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Professor Yanzhao Cao selected as the Don Logan Chair of Mathematics

11/29/2018

Professor Yanzhao Cao has been selected as the Don Logan Chair of Mathematics.

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It’s On! South’s BEST Robotics Championship This Weekend!

Students compete for the South's BEST Competition.

11/26/2018

Each year Auburn University hosts the South’s BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) Robotics Championship, one of five regional championships that are part of the BEST Robotics program, and for the program’s 25th anniversary, Auburn had the honor to choose the theme of the game and design the game.

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Two Auburn Physicists Investigate New Materials for Applications in Power Electronics to Increase Energy Efficiency

11/26/2018

Two physicists from Auburn University, Dr. Sarit Dhar and Dr. Marcelo Kuroda, are the recipients of a three-year $750,000 research grant (ARMY- W911NF-18-2-0160) from the United States Army Research Lab to explore new materials for applications to high voltage power electronics. The physicists will be exploring a class of dielectrics or insulating materials known as “high K” dielectrics for application to wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductor electronic devices, to increase energy efficiency of WBG transistors. In addition to key defense related applications, such devices are critical for advanced applications such as power conversion circuitry in electric vehicles (HEV/EV) and solar energy farms.

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COSAM Hosts First Undergraduate Research Fair

Research Fair

11/26/2018

Students of the Auburn University College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) recently had the opportunity to showcase their undergraduate research work during the first ever COSAM Undergraduate Research Fair.

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Upcoming COSAM Graduate Helps Pave the Way for Women in Mathematics

Ashley Gibson

11/26/2018

Ashley Gibson, a senior studying Pure Mathematics in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) at Auburn University, is passionate about getting more women interested in mathematics. Almost two years ago, she was a co-founder of the Auburn chapter of the Association of Women in Mathematics (AWM) organization.

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COSAM Faculty Focus: Laura Bilenker Researches Valuable Deposits of Precious Metals by Making Magma in the Lab

Dr. Laura Bilenker

11/26/2018

Dr. Laura Bilenker grew up in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, which is about an hour west of New York City. In September 2018, she became an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) at Auburn University. Her focus is economic geology that includes understanding more about high concentrations of valuable metals such as copper in rocks.

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COSAM World-Traveler Finds Passion for Surgery

Nikki Panzica

11/19/2018

Nikki Panzica spent most of her life planning to be a veterinarian, but after a surgical lab in high school her plans changed.

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Associate Professor of Chemistry Wei Zhan Awarded $471,772 NSF Grant to Research Liposomes with Asymmetry

Dr. Wei Zhan

11/19/2018

Dr. Wei Zhan, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University, is the recipient of a $471,772 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Janus Liposomes: Formation, Self-Assembly and Controlled Motion.

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Department of Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium – Dr. Lori Alvin

Dr. Lori Alvin

11/15/2018

Dr. Lori Alvin, assistant professor of mathematics from Furman University, recently presented a presentation to the Auburn University Department of Mathematics and Statistics on Dynamical Systems.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Engages Potential Students at SERMACS

Exhibit Booth

11/15/2018

Faculty and graduate students from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry represented Auburn University at the Graduate School Fair at the recent 2018 Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, held in Augusta, Georgia. More than 75 prospective students visited their booth, where the representatives spoke with them about pursuing a graduate degree in chemistry and biochemistry at Auburn.

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COSAM Alumnus to Attend 50th Iron Bowl

Jack Moody and Family

11/15/2018

When Jack Moody attended his first Iron Bowl game in 1968, he realized his father hadn’t been completely honest with him. Moody’s father and grandfather were graduates of Auburn University and attending Auburn football games had always been a family tradition. Moody said since he was the third of three siblings, and there was only a certain amount of tickets each season, that his father told him the age requirement to attend an Auburn game was age 8.

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Inside COSAM Labs – Martin Medina – Stalagmites and Paleoclimatology

11/09/2018

“Every cave is a library of climate and environmental information,” Dr. Martin Medina, an associate professor in the Geosciences Department of COSAM, explains. Dr. Medina’s main area of research is paleoclimatology, which is the study of past climates, and to him, caves are vital for understanding the past, present and future. Using stalagmites from caves in different Caribbean regions, Dr. Medina and his lab team are able to reconstruct past climates, dating back to hundreds of thousands of years.

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Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week

11/09/2018

Established by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress in 1987, Geography Awareness Week (GAW) is observed the third week in November every year. GAW promotes what geography is, why it is important, and the relevance of a geographic education in preparing citizens to understand and debate pressing social and environmental issues and problems. To celebrate this important week, the Geography Student Organization be holding an event open to anyone who wants to attend. The event will be held on Wednesday, 28 November 2018 on Cater Lawn from 11 am to 1 pm. There will be free pizza, games, and more! We look forward to seeing you there!​

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COSAM Senior from New Mexico Splits Time between Track and Field and Research at Auburn

Kevin Wyss

11/09/2018

College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) senior Kevin Wyss, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is far from home, but has found a second family at Auburn University.

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Graduate Student from the Department of Physics Wins Poster Contest AVS 65th International Symposium and Exhibition

Min Khanal

11/09/2018

Min Khanal, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Physics, is studying experimental semiconductor physics. At this year’s American Vacuum Society (AVS) International Symposium & Exhibition held in Long Beach, California, he won the Electronic Materials & Photonics Division Student Poster Award.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Colloquium: Stephen Maldonado, University of Michigan

Dr. Stephen Maldonado

11/09/2018

Dr. Stephen Maldonado, from the University of Michigan, recently presented his work on semiconductor electrochemistry during a colloquium hosted by the Auburn University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

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Daniel Udochi Wins COSAM T-Shirt Contest

Daniel Udochi

11/09/2018

Daniel Udochi, a senior in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) was selected as the winner of the COSAM T-shirt Design Contest. Daniel is a microbiology major with a concentration in pre-medicine. He is also an international student, a Peer Advisor, a member of the Microbiology Club, an AED member and a proud COSAM Leader.

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COSAM’s Scott Santos, Distinguished Alumnus

Scott Santos and Family

11/09/2018

“Scott Santos was an outstanding graduate student at the University of Buffalo,” explains Dr. Gerald B. Koudelka, associate dean for Research & Sponsored Programs, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Buffalo. “He was a pioneer to help the department eliminate boundaries to work across disciplines and is setting the standard extremely high for the next generation of Distinguished Alumni.”

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Physics Collaboration is Awarded Two Days on the Hubble Space Telescope to Study Comet 46P/Wirtanen

Image of a comet in space

11/09/2018

A collaboration led by Auburn University Astrophysicist Dr. Dennis Bodewits is the recipient of an award to use the Hubble Space Telescope for 36 orbits, or two days and six hours in December 2018. Their team will study the chemical composition of Comet 46P/Wirtanen, and atomic and molecular reactions near its nucleus. The Hubble Space Telescope, one of the world’s largest and most versatile telescopes, allows researchers to study the universe in the far ultraviolet, light that is blocked for telescopes on the ground by the Earth’s atmosphere.

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Dr. Paul G. Schmidt named Chair of Department of Mathematics and Statistics

11/07/2018



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DMS Graduate Student Awards

11/06/2018

This year's winners of departmental graduate student awards

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Alumni Spotlight: Daniel White, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Clearside Biomedical

Daniel White

11/05/2018

Daniel White has always been fascinated with biology. He wanted to pursue a career in biology, but heard over and over that he could not be successful unless he became a physician. After completing a molecular biology and genetics course at Auburn University, he absolutely fell in love—and received a perfect score in the class. He continued to take additional courses in this field and pursued an opportunity to work on a project to sequence mitochondrial DNA. Once he was in the lab, he was hooked on becoming a scientist and making a difference through biology.

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First Generation College Student Works through COSAM to Become Surgeon

Ben Nelson

11/05/2018

Ben Nelson, a senior in the Auburn University College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM), is the first in his family to attend college. The Opp, Ala., native, who was raised an Auburn Tigers fan, plans to use his Auburn University education to become a surgeon.

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COSAM’s Putter Tiatragul Selected to Present at University’s Thesis Competition

Putter Tiatragul

11/05/2018

Putter Tiatragul, a graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM), is one of just 10 students that will be presenting at the 3MT® (Three Minute Thesis) Competition on November 15, 2018.  The 3MT® Competition, founded by the University of Queensland in 2008, provides each student with three minutes and one slide to showcase their thesis. Auburn University’s Graduate School first began this competition in 2013.

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High School Students Learn More About STEM Programs During High School Visitation Day

Student Engaging Audience Members through a Panel Discussion.

11/05/2018

More than 100 high school juniors and seniors, along with their parents, took the opportunity to learn more about everything Auburn University has to offer during the recent Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) High School Visitation Day. The event took place on Monday, October 29, in the Auburn University Student Center.

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Steven Mansoorabadi, Rising Star Researching Methane Conversion

Dr. Steven Mansoorabadi

11/05/2018

Dr. Steven Mansoorabadi, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been recognized as a rising star by the editors of ACS Biochemistry that is supported by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences within the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science.

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Message from Dean Giordano - November 2018

Dean Giordano

11/05/2018

With more than 2,800 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students, the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) continues to be a leading college at Auburn University that showcases innovation and prepares students for success.

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