Research

Building a Better Plastic

  • September 3, 2005

An effort led by a University of Alabama chemist has demonstrated a new way to dissolve and use cellulose – found in the cell walls of trees and other plants – in producing environmentally friendly materials that UA researchers say have potential for the automotive, packaging and textile industries.

Aiming High… and Deep

  • August 15, 2005

A University of Alabama engineering professor and his student team are researching ways to improve projectiles’ ability to penetrate sand, soil and other targets in an effort to assist American troops.

Following the Money

  • July 22, 2005

Money laundering, according to news accounts, is the world’s third largest business, a business so large that it is nearly impossible to even estimate the volume. The United Nations Crime and Justice Database describes the crime being officially recorded at national levels in more than 80 countries.

Protection in a Protein

  • June 10, 2005

University of Alabama researchers have demonstrated that a specific protein protects against the loss of the brain neurons whose demise leads to Parkinson’s disease, a central nervous system disorder estimated to affect more than 1 million Americans.

Seizing the Data

  • May 14, 2005

Science magazine, arguably the world’s premier research journal for scientists, recently highlighted a University of Alabama undergraduate student’s efforts in constructing an online database on the genetics of epilepsy.

Microarrays Grant Mega Insight

  • April 11, 2005

Growing fruits and vegetables is big business in Chile. Dr. Katrina Ramonell is interested in the tiny science of microarrays — a technology enabling researchers to study thousands of genes simultaneously. Combining the two in an international class Ramonell recently taught could have large implications for the South American country’s crop industry.

Virtual Care

  • February 25, 2005

The Institute of Medicine estimates that almost 100,000 patients die each year because of human errors in their care. This estimate is greater than the numbers of annual deaths from vehicle crashes, AIDS or breast cancer.

Hard Choices

  • December 9, 2004

Court authorities often struggle to balance protecting society with appropriate treatment for youth who commit crimes. A University of Alabama professor recently authored a psychological test that measures key juvenile concepts and assists professionals in achieving that balance.

Mind Games

  • November 11, 2004

People with autism can be highly intelligent, but the way their brains work when they learn may be distinctly different from those without the disorder.