At UAB this weekend, school children from the Birmingham area will be given the chance to play scientists, mad or not, and have fun doing it. The first Mad Scientist Day will take place at the Chemistry Building on campus.
Last year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded [Dr. Ragib Hasan, researcher and director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Secure and Trustworthy computing lab] over half a million dollars to develop software and a mobile app for location provenance, which helps people securely record and then prove their physical location history on any given day.
Guess what? If your bathroom has the sink and toilet in one room, and you flush with the lid open, there is fecal matter on everything within a 5 to 6 foot radius. Flushing aerosolizes your poop, depositing bacteria like Escherichia coli, or E. coli, directly onto your toothbrush —a nd brushing with an E. coli-loaded instrument could make you sick. “This bacteria is associated with gastrointestinal disease,” says Dr. Maria Geisinger, DDS, an assistant professor and periodontist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
From The Washington Post
Sarah Parcak, an archaeologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is practicing what may be the most high-tech method of tracking looted sites and antiquities, using satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe, a satellite company, and Google Earth to identify what she calls “hot spots.”
The National Institute of Child Health and Development awarded Dr. June Cho, assistant professor in the UAB School of Nursing, a grant of $1.72 million over a five year period to continue her research on the health and development of infants born preterm.
Dr. Ragib Hasan, the director of University of Alabama at Birmingham's Secure and Trustworthy computing lab, describes the role that data mining can play in crime-fighting.
UAB experts give advice on how youngsters can properly use technology when writing the old-fashioned way.
The poll, conducted by UAB Professor Larry Powell for the Alabama Forestry Association, shows 30 percent of voters in the 6th Congressional District are undecided.
Patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis catheter placement via fluoroscopy and ultrasound-guidance experienced significantly fewer complications at 1 year post-insertion than did patients whose catheters were placed laparoscopically.
Bacterial and viral are the more prevalent and commonly discussed forms of meningitis, but one infectious disease expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham says fungal meningitis stemming from Cryptococcus is the true “hidden epidemic” needing more attention — as it is deadly if it goes undiagnosed.
Smoking cigarettes is the single most avoidable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States, according to Dr. William Bailey of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Palliative Care.
Talented high-school students from across the state will come to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) this Saturday to test their computer programming skills.
One’s career options following graduation are largely dictated by their school and academic focus of choice – a fact which speaks to the importance of educational comparison shopping in this era of trillion dollar student loan debts.
Last July, the University of Alabama Hospital, the flagship of the UAB Health System and one of Alabama’s largest employers, started screening all new applicants for smoking and nicotine use, from physicians to food service staff, after a unanimous vote by clinical leadership to ban tobacco use for all new employees.
Jefferson County Manager Tony Petelos this morning announced the county has reached agreements with some Birmingham area hospitals to provide care for former Cooper Green Mercy Hospital patients. The contracts are with UAB for $7 million; St. Vincent's $2 million; and Baptist Health System $2 million.
The sexual behavior of the roundworm C. elegans is unusual, to say the least. This is an animal that can carry around its own sperm and eggs, producing offspring by itself early in its three-week lifespan.
Professor of Medicine Peter Pappas will examine how individuals contract cryptococcus meningitis and ways to treat the infection. Two species of fungus are the cause of the majority of cryptococcus meningitis cases each year worldwide.
HIV may now be a chronic, manageable disease for most patients in the United States, but mothers and children in sub-Saharan Africa are still suffering. One UAB School of Public Health researcher hopes to improve their situation. 
2,000 tax returns filed for Birmingham families by UAB students, amounting to $3.3 million in tax refunds.
"While it is true that some industries and professions are more in demand than others, to be truly “successful” one must choose a career area that is well suited to one’s personality," says Suzanne Scott-Trammell, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
New understanding of roundworm reproduction could have impact on human and animal infertility issues, say UAB scientists.
Contest at UAB will test prowess of Alabama’s top high school computer programmers. 
As part of its ongoing Science, Communication and Innovation talks, Lucas Pozzo-Miller will speak about Rett syndrome.
A college baseball player nearly blinded by a batted ball and a UAB ophthalmologist urge athletes to wear eye protection at all times.
"Establishing the diagnosis of glaucoma, while often challenging, is not nearly as difficult as determining when the glaucoma is getting worse." As every ophthalmologist knows, visual fields (VFs) "require an alert and cooperative patient," said Brian Samuels, MD, PhD, assistant professor of ophthalmology, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Ok! So you wash your hands before eating and brush your teeth before sleeping but is that  enough to keep germs and bacteria at bay? Probably not, say researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
An exterior wall of UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center has been transformed into a giant canvas for architecturally mapped digital art and animation. The artwork is projected on the fabric-wrapped wall as part of Light Dreams II Festival, a celebration of art, music, dance and light.
John Fiveash, MD, and Evan Thomas, PhD (pending) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham presented on RapidArc® radiosurgery in the treatment of brain cancer.  Thomas demonstrated how RapidArc radiosurgery can enable clinicians to treat multiple brain metastases in a single treatment session.
Diving injuries are more prevalent, too — they may not result in death, but they can be nearly as catastrophic. Up to 5 percent of all spinal cord injuries are the result of diving accidents, according to the University of Alabama at Birmingham National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center.
University of Alabama at Birmingham investigators and the Global Healthy Living Foundation’s online community support site CreakyJoints.org are launching a study incorporating electronic devices to collect patient and physician information on rheumatic conditions.
Many people acquire this fungal infection during childhood — but Cryptococcus generally stays dormant in healthy people. It also can re-activate later in life, and one infectious disease expert wants to find out why.
School of Optometry graduates will be honored at the Doctoral Convocation and Hooding Ceremony on May 16.
More than 30 demonstrations will showcase basic science principles to local elementary and middle school students.
A year into the UAB strategic planning process, UAB President Ray L. Watts reflects on the institution’s influence and the importance and initial success of the vital campuswide effort.
Applications for the NIGMS Short Course on Statistical Genetics & Genomics will be accepted until May 23. The course will be held July 7-11.
UAB Nathan E. Miles Chair of Ophthalmology has been named chair-elect of the Ethics and Regulations in Human Research Committee of the Association for Research in Vision Science and Ophthalmology.
Renowned scientist Cynthia Brown, M.D., will lead UAB efforts to care for aging patients and patients with advanced or life-threatening illness.
Learn more about causes, therapies and training during UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center’s annual research day.
The challenge is to address academic, regulatory and financial issues affecting the education of vascular surgeons.
Study presents a fresh perspective on existing research and conflicting evidence in supply-chain and strategic management
Children shouldn't drive a tractor until they're 14 or 15 because they lack certain abilities that come only with maturity such as the ability to visualize and understand their surrounding environment. Experienced drivers constantly scan their surroundings, looking for things that could become hazardous. There's strong evidence in laboratory studies that children do this terribly, according to David Schwebel, a psychology professor at the University of Alabama [at Birmingham] who has worked with the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety.
A recent study published in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing found that each segment of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) population has its own specific physical and mental health needs. Rita Jablonski, PhD, associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing is lead author of the paper, “The Invisible Elderly: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults.”
Janyce Sanford, M.D., chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Emergency Medicine, recommends an insect repellant with DEET, along with long pants and long-sleeved shirts, as the best way to ward off most pesky insects.
From Time
In the presence of men, rats and mice experience a stress response equivalent to swimming for three minutes or being restrained in a tube for 15 minutes. That’s because men secrete many more pheromones, which alert the rodents to the proximity of male animals, than women do.
A new NIH grant could allow researchers to better predict risk factors for patients using blood-thinners by examining the influence of genes, lifestyle, clinical factors and environment.
Need help putting the pack down? The UAB Lung Health Center is here for you.
Two years ago researchers successfully tested a new panel that could be used in shelters and safe rooms. "We are working with two manufacturers right now who are looking to produce the panels. …," said Dr. Uday Vaidya, a Professor in the UAB Department of Material Science and Engineering and the project leader. "Some of the details are actually in the framing, in terms of locking down the panels to the foundation."
A new study suggests the reasons for disparities in obesity rates between African-American and white women are far more complex than the usual go-to culprits of socioeconomics, fruit and vegetable intake, and exercise.
As Alabama’s largest employer, UAB has earned its reputation as a good one. Stellar benefits along with stability combine to make a pleasant atmosphere for those who work for the school and the hospital.
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