AUBURN UNIVERSITY –The Auburn University chapter of the National Academy of Inventors, or NAI, held its fourth annual luncheon April 17 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
The keynote speaker was Samuel Bonasso, a registered civil engineer, entrepreneur and inventor and public servant. Bonasso was formally the Secretary of Transportation for the State of West Virginia and acting administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation. The inventor of Mechanical Concrete, Bonasso holds five U.S. patents and is the president and founder of The Reinforced Aggregates Company located in Morgantown, West Virginia. His talk, “This is it! The Realities of Entrepreneuring and Invention Commercialization.” was very well received by the attendees.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – An Auburn University researcher teamed up with the National Institutes of Health to study how brain networks shape an individual’s religious belief, finding that brain interactions were different between religious and non-religious subjects.
Gopikrishna Deshpande, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, and the NIH researchers recently published their results in the journal, “Brain Connectivity.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University dedicated a Biological Engineering Research Laboratory on Thursday, Nov. 21. The newly renovated facility features advanced technology that researchers and administrators say will significantly enhance the research infrastructure of the university, the state and the region.
The $6 million renovation, funded by a $4.6 million National Science Foundation competitive grant and $1.6 million from the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, marks the first substantial improvements to the 22,800-square-foot lab since its construction in 1948.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Following an internal search, the Offices of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Provost announce the appointment of Zhanjiang “John” Liu as Auburn University’s associate vice president for research and associate provost, effective Dec. 1.
“Dr. Liu has the experience, background and strong desire to assist faculty in seeking external sponsorship for their scholarly work across our campus,” said Vice President for Research and Economic Development John Mason. “His scholarly achievements and administrative leadership are an excellent fit for the position as we continue to strengthen the quality and visibility of our research programs.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY — The Auburn Business Incubator has launched a virtual incubator program as an expansion of its programs to assist start-up and early stage companies.
Located in the Auburn Research Park, the Auburn Business Incubator is a full-service mixed-use incubator managed by the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation. The incubator is a technology-based program charged with the mission of assisting start-up and early stage companies in being successful by linking them to a network of services from the university and community.
Since opening in May of 2011, the success of the incubator has prompted the development of additional services designed to provide further assistance to start-up and early stage businesses operating within the local and extended communities.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – John Mason, Auburn University’s associate provost and vice president for research, will initiate an internal search this summer for the position of associate vice president for research. The position will become vacant following the departure of Carl Pinkert, who will join the University of Alabama as its vice president for research Nov. 1.
Frank Bartol, associate dean for research and graduate studies in Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine, will chair the search, which Mason says will begin Aug. 16 as faculty and students return from summer break.