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COSAM student takes first place at SEC championship tournament

05/16/2012

The fifth-ranked Auburn women's golf team won the Southeastern Conference Championship on Sunday, April 22, and Patricia Sanz, a senior in biomedical sciences, won the individual title at the championship tournament. Sanz's individual title is the first tournament victory of her career. A native of Madrid, Spain, the victory came after finishing no higher than a tie for 16th this season. "I'm the happiest person in the world," Sanz said. "This came at the best time. I'm a senior, our team won, I just couldn't have asked for anything better.”

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Society for Conservation Biology update

05/15/2012

The fifth-ranked Auburn women's golf team won the Southeastern Conference Championship on Sunday, April 22, and Patricia Sanz, a senior in biomedical sciences, won the individual title at the championship tournament. Sanz's individual title is the first tournament victory of her career. A native of Madrid, Spain, the victory came after finishing no higher than a tie for 16th this season. "I'm the happiest person in the world," Sanz said. "This came at the best time. I'm a senior, our team won, I just couldn't have asked for anything better.”

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SCB completes workday on Indigo Snake Reintroduction Project

05/07/2012

Auburn University’s chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) continued its involvement with the Alabama Indigo Snake Reintroduction Project on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Eight members traveled to Conecuh National Forest to be present at the release of 33 snakes into the study area. We were met by Jim Godwin, a zoologist with the Alabama Natural Heritage Program and member of the indigo snake recovery team. DBS M.S. students Sierra and Jimmy Stiles (from Dr. Craig Guyer’s lab), who are using the project as the topic of their thesis research, talked with SCB members about the results to date. Each SCB member was able to release one of the snakes: we hope they all survive and contribute to the new breeding populations being established! We also stopped by a pitcher plant bog (Crawford bog) in the forest that had been burned in Fall 2011 to see some of the great bog plants (pitcher plants, orchids, sundews, etc.).

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Annual festival held for students and teachers

05/04/2012

On April 26, the Department of Outreach hosted AU Explore. AU Explore is an annual science and math festival offered to fifth- through eighth-grade students and their teachers. Featured activities included a variety of live, large-scale science demo shows, including the Birds of Prey Show hosted by the Southeastern Raptor Center. COSAM faculty and students also offered dozens of hands-on mini-courses called "Science Fun Shops" in which participants did things like dissecting sheep eyes. Students also handled live animals. For more information on AU Explore and COSAM’d department of Outreach, visit the Outreach website.

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The Auburn Tiger Trapdoor Spider – A new species discovered from a college town backyard

05/04/2012

Researchers at Auburn University reported the discovery a new trapdoor spider species from a well-developed housing subdivision in the heart of the city of Auburn, Ala. Myrmekiaphila tigris, affectionately referred to as the Auburn Tiger Trapdoor spider, is named in honor of Auburn University’s costumed Tiger mascot, Aubie.

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