Auburn plant biologists seek to better understand sunflower development and evolution with $750,000 NSF award

Daniel S. Jones


Daniel S. Jones, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, is the recipient of a $752,045 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Integrative Organismal Systems – Plant Genome Research Project. He is collaborating with Jennifer Mandel, associate professor, at the University of Memphis and John Burke, a Distinguished Research Professor and head of the Department of Plant Biology, at the University of Georgia. In total, the award is for $2.2 million among all three research groups for the next four years.

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25th Anniversary Summer Bridge Program Alumni Spotlight: From participant to counselor, Brandon Fowler

Brandon Fowler


A native of Birmingham, Brandon Fowler arrived at Auburn University to participate in the Summer Bridge Program after graduating from Shades Valley High School in 2002. 

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COSAM study abroad trip opens doors to medical procedures and lifelong connections

Auburn students in Italy with the Auburn flag


Katie Cooper and Anna Traylor, academic advisors in the Office of Student Services in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, or COSAM, led a team of 25 students this summer to Italy for three weeks that created lasting memories and friendships.  

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A "special volume" of DCDS-S in honor of Georg Hetzer


A "special volume" of DCDS-S in honor of Georg Hetzer's 75th birthday has just appeared. A pdf of the preface, which includes an essay by our own Paul Schmidt on Georg's role in the development of applied math at Auburn, is here. The complete volume is available online at

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Department of Geosciences student conducts research at the Smithsonian Institution about the perspectives of climate change

Steph Courtney


Steph Courtney seeks to make an impact in climate change through her research. This spring, she worked for two weeks at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in the “Deep Time” exhibit hall using eye-tracking glasses, asking in-person questions about exhibits and giving visitors paper surveys to complete. 

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Ceyhan receives research funding from the Office of Naval Research


Dr. Elvan Ceyhan has received research funding from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for his project "Adversarial Risk Analysis for Optimal Obstacle Evasion."  The two-year, ~$358k, award to Elvan and his collaborator Dr. David Banks of Duke will be used to develop algorithms and methodology that lead to near optimal policies for navigation at an environment (say, at sea) to avoid adversarial threats.  Duke receives ~$144k of the ~$358k as a sub awardee.   Congratulations Elvan!

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