When she enrolled at UA as a freshman in 2002, Caitlin Prickett never considered she would soon begin modifying the “building blocks” that make up the genetic code of human life — pretty heady stuff for an undergraduate. But, as a participant in the University’s Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Intern program, Prickett chemically alters these compounds, known as nucleosides, in the laboratory in attempts to better understand how cancerous tumors develop and to potentially help develop new leads in the fight against the dreaded disease.
Researchers at The University of Alabama, who have found a way to mimic epileptic seizures in the tiny roundworm C. elegans, have published their findings in the current issue of a top ranked scientific journal. The efforts could make the worm a powerful model for unraveling the molecular regulation of epilepsy, a condition that affects 2 percent of the population.
A University of Alabama geographer is monitoring the Gulf of Mexico’s water quality from a few hundred miles inland. In fact, with some assistance from a satellite orbiting some 438 miles above the Pensacola, Fla. area, he can measure the water’s ever changing quality from his office on the UA campus.
A team of scientists, including a University of Alabama marine biologist, will venture into the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico on an 18-day research mission to investigate the long-term effect of manmade structures on the deep sea, and conversely, the effect of the environment on those structures.
The record rise of gasoline prices during 2004 underscored for consumers a need scientists have been interested in for some time — the search for alternative fuel sources. The University of Alabama is on the cutting edge of that search and is working toward innovative solutions to make hydrogen-powered cars and trucks a reality.
Alabama’s Black Belt is part of a region that is home to both the richest soil and the poorest people in the United States. It is an area where economic stagnation is common and small, dying towns dot the landscape. Insufficient health care and underfunded and understaffed schools are the norm.
Many West Alabama children will get the medical care they need thanks to a partnership between The University of Alabama and Kid One Transport System. The partnership has provided $500,000 in federal funds to support the expansion of Kid One services in West Alabama.
In January 2003, Greensboro East High School became the first of three high schools in Alabama to begin teaching mathematics with computers and one-on-one tutoring when it opened its Math Technology Learning Center (MTLC), a facility modeled after UA’s own Math Technology Learning Center in Tutwiler Hall.