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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. He discussed the patterns of performance differences in an array of courses at the University of Michigan as well as at other major universities. Dr. McKay shared key tools including ECoach, a digital coaching tool based on 20 years of experience. Dr. Tim McKay is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics, Astronomy, Education, and Director of the Digital Innovation Greenhouse at the University of Michigan.

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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. Out of his many studies, one regarding the plasticity of development in the brown anole lizard stands out. Warner explains how this lizard is a great subject not only because of its reproductive capabilities, but its status as an invasive species makes it particularly interesting to examine how the species responds to environments outside its native range. Dr. Warner and his team study how the embryonic environment for these lizards influences the developmental patterns and eventual fitness of the organism. Variables like temperature and moisture in the embryonic environment can be manipulated to study their impact on development, survival, and reproduction. Using this information, Warner goes on to study natural selection on several islands and what certain phenotypes mean for survival.

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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. Dr. Worley’s premier achievement is the discovery of a polymer material that kills bacteria and inactivate viruses in water filter applications, and has provided clean drinking water for millions of people around the world. Dr. Worley graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry with honors from Auburn University in 1964. He then earned his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin.

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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. Dr. Larry Wit shares the value of this program, “The Rural Medicine Program gives students unique opportunities to meet the needs of Alabama’s rural communities through shadowing doctors, learning about the challenges and rewards of practicing medicine in a rural community, academically preparing them for success, and even attending an annual conference in Washington D.C.”

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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. On September 27, he spoke with students in the Science Center Auditorium at the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) as part of a math club guest lecture. He discussed Srinivasa Ramanujan, 1887-1920, one of the most inspirational figures in the history of mathematics.

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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. Today, Dr. Garner has been with Eli Lilly for more than 20 years and is the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for this Fortune 500 Company. In his current role, he oversees a budget of more than $100 million annually.

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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. “I am proud to personally recognize these three outstanding staff members who contribute to the success of this college and were nominated by their peers for their all-around excellence,” said Dean Nicholas Giordano.

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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. A large freshman class means continued high demand for core courses in science and mathematics. While this demand has been a challenge for all COSAM departments, we continue to meet this challenge. We are committed to making sure that the courses in science and mathematics are available when our students want and need them. This is our promise to all Auburn students. This past summer we offered a program for incoming freshmen called Plainsman Prep. This is an intensive, one week math review/preparation course whose goal is help students be ready for the first math course. This summer we had 82 students in the program, and our goal is to eventually serve 10 percent of the freshman class (as a reminder, our freshman class this year totaled about 4,800 students). Of the 82 students who attended this year, 44 percent did well enough to improve their math proficiency enough to be placed into the calculus course required for their major, thus helping them get off to a fast start in their curriculum. This is just one of the new programs that COSAM is developing to help Auburn students be successful.

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