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Tuesday, February 12, 2019


COSAM’s Katy Crider is Auburn University’s Outstanding New Advisor of the Year

Congratulations to Katy Crider for being selected as the Outstanding Advisor of the Year for Auburn University. Learn more about this COSAM student advisor and read the valuable impact that she makes in the lives of students.


COSAM Math Instructor Talks LEGOs®, Puzzles and Scrabble

From a replica of Samford Hall to artwork inside of Parker Hall, Eric Harshbarger shares his passion for LEGO® bricks and Scrabble tournaments. Find out more about this fascinating professor and how he can even help you improve your blocking, parallel play and spread in Scrabble.


Our COSAM History – Dean Roger Williams Allen Remembered for Lasting Impact

COSAM consistently reflects high standards with students and faculty striving for success. Dean Roger Allen began as a professor of chemistry in 1928 and served as the Chairman of the Auburn University Faculty Athletic Committee with the 1967 A-Day Football Game dedicated in his honor. Former chemistry student Emory R. Solomon reached out to Dean Allen in a letter in 1988:

“Dr. Allen, while I was a student at Auburn, you had a great impact on my life,” the letter read.

“You would absolutely be amazed to know the hundreds of times during the past 53 years that I have thought of you. I won’t say that I have patterned my life after you, but I can certainly say that you were a great and good influence on my life. I want to thank you for this. I’m sure thousands of other Auburn students would like to do the same.”

Read about the lasting impact Dean Roger Williams Allen left on the Auburn Family.


COSAM Faculty Focus – Dr. Courtney Leisner

Meet Dr. Courtney Leisner whose interesting research focuses on global change and plant physiology. Dr. Leisner shares her experience becoming an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences while expecting her daughter.

“Being able to interview for this position via video while I was 39-weeks pregnant showed me that COSAM has a supportive collegial work environment,” she said. Learn more about Dr. Leisner.  


COSAM Talks – Dennis Bodewits Reflects on Using the Hubble Space Telescope and Shares Insight About His Research

Hear directly from Dr. Dennis Bodewits as he shares his experience using telescopes including the Hubble Space Telescope for research on Comet 46P/Wirtanen. Listen to the podcast.


COSAM Student Sets Sights on Future as Physics Professor

“It’s incredibly fulfilling to help people understand physics because I love it so much and I want to share that,” said COSAM student Sam Levenson. “There are so many good resources COSAM has for younger students to learn and get comfortable with the material. And I just can’t say enough positive things about the physics faculty and the physics department.” Check out this future physics professor and remarkable student.

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