AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University is the winner of an online auction of an Andy Warhol photograph from Christie’s Auction House, an eight-by-10 black-and-white image featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 nominee John Oates in 1981 wearing a “War Damn Eagle” T-shirt.
The museum staff, with donations from Auburn alumni and community partners, sought to acquire the photograph, not only to add to its existing Warhol collection of 150 photographs, but also to advance the mission of research, instruction and outreach to the Auburn Family.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The public will have an opportunity to witness firsthand the enthusiastic, sports-like environment surrounding the final competition of the BEST Robotics Program as the 2013 South’s BEST championship takes place on the Auburn University campus in Auburn Arena, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8. Hours for the free, public event are 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Answering the nation’s need for more and better-prepared workers in scientific, industrial and technological fields, BEST, which stands for “Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology,” is a middle school and high school robotics program, now in its 21st year nationally and 13th year in Alabama, that is available to all schools at no cost.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Southeastern Raptor Center will release two red-tailed hawks on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. during Storybook Farm’s Fall Festival in Opelika.
The two red-tailed hawks – one immature with minor soft tissue wounds and the other, an adult which also suffered from soft issue wounds as well as a fungal infection – were treated by staff at the Southeastern Raptor Center, a division of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University mechanical engineering students in Professor David Dyer’s comprehensive design class take good ideas and help turn them into sleek, customer-ready products. Interestingly, the good ideas can be generated at the most unusual times.
One idea, now a finished product called the SledHammer, originated when a high school football coach helped his neighbors remove debris from their yards after the April 2011 tornadoes ripped across Alabama. Vaughn Maceina, now a strength coach and teacher at Auburn Junior High School, was living and coaching in the north Alabama town of Guntersville.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University and military researchers are studying the structures and activity of the brains of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan in an effort to better understand post-traumatic stress disorder and post-concussion syndrome.
The project brings together the Auburn University MRI Research Center, the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory in Ft. Rucker, Ala.
Faculty and graduate students in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Psychology are testing 160 soldiers – those diagnosed with PTSD, those diagnosed with PCS and healthy control soldiers. A percentage of the healthy control soldiers have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, but do not have PTSD or PCS.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A collaborative effort between Auburn University and construction professionals will allow visitors to the Southeastern Raptor Center to have better and safer viewing of birds of prey from an environmentally friendly walkway.
Students in a Structures III class taught by Michael Hein, a professor in the McWhorter School of Building Science, working with Auburn Facilities Division and private contractors, prepared the site and placed the more than 300 linear feet of pervious concrete – a material that supports load while it allows water to pass through and reduces the environmental effects of stormwater runoff.