AUBURN – Robert Holm, assistant director of education in Auburn University’s Office of Sponsored Programs, was recently appointed a SENCER Leadership Fellow by the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement.
Chosen from a group of more than 2,500 nominees, Holm is one of nine educators elected to this year’s class of fellows. SENCER, or Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities, is a National Science Foundation-supported faculty development and science education reform initiative that engages students in sciences and mathematics by focusing coursework on real world problems. Holm will serve an 18-month appointment, during which he will work to advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education and teaching.
AUBURN – Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is adding a 15-hour tribology and lubrication science minor to its curriculum this fall – the first of its kind. The minor will prepare students from various engineering and science programs for careers that require a background in tribology, the study of friction, wear and lubrication.
Tribology has a range of applications, including engines, manufacturing, power generation, human joint replacement and oil product chemistry.
Students will gain an understanding of common mechanical systems and applications that rely heavily on satisfactory tribological performance, said Robert Jackson, director of the minor and a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. They will get an inside look at the industry through tours of local manufacturing facilities and guest lectures from field experts and will gain hands-on experience with industry standard devices and equipment through laboratory sections and research.
AUBURN – Edward Thomas, Auburn University physics professor and director of the Plasma Sciences Laboratory, has received a National Science Foundation award through the Major Research Instrumentation, or MRI, program, which he will use to further his research on the physics of dusty plasma.
The total amount awarded to Thomas is $2.1 million, which includes a 30 percent cost-sharing by Auburn University. This project represents one of the largest MRI projects ever awarded to Auburn University.
AUBURN – A group of 22 highly motivated incoming Auburn freshmen is on campus this month for the 15th annual Summer Bridge Program hosted by the College of Sciences and Mathematics.
The four-week residential program kicked off June 5, and will engage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in sciences, mathematics and engineering in activities designed to help them make a smooth transition from high school to the Auburn campus.
AUBURN – Auburn University physics professor Francis Robicheaux is part of an international team of scientists, known as ALPHA, who made a scientific breakthrough last year by trapping and holding the antimatter version of the hydrogen atom. An article published in the June edition of the journal Nature Physics provides updated results of progress made in that research.
When the discovery was initially announced, the team had captured 38 atoms of antihydrogen, storing each for a mere sixth of a second. Since then, ALPHA has made significant progress by trapping 309 antihydrogen atoms, with some held for as long as 15 minutes. As a result of the longer holding times, the scientists are now able to work toward not only improved production of trappable anti-atoms but also the study of their dynamics.
AUBURN – An architect from Auburn University’s McWhorter School of Building Science has been named executive director of the Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy program in Auburn’s College of Human Sciences.
June Henton, dean of the College of Human Sciences, has announced the appointment of Linda Ruth, an associate professor in Auburn’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction, to the position, effective Aug. 16. Ruth will also carry the title of Joseph S. Bruno Chair.
“Linda Ruth brings a wealth of knowledge and creativity in study abroad programming and, no doubt, will continue in the tradition of her predecessor Marilyn Bradbard by offering students a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Henton.