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Hunter Named Distinguished Professor

Gary R. Hunter, Ph.D., was named Distinguished Professor of Exercise Science by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees at its February meeting.  Dr. Hunter has been a faculty member in the UAB School of Education since 1984 and currently serves as Professor of Exercise Physiology in the Department of Human Studies at the School.Dr Hunter - August 2014

In addition to his role developing the interdisciplinary master's degree program in exercise physiology that is now recognized as a UAB Department Honors Program, Dr. Hunter has served as Director of the UAB Exercise Physiology Laboratories, Associate Director of the UAB Energy Metabolism Research Unit, a secondary appointment with the UAB Department of nutritional Sciences, a secondary appointment with the UAB Center for Aging, a secondary appointment with the UAB Center for Diabetes Research and Training, Senior Scientist and steering committee member with the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine, and Scientist and member of the Executive Action Committee of the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center.

Dr. Hunter has published over 250 peer-reviewed publications in top-tier journals, presented over 200 presentations at professional meeting around the world, and is recognized internationally as a thought leader in his primary research field of human exercise metabolism, energy expenditure, and body composition regulation.

Dr. Hunter has been the recipient of various UAB, local and national awards and recognition, including the American College of Sports Medicine Fellow, 1994 Sport Scientist of the Year with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Visiting Research Professor at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland in 2000, Visiting Research Fellowship at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia in 2005, UAB Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentorship in 2008, and UAB President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008.

In February 2013, the Center for Exercise Medicine created the Gary R. Hunter Distinguished Lecture in honor of Dr. Hunter.

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Shores Recognized For Service

Dr Shores - August 2014Associate Professor Melanie Shores, Ph.D., was recognized by the Family Readiness Group (FRG) for her exceptional service to the soldiers and families of the 167th Infantry Battalion during their mobilization in Afghanistan.  She served as treasurer of the FRG, event organizer, and point of contact for Alabama families.

A proponent of more and better engagement of female students with STEM scholarship and research, Dr. Shores created UAB programming Girls Engaged in Math and Sciences (GEMS) and Girls in Science & Engineering Day (GSED), which brings some 200 middle school girls to UAB's campus each year to work with faculty and students in science and engineering workshops.

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Last spring, Dr. Shores was named co-director of the School Science and Mathematics Association, along with Tommy Smith, Ed.D.

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She is a former member with the Eastern Educational Research Association and served as President of the Alabaster City Board of Education 2012-13.

Dr. Shores has been with the Educational Psychology and Research program in the Department of Human Studies since 2005.

UABTeach Ready to Lead First Class
UABTeachUAB received funding to replicate a nationally recognized program to produce highly trained secondary science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, teachers in the classroom.  The National Math and Science Initiative announced in February the expansion of the UTeach STEM teacher preparation program made possible by a $22.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  UAB was one of five research universities awarded a grant in 2014 to implement the program, called UABTeach.

The Belk Foundation and the Michael and Gillian Goodrich Foundation have partnered with UAB in support of UABTeach.  Funding from these foundations will be used to help provide scholarships for students to participate in UABTeach and to help develop the Master and Menter teacher efforts.  Master teachers are non-tenured, clinical faculty with exemplary teaching experience.  Amy Morgan, Ph.D., recently was named the first UABTeach Master Teacher.

Read more about UABTeach being the first program like it in Alabama.

For more information about UABTeach, visit www.uab.edu/uabteach.  

ILC Has Successful Year

The Innovative Learning Collaborative (ILC) at UAB School of Education had a successful year building partnerships with Birmingham City Schools, particularly at Glen Iris Elementary and EPIC Elementary, and securing philanthropic support for program initiatives.

Key accomplishments this year include defining Master Teacher requirements and professional development opportunities, helping to grow the pipeline of teacher candidates from and for urban schools, enhancing parent involvement opportunities, and securing funding for summer programming at Glen Iris and EPIC.

Additionally, ILC recently received significant philanthropic support from the AT&T Foundation to launch a new ACT preparation program for members of the ACE program at A.H. Parker High School.  Led by UAB's Dr. Tonya Perry, the program will utilize 21st century training and tools to better prepare Parker students for ACT test-taking.

"The primary focus of AT&T's philanthropy is education, particularly programs that improve graduation rates and help prepare students for careers," said Fred McCallum, president, AT&T Alabama.  "This ACT preparation program aligns perfectly with what we want to do for young people.  We are pleased to add this support to the many other initiatives we've funded at UAB over many years."

Plans for the 2014-15 academic year include implementing on-site courses and field experience at EPIC, launching a Teacher Leader Program, and securing after-school philanthropic support to create additional learning opportunities for Glen Iris and EPIC students and field experience for UAB students.

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HS Hosts Summer Bridge Program Participants
Summer Bridge - August 2014


The Department of Human Studies, along with the Department of Art and Art History, hosted 50 students from Woodlawn High School as part of the 2014 Summer Bridge Program.

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Honoring Our Leaders

In the last year, the School of Education has lost some of its founding faculty and education pioneers.  Dr. Maryann Manning, Dr. Delbert Long, Dr. Roberta Long and Dr. Eddie Ort all left their mark on education systems throughout the world and inspired numerous alumni to excel at teaching, educational leadership, and literacy efforts.

Each created an endowed fund to support students who are pursuing a career in education.
  • The Maryann Manning Endowed Literacy Scholarship
  • The Long School of Education Endowed Scholarship
  • The Eddie P. Ort Endowed Award

Mable C. Robinson, Ed.D., served as Assistant Dean for the School of Education from 1984-88, when she passed away.  In recognition of her long commitment to education, friends and family created the Mable C. Robinson Memorial Endowed Scholarship.  Dr. Robinson was instrumental in developing athletic opportunities for girls and women in the State of Alabama education systems.

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Welcome to new faculty Dr. Shannon McCarthy, Dr. Jenna LaChenaye, Dr. Mary Bartlett and Ms. Rebecca Peterson. 

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