Robert Sorge, Ph.D., was named one of seven Rita Allen Foundation Scholars for 2015. Sorge is an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
The Rita Allen Foundation Scholars program supports basic biomedical research in the fields of cancer, immunology and neuroscience. Scholars are early-stage investigators and leaders in their respective fields who are advancing our understanding of the human condition.
Sorge’s research is primarily in the field of neuroscience, specifically focused on pain. His lab explores the interplay between addiction and pain, as well as the role of the immune system in pain sensitivity. As a scholar in pain research, Sorge will be granted $50,000 per year for up to three years to support his work.
Tyna Adams, advisor in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences, received the Outstanding New Advisor Award during the National Academic Advising Association annual meeting.Academic advisors from two University of Alabama at Birmingham schools received awards during the National Academic Advising Association annual meeting. Collat School of Business academic advisor Andrea Miller Pound received the Outstanding Advising Award, and Tyna Adams, advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences, received the Outstanding New Advisor Award.
What’s the cure for America’s overcrowded prisons? UAB criminal justice students went behind bars and into courtrooms to explore promising solutions. Discover what they experienced while working with inmate mothers and military veterans receiving a second chance — and learn how the projects changed both attitudes and career goals.America’s prisons are packed. The United States has the lowest violent crime rate, yet it has the world’s highest rate of incarceration, and it jails criminal offenders for longer periods than any other industrialized country. That has led to a national epidemic of overcrowding. Alabama’s prison system, in particular, has been on the verge of a federal takeover due to overcrowding and issues related to it—including the sexual abuse of inmates.
Martha Earwood’s Community Corrections course explores innovative solutions that can help the criminal justice system reduce these problems. But our attitudes are the first and most important thing that must change, she says. The average person gives prison overcrowding and its effects on inmates little thought and less sympathy. “We are stuck in our stereotypes of ‘you did the crime, now do the time,’” explains Earwood, assistant professor in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Justice Sciences.