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Golf Tournament Scholarship Recipients Reflect on Award

Golf Tournament

08/28/2018

Madeline Farmer and MiKaela White will be recognized at the 23rd Annual Dean’s Scholarship Golf Classic which takes place at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National on Friday, September 7, 2018.  The two students from the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) are the recipients of a scholarship that provides financial assistance during their senior year at Auburn University. Both students are biomedical sciences majors/pre-med, and are seeking to attend medical school upon graduation. 

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Alumni Spotlight: Physics Graduate, Laser Jock, College Lecturer, Patent Holder, Scrabble Connoisseur and Author Melisa Buie

Image of Melisa Buie.

08/28/2018

As Director of Operations and affectionately known as a laser jock at the multi-billion dollar corporation Coherent, Melisa Buie leads a team of talented people from different concentrations including engineering, planning, purchasing and production.  Buie solves an array of problems from both the technical side to the business side making the best products possible for Coherent, a global supplier of industrial lasers based in California. She is a proud graduate of the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) with a Master’s of Science in Physics.  And, she still gathers with small group of friends each year from her days in the Department of Physics at Auburn University.

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Society of Health Professionals Event Honors Students and Pre-Health Director Beverley Childress

Dr. Larry Wit, Beverley Childress and Dean Giordano

08/28/2018

On August 21, the Society of Health Professionals (SHP) gathered at the Auburn University Alumni Center.  Guests networked and alumni reminisced about their time at Auburn University.  Five outstanding students from the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) were given a copy of the perennial bestseller, The Quotable Osler, which provides students with important messages and valuable teachings that they can use in their medical careers. Another student was honored with a SHP scholarship.

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Dr. Rita Graze Receives $1,092,468 NSF CAREER Award to Research Hormone Signaling Pathways

Dr. Graze and her team.

08/28/2018

In evolutionary biology and in the health sciences, the significance of intralocus sexual conflict, which examines the reasons why males and females have different traits such as height, has widespread recognition.  “This research will help us understand the differences in sex dimorphism in regard to broad factors such as aging and disease risk,” explains Dr. Graze.

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COSAM Welcomes Students Back

Welcome Back Students

08/21/2018

Students began the Fall 2018 semester on Monday, August 20, 2018, at the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM).  They were excited to be back on campus to begin classes.  Here is what a few students are looking forward to most this year. 

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Mission 100 Launches Hands-on Training for Teachers to Create 100 New VEX-IQ Elementary Robotics Competition Teams in the State of Alabama

Two local teachers building a VEX-IQ robot.

08/21/2018

Teachers from throughout Lee County and Phenix City participated in the first of four hands-on training sessions at the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) through Mission 100, a partnership between the Southeastern Center of Robotics Education (SCORE) at Auburn University and the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation. Mission 100 provides more than $1,400 worth of equipment and training to each school including VEX-IQ robotics kits, engineering notebook packs, challenge game pieces, teacher workshops and ongoing support. 

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Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Excels with $8 Million in External Funding and Eight Prestigious Journal Covers

Exterior image of the Chemistry Building.

08/21/2018

In 2017-2018, the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department brought in $2.5 million in new external funding and achieved covers of five international journals. Additionally, the department has grants of $5.9 million totaling more than $8 million in active external funding, and the covers of eight journals.  

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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.

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COSAM Junior Researches Ovarian Cancer at Yale University

Kennedye McGhee with Dr. Mor

08/14/2018

Kennedye McGhee participates in highly competitive internship program

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.   

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