In The News: University of Alabama’s Dr. Amy Lang researching practical applications of butterfly, shark scales

Horsepower allows cars to move faster with more power. Fins allow surfers to maneuver their boards through the water. In the case of a plane crash, passengers evacuate onto the wing. Often, engineers mimic forces in nature to improve the way man-made objects function. University of Alabama aerospace engineering professor… Read more

Sources: Mosaic Magazine

In The News: College of Engineering to offer 2 new degrees

University of Alabama students will have two new majors to choose from in the fall. The College of Engineering will add degrees in environmental engineering and architectural engineering to meet demand in the state and country. Along with the pre-established construction and civil engineering degrees, students in the department of… Read more

Sources: The Crimson White

In The News: January storm brought increase in serious wrecks on rural roads

Predictably, wrecks on Alabama roadways increased during the winter storm that surprised the state two weeks ago, though most of the severe accidents occurred on rural routes free of congestion where road speeds remained faster, according to University of Alabama researchers. Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News

In The News: 3D-printed molecule provides new perspective for cancer research

While two-dimensional modeling of double-stranded DNA molecules has been useful for the purpose of cancer research, the composition of the G-quadruplex, a four-stranded DNA sequence, has proven a different beast. A 3D printing lab at the University of Alabama has successfully produced a physical model of its molecular structure, improving… Read more

Sources: Gizmag, Phys.org, Medical Design Technology

UA News: January’s Winter Storm Increased Chances of Deadly Crashes in State’s Rural Areas, According to UA CAPS

Not surprisingly, vehicle crashes increased during the winter storm the last week of January in Alabama, but the iced roads shifted the risk of fatal crashes to rural roads away from the clogged roadways in the state’s urban metro areas, according to an analysis of crash data by researchers at… Read more