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Join Joanna Sztuba-Solinska and COSAM Outreach at the June 16 Virtual Science Internet Café

Science Cafe

06/09/2020

Joanna Sztuba-Solinska has spoken about viruses as an Auburn University expert. Now, you can have the chance to hear from this local scientist during a program organized by COSAM Outreach: “Viruses for Kids – Scientific Info in the Pandemic Times” via Zoom.

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COSAM Campus Cache: Treasures at the Arboretum

navigating to a geocache using an app with compass on a smartphone

06/30/2020

The sun was still high above their heads, even on this late summer afternoon. The clear sky and unseasonably cool temperatures made it a perfect day to go treasure hunting, and that’s what the three friends were currently doing. Strolling through the woods looking for a hidden chest filled with things they could only imagine. It may sound like a scene from the Goonies, but the modern day treasure hunt known as Geocaching happens every day all around the globe. However, instead of using a map to search for a chest filled with gold coins, people use a gps, or app on their cell phone, to search for containers hidden at specific gps coordinates.

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COSAM Researchers Study Disparity between Scientists Featured in Biology Textbooks and Students

Cissy Ballen

06/30/2020

Two Auburn University students studying in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) are helping to explore a potential demographic mismatch in scientists featured in biology textbooks and the students that use them.

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Stephanie Shepherd and Leading Researchers Share Opinion to Find Real Gender Equity Solutions

Stephanie Shepherd

06/30/2020

Stephanie Shepherd, an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, is part of a team of 17 researchers that wrote, “Opinion: In the wake of COVID-19, academia needs new solutions to ensure gender equality” in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States of America.

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Mother Earth as Art

Mother Earth as Art

06/30/2020

In the weeks leading up to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Department of Geosciences, in collaboration with the Jules Collins Smith Museum (JCSM) of Fine Art, hosted the “Mother Earth as Art” exhibition. The exhibit featured real satellite images of Earth taken from USGS and NASA. These images were then color enhanced and framed as pieces of artwork and hanged in the museum gallery. Led by Chandana Mitra, in collaboration with students Megha Shrestha, Elijah Johnson, Quinlan Swain and Austin Barnard, the exhibit was geared toward raising awareness about the beauty of our planet and human induced landcover changes and climate change effects. The gallery was made up of three sub-sections of images: Our Beautiful Earth, Human Footprint on our Beautiful Earth, and Future of our Beautiful Earth. This project is a part of a USGS funded program ‘AmericaView’ which mainly focuses on remote sensing education and outreach.

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Microbiology Alumnus Becomes Assistant Professor, Medical Oncology, University of Washington and Joint Assistant Professor, Clinical Research, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

William R. Gwin III

06/30/2020

“I am not at all surprised that William has found his place in academic medicine,” explained Gwin’s former professor Lawrence Wit. “I fondly remember the days when William would just drop by the office for a chat. Whether it was physiology or philosophy, William would always probe beyond the obvious and seek new vistas and deeper understanding. He equally blends a great mind with a compassionate spirit – qualities which will stand him well as he tests novel therapeutics for cancer patients and trains the next generation of medical professionals.”

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Join Maggie Han and COSAM Outreach at the June 30 Virtual Science Internet Café

Science Cafe

06/30/2020

Don't miss Maggie Han, Marguerite Scharnagle Endowed Professor Mathematics, discussing the curve and population modeling at today's Science Internet Café via Zoom.

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Enter the Davis Arboretum’s Annual Photo Contest

Calendar

06/30/2020

If you are looking for something fun to do while practicing social distancing, then you need to grab your camera and enter the Arboretum Photo Contest.

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Congratulations to COSAM Staff Receiving Service Awards

Years of Service

06/23/2020

“I am proud to celebrate these 13 staff for their time with our college,” said Dean Nicholas J. Giordano. “Just these 13 people have dedicated a combined total of 160 years of service for Auburn University.”

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Auburn’s Arboretum Receives $5,000 COVID-19 Response Grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust

Davis Arboretum Sign

06/23/2020

 “I am thrilled that this beautiful garden is getting support through the Smith Trust,” said Morgan Beadles, director of the Donald E. Davis Arboretum. “We continue to stay open so that Our community  can enjoy this incredible natural resource in Auburn. With 13 acres of trees and fauna, locals can visit the Davis Arboretum and remain socially distant.”

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Philosophy Professor Uses Foundation in Physics to Teach Students to Think with Different Perspectives

David Bradshaw

06/23/2020

“Studying physics was an immense help in learning to think clearly. I learned to note carefully the methods that were used to reach a given conclusion, the assumptions that were made, and what degree of certainty could be claimed for the result. These are habits that I’ve tried to keep in all my work,” explained David Bradshaw who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Auburn University in 1982.

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Message from Dean Giordano - June 16, 2020

COSAM Dean Nicholas J. Giordano.

06/16/2020

Planning continues as we prepare to welcome students for the start of the Fall semester in August. While a number of details are not yet finalized and will probably be announced by the President and Provost soon, here are some general thoughts on what these plans will look like. Many aspects of the Auburn reopening plan will likely be similar to what we are all hearing from other universities.

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Coronavirus Risk Levels

06/16/2020

As Auburn University and other higher education institutions prepare for a return of students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus, providing timely information related to the Coronavirus becomes critical. A recent article in Alabama.com featured an interview with four medical professionals to provide guidance on the risk levels associated with common activities. We have captured highlights of the listing here and have also provided a link to the entire article.

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Deans are Collaborating to Maintain Engagement with Faculty, Staff, and Students

06/16/2020

“Everyone in COSAM is hard at work supporting the mission of the college during this very trying time. Since we are mostly working remotely, I want to be sure that we maintain personal connections and communications as much as possible. To that end, we have implemented a series of informal meetings, to answer questions and just remind people of our commitment to implementing ways that our college can make a real difference,” explained Dean Nicholas J. Giordano of the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM). All faculty, staff and students are being given opportunities to connect with the Dean and the other COSAM Leadership and express their opinions.  

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Lin Receives NSF Grant to Research Mathematical Studies of Plasmonic Nanohole Resonances

06/16/2020

Junshan Lin, an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation award for $221,487 to research mathematical studies of plasmonic nanohole resonances. The research proposal is titled Imaging and Sensing via Plasmonic Nanohole Resonances: Quantitative Analysis and Numerical Inversion and runs from September 2020 through August 2023.

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Auburn Professor Co-Authors Publication on Sexual Dimorphism in Birds

Hill

06/16/2020

For the last five years, the lab group of Geoffrey Hill, biological sciences professor and curator of birds, has been collaborating with the Miguel Carneiro lab at the University of Porto in Porto, Portugal, and the Joe Corbo lab at Washington University in St. Louis to study different breeds of the domestic canary as a model system for finding the genes that underlie the different plumage coloration and patterns displayed by different canary breeds.

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Han Awarded Fulbright Grant to Conduct Research in Brazil in 2021

Maggie Han (center)

06/16/2020

“I will have an amazing opportunity to work with a leading world expert and his research group,” Maggie Han, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and a recipient of the Marguerite Scharnagle Endowed Professorship, explained.

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Physics Alumnus Embodies Patience, Perseverance, and Tenacity through Career Researching Biophysics and Teaching as an Assistant Professor at Loyola University Chicago

Brian Cannon

06/09/2020

“Physics has always been a quantitative field, and as the world becomes increasingly data driven, the training that physicists receive positions them to make contributions in an endless amount of fields,” explained Brian Cannon, who earned his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in physics in 1997.

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COSAM Senior Prepares for Career Studying Infectious Diseases

Isabelle Swanner

06/09/2020

Auburn University senior Isabelle Swanner always knew she would attend school at Auburn. Both of her parents are Auburn graduates.

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Department of Physics Captures Photos of Supernova 2020jfo

Department of Physics Captures Photos of Supernova 2020jfo

06/09/2020

“Supernovae are discovered quite frequently now,” explained Melissa Halford, a lecturer in the Department of Physics. “This supernova is supernova 2020jfo. At first, supernovae only had one letter associated with them - for example, a famous supernova was supernova 1987A, the first supernova observed in the year 1987. As technology got better, a single letter was no longer sufficient to count all of the supernovae discovered in a year. So, astronomers added a second letter and then a third. Now, thousands are discovered every year.”

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Lin selected to receive funding by the NSF for research project

06/02/2020

Dr. Junshan Lin's research proposal entitled “Imaging and Sensing via Plasmonic Nanohole Resonances: Quantitative Analysis and Numerical Inversion” was selected to receive funding by the NSF. The research project seeks to address key scientific challenges in the mathematical investigation of plasmonic resonances and their applications in imaging and sensing. Dr. Lin is the sole PI of the project. The total amount of the award is $221,487 from September 1 2020 to August 31 2023.

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Message from Dean Giordano - June 2, 2020

COSAM Dean Nicholas J. Giordano.

06/02/2020

To all COSAM faculty, staff and students,

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Message from the Deans - May 31, 2020

COSAM

06/02/2020

To the COSAM Family,

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Department of Physics Synergizes Auburn Grant, Faculty Expertise and Supercomputer Facility to Propel Energy Project with New Federal Funding

Auburn University researchers participating in an experiment at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility. From left to right: DIII-D Collaborator Tyler Abrams, Professor Stuart Loch, Graduate Student Curtis Johnson, Professor David Ennis, and Auburn Alumni Jeffrey Herfindal (now works full-time at DIII-D).

06/02/2020

David Ennis and Stuart Loch from the Department of Physics in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) are the recipients of a competitive $879,826 grant from the Department of Energy that will run through June 30, 2022.

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Ashraf Uddin Elected to the GSA Fellowship

Ashraf Uddin

06/02/2020

The Geological Society of America (GSA; https://www.geosociety.org/) is an international scientific society formed in 1888 to serve members in academia, government, and industry around the world.  The GSA Council elects Fellows to honor the best in geoscientific profession.  Ashraf Uddin of the Department of Geosciences has been recently elected to the GSA Fellowship in recognition of his exceptional contributions in geoscientific research in sedimentary geology, tectonics and contaminant groundwater hydrogeology at the Himalayan-Bengal system and their actualistic application at the Southern Appalachians. As a GSA Fellow, Uddin is encouraged to continue to engage with the GSA community, help shape the Society, and inspire the next generation of geoscientists.

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Auburn Alumnus and COSAM's Associate Dean Participates on Committee for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Decadal Assessment

Ed Thomas, Jr.

06/02/2020

Ed Thomas, Jr., earned his doctorate degree at Auburn University and has spent more than two decades immersed in teaching, conducting research and engaging communities throughout the nation in outreach programs.

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