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COSAM alumna develops healthy nail care line


Dr. Cary Gannon, a biomedical sciences graduate and board certified podiatrist, has developed a line of healthy, carcinogen-free nail care products that allows women to enjoy manicures and pedicures while nourishing their skin and nails. “I was selling a competitive product in my office that claimed to have healthy properties, but after much investigation, I realized it was just regular nail polish,” said Gannon. “I was really upset with their marketing and thought it was dishonest.” Gannon decided then that she would make her own product that promotes natural therapies and lacks the harmful chemicals. Soon, the Nashville-based company, AILA was developed.

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NSF Grant for Shannon


Professor Curtis Shannon, in collaboration with M. Russell, J. Russell, M. Escobar and O. Fasina, has been awarded a 3.5-year grant by the National Science Foundation for a proposal entitled “Collaborative Research: The Tuskegee Alliance to Develop, Implement and Study a Virtual Graduate Education Model for Underrepresented Minorities in STEM”. This research will be performed in collaboration with Tuskegee University and Alabama State University.

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Auburn researchers make breakthrough discovery about evolution of spiders and their webs


AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A group of Auburn researchers has published a study that could overturn some long-held paradigms regarding spider web evolution. Because of similarities in behaviors associated with web construction and the complicated nature of the webs, it has long been thought that all orb-weaving spiders shared a common ancestor. The study shows that spiders that weave orb-shaped webs are not all closely related and that the orb web was likely not the pinnacle of web evolution.

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PASS Mentoring Program needs Mentors


We are currently soliciting applications from outstanding and caring upperclassmen to serve as peer mentors in the 2014-15 PASS Mentoring Program. Additionally, we are seeking applications from incoming Freshmen or Transfer students to serve as mentees in the program. Therefore, we invite you to complete the application for the 2014-2015 year and become a part of this program.

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Auburn scientists design leading therapeutic drug in fight against Ebola virus


AUBURN UNIVERSITY—An Auburn University research team has produced a new drug candidate that could one day slow or even stop the deadly Ebola virus. The discovery will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry. The group, led by professor of chemistry and biochemistry Stewart Schneller, has designed a compound aimed at reversing the immune-blocking abilities of certain viruses, including Ebola. “In simple terms, the Ebola virus has the ability to turn off the body’s natural immune response,” Schneller said. “We have made a small tweak in compound structure that will turn that response back on.”

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Research led by Stewart Schneller on Ebola virus featured on Fox News


Excerpt from story on Fox News website: The Ebola virus is able to turn off the body's natural immune response. But researchers at Auburn University believe they've developed an "on-switch." Auburn chemistry professor Stewart Schneller is leading the study. The Auburn team is working in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and plans to publish details of its findings later this month in the journal Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry. Read the online story.

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Clamping down on crocs in Costa Rica


An Auburn graduate student and former "Gator Boy" who wrestled with alligators in Eufaula continues his research in Costa Rica; this time, with crocodiles. "In terms of behavior, crocodiles seem to be a lot gnarlier than alligators," said Chris Murray, a member of the Craig Guyer lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn University, who is investigating the physiological and ecological factors that affect crocodilians within that country. "They're larger, and don't tire out nearly as fast, if ever, in some instances. They have a lot of fight and they're more nimble and flexible than your average alligator." He is seeking solutions for crocodile population issues identified by a Costa Rican commission that studies the animals.

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Adventures of 'AU in Swaziland'


The "AU in Swazilnad" program takes students to Swaziland and South Africa. Students live and work at camps in some the region’s best nature reserves. The purpose of the course is to provide students with an opportunity for hands-on learning in one of the most diverse and complex ecosystems on the planet.

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