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UA Physicists Share in Breakthrough Prize

From the January 2016 Desktop News | A team of University of Alabama physicists recently received recognition for making key contributions to a landmark study of neutrinos that won the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. The $3 million prize, which was divided between five international teams, celebrates a series of experiments demonstrating that neutrinos—neutral… Read more »

UA Professor Helps Discover Theory in How Glaciers Influenced Land Formations

From the January 2016 Desktop News | Dr. Sarah Praskievicz, an assistant professor of geography at UA, recently used a forecasting model she co-developed to discover what the Oregon Coast Range might have looked like more than 25,000 years ago. Praskievicz originally designed the model while pursuing her doctorate at the University of Oregon in order… Read more »

Good News for Female Political Candidates

From the January 2016 Desktop News | When it comes to politics, research suggests that stereotypes often put women at a disadvantage. Female candidates—more than their male counterparts—must appear to be tough leaders without sacrificing their image as nurturers in order to win over voters: If they come off too strong, they lose votes. And… Read more »

Wood-Based Alternatives Fuel Scientific Collaboration

From the November 2015 Desktop News | Researchers in the Department of Chemistry, in collaboration with researchers in Germany, have developed a new way to use wood and other kinds of biomass to make chemical materials without relying on the usual non-renewable petrochemical starting materials. The idea, the researchers said, is to produce everyday products… Read more »

The Power of Music

It’s not uncommon for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, at DCH Regional Medical Center to weigh less than three pounds, or little more than a bottle of water. With infants less than 28 weeks of age, their lungs aren’t fully developed, and the very thing keeping them alive—breathing machines that force… Read more »

Math education researchers awarded $1 million

From the October 2015 Desktop News | Researchers in UA’s College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education were recently awarded a $1 million grant to develop “co-teaching” teams of public school teachers in the Tuscaloosa area. The grant is from the Math-Science Partnership through the United States Department of Education and Alabama Department of… Read more »

Giyeon Kim Named GSA Fellow

From the August 2015 Desktop News | Dr. Giyeon Kim, associate professor in the Alabama Research Institute on Aging and the Department of Psychology, has been named a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. The status of fellow is the highest class of… Read more »

Big Answers, Tiny Particles

From the June 2015 Desktop News | A team of international scientists, including a pair of physicists from The University of Alabama, resumed efforts this week near Geneva, Switzerland, to use tiny particles to answer big questions – really big – like how the universe works. Drs. Conor Henderson and Paolo Rumerio, assistant professors in the… Read more »