The largest grant funded through the National Science Foundation’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR) is the competitively awarded Research Infrastructure Track-1 award (RII Track-1). The RII Track-1 awards up to $4 million per year for up to five years and requires a collaborative effort from within the EPSCoR state to successfully compete for
these awards. Owing to the efforts of Dr. Gary Zank, the PI for the funded research titled CPU2AL, and the collaborative efforts of ALEPSCoR, the co-principal investigators, and the institutional leads, Alabama is one of five states awarded an RII Track-1 award this coming year. To read the announcement from NSF EPSCoR regarding the RII Track-1 awards, click here. For additional information on Dr. Gary Zank and the state-wide, team effort for this award, click here.
Dr. Christopher Lawson, Executive Director of AL EPSCoR and Professor of Physics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been elected as Board Chair for the Coalition of EPSCoR/IDeA States. The Coalition of EPSCoR/IDeA States represents the interests of the 24 EPSCoR states as well as Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. As Board Chair, Dr. Lawson will coordinate efforts to improve the university research infrastructure and competitiveness within the EPSCoR states and territories. A recent article from Jeff Hansen, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, detailing Dr. Lawson’s election and additional information about the EPSCoR/IDeA Program is available here on the UAB website. For more information about the EPSCoR/IDeA Program, click here.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been awarded four National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR RII Track 2 grants totaling $5.4 million in nanotechnology and basic neuroscience studies. In addition, a fifth EPSCoR grant has been awarded to research teams representing the University of Alabama and the University of Mississippi. These five grants set a record, no other EPSCoR state has ever had five of the EPSCoR RII Track 2 grants. Jeff Hansen, a reporter for UAB, recently published an article on the UAB website detailing the success of these teams and providing an overview of the research to be conducted. The full article can be found here. To learn more about the NSF EPSCoR program, click here. (Shown in the photo, from the left: Mark Bolding, Lynn Dobrunz, Lori McMahon, and Gary Gray of UAB).
On December 9th, 2016, Dr. Miranda Byrne Steele, Director of R&D at iRepertoire, presented an update to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education on her success since completing a Ph.D. in Biotechnology Science and Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Steele is a former recipient of the Graduate Research Scholars Program (GRSP) Award; a program designed to retain the brightest and best graduate students within the state and to address the economic need for highly trained professionals to ensure the growth of emerging technology companies in the state. The GRSP was established in 2006 by the Alabama State Legislature through a $1 million increase in a line item appropriation to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. The GRSP has been instrumental in the achievement of 146 Ph.D. and 48 Master’s degrees. Click here to learn more about Dr. Steele’s work with iRepertoire and for more information about the GRSP program and recipients, click here.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Duke University, has been awarded an $8 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. A recent article by Melissa Brown of the Birmingham Business Journal highlighted the exciting and innovative research that will be conducted within these three universities. Leading the UAB team is Dr. Jianyi Zhang, chair of the UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering and recipient of a $500,000 Commercialization Scholar award from the 2015 Alabama Innovation Fund. Dr. Zhang leveraged this award to develop the $8 million grant proposal, securing UAB’s position as a powerhouse in the field of regenerative medicine. Click here to read the full article from the Birmingham Business Journal and to learn more about Dr. Zhang’s work at UAB click here.
Dr. Gary Zank, of the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research, was recently featured in AL.com as possibly the smartest person in Alabama. An interview by Lee Roop highlighted Dr. Zank’s extraordinary accomplishments in the field of space physics. Dr. Zank’s work has also recently been recognized nationally by his election into the National Academy of Science. Please click here to read the full article about Dr. Zank from AL.com and here to read the announcement of his election into the National Academy of Science.
Dr. Gary Zank of the University of Alabama in Huntsville has been newly elected as a National Academy of Sciences member. Read the National Academy of Sciences release here. Read the University of Alabama in Huntsville release here. Dr. Zank is director of the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR) and chair of the Department of Space Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
A team of University of Alabama students earned the top prize at the NASA Robotic Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This is the second straight year that Alabama Astrobotics has taken the top prize and this is the only team to have won the NASA contest in consecutive years. This cross disciplinary team consists of University of Alabama students within the fields of engineering and computer science as well as a collaboration with students from Shelton State Community College. Read the full article here.
Dr. Junpeng Guo was awarded the Distinguished Research Award during the faculty awards ceremony for the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Guo is a professor of electrical engineering and optics and focuses a portion of his research on the vibrant optical colors generated from ultra-thin single layer silicon films. Find more information about the award here. For more information about Dr. Guo’s research click here.