AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Former FBI investigative specialist Eric O’Neill, an Auburn University alumnus who was instrumental in the capture of one of the most notorious Russian spies in the U.S. since the end of the Cold War, will deliver the Graduate School’s New Horizons Lecture on Friday, March 28, at 3 p.m. in Auburn University’s Foy Hall ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.
O’Neill’s lecture, “The World is Not Enough: Lessons in Courage, Confidence and Determination From a Spy Hunter,” relates to his role in helping the FBI obtain evidence against Robert Hanssen, a 25-year FBI veteran who was arrested and convicted on espionage charges in 2001 for divulging national secrets to Russia and the former Soviet Union. O’Neill’s exploits were brought to the big screen in 2007 as part of the movie “Breach,” starring Ryan Phillippe as O’Neill.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Thirty Auburn University graduate students will have three minutes each to present their research to judges and the public in a thesis competition Thursday, June 27, from 1-3:30 p.m. in 1103 Shelby Center. The competition is sponsored by the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Council.
Typically, a student will present an 80,000-word thesis or dissertation in a nine-hour period. The Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT, communication competition challenges students to consolidate their ideas and convey the important parts of their research to a non-specialist audience in a three-minute time frame.
AUBURN – The Auburn University Graduate School will host journalist Cynthia Tucker as the New Horizons Lecturer March 20, at 2 p.m. in Langdon Hall Auditorium where she will give a talk on “Reflections on Race, Class and Resentment.” A reception in Langdon courtyard will follow the free public lecture.
Tucker, a veteran newspaper journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, is a visiting professor of journalism and Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Georgia. She is also a highly regarded commentator on television and radio news shows.
AUBURN – It is no secret that there is a close bond between Auburn University and the Auburn community. Now there is a chance for a group of students who might otherwise feel like outsiders to really be a part of that community.
On the Saturday of the first away game of the football season, 12 international graduate students went kayaking on the Coosa River in Wetumpka with Kevan Bizilia, owner of Bizilia’s Café on College Street in Auburn. He led the expedition which also included five other Auburn community members.
The opportunity for this diverse group to enjoy some of Alabama’s natural scenery came through a new program being developed by the Graduate School, called Interconnect.
AUBURN – Former astronaut and Auburn alumna Kathryn Thornton will be the first speaker for the Auburn University Graduate School’s newly established New Horizons Lecture Series.
Thornton’s lecture, “Space Flight: A Human Perspective,” will be at 4 p.m. March 30 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center and is open to the public. Later that evening she will receive the Alumna Award from the Auburn University Women’s Resource Center during its Women’s Leadership Conference.