October 2 2006 Vol. 39 No. 30 Inside For t h e Fa c u l t y a n d s ta F F o F auburn university 3 Professor finds evidence of live ‘extinct’ birds 4 Campaign head Buddy Weaver dies in Brewton 4 Vet researchers gain $1.4 million for cancer study Godspell at Telfair Peet The AU Theatre version of the musical “Godspell” continues this week at Telfair Peet Theatre. The play, which in the 1970s became one of the most popular musicals in Broadway history, is loosely based on the 4 Historic building reopens after Gospel account of the life of Jesus in The Bible. For showtimes, see inside; for tickets, call 844-4154. renovation Faculty respond to question What book would you choose? W hat book has shaped your thinking and al meaning, not necessarily those from Great Books personal and professional life the most? lists. In his letter to those faculty last May, Anderson On behalf of AU Libraries and the wrote: “We would like you to name a book that Provost’s Office, Glenn Anderson of is special to you, whether it helped to shape your AU Libraries recently asked that question of faculty thinking, inspired you in your professional or per- who received tenure or promotion, or both, in 2006. sonal life, was your favorite book as a child or is a At a ceremony at Draughon Library on Thursday, book you authored or co-authored.” AU recognized those faculty members and dis- More than 40 faculty members responded with played their choices in reading material. selections. Each book will feature a nameplate iden- With support from the Provost’s Office, Library tifying the faculty member who chose it. Dean Bonnie MacEwan suggested a book selection The responses varied widely. Selections range program similar to a popular program at Pennsyl- from childhood favorites to scholarly publications vania State University, where she was on the library and from historical and philosophical treatises to faculty before joining AU in 2005. The Bible. Some faculty members chose literary clas- “The achievement of promotion and tenure are sics and others selected scientific texts that influ- significant milestones in a faculty member’s career,” enced their academic direction; among the latter, said MacEwan. “By placing a commemorative some chose books authored by leading figures in bookplate in a book of significance in the Libraries’ their disciplines, and some selected their disserta- collection, the achievement will be noted and will tions, noting that those works enabled their entry inspire generations of Auburn faculty and students into the ranks of college faculty. far into the future.” Several faculty members identified academic www.ocm.auburn.edu/ The newly tenured and promoted faculty mem- works that had a major impact on their careers. au_report/aureport.html bers were asked to select books with special person- See Book selections, page 2 2 AU RepoRt octobeR 2, 2006 octobeR 2, 2006 AU RepoRt 3 Sesquicentennial Scene Upcoming Events Faculty reading Books selected by newly Images from AU's first 150 years tenured and promoted faculty went on display FDR’s visit in the Newspaper Read- Art Exhibitions In late March 1939, ing Room of Draughon immensely popular Biggin gallery Ceramics, prints and drawings by Susan O’Brien Library last week. More Franklin Delano Roos- and Jon Swindler, through Oct. 6 than 40 faculty mem- evelt became the first bers selected and wrote Jule Collins smith museum “The Collector’s Eye,” an exhibition United States president brief statements about of selected works of art from the personal collection of AU alum- to visit Auburn. Towns- books that were espe- nus Preston T. Phillips, through Oct. 29; “Rural Studio: Education people joined students cially significant to their of a Citizen Architect,” examining the legacy of the late Sambo and faculty in cheer- childhoods, adult lives Mockbee and colleagues and students of AU’s Rural Studio, ing for the president or careers, and some- through Nov. 5 who had led the nation times all three. through the depths of Tuesday, October 3 the Great Depression and put jobless Ameri- au theatre “Godspell,” 7:30 p.m., Telfair Peet Theatre; also same cans to work on public time Wednesday-Friday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday; box office 844-4154 works projects such as Book selections Chewacla State Park Monday, October 9 south of Auburn. next AU Report AU professor presents evidence continued from page 1 For instance, Linda Cain Ruth of Building Science general. Montagu’s work is especially appealing Thursday, October 12 wrote of Recommendations for Child Care Centers by because it is based upon scientific evidence that of rare Ivory-billed Woodpecker Gary Moore: “I was so excited when I found this is contrary to general thoughts on gender and the sesquiCentennial leCture “Intercollegiate Athletics at Auburn book. Its existence confirmed that I was not alone in typical roles associated with gender.” University,” David Housel, retired AU athletics director and my belief that creating environments for children is Sometimes, faculty listed books not because of author of Saturdays to Remember, 4 p.m., Special Collections, A a unique challenge for a designer.” major professional or literary impact but because Draughon Library Michelle Sidler of the Department of English of their impact of the individual’s childhood. For research team led by ornithologist Geoff initial discovery, Hicks, an expert on bird identifica- au theatre “Speak Truth to Power,” 7:30 p.m., Telfair Peet Theatre; selected a work that influenced her graduate educa- instance, Kristi Kelley of the Pharmacy Practice Hill of AU’s College of Sciences and Math- tion, reported getting a clear view of a female Ivory- one-performance only; box office 844-4154 tion at Purdue, Rhetorics, Poetics and Cultures: Refig- Department said of The Little Engine That Could: “I ematics has compiled evidence that a pop- billed Woodpecker, which has distinct plumage, uring College English Studies by James Berlin. Sidler have many fond memories of reading this book ulation of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers exists including a white trailing edge on the upper wing, wrote: “For me, the book is a living memory of the with my parents and learning the lesson of never Monday, October 16 in a remote river basin in the Florida Panhandle. white stripes down the back and an all black crest. courses I took, both his graduate course lectures giving up. This is still a lesson that I hold on to and goodwin leCture Physician and immunologist Tomas Ganz of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers had not been sighted The Auburn professor organized another search and his composition teacher-training…. Many of us try to pass on to those I interact with.” UCLA, “Hepcidin: An Iron Regulatory Hormone and Mediator of for more than half a century and had been listed as of the area and invited Dan Mennill, an assistant still believe in his vision and pass on his methods Like Kelley, Haroldo Toro of Veterinary Medicine Innate Immunity,” 11 a.m., Greene 203 extinct until earlier in this decade, when scientists professor at the University of Windsor in Ontario, to composition students, graduate students and Pathology chose a childhood favorite. His choice reported seeing one in an Arkansas swamp. How- Canada, to join the search team. Mennill, who is an developing teachers.” was The Little Prince. “This author was able to pres- ever, attempts to confirm that sighting have so far expert at recording and analyzing animal sounds, Occasionally, a faculty member would select a ent deep psychological and sociological aspects of Tuesday, October 17 been unsuccessful. devised a means to remotely record sounds in the personally significant book outside his or her aca- human behavior in such a way that even young Professional develoPment seminar “Engaging the Next Genera- Hill’s team reported its results last week in the swamp and erected seven listening stations in the demic field. For instance Saad Biaz of Computer children were able to follow and understand,” Toro tion: Instructional Technology Tools In and Outside the Class- scientific journal Avian Conservation & Ecology, which area of the Ivory-bill sightings. Science and Software Engineering, who holds wrote. “I wish I could write a scientific paper in the room,” noon-1:30 p.m., Foy 208; open to all faculty, staff and is online at www.ace-eco.org. “The regular, ongoing reports from Dr. Hill and three degrees from a university in France, selected same way.” graduate students; bring your lunch The researchers will present their findings at the his research team for the past 16 months have Memoires de Guere by Charles de Gaulle, the World Among faculty choosing works in their field but North American Ornithological Conference in Vera- provided me an extraordinarily captivating and War II hero and later president of France. “I se- with broader application, Kelly Jolley of Philosophy cruz, Mexico, this week and will expand their search rewarding experience,” said Stewart Schneller, lected this book due to the character of the author selected 19th century philosopher Soren Kierkeg- next winter and spring. dean of the AU College of Science and Mathemat- and his political clairvoyance and independence,” aard’s Purity of Heart, stating: “Clear your mind of Hill, a professor of biological sciences at Auburn, ics. “In turn, the excitement that exists with the wrote Biaz. cant. Kierkegaard’s Purity teaches the uneasy art of led a kayaking expedition in May, 2005, with re- anticipation of their future investigations is beyond Luke Marzen of Geology and Geography looked self-examination and acts as an unqualified purga- AU Report Editor: Roy Summerford. Contributing editors and writers: Katie search assistants Tyler Hicks and Brian Rolek along a description.” to a classic of 20th century literature for his selec- tive…. Once read, Purity remains within earshot of Wilder, AU Communications; Sara Borchik, Engineering; and Charles Martin, Veteri- section of the Choctawhatchee River. Soon after they While the Auburn and Windsor scientists express nary Medicine. Photography: Jeff Etheridge, AU Photographic Services; and (page tion. “I read The Good Earth (by Pearl S. Buck) while the reader for life.” started their float down the Choctawhatchee, Rolek confidence in their evidence, they caution that the 4) Ginn College of Engineering. Historic photos courtesy of AU Archives and AU I was in graduate school studying geography, and Two faculty members selected different transla- Photographic Services. reported seeing an Ivory-bill in flight and Hill said evidence amassed to date is not conclusive proof. although I was formally focusing my studies in tions of The Bible as their favorite book. John Hung Executive Director of Communications & Marketing: Deedie Dowdle. he heard a double knock, the signature sound of the Hill emphasized that “the only evidence that physical geography, this book set forth a fascination of Electrical and Computer Engineering selected the The AU Report is published by the Office of Communications and Marketing at Ivory-bill. Numerous large cavities in trees and plac- would constitute irrefutable proof is a clear photo- of other cultures and an appreciation of the cultural New International Version, stating: “Since becom- Auburn University. Issues appear each Monday during fall and spring semesters and es where thick, tightly adhering bark had been scaled graph or video of an Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and every two weeks in summer term, except on the Monday of or the Monday after some changes that are ongoing in the world,” he wrote. ing a Christian at age 22, this book has eclipsed all from dead trees added impetus to the sighting. such an image has to date eluded us.” major U.S. holidays. Copies are distributed free by campus mail to full-time faculty Some books are listed because they helped indi- others in transforming, renewing and guiding all and staff at campus offices. Deadline for delivery of items for publication is 4 p.m. on “It was just to be a weekend outing looking for From May 2005 to May 2006, however, the Au- viduals gain a new perspective on life. For instance, aspects of my life, personally and professionally.” Wednesday before publication date. Direct inquiries, suggestions and news items to potential habitat,” said Hill, who at the time was burn/Windsor research team recorded 14 sightings Paula Bobrowski of Political Science said of The Jeffery Sibley of Horticulture selected the New AU Report, 23 Samford Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849. Telephone: 334/844-9999. writing a book about bird coloration. “We really of Ivory-bills, including two by Hill. From more Natural Superiority of Women by Ashley Montagu: “It American Standard Version, writing: “As a college E-mail: email@example.com. never dreamed we’d actually find an Ivory-bill.” than 10,000 hours of audio recordings, Mennill and The interlocking AU symbol, shown above and at the top of page 1, and the is the one book that I remember the best because it student at Auburn in the early 1980s, the Word of Hill and his assistants made subsequent visits his research assistant Kyle Swiston have identified AU Sesquicentennial logo on page 1 are registered trademarks of Auburn Univer- had such a powerful impact, forcing me to chal- God became so much clearer to me as I began to use sity and may not be reproduced without written permission from the AU Office of to the area, located near the town of Bruce, Fla., to more than 300 sounds that match descriptions of lenge the views I held about myself and women in a New American Standard Version of The Bible.” Trademark Management and Licensing, 06 Samford Hall. document the evidence. On the weekend after their Ivory-billed Woodpeckers. 4 AU RepoRt octobeR 2, 2006 Research grant National society supports fight presents against cancer award to professor R esearchers in Auburn’s College of Veteri- nary Medicine have received a $1.4 million grant from the National Cancer Institute for tests that could lead to changes in the B ogdan Wilamowski of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering treatment regimens for humans as well as dogs. at AU, has won the 2006 Bruce Smith of the college’s Scott-Ritchey Re- Anthony J. Hornfeck search Center is leading an interdisciplinary team Service Award of the that will administer a genetically altered, non-repli- Institute of Electrical and cating virus to lymphoma-affected dogs. They will Electronics Engineering, then administer a drug designed to seek and kill the Industrial Electronics virus-infected cancer cells. Society. “Gene therapy is becoming more common in Wilamowski, a profes- medical research, but what makes Auburn’s re- sor in the Department of search unique is that we are modifying the virus to Electrical and Computer target, or specifically infect, the lymphoma tumor Engineering, will receive cell,” Smith said. “We have also altered the virus so the award Nov. 9 at the that it encodes a protein, which, when it comes in IES international confer- contact with the drug, converts the drug into a toxic ence in Paris. substance and that toxin kills the lymphoma cell.” The award recognizes Lymphoma, the third most common cancer in outstanding, meritorious Rededicating Ross dogs, is a rapidly growing malignancy that can services to the organiza- Local, state and AU officials helped faculty and staff occur anywhere there is lymph tissue, including tion and the industrial of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering rededi- the lymph nodes, spleen, liver, gastrointestinal tract electronics industry. cate the newly renovated and expanded Ross and bone marrow. Average life expectancy for dogs In January, Wilamows- Hall on Sept. 23. The $13 million project restored undergoing the current form of treatment, chemo- ki will become editor-in- the historic building to a 1930s appearance while therapy, is about one year. Without treatment, it is chief of IEEE Transactions enclosing the north courtyard and adding 21st cen- about two months from time of diagnosis. on Industrial Electronics, tury technology and infrastructure. The five-year grant from the National Cancer Insti- the journal of IEEE IES. tute, part of the National Institutes of Health, includes Campaign co-chair two years of laboratory work developing gene vectors and testing them on cells, followed by three years of clinical trials with dogs diagnosed with lymphoma. Buddy Weaver dies “Our clinics see 30 to 50 dogs with lymphoma per year,” Smith said. “The only treatment is chemo- How Auburn therapy, so the owners who volunteer their dogs for Stacks Up E arl H. “Buddy” Weaver, who earned three de- the study have the added hope that this new gene grees, including a doctorate, from Auburn and therapy will help their pets.” led two fund-raising campaigns on behalf of Two years from now, when the clinical trial starts, Increases in minority the university, died of cancer at his home in Brewton pet owners with lymphoma-affected dogs will be able enrollment at AU on Wednesday. to participate in the trial at no additional cost, other from 2001 to 2006 Weaver, a past president of both the AU Founda- than the normal veterinary fees. Administering the tion and the Auburn Alumni Association, received virus and the drug will take three days, followed by an honorary doctoral degree from Auburn in Au- occasional follow-up visits for observation for at least gust. The co-chair of the university’s current $500 one year. million campaign, he also served as interim vice “We are hoping that gene therapy will help pa- president for alumni and development at AU dur- tients live longer, better quality lives,” Smith said. ing the $201 million campaign of the early 1990s. “Even though dogs do not usually have serious “Buddy will be missed as a friend and as an adverse reactions to chemotherapy, we want to ardent Auburn supporter,” said AU President Ed provide a better type of treatment and reduce their Richardson. “He never missed an opportunity to number of chemo visits,” he said. Source: Institutional Research and Assessment help this university. His leadership of our current “For humans, fewer chemotherapy treatments capital campaign, which has been met with unprec- would mean fewer side-effects in addition to having The AU Report is an official publication of Auburn University. Each unit mailing edented success, is a testament to what he meant longer lives,” he added. “While a cure for lympho- copies of this document to off-campus to Auburn. Our thoughts and prayers are with his ma is everyone’s goal, any increase in the remission addresses must include its return address. The Office of Communications & Market- family and friends.” time is significant for the patient.” ing will not accept billing for copies mailed by other units.