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Edge of Chaos featured in TechRepublic!

"Today, I'd like to focus on a success story at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB). It begins with the Edge of Chaos. A concept championed by members of the UAB-staff who believe innovative solutions to difficult problems happen when people with dramatically different viewpoints work together, what UAB calls "Colliding Minds":

Research from the Edge - Summer Research Expo

The Summer Research Expo showcases the research produced by UAB undergraduates and students in UAB summer research programs. The 2013 Expo was held at The Edge of Chaos July 24-25. There were 65 poster presentations and 84 presenters from at least 35 different academic institutions with roughly 130-150 people in attendance. Below you will find photos from that day. The 2013 Summer Research Expo was one of the most successful to date! 

Collective Casserole - UAB Art Show Video

Please check out this amazing retrospective of the Collective Casserole UAB Art Show hosted at The Edge of Chaos:

First annual "Darwin Day: A Celebration of Science"

In honor of Charles Darwin’s birthday, the Department of Biology at UAB will be hosting “Darwin Day: A Celebration of Science.” This event aims to celebrate scientific research with an emphasis on (but not limited to) evolutionary biology. Darwin Day will be held Friday, February 15, from 2-5pm at the Edge of Chaos (4th floor Lister Library).

Darwin Day will feature guest speaker Dr. James Lacefield, a noted geologist and author of Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks: A Guide to the State’s Ancient Life and Landscapes, who will be giving a public lecture at 2pm entitled “Support from Alabama’s geological record for the prevailing science-based perspective on Earth history and the evolution of life”

Free Food For Thought series encourages diversity

Over the next several weeks, UAB's Multicultural and Diversity Programs will present a series of interactive lectures under the umbrella of "Free Food For Thought."

The series encourages building a community that values diversity -- something UAB prides itself on.  Each lecture aims to raise awareness about issues and experiences across social and personal identities.

And if you're willing to listen and share your own opinions, they'll give you free food.

Innovative community health projects win funding

community-health-awards_sThe projects have been presented, the judges have evaluated and now the prizes for the inaugural Community Health Innovation Awards are ready to be doled out. On Oct. 23, the One Great Community council of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Clinical and Translational Science will distribute $50,000 to four groups from the Birmingham community who designed creative solutions to local public health problems.

UAB's The Edge of Chaos officially opens

This evening folks from across the city gathered for the official opening of The Edge of Chaos, a new collaborative multidisciplinary space at UAB on Birmingham’s Southside.

It wasn’t the first event held in the space, located on the fourth floor of the university’s Lister Hill Library and under construction since late last year. Since its soft opening during the summer, it’s hosted the most recent edition of Ignite Birmingham in addition to one of three Design for Good initiative-inspired workshops held across the country by AIGA. They’ve also given an opportunity for interested companies, thought-leaders and academics a taste of how the space could function not only during construction last October, but online as October 22 approached via video.

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Get Shaken & Stirred at The Edge of Chaos

Have you ever heard what it's like inside the offices of Google? Imagine a series of clean, open spaces filled with pool tables and arcade games in case employees need a mental break. Sounds like an awesome place to work, right?

UAB now has its own Google-esque space and it is opening soon for everyone, not just the UAB-folk. It’s called The Edge of Chaos.

Lecture to focus on history of PTSD

The history of post-traumatic stress disorder is the theme of a lecture in the 2012-2013 Reynolds Historical Lecture Series. Carlos E. Berry, M.D., from the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, will present the lecture at noon Tuesday, Oct. 16. The event is at the Edge of Chaos atrium on the fourth floor of Lister Hill Library, 1700 University Boulevard.

Read more at the UAB News Web Site...

PEER Group seeks to diversify areas of expertise with UAB researchers

Meredith Kilgore, Ph.D. believes diversity is vital to any research enterprise.

“You have to be diversified,” says Kilgore, professor of Health Care Organization and Policy and co-director of the Pharmaco-Epidemiology and Economics Research (PEER) Group along with Jeff Curtis, M.D., associate professor of Immunology & Rheumatology. “You never know where the next national priority for research is going to be, and when it reveals itself, you have to be ready to jump in. If you’ve never done it and don’t have a team together, you’re never going to be competitive for that type of money.”

Read more at the UAB Reporter...