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Alabama State Representative Joe Lovvorn Presents a Check for BEST Robotics

Joe Lovvorn presents a check to BEST Robotics.

10/29/2018

Alabama State Representative Joe Lovvorn from District 79 made a generous donation to the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) for the BEST Robotics program.  BEST, which stands for Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology, offers robotics programs for both middle and high school students at no cost.

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COSAM Biomedical Sciences/Pre-Dentistry Student – Caroline Norris

Caroline Norris

10/29/2018

With a family full of Auburn alumni, Caroline Norris was destined to attend Auburn University and has found her scholastic home in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM).

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Vincent Careau Speaks at the Department of Biological Sciences Colloquium

Dr. Vincent Careau from the University of Ottawa speaks at Auburn University.

10/29/2018

Dr. Vincent Careau, assistant professor of Biology at the University of Ottawa, recently presented a seminar focusing on energetics, behavior and performance across species to the Department of Biological Sciences.

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Auburn Students Inspire Future Scientists during National Chemistry Week

Students Presenting for National Chemistry Week

10/25/2018

Students from the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Honor Society at Auburn University, Phi Lambda Upsilon, participated in outreach programs to increase awareness of National Chemistry Week, October 21-27, 2018, whose theme was Chemistry is Out of this World.

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Inside COSAM Labs – Ming Chen – Organic Monomers and Mirror Images

Dr. Ming Chen's Lab

10/25/2018

Dr. Ming Chen, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM), has an obvious passion for research. His main focus is on synthetic organic chemistry, particularly looking at areas of asymmetric catalysis. Dr. Chen works with two graduate students and one post-doctoral fellow to study chiral, non-racemic reagents. His small lab environment creates close relationships and the ability for the students to learn from each other’s experiences and promotes in-lab collaborations.       

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Author Mary Helen Brown Signs Books at Leadership Council Luncheon

Mary Helen Brown explains book.

10/22/2018

During this year's Leadership Council, spouses of the members had an opportunity to enjoy lunch at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Local author Mary Helen Brown discussed and signed copies of her first novel, Headed for Home. This interesting read is a rich combination of strange occurrences, family and baseball--all set in a rural town in Texas. Headed for Home is available at Amazon.com and is best read on a porch with a dog at your feet and a glass of tea.

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COSAM Enhances Training for Students at Auburn University

Auburn University President Dr. Steven Leath with members of COSAM.

10/22/2018

Pre-health students in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) will soon have a new tool to prepare them for careers in the medical field.  Beginning in 2019, anatomy and physiology labs will include a state-of-the-art SynDaver synthetic cadaver.  SynDaver models have the world’s most sophisticated synthetic human tissues and body parts, made from materials that mimic the properties of live tissue.

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Auburn University Awarded Traditional Section 6 Funding for Plant Life

10/22/2018

The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) is one of the first in the state of Alabama to receive funding from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation funding for plant life.  More than $60,000 of traditional Section 6 funding has been awarded for two conservation projects, one for the green pitcher plant and the second for the white fringeless orchid.

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COSAM Hosts Robotics Competition in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Robotics Competition

10/18/2018

The College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) at Auburn University and Gulf Shores Middle School hosted a VEX Robotics Competition on Saturday, October 6.  Students from schools in the surrounding areas participated in this event to qualify for the VEX Robotics State Championship hosted by Auburn University in March.

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War Eagle from Cambodia

Mary Margaret Page

10/15/2018

College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) alumna, Mary Margaret Page, Class of 1964 in mathematics, pictured with her sister, Shannon Page Champion, say “War Eagle” from their travels more than 9,000 miles away in Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

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COSAM Sophomore Speaks at Samford Society

10/15/2018

Hayleigh Hallam, a sophomore in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM), is majoring in biomedical sciences, and has worked hard to be in the position she is in today. When unfortunate life circumstances created financial hardships for Hallam and her family, she managed to remain earnest. “I knew higher education was the key to success,” Hallam explained at a Samford Society event, “I put immense value on my performance in school.” Her performance was favorably rewarded with multiple scholarships, including the Goizueta Foundation Scholarship.

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Sixth Annual Open House Engages Visitors with Hands-on Demonstrations at the Auburn University Natural History Museum

Dr. Daniel Warner and Dr. David Laurencio

10/15/2018

At this year’s open house, visitors met museum staff from the Auburn University Natural History Museum (AUNMH), which features more than two million specimens in 10 collections.

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Chemistry Faculty, Ming Chen, Discusses Beckman Young Investigators Interview and Presentation

Dr. Ming Chen

10/15/2018

Dr. Ming Chen, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, participated in a highly competitive process for the Beckman Young Investigators Award Program.

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COSAM Faculty Focus: Gregory J. Puleo

Greg Puleo

10/15/2018

Dr. Greg Puleo, a native of New York City, is an assistant professor of mathematics at the College of Mathematics and Sciences at Auburn University. 

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Astrophysicist Dr. Tim McKay Shares Insight on Equity in STEM Education

10/09/2018

Dr. Tim McKay, an astrophysicist from the University of Michigan, traveled to Auburn University for the first time to speak on Monday, October 8. His presentation “Equity in STEM Education – Personalizing Education for Student Success” discussed grade anomalies and gender comparisons in both foundational lecture courses and lab courses. 

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Inside COSAM Labs – Dr. Daniel Warner, Phenotypes and Fitness

Group of researchers inside the Warner Lab.

10/09/2018

Between the humid room of lizards, the field trips to Florida, and the laughter between him and his students, Dr. Daniel Warner’s research lab, the Warner Laboratory, is one of a kind. Dr. Warner, a prominent researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences of COSAM, focuses his studies on how the environment shapes phenotypic variation, specifically in lizards and other reptiles. With the help of several students ranging from undergraduate to postdoctoral, Warner examines how environments during development impact characteristics like offspring body size, behavior, physiology, and performance to answer questions about how natural selection influences the way embryos respond to the environment. The team’s field studies in Florida provide a hands-on experience for students, and ensure that laboratory studies are ecologically relevant, which is necessary to answer Warner’s most pressing research questions.

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COSAM Distinguished Alumnus: Dr. S. D. “Dave” Worley

Dr. Worley

10/08/2018

On Friday, September 28, Dr. S. D. “Dave” Worley, was honored at the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) Distinguished Alumnus Dinner held at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

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COSAM Students Make a Difference through Rural Medicine

Rural Medicine Students

10/08/2018

The College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) offers a Rural Medicine Program, jointly sponsored with the University of Alabama, School of Medicine.

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Dr. Ken Ono Speaks on Ramanujan at COSAM

Ken Ono.

10/01/2018

Dr. Ken Ono, an Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory University, is the Vice President of the American Mathematical Society and “The Man Who Knew Infinity” associate producer.

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Dr. Carlos Garner, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Eli Lilly and Company, Shares Insight with Auburn University Students

Dr. Carlos Garner presenting to students.

10/01/2018

Dr. Carlos Garner graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Auburn University in 1992. He then earned his master and doctorate degrees from Vanderbilt University. In 1997, he joined Eli Lilly and Company as a senior scientist working in a lab setting.

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2018 Lilly-Lovelace Distinguished Service Award Recipients

Katherine Calloway

10/01/2018

Katherine Calloway, Matt Montgomery and Paula Norrell are the recipients of the 2018 Lilly-Lovelace Distinguished Service Award by the College of Mathematics and Sciences (COSAM). The award ceremony took place during a luncheon for Leadership Council at the Hotel at Auburn University on September 28. 

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Message from Dean Giordano - October 2018

Dean Giordano

10/01/2018

The Fall 2018 semester is now well underway and our sleepy summer campus has become very busy. Another large freshman class has arrived and settled in to their classes, many of which are in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM). The total enrollment at Auburn University has now passed 30,000; this milestone confirms that prospective students and their parents continue to see great value in an Auburn degree, something that I certainly agree with. The continued growth in our enrollment will be a major point of discussion as Auburn develops a new strategic plan in the next few months.

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