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University of South Alabama

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Mobile, AL, United States

The University of South Alabama is a public, national research university in Mobile, Alabama, USA. It was created by the Alabama Legislature in May, 1963, and replaced existing extension programs operated in Mobile by the University of Alabama.USA is the only major public institution of higher learning on the upper Gulf Coast. With Alabama's two older universities more than 200 miles distant, the University is strategically located in the greater Mobile area, which has a population of more than a million within a 100-mile radius.Currently, USA is divided into ten colleges and schools and includes one of Alabama's two state-supported medical schools. The university has an enrollment of about 15,000 students. To date, the University has awarded over 75,000 degrees.USA has an annual payroll of $404 million , with over 5,500 employees, and is the second largest employer in Mobile, Alabama. It has remained one of Alabama's fastest growing universities for the past several years.The university has come under great criticism, as of 2014 the university maintains a 14% graduation rate. South Alabama also has an annual economic impact of US$2 billion. South Alabama owned hospitals treat over 250,000 patients annually. Wikipedia.

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Patent
University of South Alabama | Date: 2017-04-05

A method and apparatus for uniformly and directionally aligning and stretching nanofibers inside a porous medium is described. The nanofibers may include nanotubes, nanowires, long-chain polymer molecules or likewise. Porous medium may include a porous layer, fabric, or composite prepreg or likewise. According to one embodiment, an apparatus for directional alignment of nanofiber in a porous medium includes a fluid matrix with nanofibers. A porous medium is provided as well as a device for forcing the fluid matrix radially through the porous medium.


Patent
University of South Alabama | Date: 2016-10-28

Reduced mitochondrial DNA copy number has been reported in numerous adverse clinical conditions, yet suitable tools for modulating mitochondrial DNA copy number have not been reported. The present disclosure generally pertains to methods for modulating mitochondrial DNA copy number in cells, cell clones obtained from such methods, and cell cultures obtained by culturing such cell clones.


Patent
University of South Alabama | Date: 2017-07-12

A nanocomposite including an array of extended length fibers with nanofibers oriented in transverse relation to the extended length fibers. The nanofibers are mechanically interlocked with the extended length fibers using a connecting agent concentrated at contact locations between the extended length fibers and the nanofibers without saturating the composite. The resultant composite of fibers and connecting agent is characterized by significant internal porosity with an internal void volume not occupied by the connecting agent.


Patent
University of South Alabama | Date: 2015-05-28

A method and apparatus for uniformly and directionally aligning and stretching nanofibers inside a porous medium is described. The nanofibers may include nanotubes, nanowires, long-chain polymer molecules or likewise. Porous medium may include a porous layer, fabric, or composite prepreg or likewise. According to one embodiment, an apparatus for directional alignment of nanofiber in a porous medium includes a fluid matrix with nanofibers. A porous medium is provided as well as a device for forcing the fluid matrix radially through the porous medium.


Patent
University of South Alabama | Date: 2016-11-30

Some embodiments of the present invention relate to methods and compositions for treating cancer. More embodiments include methods and compositions for modulating the activity of the Hedgehog pathway.


Patent
University of South Alabama | Date: 2016-08-31

Some embodiments of the present invention relate to agents and compositions for treating cancer. More embodiments include agents and compositions for modulating the activity of the Hedgehog pathway.


Patent
University of South Alabama | Date: 2016-02-29

The present invention relates to methods and compositions for the treatment of cancer. Some embodiments include methods of treating cancer comprising administering a chemotherapeutic agent associated with albumin, administering a second chemotherapeutic agent; and administering a third chemotherapeutic agent.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Secure &Trustworthy Cyberspace | Award Amount: 249.32K | Year: 2016

The 2011 Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Plan cites Accelerating Transition to Practice (TTP) as one of five strategic objectives in the Cyber Security and Information Assurance (CSIA) Program Component Area. TTP remains a strategic objective of Agencies which fund cybersecurity research, including NSF. However, the NSF cybersecurity portfolio contains only a small amount of security research that has been transitioned into operational activities. The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) of the White House defines transition to practice as research that creates measurable improvements in the cybersecurity landscape. Although NSF encourages security researchers with promising applied research projects to submit TTP (Transition to Practice) projects, a very low percentage of researchers take advantage of this opportunity. This EAGER will serve as an outreach vehicle to cybersecurity Principal Investigators (PIs), informing them of the advantages of engaging in a TTP and instructing them on the differences between a traditional research proposal and a TTP-focused one. The PIs will conduct workshops at three PI meetings for NSF programs - Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI), Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) and Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) as well as at several academic conferences, including USENIX Security and Security and Privacy (S&P) among others.

In 2015, NSF sponsored two workshops which brought together key stakeholders to provide insights on how to improve the TTP process and encourage more TTP submissions. An important outcome of that workshop was the identification of specific barriers to TTP. In order to keep momentum going from these workshops, this follow-on project identifies specific ways in which PIs can overcome these barriers as they consider how to address TTP. The project establishes workshops for PIs to write more focused proposals, and provides opportunities for the PIs to engage with the NSF-funded cybersecurity community to foster more transition of cybersecurity research into the hands of the operational Information Technology Community. The expected outcome is that NSF expands the impact of the cybersecurity research it funds by producing more TTP results in the near to mid-term in order to make cyberspace safer.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RESEARC | Award Amount: 393.29K | Year: 2016

This project, acquiring a Riscure Inspector system to provide advance instrumentation for side-channel measurement and analysis, aims to provide the country with a unique capability within the Gulf Region to engage in cybersecurity research of side channel vulnerabilities, countermeasure development and analysis, and fault injection testing for security and reliability of critical infrastructure devices.

Side channels are unintended information paths that occur as a side effect due to physical implementation properties, electrical devices that could contribute to information assurance (IA) and cyber security research and education to an institution with a track record in these areas. Unintended side channels introduce significant cyber security risks to computing systems and critical infrastructure. This instrumentation enables a significant expansion in its capabilities in side-channel security research critical to securing embedded devices used in cryptographic applications, medical devices, and smart cards.

The instrumentation enables faculty and students to be at the cutting edge of critical cyber security research issues. USAs School of Computing (SoC) is a fast growing academic unit on campus with a core focus in cyber security research collaborating on security-focused cross disciplinary initiatives. Hence, this system is expected to position the institution towards becoming a national leader in cyber security research and education support. The university traditionally meets the needs of a diverse student body with a high percentage coming from rural or financially depressed areas. It has higher than 60% of female students, and more than 1/3 non-while student population. The students will be afforded hands-on opportunities in research and classroom activities directly utilizing the side-channel system. The skills gained are expected to lead directly to internships and permanent employment. The instrumentation also provides opportunities for doctoral students in both SoC and CoE and offers opportunities for cohort activities for CoC?s current Scholarships for Service program. It additionally supports existing K-12 outreach through Center to Center for Forensics Information Technology and Security (CFITS).


Patent
University of South Alabama | Date: 2016-01-26

Embodiments of the present invention include methods and compositions for ameliorating cancer. Some embodiments include methods and compositions for ameliorating pancreatic cancer targeting the CXCR4 receptor and the CXCL12 ligand.

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