AUBURN UNIVERSITY – An associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University has earned one of the first grants to support sustainability research from the newly created Ray C. Anderson Foundation.
Jin Wang, the B. Redd Associate Professor in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, earned a $50,000 award to support her research aimed at reducing energy and chemical consumption at pulp mills.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Agricultural damage by wild pigs not only affects the southeastern U.S., but is also a challenge faced by farmers around the world.
Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences professor Steve Ditchkoff has received an $80,000 grant from the government of Morocco for research and activities to help curb its growing population of wild pigs, which can destroy crops, cause environmental damage and impact other livestock and wildlife.
Ditchkoff, Auburn’s William R. and Fay Ireland Endowed Distinguished Professor in Wildlife Sciences, will conduct a pilot study to see whether a trapping method developed by his graduate student, Rob Holtfreter, can be adapted to Morocco’s pigs and system of removal. The project developed after Ditchkoff spoke recently at a summit in Morocco as the premier U.S. expert on wild pigs.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University and Huntsville-based Dynetics are working together to pursue science- and technology-focused research and economic development projects.
Auburn and Dynetics have partnered to join the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable, GUIRR, an organization sponsored by the National Academies of Science and Engineering and the Institute of Medicine. By participating in GUIRR, Auburn and Dynetics now work more closely with senior research leaders in federal agencies, industry and academia.
“Together with Dynetics, we’re in a better position to play a role in developing solutions and promoting economic growth in Alabama and beyond,” said Rodney Robertson, executive director of Auburn’s research center in Huntsville.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Two professors in Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences have been awarded a $240,000 research grant from the U.S. Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program to study the links between urbanization and West Nile Virus.
Clinton-McClure Professor Graeme Lockaby, and Associate Professor Latif Kalin will conduct the project, “Impact of Forest to Urban Conversion on Human Health,” in collaboration with Wayne Zipperer at the USFS Southern Research Station, the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA, and the Georgia Department of Community Health, as well as SFWS faculty members Krisztian Magori and Wayde Morse.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Board of Trustees on June 22 voted to name a new facility at the Auburn Research Park after Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard.
In appreciation of his support in advancing the university’s academic mission and role in economic development, the board named the building the Mike Hubbard Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce. Hubbard was instrumental in securing half of the $28 million that is being used to build the center.
“This is an unexpected honor, and is very much appreciated,” Hubbard told the board. “It is an honor and a privilege to represent Auburn University each day in Montgomery. I always want what is in the best interest of the university.”
AUBURN – John Mason, Auburn University’s associate provost and vice president for research, has been elected to the board of directors for the Oak Ridge Associated Universities.
ORAU is a consortium of leading Ph.D.-granting institutions that cultivates collaborative partnerships to enhance scientific research and education.
Mason earned a bachelor’s in transportation from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s in transportation engineering from Villanova University and a doctorate in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. At Auburn, he is responsible for research program development, sponsored programs, technology transfer and commercialization. He is also president of the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation.