Research

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.

U.S.’s Innovative Edge Tied to Research in States Like Alabama

  • November 3, 2006

Statewide, Alabama receives less than one-half of 1 percent of all National Science Foundation research dollars annually. However, with political winds seemingly blowing in favor of a proposed doubling of the NSF budget, a group of national experts, including the University of Alabama’s Dr. Keith McDowell, is developing a new vision for science and engineering programs within those historically under funded states.

A ‘Deal of Distinction’

  • October 8, 2006

The Licensing Executives Society named an agreement between The University of Alabama and chemical giant BASF one of its “2006 Deals of Distinction” in connection with its annual meeting in New York City in August.

Take Two Drops of Lizard Spit and Call Me in the Morning

  • September 18, 2006

Gila monsters are reclusive, cold-blooded, raw egg-loving lizards whose venomous bites can cause intense pain. Ah, but within that same mouthful of venom-laced saliva is a marvelously therapeutic protein – one which has already been synthesized and used in diabetic drug treatments. And, it’s one which University of Alabama researchers are analyzing in hopes it could later improve the digestive performance of humans compromised by intestinal cancer and/or surgery.

Devastating Consequences

  • August 28, 2006

With Hurricane Katrina’s intense destruction in 2005, government officials and private citizens can no longer take public infrastructure for granted. Through a series of research projects, The University of Alabama’s Aging Infrastructure Systems Center for Excellence is improving the productivity and resilience of aging assets in America.

A Dangerous Short-Cut

  • July 22, 2006

While most research on young athletes and their use of sports supplements focuses on the product, University of Alabama professor Mike Perko goes in a completely different direction—what got the athletes interested in them in the first place?

If A Frog Had Pockets

  • June 14, 2006

If anyone or anything ever needed a champion to take up its cause, it was the lowly chytrid. Not so long ago, the microscopic fungus was relatively unknown, unloved and, although it didn’t seem to impact the tiny organism’s psyche, generally regarded as unimportant. And this dismissive approach was coming from many mycologists, those botanists who specifically study fungi.

Who Am I?

  • May 10, 2006

Thirteen years ago Dr. Marcus Brown, associate professor of computer science at The University of Alabama, and one of his now former graduate students were awarded a patent for their novel invention which identifies a person by how they type their name.

UA Works to Stop PD

  • April 30, 2006

There’s an almost audible buzz emitting from a basement level laboratory in The University of Alabama’s Biology Building. The five graduate and 10 undergraduate students who work there, alongside Drs. Guy and Kim Caldwell, UA biology professors, are pumped. So too are their aforementioned faculty mentors.

A Shifting Approach

  • March 23, 2006

A new version of a nasal spray flu vaccine shows greater effectiveness in preventing influenza in test patients than did an injectable flu vaccine, according to data from the new drug’s latest clinical trial.