Research

If A Frog Had Pockets

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?

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

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

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.

A Different Kind of Drug Problem

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.

A Recipe for High-Tech Commercial Success

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.

Capturing Moundville’s Magic

A $3 million makeover of the Moundville Archaeological Park’s museum will allow display of its world-class Mississippian Indian artifacts in a manner befitting the site of one of the Top 100 tourist events in the United States and Canada.

Mighty, Mysterious Moundville

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.

A Fish Story Unlike Any Other

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.