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Alumni news: Khandaker Zahid (MS 2005) joins Chevron

05/23/2013

Alumni news:  Khandaker Zahid (MS 2005) joins Chevron

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Paper Featured in Phys. Rev. Letters

05/22/2013

A colloboration including Prof. F. Robicheaux of the Auburn University Physics Department has published a paper featured in Phys. Rev. Letters.  It describes a newly-developed quantum microscope that uses photoionization and an electrostatic magnifying lens to directly observe the electron orbitals of an excited hydrogen atom.

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Congratulations to Nur Uddin Md Khaled Chowdhury

05/22/2013

Congratulations to Nur Uddin Md. Khaled Chowdhury for receiving an AAPG grant in aid through SEAPEX, the South East Asia Petroleum Exploration Society, for his thesis research on the petrofacies and geochronology of Gondwanan sequences in South Asia. Khaled was the only AAPG awardee from the state of Alabama, and he also received a large research grant from GSA in April. Khaled is shown here in the field in Jharia basin in Bihar, India. The rocks are alternating arkosic cross-bedded sandstones and laminated mudrocks of an upper Paleozoic Gondwana sequence.

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SETCA 2013 at Auburn

05/20/2013

More than 80 scientists attended the 2013 meeting of the Southeast Theoretical Chemistry Association at Auburn University on May 9-11, 2013. This meeting was organized by faculty and graduate students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and was sponsored by Gaussian, Incorporated, the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Pictures of the conference will be posted at the conference web site.

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Dr. Ralph B. Bennett Memorial Endowed Fund for Excellence

05/20/2013

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics (DMS) received the Dr. Ralph B. Bennett Memorial Endowed Fund for Excellence. The Fund will be used to recognize outstanding DMS graduate students in the form of Dr. Ralph B. Bennett Memorial Graduate Fellowship. The Fund may also be used as an undergraduate scholarship for students majoring in mathematics or statistics according to the Agreement.

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Nicholas Giordano named dean of Auburn’s College of Sciences and Mathematics

05/15/2013

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Following a national search, Purdue University Professor and Head of the Department of Physics Nicholas Giordano has been named dean of the Auburn University College of Sciences and Mathematics, effective Aug. 5.

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SWSM Outstanding Graduate Student Award for Caley Allen

05/13/2013

The Society of Women in Sciences and Mathematics has given its Outstanding Graduate Student Award to Caley Allen, who received her Ph.D. at the May commencement. Dr. Allen was a graduate student in the research group of Associate Professor Orlando Acevedo and will soon begin a postdoctoral fellowship at Georgia Tech.

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Behind the predictions at The Weather Channel: student group receives tour

05/09/2013

Students in assistant professor Chandana Mitra's Climatology class in the Department of Geology and Geography visited The Weather Channel in Atlanta in March. The purpose of the trip was to engage students in learning opportunities outside of the classroom.

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Dr. John Dykes makes emergency trip to Panama to save two-day old infant

05/09/2013

Dr. John Dykes, microbiology '05, is conducting a three-year fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Miami Children's Hospital. As a fellow, Dykes rotates through the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Echocardiography, and inpatient and consultation services. When needed, he assists in medical transport and flies with the specialized pediatric paramedic transport team to retrieve high-risk patients. Recently, he even made an emergency trip to Panama to pick up a two-day-old baby who was suffering from a complex congenital heart disease called Transposition of the Great Arteries, a condition where the major vessels leaving the heart are switched, and oxygenated blood cannot get to the baby's systemic circulation. This is the infant-rescue story in Dykes' own words:

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Arboretum honored for sustainability at first annual Spirit of Sustainability Awards

05/09/2013

The Donald E. Davis Arboretum received a Spirit of Sustainability Award from the Auburn University Office of Sustainability. Winners were announced at the first annual Spirit of Sustainability Awards ceremony on April 16. The campus-wide awards program was established to recognize Auburn University students, faculty, staff and alumni that exemplify the Auburn spirit by demonstrating accomplishments promoting sustainability on campus or in the community at large.

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Engleman discusses what to look for in the summer night sky, upcoming celestial events and tips

05/09/2013

Do you want to learn more about the night sky? Nicole Engleman, a graduate student in physics at Auburn who has taught the astronomy lab, suggests two simple things people can do to enhance their sky-watching enjoyment: purchase a pair of binoculars and locate a start chart.

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COSAM opens Biodiversity Learning Center

05/09/2013

On Friday, April 19, the College of Sciences and Mathematics hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the opening of the new Biodiversity Learning Center. Construction of the Biodiversity Learning Center was made possible by a $3.5 million bond, and the 15,000 square-foot facility is located between Funchess Hall and Rouse Life Sciences Building on campus. The Biodiversity Learning Center is the new home of Auburn University's Museum of Natural History. The museum includes hundreds of thousands of specimens representing the rich history of Alabama, the Southeast and beyond. For more than 25 years the museum collection was located in Funchess Hall and the Physiology Building on campus, and Auburn has maintained natural history collections for more than 50 years. The Biodiversity Learning Center represents years of dedication and planning by supporters of COSAM, including faculty, staff, administration and alumni. "Biodiversity, simply stated, is the variety of life on earth. It is our greatest resource. The air we breathe the water we drink, the food, the shelter, and the drugs that keep us healthy, are all a part of the living world," said Jack Feminella, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences and curator of Aquatic Invertebrates for the Museum of Natural History. "The Biodiversity Learning Center, which houses the Auburn University Museum of Natural History, is ideally positioned to showcase the important role of Auburn in preserving its natural heritage and the significant role of COSAM faculty and students in helping avert the loss of diversity through research, education and outreach." The museum is used primarily by Auburn professors and students conducting biodiversity research. Museum curators will also periodically extend the vast collection beyond campus and provide specimens to outside researchers as well as to K-12 outreach programs. "Research, education and outreach are the major components of the museum, and the new infrastructure will help us to meet our goals," said Jason Bond, director of the Museum of Natural History. "There is an on-going loss of biodiversity. Natural history collections serve as a record of what is here, what we are losing and how the ranges of species are changing through time. We should be very concerned about biodiversity loss, and museum collections help to highlight why it's important. Biodiversity is integral to human health, quality of life and ultimately our survival as a species. As a museum we are very committed to the concept that natural history collections play a significant and important role in biodiversity research, conservation and education, a role that is integral to the land grant mission of Auburn University." Included in the museum is the John D. Freeman Herbarium, a large collection of insects, and more than 450,000 preserved fish specimens. "In addition to incredibly extensive collections of Alabama plants, insects and fishes, we have a spectacular collection of southeastern frogs, snakes and lizards," said Bond. "Some of our most important specimens are those that are characterized as 'types.' Types are specimens that will forever be associated with species that our curators were the first to describe. Our collection includes type specimens for several new fish species and notably, Myrmekiaphila tigris, also known as the 'Auburn Tiger Trapdoor Spider.'" The specimens contained in the museum are maintained by nine museum curators and four collections managers. They are: Jonathan Armbruster, curator of fishes; Troy Best, curator of mammals; Jason Bond, curator of arachnids and myriapods; Stephen Dobson, curator at large; Jack Feminella, curator of aquatic invertebrates; Les Goertzen, curator of plants; Craig Guyer, curator of amphibians and reptiles; Geoffrey Hill, curator of birds; Charles Ray, curator of insects; Curtis Hansen, collections manager for plants; Brian Helms, collections manager for invertebrates; David Laurencio, collections manager for tetrapods; and David Werneke, collections manager for fishes. To learn more about the Museum of Natural History, visit the website at www.aumnh.org.

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New Summer Course, 'Survey of Multi-modality Molecular Imaging' to be offered.

05/06/2013

Recently university approval was given to offer a 2 hr course for senior undergrads and graduate students called "Survey of Multi-modality Molecular Imaging."  The course is a collaboration between Drs. Peter Panizzi (Pharmacy) Thomas Denny (Au MRI / Electrical Engineering), Ronald Beyers  (Au MRI / Electrical Engineering), Raj Amin (HSOP), Michael Miller (OVPR / COSAM) and Anthony Moss (COSAM). In short, the course is designed to present background, significance, usage and limitations to current imaging modalities, like basic / fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry, bioluminescence imaging, x-ray, CT, and MRI.  There are also selected tours of the Auburn's various imaging capabilities / cores / centers, which will be scheduled so that members of the class will meet at that location on the indicated day.  No transportation will be arrange by the lecturers for this purpose. The tentative time for the course is Tuesday / Thursday  1:30-3pm starting out in the HSOP.  

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Geology and Geography Canoe Trip

05/01/2013

Geology and Geography Canoe Trip

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