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  • Auburn University | CAREing Paws: Support Nursing's Therapy Dog Program
    Labrador retriever are Auburn s therapy dogs The School of Nursing s CAREing Paws program Canines Assisting Rehabilitation and Education is an extraordinary service learning experience for nursing students and we believe it might be the only animal assisted therapy program of its kind in a nursing school setting in the nation CAREing Paws gives Auburn s nursing students the opportunity to learn about animal assisted therapy through classroom teaching and hands on clinical experiences The students experience how animal assisted therapy can benefit the lives of children with chronic illnesses adults in nursing homes and medical centers and individuals diagnosed with mental health issues Students leave Auburn with a degree in nursing and also the understanding of what animal assisted therapy can do in diverse healthcare settings said Dr Stuart Pope who teaches nursing students about animal assisted therapy Our nursing students learn that the human animal bond helps patients heal emotionally socially mentally and physically Because Miller and Choa interact with people in hospitals nursing homes schools and mental health facilities their health must be optimal and their maintenance needs are heightened High quality food shampoo vaccinations heartworm prevention frequent veterinarian visits and tests are among the regular

    Original URL path: https://rise.auburn.edu/project/1212 (2016-02-12)
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  • Auburn University | Engineering a Cure
    research targets cancer cells in a highly selective way so that the therapy goes to the diseased site and does not interfere with healthy cells in the rest of the body For example achieving a therapeutic concentration in a tumor could require gram level doses of a drug that distributes through the entire body The smart nano approach places the drugs where they can be effective They are contained within nanoparticles and nanocomposites that target and stick to the cells that need to be treated It s an approach that will allow for much greater treatment efficacy at lower delivery doses and a resulting reduction in side effects David s research also holds great promise for insulin therapies in diabetics since insulin cannot be delivered orally and must therefore be injected The benefits of nanotechnology will ultimately lead to what is called personalized medicine targeted therapies that reduce dosage amounts and frequency which results in better treatment at lower cost It is also anticipated that patients treated in this way will recover more quickly and become productive again in a shorter amount of time Lipke a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering and her team are developing 3D in vitro cancer models for use in drug testing applications Employing a range of metastatic and non metastatic cancer cell lines they are encapsulating the cells in hydrogel materials to create tissue engineered tumor microspheres and tumor millibeads Using 2D monolayer cultures and self aggregated 3D tumor models researchers and scientists are unable to capture key features of the complex in vivo tumor severely limiting their ability to obtain clinically relevant data in cancer drug testing applications In addition the information acquired from these models including identification of new cancer drug candidates does not reflect the actual response seen in

    Original URL path: https://rise.auburn.edu/project/1359 (2016-02-12)
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  • Auburn University | Attack Cancer, Not Patients
    negative side effects come when the chemo can t tell the difference between rapidly dividing tumor cells and rapidly dividing healthy cells But Auburn researchers think there is a better way to treat cancer Within the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer AURIC faculty from across campus are working together to solve the problem of scorched earth chemotherapy They believe that cancer treatments can be focused to only attack the tumor cells and are currently investigating very targeted treatments with the goal of making the negative side effects of chemo a thing of the past For example Dr Bruce Smith s work asks the question What if a virus could actually make you better He is working with a virus specifically designed to only infect tumor cells Viruses like the common cold virus make you sick by entering one of the cells lining your nose and throat and making copies of itself until it overpowers and kills the cell releasing millions of copies of itself to do the same thing to other cells When the cold virus does this you get cold symptoms Dr Smith is working on a virus that will only infect tumor cells and be harmless to any non tumor cells in the patient These tumor attacking viruses would seek and destroy cancer cells no matter where they were located in the body while totally ignoring other healthy cells However measuring the effectiveness of treatments to kill cancer cells while not harming healthy cells is difficult without the right tools That s where you can help One particular package of imaging software currently available would let faculty quickly understand which cells are being attacked by a particular treatment The pictures produced allow for quicker assessments of treatments as they are developed and tweaked more easily identifying those

    Original URL path: https://rise.auburn.edu/project/1286 (2016-02-12)
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  • Auburn University | Help Support Our Goal of Raising $20,000 for Tiger Cage!
    we double the goal and make it before midnight REMEMBER Any size gift counts Help us reach 20 000 We are seeking to raise at least 10 000 to support this important initiative and need your help The Tiger Cage launched in the fall of 2014 as a partnership between the Harbert College of Business and the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation This is an annual competition devoted to discovering and rewarding the best early stage products services or business concepts that emerge from Auburn University students and entrepreneurs College is the perfect time to start your own company With relatively few bills to pay low overhead and access to alumni networks other entrepreneurs on campus and faculty knowledge many students today see launching their own company out of college as their preferred career choice Adding to that many schools and colleges around the country offer thriving incubators accelerators and other infrastructure to aspiring college age entrepreneurs The Harbert College wants to spearhead that same type of entrepreneurial community for all Auburn students but we need your help to grow the program We need your help to see The Tiger Cage become more than just an annual competition with limited prize money Your support of our goal for The Tiger Cage will help the Harbert College unlock the cage and unleash a tiger by Providing cash to deserving entrepreneurs to help develop minimum viable products and working prototypes Providing additional mentorship opportunities through visiting entrepreneurs and noted industry experts Developing a content resource library for all participants Increasing the number and amount of awards to deserving entrepreneurs Encouraging diversity by attracting more teams led by women and minorities Expanding the support services to include more legal accounting and design options In our first year The Tiger Cage produced three winning

    Original URL path: https://rise.auburn.edu/project/1270 (2016-02-12)
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  • Auburn University | Curating Our Collection: JCSM Develops Photography Fund
    pieces for consideration in this year s 1072 Society Exhibition Originally from Cullman Ala Schaefer received his BA of Architecture from Auburn University in 1975 Under the guidance of professor emeritus William Gwin Schaefer took an elective course in photography an experience which he describes as the excellent foundation to become the photographer he is today He received his MA in Architecture from Technische Universität in Munich Germany It was while exploring this new city that he photographed the 1920s era window advertisement and the surreal reflection of buildings from across the street Detail Robert A Schaefer Jr 75 American b 1951 Elektro Licht Kraft Sign 1976 Printed in 2010 Edition 5 20 Cyanotype print Courtesy of the artist His work is a part of collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris France the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston Texas and the Library of Congress in Washington DC as well as many corporate and private art collections His resume also includes solo and group exhibitions at institutions in the United States and abroad Today s art marketplace is competitive but we collect thoughtfully and purposefully on behalf of Auburn to establish a world class collection all through charitable giving Our collection strengths include American modernism and naturalist prints by John James Audubon to name a few The fine art photography collection includes works by Diane Arbus Andy Warhol and William Wegman among other historic traditional and contemporary examples like Schaefer s Elektro Licht Kraft Sign Auburn students interpret these collections discuss their observations with classmates and community visitors and develop their visual literacy skills Beyond our campus audience the museum is a place where elementary and high school students from all over the region may have their first encounter with

    Original URL path: https://rise.auburn.edu/project/1278 (2016-02-12)
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  • Auburn University | Help Students Provide Basic Healthcare to the Underserved
    Underserved Students in the Harrison School of Pharmacy HSOP make it a priority to help the homeless and underserved in their communities For students at the HSOP Mobile campus that means collaborating with medical school students to create the PAWS Clinic PAWS stands for Providing Access to Wellness Services The PAWS Clinic provides a real world atmosphere for students to learn and grow as pharmacists while also helping their community Auburn Pharmacy PAWS is a student committee that provides basic healthcare services to the underserved population of Mobile as part of an interdisciplinary team PAWS currently partners with students of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine College of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies program to provide basic wellness services including blood glucose monitoring blood pressure checks and medication counseling for the homeless in a student run free clinic at the 15 Place Day Shelter This new clinic is just getting off the ground and needs your help It has two exam rooms that are not fully furnished one of which still needs an exam table Additionally the clinic is in need of basic supplies so students can provide the highest level of healthcare possible Please help pharmacy students

    Original URL path: https://rise.auburn.edu/project/1285 (2016-02-12)
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  • Auburn University | Track Residual Oil from the Deepwater Horizon
    scale While oil flowed eastward down the coast two Auburn researchers Dr T Prabhakar Clement and Dr Joel Hayworth sampled the spreading slick and determined a chemical DNA for oil coming from the spill Globs of the sticky goo washed up at Dauphin Island Gulf Shores Orange Beach Pensacola and Gulf Islands National Seashore Five years later the tar balls still show up particularly after storms It seems that large quantities of submerged oil popularly mislabeled tar mats exist somewhere between the coast and the first sand bar Oil laced with toxic chemicals and mixed with sand is buried under upper layers of sands that shift around After storms chunks of this may break off and get tossed onshore carrying with them the chemical cocktail that proves they came from that awful day in April 2010 Finding and mapping the submerged oil will help scientists focus their efforts to understand the long term effects of the spill and you can help Your support of this project will accelerate the mapping effort by building an underwater automated core sampler for Dr Hayworth s continuing work On the gulf floor this tool burrows itself directly into the sand pulling up a cylinder

    Original URL path: https://rise.auburn.edu/project/1200 (2016-02-12)
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  • Auburn University | Liberal Arts Providing Life-Changing Audiology Services
    administer hearing aids to hundreds of children who are impoverished and at high risk of becoming street children Made possible with an Auburn University outreach grant and private support Dr Sandra Clark Lewis professor emerita and founder of the Auburn Audiology Outreach in Guatemala Project along with Dr Kelli Watts assistant clinical professor lead the annual trip which is an extraordinary opportunity for our students Clark Lewis and Watts recall a fond memory of one child who upon using his hearing device joyfully proclaimed to his teacher Now there is no silence There is no silence in my dreams The services Auburn provides these inspiring children are life changing Likewise the children leave a lasting impression on our faculty and students But traveling to Guatemala once a year is not enough as these children need ongoing hearing health care The Auburn Audiology Outreach in Guatemala Project is raising 19 000 to educate and train a student from Guatemala so that the student may return to his her native country and continue the vital work of our Auburn faculty and students This training will have an enormous impact on the long term sustainability of the services Auburn provides and on hearing

    Original URL path: https://rise.auburn.edu/project/1290 (2016-02-12)
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