What's the fastest thing you can imagine? How about the smallest?

Well never mind, because there really is no way to wrap your head around what's going on in David Hilton's laser lab in the UAB Department of Physics.
Published in Announcements
May 01, 2014

Winners Circle

Four faculty members win prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Awards

In a stunning achievement, four College faculty members were awarded CAREER Awards by the National Science Foundation. The recipients are Dr. Eugenia Kharlampieva, Chemistry; Dr. Karolina Mukhtar, Biology; Dr. Thamar Solorio and Dr. Ragib Hasaan, Computer and Information Sciences. The total value of the four prizes is $2,500,000.

From left: Dr. Euginia Kharlampieva, Dr. Karolina Mukhtar, Dr. Thamar Solorio, and Dr. Ragib Hasan.From left: Dr. Euginia Kharlampieva, Dr. Karolina Mukhtar, Dr. Thamar Solorio, and Dr. Ragib HasanThe NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program offers the Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

The College of Arts and Sciences last had a faculty member recognized in 2011, when Dr. David Hilton (Physics) was awarded $600,000 over five years for his work in coherent manipulation in quantum systems. UAB has never had four faculty honored in a single year.

Dr. Yogesh K. Vohra, professor and Associate Dean, notes that the number and value of this year’s awards is directly related to the College’s investment in faculty development and mentoring, since three of the four winners received grant money and coaching from senior College faculty before they embarked on the NSF CAREER grant process. “These things don’t happen in a vacuum,” says Dr. Vohra. “For Dr. Kharlampieva and Dr. Hasan, we funded a CAS Interdisciplinary Team Award for $30,000 each. Dr. Solorio received a Graduate Entrepreneurship Award for $10,000. So for spending $70,000 we have received more than $2.5 million in federal money in return. I would say that is a wise investment.”

Research Grants and Monetary Awards

Dr. Eugenia Kharlampieva
Title: Shape Responses of Ultrathin Hydrogel Microcapsules.
Award amount: $525,000

Dr. Karolina Mukhtar
Title: Regulatory Mechanisms of Pathogen-Mediated Cellular Stress Signaling in Arabidopsis: Taking Plant Molecular Biology to the Urban Garden
Amount: $1.1 million

Dr. Thamar Solorio
Title: Authorship Analysis in Cross-Domain Settings
Amount: $500,000

Dr. Ragib Hasan
Title: Secure and Trustworthy Provenance for Accountable Clouds
Amount: $485,000
Published in CAS Magazine Articles
Two advanced students in The College, Nicole Watkins in History and Kyle Besing in Mathematics, won second and first place, respectively, in this year’s Graduate Student Research Days, hosted by UAB Graduate School.

Selected by peer review, rather than faculty (as had been done in the past), the two winners were scored on content, delivery, visual aid and preparation.
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For most of us, Antarctica is a story of ice.

Huge, craggy mountains laced with jagged icy edges. Penguins perched on frozen knolls and ridges, fur seals, crabeater seals, and others fishing amongst the floes. And massive chunks of glaciers breaking off into the sea as the warming global temperature melts away the edges of our southernmost continent.
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UAB's Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) guidelines state that a DRAFT proposal is due 7 business days prior to the submission due date. A FINAL proposal is due 3 business days prior to the submission due date.

In addition to the OSP guidelines, the College's Research Office guidelines must also be met.

For review-only proposals, we require 24 hours (or 1 full business day) for a DRAFT proposal and 24 hours (or 1 full business day) for a FINAL proposal. This gives us ample time to review the proposal and acquire Dean's Office signature, if required, while still meeting OSP deadlines above. Research Office reviews include:

  • Verifying budgets to ensure funds requested are adequate and correct and meet project needs.
  • Ensuring all proposal guidelines/instructions have been met.
  • CAS Research will email the proposal submitter and/or award manager with any comments/questions concerning the proposal within 24 hours of its receipt. All proposals are date and time stamped.

After questions have been addressed and the review process is complete, the proposal will be forwarded to OSP for processing.

If the above time frames are not met, the Research Office reserves the right to determine that the notification time given is not adequate for proposal review and thus that the proposal cannot be submitted.


All College of Arts and Sciences research proposals are required to be routed to and reviewed by the Research Office prior to submission.
Published in Research & Centers
The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Art and Art History will host the Art History Master of Arts Symposium, an annual daylong symposium shared with the University of Alabama, on Friday, March 7, at the UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham unveiled the state’s largest and most advanced nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) facility this morning at a grand-opening event and tour. The laboratory is another world-class example of the interdisciplinary emphasis that is a hallmark of UAB, accelerating the university’s reputation as a leader in medical research.
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Illustration of a bar graph. The Research Office provides the following services:

Pre-Award Management
Post-Award Management
Service Center Management

Pre-Award Management

If you would like to utilize any of the following services, the Research Office requires a minimum of 1-2 months notification prior to the submission due date. If this minimum notice is not given, we reserve the right to determine that the notification time is not adequate for proposal preparation and thus that the proposal cannot be submitted.

(1) All UAB administrative paperwork related to grant submissions:

  • Extramural checklists
  • RPL
  • Cost sharing commitment forms
  • IDC revenue redistribution forms

(2) Work with CIRB to ensure all disclosures are documented and current.

(3) All sponsor related forms:
  • NIH applications (grants.gov)
    • SF-424
  • NSF applications (fastlane)
  • Foundation specific forms/documents

(4) Budget/budget justification development and preparation (including subcontracts).

(5) Prepare facilities documents (NIH and NSF submissions, biosketches, facilities, etc.).

(6) Collect letters of support required for applications.

(7) Serve as liaison between the Office of Sponsored Projects and PI.

(8) Serve as liaison between sponsor and OSP and/or PI.

(9) Read and review all funding announcements to ensure all guidelines are being met.

(10) Assist faculty in setting up SMARTS/SPIN in order to locate funding opportunities.

(11) Facilitate the set-up of subcontracts (UAB providing or receiving services).

(12) Work with CIRB to ensure all disclosures are documented and current.

(13) Read, review, and track all CAS grant submissions.

Post-Award Management

(1) Manage all financial aspects of funded grants including, but not limited to:
  • Account Set up
  • Provide monthly reconciliations including projections/Oracle expense reports
  • Set up employees/faculty grant funding (Oracle HR functions)
  • Re-budget requests
  • Cost transfers
  • Payment requests/purchase order requisitions/reimbursements
  • Journal entries
  • Account close out
  • Annual/Final grant reporting
  • Monthly/quarterly sponsor invoicing
  • Fee-for-service contracts

(2) Effort reporting (compliance and training).

(3) Grant Transfers in/Transfers out.

Service Center Management

(1) Account set up.

(2) Provide monthly reconciliations including projections/Oracle expense reports.

(3) Set up employees/faculty funding (Oracle HR functions).

(4) Invoicing:
  • Internal vendors
  • External vendors

(5) Deposits.

(6) Payment requests/purchase order requisitions/reimbursements.

(7) Fee-for service contracts.


Material Transfer Agreements (facilitate)

Data Use Agreements (facilitate)

Confidentiality Data Agreements (facilitate)

Faculty Development Grants (facilitate)

Innovation Awards
  • Set up account
  • Provide monthly reconciliations including projections/expense approval
  • Close out account
Published in Research & Centers
November 25, 2013

Student Research

UAB students study long-stemmed seaweed in the Antarctic. All of our students, undergraduate and graduate, are encouraged to participate in research. These students receive support from the College and from the University in the forms of faculty advice and guidance, identification of research opportunities, facilitating interdisciplinary cooperation, and providing forums for publicizing research results.

Student Research News

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Programs in the College

Student Research Resources

Published in Research & Centers
November 21, 2013

Undergraduate Research

Research isn't just for graduate students and faculty. Here at the College of Arts and Sciences we want our undergraduates to take advantage of all of the research opportunities the College has to offer. Whether you're an Art major, a Biology major, or a Political Science major, there is research opportunity available to you.

You can watch students talk about some of their recent research below. For more information on how to get involved in student research at UAB, visit the Office for Undergraduate Research.

Computer Science major Brett Kirkland presents his research about the newly installed 3D printing lab located in the Computer Science department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which will help further research in all disciplines. Produced by UAB Digital Media.

Neuroscience major Tooba Anwer presents her research at the 2013 UAB Undergraduate Exposition. Her research focuses on spinal cord astrocyte dysfunction in a mouse model of Alexander Disease. This presentation won 3rd place in the Biological and Life Sciences Poster Session II. Produced by UAB Digital Media.

Biology major Sope Oguntuyo presents his research on Mycobacteriophage Classification in Advance of Full Genome Sequencing. Produced by UAB Digital Media.

Political Science major Farah Al Farhan presents her research of foreign regimes, how they have affected our modern societies, and why foreign policy analysis is vitally important. Produced by UAB Digital Media.
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