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Research Centers

The College of Engineering has several research centers and institutes that capitalize on interdisciplinary research initiatives and advance the University’s mission.

In The News: Roads more dangerous before Thanksgiving

The three days leading up to Thanksgiving are the most dangerous time to be on the road, according to a recent University of Alabama study. UA’s Center for Advanced Public Safety found that there was a daily average of 460 crashes on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving in… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News, The Anniston Star, WBMA ABC 33/40, NBC 13, The Montgomery Advertiser, AL.com, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, WKEF ABC 22, WBRC Fox 6

In The News: Alabama’s medical tent is an idea popping up all over college football

When Alabama played for the College Football Playoff title last season, its pop-up medical tent on the sideline was a matter of significant curiosity. There had never really been anything like it before in football, allowing an injured player to be examined privately without having to go back to the… Read more

Sources: USA Today, Bleacher Report

In The News: Hurricane season 2016 predictions: Will the hurricane ‘drought’ end for US?: Dr. Laura Myers with CAPS says optimism bias may affect attitudes toward storms

Could this be the year? The year the “hurricane drought”€ ends for the U.S.? The year the double red flags are dusted off, the plywood hammered over the windows and the evacuation routes clogged? Hurricane season begins Wednesday. It has been more than a decade since a major hurricane (Category… Read more

Sources: AL.com

In The News: Protecting Your Family: UA researchers say have multiple ways to get warnings

A recent study of about 3,000 people from Alabama and Mississippi took a look at how things unfolded on April 27. There was some concern about the number of fatalities across the state. Meteorologists teamed up with the National Weather Service and The University of Alabama for answers. Dr. Laura… Read more

Sources: WBRC Fox 6

In The News: NASA Responds to an S.O.S. of Historic Proportions: Rocket technology could save our (historic) structures from earthquakes

The earth shakes millions of times every year. Often, these earthquakes strike in familiar places, such as the recent, deadly quakes in Ecuador and Japan. At other times, a quake may hit in a spot less familiar with the temblors, such as the magnitude-5.8 earthquake that struck Virginia in 2011 and damaged the Washington Monument. Historic… Read more

Sources: Smithsonian.com, Now Space

In The News: Univ. of Alabama says virtual reality therapy could help with storm anxiety

Five years after one of the deadliest tornadoes ripped through Tuscaloosa and other parts of Alabama, people are still dealing with the emotional and physical effects. “A large number of people still have a low level anxiety with it,” Dr. Laura Myers, Executive Director of the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced… Read more

Sources: WBRC Fox 6, WSFA NBC 12, WCFT ABC 33/40

In The News: Tornado survivors stand together 5 years later: CAPS research mentioned in article

In April five years ago, walls came down. Fences fell, splintered and sprawled. Canopied urban forests blew away in jagged moments; even trees sunk deep in ravines snapped. Growth-marks carved on a wall, names in family Bibles, photographs where memories were stored for safe-keeping, were lost. Our sky opened, and… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News

In The News: 2011 Tornadoes: New Research, Old Problems: Dr. Laura Myers from CAPS featured

During severe weather, most people get their forecasts and weather information from TV meteorologists like ABC 33/40’s James Spann. But those forecasts start far earlier. It’s a beautiful spring day in Huntsville now. But a group of forecasters and other scientists are laser focused on what’s coming tomorrow. All their… Read more

Sources: Alabama Public Radio