Monthly Archives: September 2008

Auburn University students’ study abroad trip leads to first-of-its kind textbook

AUBURN – We recognize them, study them and long to visit them – iconic structures such as the Great Pyramids, Notre Dame and the Colosseum. They remain marvels in the modern day even though many were built during centuries or millenniums past. And while much is known about the structures themselves, what exactly do we know about who built them and how they were constructed?

These were the questions that Linda Ruth’s “Deconstructing Construction” class at Auburn University sought to answer. Made up of 17 senior-level undergraduate building science students and one graduate student, the class centered around a whirlwind study-abroad trip this summer to western Europe and Egypt to visit 17 construction marvels. But Ruth’s students weren’t just casual observers. Their mission was to study each structure in depth and collectively produce a textbook about the history of construction.

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Exhibit of 100 years of sports photography on display at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum

Ali vs. Liston, 1965
AUBURN – “Visions of Victory, ” an exhibition of sports photography spanning 100 years, is on display at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University through Nov. 29. This exhibition brings together the different yet complementary worlds of athletics and photography in more than 100 images that capture some of the greatest moments in sports history.

The images in “Visions of Victory” are the works of photographers ranging from the world-renowned to the lesser-known and the anonymous. They include William Henry Jackson, one of America’s leading frontier photographers and artists; Annie Leibovitz, an American photographer known for her images of celebrities including political figures, musicians, actors and athletes; and David Burnett, a well-traveled photojournalist who recently was named one of American Photo magazine’s 100 Most Important People in Photography.

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Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum to offer ‘Stories in Art’ for children beginning Sept. 20

AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will again offer a fall series of three “Stories in Art” programs for children ages four through seven. The first of the Saturday programs will be Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the museum.

Each session combines age-appropriate literature with hands-on art projects. The stories are chosen to help foster children’s imaginations and often tie into the objects found in the museum’s galleries. Projects will encourage the children to explore different media with the guidance of museum educators.

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Auburn University welcomes its first member of the National Academy of Engineering

AUBURN – Oliver D. Kingsley Jr., Auburn University’s first member of the National Academy of Engineering and a member of the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame, has joined the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. Kingsley revolutionized the operation of U.S. nuclear power plants and has received every major United States and international award available to professionals in the civilian field of nuclear energy.

“Mr. Kingsley brings to Auburn a double distinction,” said Jay Gogue, Auburn University president. “He combines a stellar career leading top organizations along with membership in the National Academies, one of the highest honors that can be achieved by an engineer. He will be a great asset to Auburn in identifying and recruiting other members of the Academies.”

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Southeastern Raptor Center at AU to release bald eagle Sept. 6 in Dodge County, Ga.

AUBURN – The Southeastern Raptor Center, part of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, will release a bald eagle back into the wild around 9 a.m. (EDT) on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Dodge County public fishing area near Eastman, Ga. The public is invited to view the release.

In early June, local residents in Chester, Ga. discovered the bird huddled between two dumpsters. They notified Shannon Morrison, a licensed veterinary technician with Ocmulgee Veterinary Clinic in Eastman, who picked up the bird and transported it to the clinic. After consulting with a wildlife rehabilitator in Georgia, Morrison identified the bird as an immature bald eagle.

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Auburn University College of Engineering Climbs in Rankings

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering continued its climb in the U.S. News & World Report rankings for the fourth year – this time advancing five spots. The undergraduate program is ranked 51st nationally overall and 28th among public universities that offer doctoral programs in engineering, moving up from 57th and 34th from the previous year.

“We recognize that rankings are not an absolute measure of the quality of a program or institution,” says Engineering Dean Larry Benefield. “However, when used with other measures, they are a useful tool because they reflect performance as well as perception.”

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