Dan Carsen

Dan Carsen


Dan Carsen is our health and science reporter. He’s been a science teacher, a teacher trainer, a newspaper reporter, a radio commentator, and an editor at an educational publishing house. His writing and reporting have won numerous regional and national awards. His outside interests include basketball, sailing, percussion, raptors, and seeking REM brainwaves.

Combating Alabama’s Rural Doctor Shortage

The state health department says most of Alabama faces a lack of primary-care. But there’s a University of Alabama program that’s been grooming doctors from rural areas so they can bring their skills home.

A New Way to Grow Tumors in 3-D

If you can grow cancer cells outside the body, it’s easier to figure out how to kill them. With an eye toward faster drug development and more effective treatments, a UAB biomedical engineer has come up with a new way to sustain cancer cells. He calls them “bioreactors.”

Make Medicaid Recipients Work? Speakers at Public Hearing Say No

Governor Kay Ivey and other state leaders want Alabama to join a handful of states that require some able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work or go to school. But when the Alabama Medicaid Agency held a hearing on the plan Tuesday, the crowd strongly disagreed.

Innovate Birmingham: A $6 Million Bridge for IT Workers

Greater Birmingham has high demand for computer workers but a workforce that doesn’t meet that demand. In 2016, the US Department of Labor put up almost six million dollars to train future IT workers. The result is a partnership called Innovate Birmingham.

What Were They Thinking? Cracking the Cave Art Code

Genevieve von Petzinger studies geometric patterns found in caves all over Europe. It turns out that 32 of those patterns persist across huge swaths of time and space.

Former Surgeon General Satcher to UAB: Take Risks

Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher came to UAB and pleaded for bold leadership in medicine. He also explained how his own near-death experience prompted him to take risks over his long career.

For Aging Bridges, UAB Engineer Wants to Send in the Drones

There are about 16,000 structurally deficient bridges in Alabama. It’s a problem here and across the country. But a University of Alabama at Birmingham engineering professor is using a half-million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a stopgap solution: drones.

“Astonishing” Find Could Be New Pre-Human Species

Last month, scientists in South Africa revealed “Little Foot,” a three-million-year-old pre-human skeleton that could tell us a lot about ourselves. After an unlikely discovery story, a Birmingham-Southern College scientist is helping to analyze this potential new species.

White Girl In Yoga Pants Author Talks Trauma, Healing

If you’re getting into yoga, you might come across Melissa Scott. She teaches yoga in Birmingham and online, and for her, it’s more than a hobby. She’s published a book called “White Girl in Yoga Pants: Stories of Yoga, Feminism, and Inner Strength.” She tells WBHM’s Dan Carsen that yoga has helped her overcome painful struggles, including an eating disorder and a sexual assault.

Closings and Delays for Wednesday, January 17

Dangerous road conditions have prompted many area schools to close Wednesday.