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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Internships help immunize college graduates against underemployment

Commencement 2014AUBURN UNIVERSITY – That low-paying internship you worked in college may have a bigger impact on your future employment than you realize.

A recent study found that those who are underemployed, or have accepted a job beneath their skill set, receive 15-30 percent fewer interview requests than job seekers who became ‘adequately’ employed after graduation. However, college internship experience obtained by job seekers reduces the negative effects of underemployment substantially.

The authors of the study, Auburn University’s Alan Seals, the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse’s John Nunley and Adam Pugh and the University of Pennsylvania’s Nicholas Romero, submitted resumes to 2,000 online job postings in seven cities – Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Portland – across job categories including banking, financial services, insurance, management, marketing and sales.

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Auburn scientists make ground-breaking discovery in the field of evolutionary study

Auburn University scientists have made a discovery that shakes the very foundation of the evolutionary study of the animal kingdom.AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University scientists have made a discovery that shakes the very foundation of the evolutionary study of the animal kingdom.

For more than a century, researchers have believed that sponges represented the earliest living lineages of the animal tree. Thanks to modern genomic sequencing techniques, scientists in Auburn’s College of Sciences and Mathematics discovered that ctenophores, or comb jellies, are actually at the base of the animal kingdom. The research results have been published in the journal Nature and can be read at this link: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13400.html

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Auburn researchers say harmful bacteria can survive for a week inside airliner cabins

AirlinerAUBURN UNIVERSITY—Disease-causing bacteria can linger on surfaces in commercial airplane cabins for up to a week, according to an Auburn University study presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

Kiril Vaglenov, a graduate student in Auburn’s Department of Biological Sciences, conducted a two-year study—funded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airliner Cabin Environmental Research Center—to determine how long E. coli O157:H7 and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, would survive on commonly touched surfaces under typical airplane conditions. A major airline carrier supplied researchers with material from armrests, plastic tray tables, seat-pocket cloth, window shades and metal toilet buttons.

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Auburn Alumni Association seeking award nominations

Each year, the Auburn Alumni Association honors alumni, faculty, staff and friends with awards for outstanding achievement.

Nominations are being accepted through Friday, May 30, for the 2014-2015 Auburn Alumni Association Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Awards, the Minority Achievement Award, the Young Alumni Achievement Award and the Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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