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Acquah receives first place at Forest Products Society International Convention

8 Sep

Gifty Acquah, a graduate student in the School of Forestry and Wildlife at Auburn University, was recently awarded first place in the poster competition at the Forest Products Society’s 68th International Convention held Aug. 10-13 in Quebec City, Canada. The convention was organized around the theme “Rediscovering wood for Construction, the Economy and Environment and Energy.” Acquah’s poster was one of more than forty student posters showcased at the event.

Acquah’s research focused on rapidly characterizing the properties of forest biomass, with the goal of making this resource a viable feedstock for the emerging bioeconomy. Using analytical tools, she analyzed the chemical composition and thermal reactivity properties of biomass. Models from this study should be able to rapidly predict the properties of similar biomass types.


Graduate students honored by Southeastern branch of Entomological Society of America

28 Mar

Three Auburn graduate students in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology won high honors in competitions held as part of the Southeastern branch of the Entomological Society of America’s 2014 annual meeting in Greenville, S.C.

Tolulope Morawo, a Ph.D. student in entomology professor Henry Fadamiro’s program, won the Robert T. Gast Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Oral Presentation in his category with his talk on parasitoid attraction to herbivore-damaged cotton versus undamaged cotton.

Fellow Ph.D. student Feng Liu, who works under entomology professor Nannan Liu’s direction, claimed second place in another category with his presentation on the mechanisms involved in the repellant effects of DEET in bedbugs.

In the artistic category of the annual insect photo competition, master’s student Scott Clem’s picture of an unknown species of cave crickets on the ceiling of a Paint Rock Preserve cavern in Jackson County won first place. Clem’s major professor is entomology associate professor David Held.

Civil Engineering research team wins High Impact Project Award

26 Mar

Hugo Zhou, associate professor in Auburn University’s Department of Civil Engineering, and a team of doctoral students received the 2014 High Impact Project Award from the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT).

The award recognizes the team’s ICT project, “Investigation of Contributing Factors Regarding Wrong-Way Driving on Freeways.” The research team includes Mahdi Pour Rouholamin, Mohammad Jalayer and Fatemeh Baratian Ghorghi.

Four faculty members named Outstanding Graduate Mentors

22 Apr

Auburn University faculty members Rajesh Amin, Barry Burkhart, Amy Wright and Ed Youngblood have been selected as the Graduate Student Council’s 2013 Outstanding Graduate Mentors.

The winners are graduate faculty members who go above and beyond their duty as teachers, advisers and mentors. The winners will be recognized along with other Graduate School award winners at a ceremony April 24. For more information, go to the website.

Grad students part of design team that places first in e-waste competition

14 Dec

Graduate students Sean Kennedy and Dylan Piper-Kaiser from the College of Architecture, Design and Construction were part of the Industrial Design Sustainable Designers Organization student team that recently placed first in the International E-Waste Competition’s Prevention category.

The competition is part of the Sustainable Electronics Initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Auburn team’s product, EverCloud, allows users to personalize their cell phones with features and styles specific to their tastes and is a design solution that eliminates the waste created by frequent replacement of cellular devices.

Undergraduate students Sarah Caudle, Daniel Piquero and Christi Talbert were also members of the team.

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Ryan Pugh awarded first annual Cantey Fellowship

16 Nov

Ryan Pugh

Former Auburn University football letterman Ryan Pugh has been selected as the first recipient of the Graduate School’s Emily and Benton Cantey Annual Fellowship.

The $1,000 fellowship is awarded to a former Auburn student-athlete who is now pursuing a graduate degree from Auburn.

The fellowship was established this year thanks to a charitable gift from Emily and Benton Cantey, of Fort Worth, Texas. Benton Cantey is a 1998 Auburn graduate and former Auburn football player.

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Four selected for annual Master’s Thesis Awards

23 Oct

Four recent Auburn University graduates have been selected as winners of the Graduate School’s 2012-13 Master’s Thesis Awards.

Award winners are Leah Craig, Harrison Meadows and Zachary Wakefield in the Humanities and Fine Arts category; and Brandon Swan in the Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering category. Meadows and Swan will go on to compete for the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools’ 2012-13 Master’s Thesis Awards.

The Master’s Thesis Awards recognize the scholarship of master’s students whose theses make an unusually significant contribution to their respective disciplines.

Award winners receive an honorarium of $250 and a certificate, which is presented at the Graduate School’s annual award ceremony each spring.

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