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‘God Particle’ Scientist Visits UA

A&S professors research Higgs boson, particle physics in ongoing experiment From the September 2013 Desktop News | One of the scientists who discovered the “God particle” visited UA August 28 to discuss the milestone discovery. Dr. Albert de Roeck, a scientist on the research team that recently discovered the Higgs boson — aka the “God particle” — spoke about the discovery, and ongoing research, at an event sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The standard model of particle physics was […]

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Zheng Receives Two Hydrogeology Awards

From the August 2013 Desktop News | Dr. Chunmiao Zheng, the George Lindahl III Endowed Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, has been named the 2013 recipient of the O.E. Meinzer Awardby the Geological Society of America. The O. E. Meinzer award is given annually to the author of a published paper of distinction that has advanced the science of hydrogeology. The O. E. Meinzer award has been considered the highest distinction for hydrogeologists internationally since its inception in 1965. Zheng […]

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Levine Earns Sussex Theory Prize

From the August 2013 Desktop News | Recovering International Relations: the Promise of Sustainable Critique authored by Dr. Daniel Levine, assistant professor of political science, has been awarded the 2013 Sussex International Theory Prize. The award is given each year for the best piece of innovative theoretical research published in the field of international relations. Levine joined the College’s Department of Political Science in 2012, and his research primarily focuses on political theory and international relations theory, as well as Israeli-Palestinian politics. […]

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Undergrads Co-Author Research Methodology Book

From the August 2013 Desktop News | Three undergraduate students in the College can now add “published author” to their resumes after a recent book project with their mentor, Dr. Mark Lanier, professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. The book, Advanced Research Methods for the Social Sciences, was published by Cognella Academic Publishing this year and will be used for the first time this fall in criminal justice courses at UA and other universities such as San Diego State University. Lanier […]

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Anthropology Student Wins NSF Grant

From the August 2013 Desktop News | Martina Thomas, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, was awarded a $16,000 Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation for her work in determining the social factors that influence a person’s knowledge and behavior regarding HIV risk. She was chosen from 218 applicants nationwide. According to the NSF, fewer than 15 percent of students were awarded the prestigious grant this year. Thomas’s project, “An Anthropological Study of the Social Ecology of Health […]

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Exploring Race, Gender, and Religion in Cuba

Grad Students Study Social Topics and Publish Online Magazine From the July 2013 Desktop News | A group of students participating in Dr. Maha Marouan’s graduate seminar got the opportunity of a lifetime this summer to study race, gender, and religion in popular culture in Cuba. The course is one of the first developed exclusively for graduate students as part of the College’s Alabama-Cuba Initiative. The trip, which took place during UA’s interim term in May, was led by Marouan along with […]

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Three Students Intern at HudsonAlpha

College Undergraduates Earn Prestigious Biotechnology Internships From the July 2013 Desktop News | Three students from the College are getting hands-on experience in sophisticated biotechnology as part of the BioTran internship program at the HudsonAlpha Institute in Huntsville. College undergraduates Duncan Murdock, Anna Willis, and Abigail Shelton along with two other UA students are interning this summer as part of the highly competitive program. Only 10 percent of those that apply for the BioTran internship are selected annually for the opportunity. Since […]

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Professor Receives $1 Million NSF CAREER Award

Biochemist Patrick Frantom Earns NSF’s Most Prestigious Award for Young Scientists From the June 2013 Desktop News | The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Dr. Patrick Frantom, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, to receive a $1 million, five-year NSF CAREER Award for his research in understanding how enzymes evolve diverse properties and abilities. The CAREER Award is NSF’s most prestigious recognition of top performing young scientists. Frantom, who joined the College’s faculty in 2009, studies the mechanisms of […]

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Six Undergraduate Researchers Recognized

Students Honored by Randall Outstanding Research Award Program From the June 2013 Desktop News | Six College of Arts and Sciences students were recognized recently for their undergraduate research with UA’s Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award Program. Jonathan Belanich, a junior from Lindenhurst, N.Y., studied the metabolism of certain species of tarantulas and scorpions. His research focused on how environmental conditions such as temperature change and different food types can impact the arachnids. Belanich formulated the idea with guidance from Dr. Stephen […]

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Grant Furthers Armed Conflict Research

Political Science Professor Receives Grant to Investigate Armed Conflicts From the June 2013 Desktop News | With the help of a $236,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, a professor in the College will collect data from the last 200 years to develop information about international conflicts that may aid scientists in making predictions about future conflicts. Dr. Douglas M. Gibler, a professor in the Department of Political Science, will use the grant to collect and code data about armed conflict between […]

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