AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Following an internal search, the Offices of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Provost announce the appointment of Zhanjiang “John” Liu as Auburn University’s associate vice president for research and associate provost, effective Dec. 1.
“Dr. Liu has the experience, background and strong desire to assist faculty in seeking external sponsorship for their scholarly work across our campus,” said Vice President for Research and Economic Development John Mason. “His scholarly achievements and administrative leadership are an excellent fit for the position as we continue to strengthen the quality and visibility of our research programs.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Two faculty members from Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering have been selected to participate in fall symposiums sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering, or NAE. Steve Duke, associate dean for academics and alumni associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been selected to participate in the NAE’s fifth annual Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium on Oct. 27-30 in Irvine, Calif.
Duke is one of 73 educators from around the nation chosen to attend the National Academy of Engineering symposium, which brings innovative educators together to learn from research and share ideas and best practice in education through sustained dialogue. Participants return to their institution with a charter that can be used to promote education improvement.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine faculty has received a two-year, $470,000 grant to conduct research to study neuropathology associated with mitochondrial disease.
Carl Pinkert and Michael Irwin, faculty in the Department of Pathobiology, along with their team, have received the first year of funding for a two-year, $470,000 grant from the Foundation for a Cure for Mitochondrial Disease, the MitoCure Foundation. Pinkert and Irwin have been funded by the foundation continuously since 2009 for their pioneering research.
Their work, in collaboration with Dr. Kosta Steliou at the Boston University School of Medicine and PhenoMatriX, a privately held firm, targets therapeutic interventions in mitochondrial disease by use of synthetic antioxidant compounds.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – S. D. Worley, an emeritus professor of chemistry in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, will give Auburn University’s 2012-13 Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Langdon Hall auditorium.
His lecture, “Invention of a Water Disinfectant – Laboratory to Marketplace,” will address his role in the development of a drinking water disinfectant that utilizes special beads with germ-killing agents. The N-halamine technology, as it is known, was commercialized by Seattle-based HaloSource Inc. and is used to disinfect drinking water in several developing nations.
L-R: Jennifer Wood Adams, Sushil Bhavnani and Richard Burt
AUBURN UNIVERISTY – Three Auburn University faculty members have been named fellows in the 2013-14 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program, a professional development program that seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within Southeastern Conference institutions and beyond.
Jennifer Wood Adams, director of the School of Communication and Journalism; Sushil Bhavnani, the Henry M. Burt Jr. Professor of Mechanical Engineering; and Richard Burt, head of the McWhorter School of Building Science, will join 46 faculty and administrators from Southeastern Conference universities at academic workshops Oct. 14-16 at the University of Georgia and Feb. 5-7 at the University of South Carolina. Each of the 14 SEC universities also has a university-level development program designed by each institution for its own participants.
When the American Society of Landscape Architects bestowed their highest honor on Charlene LeBleu by electing her to the ASLA Council of Fellows, they were recognizing her “exceptional accomplishments of a sustained period of time.” In LeBleu’s case, her accomplishments began in her childhood in Saint Augustine, Fla., where she put her early interest in ecology to work by winning 4-H state and national competitions in horticulture and began a career trajectory towards landscape architecture.
After studying forest resources and conservation at the University of Florida, LeBleu worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Georgia. She launched her own horticulture based design-build firm in 1986, engaging in collaborations with landscape architects, architects, and engineers. Her largest undertaking was working with FEMA and ROSSER International to restore Albany State’s historic campus after a flood destroyed 22 buildings in 1994. This four-year, $23 million flood recovery project led her to realize that she wanted to be a landscape architect and community planner.