Category Archives: Faculty

Auburn Office of Technology Transfer honors Joseph Kloepper with Excellence in Innovation Award

Joseph KloepperAUBURN UNIVERSITY — The Auburn University Office of Technology Transfer presented its Excellence in Innovation Award to Joseph Kloepper, professor of entomology and plant pathology, during the fourth annual luncheon of the Auburn University chapter of the National Academy of Inventors in April.

Kloepper’s work uses beneficial bacteria as microbial inoculants to promote plant growth and provide biological disease control. Biological materials developed by Kloepper are being commercialized by BASF Corp. in Ames, Iowa.

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Auburn University president Jay Gogue honors students, faculty at annual luncheon

2014 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award recipients Courtney Bessemer, William I. Sauser Jr. and Azeem AhmedAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Two students and one faculty member were recognized with Auburn University’s highest honor for humanitarian service Tuesday, April 15, at the annual President’s Luncheon in the Student Center ballroom.

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award was presented to seniors Azeem Ahmed and Courtney Bessemer, and William I. Sauser Jr., a faculty member in the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business.

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East Alabama dancing fundraiser has Auburn Veterinary Medicine connection

Auburn University team to perform in Dancing Stars fundraiserAUBURN UNIVERSITY – A College of Veterinary Medicine faculty member at Auburn University is kicking up his heels with the granddaughter of a college icon, all to raise awareness of and support for the Lee County community.

Charles Hendrix, professor of pathobiology, and Kathryn Hoerlein, a senior in industrial and systems engineering, will take the stage at the fourth annual Dancing Stars of East Alabama on Thursday, March 20, at 8 p.m. in The Hotel at Auburn University’s ballroom.

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Auburn scientists use laying hens to study fibroid tumors

Auburn University poultry scientist Wallace Berry is using the laying hen as an experimental model in his research on fibroid tomors.AUBURN UNIVERSITY – An estimated 70 percent of women in the United States develop fibroid tumors in the uterus by age 50, and while the noncancerous tumors cause no symptoms for the majority of those women, they make life miserable for tens of thousands of others.

Within his own family, Wallace Berry has seen the pain and distress that uterine fibroids can inflict, and in his newest research undertaking, the Auburn University poultry scientist aims to use his findings to help reduce the incidence and severity of fibroid tumors.

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Auburn water researchers using bees to help Kenya with nutrition, income and river protection

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – In Kenya, traditional cultures place a high value on honey and related products of the beehive – in the past it was part of the dowry or “bride price” for marriage, and a man needed to have at least 20 liters of choice honey to present to a prospective father-in-law when asking for his daughter’s hand.

More than just a tradition, this commodity could be the key to improving many aspects of Kenyan lives.

Auburn University’s Global Water Watch has joined with Kenya’s Green Belt Movement to find innovative ways of linking honey production with improved nutrition, higher incomes, community development and river protection.

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Auburn researcher finds gender gap in Olympic coverage is narrowing

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – An Auburn University researcher was part of a team who found that, in the combined 18 nights of NBC’s Sochi Olympic broadcast, male athletes received the plurality of the network’s primetime coverage, but not nearly to the extent of past Winter Olympic analyses.

Lauren Smith, an assistant professor in the School of Communication and Journalism at Auburn University, along with a research team consisting of James Angelini, an associate professor at the University of Delaware, Andrew Billings, a professor at the University of Alabama and Paul MacArthur, an associate professor at Utica College, charted the amount of time the NBC broadcast network devoted to male and female athletes on its primetime Olympic telecast.

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