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3D Printing Laboratory

Location of Facility: 160 Hardaway Hall

Director Name: Dr. Andrew Graettinger

Director Email: andrewg@eng.ua.edu

Website: Lab Email: 3d@ua.edu Lab Camera:130.160.61.20

Key Staff: Doug Cannon - (205) 348-2309

Description: The 3D Printing Laboratory at The University of Alabama is open to all students, faculty, and staff who have 3D printing needs related to university activities. The laboratory supports campus users in the areas of solid modeling, scanning of objects, and printing of parts. The laboratory is equipped with, and supports, software packages including: AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and many freeware modeling packages. Lab also has an Artec handheld scanner and access to a desktop MakerBot Digitizer as well as a Leica ScanStation to capture building scale objects. The primary mission of the 3D Printing Laboratory is to turn digital solid models into physical parts. The lab currently has six printers including a Stratasys Dimension 1200es, an Objet 30 Pro, a 3D Systems 460 plus and a Spectrum 510 full color powder printer, a desktop MakerBot Replicator2, and desktop Bits from Bytes 3D touch. The 3D Printing Laboratory is staffed by student workers during normal business hours.

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Advanced Composite Materials Laboratory

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Director Name: Dr. Samit Roy

Director Email: sroy@eng.ua.edu

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Description: Includes facilities for manufacturing, characterization and modeling of advanced composites and nanostructured materials. Compression molding hot press, filament winder, pultrusion equipment, single and twin-screw extruders, and resin infusion vacuum pumps are available for manufacturing thermoset, thermoplastic and nanocomposites film, plates and structural components as well as nanostructured aerogels for thermal insulation applications. Nanoparticle dispersion equipment such as ultrasonic bath, tip sonication and mechanical high shear mixer are also available for processing polymer nanocomposites. Fracture analysis and microstructural studies are carried out using available optical, scanning and transmission electron microscopes as well as x-ray diffraction (central analytical facility). An in-house FEA code (NOVA-3D) for predicting long term environmental durability of polymer and polymer composites is also available.

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Advanced Material Testing Laboratory

Location of Facility: South Engineering Research Center

Director Name: Dr. Mark Barkey and Dr. Mark Weaver

Director Email: mbarkey@eng.ua.edu and mweaver@eng.ua.edu

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Description: Features multiple servo-hydraulic testing frames ranging in load capacity from 50 lbs to 250,000 lbs.  The equipment is capable of fatigue testing materials and small structures in axial tension/compression, multiaxial tension-torsion, and combined bending and torsion.  Related equipment includes an induction coil heating unit for thermo-mechanical fatigue, a high temperature isothermal furnace and a moderate temperature isothermal test chamber for material testing. The Mechanical Testing Laboratory in the North Engineering Research Center contains a full suite of electromechanical and servohydraulic load frames capable of load capacities ranging from 100 to 10,000 kN at temperatures up 1600°C.  The lab also houses a Gleeble 1600 thermomechanical simulator, split Hopkinson bbar, and a full nano- and micro-mechanical test lab with indentation and wear test capabilities.

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Analytical Geochemistry Lab

Location of Facility: Tom Bevill Energy, Mineral, and Materials Science Research Building

Director Name: Dr. Rona Donahoe

Director Email: rdonahoe@as.ua.edu

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Key Staff: Sid Bhattacharyya

Description: This lab houses an inductively-coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES) and an inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) for elementala analysis in a wide range of samples.

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Atomic Absorbance Spectrometer

Location of Facility: Shelby Hall 3002

Director Name: Dr. Laura Busenlehner

Director Email: lsbusenlehner@ua.edu

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Description: Atomic absorbance spectrometer capable of quantifying concentration of specific elements based on the specific flame emission of the element.

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Biolog Instrumentation

Location of Facility: James B. McMillan Building 101

Director Name: Dr. Nicole Powell

Director Email: npowell@ua.edu

Website: http://psychology.ua.edu

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Description: Biolog machine (measures skin conductance and interbeat interval data) old

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BioPac Psychophysiology Systems and Brain Vision EEG Amplifiers

Location of Facility: Gordan Palmer Hall Hall 416

Director Name: Dr. Alexa Tullett

Director Email: atullett@ua.edu

Website: http://psychology.ua.edu

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Description: Two BioPac psychophysiology systems and two Brain Vision EEG amplifiers (along with associated electrodes and batteries)

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BioTek ELx50 Microplate Instrumentation

Location of Facility: Gordan Palmer Hall Hall 359B

Director Name: Dr. Andrea Glenn

Director Email: andrea.l.glenn@ua.edu

Website: http://psychology.ua.edu

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Description: BioTek ELx50 Microplate strip washer, Microplate reader.

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BioTek Multiwell Plate Reader

Location of Facility: Shelby Hall 2061

Director Name: Marco Bonizzoni

Director Email: mbonizzoni@ua.edu

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Description: The BioTek muliwell plate reader can read absorbance or fluorescnece intensity in standard 96-1500 multi-well plates.

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Center for Green Manufacturing

Location of Facility: Shelby Hall

Director Name: Dr. Robin D. Rogers

Director Email: RDRogers@ua.edu

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Description: FT-IR w/ATR, Shimadzu HPLC, Cary UV-Vis, laser light scattering, and instrumentation for viscosity (Cambridge Viscosity VISCOLab 3000), density (Anton Paar Density Meter DMA 500), water content determinations (Mettler Toledo C20 Coulometric Karl Fisher Titrator), TA Instruments Digital Scanning Calorimetry, TA Instruments Thermal Gravimetric Analyses w/ Dycor mass spectrometer accessory, as well as state-of-the-art X-ray diffraction (Siemens CCD area detector-equipped single crystal diffractometer with low temperature capabilities).

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Center for Materials for Information Technology (MINT)

Location of Facility:Tom Bevill Energy, Mineral, and Materials Science Research Building

Director Name: Dr. Takao Suzuki

Director Email: takaosuzuki@mint.ua.edu

Website: http://mint.ua.edu/

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Description: Processing equipment includes an ADAM, Anneal Furnace, Bake Ovens, EVE, Key Four Target RF-DC Sputtering System, March II Asher, Pulsed Laser Deposition Tool, Quintel 7000 Contact/Proximity Photolithography Aligner, RASCAL, SHIRLEY and Vacuum Magnetic Annealing System. Characterization equipment includes a 35 GHz Ferromagnetic Resonance Spectrometer, DekTak II, Digital Instruments NanospecIV, AFM, DMS Vibrating Sample Magnetometer, Flexus Stress Measurement tool, Hysitron, NanoIndenter, Hysitron TriboIndenter, Low Temperature Broadband Ferromagnetic, Resonance, Philips X-Ray Diffraction, Princeton Alternating Gradient Magnetometer, Quantum Design – Physical Properties Measurement System, Quantum Design -Magnetic Properties, Measurement System, Rigaku X-Ray Diffraction and Woolam Variable Angle Spectroscopic Ellipsometer.

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Central Analytical Facility

Location of Facility:Tom Bevill Energy, Mineral, and Materials Science Research Building

Director Name: David E. Nikles

Director Email: dnikles@mint.ua.edu

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Key Staff: Rich Martens - Manager, Johnny Goodwin and Rob Holler, technical staff (Contact Rich Martens regarding usage).

Description: The Central Analytical Facility is a sharred user facility. It houses major instruments for use by research groups, either from UA and other institutions across the Southeast. It trains student to be productive, hands-on users of the instruments. The imajor instruments include; Philips XL-30 scanning electron microscope, JEOL 7000 FEG source scaninng electron microscope, JEOL 8600 electron microprobe, FEI Tecnai F-20 transmission electron microscope, FEI Quanta 3D dual beam FIB, Tescan FEG source dual beam FIB, Kratos Axis 165 Auger/X-ray photoelectron spectrometer, Bruker D8 Advance powder X-ray diffractometer with GAADS.

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Child Development Research Center (CDRC)

Location of Facility: Child Development Research Center

Director Name: Dr. Carroll Tingle

Director Email: ctingle@ches.ua.edu

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Description: A state-of-the-art, 64,000 square foot research facility equipped with the latest multi-media research technology, seven large research suites, and eight research rooms with adjoining observation booths. Components include diagnostics, clinical treatment, prescribed interventions, demonstrated education, and empirical research contributing to the associated bodies of knowledge. The CDRC offers opportunities for CHES faculty and researchers across the University, state, region, and nation to conduct interdisciplinary research relating to children and families. Programs serve the childcare needs of families with young children, supply a demonstration center for University of Alabama students with a variety of majors, and provide training resources for parents and for child care workers in several Alabama counties. The CDRC houses the Children’s Program, an NAEYC accredited laboratory school enrolling up to 120 students ages two months to five years; as well as Child Development Resources, west central Alabama′s resource for information about the well-being of young children, including management of a child care subsidy program, training for professional child care providers, child care resource and referral information, and parenting education and support programs;
Other programs that are housed in the CDRC include:
- Parenting Assistance Line (PAL), a service of the University of Alabama to provide helpful information on parenting issues to Alabama citizens via toll-free phone or written information;
- Capstone Family Therapy Clinic, a University and community service helping to resolve personal problems and to train graduate students specializing in marriage and family therapy;
- Pediatric Development Research Laboratory, a lab centered on research in children′s development from birth to 18 years of age and focused on mother/infant relationships;
- Child Life and Children’s Development, a lab examining the psychosocial issues affecting children and families in the medical setting;
- Capstone Family Therapy Clinic, a state-of-the-art facility for training therapists at the M.S. level. The clinic is staffed by individuals holding advanced degrees in Marriage & Family Therapy.

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Child Media Lab

Location of Facility: Reese Phifer Hall

Director Name: Dr. Kim Bissell

Director Email: kbissell@ua.edu

Website: http://icir.ua.edu/facilities/labs/

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Description: Description: The child media lab contains high speed dome cameras to capture behaviors and facial movements, a 55-inch 3D High Definition TV, and 54 inch High Definition TV. The lab also provide different gaming systems such as Nintendo Wii™, Xbox 360™, PSP handheld gaming device, and PC gaming. The lab is installed with an observational two-way mirror. The Child Media Lab also have a Biopac for use of measurement of children's heart rate, whereby children wear a heart rate monitor while participating in various Wii or Xbox games.

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Core Molecular Laboratory-Department of Biological Sciences

Location of Facility: South Engineering Research Centerr 1355

Director Name: Patty Sobecky

Director Email: psobecky@ua.edu

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Key Staff: Diana Secor, Research Facilities Coordinator, dlsecor@as.ua.edu, 205-348-1840, also oversee the SEC building autoclaves, coldrooms, a darkroom and other shared research space.

Description: The Core Molecular Laboratory is a shared facility housing 1) Packard Tri-Carb Liquid Scintillation Counter 2) Sorvall RC6 Centrifuge 3) Molecular Dynamics PhosPhor Imager and various other bench top equipment.

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Department of Biological Sciences Analytical Facility

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Website: http://bsc.ua.edu/research/facilities-field-sites-and-resources-for-research/

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Description: Equipment includes a mass spectrometry instrumentation (IRMS, GC-MS), scanning and transmission electron microscopy, 2 ABI genetic analyzers, scintillation counters, standard molecular biology equipment, environmental chambers, experimental greenhouses, re-circulating mesocosms, and numerous liquid chromatographs and gas chromatographs.

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Department of Chemistry Analytical Facility

Location of Facility: Shelby Hall

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Website: http://chemistry.ua.edu/department/facilities/

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Description: There are 200, 360, 500 and 600 MHz NMR spectrometers. Mass spectrometry facilities including gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer capability, Hewlett-Packard 5985-A and a VG AUTOSPEC double focusing mass spectrometer with GC and FAB inlets, VG Autospec mass spectrometer, vibrational and optical spectroscopy facilities including two FT-IR and a V-1000 Laser Raman spectrophotometer; 300 EPR, 350-U ENDOR, two 9.5 GHz ESRs, U-1000 Raman spectrometer, excimer and dye lasers, two ellipsometers, and an MCD spectrometer, imaging facilities including a scanning tunneling microscope, atomic force and magnetic force microscope, electrochemical and magnetic facilities including a Quantum Design MPMS2 SQUID magnetometer, a BAS-100 and two BAS CV-27 potentiostats with Hewlett- Packard X-Y recorders and a PAR-273 with model 96 poteniostat/galvanostats and equipment for inert atmosphere electrochemistry, and thermal analytical equipment including TGA/DSC, bomb calorimetry, and accelerated rate calorimetry.

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Electromechanical Systems Lab (EMSyL)

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Director Name: Dr. Tim Haskew

Director Email: thaskew@eng.ua.edu

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Description: Focuses on high-power motion control and energy conversion system development and integration topics such as thrust vector control systems, flight surface control systems, renewable resource generation, and hybrid/electric vehicles. The facility houses state-of-the-art development, fabrication, prototyping, testing, and instrumentation equipment.  EMSyL research focuses on system integration and components of modern electromechanical devices and systems including power electronics, electric machinery, advanced energy storage, renewable resources, system-level control, and design optimization.

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Electronic Health Record Center

Location of Facility: University Medical Center

Director Name: Mrs. Amy Sherwood

Director Email: jsherwood@cchs.ua.edu

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Description: The University Medical Center operates an Electronic Health Record.  Access to this database is possible for appropriate and approved activities when collaborating with College of Community Health Science Faculty.

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Elga Purelab Flex3 Water Deionizer

Location of Facility: Gordan Palmer Hall 359B

Director Name: Dr. Andrea Glenn

Director Email: andrea.l.glenn@ua.edu

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Description: Elga Purelab Flex3 water deionizer

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Engines and Combustion Lab (ECL)

Location of Facility: South Engineering Research Center

Director Name: Mr. Allen Loper

Director Email: aloper@eng.ua.edu

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Description: The ECL consists of 11,000 square feet of high-bay space partitioned into six test cells, four instrument rooms between the test cells, two large work rooms, a central hallway, and substantial storage space. One large test cell houses a two-roller chassis dynamometer capable of measuring power output of front, rear, or four-wheel-drive vehicles up to 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight and up to 350 hp per axle. The other large test cell houses an AC engine dynamometer rated at 650 hp and up to 1360 ft-lbf torque. Emissions equipment includes a dilution tunnel and five-gas emissions analyzers for raw and diluted samples, plus particulates, capable of handling the exhaust of a 650 hp diesel engine at full load. Other available ECL instrumentation includes a fast-response Cambustion CLD500 NOx analyzer, fast-response TSI EEPS Particulate Spectrum and Number (PSN) analyzer, Thermo-Scientific REGA Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer with heated sample line, fast-response (1 ms/amu) V&F AIRSENSE mass spectrometer, Cambustion HFR400 Fast-FID hydrocarbon analyzer, Koehler Instruments K45000 distillation analyzer, and a gas chromatograph system for product-gas analysis. Laser-based diagnostic instruments available are several Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) systems, including a time-resolved stereoscopic PIV system, a standard, low-speed PIV system, and a TSI Volumetric 3-component Velocimetry (V3V) system for 3D velocity-field measurements. Also available is a high-speed TSI Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence (PLIF) system for time-resolved combustion species measurements. Other optical diagnostic systems include a quantitative rainbow Schlieren apparatus for whole-field scalar measurements, Schlieren, shadowgraph, and holographic interferometry systems for spray and flame imaging, a Laser-Doppler Velocimetry (LDV) system for velocity and turbulence measurements, and a Phase-Doppler Particle Analyzer (PDPA) system for point measurements of drop size/velocity.

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EPR Facility

Location of Facility: Shelby Hall

Director Name: Dr. Michael W. Bowman

Director Email: mkbowman@ua.edu

Website: http://chemistry.ua.edu/department/facilities/

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Description: This 1,300-square-foot laboratory features four state-of-the-art research instruments; X-band/Q-band CW-EPR spectrometer: Varian E-12 EPR spectrometer with 9-GHz (X-band) and 35-GHz (Q-band) microwave bridges, rotating magnetic base, rapid scan accessories, a Varian Century series EPR system with 12 inch magnet. EPR data acquisition is provided by a PC (3 GHz running Windows XP) via the platform-independent data acquisition module (PIDAM) connected to the spectrometer. X-band CW-ENDOR spectrometer: A Bruker-ESP 300-10/7 with an ESP 350-U DICE ENDOR/TRIPLE accessory and an A-500 RF power amplifier allows CW ENDOR measurements in the 0.3–35 MHz frequency range at temperatures from 100 K up to 350 K. X-band pulsed-EPR spectrometer: Bruker ELEXSYS E-580 pulsed-EPR spectrometer includes the E-560D-pulse ENDOR and E-580-pulse ELDOR accessories. This allows us to operate echo-detected EPR, 2- and 3-pulse 1D ESEEM, 2D ESEEM (HYSCORE), pulsed ENDOR, pulsed ELDOR (DEER), inversion recovery and transient EPR at 9-10 GHz. We plan to add a TRIPLE accessory to the set-up soon. The X-band cavity has optical access and temperature of the cavity is maintained with a liquid-helium cryostat. W-band CW/pulsed EPR/ENDOR spectrometer: Bruker ELEXSYS E-600 W-band (94 GHz) EPR spectrometer was acquired in 2002, and was upgraded in 2005 with an ELEXSYS E-580 pulse EPR spectrometer. The combined system is known as an E-680 W/X. This instrument was obtained through NSF MRI (W-band CW-EPR system) and the CRIF (pulsed EPR) Instrumentation Programs. At 94 GHz we can perform echo-detected EPR, 2- and 3-pulse 1D ESEEM, inversion recovery, transient EPR, and pulsed ENDOR in the frequency range from 1.5 to 400 MHz. The temperature of the cavity is maintained with a liquid-helium cryostat, and in situ irradiation of the cavity is possible using a fiber optical cable run down through the sample rod. The E-680 W/X system is controlled through a Linux workstation with Xepr, the EPR acquisition and data manipulation software.

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Exercise Physiology Laboratory

Location of Facility: Moore Hall

Director Name: Jonathan Wingo

Director Email: jwingo@bamaed.ua.edu

Website: fitness.ua.edu

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Description: Primary research areas include human performance and work capacity in challenging environments, such as hot climates, and the impact of clothing on human temperature regulation; control of human temperature regulation; recovery from exercise; impact of physical activity on health and disease; measurement of physical activity in humans; and sport performance. In addition to research endeavors, The Department of Kinesiology Fitness Testing Services program provides citizens of Tuscaloosa and the surrounding areas the opportunity to better understand their fitness levels as they relate to overall physical performance and health.

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Eye-tracking Equipment and Software from Applied Science Labaroties

Location of Facility: Gordan Palmer Hall 179A

Director Name: Dr. Beverly Roskos

Director Email: broskos@ua.edu

Website: http://psychology.ua.edu/

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Description: Eye-tracking equipment and software from Applied Science Labaroties.

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Food and Nutrition Research Lab

Location of Facility: Doster Hall

Director Name: Dr. Kristi Crowe

Director Email: kcrowe@ches.ua.edu

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Description: Specializes in investigating the influence of antioxidants consumed within the food matrix on inflammation and insulin sensitivity as well as the influence of environmental contaminants on nutrient retention in food.  As such, our lab is outfitted with the capacity to run numerous antioxidant testing methods including the proposed oxygen radical absorbance capacity testing of lipophilic and hydrophilic antioxidants in biological samples.  This method utilizes a FLUOstar OPTIMA microplate reader (BMG Labtech) with measurement principles utilizing fluorescence, time-resolved fluorescence, absorbance, and luminescence.  As an analytical lab, we are equipped with ultra-low temperature storage freezers, centrifuges (ultra and micro), analytical balances, water baths, and other small equipment instrumental in sample preparation and analysis of food and biological samples.  Due to the importance of temperature-control during storage of all biological samples, it should also be pointed out that the Research Lab is on a back-up generator system for electricity in the case of a power outage.  Lastly, the research lab is also equipped with a computer dedicated to running the UA’s licensed version of the Nutrition Data System for Research (NDSR).  A secondary computer is dedicated to running all statistical programs proposed for use in this study. 

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Geological Science Stable Isotope Lab

Location of Facility:Tom Bevill Energy, Mineral, and Materials Science Research Building

Director Name: Paul Aharon and Fred Andrus

Director Email: paharon@as.ua.edu and fandrus@as.ua.edu

Website: http://www2.geo.ua.edu/asil/

Key Staff: Joe Lambert

Description: This lab houses Thermo Delta+ and Thermo Delta V gas-source isotope ratio mass spectrometers. Peripheral sampling devices include a Costech Elemental Analyzer, Thermo TC/EA, Thermo GasBench. Common acid bath extraction line. Offline-sample preparation equipment includes a multi-purpose vacuum extraction line, two computer -controlled micromilling systems, and all required micro-balances.

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Geological Sciences X-ray Diffraction and XRF Labs

Location of Facility:Tom Bevill Energy, Mineral, and Materials Science Research Building

Director Name: Jim Donahoe - (205) 348-1885

Director Email: jdonahoe@as.ua.edu

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Description: This lab contains a Bruker D-8 XRD with autosampler, and a Phillips XRF.

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Grinbath All-In-One EyeGuide Eye Tracker

Location of Facility: Gordan Palmer Hall 408

Director Name: Dr. Andrea Glenn

Director Email: andrea.l.glenn@ua.edu

Website: http://psychology.ua.edu/

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Description: Grinbath All-In-One EyeGuide Eye Tracker

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Health Comm Lab

Location of Facility: Reese Phifer Hall

Director Name: Dr. Kim Bissell

Director Email: kbissell@ua.edu

Website: http://healthcomm.ua.edu

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Description: This Communication & Information Sciences lab utililzes the research facilities associated with the Institute for Communication & Information Research including the Child Media Lab, the Psychophysiology Lab, the Content Analysis Lab, and the Survey Lab. The lab teams faculty and student researchers interested in examining the intersection of media, communication, and health.

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Hydrogeology Labs

Location of Facility:Tom Bevill Energy, Mineral, and Materials Science Research Building

Director Name: Geoff Tick and Yuehan Lu

Director Email: Gtick@as.ua.edu and yuehan.lu@ua.edu

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Description: These labs contain the following tools primarily for teh analysis of water: Accelerated Solvent Extractor Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer Gas Chromatograph (FID and Electron Capture Detectors), High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC), UV-Vis Spectrophotometer, Fluorescence Spectrophotometer.

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ICIR Content Analysis Lab

Location of Facility: Reese Phifer Hall

Director Name: Dr. Kim Bissell

Director Email: kbissell@ua.edu

Website: http://icir.ua.edu/facilities/labs/

Key Staff: Dr. Mary Katherine Alsip Shreves

Description: The Content Analysis lab is set up with four computers and 3 DVRs to allow users to simultaneously record 9 channels of programming at the same time. The lab can be used to record news programming, entertainment programming, or sports programming for later analysis. All programming is directly recorded to the hard drives so that each researcher can code the programming at a later date. Communication scholars need to be able to code and analyze media content so that future studies regarding media effects are appropriate and valid.

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Infrared Spectroscopy

Location of Facility: Shelby Hall 2060

Director Name: Ken Belmore

Director Email: kbelmore@bama.ua.edu

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Key Staff: Ken Belmore, Manager

Description: JASCO infrared spectrometer with reflectance attachment.

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Johnson Molecular Systematics Laboratory

Location of Facility: Mary Harmon Bryant Hall 401A

Director Name: Phil Harris

Director Email: pharris@bama.ua.edu

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Key Staff: Kebede Beshera, Laboratory Research Specialist, kebede.a.beshera@ua.edu, 205-348-1368

Description: Two ABI Genetic Analyzers, an Eppendorf Vacufuge Concentrator, several thermal cyclers and other support equipment.

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Large Scale Structures Laboratory (LSSL)

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Director Name: Mr. Collin Sewell

Director Email: csewell@eng.ua.edu

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Description: A 40-ft x 75-ft strong floor with moveable and stackable reaction blocks that can be positioned anywhere on the floor to allow maximum flexibly for test configurations.  A full suite of dynamically-rated servo-hydraulic actuators dare available ranging from 35 kips to 330 kips.  The lab is equipped to conduct hybrid-testing, including both seismic and wind response.  A 10-ft x 10-ft x 10-ft soils pit is also housed within the LSSL.  The centerpiece of the lab is a high-performance, uniaxial 12-ft x 13-ft earthquake simulation shake table with a maximum payload of 20 tons and a maximum acceleration of 1.2g. 

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Mass Spectroscopy Facility

Location of Facility: Shelby Hall 1076

Director Name: Dr. Carolyn Cassady

Director Email: ccassady@bama.ua.edu

Website: http://chemistry.ua.edu/department/facilities/

Key Staff: Qiaoli Liang, Manager - 205-348-2627 - (Contact Qiaoli Liang regarding usage)

Description: 1,2) Magnetic sector instruments, a VG AutoSpec and a Waters Autospec NT. The VG instrument is equipped for electron ionization (EI) with solid probe insertion. The high-resolution Waters Autospec NT is equipped with an EI source, using GC (HP6890) inlet or solid probe insertion for sample introduction; it is capable of performing elemental analysis for small organic compounds.
3) Bruker Ultraflex time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometer. Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) is used to vaporize and ionize samples, which are generally low-volatility compounds such as biomolecules, polymers, and inorganic materials. The mass spectrometer’s PSD (post-source decay) capabilities can be used to sequence biomolecules.
4,5) Bruker HCTUltra PTM discovery system connected to an Agilent 1200 capillary LC — a spherical high-capacity quadrupole ion trap. The HCTUltra PTM instrument has electrospray ionization (ESI), atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI), and nanoelectrospray sources. The MS/MS techniques of collision-induced dissociation (CID) and electron transfer dissociation (ETD) are available for obtaining structural information (including peptide sequencing).
6) Services offered by our mass-spec facility include the following:
EI-MS: low resolution, nominal mass accuracy; high resolution, with internal reference (typically PFK), 5 ppm accuracy; or small volatile organic compounds (<1000 Da). GC-MS: high resolution, with internal reference (typically PFK), 5 ppm accuracy; for small volatile organic compounds (<1000 Da); house GC capillary column: DB-5, 29m´250mm´0.5mm. MALDI-MS: linear TOF, low resolution, <150 ppm external clibration, <100 ppm for internal calibration; reflector TOF, high resolution, <25 ppm external calibration, <5 ppm internal calibration; wide applications including biomolecules, polymers, aromatic compound, and inorganic material. ESI, APCI, nanoESI-MS: low resolution, mass error within 0.2 Da; for small molecules (>50 Da) or macromolecules (m/z of the multiply charged ions <3000 Da); wide applications including biomolecules, organics, and polymers. LC-MS: low resolution, mass error within 0.2 Da; house capillary LC column: Agilent ZORBAX SB-C18, 150´0.5 mm, 5mm; mostly used for peptides.

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Metal Casting and Solidification Research Facility

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Director Name: Dr. Laurentiu Nastac

Director Email: lnastac@eng.ua.edu

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Description: Involves sand, die, investment and centrifugal casting of metals and alloys including gray iron, steel, aluminum, magnesium, superalloys, copper and titanium. The Foundry is equipped with three induction furnaces for melting cast iron, steel, brass, bronze, and aluminum-based alloys. The capacity of these furnaces ranges from 50-lb to 200-lb. The foundry also houses a vacuum induction furnace with directional solidification capabilities for melting and casting superalloys that can produce up to 25-kilogram turbine components cast into ceramic-shell molds. Molding equipment and a core machine for making both green sand and pepset-based molds and cores are also located in the Foundry, as well as a sand-testing lab.

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MindWare Tech Mobile Heart Rate Monitors with Noldus Observer Software

Location of Facility: Gordan Palmer Hall 277A

Director Name: Dr. Kristina McDonald

Director Email: klmcdonald2@ua.edu

Website: http://psychology.ua.edu/

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Description: MindWare tech mobile heart rate monitors with Noldus Observer software.

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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility

Location of Facility: Shelby Hall 1058

Director Name: Ken Belmore

Director Email: kbelmore@bama.ua.edu

Website: http://chemistry.ua.edu/department/facilities/

Key Staff: Ken Belmore - Manager

Description: Bruker spectrometers operating at 600, 500, and 360 MHz. Our NMR instruments are capable of observing all magnetic nuclei between 103Rh and 1H, and current applications involve the more common 1H, 2H, 13C, 15N, 17O, 19F and 31P nuclides as well as studies of 11B, 23Na, 27Al, 29Si, 75As, 77Se, 125Te and 205Tl nuclides. The instruments are configured to employ pulse-sequences for multi-dimensional NMR experiments. The facility is maintained by a full-time PhD spectroscopist, Dr. Ken Belmore, who is available for consultation and assistance.

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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility

Location of Facility: Shelby Hall 1058

Director Name: Ken Belmore

Director Email: kbelmore@bama.ua.edu

Website: http://chemistry.ua.edu/department/facilities/

Key Staff: Ken Belmore - Manager

Description: Bruker spectrometers operating at 600, 500, and 360 MHz. Our NMR instruments are capable of observing all magnetic nuclei between 103Rh and 1H, and current applications involve the more common 1H, 2H, 13C, 15N, 17O, 19F and 31P nuclides as well as studies of 11B, 23Na, 27Al, 29Si, 75As, 77Se, 125Te and 205Tl nuclides. The instruments are configured to employ pulse-sequences for multi-dimensional NMR experiments. The facility is maintained by a full-time PhD spectroscopist, Dr. Ken Belmore, who is available for consultation and assistance.

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Optical Analysis Facility-Department of Biological Sciences

Location of Facility: South Engineering Research Center 1306

Director Name: Kim Lackey

Director Email: lacke003@ua.edu

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Description: The Optical Analysis Facility is a central service laboratory housed in the Department of Biological Sciences.

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Organic Analysis Lab

Location of Facility: Tom Bevill Energy, Mineral, and Materials Science Research Building 2105

Director Name: Robert Findlay

Director Email: rfindlay@biology.as.ua.edu

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Key Staff: Janna Brown, Instrument Specialist, jkbrown@bama.ua.edu, (205) 348-4439

Description: Instruments include a Delta V Advantage Mass Spectrometer, Agilent Gas Chromatograph Systems, and a LabConco Cascade Freeze-Dry System.

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Precision Machining Laboratory

Location of Facility:

Director Name: Kevin Chou

Director Email: kchou@eng.ua.edu

Website:

Key Staff:

Description: Houses several machines including a Hardinge Cobra 42 CNC Turning Center, a Cincinnati Arrow 500 VMC CNC Milling Machine, a Tormax Model 13-5 ROMI Engine Lathe, and a Bridgeport Legend Series I Milling Machine. The lab also has a range of process monitoring capability such as a Kistler 3-axis dynamometer (9257B) for cutting force measurements, acoustic emission sensors for tool wear monitoring, as well as thermocouples for cutting tool temperatures.

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Psychophysiology Lab

Location of Facility: Reese Phifer Hall

Director Name: Dr. Kim Bissell

Director Email: kbissell@ua.edu

Website: http://icir.ua.edu/facilities/labs/

Key Staff:

Description: The psychophysiology lab includes a Biopac 150 System, capable of measuring electrodermal activity (EDA), electroencardiogram (ECG), electromyogram (EMG), and electroencephalography (EEG). The lab also provides updated software for the analysis of psychophysiology measurement which includes Acqknowledge 4.1.1., Mathworks with wavelet toolbox, and the Media Lab and Super Lab presentation systems. Other facilities provided within the lab include a CCTV with 1 PZ high speed dome camera, a 54-inch television with Blu-Ray player, and an observable two-way mirror.

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Rock Preparation Facilties

Location of Facility:Tom Bevill Energy, Mineral, and Materials Science Research Building

Director Name: Jim Donahoe - (205) 348-1885

Director Email: jdonahoe@as.ua.edu

Website:

Key Staff:

Description: The department has multiple variable speed diamond wafering saws, automatic and manual polishing systems, a wire saw, several large-scale rock saws, physical and chemical mineral separation equipment, and other related sample preparation instruments and systems.

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Simulation Lab

Location of Facility: Druid City Hospital (DCH)

Director Name: Mr. Glenn Davis

Director Email: gdavis@cchs.ua.edu

Website:

Key Staff:

Description: In collaboration with DCH, our Division of EMS Training has several multifunction manikins in simulated care facilities to mimic real world events.  These have been used for research purposes such as reaction time, effects of sleep deprivation on quality of care, etc.

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Survey Lab

Location of Facility: Reese Phifer Hall

Director Name: Dr. Kim Bissell

Director Email: kbissell@ua.edu

Website: http://icir.ua.edu/facilities/labs/

Key Staff:

Description: The survey lab is capable of facilitating multiple respondents with 15 computer terminals which are pre-installed with Windows XP™, Media Lab software, flat screen monitors, and computer headsets. The room is also installed with a surveillance camera to record participant behaviors and actions.

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Telemedicine Equipment

Location of Facility: University Medical Center

Director Name: Dr. Lloyda Williamson

Director Email: lwilliamson@cchs.ua.edu

Website:

Key Staff: Amelia de los Reyes, 205-348-6326

Description: The College of Community Health Science currently operates several telemedicine units that connect to current rural partners and are capable of connecting with others.   Clinical care and research activities are currently being conducted with individuals and groups using this equipment.

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Theater Lab

Location of Facility: Reese Phifer Hall

Director Name: Dr. Kim Bissell

Director Email: kbissell@ua.edu

Website: http://icir.ua.edu/facilities/labs/

Key Staff:

Description: The theater lab is a theater setting for conducting large group viewings of stimuli materials or live presentations. It seats 24 participants and is equipped with a High Definition projector and Surround Sound system connected to a Blu-Ray DVD Player, a PC, and a live or pre-recorded Satellite television feed

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UA Micro-Fabrication Facility (MFF)

Location of Facility: NERC Cleanroom

Director Name: Dr. Subhadra Gupta

Director Email: sgupta@eng.ua.edu

Website:

Key Staff: Dr. Alton Highsmith ahighsmith@eng.ua.edu (205) 348-9056

Description: The UA Micro-Fabrication Facility is a cleanroom facility that houses equipment for performing photolithography (Solitec 5110 Spinner, Karl Suss MA6 Mask Aligner), thin fim deposition (SFI Shamrock System, Denton Vacuum Explorer E-beam Evaporator, ST Systems PECVD), thin film etching (ST Systems Advanced Silicon Etcher, ST Systems Advanced Oxide Etcher, Intelvac Ion Mill, 4-Wave Ion Beam Etcher, Yield Engineering Systems YES-R3 Plasma Asher), and thin film metrology (Veeco Dektak V220-Si stylus profilometer, 4 Point Probe station, Zeiss Axioplan 2 optical microscope, Nanometrics Nanospec 212 Film Thickness Measurement System, Rudolph Auto-EL III ellipsometer). In addition, the facility owns a SHB Model 109 B-H looper and a magnetic annealing oven, both located in the Bevill building.

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UV/Vis/NIR Spectrometer

Location of Facility: Shelby Hall 3042

Director Name: John Vincent

Director Email: jvincent@ua.edu

Website:

Key Staff:

Description: Carey 14 spectrophotometer capable of obtaining absorption spectra from the UV (200 nm) through the near IR (1400 nm).

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Welding and Joining Laboratory

Location of Facility:

Director Name: Dr. Viola Acoff

Director Email: vacoff@eng.ua.edu

Website:

Key Staff:

Description: Research in the Welding and Joining Laboratory at The University of Alabama focuses on the joining of advanced materials for aerospace and automotive applications. The Welding and Joining Lab is equipped with a Lincoln Square Wave TIG 355 Welder, a Thompson A-1 Spot Welder and a Stanat Model TA215 2-Roller Mill. The TIG 355 is used for TIG (GTAW) and stick (SMAW) welding processes within the recommended output capability of 2 to 400 amps on both AC and DC polarity.

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Wind and Water Tunnels

Location of Facility:

Director Name: Dr. John Baker

Director Email: John.Baker@eng.ua.edu

Website:

Key Staff:

Description: The University has a variety of Wind and Water Tunnels including a closed circuit low-speed wind tunnel, an open circuit low-speed wind tunnel, a water tunnel, and two blow-down supersonic tunnels for fluid dynamic research. Instrumentation available include volumetric 3-component velocimetry (V3V), digital particle image velocimetry (DPIV), laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV), Schlieren, high-speed photography systems for optical diagnostics, in addition to hot-wire anemometry, pressure, and load measurement capabilities. The wind speeds achievable are 5-45 m/s in the low speed wind tunnels, water tunnel has 10-50 cm/s flow velocity range, and the supersonic tunnels have Mach 1.65-4 range. Tunnels can accommodate different size test articles. The subsonic tunnel test sections vary between 12"x36" to 29"x44" with 6 to 16 ft long test sections. The water tunnel has a 15" x 30" cross section and 9 ft length. Supersonic tunnels have two distinct cross sections one 3.5" x 3.5" and the other 6"x 6". Research conducted in these tunnels include: shark skin drag reduction experiments, bio-inspired UAV wing design investigation, and shock-wave boundary layer interaction research among any other topics.

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X-ray Diffraction Laboratory

Location of Facility: Tom Bevill Energy, Mineral, and Materials Science Research Building

Director Name: Dr. Robin D. Rogers

Director Email: RDRogers@ua.edu

Website: http://chemistry.ua.edu/department/facilities/

Key Staff:

Description: Siemens CCD SMART (Area Detector) and Enraf-Nonius CAD-4 computer-controlled X-ray diffractometers.

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Youth Services Institute - School of Social Work

Location of Facility: 921 Professional Plaza #106 Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Director Name: Jill Beck, JD - (205) 348-2992

Director Email: jrbeck2@ua.edu

Website: http://socialwork.ua.edu/youth-services-institute/

Key Staff:

Description: The Youth Services Institute (YSI) implements multiple programs that address the needs of specialized groups of adolescents who are involved in the juvenile justice system in Alabama. In addition, YSI provides technical support to the Alabama Department of Youth Services through facilitation of the request for proposals process, annual assessments, grant writing, and other activities as requested. YSI also provides opportunities for UA students in multiple disciplines to gain experience with juvenile justice populations in their chosen field.

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