AUBURN UNIVERSITY - The National Science Foundation has named an Auburn University student and three alumni as NSF Graduate Research Fellows and cited two other Auburn students and an alumnus for honorable mention.
The recently named fellows are Honors College student Lauren McManus, a senior in aerospace engineering; Matthew McBride, a 2012 Honors College graduate in chemical engineering; Jennie Appel, a 2011 graduate in electrical engineering; and Joshua Jarrell, a 2005 graduate in applied mathematics.
Each fellowship provides three years of support at $30,000 annually and an additional $10,500 cost-of-education allowance. The purpose of the fellowship program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation has awarded Dr. Bruce Smith, director of the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer, a two-year grant totaling $118,848 to test a new therapy for treating bone cancer in dogs. The research could one day be broadened to include many other kinds of cancer – and possibly cancer in people.
The treatment consists of a virus normally used as a hepatitis vaccine in dogs that has been modified to only make copies of itself inside bone cancer cells. The virus ruptures the cancer cells, releasing thousands of copies of the virus from the tumor cells, killing them.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Documentary filmmaker Sanjeev Chatterjee will screen and discuss his award-winning film “One Water” Tuesday, April 2, at 5 p.m., at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, as part of Auburn University’s Research Week 2013. A reception will follow.
Filmed in 15 countries, “One Water” examines the many and varied ways water is important to human lives and explores how that relationship is changing as, according to the producer, water grows scarcer.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY - Paul Bergen, a 2012 graduate of Auburn University, has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, a full-cost award for full-time graduate study and research at the University of Cambridge.
Bergen will pursue a Ph.D. in pathology at Cambridge with a focus on how Salmonella infects the host intestinal cell and overcomes the host immune response to cause disease.
“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a Gates Cambridge Scholar,” said Bergen. “I hope my research will eventually improve the lives of those afflicted by this common bacterial pathogen.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Elizabeth Lipke, an assistant professor in Auburn University’s Department of Chemical Engineering, has received a $400,000 grant through the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Faculty Early CAREER Development Program for her research designing engineered cardiac tissue and developing cardiac regeneration techniques.
Limited to a few individuals each year, the award recognizes outstanding college and university faculty members in the early stages of their careers and supports their research and outreach activities with funding for five years.
“Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States each year for both men and women,” Lipke said. “Through regenerative engineering we can improve the ability to repair damaged or diseased hearts and provide patients the opportunity for both a longer and potentially better quality of life.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – An associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University has earned one of the first grants to support sustainability research from the newly created Ray C. Anderson Foundation.
Jin Wang, the B. Redd Associate Professor in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, earned a $50,000 award to support her research aimed at reducing energy and chemical consumption at pulp mills.