Auburn University showcasing faculty research Sept. 22

Published: September 13, 2017
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Auburn University will hold its "This is Research: Faculty Symposium 2017" Sept. 22 in the Student Center to recognize the research and creative scholarship of Auburn and Auburn Montgomery faculty.

"The symposium is designed to increase the visibility of our research as we provide a forum for collaboration among researchers and offer information about research support offices on campus," said John Mason, Auburn University vice president for research and economic development.

Two rounds of Auburn Talks are scheduled 9:30-11 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. in Student Center room 2222/2223 as 12 researchers, six per session, present 10-minute talks about their work.

The first session includes Karen Rabren, College of Education; Maria Soledad Peresin, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences; Haroldo Toro, College of Veterinary Medicine; David Cicero, Harbert College of Business; Barbara Baker, College of Liberal Arts; and Randall Clark, Harrison School of Pharmacy.

The second session includes Bill Walton, College of Agriculture; Tony Overfelt, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering; Xavier Vendrell, College of Architecture, Design and Construction; Elizabeth Schwartz, College of Sciences and Mathematics; Veena Chattaraman, College of Human Sciences; and Linda Gibson-Young, School of Nursing.

Poster displays and a research expo are scheduled in the ballroom from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with 100 researchers expected to have posters. The expo will feature more than 34 tables set up by Auburn’s centers, institutes and research support offices.

"The expo is an excellent way for new researchers to learn about the university’s research support services," said Steve Taylor, chair of the This is Research Symposia Committee and associate dean for research in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. "In the afternoon, we have two roundtable sessions that will include information on funding sources."

The two moderated, roundtable discussions with the theme, "How to Grow Our Research and Creative Scholarship," are scheduled for 2:45-3:30 p.m. and 3:45-4:30 p.m. in various rooms on the second floor. Both sessions will cover specific research topics as well as information to help researchers advance their programs.

"Our faculty put many hours into their research and creative scholarship," said Jennifer Kerpelman, committee member and past chair, and associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Human Sciences. "We invite everyone to join us at the symposium to recognize their excellent work."

Prior to the symposium, a reception by invitation will be held on the afternoon of Sept. 21 for Auburn’s new research cluster hires.

More information about the "This is Research: Faculty Symposium 2017" is available at or by contacting Steve Taylor at

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 29,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn's commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact. Auburn's mission to educate, discover and collaborate drives its expanding impact on the world.