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Natural Sciences

The Animal Care Facility in Nott Hall houses the laboratory animals used at the University. The facility is supported primarily by the College of Arts and Sciences, but it also serves other colleges on campus that have teaching or research needs for laboratory animals. The facility also acts as a liaison with external groups responsible for accreditation and compliance with humane and legal requirements related to the experimental use of animals. The facility is fully accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.

The Center for Land Information Analysis and Mapping, instituted in 1988, coordinates the research and service activities of several established units within the Department of Geography. Located in Farrah Hall, the center integrates personnel and resources of the Geographic Information Systems Laboratory, the Remote Sensing Laboratory, the University Map Library, and the Cartographic Laboratory.

The Cartographic Laboratory produces maps, graphs, and charts in electronic file formats. Although the lab is designed to serve University faculty, students, and administrators, it increasingly provides work for local, state, and federal agencies. The Map Library maintains large holdings of U.S. and foreign maps and serves as a depository for the U.S. Geological Survey and the Defense Mapping Agency. In addition, an extensive land use map and energy map collection is being developed. The library also has aerial photograph coverage of most Alabama counties going back to the 1940s. The Geographic Information Systems Laboratory is a fully equipped computer graphics facility providing research and production services in computer cartography and digital photogrammetry. The Remote Sensing Laboratory serves remote sensing research activities of the Department of Geography faculty and the University community.

The Department of Biological Sciences is located in four buildings: the Biology Building, Nott Hall, Mary Harmon Bryant Hall, and Tom Bevill Energy, Mineral, and Materials Science Research Building. In addition, several faculty members are stationed at the Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory. Specialized facilities for research and teaching are housed in these buildings, including the Center for Optical Analysis, the Molecular Biology Research Support Facility, the Freshwater Biological Facilities Center, the Molecular Phylogenetics Laboratory, the Geographical Information System and Photogrammetry Laboratory, and the Experimental Mesocosm Facility. Among a range of museum collections are the University of Alabama Herbarium, Icthyological Collection, Entomological Collection, and Marine Invertebrate Collection. The University of Alabama Arboretum, a 60-acre outdoor classroom and natural area, includes a native woodland, ornamental areas, the Alma Bishop Williams Greenhouse, the Duncan Greenhouse, and wildflower, herb, bog, and experimental gardens. The recently completed TreeTopology platform makes canopy-level research available. The J. Nicholene Bishop Biological Station is a family homestead, Tanglewood, plus 480 surrounding acres in Hale County, Alabama. This inland biological station is used to further undergraduate and graduate research in biodiversity and environmental processes.

The facilities of the Department of Chemistry, located in Lloyd Hall, include 60 teaching and research laboratories. Special research laboratories include multinuclear NMR, EPR, GC-mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, and molecular modeling instrumentation. Other instruments available include EPR and NMR spectrometers, ultraviolet-visible spectrometers, mass spectrometers, gas chromatographs, high-performance liquid chromatographs, infrared spectrometers, and atomic absorption spectrometers. The department also maintains modern glassblowing, electronics, and machine shops for rapid maintenance of laboratory equipment and creation of custom-designed apparatus. In addition to the use of the University's Seebeck Computer Center, the department has several dedicated computers for use in magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry research that accommodate special data handling and simulation work.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is located in Gallalee Hall, with additional research and office space in the Tom Bevill Energy, Mineral, and Materials Science Research Building. The department's facilities include teaching and research laboratories, a machine shop, and an electronics repair and design shop. The department maintains specialized research laboratories for magnetic materials, laser research, and high-energy experimental physics. Specialized research equipment includes ultrahigh vacuum thin-film deposition equipment, magnetometers, X-ray and electron diffraction systems, a scanning tunneling microscope, a ferromagnetic resonance spectrometer, an electron beam processor, state-of-the-art equipment for particle detector research and development, and an electronic instrumentation laboratory with CAD/CAM capability for high-energy research and development. A large number of state-of-the-art computer workstations are available for simulations and data analysis in astronomy, high-energy physics, and condensed-matter physics. A networked computer laboratory with access to the Internet, the University's mainframe computer, and the state's Cray supercomputer is available for general student use.

The Astronomy Observatory, also located in Gallalee Hall, is devoted primarily to teaching and public service. Its main instruments are a 10-inch refracting telescope and an eight-inch Schmidt camera. A 16-inch computerized telescope is housed at nearby Moundville Archaeological Park. Several other small telescopes, cameras, a micrometer for double-star measurements, and equipment for solar observations are also available.

The Tom Bevill Energy, Mineral, and Materials Science Research Building houses the Department of Geological Sciences and the Freshwater Studies Program. The building includes shared analytical instrumentation in the Central Analytical Facility and laboratories that are dedicated to individual programs. The Department of Geological Sciences has well-equipped laboratories for modern quantitative research. These facilities include sample preparation laboratories for aqueous and solid samples; a wet chemical analytical laboratory, containing an inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer, an inductively-coupled plasma emission spectrometer, a graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometer, and an ion chromatograph; a gas source mass spectroscopy laboratory for stable isotope analyses; an X-ray analysis laboratory, containing automated diffraction and fluorescence equipment; an electron beam analysis laboratory, containing scanning Auger and electron microprobes as well as scanning transmission and scanning electron microscopes; a computer workstation-based hydrogeological modeling laboratory; geophysical equipment that includes 36-channel seismic recorder and geodetic quality GPS receivers; and a subsurface mapping laboratory with Sun and Silicon Graphics UNIX workstations and interactive seismic processing software.

The Eric and Sarah Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering serves faculty and students in science and engineering. It contains extensive collections of scientific monographs and periodicals, group study areas, computer workstations, and a fully equipped electronic classroom.

Social Sciences

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) is an interdisciplinary organization of the College of Arts and Sciences whose mission is to promote and conduct social science research. It includes the Center for Social and Policy Studies, the Capstone Poll, and the Research and Consulting Laboratory. The Center for Social and Policy Studies conducts academic and applied social science research in such areas as social science theory and methodology, and it emphasizes research on public policy issues. Recent projects include a study of social services provided for pregnant women in poverty; investigation of the demographics and needs of homeless individuals and families; analysis of coordination and communication among services for special populations such as youth and the elderly; and the development of projects for specific areas of transition in Alabama.

The Capstone Poll is the University's public-opinion research center, tracking public opinion, beliefs, and attitudes on a range of issues since 1980. The professional staff of the Capstone Poll offers services at any stage of survey research, from proposal and development of ideas to report of survey findings. Clients include public- and private-sector organizations as well as University researchers. Research facilities include 20 interviewing booths, where data is collected by trained interviewers using computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) capabilities. The Research and Consulting Laboratory provides consultation and instruction on research methods. Lab consultants assist individuals with problems of research design, statistical techniques, and the use of computer hardware and software. Formal instruction is occasionally provided through group workshops on research methodology and technology. The lab also offers access to the University's mainframe computer, microcomputers, and national data archives, and serves as a research facility for social scientists conducting their own projects.

The Institute for Social Science Research sponsors a monograph series that is externally refereed and copyrighted. The monographs consist of book-length works based on social science research. Publication lists are available on request.

The Psychology Clinic gives primary instruction and training to graduate students in clinical psychology and offers mental-health services to the West Alabama area and to University students, staff, and faculty. The Brewer-Porch Children's Center is an interdisciplinary program designed to develop model service programs for children and adolescents who are experiencing significant adjustments in their homes, schools, or communities. The services provided include diagnostic and evaluation services, treatment for behaviorally disturbed children and adolescents, residential programs, and consultation with other agencies and University-affiliated training and research programs.

The Speech and Hearing Center in the Department of Communicative Disorders offers a wide variety of services to anyone suspected of having a speech, language, or hearing disorder. The center, located in Rowand-Johnson Hall, has the threefold purpose of public service, professional education, and research.

Speech, language, and hearing evaluations are available by request and by referral. Close working relationships are maintained with city and county public schools, the Children's Rehabilitation Service, the Capstone Medical Center, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bryce Hospital, and the DCH Regional Medical Center. Therapy may be scheduled year-round in group or individual sessions. Therapy is provided for speech and language disorders associated with hearing loss, stuttering, laryngectomy, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, aphasia, and other conditions. Services include the dispensing of hearing aids.

Students experiencing difficulties with their speech or hearing may qualify for sponsorship by the Alabama Vocational Rehabilitation Service and receive services through the Speech and Hearing Center at no cost. Otherwise, they may be seen as private clients by paying a nominal fee.

Humanities and the Fine Arts

Perhaps more than any other campus building, Woods Hall symbolizes the soul and spirit of the College of Arts and Sciences and The University of Alabama. Named for the University's first president, Alva Woods, Woods Hall was the first structure to be built after the campus was destroyed by federal troops during the Civil War. This 300-foot-long, four-story, neo-Gothic building has at various times housed most of the University's components, including administration, the library, dormitories, classrooms, the post office, and the bookstore. Today, the building contains faculty offices, studios, and classrooms for the Department of Art. Nearby Garland Hall, Manly Hall, and Clark Hall, all constructed in the late 1800s, complete a quadrangle of historic buildings with a central courtyard long known as Woods Quad.

The University of Alabama Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is located in Garland Hall. The gallery offers a program of exhibitions, lectures, and films. Works of contemporary artists, faculty and graduate students, and items from the permanent collection of paintings, sculpture, photographs, prints, ceramics, and drawings are periodically exhibited. Garland Hall also contains the offices for the Department of Art and art classrooms.

The Language Resource Center, located in 252 B. B. Comer Hall, serves the Department of Modern Languages and Classics. The facility provides multimedia computer stations, linked through a central control system by which an instructor may monitor and assist students individually or in groups. B. B. Comer Hall also houses administrative offices and classrooms for the Critical Languages Center and the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

Morgan Hall houses the Department of English, including the freshman English and creative writing programs. Morgan Auditorium is the site of fiction and poetry readings and of performances of the College of Arts and Sciences dance program. The Writing Center, also located in Morgan Hall, provides a free writing tutorial service for students in all fields and at all levels of study. The Writing Center helps students develop their writing skills as they work through specific writing assignments or projects. The English Computer Lab (ECL), the oldest and largest of the College of Arts and Sciences computer facilities, is also in Morgan Hall. The ECL, which is networked to all other A&S computer labs, provides two computer classrooms for online classes as well as general computer access for all English faculty and students. It also coordinates the computer-based writing instruction that has been required of freshman composition students since 1986.

Manly Hall houses The Black Warrior Review, the administrative and faculty offices of the Department of Religious Studies, and the Women's Studies Program.

The Strode House, a gift of Hudson and Therese Strode, is located on 23 acres in a residential area of Tuscaloosa. It currently houses the director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies.

The German House, Russian House, and Spanish House provide students with living accommodations convenient to campus. The houses are open to students interested in intensive exposure to these languages and cultures. Residents of each house speak the language of that house and participate in weekly cultural programs. Each language house student must register for the language course numbered 205 or 206 and is expected to be enrolled in one other course in the language.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is located in Rowand-Johnson Hall. This building houses the Marian Gallaway Theatre, a 338-seat proscenium theatre in which four to six mainstage productions are presented each year. The Allen Bales Theatre, a thrust-stage, 170-seat facility used for studio productions, is also located in the building. The College of Arts and Sciences theatre program involves creative activities and public service. The primary objectives include providing training and theatrical experience; fostering the development of individual talent; imparting knowledge of the great works of dramatic literature; developing new works of theatre art with new techniques, styles, and perspectives; and searching for new relationships among the theatre arts, other arts, and the environments in which they function.

Dance facilities are provided in a 3,400-square-foot studio on the third floor of historic Clark Hall. The studio has maple flooring, ample mirrors and barres, and soaring Gothic windows. It is used both for dance instruction and rehearsal. Morgan Auditorium is the primary performance site for the dance program.

The Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences is located on the first floor of Clark Hall.

The School of Music offers an extensive series of concerts in the Frank Moody Music Building. The 1,000-seat concert hall, which houses a mechanical-action Holtkamp organ (86 ranks, 4 manuals), is the regular venue for performances by faculty, visiting artists, and University ensembles. Student recitals are presented in the 140-seat Huey Recital Hall. The building also contains music classrooms, practice rooms, a comprehensive electronic music studio, rehearsal spaces for all University ensembles, and the studios and offices of School of Music faculty.

The Archive of American Minority Cultures, located in the Special Collections Building, serves students, faculty, community members, and other researchers interested in ethnic, folk, minority, and women's interdisciplinary cultural studies, particularly through the techniques of folklore and oral history. The archive initiates and supports both academic research and public programs. It functions as a regional resource center for primary multimedia materials; a clearinghouse for information on state and regional research and programs; a support service for field research, media documentation, presentations, and related activities; and a sponsor of public outreach programs. The archive also houses the holdings of the Women's Studies Program's Preservation Project for Southern Women's Culture and the minority and folklore collections of the Department of American Studies.

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