Auburn’s 2014 Research Week features award-winning food author Shirley Corriher and top Auburn researchers April 14-17

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Award-winning food author and biochemist Shirley Corriher will be among the speakers highlighting Auburn University’s 2014 Research Week April 14-17, an event that showcases top faculty and student research and creative scholarship. The week’s focus will be on food systems, safety and security, but also will feature many other disciplines.

Corriher’s keynote address, “The Secret Life of Food,” will be held Wednesday, April 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. She is a consultant on the television show, Good Eats, and her books, “BakeWise” and “CookWise,” each won the James Beard Award, one of the top awards for food and beverage professionals in North America. Her publications have received high acclaim from Real Simple and Cooking Light magazines as well.

Corriher, who has a degree in chemistry from Vanderbilt University, has taught cooking and chemistry to audiences for 40 years.

“We are excited to have talented professionals, such as Shirley Corriher, share their experiences with us,” said John Mason, Auburn University vice president for research and economic development. “Their presence will be an added bonus to the great presentations and posters from Auburn’s main campus and Auburn University Montgomery.”

The Auburn University Montgomery campus will host a talk by Steve Hahn, University of Pennsylvania professor of history, on Monday, April 14, from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. in 230 Taylor Center. His talk is titled “How Long was the Civil Rights Movement?”

Auburn’s main campus will have its Research Week Kickoff Tuesday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The speakers are Pam Hullinger, associate clinical professor at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and Erica Meissner, Auburn Honors College graduate and former All-American swimmer.

Hullinger is a national authority on foreign animal disease prevention, primarily foot-and-mouth disease, and serves as chief veterinary officer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Her talk at Auburn is sponsored by the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Meissner was an All-American swimmer at Auburn who earned an anthropology degree in 2011; she received her master’s degree in development studies in 2013 from the University of Cambridge.

A film screening of “Pride and Joy,” directed by Joe York, will be held at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art on Tuesday, April 15, from 5:15-6:15 p.m. The film explores the depth and tradition of Southern food culture.

“While Research Week’s principal theme involves food topics, the week will also include excellent creative and scholarly research from almost all academic areas,” Mason said.

Faculty, graduate and undergraduate researchers will speak and present posters on food research; cyber security; energy and the environment; health sciences; transportation; Gulf research and restoration; gender-based research; infrastructure; sustainability; fine and applied art; social sciences; humanities; the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and many more.

The week will include vendor displays, discussion forums, lectures, seminars, a proposal-writing workshop, an awards ceremony, events and open houses. A Graduate Scholars Forum is set for March 4-5 in the Student Center, with the top posters and presenters moving on to the Graduate Scholars Symposium April 15-16 as a part of Research Week.

“Our faculty and students have put many hours into their work,” said Jennifer Kerpelman, associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Human Sciences and chair of the Research Week committee. “We invite everyone to join us in honoring their great commitment to Auburn research and creative scholarship.”

Research Week sponsors include Auburn University, Auburn University at Montgomery, Auburn University Libraries and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University.

The talks and presentations are free and open to the public. More information is available on the website,

(Written by Lindsay Miles.)

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