As a land-grant university, Auburn serves the state and its people as a discoverer of new knowledge and ideas and as a repository of science, literature, history, art, and culture. Every day, Auburn experts add to that store of knowledge–developing new processes, materials, and technologies along the way. They then take this expertise and focus it on real-world challenges and problems. In putting good ideas to work, Auburn researchers improve quality of life, strengthen the economy, and help keep us safe and secure.
Because this aspect of Auburn University is little known and often not well understood, Auburn Speaks seeks to translate and make accessible the sometimes dense and mysterious language of research, and to capture Auburn’s role in addressing the increasingly complex issues facing our state, nation and world. Produced jointly by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Office of University Writing, Auburn Speaks is an annual book series focusing on a specific research topic of interest to a public audience.
Released in April of 2012, the inaugural issue, Auburn Speaks 2012: The Gulf Oil Spill, was devoted to chronicling Auburn University’s research related to the catastrophic oil spill in the Northern Gulf of Mexico.
Released in the spring of 2013, the second issue, Auburn Speaks: On Water, seeks to provide readers with insight into the breadth and depth of water-related research and creative scholarship at Auburn.
Released in the Spring of 2014, the third issue, Auburn Speaks: on Food Systems will focus on food, food-related topics, and hunger.
The fourth issue Auburn Speaks: On Cyber is scheduled for release in the Spring of 2015 and will focus on cyber and the rise of the digital domain across a wide spectrum of disciplines.
To learn more about Auburn Speaks, see sample pages, and find out where to order your copy, visit: www.auburn.edu/auburnspeaks.