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  • Songs for Sight holds fun fair for children and teens with low vision
    Children and teens with low vision can enjoy a special event at McWane Center sponsored by Songs for Sight.

    Songs for Sight, an organization benefiting low-vision and eye research, will host an event for children and teens with low vision at Birmingham’s McWane Center on Saturday, Sept. 12. The event will feature structured learning opportunities and a resource fair, along with a picnic supper, IMAX movie and McWane Center’s adventure exhibits.

    Songs for Sight was created to raise awareness and funds for the UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation. The organization was started by Alie B. Gorrie, a patient of the center, and since its inception in 2008 Songs for Sight has raised $1 million. In addition to youth support-group activities, Songs for Sight helps the center provide eligible patients with electronic video magnification devices and orientation and mobility services, as well as funding for low-vision research. 

    The resource fair will introduce attendees to organizations that provide services to those with low vision, including Sight Savers America, the Vocational Rehabilitation service of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, and Alabama Disabilities Advocacy program.

    Low vision is a loss of eyesight that makes everyday tasks difficult. A person with low vision may find it difficult or impossible to accomplish activities such as reading, writing, shopping, watching television, driving a car or recognizing faces.

    The free event runs from 2:15-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at McWane Center, 200 19th Street North, Birmingham. Interested attendees must RSVP to Lisa Forte, 205-488-0788 or

  • UAB’s Oh receives prestigious lifetime award from AANEM
    Oh honored with lifetime award from the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

    Shin J. Oh, M.D., professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will receive a lifetime achievement award from the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. The award recognizes the breadth and depth of his contributions to the electrodiagnostic and neuromuscular fields.

    “Dr. Oh is internationally recognized as a pioneer in electrodiagnostic and neuromuscular medicine, and has contributed significantly to our clinical diagnosis and treatments in the field over the last four decades,” said Eroboghene E. Ubogu, M.D., professor of neurology and neurobiology and director of the UAB Division of Neuromuscular Diseases. “His legacy at UAB is unquestionable, and he is richly deserving of the 2015 AANEM Lifetime Achievement Award, which formally recognizes his career long excellence in patient care, education and research.”

    Oh obtained his medical degree from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, followed by residency in neurology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In 1970, he joined the faculty of the UAB School of Medicine, becoming chief of Neurology at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, as well as the director of the electromyography and evoked potential laboratory, and director of the Muscle and Nerve Histopathology Laboratory, titles he would hold for the next 40 years — one of the longest such tenures in the history of American medicine. 

    “It is humbling to receive the highest honor given by the AANEM — the one professional organization I have treasured most throughout my career,” said Oh. “I can proudly show this to my grandchildren, telling them that their grandpa has played a small but significant role in the development of electrodiagnostic medicine.”

    Oh has served in many capacities for the AANEM, including chairing numerous committees, courses and workshops over the last four decades. Through his continuous involvement with the AANEM, he has broadened knowledge of electrodiagnostic and neuromuscular medicine by identifying unresolved clinical and research issues, designing and performing research, and publishing conclusions. 

    A prolific author, he has produced 230 articles, 28 books and book chapters, and 237 abstracts. He is an exceptional educational writer with a particular gift for clearly and directly explaining even the most complex of physiological and histological methods. He has also written numerous texts that have become classics of the field.

  • Indigo Girls set to perform at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center on Sept. 23
    The duo will perform classic hits and songs from their latest album “One Lost Day.”

    Photo credit: Jeremy CowartAmerican folk rock music duo Indigo Girls will take the stage at UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. Concertgoers will have an opportunity to take a walk down memory lane as the duo performs old favorites like “Closer to Fine” and “Galileo” and introduces new classics from their June 2015 release, “One Lost Day.”

    The Indigo Girls began playing small shows in the 1980s. With 12 studio albums, three live records, numerous Grammy nominations and awards, gold and platinum certifications, and decades of touring, the Indigo Girls remain relevant and just as perfectly matched vocally as when they first took to the stage.

    Consisting of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, the pair first met as fifth- and sixth-graders in Decatur, Georgia, and began singing together during high school. Originally billed as Saliers and Ray, they adopted the name Indigo Girls during their undergraduate days at Atlanta’s Emory University. The Indigos were attending classes by day and performing as an acoustic duo in local clubs by night when they made their first recording in 1985 with the single “Crazy Game/Everybody’s Waiting (for Someone To Come Home),” which they issued on their own label, followed by an EP and, in 1987, their first full-length LP, “Strange Fire.”

    Tickets are $45.50, $55.50 and $63.50. Student tickets are $21. For more information, call 205-975-2787 or visit

    The duo has stood the test of time. More than 30 years later, with their husky voices and intimate, poignant lyrics, they are still going strong. While many artists who launched their careers in the 1980s have slipped from our collective memory, the Indigo Girls are still writing and recording, championing a number of social and environmental causes, and filling halls with devoted, multigenerational audiences. The iconic duo continues to challenge itself creatively, over and over again, adding to their body of work.

    Opening for the Indigo Girls is Georgia native Hannah Thomas. An up-and-coming artist, Thomas has shared the stage with the Indigo Girls before, along with other acts such as Kristian Bush of Sugarland and Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band. Thomas was named best country act in the Georgia Lottery’s All Access Music Search in 2011.

    The UAB Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center is located at 1200 10th Ave. South. Tickets are $45.50, $55.50 and $63.50. Student tickets are $21. For more information, call 205-975-2787 or visit

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