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					     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
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                                                                                                                                                                                                               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: summero@auburn.edu.                                                                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.
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                                                         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
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      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.

				
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