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One of the 'most awesome' labs in America is right here at UA
Microbiologist and geologist Hazel Barton's lab is featured as one of the top 10 most awesome undergraduate research labs by Popular Science.
PBS' 'Nature' seeks answers to mysteries of spider silk in UA labs
How do Darwin's bark spiders make one of the world's largest known webs? UA biologist Todd Blackledge is working to unlock their secrets for real world applications, and "Nature" viewers will see what he's learned.
African starlings: dashing darlings of the bird world in more ways than one
Feathers that change color 10 times faster than ancestors led to the birth of new species and increased its survivability.
Chiari research team draws crowd to Akron
The Conquer Chiari Research Center at UA — the first of its kind — opens its doors for an open house.
Donation of wetlands to UA honored with national award
The Environmental Law Institute is honoring Steve and Jerry Panzner for their gift of 104 acres of restored wetlands to The University of Akron for use as a living laboratory.
Research Spotlight: Biology
Researchers Explain Spider Web Stickiness
Todd Blackledge, Department of Biology (far left in photo), and a team of UA researchers have recently unraveled the mysteries behind the glue spiders use to spin their webs.
This path breaking illustration of knowledge production will have a powerful impact on the development of future bio-adhesives, result in multiple commercial applications, and marks another achievement in a field where UA is taking a leadership role in collaboration with regional partners and the medical community.
The research, “Viscoelastic Solids Explain Spider Web Stickiness,” will appear in Nature Communications (May, 2010). Learn More