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  • UAB driving simulator lab has national debut live on TODAY
    Cutting-edge technology and research brings national attention to UAB.

    Click image to watch the TODAY segmentNBC’s TODAY show traveled to Birmingham to hear from UAB College of Arts and Sciences distracted driving expert Despina Stavrinos, Ph.D.

    On April 29, TODAY show correspondent Jeff Rossen reported live from UAB’s Translational Research for Injury Prevention Lab about the dangers of using social media and texting while driving.

    The TRIP Lab recently became home to the world’s first SUV simulator, made possible through donations from Honda Manufacturing of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Transportation.

    With the new simulator, UAB researchers hope to facilitate solutions and best practices in motor-vehicle-related safety and crash prevention, addressing the major public health problem of highway and traffic-related injuries and death. 

  • Illuminating the dark world of human trafficking
    Human trafficking is the world’s fastest-growing criminal industry, ensnaring 20-plus million people in modern slavery — even in Birmingham. UAB Honors College students investigate the problem’s economic, social, political and psychological roots to separate fact from fiction.
    Written by UAB Magazine

    Through his course and honors seminar, Robert Blanton analyzes the economic, social, psychological, and political underpinnings of human trafficking.


    When Robert Blanton, Ph.D., taught the first Honors College course on human trafficking last spring, he began by introducing his students to the dark nature of the topic—from modern slave labor to sex trafficking.

    “We started out by watching a fairly indicative video of how the process works,” he remembers. It followed the stories of international sex-trade victims—women lured away from home under false pretenses and sold into prostitution rings, where they were regularly beaten and brutally raped.

    Blanton says many students were in tears before the video ended. And then he shocked them again: Human trafficking isn’t confined to impoverished, far-flung countries, he told them. It happens in Birmingham.

    “These are real humans, and these are real things going on,” he said. “Now let’s pull back and figure out how to analyze it.”

    Beyond emotion

    Blanton, a professor in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Government, had touched on the subject of human trafficking in previous classes and was struck that several students chose to do their senior theses on the topic. Their interest was contagious. “This was always a topic I wanted to explore,” he says, “but it was the students themselves who taught me how important an issue it is.”

    To develop the original course and a separate Honors College seminar titled Diamonds, Drugs, and Guns, a survey of the illicit global economy, Blanton went beyond heartstrings and headlines to help students understand human trafficking as a global problem perpetuated by numerous complex factors. “You have to get beyond the sheer emotion and examine this as an economic, social, and political phenomenon,” he says. “I tell my students that if they really want to effect change, then they have to know more than the horrible things that go on. They need to know why they happen.”

     

    Terrible truths

    Tessa Case, a junior from Birmingham majoring in international studies, says that prior to the course, she had a common misperception about the subject created by popular culture. One example is the 2008 hit movie Taken, starring Liam Neeson, in which beautiful, privileged white women are kidnapped and sold into sex slavery. It makes for a dramatic plot—but Case says it only perpetuates a myth.

    “You see a movie like that and think crime syndicates drug and kidnap these women,” she says. “That actually got me interested in this subject. But the reality is completely different.” There are places in the world where parents knowingly sell their daughters out of desperation, she says. “There are certain dynamics like that where you have to put your cultural lenses on so that you can understand the root of the problem.”

    Meanwhile, Case notes that while the sex trade often gets the lion’s share of attention in the media, it’s far from the only form of modern slavery. “While sex trafficking is pervasive, on a global level, there is a lot of forced labor and labor trafficking that makes up the majority of the human trafficking problem,” she says.

    The most common form of slavery today is bonded labor, Blanton adds. “That’s where you bring in ‘employees’ to do a job and then essentially take away their free will,” Blanton explains. “You take their passports or papers, or make it physically impossible for them to leave. Then you tell them they owe you a debt, because you brought them there—they have to work to repay that debt. There are situations in India where the debt is passed down from generation to generation, and the kids are born into slavery.”

    Holistic understanding

    Though most of the students who enrolled in the new course had heard something about modern slavery, junior Sarah Leffel, an education major from Huntsville, Ala., had actually seen the tragic stories up close. The summer after her freshman year, she went to Thailand to work with an organization dedicated to rescuing women from the sex trade. She recalls many heartbreaking encounters with the women—many of whom become emotionally as well as financially dependent on the very people who exploit and abuse them.

    But it took Blanton’s class, she explains, to gain a more holistic understanding of the problem. “At first, when people would speak analytically about it, I would say, ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about. You didn’t experience it,’” Leffel remembers. “But what I learned through the class was even bigger than studying about human trafficking or the sex trade. It was the value in approaching a problem mentally, stepping back from my emotions to be able to process other perspectives.”

    From left: Students Sarah Griffin, Sarah Leffel, and Tessa Case came away from the course resolved to combat human trafficking through awareness, education, and the law.

    Close to home

    One of the toughest truths about human trafficking for many Americans, including Blanton’s students, is how widespread it is in the United States. Birmingham is part of a sexual-trafficking network along the Interstate 20 corridor that also includes Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville, and Chattanooga. “That’s basically the loop,” Blanton explains, “and Birmingham is a pretty big cog in that wheel.”   

    Sarah Griffin, a junior from Birmingham majoring in political science and philosophy, remembers her reaction to that as nothing short of shock. “I never knew about this,” she says. “This is my home. How can these terrible things happen here?”

    Blanton echoes Griffin’s reaction. “That was one of the things that always amazed me when I first started looking into it,” he says. “It’s close. It’s on Oxmoor Road in Homewood. A lot of people have no idea.” To drive home the point, Blanton invited Tajuan McCarty—founder and executive director of the WellHouse, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing sex-trade victims in Birmingham and throughout the Southeast—to share her experience, which includes being a survivor herself, with students.

    Vulnerability and psychology

    The class also discussed numerous examples from other states, from slave-labor camps working in agriculture in South Carolina and Florida to nail salons in New York City that have forced women to work without pay. A modern-day slave can be anyone from an illegal immigrant who doesn’t speak the language to an American teenage runaway seduced by a smooth-talking stranger. The common factor, Blanton says, is vulnerability.

    But how do traffickers manage to hold their victims captive, sometimes in plain sight? “It’s a really twisted psychology behind this,” Blanton explains. “Often it’s one part loyalty—a very strong form of the Stockholm syndrome [irrational feelings of empathy toward captors]—one part economic need, and then the other part is fear. They’re afraid of the outside, afraid of the unknown, and afraid that if they leave, they may end up being even worse off.”

    To understand how complicated and seemingly intractable human trafficking is, the students did in-depth studies of the different forms it can take and the factors that make it possible. One group focused on the relationship between human trafficking and the “deep web”—huge swaths of the Internet that are hidden from standard search engines and thrive on anonymity. Another studied the practice of slavery by terror groups like ISIS and the Taliban in the Middle East. Still another project was dedicated to human trafficking in and around Birmingham.

    Ready to act

    In spite of the dark, often demoralizing subject matter, many students have come away from Blanton’s class—which he plans to offer again—resolved to raise awareness and help combat the problem. Case is doing an internship at Sojourns, a local fair-trade store. “A lot of fair trade is giving people a chance to make a living wage,” she explains, “and that takes away some of the vulnerability factors that help perpetuate exploitation.” She’s also helping to plan an event at the store to raise awareness of sex trafficking. Leffel wants to return overseas and teach English to women who are coming out of sex slavery. And Griffin, who aspires to go into politics and eventually run for public office, hopes she’ll be in a position to support laws that combat human trafficking and protect victims’ rights.

    Blanton finds that deeply encouraging. “It’s been heartening to see how motivated they are,” he says. “It’s great to take students who want to make a difference and play some part in giving them the analytic tools they need to better understand the problem.” That knowledge could help them make a real impact—one that could bring hope to the captive, suffering “real humans” at the heart of the issue.

    About the infographics: Several organizations compile statistics about human trafficking based on quantifiable information including arrests and calls to helplines. While the true number of perpetrators and victims cannot be known for certain, given the underground nature of the practice, the figures presented here help indicate the depth of the problem.

     

  • Six brothers spend two decades at UAB, youngest to graduate Saturday
    Kevin Franks will earn his degree in mechanical engineering this weekend, becoming the sixth family member to graduate from UAB.
    Standing, from left: Jared and Ginny holding their son Colin, Alan, Eric, Brian, Leah, Kevin, Anna, Douglas; Seated: Woodrow holding grandson Graham, Margie holding grandaughter Adeline.

    Blount County parents Woodrow and Margie Franks will watch the youngest of their six sons — who have all attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham — graduate this weekend. Each of the six Franks brothers has received an undergraduate degree from the university, spanning nearly two decades of studying at the campus.

    On Saturday, April 30, Kevin Franks will be the final Franks brother to cross the stage at Bartow Arena and receive his degree.

    “I thank God that my sons were blessed with the opportunities they had while at UAB,” Margie said. “They’re an important part of our life, so we were thankful that they didn’t have to look far from home to find a world-class education.”

    “Having my last son graduate brings as much joy as having my other sons graduate. I am equally proud of each son,” Woodrow said. “There is a relief that all were given the opportunity to attend a great university, and each one obtained a degree that provides knowledge necessary to participate in their chosen career.”

    The brothers

    The first of the six brothers, Brian began his education at UAB in 1997. He first pursued and received a degree in management information systems in 2001, and then pursued a second undergraduate degree in accounting, which he received in 2004.

    While Brian was pursuing his first degree, the next brother in line, Jared, started at UAB on the same path Brian took for his second degree, in accounting. The two brothers graduated with the same degree in the same year. During his years at UAB, Jared served as a UAB Ambassador and a UAB Trailblazer and was a member of the UAB Honors’ College University Honors Program.

    Alan, the third of the six brothers, began his education at UAB while Brian and Jared were still on campus. Alan took a departure from his two older brothers’ paths in the Collat School of Business and became the first brother to study in the School of Engineering. He was a Fulbright Scholar, a member of the University Honors Program, president of Tau Beta Pi and vice president of Chi Epsilon. In 2006, he graduated with a degree in civil engineering, and minors in mathematics and film.

    “UAB set the stage for my career path, beginning with my interdisciplinary experience in the University Honors Program,” Alan said. “It shifted my mindset to approach my education in broader terms, finding ways to overlap multiple fields that interested me. The result was my focus in science communication, combining my engineering degree with my film experience.”

    As Alan was finishing up his degree, the fourth brother, Eric, arrived in Birmingham to attend UAB. Eric followed in Alan’s footsteps as the first brother to get an engineering degree, and pursued a degree in biomedical engineering, while also serving as a resident assistant and orientation leader, graduating in 2010.

    “UAB started out as just a university to me,” Eric said. “As I started getting involved in extracurricular activities, I met amazing people who I still consider family even to this day. Some of my happiest memories come from the relationships I was able to build while attending UAB.”

    During Eric’s tenure at UAB, Douglas, the next brother in line, started at UAB and, continuing the family’s interest in engineering, graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, as well as a minor in digital communication studies. Douglas was a member of the University Honors Program and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers student chapter.

    Kevin arrived as the last Franks family member to attend UAB the same year Douglas graduated. Kevin, who will graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering this weekend, was a member of the University Honors Program and UAB’s chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and also served as a resident assistant. He has decided to continue his education at UAB and pursue his master’s degree in the same field.

    Waiting for the game to start, from left, Brian holding Adeline, Leah holding Graham; Kevin in back; Douglas and AnnaWhy UAB?

    “I chose UAB because Birmingham feels like home, and I love being in the city,” Kevin said. “The relationships formed with faculty, colleagues and friends are what I’m taking away; but it’s not coming to an end. I’ll be continuing my work with engineering professor Dr. Dean Sicking, who allowed me to participate in undergraduate research in his lab analyzing football video of real-world helmet-to-helmet impacts, assisting in the creation of safer football helmets. As a graduate student, I’ll get to continue that research, getting more and more real-world experience that I couldn’t get anywhere other than UAB.”

    Many of the brothers echoed Kevin’s sentiment that the university’s location was a major factor in their decision to attend.

    “Internship opportunities and job prospects seemed much stronger at UAB given its urban setting,” Alan said. “Collaboration between UAB and area companies opened the door for me to work at a Fortune 500 company during much of my undergraduate experience.”

    “Because of its urban location, UAB offered opportunities for internships and other programs that allowed practical application of several majors and fields of study,” Jared said.

    The opportunities afforded to several of the brothers by acceptance into the University Honors Program also played a big role in their time at UAB.

    “I had a wonderful undergraduate experience at UAB because I was able to become involved in so many great organizations,” Jared said. “I especially enjoyed my time in the University Honors Program, which is an incredibly unique organization. I consider myself fortunate to have been a student of Ada Long, the founder of UHP. She’s a visionary, and I, among many others, am in her debt as the recipient of a captivating and unforgettable educational experience.”

    Graham and Adeline. Photo by Meredith Rowlen PhotographyA lasting legacy

    The family’s ties to UAB remain strong, even with the last of the six brothers graduating this weekend. Alan works as an assistant professor in UAB’s Department of Communication Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, where he teaches visual media.

    Three of the brothers are now married — to UAB graduates, and naturally, UAB is the common thread that brought these three couples together.

    Douglas’ wife, Anna, a 2011 UAB graduate, now works at UAB as a digital media specialist. Douglas and Anna, who was Ms. UAB 2008-2009, met at UAB in ethnographic filmmaking class and have been together ever since.

    “I’m very glad I attended UAB,” Douglas said. “I made a lot of lasting friendships through the University Honors Program, received a great engineering education, was able to obtain real-world engineering experience interning with Southern Company, learned about and got plugged into the community, and to top it off met the lovely lady who would later become my wife.”

    Ginny, married to Jared, attended UAB to receive her Master of Business Administration degree to vary her education experiences after receiving her undergraduate degree from Samford University. Jared and Ginny now have one son, Colin.

    Leah, married to the oldest Franks brother, Brian, is a two-time UAB graduate. Leah received her undergraduate degree in computer and information sciences and then her Master of Business Administration degree, and served as a UAB Ambassador at the same time Brian’s younger brother Jared was serving in that same organization. Brian and Leah have two young children, Graham and Adeline.

    “Brian and I went to the same high school, but never really talked until we had a class together at UAB and did a group project together,” Leah said. “We casually kept in touch after that class, but it wasn’t until after we graduated that we discovered we had a mutual UAB friend and reconnected. Years later, after we were married and I was in grad school, I met Ginny and set her and Jared up on a blind date. Blazer spirit is something special that we all share as a family.”

    Over the years, the family has enjoyed time together at UAB football and basketball games, and has found that UAB is something they all have in common and are very passionate about. This Saturday, they will once again share a UAB experience when they sit together in the stands at Bartow Arena to watch one last Franks brother receive his degree.

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