Research

Deadly Lessons

  • June 10, 2007

The 2004 Sumatra tsunami that killed some 280,000 people along opposite shores of the Indian Ocean was one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent history. It may also prove to be a great teacher, says Dr. Timothy Masterlark, a University of Alabama geologist who was among the first to survey the origin of the massive, tsunami-triggering earthquake, deep beneath the Indian Ocean.

Student Innovation

  • June 1, 2007

Call it what you want – ubiquitous computing, pervasive computing, physical computing, tangible media – but patent applications now making their way through the approval process could mean big things for The University of Alabama and its M.B.A./M.S. dual degree program for Enterprise Consulting and the computer-based honors program.

Rusty but New

  • May 15, 2007

A University of Alabama geochemist, in conjunction with industrial partners, is developing and testing a method to prevent arsenic at contaminated sites from leaching, or filtering, through the soil and into drinking water supplies. Central to its effectiveness is, oddly enough, rust.

Seeking Solutions

  • May 12, 2007

From national security issues, to high oil prices, to environmental impacts, reasons for the growing search for alternative energy sources are broad-based. Now, a national security laboratory, with an assist from a University of Alabama engineer, is using what appear to be giant, steel traffic cones to try and turn nuclear fusion into a realistic energy alternative.

A Song from the Heart

  • May 5, 2007

Dr. Hideo Fujiwara, a University of Alabama physicist, has sung the praises of the campus’ information storage research center to some of the world’s biggest electronic names, but he can frequently be heard singing a different tune.

Going for Gold

  • April 20, 2007

As the University of Alabama positions itself for major growth in its research activities, it is simultaneously launching a multi-year accreditation effort designed to offer the most comprehensive protection available to its human research participants.

Oldest Writing from New World Creates Buzz

  • April 13, 2007

Carved across the surface of a 26-pound stone slab unearthed in Veracruz, Mexico is the oldest known writing ever discovered in the Americas, according to a paper published in the Sept. 15 issue of the journal Science by a 7-person team of archaeologists, including Dr. Richard A. “Dick” Diehl, professor of anthropology at The University of Alabama.

Moving to the Research Beat

  • December 19, 2006

Don’t call him a break dancer; Wesley Nixon is a b-boy. While the ‘b’ does originate from the word break, it’s considered to some an insult to call it break dancing, a term coined by the media in the 1980s.

A ‘Super’ Find

  • December 8, 2006

Shiny, black magnetic films, about the size of a penny and made by University of Alabama researchers, are central to a discovery of how to conduct resistance-free electricity in a manner previously thought impossible.

A View from Afar

  • November 12, 2006

University of Alabama astronomers and their students are gaining regular access to two mountaintop-based telescopes, including one in the southern hemisphere, without leaving campus.