Knowledge to Poland

Julia Dickenson

06/04/2019

Julia Dickenson, a recent graduate from the Auburn University College of Sciences (COSAM) and Mathematics, will soon take the knowledge she has gained at Auburn to teach others in the country of Poland.

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Save the Date – Don’t Miss the First Red, White and Blueberry Bash

Red, White and Blueberry Bash

06/04/2019

Who doesn’t love a community event at the Donald E. Davis Arboretum that is filled with fun for the whole family? Make the most out of your summer and celebrate all things blueberry-centric at the very first Red, White and Blueberry Bash on Saturday, June 29, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. including: 

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Graduate Research Assistant from the Department of Physics Enrichens His Auburn Experience with Six-Months in Japan

Ahmad Nemer

06/04/2019

Ahmad Nemer earned his master’s degree in Physics and as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) had the opportunity to spend six months working almost 7,000 miles away in Japan.

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COSAM Faculty Focus – Dr. Jason Upton Researches Molecular Pathogens to Understand Viral Interactions

Dr. Jason W. Upton

06/04/2019

“We use diverse tools from genetics, cell biology, immunology and virology to find solutions to our research problems,” explained Dr. Jason Upton, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. 

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COSAM’s Marcelo A. Kuroda granted the NSF CAREER Award to Investigate Properties of Heterostructures formed with Ultrathin Materials

Dr. Marcelo A. Kuroda

06/04/2019

Two-dimensional materials are few-atom-thick crystals that have attracted the scientific community since their isolation in 2004.  Unprecedented physical properties can emerge in multilayers formed with different two-dimensional materials that preserve their sharp crystalline interfaces. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has granted Dr. Marcelo A. Kuroda a $536,000 CAREER Award.  This prestigious award is given for his innovative perspective to understand and control the properties of these layered systems using theory and atomistic calculations. The project entitled Modulation of Interlaying Coupling in Heterostructures based on Two-Dimensional Materials is supported by the Condensed Matter and Materials Theory program and EPSCoR co-funding.

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Message from Dean Giordano – June 2019

COSAM Dean Nicholas J. Giordano.

06/04/2019

The new Leach Science Center will hold its official ribbon cutting ceremony this week. The celebration will bring together faculty, staff, alumni, and distinguished speakers including President Leath, a Board of Trustee member, and Dr. James Weyhenmeyer, the new Vice President of Research for the university.

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Auburn Inspires Faculty with New Leach Science Center – Students Will Experience Astronomy in a Way that Was Not Possible Before

Melissa Halford

05/28/2019

In just a week, the new Leach Science Center will hold its opening ceremony. Lecturer Melissa Halford will be able to use the new rooftop telescope terrace as a teaching tool.

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Department of Biological Sciences Celebrates DNA Day

05/28/2019



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COSAM Faculty Recognized for Advancement

Faculty Recognized in SCC

05/28/2019

Faculty were recognized at a luncheon for becoming professors, receiving tenure and being selected for promotions in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM).

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COSAM Student Participates in Quantum Key Distribution Project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Davis Arthur

05/28/2019

Davis Arthur received awards including the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) Outstanding Sophomore Award and the Department of Physics Sophomore Award. This 4.0 physics major will be spending his summer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee learning about quantum key distribution to encrypt and secure data transmissions.

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Dean Giordano Selected as Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America

Dean Giordano

05/28/2019

Dean Nicholas J. Giordano of the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) will be recognized on December 4, 2019, by the Acoustical Society of America as a Fellow of the Society “for advancement of computational modeling in musical acoustics." He will be officially recognized at the 178th meeting in San Diego, California.

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Alexandria Bredar Co-Chair for the 2020 Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions at the Gordon Research Seminar

Alex Bredar

05/28/2019

Gordon Research Conferences are highly specialized conferences that attract high-level researchers in all fields of science. The event provides scientists with an engaging and stimulating environment to present their cutting-edge work with their colleagues.

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COSAM Advisor Wins NACADA’s Outstanding New Advisors Award

Katy Crider

05/21/2019

Katy Crider, Auburn University’s Outstanding New Advisor of the Year, is the recipient of an Outstanding New Advisors Award – Primary Advising Role by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

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COSAM Alumna Focuses on Research and Development with 3D Printing

05/21/2019

Sarah Jo Crotts, Biomedical Sciences ’15, is currently a research scientist and lab manager in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech, Center for 3D Medical Fabrication. She manufacturers devices in 3D printing labs with a recent focus on the tracheal splint. Sarah Jo is a part of all manufacturing and operations and assists in research and development.  

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COSAM’s Office of Information Technology Implementing Two New Services

COSAM IT

05/21/2019

COSAM’s Office of Information Technology is working on two new projects to improve performance and infrastructure for the entire college.  First, they are creating a new Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution this summer in conjunction with Office of Information Technology (OIT). Faculty will find an easy-to-use Windows 10 interface with pre-loaded software by major to engage their students. 

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COSAM Crowns Faculty and Staff Campaign Winners

Robert Scott Miller, Scott Santos, and Robert Boyd celebrate Biological Sciences being crowned the winners of the COSAM Faculty and Staff Campaign during an appreciation luncheon. Not pictured is Leslie Goertzen.

05/21/2019

The Auburn University College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) showed its appreciation to each department for their participation in the recent COSAM Faculty and Staff Campaign with a luncheon held at Amsterdam Café.

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COSAM Faculty Focus - Assistant Professor Thi-Thao-Phuong Hoang Researches Numerical Methods for Engineering and Environmental Applications

05/21/2019

Dr. Thi-Thao-Phuong Hoang, originally from Vietnam, earned her Ph.D. in applied mathematics in France at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI).

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COSAM Professor is the 2019 AES Mid-Career Achievement Award Recipient

Dr. Chris Easley

05/21/2019

Dr. Christopher J. Easley, the C. Harry Knowles Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is the recipient of the 2019 AES Electrophoresis Society Mid-Career Achievement award.

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COSAM Leaders Reunite at A-Day

05/21/2019



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Glorioso accepts position at Booz Allen Hamilton

05/20/2019

Vincent Glorioso has accepted an associate data scientist position at Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, VA. Vincent is completing his PhD under the direction of Prof. Peter Johnson.Congratulations Vincent!

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World Traveler Finds Home with COSAM

Will Pennington

05/14/2019

Auburn University student Will Pennington has lived in Atlanta, Indiana, Colorado, and even France, but he now calls Auburn home. The junior studying to earn a Physics and Political Science double major and finance minor has always been an Auburn fan. His father, uncle and grandfather are all Auburn alumni and Will attended Auburn football games all of his life.

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Clinical Laboratory Science Students Provide Blood Types and Increase Awareness of Medical Laboratory Science during National Laboratory Professionals Week

Blood Typing Event

05/14/2019

During National Laboratory Professionals Week, April 21-27, Clinical Laboratory Science students offered free blood typing to all students, faculty and staff in their lab on third floor of the Science Center Laboratory building.

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Learn About the Importance of Unrestricted Giving

COSAM Buildings

05/14/2019

Auburn University’s fourth annual Tiger Giving Day, held on February 21, was a success thanks to the nearly 4,000 Auburn alumni and friends who supported 31 projects across the university.  Three of these projects were in COSAM – Fighting Drug Resistant Bacteria in Dirt; Rebuilding the Davis Arboretum Bridge, and STEM Students Studying Water Quality Abroad.  Each was fully funded, so be on the lookout for progress updates. 

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COSAM Professor’s Latest Book Summarizes New Ideas on Evolution

Dr. Hill standing in front of his previously released books.

05/14/2019

Dr. Geoff Hill, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, has recently released his latest book titled “Mitonuclear Ecology.”

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Monika Raj from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is a Recipient of a 2019 APS Early Career Lectureship

Dr. Monika Raj.

05/14/2019

Dr. Monika Raj from the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) has been selected for a 2019 American Peptide Society (APS) Early Career Lectureship. She will present her work at a symposium in June in Monterey, California.

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Auburn University at VEX Robotics World Championship

Congratulations to the team members Dj Smith, Nathan Tolbert, Omar Zuaiter, Hunter Terry and Kate Kramer.

05/14/2019

Over 30,000 people including more than 1,650 teams from 40 nations gathered in Louisville, Kentucky from April 24-30 for the 12th annual VEX Robotics World Championship. “Throughout the competition, the student’s boundless enthusiasm and strong work ethic culminated with heart-pounding final matches that truly showcases the extraordinary talent of our champions,” said Tony Norman, Co-founder and President of VEX Robotics. “This week, the excitement of our robotics community will create the problem solvers and innovators of tomorrow.”

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Future Small Town Physicians Recognized

The Rural Medicine Students.

05/14/2019

At the 13th annual Rural Medicine Program Celebration Dinner on April 25, 2019, eight students were recognized for the completion of the program and their commitment to careers in rural medicine.

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Faculty from the Department of Physics Met for the Last Time in the Allison Laboratory Building

Faculty from the Department of Physics

05/07/2019



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OIED Ambassadors Celebrate Earth Day Decorating Pots and Planting the Seeds for Students to be Environmentally Conscious

05/07/2019

Ambassadors from the Office of Inclusion, Equity and Diversity (OIED) shared an important, lifelong message on Monday, April 22, or Earth Day.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Addresses Graduate Student Mental Health

A speaker shares insight about mental health.

05/07/2019

The Auburn University Younger Chemists Committee recently welcomed Dr. Phil Buhlmann, director of graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, as its Graduate Student Choice Speaker and Awardee. The committee hosted a chemistry colloquium on electrochemical sensors held on April 25 featuring Dr. Buhlmann, and Dr. Buhlmann presented a talk on April 26 focusing on “Addressing Stress and Mental Health in Chemistry Graduate Education.”

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Physicists Get Charged Up Testing Demonstrations to Spark Excitement in Future Scientists

Dr. Ed Thomas, Lori Scott and Taylor Hall get charged up during a demonstration.

05/07/2019

Each year, faculty and students from Auburn University’s Department of Physics participate in the American Physical Society’s Division of Plasma Physics Annual Meeting.

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Research Changed the Life of COSAM’s Spring 2019 Graduation Marshal, Sydney Bergstresser

Sydney Bergstresser

05/07/2019

“Sydney sets herself apart from her peers by being relentlessly attentive, prepared, and passionate,” explained Dr. Beth Schwartz, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. “She brings the same level of enthusiasm and curiosity to her lab work as she does to her course work, and she is an outstanding student with great promise as a researcher.”

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Message from Dean Giordano – May 2019

COSAM Dean Nicholas J. Giordano.

05/07/2019

The new Leach Science Center Addition will open next month with an official ribbon cutting ceremony on June 7. This event will be a celebration of a new home for student learning and core research. I am excited that we will now have classrooms, study areas, offices and research laboratories conveniently located in one facility for the Department of Physics.

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Harrelson accepts position at Middle Georgia State University

05/03/2019

Joshua Harrelson has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Middle Georgia State University in Macon, GA. Josh is completing his PhD under the direction of Prof. Jessica McDonald. Congratulations Josh!

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McDonald receives 2019 Kraska Award

05/03/2019

Dr. Jessica McDonald receives 2019 Marie Kraska Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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