University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Professor of Psychology David Schwebel, Ph.D., will receive the 2013 Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction. Schwebel, who is also the College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean for Research in the Sciences, specializes in understanding and preventing child and adolescent unintentional injury. In his role as Director of the UAB Youth Safety Lab, he conducts laboratory-based studies of factors that lead to child and adolescent injury. His laboratory also conducts injury prevention research in various community settings in Birmingham and around the world.
"I have won various awards from national and international professional groups, but to be honored by your own colleagues, at your own university, is really special," states Dr. Schwebel. "It's particularly so when the decision committee is interdisicplinary and recognizes the value of one's own science amidst the context of the broader university, community, and world."
“Associate Dean Schwebel is the perfect fit for this prestigious award and represents all that Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland envisioned when they generously endowed this prize, “says Interim Dean Robert E. Palazzo. “His sense of compassion and the results of his scholarship will lead to safer conditions for children and adolescents everywhere.”
The Ireland Prize recognizes faculty that contribute to the elevation of the arts and sciences at UAB. Awardees of the Ireland Prize gain prestigious recognition from their peers and demonstrate talents that contribute to the reputation of UAB.
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The UAB College of Arts and Sciences is home to academic disciplines that include the arts, humanities, mathematics, natural and social sciences. The college’s unique structure advances research and learning in higher education, and its’ courses are taught by a world-class faculty. Committed to the UAB spirit of independence and innovation, the college enables students to design their own majors, participate in undergraduate research, or complete graduate degrees on a five-year fast track. Through productive partnerships, flexible curricula and a bold, interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, the college is preparing students for success in the ever-changing global environment.