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BEST Robotics participant changes children’s lives, one hand at a time

04/29/2016

In Vietnam, a group of approximately 30 children are missing fingers or parts of their hands or arms, conditions most have endured since birth. Prosthetic replacements are available, but are largely unattainable for this group because of the high cost – as much as $100,000 – and the fact that children outgrow their prostheses just as they do clothing.

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2016 Kosolapoff Award presented to Bercaw

04/28/2016

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Auburn Local Section of the American Chemical Society named John E. Bercaw (pictured, left, with Chemistry Professor David Stanbury), Centennial Professor of Chemistry at CalTech, the recipient of the 2016 Kosolapoff Award. Named in honor of Professor G. M. Kosolapoff, an Auburn Chemistry professor renowned for his teaching, the Kosolapoff award lectures bring outstanding chemists to speak each year on topical areas in chemistry that would be of wide interest to the general public. Of the 30 award winners to date, 12 have been Nobel laureates. Bercaw gave two lectures while visiting Auburn University. The first talk, titled, “Approaches to Selective Catalytic Upgrading of Light Hydrocarbons Using Oxidative Routes,” was given on April 6 in conjunction with the award ceremony to a standing-room-only crowd in the Sciences Center Auditorium. The second talk was titled, “Light Olefin Trimerization with Chromium and Titanium Catalysts,” and was delivered on April 7 to faculty and students. For more information on the Kosolapoff Award, contact Christian Goldsmith, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, at crg0005@auburn.edu.

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Auburn amateur radio club reaches hundreds during special event commemorating university’s 160th anniversary

04/28/2016

On A-Day, the Auburn University Amateur Radio Club, K4RY, hosted a special event in commemoration of the university’s 160th anniversary. The club set up in front of Samford Hall and sent out the call sign, “W4E,” which is a nod to Auburn’s battle cry, “War Eagle." The FCC only issues short, three-character call signs for radio operators who are commemorating a special event. Ham radio operators from around the world received the W4E call sign via Morse code, voice or digital signal, and they recognized “W4E” as a special event. Those who responded received a message from W4E stating 2016 marks the 160th anniversary of Auburn University.

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COSAM recognizes top students at Honors Convocation

04/28/2016

COSAM recognized top students and faculty at the annual Honors Convocation, which took place on April 23 in the Auburn University Student Center Ballroom. Each year, the Honors Convocation is dedicated to a retired COSAM faculty member, and this year’s ceremony was held in honor of Roland Dute (pictured, right, with COSAM Dean Nicholas Giordano), retired professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. Dute retired in fall 2015 after serving 33 years as a faculty member at Auburn. During his career, he received numerous awards and honors, including Auburn University’s Gerald and Emily Leischuck Award for Teaching, an honor bestowed upon two university faculty members each year in recognition of demonstrated commitment to student success through effective and innovative teaching through advising and mentoring, both inside and outside the classroom. 

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Wendy Hood selected as Outstanding Graduate Mentor

04/28/2016

Wendy Hood, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, is one of six faculty members from across the university to be selected as an Outstanding Graduate Mentor by the Graduate Student Council.

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Take 5 with Dr. Cary Gannon

04/28/2016

Dr. Cary Gannon, biomedical sciences '99, is a podiatric surgeon who founded AILA Cosmetics, a nail lacquer collection that is "8-free," paraben-free, gluten-free, Triphenyl Phosphate, or TPHP-free, cruelty-free and vegan. The Nashville-based company has been featured in French Vogue, Southern Living and a variety of talk shows and beauty blogs. Most recently, AILA has added Anthropologie online to its rapidly growing retail arsenal.

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Ghimire accepts tenure track assistant professor position with LSU at Alexandria.

04/27/2016

PhD student Mr. Prakash Ghimire accepted an offer for a tenure track assistant professor position in the Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences at Louisiana State University at Alexandria.

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Abby Bartlett has been awarded the Phi Kappa Phi-Susan Stacy Entrenkin Yates Award.

04/26/2016

Presented annually to outstanding junior students at Auburn University. These awards are named in memory of the mother of Mr. S. Blake Yates, a long-time member of the Auburn University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Criteria include scholarship, activities, honors, and character. The nominated student must have completed a minimum of 61 credit hours by the end of Fall Semester 2014, be considered a junior in his or her academic major, and have a minimum 3.69 GPA.

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Kim receives a 2nd place award at the Undergraduate Research Symposium of AU

04/26/2016

The Undergraduate Research Symposium of AU took place on April 13, 2016. Three award winners in each of four categories were selected from over 100 submissions.

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McDonald has received the 2016 Outstanding Female Faculty Award given by the Society of Women in Sciences and Mathematics

04/25/2016

The Undergraduate Research Symposium of AU took place on April 13, 2016. Three award winners in each of four categories were selected from over 100 submissions.

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Clontz ('15) accepts tenure track assistant professor position at USA

04/25/2016

Dr. Steven Clontz ('15) accepted an offer for a tenure track assistant professor position in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of South Alabama (USA). Dr. Clontz is currently a visiting assistant professor at the University of North Caroline at Charlotte.  His major professor was Professor Gary Gruenhage.

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Kim and Denu selected to be the awardees in the Annual International Student Recognition Banquet

04/25/2016

Math major DoYon Kim and PhD student Dawit Denu were selected to be the awardees in the Annual International Student Recognition Banquet on April 19, 2016. The purpose of this banquet is to honor international undergraduate and graduate students who have excelled in academics, leadership, and involvement.

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Jessica Brooks has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Frank Sturm Memorial Fellowship

04/20/2016

Jessica Brooks (Easley lab) has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Frank Sturm Memorial Fellowship. She will be receiving this award at the annual Graduate Awards Brunch on Wednesday, April 27, at 10 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. 

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Taylor Farmer has been awarded the 2016 Comer Award in Physical Sciences

04/11/2016

Comer Award is awarded annually to an outstanding senior who maintains either the best examination or best class record in this branch of their studies. Three medals are awarded: a) the Comer Medal for Excellence in Agricultural Sciences; b) the Comer Medal for Excellence in Biological Sciences; and c) the Comer Medal for Excellence in Physical Sciences. The Comer Medal is the longest running, continuously awarded student recognition at Auburn University. The first award was made in 1924 by Governor B.B. Comer. Notable recipients have included E.T. York and O'Neal Smitherman. It is awarded at spring semester graduation. 

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2016-2017 graduate student awardees

04/11/2016

Dow Fellowships:

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Dr. Peter Livant was chosen as the recipient of the 2015-2016 Student Government Association Faculty Member of the Year Award for the College of Sciences and Mathematics

04/08/2016

Dr. Peter Livant was chosen as the recipient of the 2015-2016 Student Government Association Faculty Member of the Year Award for the College of Sciences and Mathematics! 

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COSAM junior named Barry M. Goldwater Scholar

04/07/2016

COSAM junior Natasha Narayanan has been chosen as a 2016 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, an honor bestowed to only 252 students nationwide this year. The scholarship is widely considered the most prestigious award in the United States for undergraduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Armbruster named director of the Auburn University Museum of Natural History

04/07/2016

Auburn Professor Jonathan Armbruster has been named the new director of the Auburn University Museum of Natural History in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. His term began April 1.

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Auburn Azaleas: a tradition rooted in timeless beauty

04/04/2016

Auburn University is brimming with tradition. Our popular mascot, Aubie, our “War Eagle” battle cry, rolling Toomer’s Corner, the eagle’s flight at football games, and the Auburn Creed are, perhaps, the most widely celebrated traditions at Auburn. But each spring as delicious shades of orange, yellow, purple, red and pink appear throughout campus, one can be reminded of a lesser-known university tradition with roots extending many decades into the past – the tradition of preserving and hybridizing our native azaleas for future generations to enjoy.

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2016 Arbor Day Photo Contest

04/01/2016

Take your best shot, and get it ready for the Arboretum’s annual Arbor Day Photo Contest! 

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