February 20, 2014
UAB in the News
UAB Getting First Solar ArrayVulcan Solar Power has been selected by the University of Alabama at Birmingham for construction of a commercial-scale solar facility. The solar project is the first undertaken by the university.Watch how fast your selfie can cause a crashHow long are your eyes really off the road if you're snapping a selfie or sending a quick text from behind the wheel?Understanding the body’s response to aspirinUnderstanding how people respond to aspirin is key in terms of knowing who will benefit from it.Study: Psychedelic drugs may reduce domestic violenceInmates at a U.S. jail who'd used LSD, mushrooms or ecstasy were less likely to commit acts of domestic violence after release, researchers report.Birmingham City Councilors pass 5-year funding agreement to support UAB footballThe city will give the UAB football program five yearly installments of $500,000 each.Alabama Organ Center moves into UAB, opens new donor recovery centerThe Alabama Organ Center moved into a new 8,710-square-foot office space at UAB last year that includes two ICU bays, two organ and tissue recovery suites, and lab services. The AOC has also opened its in-house donor recovery center.Kemp’s ridley sea turtles may face higher hurdle to recoveryResearchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, led by biology professor Thane Wibbels and doctoral student Elizabeth Bevan, believe they have a more accurate and substantially higher estimate for the Kemp's historic population size.New role for immature brain neurons in the dentate gyrus identifiedThese immature granule cell neurons are thought to increase pattern discrimination, even though they are a small proportion of the granule cells in the dentate gyrus. But it is not clear how they contribute.Searching for the Vikings: 3 Sites Possibly Found in CanadaIf confirmed, the discoveries would add to the single known Viking settlement in the New World, located at L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland.WBHM Wins Seven Regional Murrow AwardsThe awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.Personality Traits May Dictate Distracted Driving LevelExtraverted older adults and conscientious, curious teens may be more likely to engage in risky driving behavior, while agreeable teens are less likely to drive distracted, according to new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.Alabama Power, Protective Life donate a combined $1 million to UAB footballThe UAB football team is getting some major support from the Birmingham business community.Photo Flash: First Look at Theatre UAB's SPRING AWAKENINGTheatre UAB, the performance company of the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Theatre, presents "Spring Awakening" from April 13-17. The production includes music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater and is directed by Head of Musical Theatre Valerie Accetta, MFA, with musical direction by Carolyn Violi.Orphan Black Doesn’t Think Human Cloning Is Such a Big DealGregory Pence is a leading expert on bioethics, and back in 2000 he was the only bioethicist to testify before Congress against a bill that would have outlawed human cloning.UAB lands $19.5 million grant from biotech giant to start kidney transplant researchThe latest is a five-year, $19.5 million grant to UAB's Comprehensive Transplant Institute from United Therapeutics Corp. (NASDAQ: UTHR), a public biotech company based in Silver Springs, Maryland.UAB to research pig-to-human kidney transplantsThe University of Alabama at Birmingham is one of five institutions that are researching the possibility of using genetically modified pig tissue for human kidney transplants.Alabama Campuses Take Steps To Harden Network Password AccessTwo Alabama universities have turned to technology from Keeper Security and Duo Security to help users protect access to their computing devices and to help IT stay ahead of potential hacking attempts created by weak password usage.Saving the English Language Is Not as Scary as It SoundsWithout a good working knowledge of formal, written English, young people are sent into the world without the tools needed to do the single, most important thing to help them succeed – effectively communicate.PCORI Awards $2.5M to UAB for Precision Medicine ResearchThe Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has awarded $2.5 million to Jeffrey Curtis, MD, professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (UAB), to research the comparative effectiveness of newer treatments for a variety of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases and advance precision medicine strategies.‘Vikings Unearthed’: Watch how a satellite spotted a lost village in North AmericaIt was the satellite’s near-infrared imagery that set Sarah Parcak, an archaeologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and her colleagues on a quest to excavate the site on the southwestern coast of Newfoundland, known as Point Rosee.Theater festival honors student with local tiesThe Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, has recently honored the senior theater student of University of Alabama at Birmingham for his 2015 performance in UAB's production of "SFB."UAB promotes assistant Robert Ehsan to head coachEhsan, 33, has been an assistant in the program under Jerod Haase for the past four seasons. He has been elevated after Haase left for Stanford late last month.The Recovery of the World’s Most Endangered Sea Turtle Has StalledKemp’s ridley sea turtles, the world’s rarest sea turtle species, nearly went extinct in the second half of the last century after fishing nets devastated their populations. By 1985 the species was down to its last 200 to 250 breeding females.Our brains adapt after retinal damageThe observations, discovered by University of Alabama at Birmingham and Pennsylvania State University researchers, were made in adult brains – highlighting just how flexible and responsive the nervous system can be.Black Patients May Get Better Treatment At These Kinds Of HospitalsBlack patients may do better when they’re treated at U.S. hospitals with more racially diverse populations, a recent study of outcomes for common gastrointestinal problems suggests.Exclusive interview with Dr. Henry Panion IIIHenry’s past has truly contributed to his compassionate outlook to have music a part of everyone’s lives.Cover story: Dr. Henry PanionUAB's Henry Panion discusses his life and career with Shine on Hollywood.Should You Force Yourself To Eat Breakfast Even If You Aren’t Hungry?Researchers found that after four months, both breakfast eaters and skippers were able to lose weight, and it made no significant difference whether they ate in the morning or not.How LGBT-friendly is your hospital?The VA Hospital in Birmingham was one of six medical facilities recognized for policies that are inclusive for LGBT patients.Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles Are In Worse Shape Than ThoughtReviewing footage of the Kemp's ridley sea turtle nesting season of 1947 revealed a staggering decline in current populations. With a better understanding of historic populations, researchers hope to improve conservation.It May Soon Be Illegal To Text And Walk In This State“I think the participants recognized that their brain was overloaded and to protect themselves, became more cautious and slowed down to make it safer,” psychologist David Schwebel, a professor with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told NPR.Tiny Balloon for Bowel ControlFecal incontinence is a medical condition where people lose control of their bowels. It affects anywhere from two to 20 million women.How Can Satellite Images Unlock Secrets To Our Hidden Past?Sarah Parcak is a pioneer in space archaeology. She describes her method of using satellite images to locate lost ancient sites.UAB Minimum Wage Increase Goes Into Effect This WeekendUAB officials say they raised the minimum for hourly employees to keep pace with other organizations that can offer more money to potential hires.25 Most Amazing Campus Arts CentersIn time and dollars spent, and in impressions made, these buildings, education centers for an entire community of aspiring professionals, make a statement about the pride a school takes in its young performers.Dangers and Risks of Binge DrinkingAbout 20 percent of college students meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder, with one in four college students report adverse academic consequences from drinking, including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.Could changing the clocks be bad for your health? Losing an hour of rest 'is linked to a 25% increased risk of heart attack'Moving the clocks forward an hour increases the risk of having a heart attack, for those people with a history of heart disease, Dr Martin Young from the University of Alabama at Birmingham warned.FDA approves open-irrigated catheter for patients with type I atrial flutter“Successful results from the BLOCk-CTI trial demonstrate that the Blazer open-irrigated catheter is safe and effective for the ablation of atrial flutter,” Tom McElderry, MD, principal investigator, associate professor and section chief of electrophysiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.College basketball team honors cancer survivor, 9, by wearing mismatched shoesThat special relationship between Elijah and the Blazers has inspired UAB to wear different-colored sneakers this season in support of their honorary young teammate. Head coach Jerod Haase came up with the idea, which also works to raise awareness in the fight against pediatric cancer.UAB's Jerod Haase earns Gene Bartow Award as C-USA coach of the yearHaase was named the Conference USA coach of the year. The C-USA coach of the year, as voted by the league's head coaches, receives the Gene Bartow Award.