“Dean Sicking is an internationally respected authority on highway safety research whose work has saved countless lives,” says Richard Marchase, Ph.D., interim president of UAB. “He literally wrote the industry standards that the National Cooperative Highway Research Program set for safety performance evaluation — just one instance of his expertise and leadership in this field — and we are thrilled to have him join our team.”
Panels for a new high-tech shelter created at the UAB have passed the National Storm Shelter Association’s tornado threat test.
The successful test represents a first step toward commercial availability, which the team hopes to achieve by the 2013 tornado season. The final hurdle comes this fall when the assembled structure will undergo testing.
The new Scanning Electron Microscope, or SEM, recently purchased by UAB with a $550,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program, magnifies images up to 100,000x, and these images can be viewed on the wall of a classroom. The microscope is so powerful that one grain of pollen will look the size of a golf ball, and a human hair, which is roughly 0.0004 inches in diameter, will appear 30 feet across at 100,000x magnification.