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Dean Giordano provides online update for COSAM’s Leadership Council

Spring 2021 Leadership Council

05/25/2021

“In all my years as a faculty member and administrator, working with students has been the most enjoyable thing for me,” said Dean Nicholas J. Giordano as he welcomed guests to the online Dean’s Leadership Council meeting for the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM). “Helping students get on the right path for an exciting and rewarding career is what really means the most to me.”

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Auburn Oak leaves enter the DNA sequencing pipeline

Samples of the Toomers Oak clone aka QV1 (Quercus virginiana 1) fast-frozen and ready for storage in an ultra cold freezer. Samples include mature green leaves and senescing leaves for RNA and DNA extraction.

05/25/2021

“Moments after leaves were collected from the Toomer’s Oak clone, they were plunged into liquid Nitrogen (-196 °C) to preserve their genetic material, then placed on dry ice (-80 °C) for transport to HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville,” explained Leslie Goertzen, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and director of the John D. Freeman Herbarium in the Auburn University Museum of Natural History in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. “The leaf tissue will be stored in ultra-cold freezers at the institute at a temperature of -80 °C. They will remain in this deeply frozen state until RNA and DNA extractions are performed in the Harkess Lab.”

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Kimberly Mulligan-Guy receives Auburn University Parent and Family Association’s Faculty and Staff Award

Kim Mulligan-Guy

05/25/2021

“Over more than three years, Dr. Mulligan has become more than just an advisor to me. She is an advocate in all my endeavors, encourager when I am discouraged, and confidant when I am vulnerable. She is essentially my second mom while I am at school,” said Kennedye McGhee.

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DMS's Liatti is one of the winners of the AU Parent and Family Awards

05/18/2021

Dr. Mark Liatti is one of the winners of the AU Parent and Family Awards. These awards are given to "outstanding faculty and staff who have had a positive impact on Auburn students and their families.” Dr. Liatti was nominated by a parent of a Calculus II student in Spring 2021. The story appeared on last Friday’s Auburn News.

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DMS Students Xue and Holden and Faculty Han recognized at 2020-2021 Dean's Research Awards

05/18/2021

Congratulations to DMS  students and faculty recognized at the

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New research record for COSAM: $18+ million in research and 120 awards in FY2020.

05/18/2021

“I am proud that our college significantly contributes to transformative research with impressive funding through major agencies, collaborations and foundations,” said Edward Thomas Jr., associate dean for research and graduate studies. “Research has soared from $12 million in 2016 to just over $18 million in 2020.”

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Auburn University Museum of Natural History showcases new mobile museum

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05/18/2021

No matter where you go in the state of Alabama, you might just see the Auburn University Museum of Natural History (AUMNH).

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Dr. Jessica McDonald chosen as DMS 2021 Outstanding Teacher of Graduate Students

05/17/2021

Dr. Jessica McDonald chosen DMS's 2021 Outstanding Teacher of Graduate Students as announced by Colby Muir.

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G. Cao, Ceyhan, McDonald, and Nane awarded Simons Foundation Collaboration Grants for Mathematcians

05/12/2021

Four DMS faculty members have been awarded Simons Foundation Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians.  Guanqun Cao, Project Title: Statistical Learning in Next Generation of Functional Data AnalysisElvan Ceyhan, Project Title: Graph Theoretic Learning and Spatial MethodsJessica McDonald, Project Title: Colouring and Structure in GraphsErkan Nane, Project Title: Space-time fractional dynamics

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Undergraduate student elevates his Auburn experience analyzing data from the Hubble Space Telescope and preparing for a career researching exoplanets

Johannes Allen

05/11/2021

“Through my opportunities in the Department of Physics, I am truly grateful that my Auburn experience is preparing me for a future career studying potentially habitable planets outside of our solar system,” said Johannes Allen.

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COSAM offers mental wellness and self-care sessions

Natalie

05/11/2021

“At the end of a semester, it is important to offer opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to focus on their mental health,” said Dean Nicholas J. Giordano of the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM). “This is especially true now, with all the added stress of dealing with the COVID19 pandemic.”

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Message from Dean Giordano – May 2021

Dean Giordano

05/04/2021

 

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NSF CAREER Award helps physics professor continue cutting-edge research on thin films

Ryan Comes

05/04/2021

In addition to being part of an electronic and energy research cluster that has brought the best X-ray diffraction instrumentation to the state of Alabama and winning the U.S. Air Force Young Investigator Award, Ryan Comes, Thomas and Jean Walter Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, is now a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award recipient.

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Announcing winners of Greater East Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair

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05/04/2021

The Greater East Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair (GEARSEF), an affiliate fair of the Regeneron International Science Fair, took place on March 22-23 (6th – 8th grades) and March 30 – April 1 (9th – 12 grades) in an entirely virtual format. Over 70 AU faculty, graduate students and industry professionals volunteered to judge over 60 independent STEM research projects produced by students in a 19-county region of southeast Alabama.  The conversion to a virtual fair format was made possible by a grant from the Society for Science, a non-profit organization in Washington, DC, that coordinates the Regeneron Fair system.

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