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Auburn researchers play role in antimatter breakthrough featured in journal Nature

AUBURN – A recent scientific breakthrough could lead to changes in the world of antimatter physics, according to Francis Robicheaux, an Auburn University physics professor and member of ALPHA, the international team of scientists conducting the antimatter research.

Last year the ALPHA (Anti-Hydrogen Laser Physics Apparatus) team was able to trap and hold the antimatter version of the hydrogen atom. They have now accomplished the goal they set at that time of being able to measure the fundamental properties of antihydrogen.

An article in this week’s edition of the journal Nature, titled “Resonant quantum transitions in trapped antihydrogen atoms,” describes the progress made in that research.

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Auburn University’s Donald E. Davis Arboretum earns national recognition for oak collection

Donald E. Davis ArboretumAUBURN – Auburn University’s Donald E. Davis Arboretum has won national recognition for its extensive and valuable collection of oaks. Home to 38 species of oaks native to Alabama and the Southeast, including rare and threatened species, the arboretum has been honored by the North American Plant Collections Consortium as a member of its Multi-Site Quercus, or oak, Collection, a distinction given to select botanical gardens and arboretums. Auburn’s arboretum, in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, is one of only 20 from across the country to be accepted into the Quercus Collection.

“This recognition of the arboretum’s oak collection is really exciting for the university,” Dee Smith, curator of the arboretum, said. “It integrates Auburn University into a national organization of collections and increases the visibility of our research and conservation efforts.”

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Auburn University hosting second annual Marie W. Wooten Memorial 5K Run in April

AUBURN – Auburn University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics, or COSAM, will hold the second annual Marie W. Wooten Memorial 5K Run on April 21 in recognition of Wooten’s contributions as a mentor, scientist, scholar and academic administrator and her commitment to student training and outreach.

In addition to the 5K run that begins at 8 a.m. outside Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum, the event will also include a one-mile walk beginning at 8:20 a.m.

Last year’s 5K hosted over 150 participants and proceeds from the event provided scholarship support to four female students in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. The scholarships were created through gifts to the Auburn University Foundation by friends, colleagues and family members of Wooten.

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Auburn University mourns death of Sciences and Mathematics dean-Update 11/9/10

Arrangements announced for services for Dean WootenFuneral arrangements for College of Sciences and Mathematics Dean Marie Wooten have been announced. Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home, 1500 Frederick Road, in Opelika. Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 12, at 1:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of Auburn United Methodist Church, 220 East Magnolia Ave., in Auburn, with Rev. Nick Holler officiating. A private service will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Marie W. Wooten Memorial Scholarship Fund. Checks should be made payable to the “AU Foundation” and mailed to the College of Sciences and Mathematics, 315 Roosevelt Concourse, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala. 36849-7350. To read the full obituary, go to ( http://newsletter.cosam.auburn.edu/).

News story from 11/5/10
– The City of Auburn Police Division announced this morning that Marie Wooten, dean of Auburn University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics, was struck and killed by an automobile at the intersection of South College Street and South Donahue Drive.

According to the police report, Wooten, 53, of Auburn and Frankie A. Bell, 39, of Opelika were struck at approximately 5:45 a.m. as they crossed South College Street while jogging. Bell was airlifted to Columbus, Ga., Regional Medical Center; her condition was not available at the time of this news release. The accident is under investigation.

“This is a terrible tragedy for the Auburn family,” Auburn University President Jay Gogue said. “We express our condolences to Dean Wooten’s family, colleagues and students.”

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New biology lab at Auburn to house research on effects of global climate change

AUBURN – Auburn University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics, or COSAM, will dedicate the new Molette Biology Laboratory for Environmental and Climate Change Studies on Friday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m. in the Rouse Life Sciences Building rotunda.  The new facility will enable COSAM faculty and students to expand their scientific research within freshwater and marine systems in the context of global climate change. The dedication is open to the public and will feature a short presentation, reception and interactive tours of the lab.

In the last 18 months, three faculty members in COSAM have been instrumental in securing more than $3.5 million in research grants. Biological sciences professors Kenneth Halanych, Scott Santos and Kevin Fielman were awarded these funds because of their extensive and ongoing research with various terrestrial and aquatic species, focused mainly on marine segmented worms and other invertebrates. The understanding of such organisms will contribute to scientific knowledge of how climate change and other large-scale human disturbances, like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, affect species’ growth, adaptation, genetics and overall development.

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BEST Robotics teams from 19 schools to compete Saturday at Auburn University

AUBURN – On Saturday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Auburn University Student Activities Center, teams from 19 local middle and high schools participating in the 2010 War Eagle BEST Competition will put the robots they’ve been working on for the past six weeks to the test. For driving directions, go to www.wareaglebest.org.

War Eagle BEST is based at Auburn University and co-sponsored by the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and College of Sciences and Mathematics.

Six weeks ago, the teams received their kits of standardized parts and were given the details of this year’s game – “Total Recall” – that challenges them to design robots that can successfully process and package a manufactured product while ensuring the highest standards of quality. Since then, the students have designed and built robots for Saturday’s head-to-head competition. A second portion of the competition will test the team’s ability to market their creations using presentations, notebooks, displays, t-shirt designs and spirit.

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