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Warhawk Weekly 10–8: Global wildlife trade study; Fulbright grant for biofuel research


Auburn University at Montgomery postdoctoral researcher Brunno Oliveira and co-authors have found that the number of land-based species impacted by the global wildlife trade is more extensive than previously thought. According to their recent study published in Science, more than one in five land-based species are traded globally as pets or products. Currently, more than 5,500 species are at risk of extinction due to the multi-billion dollar wildlife trade industry. That number could climb to nearly 9,000 without proactive policy interventions. The study produced by Oliveira and co-authors Brett Scheffers of the University of Florida and David Edwards and Ieuan Lamb of the University of Sheffield, has earned worldwide attention with media coverage from such outlets as National Geographic, Newsweek, PBS, Scientific American and BBC.

Read more about Oliveira’s study in the AUM Pressroom.

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Diminishing fossil fuel reserves and the increasing cost of oil products have rekindled interest in identifying and leveraging renewable fuel sources. Distinguished Research Professor of Industrial and Environmental Microbiology Ben Okeke will explore ways to develop biofuel from biomass waste – plant and animal products – through a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant.

Read more about the Fulbright grant in the AUM Pressroom.

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AUM Athletics will honor breast cancer survivors at designated “Pink Out” home games for volleyball and women’s soccer this week. The women’s volleyball team will host West Florida Thursday at 6 p.m., while the women’s soccer team will host Alabama-Huntsville Friday at 4:30 p.m.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Friday, Feb. 14 is AUM’s annual Day of Giving, which is a special 24-hour social media driving fundraising event for alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the university.

To prepare for this inspiring day, the Office of University Development is looking for AUMazing projects to highlight! This can be your favorite Warhawk cause, college, or program. If any department, unit, or organization is in need of funds to help enhance a project or program, please complete the proposal form. AUM has so many exciting programs, and this is an opportunity for the Warhawk community to show how they can help AUM continue to provide students and faculty with the resources they need to excel through the power of giving.

The deadline for submissions is close of business on Friday, Oct. 25. Project managers will be notified by Tuesday, Oct. 29 if their project is selected.

For questions about Day of Giving, please email Marie Harrington in University Development or call 334-244-3596 or 334-399-4850

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Auburn University at Montgomery’s 2019 Fall Political Film Series will next spotlight a current political hot issue — the growing number of mass shootings in the U.S.

The film “Beautiful Boy” will be shown to foster a discussion on recent mass shootings and gun violence in the U.S., two issues that have been featured prominently in the news and on the political agenda this year.

The Warhawk community can view “Beautiful Boy” at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 in Goodwyn Hall room 109. The film will be introduced by David Hughes, assistant professor of political science and public administration, followed by a Q&A session.

Sponsored by AUM’s College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, the Political Film series was established to help AUM students learn outside the classroom, engage in student life and facilitate positive social interactions with others, including students, faculty and staff.

Learn more about the 2019 Fall Political Film Series.

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Auburn University at Montgomery will host the 2019 Alabama Symposium on Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Studies Nov. 7-8, 2019, in Montgomery, Ala.

This year’s symposium theme, the Anthropocene, seeks to answer the question: “Is the Anthropocene useful to the humanities, and to 18th and 19th century studies specifically? To answer the question, the symposium will include workshops, readings and roundtable discussions on this geological epoch known as “The Age of Humans.”

Lisa Ottum, associate professor of English at Xavier University, will serve as the symposium’s keynote speaker. She has written numerous articles on the intersections of ecocriticism, affect studies, Romantic-era literature, and contemporary environmental education.

A free event, the symposium brings together literary scholars, historians, and graduate students from colleges and universities in Alabama and surrounding states. For the symposium’s full schedule of lectures and workshops, visit

Michael Simmons, Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of History, World Languages and Cultures, has contributed a chapter to the upcoming book “The Apologists and Paul,” The book, at press with T&T Clark of Edinburgh, Scotland, is the fourth in a series exploring Pauline reception in the Early Church.

A team of international scholars contributed chapters. Simmons’ chapter, “Arnobius and Lactantius: Pauline Reception,” offers critical analyses of two Latin Fathers of the Church who lived during the Great Persecution of Diocletian and examines the exegetical and hermeneutical methodologies associated with citations of New Testament books written by St. Paul, which were employed in their writings.


Beloved Southern columnist and novelist Sean Dietrich will bring his commentary on life in the American South to AUM, followed by a book signing event.

Known for his commentary on life in the American South, Dietrich — also known as Sean of the South — has garnered a loyal following of fans who are drawn to his southern commentary, books and humor. He has authored nine books, including his most recent novel “Stars of Alabama,” which was released in early July.

The event is sponsored by the Department of English and Philosophy in AUM’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and AUM’s Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society with financial support from the department’s Lectures Committee.

Learn more about Dietrich’s visit to AUM.

Mon., Oct. 14 | 6 p.m. | Goodwyn Hall 109

Stressed about mid-terms? The Warhawk Academic Success Center will help you get through the madness and mayhem. Stop by the second floor of the Library Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for free Scantrons, Blue Books, Italian ice and popcorn. Better yet, pet a therapy dog and visit with tutors and student success advisors.

Wed., Oct. 9 & Thurs., Oct. 10 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m. | Library Tower, 2nd floor

Get a professional headshot taken by students from the AUM AdFed club for $5! The digital image will be emailed to you.

Thurs., Oct. 10 | 12–4 p.m. | Taylor Center 221

Enter the AUM Department of Communication and Theatre’s “I am a Journalist Writing Contest” to exercise your right to free speech. The competition, co-sponsored by Aumnibus, is a great opportunity for students to learn and gain a deeper understanding of their rights under the First Amendment.

As part of the contest, students must submit a minimum 350-word personal essay on one of three topics:

  • Opinion or experience involving the First Amendment,
  • One positive change to AUM and why it was successful,
  • One negative change to AUM and why it should be changed or removed.

Submissions may include a maximum of two images.

The three winning submissions will be published in AUM’s student newspaper AUMnibus and receive a gift card prize. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 11, 2019. For more information about the contest and rules, visit

The AUMazing Health & Wellness Fair will equip students, faculty and staff with a variety of information and resources focused on encouraging habits of wellness, increasing factors and resources contributing to well-being and inspiring individuals to take responsibility for their health.

Get a jump start on your health with a flu shot through Student Health Services.

Tues., Oct. 15 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Taylor Center

Housing and Residence Life’s “Showtime at the Apollo” is back by popular demand! We’re committed to showcasing the talents of AUM students, whether that be singing, rapping, dancing, juggling or anything else in this hilarious night under the stars!

Tues., Oct. 15 | 7 p.m. | The Pedway in front of The Commons

AUM’s Office of Global Initiatives invites you to an international festival celebrating community and tastes from around the world. Festivities will include games, food, and crafts.

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Wed., Oct. 16 | 3–5 p.m. | The Quad

Learn about our master’s and doctoral programs at our annual Graduate Studies Preview Night. Application fees will be waived for attendees and on-site admissions decisions can be made for students who bring transcripts and test scores.

The event is for college juniors and seniors considering master’s programs, as well as recent graduates and season professionals seeking opportunities to boost their professional credentials. Learn more

Tues., Oct. 22 | 5–7 p.m. | Taylor Center 221–223

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Sponsored by the Warhawk Academic Success Center, Learning Center, Career Development Center, Counseling and Health Promotion Services, and YOUR AUM Library, these free student workshops will introduce you to library, academic support, and student success resources that will help on the academic journey.

The workshops run through Wed., Oct. 23. Make sure to register online today!

Flu season will be here soon. Fortunately, you can prepare your defense by visiting Student Health Services.
A limited number of flu vaccines are currently available for Auburn University at Montgomery students, employees and dependents in Student Health Services. Staff members will administer them each week day from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments aren’t necessary, and there is no copay for BlueCross and BlueShield cardholders. For others, the cost is $25.

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