Research

Going for Gold

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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?