AUBURN – A research team in Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is finding new ways to develop renewable fuels and high-value chemicals from cellulosic biomass by revolutionizing a process originally developed in Germany in the 1920s.
Led by faculty member Mario Eden and department chair Christopher Roberts, the team recently conducted studies that demonstrate how the Fischer-Tropsch process can be modified to produce large amounts of oxygenated chemical compounds that have a high intrinsic value in the marketplace.
AUBURN – James Groccia, director of the Biggio Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at Auburn University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to study in Estonia, where he will serve as a visiting scholar at the University of Tartu, beginning this fall.
“Estonia will celebrate its 20th anniversary of independence from Soviet control in 2011 and its higher education system has emerged as a driving force for economic and social change,” said Groccia, an associate professor of educational leadership. “I am honored to be part of this transition at one of the oldest and most prestigious higher education institutions in the region. This experience will greatly inform my work here at Auburn both in the Biggio Center and in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology.”
AUBURN – An Auburn University professor has been awarded a $580,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture, or NIFA, to study the effects of climate change on agriculture and forest production.
Professor Lisa Samuelson, director of the Center for Longleaf Pine Ecosystems in Auburn’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, received the funding as part of a $20 million, five-year grant awarded to a collaboration of 12 institutions. More than 50 investigators from universities and federal agencies are participating in the project.
AUBURN – A team led by Auburn University researchers Ken Halanych and Scott Santos was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation through the Assembling the Tree of Life program. The grant is for $3 million, with Auburn’s portion totaling $1.4 million.
Assembling the Tree of Life is an NSF initiative that seeks to improve understanding of the diversity of life on the planet and how the Earth’s more than 1.7 million species are related. Halanych and Santos are studying annelids, or segmented worms, one of the most abundant organisms on the planet.
AUBURN – The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded an Auburn University outreach initiative $4.6 million to expand the availability of broadband technology in Alabama’s rural libraries and schools.
In announcing the awards, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said that when you don’t have access to high-speed Internet, you don’t have access to all the educational, business and employment opportunities it provides.
Overall, the initiative will deploy 1,000 new computer workstations and replace nearly 500 more at 94 rural libraries and 21 public schools across Alabama. Auburn plans to use the new equipment to offer online training programs and telemedical applications to underserved rural areas.
AUBURN – Auburn University and Auburn Montgomery were jointly awarded an Emergency Management for Higher Education grant by the U.S. Department of Education.
Public safety and emergency management officials from Auburn and Auburn Montgomery, along with the Auburn Montgomery Center for Government, or CGOV, will use the funding to enhance emergency preparedness planning efforts on both campuses.