• Paula Alvarez Pino, the coordinator and research assistant for Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center, addresses the crowd on sustainability and climate change. Photo by Fred StephensPaula Alvarez Pino, the coordinator and research assistant for Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center, addresses the crowd on sustainability and climate change. Photo by Fred StephensDestiny Hosmer - Staff Writer
    drhosmer@uab.edu


    The UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center hosted a free screening of Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary film, “Before the Flood,” which urges humans to work toward preventing the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the globe.
  • UAB Football Coach Bill Clark speaks at Signing Day. (Photo by Angela Hollowell).UAB Football Coach Bill Clark speaks at Signing Day. (Photo by Angela Hollowell).April ObermanStaff Writer
    Aprildob@uab.edu

    On Dec. 2, 2014, it was decided. There would be no more football at UAB.

    “Being disappointed does not mean quitting. Keep doing what you know is right. #WTD #UABFootball.” Head coach Bill Clark tweeted this positive message only two days after the decision, despite the upset that spread throughout our university like a virus. There was hope.

    And with this hope, the football team was reinstated six months later.
  • Aura LogoAura, the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s literary arts magazine, is proud to announce its first annual art competition. The Aura Art Competition invites high school and college students in Jefferson County to electronically submit their art in three categories: fine arts, digital media, and photography. There is no theme, so all subject matters are welcome as long as they fit in the aforementioned mediums.

    Two winners will be selected in each of the categories; one in the high school category and one for college level. Each winner will receive a prize as well as the opportunity to have their work published in Aura’s  2016 fall edition.  Students will also receive an opportunity to display their work at the Birmingham Division of Youth Services Smart Art festival in April, 2017. 

    Competition Submission Guidelines:

    - All submissions are due by October 1st, 2016.


    -  No previously published work is eligible submission. It must be original content.

    -  Please do not submit simultaneous submissions. If your work has been submitted to another publication, do not send that work in unless it has been denied by that publication.

    -  A
    cover letter should be attached with each submission with the following information included: contact information, short biography of 3-5 sentences (will be featured alongside your work should it be chosen), indication of whether or not you give Aura permission to feature work on Aura websites. You can create your own or use our template. 

    -  Multiple entries are allowed. You may submit as many pieces as you wish.


    - All submissions should be submitted as a jpg and preferably with at least 300 pixels per inch (resolution). If you have questions about this, email us ataura@insideuab.com. We can walk you through this or work with you!


    Click here to fill out the form and upload your cover letter and art submission.   

    Good luck to all participants!

    Aura has been UAB’s literary arts magazine for over forty years. It’s a unique publication that accepts submissions from all over the country in the areas of poetry, short story, plays, costume design, visual arts, and photography.
  • - Jared Chesnut - BlazeRadio DJ/Operations Manager
    redc@uab.edu

    Before we get to the "tale of the tape", perhaps its best to fill you in on what kind of showdown we've got here.

    Birmingham Big Battle is a 1v1, winner stays on competition between some of the best local artists and bands. Each week, the champion takes on a new challenger, with the winner decided via voting from our listeners on Twitter (@blazeradio, in case you were wondering). Voting runs through to the next Wednesday, where we'll announce the champ on that week's show.

  • Birmingham Big Battle

    We've got a brawl for all!

    - Jared Chesnut, Operations Manager/DJ, UAB BlazeRadio

    It's been generating some buzz on campus and online, so we're gonna give you a heads up: BlazeRadio is teaming up with Hot 107.7 to proudly present Khalid to perform at UAB to close out Spring Fest on Saturday! That said, there's still a space free for an opening act, and when the topic came up, it only made sense to handle this the one way I knew how: The 1st Annual Birmingham Big Battle's Battle Royale!

  • SF Armory Boxing RingSF Armory Boxing Ring - Image courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsJared Chesnut - BlazeRadio DJ/Operations Manager
    redc@uab.edu

    After a battle that saw challenger Whitt make a huge comeback in the last few days, Richard Daniel stood his ground to retain the Birmingham Big Battle title for a 3rd week. Standing between Daniel and a month-long reign with the belt, however, is a man who's been all over Birmingham: Kenny Loften.
  • Junior guard Tyler Madison celebrates with William "Haha" Lee during an FIU timeout Thursday night. (Photo by Leonardo Carrubba).Junior guard Tyler Madison celebrates with William "Haha" Lee during an FIU timeout Thursday night. (Photo by Leonardo Carrubba).Leonardo Carrubba - Staff Writer
    lgc17@uab.edu

    The UAB men’s basketball team finished another strong week on the court after topping the Florida International University Panthers and the Florida Atlantic University Owls.
  • Kid InkAlex Jones - BlazeRadio General Manager

    The wait is finally over! We have 5 artists who would like for you to vote them to open for Kid Ink! Voting is officially open, and will end on August 25th. The winner will be announced live on BlazeRadio on August 26th! Here are the artists, and the songs that they have submitted for your entertainment.

    You can vote here!







  • IMG 0333Ceremonial digging during the groundbreaking of the football operations building. Photo by Spencer PortisTamara Imam - Managing Editor
    managing@insideuab.com

    Monday, Aug. 29, the first day of classes for the fall semester, coincided with the groundbreaking of the new football operations building and the ushering in of a new era for UAB.

  • UAB President Dr. Ray Watts introducing the faculty, students, and community partners involved in making the new Hill Student Center a reality. (Photo by Angela Hollowell).UAB President Dr. Ray Watts introducing the faculty, students, and community partners involved in making the new Hill Student Center a reality. (Photo by Angela Hollowell).Tessa Case - Contributing Writer
    tessmc@uab.edu

    On Wednesday, Jan. 20, the UAB community celebrated the official grand opening of the Hill Student Center.
  • The increasingly-common hoverboard is a potential safety hazard. (Photo from Fast Company Design).The increasingly-common hoverboard is a potential safety hazard. (Photo from Fast Company Design).Sarah Faulkner - News Editor
    news@insideuab.com

    Hoverboards have been banned on UAB’s campus due to safety concerns raised after several devices across the world caught fire while in use or charging.

  • The UAB Men's Hockey Club poses for a team picture (Photo from UAB Men's Hockey Club).The UAB Men's Hockey Club poses for a team picture (Photo from UAB Men's Hockey Club).Tamara Imam- Copy Editor
    copyed@insideuab.com

    The UAB Ice Hockey Club defeated Mississippi State in its first ever exhibition game at the Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena on Saturday, April 2. Admission was free for all attendees.
  • The view of ongoing construction from inside the HSC. (Photo by Stephanie Lockhart).Mike Sasser, director of the Hill Student Center, shows the view of ongoing construction from inside the HSC. (Photo by Stephanie Lockhart).Casey Marley - Managing Editor

    managing@insideuab.com


    The Hill Student Center is open—unofficially.

    On Jan. 20, the newly completed contribution to UAB’s Student Life

    will have its official opening ceremony, uniting all areas of Student Affairs after
    three fall semesters with no student center, according to Mike Sasser, Director of the HSC.
    Plans for the new Hill Center have been in the works since April 2011, said Carolyn
    Farley, director of Academic and Student Services Operations, but physical
    implementation of the plan did not begin until 2013, when the old student center, the
    Hill University Center, was demolished.

    This fall, however, showed new progress to the center as the physical building

    neared completion.
  • National Election Day "Vote" Kaleidoscopes own guide to everything you need to know to vote. (Photo by Sarah Adkins).Mark Linn - News Editor
    news@insideuab.com 

    Although many people disparage Millennials for their lack of involvement in the political process, there are many college students across the country and are UAB who are participating in the political process through “get out the vote” efforts, awareness campaigns and student-led political organizations. The UAB College Republicans and College Democrats are two active organizations on campus interested in getting their fellow students to the polls as well as advancing the causes of their party.
  • Robert Sorge, M.D. headed research at UAB to discover a link between diet and chronic pain. (Photo courtesy of Robert Sorge, M.D.)Robert Sorge, Ph.D. headed research at UAB to discover a link between diet and chronic pain. (Photo courtesy of Robert Sorge, Ph.D.)Tamara ImamCopy Editor
    copyed@insideuab.com


    A research team at UAB headed by Robert Sorge, Ph.D. has shown that patients who suffer from chronic pain are more susceptible to certain health issues if they practice poor diet habits.

    Pain research is of special relevance in the medical community because an increasing number of Americans are visiting a doctor complaining of pain.

    “Pain is the number one reason that people see a doctor. Addiction and misuse of pain medication is also the number one controlled-substance problem in the US,” Sorge said. “Given these two findings, pain is of vital importance to medicine and learning how our lifestyle affects our pain and our recovery from injury (accidental or surgical) is equally as important.”


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  • The Syrian and American flags intertwinedThe Syrian and American flags intertwined. (Illustration by Thomas Baldwin).Erica Webb - Opinions Columnist
    ewebb1@uab.com

    Hope, hardship, home. 2016: a year filled with promise for many people like the 10,000 Syrian refugees escaping the horrors of ISIL who will soon find their new homes in America.


    They will not be the first to do so—several current UAB students are among thousands of Syrian refugees who have relocated to the U.S. since the civil war against Assad’s maniacal regime broke out in 2011. However, not everyone is eager to join the welcome party, to say the least. New year, same fear.
  • Dr. Ishad Chaundry. (Photo courtesy of UAB news).Dr. Ishad Chaundry. (Photo courtesy of UAB news).Ashton Cook -Staff Writer
    atcook47@uab.edu

    Irshad Chaudry, Ph.D., made a major development in his research. Chaudry, the director of the Center for Surgical Research in the UAB School of Medicine, found that synthetic estrogen could potentially save the lives of soldiers on the battlefield. The female sex hormone is associated with prolonging survival despite significant blood loss. As a result of this development, UAB received a $10 million U.S. Department of Defense contract.
  • Raindeer's most recent album cover, titled "You Look Smashing." (Photo courtesy of Raindeer's website).Raindeer's most recent album cover, titled "You Look Smashing." (Photo courtesy of Raindeer's website).Casey Marley - Managing Editor
    managing@insideuab.com

    When I think of psychedelic pop, I think of festival headliners like Tame Impala and MGMT. If these bands don’t ring a bell to you, I highly recommend them for the next time you are stressed out and want to listen to some trippy tunes. Indie band, Raindeer, based out of Baltimore, is also a psychedelic pop band, but unlike the two mentioned previously, Raindeer is highly accessible and has its own unique take on modern day trip-pop. Layering synths with actual instruments, Raindeer brings its own take to the laid-back genre with its quirky lyrics and, for the most part, upbeat melodies.

    Last week, Kscope spoke to the band’s founder and lead member Charlie Hughes to discuss Raindeer’s sound, new album and their upcoming show in Birmingham.
  • Main ingredients for Japanese Kabocha Soup. (Photo by Stephanie Lockhart).Main ingredients for Japanese Kabocha Soup. (Photo by Stephanie Lockhart).Stephanie LockhartPhoto Editor
    photos@insideuab.com

    If someone were to ask me what my favorite recipe was, I would have to say it’s this one. It is hands down the tastiest and easiest recipe I have ever made. It takes little to no prep work, it’s healthy, it’s vegan and it’s delicious.