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 Southeastern Raptor Center will release two red-tailed hawks on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. during Storybook Farm’s Fall Festival in Opelika.
The two red-tailed hawks – one immature with minor soft tissue wounds and the other, an adult which also suffered from soft issue wounds as well as a fungal infection – were treated by staff at the Southeastern Raptor Center, a division of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University professor Kenneth Halanych and his colleagues have made a new scientific discovery: acorn worms found in deep waters surrounding Antarctica secrete a tube around their bodies. The discovery of an acorn worm with the ability to make tubes is significant as the only other worms of this type known to make tubes lived more than 500 million years ago near the dawn of animal life on earth.
The group’s discovery comes on the heels of the first of two Antarctic research cruises. Last January, a team of scientists from the College of Sciences and Mathematics’ William P. and Ruth W. Molette Environmental and Climate Change Studies Laboratory spent six weeks on a research cruise exploring the genetic diversity of marine organisms found in the waters surrounding Earth’s southernmost continent.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Food Systems Institute has created a one-of-a-kind multimedia e-book that brings together a wide range of information about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, from its history to food preparation and safety.
“Our purpose with this free e-book is to create a comprehensive resource for you to enjoy, learn and use,” said Pat Curtis, institute director. “When we say ‘e-book,’ we’re talking about a fun, multimedia presentation that you’ll want to keep and refer to over and over again.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University mechanical engineering students in Professor David Dyer’s comprehensive design class take good ideas and help turn them into sleek, customer-ready products. Interestingly, the good ideas can be generated at the most unusual times.
One idea, now a finished product called the SledHammer, originated when a high school football coach helped his neighbors remove debris from their yards after the April 2011 tornadoes ripped across Alabama. Vaughn Maceina, now a strength coach and teacher at Auburn Junior High School, was living and coaching in the north Alabama town of Guntersville.