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COSAM Alumnus Begins Medical School and Offers Advice for Students

Wesley Curles

08/14/2018

Wesley Curles, a Montgomery native and graduate of Auburn University’s Honors College, has been awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Wesley was chosen as captain of the 2016 and 2017 Division I Track and Field Team, selected for several service and achievement awards, and completed research investigating the link between Alzheimer’s disease and Type 2 diabetes during his time at Auburn University. He was able to do all of this while maintaining a 3.96 grade point average and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences. Curles is College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) Dean's Medalist and a recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. He is now attending medical school at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

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Geosciences Graduate Student Uses Prestigious International Award to Further Support Field Research at Wetumpka Crater

Neeraja Chinchalkar

08/14/2018

Neeraja Chinchalkar, a graduate student in Geosciences, is the recipient of the Barringer Impact Crater Award for Student Research, an international award given only to a handful of students from around the world each year. Chinchalkar is studying the Wetumpka impact crater in Elmore County, Alabama, which was formed approximately 85 million years ago. “Auburn University has an outstanding proximity for field work,” states Chinchalkar. Since the crater is just an hour away, she is able to more frequently conduct research allowing her to learn and grow in her field.

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COSAM Junior Researches Ovarian Cancer at Yale University

Kennedye McGhee with Dr. Mor

08/14/2018

Before starting her junior year, Kennedye McGhee, a biomedical sciences, pre-med major at Auburn University in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM), spent her summer researching a specific mutation for ovarian cancer at Yale University. Specifically, she was researching the reactivation of mutant p53 in ovarian cancer cells to induce apoptosis. She was one of just four undergraduate students to participate in the Discovery to Cure Undergraduate Internship Program at the Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences along with 32 high school students.

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COSAM Plasma Paper is Top Pick

Visualization of the magnetic field on the phase transition in a dusty plasma.

08/14/2018

Congratulations to the Plasma Sciences Laboratory group for having one of the papers with the most downloads and citations for 2017-2018 according to "Physics of Plasmas". Associate Editor André Melzer highlights the research in Effect of magnetic field on the phase transition in a dusty plasma by Dr. Surabhi Jaiswal that was originally published in November 2017.

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COSAM Faculty Receives $650,000 NSF CAREER Award to Develop New Method to Detect Protein Modifications Impacting Diseases such as Cancer

Monika Raj

08/14/2018

A particular modification in cells can directly lead to diseases such as cancer and diabetes. A researcher at Auburn University is seeking to find a method to detect this modification early on and keep these diseases from progressing. Dr. Monika Raj is an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM). She is the recipient of a $650,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Grant: Secondary Amine Selective Petasis. The NSF funding programs include the Chemistry of Life Processes and EPSCoR co-funding.

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New Advising Model Strengthens Support for Students

Don't miss the COSAM Open House on August 29!

08/07/2018

The College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) is providing students with a new academic advising model. All students in the college will have a meeting with a professional advisor every semester before registering for classes. Seven professional advisors will offer COSAM students the ability to build relationships with the same advisor from the first semester through graduation. Students can ask questions and set goals with the same advisor providing consistency and open communication. Each advisor has approximately 400 students.

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Drone Camp Provides Opportunities to Teach Students STEM Skills

A student controlling a drone through an obstacle course.

08/07/2018

Local students in grades 8 – 10 eagerly anticipate flying a drone in the COSAM Sciences Center Auditorium during the 2018 Drone Camp. Students learn about the basic principles of flight including terminology such as elevation, altitude, pitch, roll, and yaw. Once they know the lingo, the students discuss safety rules and begin to program the drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that are piloted by remote control.

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The 23rd Annual Dean’s Scholarship Golf Tournament

Te 23rd Annual Dean’s Scholarship Golf Tournament.

08/07/2018

On Friday, September 7, 2018, the 23rd Annual Dean’s Scholarship Golf Classic takes place at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National.  The nationally-ranked course will be the setting for friends, family and co-workers to spend time hitting the links while supporting the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) at Auburn University. More than 65 COSAM students have received scholarships since the tournament’s inception. This year, two students, Madeline Farmer and MiKaela White, will receive scholarships to help them further their education.

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COSAM Physics and Chemistry Faculty Awarded $530,000 National Science Foundation Grant to Research Oxide Materials Relevant to Fuel Cell Technology

Left to right:  Dr. Ryan Comes, Physics, Dr. Byron Farnum, Chemistry,  and Miles Blanchet, Graduate Student, Physics, in the FINO Lab.

08/07/2018

Dr. Ryan Comes and Dr. Byron Farnum began working at Auburn University in the fall of 2016 as assistant professors in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM). They both gave presentations at an energy research cluster mini-symposium that not only opened doors to future collaboration, but an interdisciplinary partnership uniting their specific areas of expertise.

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Summer Graduation Marshal Learns About Conservation and Seeks to Find Sustainable Business Solutions

Natasha Lloyd conducts research in nature

08/02/2018

Natasha Lloyd, a native of New Zealand, wants to find more sustainable ways to streamline businesses while positively impacting the environment. She graduates with a bachelor’s degree in organismal biology and conservation and a minor in English maintaining a 3.7 GPA, and serves as the summer 2018 College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) Graduation Marshal. Through her rigorous studies at Auburn University, Lloyd has found her true calling in life. Her favorite professor at COSAM was Dr. Robert Boyd for conservation biology. “Dr. Boyd’s endless passion helped me to decide to pursue a career in environmental sustainability that combines my desire for the environment with measurable results,” Lloyd says.

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