UAB to host several summer writing camps for kids The Red Mountain Writing Project will host several camps this summer for children from middle to high school. This year’s Youth Writing Camp for students grades 5-8 is themed “Write to Discover,” and is May 27 to June 20 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. The camp features four weeks of writing fun, from “Making Mystery” to “Making a Difference.” The College Bound camps include “Writing for the ACT” from May 27-30, and “Writing a College Admission Essay” is scheduled for June 2-6. Both are from 9 a.m.-noon each day. The Red Mountain Writing Project is a local affiliate of the National Writing Project and has a mission to provide a forum for teachers of all grade levels and in all content areas to study and develop new and innovative strategies for literacy instruction.
See medicine in motion In the basement of the Wallace Tumor Institute is the most powerful cyclotron at any U.S. academic medical center — a 61-ton machine that is ready to revolutionize treatments for cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease. But what is it, exactly? Cyclotrons create the tracers that power PET imaging. Combined with glucose, oxygen or other natural body compounds, these tracers can identify cancer metastases, track the growth of Alzheimer’s plaques or detect early signs of heart disease.
The more power you have, the more tracers you can make, and the more body processes you can image. UAB’s 24-million electron-volt cyclotron, which was installed in April 2013 as the centerpiece of the Advanced Imaging Facility, “gives our physicians and researchers opportunities in clinical care and research that they could not get anywhere else,” says Cheri Canon, M.D., chair of the UAB Department of Radiology. “It’s really unmatched.”