AUBURN – Auburn University faculty member Virginia Davis and recent Auburn graduate Khristine Pizarro have received the 2011 Mark A. Spencer Creative Mentorship Award. The award not only recognizes the efforts of engineering faculty who take an interest in the life and development of students through mentoring, but also rewards both faculty members and students for creative collaboration.
Davis, an associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering in Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, and Pizarro, a graduate in chemical engineering, worked together as student and teacher from the time Pizarro first came to Auburn in 2007 to work in Davis’ lab. She came as part of a 10-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Micro/Nano-Structured Materials, Therapeutics and Devices funded by the National Science Foundation.
AUBURN – Patrick Smyth, a senior in mechanical engineering in Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship provides three years of support at $30,000 annually and an additional $10,500 cost of education allowance. The purpose of this fellowship program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States.
“I am honored to receive an NSF Graduate Fellowship, and think it is a reflection of the quality of the education that I received at Auburn and the many opportunities that I was offered here,” Smyth said. “I am looking forward to using the fellowship to build on the undergraduate foundation I started at Auburn.”
AUBURN – Virginia Davis, an associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering in Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, is among 85 researchers named by President Barack Obama to receive the prestigious Presidential Early Career for Scientists and Engineers Award, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on early-career researchers.
Davis joins 18 other National Science Foundation recipients of the 2010 PECASE Award who will receive the award later this year at a White House ceremony.
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 National Science Foundation has awarded Auburn University a $4.6 million grant to renovate research laboratories that will enhance the university’s biological engineering programs.
Auburn’s Department of Biosystems Engineering will use the funding to upgrade the Tom Corley Building Annex, which was constructed in 1948. The renovated 23,000-square-foot facility will allow Auburn to increase its research into bioenergy and bioproducts engineering, ecological engineering, food safety engineering, biosystems automation and best management technologies.
AUBURN – Auburn University researchers were recently awarded five National Science Foundation rapid response grants to study the environmental impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
While the obvious visual signs of the spill seem to be disappearing, the long-term aftereffects remain to be seen. Auburn has a long history of strong research in marine and coastal environments and these researchers are gathering critical information to support future policy and remediation efforts in response to the spill. Understanding what is happening to crude oil components and dispersants, and their impact on water quality, sediments and seafood, along with the overall coastal ecosystem, is critical to understanding the long-term impacts of the spill on the Gulf Coast economy and residents.