AUBURN – Temple Grandin, an animal scientist who has drawn from her experiences as a person with autism to become one of the world’s leading designers of humane livestock-handling facilities, will give a public lecture, Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Auburn University Student Center ballroom. She will serve as the College of Agriculture’s spring 2011 E.T. York Distinguished Lecturer.
Grandin’s revolutionary designs of livestock-handling equipment and facilities for meat-processing plants as well as ranches and feedlots reflect her expertise in animal behavior and her advocacy for humane livestock management, as each is developed to reduce fear and stress in cattle and other livestock through every phase of their lives. Today, half the cattle in the United States and Canada are handled using a restrainer system she designed for meat processors.
AUBURN – An Auburn University professor has been awarded a $580,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture, or NIFA, to study the effects of climate change on agriculture and forest production.
Professor Lisa Samuelson, director of the Center for Longleaf Pine Ecosystems in Auburn’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, received the funding as part of a $20 million, five-year grant awarded to a collaboration of 12 institutions. More than 50 investigators from universities and federal agencies are participating in the project.
AUBURN – U.S. Marine Corps Major Jeffrey L. Dyal, the Marine Officer Instructor at Auburn University, NROTC, has received the Colonel Leo A. Codd Memorial Award from the National Defense Industrial Association. He will formally receive the award at a ceremony on April 21.
The award is given to the top three ROTC instructors in the country from each branch of service. Dyal was selected as the Gold Award winner from the Naval branch. The Gold Award is given to the top NROTC instructor chosen from more than 300 candidates, located at 63 Naval ROTC Units that encompass 76 colleges and universities nationwide.
AUBURN – Virginia Davis, an associate professor in Auburn’s Department of Chemical Engineering, will present the public lecture, “The History and Future of Nanotechnology in Art,” Thursday, March 24, from 5-7 p.m. at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University.
In her talk, Davis will discuss how the size and shape of particles determine color, and how recent scientific advances help us understand not only phenomena such as the iridescence of butterfly wings, but also practical applications such as how to make more durable paint.
AUBURN – Approximately 140 collegiate anglers are expected to fish on Lake Guntersville this Friday and Saturday, March 18-19, in the 2011 Southern Collegiate Bass Fishing Series tournament trail. The fishing series, hosting by Auburn University’s Bass Sports Club, is open to all university-sponsored fishing teams throughout the Southeast and beyond.
Teams are scheduled to arrive Thursday for an official practice day and will launch out of Spring Creek beginning at safe light on Friday and Saturday. Weigh-ins will be held Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend and support their favorite schools. A live broadcast of the weigh-ins will be available at www.auburn.edu/bass.
AUBURN – Auburn University’s graduate programs in business, engineering, education and public administration achieved high rankings in the newly released U.S. News and World Report “America’s Best Graduate Schools” rankings.
The College of Business ranked 32nd among public institutions and 63rd nationally, marking its top score in recent years.