Auburn University to hold Marie W. Wooten Memorial 5K Run

Wooten Memorial RunAUBURN – The Auburn University College of Sciences and Mathematics will host the Marie W. Wooten Memorial 5K Run, May 7, at 8 a.m. on the Auburn University campus near Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. The event will also include a one-mile walk beginning at 8:45 a.m.

Wooten, who was dean of the college, died early in the morning of Nov. 5 after being struck by an automobile while she was jogging.

An avid runner, Wooten had planned to hold a 5K to raise money for scholarships. The race will honor her memory and help COSAM continue her vision for the future of the college. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Marie W. Wooten Memorial Scholarship.

Preregistration is $20 for the 5K and $15 for the one-mile walk and is open through May 6. Race day registration is 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the one-mile walk. Those who preregister by April 29 will receive a T-shirt. On race day, T-shirts will be available while supplies last. To register online, go to

Wooten joined the Auburn University faculty in 1987 and served as the Sharnagel Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. In 2000, she was named associate dean for research in the college. Under her leadership, external funding secured by COSAM doubled over a 10-year period. Her research interests included cellular and molecular developmental neurobiology and neurodegeneration, and she discovered a genetic link between obesity and Alzheimer’s disease.

Widely recognized for her contributions as a mentor, scientist, scholar and academic administrator, Wooten was committed to student training and outreach. She was cofounder of the Institute for Women in Sciences and Engineering and provided leadership in developing numerous education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines. Wooten was also a member of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program, which focuses on enhancing diversity in STEM fields.

Additionally, Wooten held grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Heart Association, NASA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She earned two patents and commercialized one technology.

For more information about the 5K or the Marie W. Wooten Memorial Scholarship, contact Brook Moates in the COSAM Office of Development at (334) 844-2931.

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