The world has a drug problem. It’s not limited to the one you may be thinking of, and scientists are starting to look for solutions to it in places you might not imagine – places like the surfaces of volcanoes lying almost a mile beneath the ocean’s surface.
Match one part University of Alabama faculty discovery with one part investor displaying an entrepreneurial spirit. Mix in a sound business plan, expert legal advice and top-notch communication facilities, alongside assistance with plan implementation. Ensure all these ingredients blend within a favorable environment.
Twenty-eight flat-topped earthen mounds, covered in grass, rise from the ground at the outskirts of Moundville, the small Alabama town that owes its name to their presence. The area’s tranquility belies the bustling economic and ceremonial center this place, at one time the largest city north of Mexico, once was.
And you thought Tuscaloosa, Ala., wasn’t an international travel destination. More than 1,000 fish carcasses from around the world – including China, Russia, Vietnam and Africa – are periodically arriving at The University of Alabama as part of a $3 million National Science Foundation-sponsored project scientists hope will ultimately reveal more about gene function in fish and, eventually, humans.
There are no crystal balls visible upon entering Dr. William “Bill” Butler’s University of Alabama office. Yet, theoretical predictions this physicist made in a scientific paper published in 2001 have been verified experimentally and may be key in development of the next generation of computer memory and hard drives.
Think we’ve advanced too far in Civil Rights issues and medical care to resort to making health judgments based on skin color? Don’t be so sure, says Dr. Gregory Dorr, an assistant professor of history at The University of Alabama, who has joined scholars at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology researching so-called “designer medicines” and the possibilities they could lead to racial medicine.