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Brice, Byaly, Clontz, and Sarver competed in the Smart City Hackathon

02/26/2015

Daniel Brice (former PhD graduate), Alex Byaly, Steven Clontz, and Zachary Sarver competed in the Smart City Hackathon competition in the Shelby Center last weekend as "Math Dept Team Alpha." Eight teams of 3-6 programmers each faced off from 9am Saturday to 4:30pm Sunday, with the task of building smart tools (software or hardware) for the benefit of Auburn, AL.

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2015 Summer Bridge Program Applications due March 15th

02/26/2015

The COSAM Summer Bridge Program is an intensive four-week residential program for talented and highly motivated minority students who want to get a head start in their college career. This program, which takes place on the main campus of Auburn University, emphasizes academic preparedness, development and enhancement of study and time management skills, establishment of academic and social support and career awareness. Chemistry and Mathematics faculty, graduate teaching assistants, counselors and academic advisors will staff the program. Applications must be post-marked by March 15, 2015.

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PASS Mentoring Program Members Reconnected on Feb 8th

02/26/2015

The COSAM Summer Bridge Program is an intensive four-week residential program for talented and highly motivated minority students who want to get a head start in their college career. This program, which takes place on the main campus of Auburn University, emphasizes academic preparedness, development and enhancement of study and time management skills, establishment of academic and social support and career awareness. Chemistry and Mathematics faculty, graduate teaching assistants, counselors and academic advisors will staff the program. Applications must be post-marked by March 15, 2015.

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Perry and Holmes Win Teaching Awards

02/24/2015

(1) Ms. Kat Perry has won the 2015 COSAM Outstanding GTA Award.

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Biology Clubs hold the 2nd Biology Trivia Night!

02/24/2015

All four student clubs in Biological Sciences (Tri Beta, Society for Conservation Biology, Microbiology Club, Marine Biology Club) held a Jeopardy-style Biology Trivia contest on February 23, 2015. Members from the clubs formed interdisciplinary teams that then attempted to answer questions about biological subjects. Organized by the faculty advisors of the clubs (led by Mark Liles, and including Tony Moss, Paul Cobine, Betty Elder and Bob Boyd), six student groups of about six students each competed fiercely for a set of prizes while eating pizza and a selection of desserts made by Betty Elder. Much knowledge was shared and students had a lot of fun during the event. The top prize was “Ecocubes” containing Hawaiian Red Shrimp graciously donated by Professor Scott Santos.

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COSAM to host science communications workshop

02/20/2015

All four student clubs in Biological Sciences (Tri Beta, Society for Conservation Biology, Microbiology Club, Marine Biology Club) held a Jeopardy-style Biology Trivia contest on February 23, 2015. Members from the clubs formed interdisciplinary teams that then attempted to answer questions about biological subjects. Organized by the faculty advisors of the clubs (led by Mark Liles, and including Tony Moss, Paul Cobine, Betty Elder and Bob Boyd), six student groups of about six students each competed fiercely for a set of prizes while eating pizza and a selection of desserts made by Betty Elder. Much knowledge was shared and students had a lot of fun during the event. The top prize was “Ecocubes” containing Hawaiian Red Shrimp graciously donated by Professor Scott Santos.

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Department of Biological Sciences to host Bioinformatics Bootcamp

02/20/2015

All four student clubs in Biological Sciences (Tri Beta, Society for Conservation Biology, Microbiology Club, Marine Biology Club) held a Jeopardy-style Biology Trivia contest on February 23, 2015. Members from the clubs formed interdisciplinary teams that then attempted to answer questions about biological subjects. Organized by the faculty advisors of the clubs (led by Mark Liles, and including Tony Moss, Paul Cobine, Betty Elder and Bob Boyd), six student groups of about six students each competed fiercely for a set of prizes while eating pizza and a selection of desserts made by Betty Elder. Much knowledge was shared and students had a lot of fun during the event. The top prize was “Ecocubes” containing Hawaiian Red Shrimp graciously donated by Professor Scott Santos.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry receives gift from Newman estate

02/20/2015

All four student clubs in Biological Sciences (Tri Beta, Society for Conservation Biology, Microbiology Club, Marine Biology Club) held a Jeopardy-style Biology Trivia contest on February 23, 2015. Members from the clubs formed interdisciplinary teams that then attempted to answer questions about biological subjects. Organized by the faculty advisors of the clubs (led by Mark Liles, and including Tony Moss, Paul Cobine, Betty Elder and Bob Boyd), six student groups of about six students each competed fiercely for a set of prizes while eating pizza and a selection of desserts made by Betty Elder. Much knowledge was shared and students had a lot of fun during the event. The top prize was “Ecocubes” containing Hawaiian Red Shrimp graciously donated by Professor Scott Santos.

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Nguelifack accepts assistant professor position

02/20/2015

All four student clubs in Biological Sciences (Tri Beta, Society for Conservation Biology, Microbiology Club, Marine Biology Club) held a Jeopardy-style Biology Trivia contest on February 23, 2015. Members from the clubs formed interdisciplinary teams that then attempted to answer questions about biological subjects. Organized by the faculty advisors of the clubs (led by Mark Liles, and including Tony Moss, Paul Cobine, Betty Elder and Bob Boyd), six student groups of about six students each competed fiercely for a set of prizes while eating pizza and a selection of desserts made by Betty Elder. Much knowledge was shared and students had a lot of fun during the event. The top prize was “Ecocubes” containing Hawaiian Red Shrimp graciously donated by Professor Scott Santos.

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Abebe promoted to full professorship

02/20/2015

Dr. Ash Abebe's promotion to full professorship has been approved by Dr. Jay Gogue, the President of Auburn University. It will be effective Fall Semester, 2015.

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COSAM alumna spotlight: Meredith Voyles

02/19/2015

Meredith Voyles, ’96, ’01, ’11, is a veterinary ophthalmologist currently practicing at Veterinary Ophthalmology Services in Nashville where she specializes in animal eye disease. After receiving her veterinary degree from Auburn in 2001, she spent nearly six years in general small animal practice in Fairhope, Ala. Voyles returned to Auburn University in 2006 joining the faculty as the Community Outpatient Clinician.

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Kuperberg and Zeng granted Professional Improvement Leave

02/17/2015

Meredith Voyles, ’96, ’01, ’11, is a veterinary ophthalmologist currently practicing at Veterinary Ophthalmology Services in Nashville where she specializes in animal eye disease. After receiving her veterinary degree from Auburn in 2001, she spent nearly six years in general small animal practice in Fairhope, Ala. Voyles returned to Auburn University in 2006 joining the faculty as the Community Outpatient Clinician.

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Nguelifack accepts a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Mathematics at the US Naval Academy

02/17/2015

PhD student Mr. Brice Nguelifack received and accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position offer in the Department of Mathematics at the US Naval Academy (USNA), which is a highly selective four-year federal service academy located in Annapolis, Maryland.

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SCB and Honors Biology participate in indigo snake project

02/15/2015

Auburn University’s chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) continued its involvement with the Alabama Indigo Snake Reintroduction Project on Saturday, February 14, 2015. The hope was that we could find some snakes basking around the gopher tortoise burrows that they use as homes in winter. We were especially hoping to find juvenile snakes, as that would indicate the reintroduced population is starting to reproduce. SCB members were joined by some students from the Honors Organismal Biology class so that we had a good sized crowd of 10 students. Our group was met by former DBS Master’s Degree student Jimmy Stiles (currently a member of the indigo snake recovery team), Jimmy’s wife Sierra (also a former DBS Master’s Degree student and member of the team), Dr. David Steen (faculty member from the AU Museum of Natural History) and a Detection Dog (Charlie) trained to find indigo snakes by their scent. The dog’s two-member handling team set up a demonstration so we could see Charlie at work finding snake skins that they had hidden in a couple locations in the forest. Then we pitted the dog team against our group’s snake-finding skills as we searched several areas of the forest for snakes. After about 4 hours of searching, the human and dog teams both came up empty-handed as far as snakes were concerned, although the human team found a couple lizards. We plan on going back on March 7 to continue the hunt (Charlie won’t be there as he has another project he’s working on).

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Award to Taylor Farmer at the 47th Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of Alabama

02/10/2015

Taylor Farmer, who is doing undergraduate research with Dr. Peter Livant, and who is supported by an Auburn University Undergraduate Research Fellowship, gave an oral presentation at the 47th Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference in Tuscaloosa. I am pleased to report that she was awarded the second place prize in the Organic/Inorganic division. Congratulations, Taylor!

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Kim and Easley Finalists for Innovation Award

02/10/2015

Assistant Research Professor Joonyul Kim, working with Associate Professor Christopher Easley, will present his work at the 2015 meeting of the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS 2015).  Their presentation was selected as a finalist for the SLAS Innovation Award, a $10,000 cash award given to recognize highly innovative techniques developed in academic or industrial laboratories.  Dr. Kim's presentation, entitled "Zero Background in Homogeneous Proximity Assays Using Thermofluorimetric Analysis (TFA) for Quantitation of Attomole Protein Levels in Serum," has been highlighted in the SLAS conference program and website.

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Scotland 2015: Walking in the footsteps of Hutton

02/09/2015

Registration for the study abroad program in Scotland, “Walking in the footsteps of Hutton,” is now open?   

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Auburn University program promotes worldwide mathematical research in southern Africa

02/09/2015

In 2009, Overtoun Jenda, associate provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, attended a conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, held by the Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association (SAMSA).

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Armbruster receives grant to study the fish fauna in Guyana

02/09/2015

In 2009, Overtoun Jenda, associate provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, attended a conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, held by the Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association (SAMSA).

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SCB meeting features indigo snake

02/06/2015

The February meeting of the AU Society for Conservation Biology featured Jim Godwin talking about the indigo snake reintroduction project. Members got to meet a 6 foot long snake and are invited to participate in field work at Conecuh National Forest on Feb. 14 and Mar. 3 (both Saturdays). We also heard about plans to restart our Tigers 4 Tigers Committee, as well as plans for other Spring Semester activities.

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Mariita wins at NSF EPSCoR Science and Technology Open House

02/06/2015

The February meeting of the AU Society for Conservation Biology featured Jim Godwin talking about the indigo snake reintroduction project. Members got to meet a 6 foot long snake and are invited to participate in field work at Conecuh National Forest on Feb. 14 and Mar. 3 (both Saturdays). We also heard about plans to restart our Tigers 4 Tigers Committee, as well as plans for other Spring Semester activities.

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Name change for Department of Geology and Geography reflects broad range of expertise

02/06/2015

AUBURN UNIVERSITY — The Auburn University Board of Trustees voted today to change the name of the Department of Geology and Geography to the “Department of Geosciences.” The change is due to the ever-widening areas of expertise of the department’s faculty and the resulting increase in both interdepartmental and interdisciplinary instruction and research.

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Assistant Professor Patkowski receives “OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award” from the ACS.

02/05/2015

Assistant Professor Konrad Patkowski has been awarded the "OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award” from the Computers in Chemistry Division (COMP) of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The award will be presented at the Spring 2015 ACS Meeting in Denver, CO and includes a $1,000 prize. The award highlights outstanding tenure-track junior faculty members at the forefront of the computational chemistry field.

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Dr. Orlando Acevedo featured on the cover of Journal of Physical Chemistry

02/02/2015

A Featured Article from Prof. Orlando Acevedo, the S. D. and Karen H. Worley Associate Professor, was featured on the front cover of the Journal of Physical Chemistry A. The article was also selected as an ACS Editors' Choice. This work was supported by a research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Cover Article for Easley and Judd

02/02/2015

A recent manuscript from Prof. Christopher Easley’s research group (group page)—in collaboration with Prof. Robert Judd’s group at Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine—was featured on the front cover (link) in the latest issue of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal, Analyst.  The article is entitled “A microfluidic interface for the culture and sampling of adiponectin from primary adipocytes,” and the work was supported by a research grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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