Hoover’s R&D sector is booming and it’s about to get bigger

Hoover’s growing fast and we’re trying to keep up. Photo via ProctorU

It’s no secret that the City of Hoover has an impressive R&D sector. Thanks to a new comprehensive plan, Hoover is ahead of the game to foster growth among research and development—and it’s about to ramp up even more. Keep reading to learn more.

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A new hope in the fight against genetic disorders

A model of a DNA strand. The real thing isn’t this colorful – Rehosted from uab.edu

UAB announced last Thursday a plan to learn more about and potentially reduce the risk of genetic diseases.  The project will be conducted at a statewide level, recruiting a representative sample of Alabama residents.  Dean of UAB School of Medicine Selwyn Vickers, M.D. says the knowledge gained during the Alabama Genomic Health Initiative “will potentially rewrite our understanding of the burden of disease on our population.  This project can have tremendous impact on the residents of Alabama and stimulate economic development in the state.” Continue reading “A new hope in the fight against genetic disorders”

Autonomous Cars in Alabama – Are we ready?

Remember Herbie? Rehosted from infomotori.com

Look at nearly any science fiction show since Herbie and you’ll see cars that drive themselves.  If you buy certain models, today your car can even park itself.  But we’re a long way off from being able to call our cars on the phone and have them pick us up, according to Dr. Abidin Yildirim, Director of UAB’s Signal Processing and Embedded Systems Laboratory.  Dr. Yildirim and his laboratory work on the most important part of any autonomous car: the programming that allows a car to interpret and react to its surroundings.  I interviewed Dr. Yildirim and visited his lab to learn more about what is being pushed as the future of transportation.

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Guess who is ranked 18th Nationally in Research Funding?

Nationally Ranked seems to be the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s middle name. After vaulting 36 spots in the U.S News & World Report’s Best Global Universities, this green and gold school has recently landed the 18th position in research funding  by the National Science Foundation.

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