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As UAB celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2009, UAB Magazine takes a look back at 40 years of breakthroughs in research, health care, education, campus and community life, and outreach. These stories vary in scale from the microscopic to the interplanetary—and are just a sampling of the hundreds of unforgettable achievements and moments in the life of the university. Click on the categories below:

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Health Care

Discover UAB's role in pioneering heart and transplant techniques, combating the AIDS virus, changing dental practice, and more.


See how UAB scientists have explored the Antarctic sea floor, turned satellites into archaeological tools, found a healing use for the herpes virus, devised a revolutionary stroke therapy, and more.


Learn how unique programs give UAB students an advantage, from corporate boardrooms to inner-city classrooms.
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Campus & Community

Explore the ways in which UAB has transformed Birmingham and itself, from the Alys Stephens Center to the UAB Gospel Choir and a surprising collection of campus sculpture.


Learn how UAB faculty and staff are connecting rural communities across Alabama, reducing health disparities in the Black Belt, training teachers for urban schools, and more.