AUBURN – Auburn University recently held its sixth annual Faculty Awards Celebrating Excellence Ceremony at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
The awards presented at the ceremony are the highest honors the university gives to faculty and this year honored the outstanding academic achievements of 20 faculty members. (Photos and videos of the event can be found here).
Auburn University Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Timothy Boosinger hosted the event and Bob Howell, WSFA-12 evening anchor, was master of ceremonies. Dale Coleman, associate professor of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture, gave the invocation. Sarah Newton, Auburn University Board of Trustees member, gave congratulations and special remarks.
AUBURN – The National Science Foundation has awarded Auburn University a $3 million, five-year grant to instruct doctoral students in the sustainable production of biofuels and chemicals. The grant, an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship, or IGERT, is the first awarded at Auburn.
The collaborative project, “IGERT: Integrated Biorefining for Sustainable Production of Fuels and Chemicals,” is led by Mario Eden, an associate professor of chemical engineering at Auburn.
“Exploring bioenergy is integral to Auburn’s strategic plan and the university is uniquely suited to lead this effort because of its established track record and expertise in biorefining research and education,” said Eden, the Joe T. and Billie Carole McMillan associate professor in Auburn’s Department of Chemical Engineering. “Auburn researchers are advancing the technologies that enable production of fuels and chemicals from a wide range of bioresource feedstocks.”
AUBURN – Football fans who attend Auburn’s Sept. 10 matchup with the Mississippi State Bulldogs will have the opportunity to see the South’s top collegiate anglers weigh their prize catches at Ag Heritage Park.
Twenty schools will be competing in the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southeast Regional Championship Thursday to Saturday, Sept. 8-10, on Lake Harding on the Alabama-Georgia state line, with the final weigh-ins occurring Saturday at Ag Heritage Park on Donahue Drive approximately 15 minutes after the Mississippi State game. The football game kicks off at 11:20 a.m.
AUBURN – Auburn University’s Office of University Outreach will kick off the new school year with an event to launch the 2011 College Prep Initiative, celebrating the partnership between Auburn University and Loachapoka schools, on Monday, Aug. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at Loachapoka High School. There will be an opening reception followed by welcome remarks at 6 p.m.
The event will provide an opportunity for students and families in the community to learn about and sign up for numerous educational programs offered by Auburn University. The College Prep Initiative is in its second year and was established to engage students and inspire them to attain postsecondary education. The goal of the initiative is to have a majority of the graduating class accepted into a college or university.
AUBURN – Auburn University researchers set university records last year for the number of U.S. patents and license and option agreements.
During 2010, Auburn earned 25 U.S. patents, beating the second highest mark of 19 in 2007, and secured 25 new license and option agreements. Auburn researchers also cited 105 new invention disclosures, almost reaching the university’s top score of 110 four years ago.
AUBURN – For the first time, high school-aged students are invited to spend a week on the Auburn University campus experiencing firsthand the worlds of fashion and interior design.
Carol Warfield, head of the Department of Consumer Affairs in Auburn’s College of Human Sciences, said young people may have developed an interest in fashion design from a TV show like “Project Runway” or interior design from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” but the first-ever Project Design Summer Camp offers them the chance to try it themselves.