- Published: 22 October 2013
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Genetics may provide humankind its most comprehensive answers in controlling the age-old scourges of malaria, dengue fever and West Nile virus by eliminating the ability of vector mosquitos to host the diseases.
But the new genetic solutions that involve introducing engineered malaria-resistant mosquitos or mosquitos replete with engineered resistant gut bacteria raise questions of their own. How large of a population with the genetic trait will be needed to be viable? Will the population survive, persist and mate with wild mosquitos? Is it possible to completely overtake the susceptible wild population with resistant mosquitos? Among the large number of biological factors involved in such a process, what are the most sensitive and important ones to make the genetic solutions work? As far as the release of genetically altered mosquitos into the field is concerned, what are the better strategies for that biologically as well as economically?
- Published: 10 October 2013
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Five UAH students were awarded scholarships at the Von Braun Memorial Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Awarded $2,000 Von Braun Memorial Scholarships by the National Space Club-Huntsville (NSC-H) were physics major Adrien Saremi (4.00 GPA), physics major Ryo Suzuki (3.98 GPA) and Earth systems science major Elinor Crook (3.97 GPA).
- Published: 03 October 2013
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The atmosphere in the southeastern U.S. was primed for disaster in late April 2011. Conditions were almost perfect for a massive outbreak of tornado spawning storm cells.
Over a four-day period - April 25 through April 28 - at least 356 tornadoes were spun out of a series of atmospheric disturbances that affected an area from northeastern Texas to New York; 199 of those tornadoes, including the deadliest and most powerful, hit Alabama and surrounding states on April 27, 2011, killing 361 people, leaving another 2,700 injured and causing an estimated $4 billion in damage.
- Published: 02 October 2013
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UAH President Robert Altenkirch toured a new Manned/Unmanned Collaborative Systems Integration Laboratory in Olin B. King Technology Hall on campus on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
The culmination of efforts that began in 2009, the $80,000 lab is a UAH/Army partnership and was built for the cost of materials alone by the America's Army Game Studios, said Dr. Thomas W. Davis, chief of the weapons branch of the U.S. Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. The new lab will utilize data collected from UAH student players, who have grown up with video games, to develop warfighter systems to build effective teaming, decision making and performance, said Dr. Davis.
- Published: 01 October 2013
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The sixth Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium will be held by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) Oct. 7-10 in Chan Auditorium of the Business Administration Building on the campus of UAH.
"The symposium is an excellent way to draw together experts in the field, who then have the opportunity to exchange information and together envision the future of space exploration," said Dr. Ray Vaughn, UAH vice president for research. "It's a great way for the leaders in their fields to communicate with each other, touch base on developments and plan what's next."
- Published: 26 September 2013
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A space-based laser system proposed to NASA by UAH researchers could be a cost-effective way to nudge small asteroids away from a collision course with Earth.
With the February meteor explosion in Russia heightening U.S. government interest in how asteroid collisions with Earth can be prevented, the UAH scientists say using their system against smaller asteroids will provide practical scientific data needed to scale it up to defend against very large asteroids.
- Published: 24 September 2013
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If Voyager 1 crossed into interstellar space, why didn’t the magnetic field shift as expected?
- Published: 19 September 2013
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The same type of white noise you hear from a TV set, properly applied, could prevent a rocketry catastrophe.
That's attracted the interest of Space-X to a UAH graduate student's innovative new approach to suppressing combustion instabilities in rocket engines.
John Bennewitz, a Von Braun Propulsion Scholar at the UAH Propulsion Research Center who is working with advisor Dr. Robert Frederick, will be a visiting lecturer at Space-X's facility in Hawthorne, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 27, where he will tell employees of the firm that designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft about his efforts in applying band-limited white noise to neutralize combustion instabilities.
- Published: 17 September 2013
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Presenting your research at a major conference is intimidating for anyone, let alone a student who is just starting out in their academic career. Now imagine doing it in a foreign country in front of the biggest names in your field.
But that's exactly what six students from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) will be doing later this month, when they attend the 2013 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Beijing, China, from Sept. 23 to 27.
- Published: 16 September 2013
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Getting immersed in the community and fostering a community atmosphere among customers aids a retailer's bottom line, whether the business is small and locally owned or a large global chain, according to research co-authored by a UAH associate professor of marketing.
The lead article in the summer issue of the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice demonstrates how retailers benefit from employment of four social functions associated with development of community - socialization, mutual support, social participation and social control. ("The Development of Core Retailer Community Functions"; Todd J. Arnold, Elten Briggs, Timothy D. Landry, Tracy Suter; Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, Vol. 21, No. 3, Summer 2013) And fostering community is a huge chunk of the retail equation.