AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Lee Spruiell, an Auburn University alumnus and health care professional, has donated $500,000 to establish the Lee Spruiell Annual Fund for Excellence within Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts’ Health Services Administration Program.
The annual fund will be used to expand international internship opportunities for students in the program. It will also provide support for research and for faculty and student travel to professional meetings, as well as necessary programming for the advancement of the Health Services Administration Program. Students also will receive support from the annual fund to attend and participate in the Spruiell Smart Training Lab at Baptist Medical Center in Montgomery.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – As part of its recent Endowed Professorship Campaign Awards ceremony, Auburn University presented 13 new professorships to faculty in four colleges and schools. In addition to honoring faculty, the ceremony celebrated the philanthropic spirit of alumni and friends who created these professorships.
Faculty honorees included one faculty member from the College of Business, five from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, two from the Auburn University and Auburn University Montgomery Schools of Nursing and five from the College of Sciences and Mathematics.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, part of Auburn University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Human Sciences, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Project director Kyes Stevens said the Art Works grant will allow the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project to support Alabama artists to teach semester-long visual arts classes in multiple correctional facilities around the state.
“In order for people to improve their lives, they need access to opportunities to grow,” said Stevens. “The continued support from the NEA allows the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project to support engaged artists to teach visual arts within a population who profoundly benefit from the experience.”
AUBURN – Target has awarded a grant to the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy to support a program developed by Mobile pharmacy students to help the Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy meet the needs of the uninsured residents of Mobile, Baldwin and Escambia counties.
Allison Chung, associate clinical professor at the Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Mobile campus, said student pharmacists discovered a need for medication therapy management, or MTM, services after running a health screening fair at the non-profit pharmacy last December.
Chung said student pharmacists screened 53 patients in four hours and identified two cases of hyperglycemia and two cases of hypertensive urgencies as a result of inappropriate management of medication therapies. A severe case of pancreatitis was also identified as a result of a duplicated therapy, she added.
AUBURN – The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $425,000 Challenge Grant to the Encyclopedia of Alabama, a free online resource on Alabama’s history, culture and natural environment. The Encyclopedia of Alabama was one of 215 humanities projects named in the federal agency’s recent announcement of $21 million in grants nationwide and the only Alabama project selected in its most recent award cycle.
“The Encyclopedia of Alabama is a remarkable humanities project and its online format makes it an especially beneficial resource for Alabama’s students and educators,” said Royrickers Cook, assistant vice president for University Outreach, where the editorial offices are located. “This National Endowment for the Humanities grant is an opportunity to create an endowment that will enable the Encyclopedia of Alabama to adapt to and take advantage of technological advancements in the years to come.”
AUBURN – The Scott-Ritchey Research Center at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and Vaxin Inc., a clinical stage vaccine development company, have received a $1 million Michelson Grant award from the Found Animals Foundation to continue development of a vaccine that may provide an alternative to surgical spay and neuter for cats and dogs.
Henry Baker and Nancy Cox of Auburn University and Kent Van Kampen of Vaxin are the lead investigators of the grant project. The Scott-Ritchey Research Center at Auburn is dedicated to research for improving the health of companion animals.