AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Paul Bergen, a 2012 graduate of Auburn University, has been selected as a Marcus L. Urann Fellow, an award presented by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi to select members entering the first year of graduate or professional school. As a part of the fellowship, Bergen will receive a $15,000 stipend.
Bergen is one of six recipients nationally and one of 190 students to receive an institutional nomination for the fellowship. Only one student per university may be nominated.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Kimberly Smith, a doctoral student in Auburn University’s Department of Curriculum and Teaching in the College of Education, is conducting literacy research in Senegal as a Fulbright-Hays Fellow.
Smith earned more than $27,000 in funding and is working with Senegalese educators to evaluate students’ oral vocabulary development in French and Wolof, a local language spoken by nearly 40 percent of the country’s population, and to promote French literacy skills necessary for academic and career success.
A native of Brewton, Ala., Smith has been working in the West African republic since the start of the 2012-2013 academic year.
AUBURN – Robert Holm, assistant director of education in Auburn University’s Office of Sponsored Programs, was recently appointed a SENCER Leadership Fellow by the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement.
Chosen from a group of more than 2,500 nominees, Holm is one of nine educators elected to this year’s class of fellows. SENCER, or Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities, is a National Science Foundation-supported faculty development and science education reform initiative that engages students in sciences and mathematics by focusing coursework on real world problems. Holm will serve an 18-month appointment, during which he will work to advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education and teaching.
AUBURN – Werner Bergen, nutritional biochemist and professor in the Auburn University Department of Animal Sciences, has been named a fellow of the American Society for Nutrition, the preeminent worldwide scientific organization for nutritional sciences.
The status of fellow is the highest recognition the society bestows on nutrition scientists and is reserved for individuals who are 65 or older and who have a lifelong record of distinguished research accomplishments in nutrition research and practice.
In announcing Bergen’s selection, Sharon Donovan, president of the society, cited the highly innovative research he has conducted throughout his career on protein and lipid metabolism in agriculturally important animals. Bergen’s research objectives include enhancing efficiency in cattle and pig production, improving meat quality and ensuring product wholesomeness.
Cynthia Reed, professor and director of the Truman Pierce Institute in the College of Education has been named the presidential administrative fellow for the spring 2011 semester.
The Presidential Administrative Fellowship Program provides senior administrative experience to faculty, providing them the opportunity to appreciate and understand higher education administration. The fellow proposes and develops a plan and will dedicate the semester to a special project.
AUBURN – Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services, a unit within University Outreach, has named John Sibley Butler as its 2008-09 Senior Fellow. The center’s program recognizes experienced practitioners, academicians and researchers for their significant contributions to excellence in government.
Requirements for senior fellow status include extensive experience, prominence and recognized contributions in public affairs. Butler is professor and administrator at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds the Gale Chair in Entrepreneurship and Small Business in the Graduate School of Business and the Herb Kelleher Chair in Entrepreneurship. He is the director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship and the director of the Institute for Innovation and Creativity.