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The new clinical lab is always busy, operating 24 hours-a-day, analyzing approximately 5 thousand tubes every night and covering four different hospital locations. Photo from UAB Image GalleryThe new clinical lab is always busy, operating 24 hours-a-day, analyzing approximately 5 thousand tubes every night and covering four different hospital locations. Photo from UAB Image GalleryEmmanuel Dean
Health Writer

The UAB Hospital invested $6.8 million into a new automated clinical lab in the UAB Department of Hospital Labs in efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of laboratory procedures.

Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., is the chair of the UAB department of biomedical engineering and heads a study to help heal and protect against heart failure.  Photo courtesy of UAB Image GalleryZhang, M.D., Ph.D., is the chair of the UAB department of biomedical engineering and heads a study to help heal and protect against heart failure. Photo courtesy of UAB Image GallerySufia Alam - Staff Writer
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A $3 million grant will give UAB the ability to engineer new cells to heal damaged heart tissue.

Illustration by: Sarah FaulknerIllustration by: Sarah FaulknerJordan McGill  - Contributor
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On Friday, Sept. 30 Kevin McCain, a philosophy professor who works in epistemology and the philosophy of science, gave a lecture on the acceptance of the theory of evolution around the world.

Research Computing 1The new high performance research computer, which officials say will help improve the research capacity of many fields at the university. Photo courtesy of Curtis CarverMark Linn - Copy Editor
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As students return to campus for the fall semester, UAB IT is continuing to work behind the scenes to provide new resource capacity for researchers and improve internet accessibility for students.

Uab’s solar decathlon team, a small portion pictured here, will compete to create an entirely solar-powered home. Photo courtesy of Christy GreenUab’s solar decathlon team, a small portion pictured here, will compete to create an entirely solar-powered home. Photo courtesy of Christy GreenMark Linn- Copy Editor
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UAB has been selected as one of 16 teams to participate in the biennial Solar Decathlon competition, which is hosted by the Department of Energy and seeks to create an affordable and efficient house powered solely by solar energy.

UAB is partnering with the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Calhoun Community College to compete with other colleges from across the country and the world. Other competitors include the University of California at Berkeley and HU University of Applied Science Utrecht in the Netherlands.

The first competition was held in 2002 and then in 2005 and every two years thereafter. Teams work to “design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are affordable, energy-efficient and attractive,” according to the Department of Energy’s website.

“Solar power leverages an abundant, sustainable resource we all know and love — the sun,” said Christy Green, a senior in mechanical engineering, working on the project. “Fossil fuels are a finite resource that release harmful emissions into our atmosphere and it is important that we consider sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels moving forward.”

Cristin Gavin, Ph.D., and Michelle Cook, Ph.D. lead the pilot science-fiction book club meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 31 in Heritage Hall. Photo by Ian Keel Cristin Gavin, Ph.D., and Michelle Cook, Ph.D. lead the pilot science-fiction book club meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 31 in Heritage Hall. Photo by Ian Keel Tessa Case - News Editor
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That grinning, glowing, globular invader of your living room is an inhabitant of the green, and if your cell phone rings and nobody’s there, that was no martian . . . it’s UAB’s new Science-Fiction Book Club.

Unlike “War of the Worlds,” the new club at UAB hopes to open discussion on real, everyday controversies such as race relations, gender, financial oppression, the effect of technology and other cultural and social phenomena.

Cristin Gavin, Ph.D., an assistant professor in UAB’s department of undergraduate neurobiology, and Michelle Cook, Ph.D., the assistant director of national and international fellowships, started the club as part of the Honor’s College faculty fellow’s project and hopes that the club will serve as a medium that will attract students interested in sciences and the humanities.

“I have a really creative side that is often stifled,” Gavin said. “And science-fiction is something that is relevant, but it allows me to lift the boundaries on what I see in the world.”

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spain rehab stephanie lockhartPhoto of Spain Rehab by Stephanie LockhartThis summer, UAB joins the University of Texas Southwestern and Johns Hopkins University as the third comprehensive clinic for Transverse Myelitis.

According to the Transverse Myelitis Association’s website, TM is a “rare inflammatory disease causing injury to the spinal cord with varying degrees of weakness, sensory alterations and autonomic dysfunction (the part of the nervous system that controls involuntary activity, such as the heart, breathing, the digestive system, and reflexes).”

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