Dr. Karen Lee

| New Deputy Director of Athletics/Diversity Officer

Veteran collegiate athletics administrator Dr. Karin Lee has been named deputy director of Athletics and will hold the designations of senior woman administrator and chief diversity officer.

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Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month Events

| Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month Events

From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 we celebrate the contributions and importance of Hispanics and Latinos to the U.S. and those American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.

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Tionna Taite

| Law Student in Miss Black USA Pageant

Tionna Taite began her first year of law school at UA only days ago and barely two weeks back from Washington, D.C., where she represented the state of Alabama for the title of Miss Black USA.

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Quick Facts on UA's Diversity

Goal 3 of UA's Strategic Plan is dedicated to enriching UA's learning and work environment by providing an accepting, inclusive community that attracts and supports a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Here are some quick facts on how UA's meeting this goal.

Diversity Initiatives

UA has produced more than 2,000 active diversity efforts in the last 5 years.

Student Organizations

UA has over 70 different student organizations which have diversity and inclusion as a focus.


Fall 2022 had an enrollment of 8,542 students of ethnic and racial minorities, a 2% increase over Fall 2021.

Diversity-Related Courses

Over one-third of UA's undergraduate curriculum (36%, 1083 courses) is diversity-related.

Dr. Chao Zhao

| Dr. Chao Zhao

 Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Two projects supported by approximately $3 million from the National Institutes of Health will allow researchers to develop formulations of the toxin, tetrodotoxin, or TTX, and test them for effectiveness.
One project aims to relieve regional post-operative pain or intermittent chronic pain by injecting encapsulated TTX so patients could apply cold treatment to activate relief as needed. The other project hopes to formulate TTX into nanoparticles as a local anesthetic that continuously relieves post-operative pain or persistent chronic pain. Both proposed treatments rely on tiny doses of TTX to eliminate serious side effects. TTX is about 1,000 times the potency of conventional local anesthetics and 3,000 times that of morphine.
Dr. Chao Zhao, who is leading the projects, is part of the Center for Convergent Bioscience and Medicine at UA that has a focus on nanomedicine, which broadly aims to deliver drugs more effectively to the body using particles one-billionth the size of a meter.

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