Research & Innovation
Study finds parents’ perceptions play key role in teens’ driving preparednessOverall, parents believe their teens are safer than other drivers.UAB Professor Uses Latest Virtual Reality Technology to Improve Access to Pedestrian Safety EducationA new mobile virtual reality system helps children learn to cross streets safely.Announcing Psychology Paid Summer Research AssistantshipsWith funding from the American Psychological Association, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Psychology will host six undergraduate students for paid summer research assistantships. Learn more about the program on the department website.High School Students Put Cybersecurity Skills to the Test to Win $20,000 in UAB Scholarship FundsThe Blazer42 Capture the Flag Scholarship Competition provides valuable experience to high school students in an effort to inspire more to pursue careers in cybersecurity.Riddle Researches the Influence of a Chromatin Protein Family on GenesNicole Riddle, PhD., received a NSF CAREER Award to fund her research of the Heterochromatin Protein 1 family and create a lab course to introduce transfer students to original research.Driving and Autism: Researchers Studying “How to Help Young Adults be Successful”A new UAB study found no significant difference in driving performance between young adults with autism spectrum disorder and typically developing peers. It's the first lab-driven research on a topic that's gaining in importance as a new generation of teens with ASD reaches driving age.Researchers describe a novel underlying mechanism involved in PTSD and other anxiety disordersThis study shows how stress blocks the release of an anti-anxiety neuropeptide in the brain, and it could pave the way for new therapeutic targets for PTSD.Four new NSF grants — three in neuroscience — deepen UAB’s research portfolio, forge collaborationsAlabama now has more EPSCoR Track II grants than any other state following the award of basic science grants meant to stimulate competitive research in regions of the country traditionally less able to compete for such research funds.As Medicine Races to Tap the Power of Proteomics, This UAB Alum's Startup Steps on the AcceleratorMichael Heaven's biotech business was hatched in a UAB lab, and accelerated by several UAB resources designed to fuel innovation on campus.Social Work Study Turns to Community Board for New Insights on HIV Health OutcomesA study led by Department of Social Work Assistant Professor D. Scott Batey is using community-based participatory research to find relationships between community environments and health outcomes for people living with HIV.posted a while back 2807 viewsDiamond Micro-anvils Made by UAB Will Produce Immense Pressures to Make New MaterialsUAB researchers will use pressures greater than those found at the center of the Earth to create as yet unknown new materials.Flight School: Students Chart New Courses for DronesUAB students are inventing new uses for unmanned aerial vehicles—UAVs or drones—employing them to reveal nature’s secrets and even save lives.Melissa Harris Receives PanAmerican Society for Pigment Cell Research Medrano AwardDr. Melissa Harris, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology, has received the 2016 PanAmerican Society for Pigment Cell Research (PASPCR) Medrano Award.posted a while back 3051 viewsUAB Chemistry Professor Margaret Johnson Awarded NIH MIRA R35 GrantThe Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a five-year MIRA R35 grant to Margaret Johnson, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, and coworkers.posted a while back 3155 viewsUAB Biology Professor Nicole Riddle Recognized for Research Efforts by NSF CAREER AwardsTwo UAB professors, Amber Genau, Ph.D., and Nicole Riddle, Ph.D., will receive funding from an elite program honoring young researchers.Research Proposes Background Noise to Prevent Side Channel Attacks on Computer KeyboardsResearchers have developed a mechanism that emits sound to thwart eavesdroppers from detecting passwords entered with computer keyboards.Stealth Pig Cells May Hold the Key to Treating Diabetes in HumansCoating insulin-producing cell-clusters with a thin protective layers may be a way to modify and use pig tissue to ultimately treat human diabetes. Testing in mice is the next step.UAB Professor Honored with Distinguished Appointment in Geographical ExplorationThe Explorers Club chose UAB’s James McClintock for a fellowship in international exploration for significant scientific contributions.Research Finds Novel Defense Against Sophisticated Smartphone KeyloggersResearchers have turned a malicious application into a defense mechanism for attacks on motion sensors in mobile devices.Exercising After Mentally Demanding Tasks Could Help Prevent Overeating, Study FindsA study by researchers led by a Department of Psychology alumnus and including psychology faculty suggests exercise may be the key to curbing your appetite after a long day at the office.