AUBURN – Virginia Davis, an associate professor in Auburn’s Department of Chemical Engineering, will present the public lecture, “The History and Future of Nanotechnology in Art,” Thursday, March 24, from 5-7 p.m. at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University.
In her talk, Davis will discuss how the size and shape of particles determine color, and how recent scientific advances help us understand not only phenomena such as the iridescence of butterfly wings, but also practical applications such as how to make more durable paint.
AUBURN – Auburn University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics, or COSAM, will dedicate the new Molette Biology Laboratory for Environmental and Climate Change Studies on Friday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m. in the Rouse Life Sciences Building rotunda. The new facility will enable COSAM faculty and students to expand their scientific research within freshwater and marine systems in the context of global climate change. The dedication is open to the public and will feature a short presentation, reception and interactive tours of the lab.
In the last 18 months, three faculty members in COSAM have been instrumental in securing more than $3.5 million in research grants. Biological sciences professors Kenneth Halanych, Scott Santos and Kevin Fielman were awarded these funds because of their extensive and ongoing research with various terrestrial and aquatic species, focused mainly on marine segmented worms and other invertebrates. The understanding of such organisms will contribute to scientific knowledge of how climate change and other large-scale human disturbances, like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, affect species’ growth, adaptation, genetics and overall development.
AUBURN – On Saturday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Auburn University Student Activities Center, teams from 19 local middle and high schools participating in the 2010 War Eagle BEST Competition will put the robots they’ve been working on for the past six weeks to the test. For driving directions, go to www.wareaglebest.org.
War Eagle BEST is based at Auburn University and co-sponsored by the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and College of Sciences and Mathematics.
Six weeks ago, the teams received their kits of standardized parts and were given the details of this year’s game – “Total Recall” – that challenges them to design robots that can successfully process and package a manufactured product while ensuring the highest standards of quality. Since then, the students have designed and built robots for Saturday’s head-to-head competition. A second portion of the competition will test the team’s ability to market their creations using presentations, notebooks, displays, t-shirt designs and spirit.
AUBURN – Marie Wooten, Scharnagel Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and associate dean for research in Auburn University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics, has been named dean of the college, effective Aug. 1.
“Dr. Wooten has been an integral part of the College of Sciences and Mathematics for a number of years,” Auburn Provost Mary Ellen Mazey said. “She is an experienced classroom instructor, an internationally recognized scientist and a leader in interdisciplinary research and outreach.”
Wooten, an Auburn faculty member since 1987, has served as associate dean for research in the college since 2000. In this role, she has guided the creation of several programs, enhanced interdisciplinary research, developed strategic partnerships and sought to diversify the college’s research portfolio. Under her leadership, external funding secured by the college has doubled over a 10-year period.
AUBURN – An Auburn University researcher has discovered a genetic link between obesity and Alzheimer’s disease, which could be the first step in curing the memory-debilitating illness that affects millions of individuals, especially the elderly.
Marie Wooten, associate dean for research and professor of biological sciences in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, found that if a certain protein molecule, called p62, is absent from the brain in mice, they are much more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease.
AUBURN – Representatives of the National Science Foundation’s Research in Disabilities Education program will visit Auburn University Monday, Feb. 22, to meet local faculty and students participating in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics initiative, or STEM.
In October the NSF awarded $3 million to the Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM to help Alabama students with disabilities earn college degrees in science-related fields.