8 Result(s)

Language and cognition in Down syndrome

Work with grad students and undergrad students on one of several ongoing projects. This can be for PY451 credit (Undergraduate Research) or volunteer. I am especially interested in adding 1-2 emerging scholars to the team. ...

Required Availability
Fall 2017 | Spring 2018
Course Credit?
Yes - PY451
Paid Position?
No

Characterizing the Physical/Chemical Evidence of Volcanic Lightning

Volcanic eruptions and lightning strikes are two of the most impressive and destructive natural phenomena, but much is still unknown about the fundamental processes that allow these events to occur. An emerging new line of research is seeking to determine the complex relationship between explosive volcanism and lightning, specifically: The effect of lightning discharge on the textural and chemical properties of volcanic ash and the resulting signature of volcanic lightning occurrence in the geologic record. Fundamental questions addressed by this project, and the integral educational component that involves learners of all ages, may result in potentially transformative concepts the geosciences, atmospheric sciences, and hazard assessment. ...

Required Availability
Fall 2018 | Summer 2018 | Fall 2017 | Spring 2018
Course Credit?
Yes - UA 156; GEO 399
Paid Position?
Yes - $2000 for summer only, fall/spring semesters receive course credit

Brain Biomarkers that Predict Risk for Alzheimer's Disease

Brain data can be useful in predicting individuals that might be more susceptible to age-related diseases like Alzheimer's disease. Help will be needed in any of the following areas: 1) Conduct a literature review on brain differences in populations at risk for Alzheimer's disease, 2) Conduct cognitive testing on individuals that might get Alzheimer's disease, 3) Conduct MRI testing in Birmingham to measure brain variables in individuals who might get Alzheimer's disease, 4) Analyze data using brain and cognitive variables to test for group differences. There will be a steep learning curve and a strong internal-motivation of learning new material is required....

Required Availability
Summer 2017 | Summer 2018 | Fall 2017 | Spring 2018
Course Credit?
Yes - PY451
Paid Position?
No

Slavery at The University of Alabama

I'm interested in working with students who are interested in studying the history of slavery at UA. Piecing together this story will involve reading archival records, and learning more about the early workings of the university. Another project I am interested in involve using the archives of an 1853 antebellum home in Demopolis, Alabama to piece together the forgotten story of the Lyon family and their lives and legacy. ...

Required Availability
Fall 2017 | Spring 2018
Course Credit?
Yes - ES
Paid Position?
No

Creativity, Complexity, and Stress

In recent years complexity science, and the study of complex systems has revolutionized a number of sciences contributing to how our understanding of how a mind emerges from the components of the brain, to how chemicals like water get unforeseen properties like "wetness." This project is composed of a set of experiments looking at crime of as the product of a complex system. We exam how diverse acturs use creativity to deal with stressors known to lead to crime, and how they adaptations change the social landscape. Students may have the opportunity to get involved with different elements of these experiments including developing and administering measurements, being trained on advanced statics, and developing and understanding of how comple...

Required Availability
Fall 2017 | Spring 2018
Course Credit?
No
Paid Position?
No
Preferred Majors
Criminal Justice
Keywords
Emerging Scholars
Faculty
Matt Dolliver

Transitions to Middle School and Child Adjustment

Help us collect data and learn about how youth adjust to the middle school transition....

Required Availability
Summer 2017 | Fall 2017 | Spring 2018
Course Credit?
Yes - 451
Paid Position?
No

Tragicness of Death

THIS OPPORTUNITY IS LIMITED TO PEOPLE IN THE EMERGING SCHOLARS PROGRAM Our research group is interested in death attitudes. Unsurprisingly, most people are not keen on death. Then again, we all have to die sometime. So there may be value in getting used to the idea. People were much more comfortable with death before modern medicine started to treat it like a medical failure. But now we don't like to utter the word, speaking about death in polite company is considered rude, etc. For this reason death always seems to take us by surprise. We are studying the things that make people of death as more or less tragic. We are doing a lot of little simple projects to figure out things like whether people think about a person's death immediat...

Required Availability
Fall 2017
Course Credit?
No
Paid Position?
No

Exploring Romantic Dating Application Users and Non-Users: Who Is Swiping In?

This position will help examine the mediated-online and mobile dating platforms and its impact on relationships initiation, especially in recent years. To give you a description of what I am working on...Approximately 80% of United States (US) adults found it an acceptable way to meet others (Smith, 2016). Additionally, more than 1 in 10 American adults reported utilizing some form of online dating platform (Smith & Duggan, 2013). Mediated dating applications offer users unique affordances and features, whereby individuals must first determine which platform best serves their interests, then second determine how the technological affordances alter the relationship initiation script, and third how to hedge their odds with one or multiple pl...

Required Availability
Fall 2017
Course Credit?
No
Paid Position?
No