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Tuesday, January 08, 2019


Letter from the Dean – R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity

Auburn University has achieved a prestigious R1 designation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Learn more about the importance of this recognition as a prominent university with the highest levels of research activity.


 Department of Geosciences Colloquium, Matthew DeCesare

“I had no idea what I was getting myself into, in a good way,” shared Dr. Matthew DeCesare. “This has been a much welcomed change. As much as I like the cold, I don’t really like riding 30-foot waves for two months at a time. And this is much more interesting.” Find out more about Dr. DeCesare and his presentation during a recent colloquium at the Department of Geosciences.


Inside COSAM Labs – Dr. Adriana Avila-Flores – Exploring Nanomaterials

“Cell membranes are difficult to permeate,” Dr. Adriana Avila-Flores’s explained, “but nanomaterials can increase their permeability and facilitate the entrance of therapeutic drugs.” Check out the exciting research being conducted with her proactive team environment in the Department of Biological Sciences.


Save the Date – Third Annual Auburn Azalea Festival is April 20

Mark April 20 in your calendar. Attend the third annual community celebration for our Auburn Azaleas. See why you can’t miss this year’s festival at the Donald E. Davis Arboretum.


COSAM Leader Wants to Make a Difference in Healthcare

“I knew I wanted to do something where I could make a difference,” said COSAM Leader Isabella Aldana. She not only is studying biomedical sciences with a pre-med concentration, Isaeblla volunteers at the Esperanza House, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for Hispanic children and families. “That’s been really fun just because a lot of them are just now learning English,” she said. “Being able to talk to them in Spanish, or helping translate from Spanish to English, to help them understand kind of allows me to get to know them on a deeper level. Then they become more trusting of me and they’re more comfortable and we’re able to do the homework more easily.” Read more about this exceptional COSAM student.

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