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Sydney Freeman, recent Auburn graduate, named to Administrator’s Board

22 Jul

Sydney Freeman, Jr., director of Tuskegee’s Teaching and Learning Center, has been named to the American Association of University Administrators Board of Directors. Founded in 1970, the association works to develop and advance higher education professional standards.

Freeman earned his M.Ed in Higher Education Administration at Auburn in 2008, and his Ph.D in 2011.

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Four recent graduates honored with Distinguished Dissertation Awards

6 Jun

Four recent Auburn University graduates have been selected as winners of the Graduate School’s 2013-14 Distinguished Dissertation Awards.

Award winners are Yingsong Huang, Kailash Jajam and Hema Ramsurn in the Mathematics/Physical Sciences/Engineering category and Mallory Lucier-Greer in the Social Sciences category. Huang and Lucier-Greer will go on to compete for the Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards.

The Distinguished Dissertation Awards recognize the scholarship of doctoral students whose dissertations make an unusually significant contribution to their respective disciplines. Auburn’s colleges and schools nominate students for the awards, and an award committee composed of graduate faculty selects the award winners.

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New Horizons Lecturer, former spy hunter featured in Take 5

26 Mar

Check out this week’s Take 5 with Eric O’Neill, former FBI spy hunter and the Graduate School’s New Horizons Lecturer. In 2001, O’Neill helped take down Robert Hanssen, one of the most notorious spies in US history.

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Master’s graduate named 2013 COSAM Distinguished Alumna

18 Nov

Nancy Mitchell Morris, who earned a master’s degree in inorganic and analytical chemistry from Auburn University, was named the 2013 COSAM Distinguished Alumna.

Nancy Mitchell Morris, a native of Griffin, Ga., was named the 2013 COSAM Distinguished Alumna. A dinner was held in her honor on Sept. 13, at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National. During the dinner, Morris was presented with the award.

Morris received a bachelor’s in chemistry and education from LaGrange College prior to earning a master’s in inorganic and analytical chemistry from Auburn University. Her education prepared her for a 30-year career with the United States Department of Agriculture.

As a research chemist with the USDA, she used spectroscopic techniques to study agricultural products, chemically modified products, and their interaction with the environment. Morris’ research has been reported in more than 60 publications and presented at more than 40 conferences, both national and international.

In 1977, Morris was a member of the Technical Paper Competition Committee, which won second place at the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists National Technical Conference in Atlanta. She received the USDA Award for Overall Research Performance in 1983, and is a three-time recipient of the USDA Appreciation Award for Performance. In 1991, she was presented the Superior Service Award for the USDA, an award she would receive for the next six years. Once listed in the Outstanding Young Women of America, Morris is a member of Iota Sigma Pi, which is the chemistry honor society for women, and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.

She met her late husband, Cletus, in the chemistry library at Auburn. As students, they spent many hours together in Ross Hall where they discovered a shared love of chemistry research. Each spent rewarding careers as distinguished researchers at the USDA Southern Regional Research Center in New Orleans.

While in New Orleans, Morris organized “Fun Sciences for Families,” a joint venture of the American Chemical Society, Jefferson Parish Schools and local scientists. She served on several advisory committees in the Jefferson Parish School System and headed the first “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” in 1995.

Even in retirement, Morris stays busy as an integral part of many historical, civic and philanthropic organizations. She is a charter member of COSAM’s Society of Women in Sciences and Mathematics, and she has established scholarships in COSAM, including one in memory of her husband.

Morris is the ninth person to receive the award which is given out yearly to recognize outstanding COSAM alumni. To be eligible for consideration, candidates will have achieved significant stature in their chosen field, whether business, academic, military or government. In addition, nominees should have a history of commitment to Auburn University and COSAM, such as working with alumni, fundraising endeavors, and/or personal financial support.

Nominations are welcome from COSAM alumni and the general public and must be received by May 1. For more information, contact the COSAM Office of Development at 334.844.2931.

Two-time Auburn graduate elected president of National Association of County Agricultural Agents

24 Oct

Henry Dorough

Henry Dorough, a regional Extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, was recently elected president of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) during NACAA’s 98th Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference and Galaxy Conference, held in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Dr. Gary Lemme, ACES director, says Dorough will be a great asset to NACAA and its members.

“NACAA will benefit from Henry’s expertise and leadership, much as the farmers, producers and others he has worked with over the years in Alabama have benefited,” says Lemme. “He will bring the knowledge, commitment and passion to his tenure as NACAA president that he gives daily to the citizens of Alabama.”

Dorough previously served NACAA as secretary for three years, followed by two additional years serving the association as vice president and president-elect. He was one of more than 500 Cooperative Extension Service agricultural agents and their families who attended the week-long professional improvement program. In addition to the agricultural agents, more than 1,700 Extension Service employees specializing in 4-H, Family and Consumer Science, Natural Resources and Community Development attended the Galaxy Conference.

Dorough holds two degrees from Auburn University. He received a B.S. degree in Animal Science in 1987, and a Masters in Animal Nutrition in 1990.

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Take 5 features Auburn alumna working as senior investigator for the NTSB

17 Jun

Lorenda Ward, ’90 and ’92 aerospace engineering, is a senior investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, in Washington, D.C. She investigates aviation crashes and incidents around the globe. Most recently, she traveled to Japan to assist the Japanese Transport Safety Board after an ANA-operated Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s alarm system indicated battery discharge and the pilots noticed an unusual smell in the cockpit. Before joining the NTSB, Ward was a civilian aerospace engineer for the U.S. Navy, working on F-14s and the EA-6B. She is a Dothan, Ala., native.

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Auburn graduate selected to lead US Central Command

11 Dec

Gen. Lloyd Austin III acknowledges Auburn University ROTC cadets during the College of Education’s 10th Keystone Leader lecture program in October 2012.

Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, a 1986 graduate of the College of Education, has been selected to lead the U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Austin, who earned a master’s degree in counselor education from Auburn, has served as vice chief of staff for the Army since last January. He was the last U.S. commander in Iraq.

If confirmed by the Senate, Austin would direct the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan as the U.S. prepares to cease combat operations there by the end of 2014.

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