THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
Appointment of James B. McClintock, Ph.D.
to University Professor in Polar and Marine Biology
WHEREAS, James B. McClintock, Ph.D., Endowed Professor of Polar and Marine Biology and Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been recommended to receive the designation University Professor; and
WHEREAS, Dr. McClintock earned the B.A. degree from University of California, Santa Cruz (1978) and the M.A. (1980) and the Ph.D. (1984) degrees from University of South Florida; and
WHEREAS, Dr. McClintock joined UAB in 1987 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and has served as both Acting Associate Dean (1997-98) and Interim Dean (1998-99) of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics before being appointed Dean in 1999; and
WHEREAS, Dr. McClintock has published two books, with Marine Chemical Ecology being considered a standard in the field, and has published extensively with over 150 scholarly papers to his credit and over 200 invited presentations at professional meetings; and
WHEREAS, Dr. McClintock has acquired numerous extramural research grants (totaling almost $9 million), one from the National Science Foundation to support his research on fauna in shallow Antarctic waters has been continuously funded from 1992-2005; and
WHEREAS, Dr. McClintock has been the recipient of various UAB, local, and national awards including the 1993 Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction, the 2001 Wright A. Gardner Award for Outstanding Scientist in Alabama, and the Tyge Christensen Award; and
WHEREAS, Dr. McClintock is one of the leading figures in the field of marine ecology, having won special recognition for his work on chemically mediated aspects of predation and defense among the invertebrate marine fauna of the Antarctic with a focus both on studying ecological interactions and pursuing drug discovery to alleviate pathological conditions in humans; and
WHEREAS, Dr. McClintock is undertaking important cross-disciplinary studies, collaborating with the UAB Cystic Fibrosis Research Center to determine if his findings could alleviate the serious disease of cystic fibrosis; and
WHEREAS, Dr. McClintock is held in such high esteem that a geographical feature in Antarctica bears his name: "McClintock Point" in Western McMurdo Sound, Antarctica; and
WHEREAS, Dr. McClintock's work has brought unprecedented international attention to UAB both from professionals as well as various major media outlets; and
WHEREAS, Dr. McClintock is involved with the community, giving a large number of invited presentations each year to K-12 and university students groups, civic organizations such as the Rotary and Civitan, McWane Center groups, and numerous volunteer agencies such as hospitals, retirement homes, churches, and scouts; and
WHEREAS, with memberships, other awards, and recognitions too numerous to list, Dr. McClintock is one of the most accomplished and productive academicians at UAB, and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the UAB Administration wholeheartedly endorse recognition of his outstanding achievements with the additional title of University Professor;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama that it does hereby approve the appointment of James B. McClintock, Ph.D., as University Professor in Polar and Marine Biology, with all rights and privileges thereunto appertaining, and that it does herein extend its deepest appreciation to Dr. McClintock for his dedication and service to The University of Alabama at Birmingham and to the people of this state and nation.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be spread upon the permanent minutes of this Board and that copies be given to Dr. McClintock and his wife, Ferne; to Dr. Eli I. Capilouto; to Dr. Ken R. Marion; and to other appropriate University officials.