- Published December 02, 2013
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An intrepid atmospheric science department team from UAH has departed Huntsville and is on the road north to track and measure lake-effect snowstorms from the southern banks of Lake Ontario, all in the name of better future weather forecasting.
The UAH scientific team is part of an effort called OWLeS - the Ontario Winter Lake-effect Snow project - that has component teams from six other colleges and universities plus one research center.
"A major objective of the project is to improve the forecasting of these lake-effect systems off the operating models," said Dr. Kevin Knupp, UAH team leader and professor of atmospheric sciences. Models can be refined when compared to actual data collected, sharpening forecasters' ability to pinpoint snowstorms and their effects.
- Published November 21, 2013
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UAH could soon play a major role in solving a vexing refueling problem NASA would need to resolve in order to fly long-distance missions to places like Mars.
The university could become the center of interaction between NASA and European scientists doing advanced work on the problem. If a pilot program launched by the director and deputy director of the university's Propulsion Research Center (PRC) comes fully to fruition, UAH would be the clearinghouse for work in space refueling tank research.
- Published November 20, 2013
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Research into the violent storms that spawned killer tornadoes across Alabama and the southeastern U.S. in April 2011 continues to uncover insights into what might have caused so many powerful tornadoes, plus information about how we respond to weather news.
Scientists and graduate students from UAH recently presented information about their research at the National Weather Association's annual meeting, this year in Charleston, SC. Among the findings presented were:
- Published November 20, 2013
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Members of the Space Hardware Club (SHC) at UAH were still attempting Wednesday to contact ChargerSat-1, the university's first student-built cubesat to be rocketed into space.
"We did get some indications that a number of the other satellites deployed and so it is very likely that ours also deployed," said SHC team lead Eric Becnel Wednesday morning from the launch site at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. "The odds are that we will hear it. It's just a matter of locating it."
- Published November 19, 2013
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Somewhere out there, there's a young girl in grade school who finds she has a burning interest in building things. Maybe she finds herself more drawn to math, science experiments and mechanical devices than dolls. She wonders how things work, and how they could work better.
Amy Parlett and Carolyn Boos want to say some things to that youngster, and to the thousands of grade school-age girls like her - the girls who find that they are drawn to the so-called "boy interests" of engineering, science and technology:
- Published November 14, 2013
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One of the things Dr. Richard Miller thinks is coolest about working as part of a team investigating the origin and mapping of water on the lunar poles is that he can look up at night or when the moon rises during the day and see the object of his research.
Making a visual connection with his subject is usually not an option for the professor at UAH, who specializes in high-energy astrophysics. Now, after having been part of the discovery of surface water at Shackleton Crater at the moon's south pole, Dr. Miller finds himself on a team investigating questions that have been raised by that discovery.
"I remember as a little kid watching the Apollo missions to the moon and the lunar landings," he said. "As a little kid, I watched and daydreamed about this, and then through a series of almost random events in life to find myself working as a part of the team on this is really pretty awesome."
- Published November 13, 2013
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A natural shift to stronger warm El Niño events in the Pacific Ocean might be responsible for a substantial portion of the global warming recorded during the past 50 years, according to new research at UAH.
"Our modeling shows that natural climate cycles explain at least part of the ocean warming we've seen since the 1950s," said Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist in UAH's Earth System Science Center and the new study's lead author. "But we also found that because the globe has had more frequent La Niña cooling events in the past 10 or 15 years, they are canceling out some of the effects of global warming."
The paper detailing this research, "The Role of ENSO in Global Ocean Temperature Changes During 1955-2011 Simulated with a 1D Climate Model," is scheduled for publication in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Science, and is available online at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13143-014-0011-z.
- Published November 12, 2013
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Two students soon to earn their master's degrees in aerospace engineering at UAH see so much opportunity in small satellites that they have formed a company to develop the technologies.
Mark and Eric Becnel are aiming their company Radiobro at providing turnkey cube satellite services to researchers who have experiments they'd like to fly, but who don't have the resources to build their own satellites to fly them.
"There's an unfilled niche there in supplying a need if a scientist wants to take an experiment and fly it in space," Eric Becnel said. "The idea is to provide that researcher with an off-the-shelf solution."
- Published November 11, 2013
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Check out this video about Health24 made by six computer programmers from UAH whose team won the grand prize at America's Datafest in Auburn.
The team earned $1,000 from Alabama Media Group and the opportunity to compete for the global prize. Team members Josh Jones, Jarrod Parkes, James Parkes, Mini Zeng, Prabhash Jha and Ha Giang built a set of products they call Health24 that can translate medical labels and information. It includes a list of popular medicines sorted by common symptoms, translatable into any language; a searchable database of medicines that lists interactions; and a translation tool that works from photos of medicine instructions.
- Published November 07, 2013
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UAH ranked fifth nationally in federally financed aeronautical/astronautical engineering research and second in Alabama in federally funded research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) fiscal year 2011 data, which are the most recent available.
Only Johns Hopkins University, Utah State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Colorado-Boulder were listed ahead of UAH in the national aeronautical/astronautical engineering research expenditure ranking. Following UAH were MIT, the University of Maryland and Texas A&M.
"The National Science Foundation research expenditure rankings clearly show the strengths of UAH in science and engineering disciplines," said UAH Vice President for Research Ray Vaughn. "This is a also a sign of a very healthy research program and a hard-working research faculty. I am continually amazed at the high level of research performance of a small university like UAH and very proud of our accomplishments."