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UAB alumnus named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Law and Policy list

UAB alumnus named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Law and Policy list

Hernandez D. Stroud of Hunstville, a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been named to Forbes’ 2018 list of 30 Under 30 in Law and Policy.

Stroud earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from the UAB College of Arts and Sciences in 2010. He was also a Hess-Abroms and Spencer Scholar and student in the UAB Honors College University Honors Program.

After graduating from UAB, Stroud postponed enrollment to Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he now is a visiting assistant professor, to teach at an inner-city high school in Philadelphia as a member of the Teach for America corps. After law school, he was selected as a fellow at Yale Law School, where he studied constitutional and criminal law implications of governmental interactions with drug addiction during pregnancy. While at Yale, he served as a policy adviser to New Haven Mayor Toni N. Harp.

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Pure Gene-ius: New genomics training programs foster innovation and expertise

Pure Gene-ius: New genomics training programs foster innovation and expertise

As precision medicine and genomics play an increasingly vital role in biomedical research and medicine, UAB has developed new programs to train the next generation of experts in the field. Along with UAB’s existing Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics Graduate Theme, a new undergraduate degree and a new postdoctoral research fellowship complete the training pipeline, from undergraduate to graduate to postdoctoral training, in genetic and genomic science.

This fall, UAB launched the new undergraduate degree in Genetics and Genomic Science (GGS), a joint program between the School of Medicine’s Department of Genetics and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biology. It is the only program of its kind in the state. Along with Genetics faculty members Anil Challa, Ph.D., Kevin Dybvig, Ph.D., and Daniel Bullard, Ph.D., who also serves as assistant dean for undergraduate biomedical programs for the School of Medicine and director of the GGS degree program, collaborators from the Department of Biology include Chair Steven Austad, Ph.D., and Asim Bej, Ph.D., professor and co-director of the GGS degree program.

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Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers

When Doug Barrett, associate professor of graphic design, started a two-week residency at the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Brooksville, Mississippi, in November, he wasn’t altogether sure why he was there. He knew he would make an art piece, but not what it would be or where the experience would take him, he said.

Earlier in spring, he’d been in the Hambidge Creative Residency Program studying long-leaf pine preserves in northern Florida and southern Georgia with Katerie Gladdys, associate professor at University of Florida. When the two ended up together again at Noxubee, Barrett had a rough idea of a way to use his skills to aid a nature preserve.

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Summer course helps budding researchers get their feet wet

Summer course helps budding researchers get their feet wet

The lab responsible for launching hundreds of high-tech research careers carries the faint whiff of old fish.

Open the door, and you’ll understand why: white sand beach, blue waves, sea breezes, spectacular sunsets. For two decades, Dauphin Island Sea Lab on Alabama’s Gulf coast has been the summer home for UAB’s Introduction to Neurobiology. That’s the course that acquaints new neuroscience graduate students with classic experiments, state-of-the-art equipment, UAB research luminaries, and—perhaps most important—each other.

The three-week Introduction to Neurobiology covers a lot of ground, “everything from molecules to behavior—DNA to reflex circuitry,” says course co-director Christianne Strang, Ph.D., a research instructor in the Department of Psychology. Strang took the course as a first-year UAB student in 1998. She returned two years later as a teaching assistant, and has been part of the course every summer since. “We’ve gotten very good at taking students from disparate backgrounds and helping them come to a place where they have a shared language and shared experience,” she says.

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Dean's Excellence in Teaching Award

We’re pleased to announce the first-ever Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Awards in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students, faculty, and alumni are encouraged to nominate full-time regular faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in teaching. Three honorees will be chosen from three distinctive areas: Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The three winners will be considered for the final College of Arts and Sciences nominee for the President’s Award of Excellence in Teaching.

Nominate a faculty member today. The deadline is Friday, January 12, 2018.

All three honorees will be recognized at the annual Faculty Book Party at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

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Moore awarded highly competitive National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship

Moore awarded highly competitive National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship

University of Alabama at Birmingham Associate Professor John K. Moore Jr., Ph.D., has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship.

The NEH funded only 7.5 percent of proposals received in this highly competitive cycle. Moore’s project is one of just 74 fellowships selected for funding out of 982 applications submitted to the NEH from across the nation.

“After having applied 10 times to the NEH, it is gratifying to finally have won one of these prestigious grants,” said Moore, who teaches Spanish in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. “I hope the award brings further honor to UAB.”

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