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’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will host the combined southeast and southwest regional meetings of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers Nov. 11 and 12.
The goals of the meeting include fostering communication and scientific interaction between people of diverse backgrounds and building a community of professional support. A variety of age groups and experience levels will be present at the meeting. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with representatives of industrial and governmental institutions and to explore further educational opportunities. Around 100 participants will attend, including many from historically black colleges and universities in the region.
AUBURN – Capt. Daniel P. King, a civil engineer who is retiring from the U.S. Navy after 28 years, has been named assistant vice president for facilities at Auburn University, effective Dec. 8.
In his new post, King will oversee campus maintenance, planning and related functions, including many responsibilities formerly held by John Mouton of the McWhorter School of Building Science. Mouton recently returned to his academic post after three years as special assistant to the president.