AUBURN – Stephen “Ash” Bullard, assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture, recently received a $145,000 National Science Foundation for Rapid Response Research grant for work related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The 12-month study will be conducted by Bullard and Middle Tennessee State University biology professor George Benz. Beginning this month, the researchers will study parasites of fish as biosensors to learn how the toxic effects of the spill impact the marine and coastal environment of Alabama.
AUBURN – Wei Zhan, assistant professor in the College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University, has received a five-year, $580,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, award, to conduct research on solar energy.
Zahn’s research proposal is titled “Molecular Photovoltaics – A Lipid-Based Approach” and his research is designed to provide insight into a more efficient conversion of solar energy to electrical energy. Although solar energy has the potential to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, many current technologies are inefficient and costly.
AUBURN – The National Science Foundation has selected a researcher in Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering for the agency’s award as one of America’s top junior faculty members.
The NSF recently chose Virginia Davis, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Auburn, to receive the agency’s Faculty Early Development CAREER Award. 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.
Auburn University students have garnered numerous awards and scholarships throughout the history of the university. This spring, three students from the university’s Honors College received prestigious recognition that places them among the nation’s best and brightest academic achievers. Rebecca Ludvigsen of Lilburn, Ga., has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany; Anne-Marie Hodge of Chattanooga, Tenn., earned a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship; and Lauren Hayes of Abbeville, Ala., was named to the second team in USA Today’s All-USA College Academic Team competition.