Category Archives: Research

Auburn University releasing new ‘Auburn Speaks: On Food Systems’ book during Research Week

Auburn Speaks book coverAUBURN UNIVERSITY — Auburn University will release its new book, “Auburn Speaks: On Food Systems,” during the university’s third annual Research Week. A panel discussion with the editors, writers and researchers is set for April 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

“The book traces the university’s exceptional food-related research across many disciplines,” said John Mason, Auburn’s vice president for research and economic development. “Each year we select a topic that captures Auburn’s land-grant role in addressing the increasingly complex issues facing our state, nation and world.”

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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 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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Auburn’s 2014 Research Week features award-winning food author Shirley Corriher and top Auburn researchers April 14-17

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Award-winning food author and biochemist Shirley Corriher will be among the speakers highlighting Auburn University’s 2014 Research Week April 14-17, an event that showcases top faculty and student research and creative scholarship. The week’s focus will be on food systems, safety and security, but also will feature many other disciplines.

Corriher’s keynote address, “The Secret Life of Food,” will be held Wednesday, April 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. She is a consultant on the television show, Good Eats, and her books, “BakeWise” and “CookWise,” each won the James Beard Award, one of the top awards for food and beverage professionals in North America. Her publications have received high acclaim from Real Simple and Cooking Light magazines as well.

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Auburn researcher finds brain interactions differ between religious and non-religious subjects

Gopikrishna DeshpandeAUBURN UNIVERSITY – An Auburn University researcher teamed up with the National Institutes of Health to study how brain networks shape an individual’s religious belief, finding that brain interactions were different between religious and non-religious subjects.

Gopikrishna Deshpande, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, and the NIH researchers recently published their results in the journal, “Brain Connectivity.”

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Lab renovations to strengthen biological engineering research at Auburn

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University dedicated a Biological Engineering Research Laboratory on Thursday, Nov. 21. The newly renovated facility features advanced technology that researchers and administrators say will significantly enhance the research infrastructure of the university, the state and the region.

The $6 million renovation, funded by a $4.6 million National Science Foundation competitive grant and $1.6 million from the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, marks the first substantial improvements to the 22,800-square-foot lab since its construction in 1948.

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