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The subject of this week's Take 5 on the university's homepage is Edward Thomas, professor in the Department of Physics. He was born and raised in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the Florida Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Auburn University, respectively. He has been a faculty member at Auburn for 16 years and is the Lawrence C. Wit Professor in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, as well as a Charles W. Barkley Endowed Professor. His research is in the area of experimental plasma physics with an emphasis on laboratory simulations of the space environment and fundamental processes of particle and energy transport in plasmas and dusty plasmas. This work is funded through numerous sources including the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense. Thomas is also very active in science policy and in fostering the next generation of scientists through his advisory roles for the federal government, international organizations, universities, professional societies and his work with the nonprofit organization, Quality Education for Minorities Network. [Read more]