AUBURN UNIVERSITY - Three sculptural bicycle racks were installed at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art during May’s National Bike Month, giving museum visitors a place to park their rides.
The museum’s assistant director, Andy Tennant, said the museum needed an innovative place for students and visitors to secure their bicycles. The museum collaborated with Auburn industrial and graphic design students and faculty to design a bicycle rack that maintains the artistic integrity of a museum, but also incorporates the necessary functions of a bicycle rack.
“Museum goers will have an experience with art from the moment they arrive when viewing ‘Cyclers,’” Tennant said.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY - Auburn University is expanding its research, education, workforce development and economic development in the growing cyber security field. As one of the strategic initiatives supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research, cyber continues to be a focus for Auburn University.
Government officials report that cyber espionage ranks among the top threats to the U.S.
“Cyber concerns range from disabling the electrical grid to hacking into financial institutions to stealing intellectual property,” said retired Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY - The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will present the works of artist and Auburn alumna Jean Woodham in exhibition as part of its 10th year anniversary focus on sculpture. “Full Circle: The Sculptures of Jean Woodham” will be on display June 1-Oct. 12 and will include 16 pieces of sculpture in bronze, brass, wood and steel.
Woodham, a 1946 alumna of Auburn, has two sculptures sited on campus: “Spinoff” at the museum’s entrance and “Auburn Monody” outside Goodwin Hall.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY - The II-VI Foundation will sponsor a three-year Cooperative Research Initiative between Auburn University, Rutgers University and Purdue University. With up to $1 million in funding, the initiative to study advanced power electronics is coordinated by John Williams, Auburn University professor emeritus of physics.
Williams has maintained longtime collaborations with Sarit Dhar, who is the primary Auburn investigator on the project, Leonard Feldman at Rutgers University and James Cooper at Purdue University. Those relationships, along with Williams’ experience and knowledge, made the collaboration possible.
The project is “SiO2/4H-SiC Interface -Optimization for Next Generation Power MOSFETs.” The initiative will support efforts in the realm of advanced power electronics development and, specifically, oxide semiconductor interface passivation studies for silicon carbide devices.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A research team has created a test using a biosensor that will help medical professionals more quickly identify super bacteria like MRSA.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be difficult to diagnose, and quick diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference between life and death, says lead researcher Vitaly Vodyanoy of Auburn University. The biosensor can identify specific bacteria in as little as 10 minutes compared to hours.
Vodyanoy, a professor in Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said he and his research team created the prototype biosensor as the first step in fighting superbugs like MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria resistant to certain antibiotics, that can cause skin infections and even death.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY - Growth rings from the base of Auburn University’s College Street live oak at Toomer’s Corner have revealed the tree’s age of 83-85 years old at the time they were removed April 23.
This week, two Auburn professors independently counted 81 growth rings in two directions from the center of the tree’s trunk.
“The center one-inch section of the trunk was split and not clearly delineated,” said Professor of Horticulture Gary Keever. “This growth most likely occurred over two to four years, making the trees 83-85 years old.”