Congratulations to 2016 (Fall) Honors College graduate Carson Williford for his recent Fulbright scholarship award. Carson will be in Germany to teach English.
Congratulations to Honors College senior Jean Phillippe “Tres” Bodet III for his recent Fulbright scholarship award. Tres will be in Belgium serving as an English teaching assistant.
Fourteen Auburn University students and recent graduates are recipients of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, doubling last year’s number of awardees. Eleven of those are past or present Honors College students.
The Honors College Faculty of the Year Award is given annually to an outstanding Honors faculty member for “going beyond the normal classroom duties to find ways to motivate and enhance the students’ learning experiences.” Faculty members considered for this award are nominated and voted on by the Honors College student body.
This year the Honors College and Honors Congress will present the award to Dr. Lewis Barker during the Honors College Medal Ceremony on May 5.
Dr. Barker has most recently taught Honors Introduction to Psychology, as well as contracted non-honors classes for honors credit such as Behavioral Neuroscience and the Psychology of Learning.
A few of his nomination statements include:
“I’d like to nominate Dr. Lewis Barker who teaches Honors Intro to Psychology in the Fall. This is his last semester at Auburn before retirement, and I don’t think there is a more fitting way to send off the best professor I have ever had.”
“This man truly understands what sets honors students and courses apart from the rest. His class is one which requires diligent effort and a heathy work ethic, but unlike so many professors, he does not see the word “honors” and think more work of the same difficulty. His honors course is taught in a different way from anything else I have ever taken and develops a far deeper understanding of material. It is tailored to a student already assumed to be hard working and well read, and therefore skips the tedious elements of “proving you want the grade” which many other professors require.”
“At the end of this semester, I will have 23 honors hours, but this course truly stands out to me. Dr. Barker is funny, captivating, brilliant, insightful, kind, understanding, and knowledgeable. I enjoyed his class so thoroughly that I begged him to let me into another of his classes this semester, and despite my lacking the prerequisite, he graciously welcomed me. He has worked with me patiently to make up assignments when I was ill and never passes up the opportunity to teach should it arise- even if that means differing from his perfectly organized syllabus. He makes students want to learn and feeds their thirst for knowledge instead of forcing facts down their throats.”
“Dr. Barker also incorporates readings from academic journals into his course to expose students to a new type of learning. Each reading is followed by a creative reflective response to promote synthesis and understanding over reiteration. This man is an incredible teacher by nature and an even better professor. Because of him, I am now a psychology minor, but more than that, I am a better learner and student all around. He deserves this award.”
(Biography provided by Auburn University College of Liberal Arts)
Lewis Barker received his BA in psychology from Occidental College in Los Angeles and an MA and Ph.D. from Florida State University. He taught for 28 years at Baylor University in Texas where he was Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience. He chaired the Department of Psychology at Auburn from 2000-02 where he is currently Professor of Psychology.
Over his career he has taught 18 different undergraduate courses, 9 graduate courses, and 5 labs. Introduction to Biopsychology, first taught in 1974, was among the earliest freshman-level course offering in evolutionary and physiological psychology in the U.S. He has numerous publications and book chapters, two edited books in the general area of human and animal learning, a textbook in learning, a textbook in general psychology, one unpublished screenplay, and one unpublished novel. Barker is married, has three adult daughters and two grandchildren.
Congratulations to Honors College senior Kaylee McCormack for her recent Fulbright Scholarship award to attend the Technical University of Denmark in Kongens Lyngby, Denmark, this fall.
Congratulations to Honors College junior, Hallie Nelson for being named as a finalist in the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
The prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was established to provide scholarships to outstanding students who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses up to a maximum of $7,500 annually for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and housing. In awarding scholarships, the foundation of trustees considers the nominee’s field of study and career objectives along with the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to the field of science or engineering. Four Auburn University students were nominated for the Goldwater Scholarship this year.
Ms. Madison Gohlke, an Honors College junior from Anniston, Alabama is pursuing a major in Animal Sciences. Madison’s research, under the direction of Dr. Terry Brandebourg, Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, examines hyperphagic obesity in the Mangalica pig and its linkage to metabolic disease. For the past two years Madison has successfully developed a novel, non-invasive sampling technique for measuring circulating blood glucose concentrations in pigs.
Mr. Seth Rankins, an Honors College junior from Cussetta, Alabama is pursuing a major in wildlife ecology and management in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. For the past two years, Seth has worked under the direction of Dr. Stephen Ditchkoff in the SFWS examining issues related to white-tailed deer, and more recently has been working with both Dr. Ditchkoff and Dr. Sarah Zohdy in the SFWS studying tick borne diseases, anaplasmosis, and erlichiosis in white-tailed deer. Seth’s research includes extracting genomic DNA from over 200 white-tailed deer from a marked population of deer at the Auburn University Deer Lab in an effort to quickly diagnose anaplasmosis and erlichiosis and prevent its spread.
Mr. Matthew Rogers, an Honors College junior from Huntsville, Alabama is pursuing a major in software engineering. For the past year, Matthew has worked under the supervision of Dr. Anthony Skjellum, Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering. Matthew is currently working to develop a malware analysis tool in an effort to identify ransomware – a malicious program that denies critical access to a computer system until a ransom is paid.
Mr. Ayden Kish, an Honors College junior from Santa Rosa Beach, Florida is a double major in Physics and Philosophy with a minor in Mathematics. Ayden’s research, under the direction of Dr. Edward Thomas, professor in the Department of Physics is an investigation of particle transport in a complex (dusty) plasma – a novel type of plasma system in which small, charged microspheres are suspended in an ionized gas environment. His research focuses on the use of particle image velocimetry (PIV) to obtain time and space resolved measurements of the motion of the microspheres in order to determine the electrical properties of the background plasma and the forces that lead to poloidally rotating structures in the complex plasma.
Honors College Alternative Spring Break
Where: Project Horseshoe Farm, Greensboro, AL
When: Saturday March 11 – Wednesday March 15, 2017
Upperclassmen and transfer students will be given preference, a max of 15 Honors students.
Meals and boarding are funded by Honors College, transportation on your own.
While in Greensboro, students will participate in community service with Project Horseshoe Farm inclusive of, but not limited to,: building repair, classroom/student activities lounge preparation, community garden work.
If you are interested in this Honors College ASB or if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ken Thomas.
Honors College student Carrie Hill won second place in the Undergraduate Poster Presentation, during the 2016 Professional Agricultural Workers Conference-Student Competition held at Tuskegee University this December.
Hill, C. and M.R. Worosz. 2016. Depiction of the Environmental Benefits of Local Beef.