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Diversity in Science Learning Community Applications due May 1st

04/28/2015

Diversity in Sciences Living-Learning Community

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2015 Arboretum Photo Contest Winners

04/28/2015

Listed below are the winners for each category. You can click on each image to view a larger version.

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Congratulations Summer Bridge Counselors Selected

04/28/2015

The Summer Program is an exhaustive four-week academic enrichment and residential program designed to help students understand and adjust to the unique university culture as the first step in a successful start as freshmen at Auburn University. The program is designed to bridge the gap between high school and college by providing these students with tools needed in order to succeed and graduate in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology curricula at Auburn University.

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Shen accepted 2-year postdoc position at the University of Alberta

04/28/2015

PhD student Mr. Zhongwei Shen accepted a 2-year postdoc position in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Alberta. Zhongwei recently received the top international graduate student award. Professor Wenxian Shen is the major professor of Zhongwei.

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Zhao accepts Actuarial Analyst position with AIG

04/28/2015

Ms. Peng Zhao got an Actuarial Analyst position at AIG. Professor Wenxian Shen is the major professor of Peng.

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COSAM students, alumnus awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

04/27/2015

Two COSAM students and one alumnus have been awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

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David Zalik, math alumnus, by the AU Harbert College of Business

04/24/2015

David Zalik, math alumnus and son of Dr. Richard Zalik, was recognized in the luncheon meeting today (Friday, April 24, 2015) by the AU Harbert College of Business, in conjunction with Business Alabama and Warren Averett. They launched a program to recognize the fastest growing Auburn alumni-led companies. David Zalik is the CEO, GreenSky Financial, Atlanta, Georgia. According to

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Oakberg (BS in Math, '69) to receive an honorary PhD

04/23/2015

Math alumnus John Oakberg (BS in Math, '69) will receive an honorary PhD in the Spring graduation ceremony (May 9, 2015). Honorary degrees are pretty unusual at Auburn and this is surely a great honor.

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Buluswar named Chief Science Officer at AIG

04/23/2015

Math alumnus John Oakberg (BS in Math, '69) will receive an honorary PhD in the Spring graduation ceremony (May 9, 2015). Honorary degrees are pretty unusual at Auburn and this is surely a great honor.

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Flipping the Classroom: A new way to teach

04/22/2015

Auburn University's College of Sciences and Mathematics is "flipping the classroom" as part of an innovative way to teach Auburn students through a newly constructed Engaged in Active Student Learning, or EASL, classroom. Working with the Office of the Provost, the college is leading Auburn's effort on the unusual design since all Auburn students must take core classes in the college prior to graduating.

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2015 SGA Outstanding Faculty Member Award to Goodwin

04/15/2015

Congratulations to Dr. Douglas Goodwin, who was recently named COSAM's recipient of the 2015 Student Government Association Outstanding Faculty Member Award. 

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COSAM presents Dean’s Research Awards

04/13/2015

Congratulations to Dr. Douglas Goodwin, who was recently named COSAM's recipient of the 2015 Student Government Association Outstanding Faculty Member Award. 

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Department of Physics co-sponsors Laboratory Astrophysics for Beyond Hubble workshop

04/13/2015

Congratulations to Dr. Douglas Goodwin, who was recently named COSAM's recipient of the 2015 Student Government Association Outstanding Faculty Member Award. 

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Arboretum to host plant sale April 18

04/13/2015

Congratulations to Dr. Douglas Goodwin, who was recently named COSAM's recipient of the 2015 Student Government Association Outstanding Faculty Member Award. 

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BP Executive and COSAM alumna to give keynote at SWSM Symposium

04/13/2015

As the executive vice president of Response and Environmental Restoration for BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, Laura Folse, geology ’80, leads the operations, scientific, and technological programs within the multi-billion dollar cleanup and restoration effort BP initiated in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident. Her team’s strategic priorities include progressing completion of the response to the accident, in collaboration with key stakeholders, and providing scientific and technical support in four key areas: the Deepwater Horizon accident response, environmental restoration, economic recovery, and building public trust in the Gulf Coast’s natural resources. Her leadership style was profiled in D. Michael Abrashoff’s book Get Your Ship Together, and she was featured in Lori Silverman’s book Wake Me up When the Data is Over. Additionally, news journalist Auberi Edler developed a French television documentary about her business and personal life titled, Something Has Really Gotta Give. Folse is active with the Auburn University Department of Geosciences’ Advisory Board, and on May 7, she will come to campus as the 2015 Marie W. Wooten Distinguished Speaker at the Society for Women in Sciences and Mathematics Symposium luncheon. 

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Rodger delivers invited talk at Troy University Mathfest

04/13/2015

Dr. Chris Rodger delivered an invited talk at the 9th Troy University Mathfest on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

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Yu accepts Senior Risk Modeling Analyst position

04/10/2015

Master's student Mr. Baifan Yu accepted a Senior Risk Modeling Analyst position offer from Crescent Bank & Trust in New Orleans, LA. Professor Ash Abebe is the major professor of Baifan.

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Counseling Interns present at EERA Conference

04/10/2015

Kristine Ramsay and Dedrick Ford, graduate students interning in the COSAM Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association Conference taking place February 25-28, 2015 in Sarasota, FL. The interns presented a session on “Sustained Dialogue: The Importance of an Undergraduate Survival Seminar Series.” The authors of the session were Dr. Bianca Evans, Kristine Ramsay, and Dedrick Ford. The research on non-cognitive factors will continue thru the Spring 2015 semester.

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Pannu accepts position at Lamar University

04/09/2015

Kristine Ramsay and Dedrick Ford, graduate students interning in the COSAM Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association Conference taking place February 25-28, 2015 in Sarasota, FL. The interns presented a session on “Sustained Dialogue: The Importance of an Undergraduate Survival Seminar Series.” The authors of the session were Dr. Bianca Evans, Kristine Ramsay, and Dedrick Ford. The research on non-cognitive factors will continue thru the Spring 2015 semester.

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Department of Mathematics and Statistics faculty chosen to participate in Summer Course (Re)Design Seminar

04/09/2015

Kristine Ramsay and Dedrick Ford, graduate students interning in the COSAM Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association Conference taking place February 25-28, 2015 in Sarasota, FL. The interns presented a session on “Sustained Dialogue: The Importance of an Undergraduate Survival Seminar Series.” The authors of the session were Dr. Bianca Evans, Kristine Ramsay, and Dedrick Ford. The research on non-cognitive factors will continue thru the Spring 2015 semester.

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Clontz accepts visiting professor position

04/09/2015

Kristine Ramsay and Dedrick Ford, graduate students interning in the COSAM Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association Conference taking place February 25-28, 2015 in Sarasota, FL. The interns presented a session on “Sustained Dialogue: The Importance of an Undergraduate Survival Seminar Series.” The authors of the session were Dr. Bianca Evans, Kristine Ramsay, and Dedrick Ford. The research on non-cognitive factors will continue thru the Spring 2015 semester.

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Lin named recipient of Robert K. Butz Award for the Excellence in Teaching

04/09/2015

Dr. Junshan Lin has been selected as the recipient of the 2015-2016 Robert K. Butz Award for the Excellence in (undergraduate) Teaching. He received unanimous support from the Faculty Awards Committee.  

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Ozden receives 2015 Women of Distinction Graduate Student Leadership Award

04/09/2015

Dr. Junshan Lin has been selected as the recipient of the 2015-2016 Robert K. Butz Award for the Excellence in (undergraduate) Teaching. He received unanimous support from the Faculty Awards Committee.  

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Pannu accepts a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with Lamar University

04/09/2015

Ms. Jasdeep Pannu accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Mathematics at Lamar University. Professor Nedret Billor is the major professor of Jas.

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Drs. Bezdek and Jackson chosen to participate in Summer Course (Re)design Seminar

04/09/2015

Drs. Andres Bedzek and Gina Jackson have been chosen to participate in the 10-day Summer Course (Re)design Seminar.

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SCB and Honors Biology hold night swamp walk

04/08/2015

BIOL 1037 (Honors Organismal Biology) joined with SCB for a night swamp walk in Tuskegee National Forest, guided by Shawn Jacobsen, Dr. Debbie Folkerts, and Dr. Djibo Zanzot (all from DBS) and Scott Clem (current M.S. student in Entomology, DBS B.S. alumnus, and former SCB President). Nineteen students enjoyed exploring some wetland sites: Scott Clem set up blacklights to attract insects at 2 locations. We found (and heard) owls, frogs, toads, snakes, spiders, insects, fungi, and even explored some of the plant diversity encountered by flashlight. Students learned a lot about the many biological groups encountered during several hours spent exploring the sites.

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Lin receives 2015-2016 Robert K. Butz Award for the Excellence in (undergraduate) Teaching

04/07/2015

Dr. Junshan Lin has been selected as the recipient of the 2015-2016 Robert K. Butz Award for the Excellence in (undergraduate) Teaching. He received unanimous support from the Faculty Awards Committee.  

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Clontz accepts Visiting Assistant Professor position at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

04/07/2015

Our PhD student Mr. Steven Clontz accepted an offer of a Visiting Assistant Professor position at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Professor Gary Gruenhage is the major professor of Steven.

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Microbiology Club hosts Cheese and Wine Field Trip!

04/07/2015

Release Short Summary: Students in the Auburn University Microbiology Club enjoyed an outing on Saturday, April 4th, to visit local businesses outside of Notasulga, AL that make goat cheeses and wines.  The Bulger Creek goat farm was the first visit where students could pet, hold and feed baby goats (“kids”), had a tour of the goat milking operations where a few students like Stephen Ghavam practiced their hand at goat milking, and then had a tour of cheese making and got to taste several goat cheeses. The chèvre was the biggest hit! Next students visited the Whippoorwill Vineyards where they had a tour of the vineyards and the winery (see Robert Williams and Katie Goebel at the Wine Tanks) before sampling the different available wines. At each visit students learned about the microbiology issues faced by business owners, such as how they pasteurize goat milk, the use of starter cultures for goat cheeses, the pathogen pressure that influences grape varieties that will grow in the area, and how wine is fermented and aged.

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