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Feb. 8, 2019

Auburn News: For the faculty and staff of Auburn University

February Construction Update spotlights campus growth

The February Construction Update is available online. It contains photos and details for more than $240 million in capital construction projects currently underway on campus.

Capital construction projects are those that cost more than $1 million and have to be approved by the Auburn University Board of Trustees before construction can begin.

This edition also includes a new feature–a video update on construction of the Graduate Business Building. Visit the building's page inside the Construction Update, and click on the icon in the main photo to view the brief video. The building is scheduled for completion in May 2019. Video updates will highlight a different project in each future Construction Update.

Read more about the February Construction Update.

Nutrition Science program selected for Provost’s Award for Program Assessment Excellence

Pictured above are faculty, staff and administrators of the Department of Nutrition, Associate Dean for Instruction within the College of Human Sciences Susan Hubbard and Provost Bill Hardgrave.

The Human Sciences Undergraduate Nutrition program has been named winner of the Provost’s Award for Program Assessment Excellence, given annually to one program that employs especially strong and innovative assessment practices. The honor this year is specifically for the Undergraduate Nutrition program’s option in nutrition science, which, over the last year, has significantly improved its assessment processes.

Faculty developed an assessment infrastructure that is collaborative, efficient and supportive of the health of the program. They use the data to make improvements to the curriculum and they emphasize improvement via active learning strategies in the classroom.

Since the Office of Academic Assessment’s inception in 2015, the Provost’s Award for Program Assessment Excellence has been awarded to three programs. The 2016 and 2017 awardees were the Masters of Building Construction and the Building Science bachelor’s degree, respectively.

Auburn Forestry and Wildlife professor elected as fellow of The Wildlife Society

Auburn University wildlife professor and extension specialist Mark D. Smith, right, was recently appointed as a fellow by The Wildlife Society in recognition of his exceptional service to the wildlife profession. Smith was one of only nine wildlife professionals selected as fellows in 2018 and is the only Auburn University faculty member ever chosen for the lifetime designation by The Wildlife Society.

Founded in 1937, the 10,000-member organization is internationally known as a leader in the fields of wildlife science, management and conservation.

Read more about The Wildlife Society.

Giustino receives Creative Research and Scholarship Award for research on the history of material culture

Cathleen Giustino, the Mills Carter Professor of History in Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts and recipient of the university’s Creative Research and Scholarship Award, is doing her part in eliminating racism and anti-Semitism in the world one museum collection at a time.

Giustino’s work is concerned with material objects displayed in museums, primarily in Czechoslovakia during the Cold War and now in the Czech Republic, and what those objects say about the workings of racism and anti-Semitism in the past and the present.

Read more about Giustino's work.

Three employees recognized as Spirit of Excellence recipients

Auburn University Human Resources recently announced Spirit of Excellence recipients for January. The winners, pictured above from left, are Ross Blair, College of Liberal Arts; Diana Foshee, Office of Information Technology; and Martin Pierce, Auburn University Libraries.

Each month, Auburn University recognizes as many as four employees with the Spirit of Excellence award. Employees are recognized from each of the following groups: service/maintenance, secretarial/clerical, technical and administrative/professional.

Read more about the Spirit of Excellence program.

Renowned finance scholar comments on cryptocurrency and the QuadrigaCX situation

Auburn University finance scholar James R. Barth recently commented on cryptocurrency and the QuadrigaCX situation. Barth is the Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance at Auburn’s Harbert College of Business, a senior fellow at the Milken Institute and a fellow at the Wharton Financial Institutions Center. He has been a visiting scholar at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the World Bank.

Read more about cryptocurrency on Expert Answers.

Finding Nano: Auburn engineer uses Pixar, Potter to dominate competitions

The popular movie “Finding Nemo” might have been on the big screen several years ago, but recently the film’s main character appeared on a much smaller stage—under an electron microscope at Auburn University.

While researching methods that might one day lead to a successful charge of your cell phone in two seconds, Armin VahidMohammadi, a doctoral student in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, found a likeness to the animated clownfish. The image was at a size 10 times smaller than the width of a human hair, swimming through shadowy layers of two-dimensional conductive nanomaterials called Mxene.

Read more about VahidMohammadi's work.

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