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A podcast from the College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University

A podcast from the College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University


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A podcast from the College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University






COSAM Talks - I believe in work, hard work

In this episode I am joined by Erik Piedy and Steven Kasperek. Listen as we discuss Biomedical Sciences, Football, and how Erik was able to do both. The video version of the podcast can be found at: Check out the COSAM Talks episode with Steven at:


COSAM Talks - Chemistry's Collaborative Learning Room

“The new Collaborative Space for Learning encourages students to ask questions, work as a team and develop good study habits explained Dr. Vanessa Falcao, lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The new space, located in Extension Hall, brings students together for active learning. Listen as we talk with Dr. Vanessa Falcao, Dr. Rachel Prado and Dr. Dave Crisostomo about this new room and it benefits for everyone You can view the video version of this podcast at...


COSAM Talks - NatureServe Van Tour: Conecuh National Forest

Recap of our trip to Conecuh National Forest as part of the NatureServe Van Tour. You can watch the video version of the podcast at


COSAM Talks - Noah Yawn

Listen as Junior COSAM student Noah Yawn talks with me about what it was like to find plants in Alabama that most people thought were no longer here, as well as why he chose to double major in Biology and Geosciences among other things. You can watch the video version of this podcast at


COSAM Talks - Ed Thomas, To Auburn and Back Again

Press play to hear from Ed Thomas Jr. who not only earned his graduate degree from Auburn University, but is a professor of physics and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. He shared how the university has changed over the past two decades, insight about research and how research funding in COSAM has soared. You can find the video version at


COSAM Talks - Konrad Patkowski

This month's podcast features Konrad Patkowski, professor in the Department of Chemistry at Auburn University. He discusses computational chemistry and how it differs from what people typically think when they hear the word chemistry, along with the multiple ways the research he is performing with his new NSF grant can impact our lives. You can also watch to this podcast at or most other podcast sources.


COSAM Talks - Dr. Boyd

Take a few minutes and hear from Robert Boyd in this issue of COSAM Talks. Listen to him talk about his career as a botanist over three decades at Auburn University including his quest to solve plant blindness, researching serpentine rocks that are high in heavy metals, the "greenie meanie" or Melanotrichus boydi, an insect named after him that was discovered in California, leading the COSAM Leaders during the pandemic, and so much more... War Eagle! You can also watch this podcast at...


COSAM Talks - You are what you eat. Part 2

In this second part of a two part episode, I am joined by Steven Kasperek and Dr. Annie Kirby as we discuss the different ways in which food can affect our bodies.


COSAM Talks - You are what you eat. Part 1

In this first part of a two part episode, I am joined by Steven Kasperek and Dr. Annie Kirby as we discuss the different ways in which food can affect our bodies.


COSAM Talks - We're sensing you may be a bit stressed

In this episode we talk with Christian Goldsmith, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry about how his lab is currently working to develop sensors that can be used to detect an overproduction of Reactive Oxygen Species, or Free Radicals. This could potentially help detect problems in the heart and brain using non-invasive procedures, saving many lives.


COSAM Talks: Suicide Prevention week

National Suicide Prevention Week, September 6 - 12, is an annual event to increase awareness of suicide prevention. You can learn more about the importance of this week from Steven Kasperek, a COSAM graduate student who is a graduate teaching assistant for anatomy and physiology in the Department of Biological Sciences.


COSAM Talks - Kimberly Mulligan-Guy

In this month’s episode, hear from Kimberly Mulligan-Guy, assistant dean of inclusion, equity and diversity in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. To learn more about the Office of Inclusion, Equity and Diversity, visit


COSAM Talks - Solving an Urchin problem

This month I am joined by Marie Strader and Katherine Buckley as we talk about their recent NSF Grant working with sea urchins, the wonders of Biology, and how they found themselves where they are now.


Harnessing the Sun: Large Scale Solar Energy

Byron Farnum, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, talks about how his recent NSF CAREER award is helping him develop strategies for the storage of solar energy for large-scale grids, such as cities.


COSAM Talks - Nick Soltis, first to earn a Ph.D. in Earth System Science

From a Middle School science teacher, to Auburn's first Earth System Science graduate. Listen to Nick Soltis talk about his love of science and the journey that brought him to where he is now.


COSAM Talks - Teaching abroad during a pandemic

Listen to Morgan Sisk, COSAM Alumna and 2019 Fall Graduation Marshal talk about her experience in Chile, traveling back as the coronavirus pandemic hit and how she is now using technology to teach abroad.


Spring has Sprung in the Arboretum!

In this month's episode, we take some time to chat with Morgan Beadles, Director of the Davis Arboretum at Auburn University about Spring in the Arboretum, among other things.


COSAM SCOREs with Robotics Education

In this month’s episode, Jennifer Spencer, Assistant Director of the Southeaster Center of Robotics Education (SCORE), joins us to talk about Robotics, Drones, 3-d printing and more. We also discuss an upcoming Drone competition that will take place February 22 as well as the Alabama State VEX Robotics Championship, February 26 – 29 . To find out more about SCORE, visit


COSAM Talks - Elevating the lab experience with SynDavers

Listen to Linda Pastorello, Lab Coordinator for the Anatomy and Physiology labs at Auburn talk about COSAM's new SynDaver and how it is being used to elevate the student lab experience.


Lori Scott

Listen to Lori Scott, a graduate student in the Department of Physics, talk about her research and time working with the Space Station.