Student-driven project aims to help farmers and environment

UAH seniors Casey Calamaio and Kel Markert flank their advisor Dr. Rob Griffin in the NASA SERVIR Earth Science Student Research lab at the National Space Science and Technology Center on campus. Behind them on the monitors is a vegetation index of Guntersville Lake, a sub-watershed analysis map around Guntersville and a map showing their study area.

What if you could save farmers money, protect the quality of the water in a watershed, help keep invasive plants out of waterways, protect biodiversity and prevent potential oxygen-depletion mass fish kills all with one predictive tool?


Alabama Space Grant Consortium funds UAH students

Alabama Space Grant Consortium

NASA funds totaling $42,000 have been provided by the Alabama Space Grant Consortium (ASGC) to students at UAH for the 2013-2014 academic year to fund one graduate fellowship, four undergraduate scholars and one teacher educator scholar.


UAH, partner firm selected for NASA Phase II propulsion research

NASA's logo

UAHuntsville and California-based Exquadrum, Inc. have successfully teamed on a proposal to research and develop high-performance hybrid propulsion for the upper stages of rockets that is among 14 small business and research proposals selected by NASA's Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program for Phase II development.


Nursing, engineering blend to seek greater healthcare efficiency

Dr. Peggy Hays, left, and Dr. Sampson Gholston examine a book on using Lean Six Sigma in healthcare in Dr. Gholston’s office.

Blending the healthcare profession and systems engineering, two professors at The University of Alabama in Huntsville are applying manufacturing efficiency systems to healthcare settings to promote better patient satisfaction.


UAH, HudsonAlpha researchers join forces to stop invasive plants

UAH assistant biology professor Dr. Leland Cseke, left, shows Dr. Jian Han the differences between ornamental red grass, which Dr. Cseke is holding, and the cogangrass that is in the foreground at the greenhouse at UAH’s Shelby Center for Technology.

UAHuntsville assistant biology professor Dr. Leland Cseke and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology researcher Dr. Jian Han have joined forces to identify invasive plant species that are sneaking into the United States because they look just like desirable crops or ornamentals.


UAH-hatched company in design phase for pathogen testing device

Dr. Kirshan Chittur

A company hatched as a partnership between UAHuntsville and chemical engineering professor Dr. Krishnan Chittur is in the design phase for a device that can provide physicians one-hour pathogen testing capabilities.


UAH scientists seek photos, video of storm

Scientists at UAHuntsville's Earth System Science Center are hoping the public can help them study the storm that dropped two small tornadoes over south Huntsville on Thursday afternoon.


Charger Rocket Works invests its USLI hopes in boosted dart design

Charger Team

An innovative “boosted dart” rocket design using some unusual materials will pierce the heavens when The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Charger Rocket Works team competes in the University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) segment of NASA’s annual Student Launch Projects at Bragg Farms, 1180 Grimwood Road in Toney on Saturday, April 20, weather permitting.


Structured reflection on roles and tasks improves team performance, UAHuntsville study finds

Kristin Weger, left, discusses study results with Dr. Sandra Carpenter.

Maybe the boss' staff meeting shouldn't be such a boring snooze, but rather a more structured event to improve the performance of the team, new basic research at UAHuntsville indicates.


Rotary valve could help propel craft to Mars one day

Dr. James Blackmon in his office with plastic models of the rotary valve made with a 3-D printer and a stainless steel version.

A rotary fuel delivery valve developed by a UAHuntsville team led by Dr. James Blackmon just might help us get manned space flights out of our immediate neighborhood one day, and he says it could have practical terrestrial applications. Dr. Blackmon, a principal research engineer at the university's Propulsion Research Center, figures that to travel to places like Mars and beyond we'll first have to decide what kind of fuel delivery system we'll use to feed the rocket engines and then we'll have to determine how we're going to rebuild or maintain that system during long stays in space. That's where the new valve comes in.