In The News: Researchers see sharp increase in Alabama traffic deaths

Twenty five percent more people died in car wrecks statewide in 2016 compared to the year before, according to traffic data released Tuesday by the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety. The report pointed to four main causes for the rise in deaths: speed, seat belts, distracted driving… Read more

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In The News: Scaly wings help these butterflies soar

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA—Aerospace engineers are always on the lookout for ways to make flying more efficient. Now, they’ve discovered a trick from nature that can do just that: the scales on butterfly wings. Those incredibly tiny scales—about 0.1 millimeter long—are arranged like roof shingles on the wing, making it a… Read more

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Postdoc Fellow Wins Poster Contest

Muhammad Farooq, a postdoctoral fellow in The University of Alabama Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the best poster award at a conference recently. Farooq’s poster about real-time feedback from a wearable sensor that monitors energy intake during a meal was recognized at Tech Summit: Innovative Tools for Assessing Diet… Read more

Graduate Student Wins Poster Contest

Sashank Gautam, a graduate student in The University of Alabama Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, placed first in a student poster contest at an industry conference in November. Gautam’s poster, “An experimental study of low Re cavity vortex formation embedded in a laminar boundary layer,” was the top winner… Read more