Centers in the College of Arts and Sciences
|As Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary and Creative Innovation I want to welcome you to the home page of College of Arts and Science (CAS) Centers.
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is home to several interdisciplinary research, education, and community outreach centers. CAS faculty is involved in collaborative projects with other faculty in the School of Business, School of Engineering, School of Health Professions, School of Medicine, School of Optometry, and School of Public Health. Several of these centers are involved in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research projects with active participation of undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars. Some of the centers have industrial partners and engage in commercialization activities. Centers also support seeding of pilot research projects in emerging areas of research and education. Several Centers also maintain core facilities that are pertinent to their research portfolio and these core facilities are available for collaborative projects with outside entities.
Two of the CAS based centers are designated as full University Wide Interdisciplinary Research Centers (UWIRCS’s): http://www.uab.edu/research/administration/CentersCores/Pages/UWIRCbyTitle.aspx
CAS Centers exemplify UAB’s entrepreneurial spirit and contribute to Innovation, Transformation, and Excellence in research, education, and outreach to the community.
Center for Ethics and Values in the Sciences
The Center for Ethics and Values in the Sciences focuses on the broad value questions in the sciences in general, not just bioethics. The Center seeks to be a focal point both on campus and nationally for discussion of value issues in science. The main activities of the Center are a yearly national conference and ongoing research ethics training at UAB.
The Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research (The Center)
The Center is a multidisciplinary research center with members from the UAB College of Arts and Sciences departments of Computer and Information Sciences, Justice Sciences, and Chemistry; the UAB School of Business; the UAB School of Health Professions; the UAB and UAB Health Systems Information Technology departments, and external partners. Since information has long been and will continue to be at the heart of virtually every human enterprise, The Center has a broad focus on Information Assurance and cyber impacts on information. From a Center perspective, Information Assurance involves not only methods and procedures to protect the storage and use of information, but also the hardware and cyber infrastructure, and software that is the storage, transmission, and use environment of information. The Center’s Forensics Research encompasses computer forensics, classical “wet” forensics, and forensics based on image processing and Natural Language Processing (NLP). Research in these areas ultimately involves Information Assurance, whether it is the integrity of evidence gained from criminals’ hard drives, HIPAA information, data provenance, information chain of custody, defense against phishing and malware attacks, assurance of small devices and cloud-based information, or ant other aspect of Information Assurance. UAB provides research, products and services to business, industry, and law enforcement to aid them in their efforts to protect their systems and information from being stolen or compromised. UAB partners/clients include business, industry, law enforcement, government agencies, and other research institutions.
Center for Social Medicine
The mission of the UAB Center for Social Medicine and Sexually Transmitted Diseases is to foster intellectual creativity and promote the growth of interdisciplinary research on the social determinants of health and disease, including social factors that influence health care delivery. The Center consists of two divisions: (1) social medicine in the Department of Sociology and (2) sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the Department of Medicine. The overall research agenda is broad and features non-clinical research in the social sciences on health-related topics, while the clinical focus is on STDs. Recent non-clinical projects include:
- Survey to identify special needs of households in the Alabama Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program area, funded by Argonne National Laboratory, 1999-2001.
- Participant in the Living Conditions, Lifestyles and Health (LLH) Study in the former Soviet Union, funded by the European Union, 2002-2005.
- To create the next generation of polymeric and ceramic biomaterials that mimic natural extracellular matrix and hierarchical architectures of bone and blood vessels.
- To design nanostructured functionally graded metalloceramic and super-lattice ceramic thin film materials that can provide ultra smooth wear resistance surfaces in biomedical implants and double the life expectancy of these implants.
- To understand the basic mechanisms of cell/biomaterial interaction and integration at different length scales and develop new techniques and methodologies for the characterization of the cellular response to biomaterials and biomaterial behavior in a bioenvironment.
- To provide a new paradigm for research training at the interfaces of physics, chemistry, cell biology, materials, mechanical, and biomedical engineering to undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and high school teachers.
- To accelerate the deployment of promising biomaterials, bioimaging and biosensor technologies through collaborative partnerships with leading manufacturers of biomedical implants and devices.
English Language Institute
The English Language Institute (ELI) offers a range of English language courses to non-native English-speaking students and scholars, Birmingham residents, business people, local corporations, and international visitors. Through its full-time Intensive English Program, the ELI prepares both undergraduate and graduate students for academic studies at UAB and other universities. The ELI also serves as a cross-cultural training resource for Americans and internationals in the Birmingham area. To meet specific needs of local companies, English classes or cross-cultural training are available on site. As the city's professional English language learning resource for adults and higher education, the ELI is committed to "Bridging Cultures through Language" through playing an active role in our region's international identity.