Category Archives: Research

Auburn researchers say harmful bacteria can survive for a week inside airliner cabins

AirlinerAUBURN UNIVERSITY—Disease-causing bacteria can linger on surfaces in commercial airplane cabins for up to a week, according to an Auburn University study presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

Kiril Vaglenov, a graduate student in Auburn’s Department of Biological Sciences, conducted a two-year study—funded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airliner Cabin Environmental Research Center—to determine how long E. coli O157:H7 and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, would survive on commonly touched surfaces under typical airplane conditions. A major airline carrier supplied researchers with material from armrests, plastic tray tables, seat-pocket cloth, window shades and metal toilet buttons.

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Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering developing a vehicle manufacturing research alliance for universities and automakers

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – With automotive industries expanding across the South, Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is working with educational and industry partners to consider establishing a research center focused on advanced vehicle manufacturing.

The new Southern Alliance for Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing would be a National Science Foundation center with industry-driven, multidisciplinary research conducted by university faculty and students.

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RFID Research Center moving to Auburn University

AUBURN UNIVERSITY — Auburn University will soon be home to one of the world’s leading research centers in the area of radio frequency identification, or RFID, technology.

In June, the RFID Research Center will move from the University of Arkansas to Auburn University, opening the door for research collaborations initially involving the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the College of Human Sciences.

Since its founding at the University of Arkansas in 2005, the RFID Research Center has been at the epicenter of research in RFID, earning national and international recognition for its work. When it opens in June as the RFID Lab at Auburn University, it will be reunited with its founder and former director, Harbert College of Business Dean and Wells Fargo Professor Bill Hardgrave.

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Auburn University chapter of National Academy of Inventers holds annual luncheon

AUBURN UNIVERSITY –The Auburn University chapter of the National Academy of Inventors, or NAI, held its fourth annual luncheon April 17 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

The keynote speaker was Samuel Bonasso, a registered civil engineer, entrepreneur and inventor and public servant. Bonasso was formally the Secretary of Transportation for the State of West Virginia and acting administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation. The inventor of Mechanical Concrete, Bonasso holds five U.S. patents and is the president and founder of The Reinforced Aggregates Company located in Morgantown, West Virginia. His talk, “This is it! The Realities of Entrepreneuring and Invention Commercialization.” was very well received by the attendees.

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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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