Spring 2021 Issue
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Closing Thoughts from the Vice President

James Weyhenmeyer
James Weyhenmeyer, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Economic Development

One of the newest buildings in The Park at Auburn is named, appropriately, the Research and Innovation Center. Research and innovation — these are core elements of what the park is all about. Not only do Auburn researchers conduct internationally recognized work in cutting-edge fields, they also innovate, bringing scientific discoveries and new technologies into the marketplace for the benefit of Alabama’s citizens, the nation and the world.

Society’s most pressing problems change over time, and Auburn innovations bring timely solutions to bear in meeting these evolving challenges head-on. When COVID-19 struck in full force over a year ago, Auburn researchers were there, tackling this new problem from every angle — researching vaccine candidates, creating new diagnostic options, developing new and better face masks, examining behavioral and economic factors of the pandemic and more.

The bottom line is that tackling the world’s tough problems is what Auburn researchers do. From working on cures for catastrophic childhood illnesses to protecting our food supply, our environment and our critically important cyber landscape, the dedicated researchers of Auburn University are leveraging discovery and innovation for the public good, every day.

When we see the level of dedication and ingenuity that Auburn researchers bring to their work, it’s no surprise that industry partners seek out our faculty members’ expertise to solve an array of problems, and these collaborations have made for a thriving and dynamic research park and university-wide research enterprise. We invite you to reach out to us, to learn more about the exciting research and scholarship activity happening at Auburn University, and we look forward to sharing more about current and future developments in Auburn’s research success story.

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