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 – Auburn University dedicated the Max Adams Morris ROTC Drill Field and historic marker today at the Nichols Center on campus.
The new field is located in front of Nichols Center; the marker was placed near the building, as close as possible to the old Max Morris Field, which was located on the current site of the Village Residence Halls and adjacent parking lot.
Morris was a 1942 graduate of Alabama Polytechnic Institute, or API, where he was an honor military student and a varsity football player. As a student, he received the Carnegie Medal for Heroism after he suffered severe burns rescuing Wayne Nelson Jr. and attempting to rescue H. Daughtry Perritt from electric shock at ROTC summer training camp at Ft. Benning, Ga., in 1941. Another cadet, Donald Kelly, saved Morris.
AUBURN – Two former Auburn student athletes are among the six finalists for the 2012 Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship, the NCAA’s highest academic award. Auburn’s finalists are Dan Mazzaferro, diving, who graduated in 2010 from the College of Sciences and Mathematics and in 2011 from the College of Business; and Mary “Katy” Frierson, women’s soccer, who graduated in 2011 from the College of Liberal Arts.
Each year, three male and three female finalists are invited to interview for one of two awards. One male and one female former student-athlete will be selected later this month for the renewable award, which provides $24,000 annually.
AUBURN – Construction will begin soon on a $28.8 million science center designed to foster multidisciplinary research collaborations across the Auburn University campus that will generate new knowledge and technology to benefit Alabama.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the 84,000-square-foot Auburn University Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce, or CASIC, were held Friday, Nov. 18, at the Auburn Technology Park. The CASIC building is being funded by a $14.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology and matching dollars supplied by the state of Alabama along with support from Auburn University and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station.
The new center will feature 20 laboratories as well as shared support spaces and specialized equipment areas for scientific research in bioenergy, water quality, food safety, genomics, information science and ecosystem health. Researchers from Auburn’s colleges of Agriculture; Engineering; Sciences and Mathematics; and Architecture, Design and Construction; and its School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences will be housed in the facility.
AUBURN – Starting next week, student pharmacists from Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy will hold a series of community outreach activities locally and in Mobile to raise awareness about the health consequences of poor medication adherence, or not taking medication as directed. All events are free and open to the public.
Auburn University student pharmacists in Mobile and on the main campus are joining with students across the country in conducting activities throughout October, as part of a national effort to educate consumers on the importance of medication adherence.