AUBURN – A recent Auburn University study provides evidence that today’s college students are heavier and, yes, fatter when they graduate than when they first arrived on campus. And that’s true more so for the male student body than the female. The study tracked changes in male and female college students’ weight, size, shape and body composition not just as freshmen but over the course of their four-year college careers.
Results from the in-depth research project that ultimately followed 89 females and 42 males from their first semester on campus in August 2007 to their last in May 2011 showed seven out of every 10 students participating in the study gained weight – an average of 13 pounds for males and 3.7 pounds for females – on their journey to a bachelor’s degree.
More telling, however, were the changes in body fat percentages, which revealed that the average weight-gaining student in the four-year study had 4.7 percent more fat tissue as a graduating senior than he or she had as an incoming freshman. Body fat percentages increase not only with gain of fat tissue but also with the loss of lean muscle mass, so, although females in the study gained only 3.7 pounds on the scales, they had 8.5 more pounds of fat in the body at the study’s end. For males, the higher body fat percentage translated into 11.1 additional pounds of fat.
AUBURN – Two members of Auburn University’s Honors College have been named finalists for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, one of the nation’s top academic awards. Seniors Erica Meissner of Ashburnham, Mass., and Krissy Voss of Paradise Valley, Ariz., will interview with selection committees in Birmingham, Ala., and Los Angeles, respectively, Nov. 19-20.
Scholarship winners will be announced following the interviews.
“Mentoring students with exceptional potential has been a key component of Auburn’s strategic plan, and Krissy and Erica are the best of the best,” said Auburn President Jay Gogue. “We’re proud to have them represent the Auburn family.”
AUBURN – Auburn University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics, in collaboration with the Alabama Department of Education, has been awarded $600,000 from NASA to produce modules in the varying science focus areas of global climate change. The program, “Bringing Global Climate Change Education to Alabama Classrooms,” will partner with the Alabama Science in Motion, or ASIM, program to effectively train teachers and educate students in grades 9-12 about the changing planet.
Steve Ricks, director of the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative, said the partnership with Auburn University will allow Alabama’s teachers and their students to experience first-hand how scientists investigate global change. Teachers and students will gain unique insight into the science behind one of the most prevalent scientific issues of our time – the environment and its effect on our lives.
Auburn University students have garnered numerous awards and scholarships throughout the history of the university. This spring, three students from the university’s Honors College received prestigious recognition that places them among the nation’s best and brightest academic achievers. Rebecca Ludvigsen of Lilburn, Ga., has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany; Anne-Marie Hodge of Chattanooga, Tenn., earned a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship; and Lauren Hayes of Abbeville, Ala., was named to the second team in USA Today’s All-USA College Academic Team competition.
AUBURN – Paul Hemphill, Auburn alumnus and author of “A Tiger Walk Through History: A Compete History of Auburn Football from 1892 to the Tuberville Era,” will talk about his book at a reception in his honor on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. in the Ariccia lounge in The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
In this book, he chronicles Auburn’s football program from the first game, coached by Auburn legend George Petrie, to the present. Contributors to the volume include Rheta Grimsley Johnson, Ken and Joy Ringer, Anne River Siddons, Jim Stewart and Cynthia Tucker and Auburn athletic director emeritus David Housel.