Future trees at Toomer’s Corner will grow in a high-tech environment

High-tech environment for future trees at Toomer’s CornerAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Although the exact species of trees that will replace Auburn’s famed oaks has yet to be determined, the literal foundation for their survival is nearing completion at Toomer’s Corner. The future oaks – scheduled for planting in early 2015 – will grow in a high-tech environment that will maximize their chances of living many years.

Construction crews have installed a modular, underground structural system known as Silva Cells, which are designed to support large tree growth while reducing soil compaction and providing stormwater management. The project in Samford Park is the first in Alabama to use Silva Cell technology.

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Auburn’s Aquaponics 101 workshop will give teachers new way to bring science into the classroom

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – “Aquaponics 101: Teaching with Tilapia and Tomatoes,” is a workshop for teachers that will provide them with a new way of introducing science and technology into their classrooms. The workshop, taught by Alabama Extension and Auburn University faculty, will be held June 9-13 at the E.W. Shell Fisheries Center at 2010 N. College St. in north Auburn.

Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics – the art and science of growing fish and plants in a symbiotic relationship in a single system. The fish are fed a high quality prepared diet and their waste is used as fertilizer to grow plants. The plants in turn act as a filter to clean the water that can be returned to the fish tank.

During the workshop, teachers will design and build their own aquaponics systems that they can take back to their schools. Participants will receive the resource materials to integrate this knowledge into existing curricula. Expert instruction will be provided by faculty from Alabama Extension, Auburn University, Gadsden State Community College and the Alabama/Mississippi Sea Grant Consortium.

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Auburn University opens unique, world-class plasma physics research laboratory today

AUBURN UNIVERSITY — Auburn’s College of Sciences and Mathematics introduced its one-of-a-kind Magnet Laboratory and 6,000-pound superconducting magnet at an open house today.

The facility, housed in the Department of Physics, will support plasma physics research for Auburn University faculty and students, as well as national and international scientists who will come to Auburn to perform experimental and theoretical studies. The magnet will allow researchers to shape the structure of the magnetic field and as a result, to perform potentially ground-breaking experiments.

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Auburn veterinary camps offer youth chance to experience profession

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Three camps this summer will offer youth the firsthand experience of being a veterinarian, giving some of them an early insight into their chosen profession.

Eighty youth will participate in three camps at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, coordinated in partnership with Auburn’s Office of Professional and Continuing Education and the college’s Continuing Education office. The camps are popular, booking up as far as six months before the actual camp. This year, students from as far away as Maryland will be attending.

Two Senior Veterinary Camps, one for 9th-11th graders and one specifically designed for 12th graders, will be held June 2-6; and a Junior Veterinary Camp, for 6th-8th graders, is set for June 16-20. All three camps are conducted by 17 second- and third-year College of Veterinary Medicine professional students, who have organized, and will teach and run the camps with assistance from faculty and staff.

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Auburn University’s ‘Globalism in Today’s Workforce’ conference in Atlanta’s CNN Center May 29

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A conference on “Globalism in Today’s Workforce: Trends in an International Market,” organized by Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services, will be held May 29 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta.

“The conference will provide a forum for leaders in business, government, academics and technology to examine trends in today’s international market and to collaborate on how best to prepare people for jobs that will meet the needs of a global workforce,” said Don-Terry Veal, director of the Center for Governmental Services, an agency of University Outreach.

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Auburn University to host fourth Anti-Bullying Summit in June in Peachtree City

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Cyberbullying protection, bullying and school violence and community bullying prevention are just some of the issues that will be addressed in Auburn University’s fourth annual Anti-Bullying Summit to be held in Peachtree City, Georgia, in June.

Auburn University’s Truman Pierce Institute and Office of Professional and Continuing Education will hold the summit June 26-27, at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center. The summit is open to anyone interested, but registration is required.

For more information or to register for the summit, which has been approved for 1 PLU credit, or 10 CEU contact hours, by the Departments of Education in both Alabama and Georgia, go to www.auburn.edu/antibullying.

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