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Augustine ('95, '97) to speak on 'The Rise of the Health Data Scientist'

08/31/2015

Brady Augustine (BS '95; MS '97), President of Aggressive Analytics, Inc. and a leader in health systems operations and improvement will be on campus to speak on "The Rise of the Health Data Scientist."

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Department of Natural Resources produces video showcasing COSAM’s effort to reintroduce the eastern indigo snake to its natural habitat in south Alabama

08/24/2015

Auburn University is coordinating an effort to reestablish the eastern indigo snake in its native habitat in south Alabama. Jim Godwin of the Alabama Natural Heritage Program and Auburn University is the primary investigator for the eastern indigo snake reestablishment project, which was made possible by a wildlife grant from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The eastern indigo snake is non-venomous, and it has a lustrous, glossy, iridescent blue-black coloring of the head and body. It is the longest snake in North America and may reach a size of 8.5 ft. and a weight of 11 lbs. for males, and 6.5 ft. and 6.5 lbs. for females. Prior to the reintroduction effort that began in 2011, there had been no confirmed sightings of the eastern indigo snake in the wild in Alabama since the mid-1950s.

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Marie W. Wooten Memorial Run set for Sept. 19

08/24/2015

Auburn University is coordinating an effort to reestablish the eastern indigo snake in its native habitat in south Alabama. Jim Godwin of the Alabama Natural Heritage Program and Auburn University is the primary investigator for the eastern indigo snake reestablishment project, which was made possible by a wildlife grant from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The eastern indigo snake is non-venomous, and it has a lustrous, glossy, iridescent blue-black coloring of the head and body. It is the longest snake in North America and may reach a size of 8.5 ft. and a weight of 11 lbs. for males, and 6.5 ft. and 6.5 lbs. for females. Prior to the reintroduction effort that began in 2011, there had been no confirmed sightings of the eastern indigo snake in the wild in Alabama since the mid-1950s.

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COSAM alumnus receives H. Moren Fuller Award

08/24/2015

Dr. Calvin McCulloh has received the 2015 H. Moren Fuller Award, given by the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Dentistry Alumni Association. McCulloh was presented the award during the Alabama Dental Association’s annual meeting in Orange Beach, Ala. McCulloh attended Auburn University for three years and went on to UAB’s School of Dentistry without receiving his pre-dental degree. In 2008, Stewart Schneller, former dean of COSAM, determined that McCulloh had completed appropriate coursework to be awarded his pre-dental, biomedical sciences degree from Auburn. After approval by the Auburn University provost, president and board of trustees, a private graduation ceremony was held at the McCullohs’ home where he was presented with his degree.

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New faculty members join COSAM

08/24/2015

Several new faculty members join the departments within the College of Sciences and Mathematics. 

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COSAM professors awarded NSF grant for Cubesat project

08/24/2015

University faculty members J-M Wersinger and Mike Fogle of the Department of Physics, along with Daniel Harris of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Saad Biaz of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, and collaborators from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, received an award from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $893,873 to support a Cubesat project, “Collaborative Research: CubeSat: Observing Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flash (TGF) Beams With A Pair Of CubeSats.” This is the first time NSF has awarded a grant for the construction, launch and operation of two, three-unit CubeSats for a unified mission.

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Albrecht and Huang part of AMSTI team awarded $390,000 grant

08/24/2015

University faculty members J-M Wersinger and Mike Fogle of the Department of Physics, along with Daniel Harris of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Saad Biaz of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, and collaborators from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, received an award from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $893,873 to support a Cubesat project, “Collaborative Research: CubeSat: Observing Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flash (TGF) Beams With A Pair Of CubeSats.” This is the first time NSF has awarded a grant for the construction, launch and operation of two, three-unit CubeSats for a unified mission.

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McInnis accepts position as lecturer with Columbus State University

08/19/2015

University faculty members J-M Wersinger and Mike Fogle of the Department of Physics, along with Daniel Harris of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Saad Biaz of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, and collaborators from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, received an award from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $893,873 to support a Cubesat project, “Collaborative Research: CubeSat: Observing Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flash (TGF) Beams With A Pair Of CubeSats.” This is the first time NSF has awarded a grant for the construction, launch and operation of two, three-unit CubeSats for a unified mission.

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Nwaeze accepts position with Tuskegee University

08/19/2015

University faculty members J-M Wersinger and Mike Fogle of the Department of Physics, along with Daniel Harris of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Saad Biaz of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, and collaborators from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, received an award from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $893,873 to support a Cubesat project, “Collaborative Research: CubeSat: Observing Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flash (TGF) Beams With A Pair Of CubeSats.” This is the first time NSF has awarded a grant for the construction, launch and operation of two, three-unit CubeSats for a unified mission.

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Prestigious Graduate Student Award

08/13/2015

University faculty members J-M Wersinger and Mike Fogle of the Department of Physics, along with Daniel Harris of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Saad Biaz of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, and collaborators from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, received an award from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $893,873 to support a Cubesat project, “Collaborative Research: CubeSat: Observing Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flash (TGF) Beams With A Pair Of CubeSats.” This is the first time NSF has awarded a grant for the construction, launch and operation of two, three-unit CubeSats for a unified mission.

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PASS Mentoring Program Application Deadline September 4th

08/11/2015

PASS Mentors and Mentees Needed

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Guanqun Cao is awarded a Simons Travel Grant

08/10/2015

PASS Mentors and Mentees Needed

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Auburn University scientists release indigo snakes into Conecuh National Forest

08/03/2015

Scientists from the Auburn University Museum of Natural History and the Natural Heritage Program released nine threatened indigo snakes into Conecuh National Forest in south Alabama on July 24. The snakes were released as part of an on-going reintroudction project coordinated by Auburn University to reestablish the eastern indigo snake in its native habitat in south Alabama. 

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COSAM mourns the loss of Sam Simmons

08/03/2015

Longtime COSAM supporter and alumnus William Samuel Simmons was born on March 4, 1936, in Monroeville, Ala., and passed away July 10, 2015. Sam married his high school sweetheart, Yvette Morgan Simmons, in Opelika, Ala., in 1958. A scientist by nature and by training, Sam spent his life in academics. He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1958 and a doctorate in chemical engineering in 1969, both from Auburn, followed by postdoctoral work in pharmacology with Pennsylvania State University. He excelled in medical research at the Burroughs Wellcome Fund in Durham, N.C., worked with the Environmental Protection Agency, and eventually moved his family of five to northern California for a career in environmental consulting. After 10 years, Sam returned to North Carolina with his wife. Sam was known for his work ethic and his integrity as well as his objective and analytical perspective. A natural athlete, he had a passion for tennis, playing well into his senior years. He had an enduring love of nature and wildlife. His passion for research and love of family merged to become a relentless study of his own genealogy.

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Alumnus Spotlight: Dr. Michael Davis Fox

08/03/2015

Dr. Michael Fox, pre-med biology ’83, is the medical director of Jacksonville Center for Reproductive Medicine in Jacksonville, Fla.

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