Friday, March 4, 2011

Inquiring minds want to know about the UAB undergraduate research journal

UAB President Carol Garrison, Ph.D., joined Twitter today and issued the university's first presidential tweet at her handle @UABPrez just after 12 p.m. What will go down in history as President Garrison's first post to her tweeps? It was congratulations to the student editors behind Inquiro, UAB's undergraduate research journal.

President Garrison attended a morning launch reception for Inquiro's fourth annual edition. You can download a digital copy by clicking here. At 102 pages, this year's publication is the most diverse in Inquiro's history, showcasing not only traditional research studies produced by undergraduates from a range of disciplines but also first-person stories about student researchers' lab experiences and news articles, including one on the UAB Department of Biology's work to investigate the effects of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Its editors say Inquiro is special because it's one of only a handful of undergraduate research journals nationwide that is produced and published by students with the support of a faculty review board. They say the journal is evidence of UAB's strong research heritage, because many major state universities don't generate the amount of undergraduate research necessary to justify the creation of a regularly published journal.

Research studies in the fourth issue of Inquiro range from investigations into neonatal brain injuries to sexual-ratio predictions of endangered sea turtles to simulations of the effects of obesity on fatigue levels. Learn more about Inquiro Volume 4 in the interview below with one of the journal's chief editors. Also, come back to the blog in the coming days for more on Inquiro, including an in-depth look at the oil spill article mentioned above.

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