UAB in the News: January 31-February 4, 2011

February 4, 2011

UAB to build $12.5 million visual arts center

(Birmingham News)
The University of Alabama at Birmingham plans to build a new visual arts center across from Alys Stephens Center to house gallery space, classrooms, and its art and art history faculty

 


New football stadium now part of UAB's plan for the future

(Birmingham News)
UAB took another step to­ward building an on-cam­pus football stadium with inclusion of the facility on the revised campus master plan revealed at Thursday's University of Alabama Sys­tem Board of Trustees meet­ing.

 

(Birmingham Business Journal)

 


Payroll back up at the state's three largest universities

(Birmingham Business Journal)
UAB's overall payroll increased 3 percent in the first three months of 2011's fiscal year to $218.3 million from $211.5 million the same time the previous year, according to a new online database detailing monthly expenses.


Churches celebrate Darwin's birth on "Evolution Weekend"

(Orlando Sentinel)

University of Alabama at Birmingham professor Michael Flannery advocates an alternative version of evolution by Alfred Russel Wallace. Wallace, regarded as the co-discoverer of natural selection, had a sharply different take on evolution than Darwin.


 The Hunger 500

(World Food Program USA)
How far would you run to end hunger? Joe Henry, a true inspiration to WFP USA and a recent graduate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health, has decided to run on behalf of the fight against world hunger.


 

February 3, 2011

 

UAB archaeology professor starts Facebook page to help protect treasures in Egypt

(Birmingham News)
As the world watches the upheaval in Egypt, a UAB archaeology professor has become a repository for information about the state of the country's antiquities.


University of Alabama at Birmingham plans to buy hotel near I-65

(Birmingham News)
The University of Alabama at Birmingham plans to buy a hotel next to Interstate 65 for $2 million, according to documents submitted to the University of Alabama Board of Trustees.


U.S. "stroke belt" also hit by heart failure

(Reuters)
But the current study appears to be the first to I.D. the southeast as the nation's "heart failure belt," according to Marjan Mujib and colleagues at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Full bladder wakes one in five men at night

(Reuters)
Nocturia also becomes more common with age. Part of that is related to older adults' higher rate of medical conditions. But it could also result from a decrease in bladder capacity that comes with age, explained Dr. Alayne D. Markland, the lead researcher on the new study, which appears in the Journal of Urology.


 

February 2, 2011

 

Man says Parkinson's drug made him addicted to gambling and gay sex

(ABCNews.com)
There are plenty of reports of people developing side effects from Parkinson's drugs, such as hypersexuality, gambling and excessive shopping," said Dr. David Standaert, professor and interim chairman of neurology and director of the Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "It's uncommon, but very dramatic when it happens."


The Gamer: An interview with Brian Curtin

(The Weekender)
The following is an e-mail interview with Brian Curtin, producer and director of "Beyond Black Mesa," a short film based on "Half-Life" and several other games produced by Valve Software.


 

February 1, 2011

 

United Way appoints new volunteer leaders

(Birmingham News)
New members elected to United Way's board are Matt Chapman of Energen Corp., Doug Coltharp of HealthSouth Corp., Mike Donnelly of Wells Fargo & Co., William Ferniany of UAB Health System.


People on the move - Feb. 1

(Birmingham Business Journal)
Nineteen Alabama artists will be at the Kirklin Clinic at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Feb. 26 for ArtBLINK Gala 2011, which will benefit the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.


January 31, 2011

Viewpoints: Area colleges are part of our nation's "Sputnik moment"

(Birmingham News)
With more than 17,000 students, UAB is the largest of the BACHE schools and has certainly been the most transformational on Birmingham's downtown landscape. UAB contributes a staggering $4.6 billion to Alabama's economy.

 


UAB nanoscaffolding could revolutionize laboratory cell growth

 

(WBRC-TV, Birmingham)
Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham may have found a better way to engineer organic tissues.


Your aging eyes: How you see as time goes by

(Flesh & Stone)
"Vision impairment and blindness are among the top 5 causes of disability in older adults," says Dr. Cynthia Owsley, an eye researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Vision changes can make it difficult to perform everyday activities, such as reading the mail, shopping, cooking, walking safely and driving. "Losing your vision may not be life-threatening, but it certainly affects your quality of life," Owsley says.


Amid protests and looting, officials work to preserve Egypt's treasures

(Washington Post)
Nonetheless, Egypt specialists in the United States are working hard to learn what sites might be damaged or endangered. Sarah Parcak, an Egyptologist at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, said, "We're all very concerned about the level of looting and where it might be taking place."

(National Geographic)

 


 

Birmingham couple create makeup for women of color

(Birmingham News)
Darrius Peace, 31, and his wife Meagan, 27, are natives of Mobile. The couple has lived in Birmingham since attending UAB around a decade ago.