Auburn and Tuskegee universities team with East Alabama Medical Center to help Tuskegee residents fight diabetes

Reaching OutAUBURN UNIVERSITY — Longstanding Southern traditions of cooking and eating often clash with the dietary requirements needed to manage diabetes. In particular, type 2 diabetes is consistently problematic in Alabama, which has ranked among the top three states for diabetes for the past several years.

One of the problems is a lack of access to accredited education about culturally tailored healthy lifestyles and other diabetes management behaviors. Research shows that while education alone is often not enough for persons to decide to fully adhere with all diabetes self-management behaviors, it is a critical foundational component for those who do.

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School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences to hold Spring Fling April 18

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences will host its Spring Fling Friday, April 18, at coach Pat Dye’s Crooked Oaks Farm and Quail Hollow Gardens in Notasulga, Ala. Net proceeds from the fundraising gala will fund scholarships, program support and educational initiatives in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

Events begin at 5 p.m. and will include an archery exhibition; live and silent auctions; demonstrations from the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, Birds of a Feather and the Southeastern Raptor Center; special appearances; and dinner and dancing, with live music provided by Kidd Blue. Dinner will be provided by Conecuh Sausage and the Organized Seafood Association of Alabama.

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Conference sponsored by PNC Foundation to provide training in science education for infants, toddlers

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A unique science-based learning module for infants and toddlers will be the focus of an upcoming conference held by Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences thanks to a gift from the PNC Foundation.

The learning module to provide training in science education will be launched at the annual Focus on Family Child Care conference, June 13-14, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center in Auburn. The conference is part of Auburn’s Family Child Care Partnerships program, which trains Alabama’s licensed family child care providers.

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Auburn chapter of American Association of University Professors honors President Jay Gogue

Auburn University President Jay Gogue received the 2014 Glenn Howze Academic Freedom Award from the Auburn chapter of the American Association of University Professors during the spring meeting of the University Faculty on March 25. Gogue is the second Auburn president to receive the award. The chapter’s first Academic Freedom Award went to President William Muse in 1994. Harbert College of Business Professor Herbert Jack Rotfeld, right, president of the Auburn AAUP chapter, cited Gogue for active and ongoing support for the faculty’s role in shared governance. The award is named for the late Glenn Howze, a leading advocate for shared governance who served as the 1998 chair of the University Senate.

Redevelopment of Samford Park at Toomer’s Corner set to begin next week

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Phase I of the redevelopment and enhancement of Samford Park at Toomer’s Corner is scheduled to begin Wednesday, April 2. In preparation for the work, the iconic eagles perched on top of the 1917 brick gates will be temporarily taken down Thursday morning, March 27, by The Lathan Company Inc., a Mobile-based firm which restored the eagles in April 2012. The eagles will be stored on campus and returned to the corner upon completion of the project. The gates will remain on site during construction.

The project will begin with the installation of fencing around the perimeter of the worksite and the closure of a number of sidewalks in Samford Park as well as the crosswalks at the corner of West Magnolia Avenue and South College Street. Pedestrians are asked to use the midblock crosswalks on West Magnolia Avenue and South College Street for access to the downtown area from the university.

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Auburn Library to host Auburn alumnus, an inventor who’s the subject of new biography ‘Genius in America’

Inventor and Auburn University alumnus C. Harry KnowlesAUBURN UNIVERSITY –Inventor and Auburn physics alumnus C. Harry Knowles will be the featured guest Thursday, March 27 at an Auburn University Libraries event marking the publication this month of his biography, “Genius in America: The Story of C. Harry Knowles, Inventor.”

At 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library, the author of “Genius in America”, Mary Ellen Hendrix, will read from the book. Knowles will discuss his career and answer questions from the audience. Immediately following the program there will be a reception and a book signing.

Knowles recently donated his personal papers and photos to the university. Some of the photos include glimpses of Auburn life from 1945 to 1951 and will be on display.

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