Centers in the College of Arts and Sciences

UAB students working in one of the center laboratories. The College of Arts and Sciences is home to many interdisciplinary research, education, and community outreach centers. Our faculty is involved in collaborative projects with other faculty in the Schools of Business, Engineering, Health Professions, Medicine, Optometry, and Public Health. Just as important, several of these centers welcome the active participation of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students.

Birmingham-area students learning at one of CORD's intensive summer programs. The College believes that the collaboration of faculty, students, research staff, and the community is the best way to encourage discovery, understanding, and creation. Our centers are active participants in local, state, and national projects. Some have industrial partners and engage in commercialization of the projects they work on. Others support seeding of pilot research projects in emerging areas of research and education. Some maintain specialized core facilities that are available to users in CAS as well as external users.

Centers Directory


Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research logo. The Center is a collection of professors, students, and professional partners across myriad disciplines, all devoted to one mission: Making the world a safer place for citizens of the 21st century. With all the wonderful advantages and incredible conveniences that modern technology has bestowed upon us in the past 10-20 years, we've also been introduced to a litany of new dangers to our privacy, our finances, and even our very identities. Some of our principal areas of focus now include computer forensics, classical "wet" forensics, as well as image processing and natural language processing forensics, in order to provide greater service and protection from these new breeds of criminal. Learn more.

CNMB logo. The Center for Nanoscale Materials and Biointegration has identified several Grand Materials Challenges that can be most effectively addressed through interdisciplinary efforts by involving the expertise of faculty members from six different academic disciplines:
  • Create the next generation of polymeric and ceramic biomaterials that mimic natural extracellular matrix and hierarchical architectures of bone and blood vessels.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Learn more.

CORD logo. The Center for Community OutReach Development (CORD) was established by UAB in 1998 to advance the outreach efforts of UAB in the Birmingham community. CORD's primary focus is on advancing K-12 science education in the area and throughout the state and nation. We are particularly interested in developing programs that will decrease the regional, racial, and gender disparity in science, math, and engineering, by early engagement of students in science and the development of their competitiveness for the best college science and math programs. These programs will build an exceptional science workforce locally and nationally; a workforce that will strengthen America's position as the economic leader in science and technology. Learn more.

Center for Ethics & Values in the Sciences logo. The Center for Ethics and Values in the Sciences focuses on the broad value questions in the sciences in general, not just bioethics. It 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. Learn more.

COSS logo. COSS is a multi-institutional center consisting of researchers and facilities from UAB, the University of Alabama, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. It works to improve sensor techniques using recently developed revolutionary laser and spectroscopic technologies for detecting of biological, chemical, environmental, and explosive agents with high sensitivity. Laser-enabled optical sensor and spectroscopic technologies had a significant impact all over the world on the major institutions in health care, biomedicine, communications, materials characterization and processing, defense, aerospace, and national security, and this trend can only be expected to accelerate in the future. Learn more.

CRAG logo. The focus of the UAB Center for Research on Applied Gerontology is to develop and evaluate interventions which will allow older individuals to remain independent and to experience a high quality of life. Specifically, our program seeks to improve those visual, attentional, and cognitive functions that decline at varying rates among older adults, and that are particularly relevant to maintaining functional abilities such as mobility and driving skills. Learn more.

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.
  • Participant in the Living Conditions, Lifestyles and Health (LLH) Study in the former Soviet Union, funded by the European Union.

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ELI logo. 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 and 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. Learn more.


Other University Centers

UAB encourages collaborative, interdisciplinary efforts through its University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Centers (UWIRCs). Besides the Center for Social Medicine, faculty in Sociology work closely with a number of other centers, including: Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, Geriatric Education Center, Center for AIDS Research, Center for Women's Reproductive Health, Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center, and Lister Hill Center for Health Policy.