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Applications for AURIC Graduate Fellowships being accepted

12 Aug

The Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer, AURIC, invites current Auburn University graduate students in good standing and with a research interest in cancer to apply for AURIC Graduate Fellowships in Cancer Research.

The student must be enrolled in, or in the process of enrolling in a doctoral degree program. The fellowship will provide one year of stipend support at the rate of $20,196 per year. The fellowship is competitively renewable for a total of up to three years, however renewal requires demonstration of acceptable progress towards the desired graduate degree and continued work in cancer research.

Applications must be received at by 5 p.m. Aug. 29. The applicant and the applicant’s mentor must be a member of AURIC; if not, they may join concurrently with the application. The application should include a biosketch or curriculum vitae; a two-page (maximum length) letter indicating the laboratory where the research will be performed, the research project and the applicant’s interest in cancer research; and a letter of support from the applicant’s faculty mentor.


AU graduate student’s work featured in CNN report

21 May

Check out this CNN report on a study conducted by College of Sciences and Mathematics graduate student Kiril Vaglenov.



Artificially engineered breast cancer tissue offers platform for drug testing

26 Sep

A team of Auburn University researchers is engineering artificial breast cancer tissue that will provide fellow cancer researchers with a 3-D model on which they can test cancer drugs.

The research conducted by Assistant Professor Elizabeth Lipke and doctoral student Shantanu Pradhan in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s Department of Chemical Engineering is part of a growing focus worldwide on engineering cancer tissue in a 3-D format, rather than the 2-D format biologists have traditionally used to grow cancer cells.

The research in Lipke’s lab has historically focused on engineering cardiac tissue and developing cardiac regeneration techniques, but Pradhan found a link between that research and cancer-related angiogenesis, which is the growth of new blood vessels.

“Cancer is an area that biomedical engineers, and in particular tissue engineers, are just starting to get into modeling, but people have been working on tissue engineering for cardiac and other applications for a lot longer,” Lipke said. “In terms of understanding cancer biology, we’re really at the beginning of applying the things we know from other organ systems to understanding cancer in three dimensions.”

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Mike Hubbard Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce opens

16 Sep

The Mike Hubbard Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce will house researchers from Auburn’s colleges and schools of Agriculture; Engineering; Sciences and Mathematics; Architecture, Design and Construction; and Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

Auburn University officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for its new Mike Hubbard Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce, an 84,000-square-foot facility designed to foster multidisciplinary research, advance the university’s academic mission and generate economic development in the state.

The facility, located in the Auburn Research Park, will enhance Auburn’s scientific research in bioenergy, water quality, food safety and engineering, genomics, information science and ecosystem health. It has 20 high-tech laboratories with specialized equipment, a super computer, seminar rooms and outside features such as two 5-ton cranes for biofuels work.

Researchers from Auburn’s colleges and schools of Agriculture; Engineering; Sciences and Mathematics; Architecture, Design and Construction; and Forestry and Wildlife Sciences will be housed in the building.

“This new facility will provide the ideal environment and infrastructure required to develop, test and implement solutions for Auburn’s strategic research initiatives,” said John Mason, vice president for research at Auburn. “These include our focus on cyber systems and security, energy and the environment, health sciences and food systems and transportation.”

Construction on the $28.8 million center began in late 2011. In June 2012 the Auburn University Board of Trustees voted to name it after Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who helped secure $14.1 million in state matching funds to accompany a $14.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. Auburn University and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station provided the remaining support and will fund the operation of the center.

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Auburn University canine detection goes commercial

6 Sep

Auburn University, through the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation, ARTF, has entered into a license agreement with a new canine training and provider, iK9 Holding Co. LLC, for its VAPOR WAKE® technology. VAPOR WAKE training enhances explosive detection canine teams with additional abilities and training to detect hand-carried and/or body-worn explosives. iK9 will train and sell VAPOR WAKE dogs and train their handlers. The agreement between Auburn University and iK9 became effective Sept. 1.

Auburn University has one of the largest and most successful canine detection research programs in the United States and is internationally known for its patent-pending and trademarked VAPOR WAKE technology. Dogs with VAPOR WAKE capabilities are specially trained for interdiction strategies being deployed by multiple homeland security agencies. The primary site for iK9′s VAPOR WAKE training is the Canine Detection Training Center in Anniston, Ala., which is part of Auburn University’s Animal Health and Performance Program within the College of Veterinary Medicine.

“The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine has invested years of research in developing this program into a strong and versatile detection tool in the fight against terrorism,” said Calvin Johnson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “VAPOR WAKE dogs are capable of saving lives. Auburn believes the best way to get dogs into both domestic and military markets is with a private sector company with dog training experience and marketing capabilities. iK9 has these capabilities and is on track to becoming an industry leader within the detector dog community.”

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Doctoral student places 2nd in competition at Iowa State

12 Aug

Gifty Acquah, a doctoral student in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, placed second out of 30 in a poster competition for IGERT Trainees at a workshop on Energy, Transportation, and Water Infrastructure at Iowa State University.

Acquah is a trainee with Auburn University’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training, IGERT, project, “Integrated Biorefining for Sustainable Production of Fuels and Chemicals.” For more information, go to this website.

Doctoral student publishes first paper under Harbert College of Business banner

30 Jul

Lowder Eminent Scholar and management professor Dave Ketchen and doctoral student Shelley Davis show the abstract of the first accepted research paper with the college’s new name, “Harbert College of Business.”

CEOs of the top 350 firms averaged $14.1 million per year, or 273 times more than the average worker, according to The Washington Post. Is CEO compensation fair?

A team of Harbert College of Business researchers answered the question in a paper “Dollars and sense: The implications of CEO compensation for organizational performance” accepted for publication by Business Horizons.

It is the first published research paper under the “Raymond J. Harbert College of Business” banner.

“It’s quite an honor,” said Shelley A. Davis, a doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant in management. “It’s the first paper that I have submitted, so I’m doubly excited.”

Davis teamed with doctoral candidate Jason D. DeBode and Dave Ketchen, Lowder Eminent Scholar and management professor, on the project.

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