Ice Cube Astronomy

UA professor of astronomy Dawn Williams will share the wonders of Antarctica and the groundbreaking research done in the Ice Cube Neutrino Detector in a talk on Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in Room 227 Gallalee Hall before the public night. During a talk entitled “Ice Cube: The weirdest wonder of modern astronomy,” Williams will […]

The “Top 40 Democracy” of Popular Music

From the January 2015 Desktop News | A former music critic, Dr. Eric Weisbard has always been interested in connecting the dots of popular culture. When critics began talking about “rockism,” the idea of rock as a biased way of valuing some music and not others, and “poptimism,” the idea that commercial music of all […]

Psychologists to Bolster Health Services

From the January 2015 Desktop News | A team of psychology researchers has been awarded a two-year, $250,000 contract from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to help integrate behavioral health and chronic pain treatment plans into Alabama’s 15 federally-qualified health centers. The award, given to Dr. Beverly Thorn, professor in the Department of Psychology, runs […]

Physicist Awarded NSF CAREER Award

From the January 2015 Desktop News | Dr. Claudia Mewes, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and UA’s Center for Materials for Information Technology, has received a $500,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. The CAREER Award is NSF’s most prestigious recognition of top-performing young scientists beginning their careers. Mewes’s research […]

Physics Student to Intern at U.S. DOE

From the December 2014 edition of Desktop News | Marissa Leshnov, a third-year physics student in the College, has been selected for the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Leshnov will be one of 100 undergraduate students interning at one of 13 DOE laboratories during spring 2015. Her work […]

“Cold War Dixie” Wins Best Book Award

From the December 2014 edition of Desktop News | A book examining the impact of the Cold War on the U.S. South, written by a College of Arts and Sciences historian, was recently recognized by the Southern Historical Association as the best book in southern economic or business history published in the last two years. […]

Campfires Help Lower Blood Pressure

From the December 2014 edition of Desktop News | A University of Alabama anthropologist has found that, consistent with anecdotal reports, hearths and campfires can lower blood pressure and likely played important roles in the evolution of the human social brain. Christopher Lynn, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, conducted a three-year lab-based […]

UCRA Accepting Applications

The Undergraduate Creativity and Research Academy (UCRA), a unit of the College of Arts and Sciences, seeks applications for its new undergraduate research funding. Established in 2014, UCRA aims to fund undergraduate research and creative activity and to highlight the exceptional work of College students and their faculty mentors. Students selected for funding will present […]

Unexpected Discoveries

Undergraduate Students Who Do Research with Faculty Reap Tangible, Intangible Rewards Shelby Cloer did not know what she wanted to do with her future. She was a business major who happened to take a geology class one semester. As the lessons intrigued her and inspired her curiosity, Cloer decided to approach her professor about research opportunities. […]

Pacific Northwest National Lab Scientist to Speak at UA

On Nov. 13, the chemistry department will welcome Dr. Sebastien Kerisit as he presents his seminar entitled “Molecular Mechanisms of Reactivity at Mineral-Water Interfaces.” Kerisit is a scientist from Pacific Northwest National Lab working in the Department of Energy. His research focuses on finding ways to store carbon dioxide emissions in the subsurface of the […]