UAH findings on makeup of universe may spawn new research


New areas of extragalactic study may emerge from research by UAH astrophysicists using data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory to conclude that baryons making up all visible matter – once thought to be missing from clusters – are present in the expected ratios in large, luminous clusters.


UAH proposal shares in NASA’s $10.5 million EPSCoR awards

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A proposal for “Experimental Investigation of Noise and Thermo-acoustic Instabilities in Low-Emission, High-Efficiency Combustion Systems for Aviation” from UAH is among 14 selected by NASA to share in $10.5 million to conduct research and technology development in areas important to the agency's mission, develop faculty and support higher education students.


UAH students in Panama studying climate change

From left, Dave Cook, Jonathan Chenault, Jeanné le Roux, Robert Rossell, Kaitlyn Pate, Robert Graham, Cameron Kowalski and Leigh Baggett of UAH, and Zvia Dannon of CATHALAC.

Climate change field studies in the Republic of Panama are being conducted by seven undergraduate student researchers from UAH who are studying atmospheric and earth system science, including minors in biology and mathematics, as part of a cooperative arrangement between UAH and The Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC).


Fun helps nursing students prepare for exams, study says

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Mixing fun with fundamental lessons may help nursing students retain more knowledge in preparation for exams, a case study at UAH indicates.


Could our diet while growing up affect our offspring’s vitality?

Dr Dr. Luciano Matzkin studies generations of fruit flies to find out the effects of the larval diet that maternal flies consume on the next generation's vitality.

You are what you eat - and so are your offspring. And in the title bout featuring protein versus sugar, protein is the winner.


Archivists race technology to save past research, records

Dr. Charles Lundquist, director of Interactive Projects at the UAH Research Center, and Anne Coleman, reference librarian and head of Archives and Special Collections, with obsolete media containing data from the U.S. space program. The IBM printout that Dr. Lundquist is reading is the only surviving copy of the telemetry he needed for research from NASA’s Gravity Probe A mission. The original tape from the 1976 flight is no longer readable.

With billions of dollars of past space research at risk of being lost forever, Dr. Charles Lundquist is running a race against technology and time.


Visually impaired to get first chance at written remote math conversations

 Dr. Derrick Smith, co-principle investigator with Dr. Erica Slate-Young, explains the system

For the first time, blind and visually impaired mathematics students will be able to remotely communicate with their teachers in math's precise written symbolic language by using an easily accessible, accurate two-way system developed at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in cooperation with gh LLC, an assistive technology corporation that focuses on making print accessible to the visually impaired and blind.


Professor’s coatings could help medical implants function better

UAH Chemistry professor Dr. Carmen Scholz with doctoral candidate Samuel Nkrumah-Agyeefi and junior Brittany Black in a lab at the Materials Science Building.

Tiny implants to monitor bodily functions or to provide insulin or any other drug based on immediate need would be an advancement in personalized medicine, but a problem inherent in implants is the tendency of the human immune system to recognize the device as an invader and encapsulate it, preventing the device from doing its job.


Caffeine’s effect on cancer drugs just one of chemistry chair’s interests

Dr. William Setzer, chair of the Department of Chemistry, with doctoral student Kaitlyn Deskins, who is studying the antioxidant properties of the Costa Rican lonchocarpus plant.

Consuming caffeine could mute the efficacy of certain cancer drugs, and some traditional Nigerian medicinal plants target specific biomolecular pathways to be useful in the treatment of the protozoan that causes African sleeping sickness, according to research from UAH.


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?