November 20, 2013

Super Center

Cartoon of the CIA-JFR staff as superheroes. Meet the New Breed of Crimefighter at CAS's CIA/JFR

By Matt Windsor
Illustrated by Jin Chung

They may not wear spandex or leather boots, but the elite team of investigators at the College of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Information Assurance/Joint Forensics Research (CIA/JFR) do indeed have some unique superpowers. John Grimes, J.D., a career U.S. Army veteran who only recently returned to the UAB faculty from Afghanistan where he helped coordinate U.S. intelligence, is now using his knowledge of intelligence analytics to hunt down nefarious groups attacking U.S. businesses and government agencies.

He’s not the kind of man you want to cross. On the wall of his office are certificates from sniper school, paratrooper school, and a host of other elite military training recognitions and awards.

One floor above in UAB’s University Boulevard Office Building is the office of forensic scientist Elizabeth Gardner, Ph.D., an expert on the chemistry of illegal drugs who once helped analyze the failure of deep space rockets for NASA. Students in Gardner’s labs have learned to detect microscopic traces of cocaine residue on dollar bills and sort out the dangerous chemical mixtures found in drugs sold over the Internet.

In the SPIES (Security and Privacy in Emerging Systems) lab just across the road, the computer scientist Nitesh Saxena, Ph.D., is devising transformative ways to help users stay secure online, including turning password-based logins into a game as well as protecting new ways of making sensitive transactions, such as near field communication-based payments.

Meanwhile, computer forensics expert Gary Warner is using the UAB Spam Data Mine to track the criminal gangs responsible for stealing millions of dollars in cyberspace. CIA/JFR, known as “the Center,” is directed by Tony Skjellum, Ph.D., chair of the UAB Department of Computer and Information Sciences. It now includes dozens of investigators from a range of specialties with a common goal—to stay at the cutting edge of crimefighting and share the fruits of their research with law enforcement, affected businesses, and consumers.

“Our members work together to help create, prototype, test, implement, and refine tools to strengthen all defenses against any potential attacks,” Skjellum says.

It’s important that the researchers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, adds John Sloan, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Justice Sciences and a cofounder of the Center. “Criminals work across interdisciplinary lines,” Sloan says, “and that’s how our research, development, and outreach works. There’s no other way to keep up and help law enforcement catch criminals.”


Cartoon of Elizabeth Garnder as a superhero. Elizabeth Gardner, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Justice Science

Specialty: Forensic chemistry

Research Focus: Identifying emerging drugs of abuse; testing illicit drugs to determine the identity and concentration of common adulterants; testing clothing from clandestine labs for methamphetamine and other drugs; infrared spectroscopy of blood; laser analysis of trace evidence.

“My work is all about the chemical analysis of organic compounds. There are very similar techniques that can be applied to everything from tracking oil spills in the Gulf to determining the composition of ‘ legal high’ drugs ordered off the Internet.”


Cartoon of Ragib Hasan as a superhero. Ragib Hasan, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences

Specialty: Cloud computing and practical security

Research Focus: Trustworthy data history, provenance, and accountability for cloud computing, file systems, and databases; mobile malware; secure social networking

“Businesses are making a major push in cloud computing, with Amazon, Google, and Apple leading the way. But right now you don’t have any guarantees about what happens to your data when it goes into the cloud. I’m interested in how we can make those clouds more secure and protect privacy.”


Cartoon of John Grimes as a superhero. John Grimes, J.D., assistant professor, Department of Justice Sciences, director of intelligence analytics for CIA/JFAR

Specialty: Human intelligence, counterintelligence

Research Focus: Measurements and signals intelligence; imagery and geospatial intelligence

“If you think of all things in cyberspace as dealing with ones and zeroes, my role is to round out the rest of the intelligence spectrum—the two through nine of an investigation, if you will. I focus on what a cyber-malefactor may do coming up to the keyboard and then what happens when they pull back. It’s not enough to know that a crime has happened; you have to know who has done it and prove that to the satisfaction of a judge and jury.”


Cartoon of Nitesh Saxena as a superhero. Nitesh Saxena, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of the SPIES lab

Specialty: Computer security, user-centered security, and applied cryptography

Research Focus: New security paradigms for computer systems, especially smartphones and other mobile devices

“Users don’t have much intrinsic motivation to pursue security tasks online or act in a secure manner, but they do like games. So instead of entering a password, you might be prompted to play a quick game that would actually be establishing your identity or credentials.” 


Cartoon of Gary Warner as a superhero. Gary Warner, director of computer forensics research at UAB

Specialty: Computer forensics

Research Focus: Cybercrime, especially phishing and malware; developing UAB PhishIntel database to provide comprehensive source of cybercrime evidence to law enforcement

“More than 11 million people will be victims of financial crimes this year, and a great deal of that will include malware and phishing. We need better technology to detect these attacks and a better way to protect consumers. UAB PhishIntel is part of that. We can pinpoint the criminals who are responsible for thousands of phishing attacks, and in many cases we have their e-mail accounts and locations. We can go to law enforcement and tell them, ‘These are the ones you want to go after.’”
Published in CAS Magazine Articles
November 18, 2013

A River Runs Through It

A Compelling Story Sells It

By Caperton Gillett

UAB graphic design professor Doug Barrett with students Jennifer Waycaster, Samantha Gibbons, Amy Clark, and Daniel Twieg at the Cahaba River. Selling a product is one thing—but how do you market a region in need of revival? If you're a graphic designer, like UAB assistant professor Doug Barrett, M.F.A., you approach it like any other commodity: Talk to the client, develop a true understanding of the product, and perhaps most important, find the story that will sell it.

That's what Barrett did as a graduate student at the University of Florida, when he worked with Mayan villagers in Mexico to help them develop a sustainable economy around local honey and orange juice. And that's what he's now teaching his students to do for Bibb County, Alabama—tour the area, meet the people, and discover the unique qualities that can help revive an economically struggling county—with the help of well-designed brochures, signage, and marketing collateral.

AIGA, the professional organization for graphic designers in the U.S., calls it "Design for Good." Barrett calls it an independent study class, which is by invitation only. Through this class, students come together to work in a student-run design studio called Bloom Studio, where they take the design process beyond the standard in-class curriculum, using what Barrett calls the "graphic design toolset" to solve social problems and benefit their community. The final result will be a tangible product for the client to put to use and the students to add to their portfolios.

The goal of their current project is to promote tourism in Bibb County—an effort that has involved weeks of research, numerous visits and interviews, and lots of questions. "Who is their audience? Who is their competition? And what does Bibb County have that we can leverage into something interesting people might want to come see?" Barrett says, characterizing Bibb County's assets and attractions as "the story behind the brand. What is the story, and how do we get the story out there?"

The class's project last fall was to create marketing material for the Cahaba River Society (CRS). Barrett's students designed a collection of three brochures—graduated in size and designed to nest artistically—promoting the river, including basic river excursions, canoeing safety, the Children Linking with the Environment Across the Nation (CLEAN) Program for children, and of course membership in the nonprofit CRS. They also designed a license plate benefiting the society that will be available for purchase next year. This work resulted in the award of a Sappi Ideas That Matter grant of $47,000 to create a book to tell the story of the CRS.

Networking

The students' work with the CRS led them to the Friends of the Cahaba, for whom they developed a Web site. One of those friends was Matthew Hartzell, Bibb County extension coordinator, who had an idea for the students' next client.

Barrett and his students worked in conjunction with the Alabama Innovation Engine (AL Engine), which is a collaboration between Auburn University and The University of Alabama that supports the AIGA's Design for Good initiative. "Our contact at Alabama Engine is Matt Leavell, who has done a ton of work finding those in need and those with the skills to help," Barrett says.

In touring Bibb County, talking with locals, and exploring local attractions, the UAB group discovered that the county's main draw dovetailed nicely with another project supported by the AL Engine: the development of a Cahaba Blueway, a watery trail with points of interest for canoers and kayakers that flows right through the center of Bibb County.

But the tourist attractions in Bibb County extend beyond riparian pursuits. Barrett and his students visited the Brierfield Ironworks, the West Blocton coke ovens, the Cahaba National Wildlife Refuge, and other dry-land destinations that could make up a full day's visit—if visitors know where to go. "Sometimes people think, 'Just highlight everything in Bibb County,' but that's kind of tough," Barrett says. "If you're just driving in, it's difficult to enjoy everything they have, and there isn't a lot of infrastructure." The solution? A collection of day trips to promote to tourists, based on attractions already available in the county, with signage and maps to direct visitors around the area.

Some of the most curious new tourists, Barrett says, were the students themselves, many of whom have lived in Jefferson County all their lives without visiting the Cahaba River or Bibb County. "It's an eye-opening experience and very worthwhile," he says. "The important thing is not just coming from the outside and trying to effect change, but also getting local people interested in effecting the change."

The students who choose to participate in this course come preloaded with an interest in the world around them. "They're interested in preserving natural beauty and preserving culture, whether that's outside the United States or in a small town in Bibb County," Barrett says. "They recognize the significance of culture, history, and community, and how important it is to preserve those things."

For those students, the end product is a better understanding of and appreciation for their community, a chance to use their developing skills in a real-world application, and a portfolio of completed work to take out into the world after graduation. "The students get really thrilled by it," Barrett says. "The power of this is that they're not just doing work in a class, in a vacuum. They actually get to meet the client, work with the client, and do real projects that end up getting produced. It's a real professional experience."

Branding A River

The Cahaba River has been recognized nationally and internationally for its biodiversity and has been named one of the 19 and 52 most important places to preserve in the next decade by the World Wildlife Fund and the Sierra Club, respectively. Barrett's students are working with the coordinators of the Cahaba Blueway Project and others to develop interest around the river and highlight resources that can help sustain the local economy. "It's interesting to think that we're trying to brand a river, with a logo and type palette and color palette—and that goes into things like signage along the take-outs and put-ins of the river, and T-shirts, and books and maps and wayfinding applications," Barrett says.
Published in CAS Magazine Articles

Students Study Nonviolent Conflict Resolution in India

by Glenny Brock

UAB students in front of the Taj Mahal. "People are sick, people are in poverty, it's 120 degrees in Delhi—and this is where you study peace?" Sharyn Jones, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology, offers this rhetorical question with a lilt of laughter. Jones recently returned from a three-week sojourn to India with 11 UAB students; the trip was the first study-away opportunity offered as part of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences' new minor: Peace, Justice, and Ecology (PJE).

"You are educated in an entirely different way when you are immersed in the sights and smells of a place, where the language is different and the customs are different," Jones says. "Trips like this allow students to spend time with people in other cultures and to actually engage them."

The study-away course, the Culture of Peace in India, included major sightseeing stops—the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Qutb Minar, and the Bahá'í Lotus Temple in Delhi—but the Active Nonviolence Education Center (ANEC) in Dharamsala was perhaps the most important site on the itinerary. During almost three weeks of daily workshops, the students learned from and worked with Tibetan refugees who offered instruction in nonviolent conflict resolution. They learned about the lives of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. They learned how the concept of peace is perceived in a variety of different cultures. Since the PJE program focuses on real-world strategies for social justice and environmental sustainability, the chaos and tumult of India provided a vibrant—almost overwhelming—context for students to consider these inspiring concepts.

"Issues of peace, conflict, and social justice have always been a part of the study of anthropology," Jones says. "But our students constantly encounter problems in the real world without knowing how to fix them. One of the goals of this minor is to show students ways to change the world on a small level but ultimately to make a large impact."

Life Lessons Via a Major Minor

As a CAS interdisciplinary program, the PJE minor evolved from what was the environmental studies minor. The new program is the brainchild of Jones and Lori Cormier, Ph.D., program director for the master's degree in anthropology. It gives students the opportunity to examine themes of ecological adaptation and sustainability as well as investigate environmental health and human rights in local, cross-cultural, and global contexts, and then use scientific, philosophical, and ethical reasoning in developing solutions to problems. The point is to provide students with a broad learning experience in human-ecological interactions and biocultural diversity. Put another way, the minor offers deep digging in what it means to be human.

Genevieve Begue and Dr. Sharyn Jones in front of Heritage Hall. The PJE minor has attracted students majoring in biology, chemistry, and international studies as well as students with individually designed majors. For Genevieve Begue, a senior pursuing a double major in international studies and conflict resolution and the Middle East, the travel opportunities afforded through the PJE minor make for particularly potent learning experiences. Begue, who wants to work as a "peace builder" in the Middle East, traveled to Israel during her sophomore year at UAB, but she says even that life-changing trip didn't fully brace her for India.

"I left Birmingham with few expectations and a bunch of fears," Begue says. "I purposely tried to avoid getting much information on India and on Dharamsala. I wanted this trip to be a culture shock as much as possible, although I couldn't help talking about it as we got closer to departing and my excitement grew. I packed every kind of wipe and hand sanitizer and had planned to cover myself from head to toe. I must admit I was a little scared. "Despite leaving with few expectations," she says, "India kept catching me by surprise. I had been warned that no matter how much I tried to prepare myself, India would just blow my mind. Indeed, it did!"

Begue often felt numerous contradictory emotions all at once. "I experienced a rollercoaster of emotions: fear, love, hate, apprehension, amazement, irritation, compassion, gratefulness (a lot of gratefulness), sadness, joy, disgust, and fascination," she says. "The best part of India is that even when something is disappointing, you probably can find the very opposite as well."

Begue's travels have convinced her that study-away trips should be a part of every student's college experience. "I learned so much about the cultures of the countries I visited, and learned from and with the people I met," Begue says. "I simply came back a different person. Immersed in other cultures, I was able to understand firsthand some of the political issues I had studied in class."

Peace Through Nonviolence

According to Jones, the students were challenged not only to absorb and confront concepts of peace in the endless upheaval of India, but also to strategize on how they might bring that peace home. "How you make the world a more peaceful place was a major focus of the trip," Jones says. Daily interactions with Tibetans taught Begue that peacefulness through nonviolence is a way of life. "I learned one Tibetan expression, 'Tashi Delek!' — a greeting for which the translation may vary from 'May everything be well!' to 'Auspicious greetings.' The expression is a key that opens a smile-box, bringing full, bright smiles to their faces, which stay long after you pass by." Begue explains.

"Tibetans cherish and celebrate life in every form, the smallest insect being of great significance for simply being alive," she says. "From Dharamsala, I brought back a sense that peace can only live as we cultivate and nurture it. Peace takes work in every instant—a work of education and tolerance, of love and of patience."

Begue's numerous unique personal experiences represent the transformative power of immersion learning. "In our discipline, we aim to observe different cultures from an insider perspective," Jones says. "We often see students very quickly transformed by their new surroundings. "One of them—one of us, any of us!—may be saying, 'I'm different than these people. It's hot. The food tastes different.' But as you get really engaged with people," she says, "the less intense those differences become."
Published in CAS Magazine Articles
November 18, 2013

Winter 2013

 

Winter 2013 Highlights

Education Everywhere


Creating a Culture of Peace

Students Study Nonviolent Conflict Resolution in India

A River Runs Through It
A Compelling Story Sells It

Standing Up for Social Justice
Fighting Hunger Around the World

UAB's Digital Media Commons
A Hands-On Technology Lab

Super Center
Meet the New Breed of Crimefighter at CAS's CIA/JFR

The Storyteller and the Artist
A Tale of Friendship and Tomato Sandwiches
Published in CAS Magazine
November 18, 2013

Arts & Sciences Magazine

The College of Arts and Sciences magazine is a great way to keep up with what is going on in the college.

Spring 2014


 


Spring 2014 Contents


Clinton Scholars Study in the Middle East

Dedicated Undergraduate Researchers Motivated to Succeed

AEIVA Opens

New Books

A Strong Stem: UAB College of Arts and Sciences Launches Prestigious UTeach Program

Winners Circle: Four CAS Faculty Members Win Prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Awards

Meet the Dean:
Robert Palazzo

Illumination: Ireland Prize Winner Leon Botstein Exposes a Black Hole of Musical History to the Bright Lights of Lecture and Performance

Diamond in the Rough: NSF Funds Partnership for Innovation

Sharper Image: UAB's High-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility

A New Kind of Storyteller: Introducing UAB Digital Media's First Class of Media Fellows

Seeds of Success: CAS Alumni Entrepreneurs are Rooted in their UAB Education

So What?: The Importance of the College to the Community, by Dr. Cynthia Ryan

Published in CAS Magazine
November 18, 2013

Connect

A College intern holding up a school tshirt reading "The College." We like to think of the College of Arts and Sciences as a family made up of students, alumni, faculty, and staff. With over 7,000 students, 45,000 alumni, and more than 300 faculty members, that is one big family!

Keeping in touch with each other can be difficult in this global world. Here are a few ways that you can keep in touch with us.

Social Media

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Student Activities

Student Activities and Organizations

Student Groups (BSync)

Student Government Association

News and Events

College of Arts and Sciences News

College of Arts and Sciences Event Calendar

College of Arts and Sciences Magazine

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Alumni

Update Your Contact Information

Alumni and Friends of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences

UAB National Alumni Society
Published in Connect
November 14, 2013

Grants Office

Illustration of a person with ideas coming out of the head. The College of Arts and Sciences Grants Office serves to foster and facilitate innovative and interdisciplinary research as well as scholarship and creative activities for the purpose of enhancing discovery, knowledge, and progress within the UAB community and beyond.

The Grants Office is here to help faculty, staff, and departments secure external funding. This includes help locating funding sources; crafting grant submissions; dealing with the forms, paperwork, and other requirements of the funding process; and grant management support once funding has been secured. We also provide service center management and facilitate Material Transfer Agreements, Confidentiality Data Agreements, and other ventures and projects.


Reminder: All College of Arts and Sciences research proposals are required to be routed to and reviewed by the Grants Office prior to submission.

Contacts

To help meet your specific needs, please contact the staff member responsible for your department or program. If you do not see your department or program listed below, please contact Erin White.

Erin White

  • Anthropology
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Government
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Theatre

  • Alabama EPSCoR
  • Center for Ethics and Values in the Sciences
  • Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research
  • Center for Nanoscale Materials and Biointegration 
  • UAB Digital Media

Susan Thompson


  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • Justice Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • College of Arts and Sciences Research  
  • Center for Social Medicine
  • English Language Institute (ELI)
  • Community OutReach Development (CORD) 
Published in Research & Centers
November 08, 2013

Past Innovation Forums

2014

April 8, 2014: Mathematical Biology
Read about the April 2014 Interdisciplinary Innovation Forum here.
Dr. Emmanuele DiBenedetto, Centennial Professor of Mathematics, Vanderbilt University Dr. Hassan Fathallah-Shaykh, Associate Professor of Neurology and Mathematics, UAB Dr. James Keener, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering, University of Utah Dr. Philip Maini, Professor of Mathematical Biology (by Recognition of Distinction), Oxford University, England

2013

May 14, 2013: Middle-Infrared Laser Technologies for Environment, Health, and Medicine
Dr. Frank Tittel, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University
Dr. Sergey Mirov, UAB Department of Physics
Dr. Victor John Thannickal, UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine
Dr. Veena Antony, UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine

April 26, 2013: Interdisciplinary Team Presentations


January 16, 2013: Quantum Computers
Flyer
Dr. Marko Lončar, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Harvard University
  • Diamond Nanophotonics and Quantum Optics
Dr. Gopi Samudrala, UAB Department of Physics Dr. Murat Tanik, UAB Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

2012

October 9, 2012: Genes and Cultures: Models of Interaction
Biographical Sketches of Speakers
Dr. William W. Dressler, Department of Anthropology, University of Alabama Dr. Mike Kalish, Institute of Cognitive Sciences, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Dr. Lori Cormier, UAB Department of Anthropology

September 25, 2012: Music Technology: Virtual Spaces
Dr. Uday Vaidya, Director, UAB Materials Processing and Application, Development (MPAD) Composites Center Christophe E. Jackson, PhD Candidate, Performance Arts Medicine, Co-director Save New Orleans Sound, Co-chair Development Performance Arts Medicine Association

August 21, 2012: Interdisciplinary Innovations in Simulations and Virtual Reality
Jack Norfleet, US Army RDECOM Marjorie White and Claire Peel, UAB School of Medicine/Children's of Alabama and Office of Interprofessional Simulation for Innovative Clinical Practice Cali Fidopiastis, UAB School of Health Professions James R. Patterson, UAB Department of Chemistry Bharat Soni, Jeff Kerby, and Christopher Lowther, UAB Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Medicine, and Art and Art History

July 31, 2012: Cyber Security Research and Development; Something for Everyone
June 5, 2012: Big Data Forum
Dr. Jonas Almeida, Department of Pathology, UAB School of Medicine Dr. Joanne S. Luciano, Tetherless World Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Dr. Hermant K. Tiwari, UAB School of Public Health Dr. Tony Skjellum, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, UAB College of Arts and Sciences

May 29, 2012: Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomic Health Care
R. Lynn Holt, MS, CGC, Assistant Professor and Director UAB Genetic Counseling Program Dr. Bruce R. Korf, UAB Department of Genetics Dr. Nita A. Limdi, UAB Departments of Neurology and Epidemiology Dr. Belinda Needham, UAB Department of Sociology Dr. Nathaniel H. Robin, UAB Department of Genetics and Pediatrics

April 17, 2012: Regenerative Medicine
Dr. Timothy M. Wick, Chair, BMD and Co-Director of the BERM Center
  • "Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine: Potential and Progress"
Dr. Gregory Pence, Professor, UAB Department of Philosophy
  • "Ethical Issues in Bringing New Medical Technology to Reality"
Joel Dobbs, MPH, Executive in Residence in Entrepreneurship, UAB School of Business
  • "The Economics of Innovative New Therapies"
Dr. Brigitta Brott, Division of Cardiovascular Disease, UAB Department of Medicine
  • "The Heart of Cardiac Regeneration"
Dr. Andrew Penman, Vice President, Drug Development, Southern Research Institute
  • "The Potential of Microphysiological Systems to Accelerate Drug Development"

March 13, 2012: "Innovations in Drug Delivery"
Dr. Arthur J. Tipton, Evonik Degussa Corporation, Birmingham, AL Dr. Veena Anthony, UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine Dr. Ken Hoyt, UAB Department of Radiology Dr. Eugenia Kharlampieva, UAB Department of Chemistry
  • Polymer Capsules as "Intelligent" Delivery Carriers
Dr. Derrick Dean, UAB Department of Materials Science and Engineering

January 24, 2012: New Energy Sources and Global Demand
Robin Miles, M.S., M.B.A., Lawrence Livermore National Lab, CA Dr. David Morrow, UAB Department of Philosophy
  • New Energy Sources—Climate Change and Global Poverty
Dr. Renato Camata, UAB Department of Physics
Published in Research & Centers
November 08, 2013

Research & Centers

Research. It is one of the driving goals of the College of Arts and Sciences.


Illustration of the intersection of liberal arts and sciences. Across the College, our faculty, students, and research staff engage in the time-honored quests to understand ourselves and our universe, to constantly create new knowledge, and to provide new opportunities for innovation that transforms our world. Through the exchange of ideas across the College's diverse disciplines, insights emerge that change the way we think and provide new opportunities for exploration. We provide an environment of inquiry that results in discovery and the development and testing of ideas and theories, leading to knowledge that can be applied to meet the challenges of our time, transform historic disciplines, and improve teaching and learning.

Our research programs focus on:
  • Human Health and the Quality of Life
  • Social Justice and Human Rights
  • Computation and Security in our Cyber World
  • Creative Expression through the Arts and Humanities

The College is home to several interdisciplinary research, education, and community outreach centers. Our faculty and students (undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral) collaborate with those in the schools of Business, Engineering, Health Professions, Medicine, Optometry, and Public Health. Several of our centers have industrial partners and engage in commercialization activities. Centers also support seeding of pilot research projects in emerging areas of research and education.
Published in Research & Centers
The College of Arts and Sciences organizes monthly innovation forums to focus on some of the world's biggest problems where interdisciplinary innovations could have a significant impact and where UAB has existing strengths/interests. These interdisciplinary innovation forums are held in collaboration with faculty from the Schools of Business, Dentistry, Engineering, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, and Public Health, as well as representatives of the UAB Research Foundation and the Birmingham Business Alliance.

Phase I of this initiative are the monthly innovation forums, which will continue into the future.

As part of Phase II, the College is now issuing a call for interdisciplinary team proposals. Available awards will be valued at up to $30,000 for a maximum duration of up to one year. An application guideline is available for download.

Submission Deadlines and Questions

The next deadline for proposal submission is January 15, 2015. If you have questions about the program or the application process, contact Dr. Yogesh K. Vohra by phone (975-3675) or email.

Proposals should be electronically submitted as a single PDF file to Dr. Yogesh K. Vohra.
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