Friday, 06 June 2014 14:51

The Books of Summer

Do you need some reading materials for your vacation? The faculty of the Department of English have you covered.
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What's the fastest thing you can imagine? How about the smallest?

Well never mind, because there really is no way to wrap your head around what's going on in David Hilton's laser lab in the UAB Department of Physics.
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Diamonds may sparkle on the hand, but they really shine under pressure. Diamond’s durability — it is the hardest naturally occurring mineral — and its superior mechanical and thermal properties, make it ideal for tough industrial jobs, such as heavy grinding and fine cutting.
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Thursday, 22 May 2014 13:54

Education Anywhere

Online Courses Built for the Realities of the Developing World

The Internet has opened up a world of educational opportunity for billions of people. But you need more than a web browser to take advantage of the Information Revolution.
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Thursday, 08 May 2014 16:01

UAB Names New Chair of Anthropology

Doug Fry, PhD, has been named chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Anthropology. He comes to UAB from Åbo Akademi University in Vasa, Finland, where he was the Director of the Peace, Mediation, and Conflict Research joint master’s program.
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Thursday, 01 May 2014 14:43

Winners Circle

Four faculty members win prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Awards

In a stunning achievement, four College faculty members were awarded CAREER Awards by the National Science Foundation. The recipients are Dr. Eugenia Kharlampieva, Chemistry; Dr. Karolina Mukhtar, Biology; Dr. Thamar Solorio and Dr. Ragib Hasaan, Computer and Information Sciences. The total value of the four prizes is $2,500,000.

From left: Dr. Euginia Kharlampieva, Dr. Karolina Mukhtar, Dr. Thamar Solorio, and Dr. Ragib Hasan.From left: Dr. Euginia Kharlampieva, Dr. Karolina Mukhtar, Dr. Thamar Solorio, and Dr. Ragib HasanThe NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program offers the Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

The College of Arts and Sciences last had a faculty member recognized in 2011, when Dr. David Hilton (Physics) was awarded $600,000 over five years for his work in coherent manipulation in quantum systems. UAB has never had four faculty honored in a single year.

Dr. Yogesh K. Vohra, professor and Associate Dean, notes that the number and value of this year’s awards is directly related to the College’s investment in faculty development and mentoring, since three of the four winners received grant money and coaching from senior College faculty before they embarked on the NSF CAREER grant process. “These things don’t happen in a vacuum,” says Dr. Vohra. “For Dr. Kharlampieva and Dr. Hasan, we funded a CAS Interdisciplinary Team Award for $30,000 each. Dr. Solorio received a Graduate Entrepreneurship Award for $10,000. So for spending $70,000 we have received more than $2.5 million in federal money in return. I would say that is a wise investment.”

Research Grants and Monetary Awards

Dr. Eugenia Kharlampieva
Title: Shape Responses of Ultrathin Hydrogel Microcapsules.
Award amount: $525,000

Dr. Karolina Mukhtar
Title: Regulatory Mechanisms of Pathogen-Mediated Cellular Stress Signaling in Arabidopsis: Taking Plant Molecular Biology to the Urban Garden
Amount: $1.1 million

Dr. Thamar Solorio
Title: Authorship Analysis in Cross-Domain Settings
Amount: $500,000

Dr. Ragib Hasan
Title: Secure and Trustworthy Provenance for Accountable Clouds
Amount: $485,000
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Thursday, 01 May 2014 12:16

New Books

Cover of "Beyond Sound." Beyond Sound

Students of music technology have a new guide to college and careers in the industry, thanks to a new book by Scott Phillips, Ph.D., assistant professor of music at UAB. Beyond Sound, The College and Career Guide in Music Technology, was published last year by Oxford University Press.

Phillips is co-director of the UAB Music Technology program and has spent his career researching and documenting the development of college music technology programs across the United States.

“Beyond Sound” offers an in-depth consideration of music technology education. Phillips provides detailed comparison of more than 200 schools that offer music technology, recording, industry and business programs. He offers clear explanations of different types of degrees and provides practical guidance on career preparation, including how to get a great internship, land a first job, make connections and move up in a variety of businesses, from recording to television and film to video games. The book is available through Oxford University Press, Amazon.com, UAB’s Barnes and Noble Bookstore and booksellers nationwide. Go to www.beyondsoundbook.com to learn more. Phillips at slpmusic@uab.edu.

Cover of "Beginning Partial Differential Equations." Beginning Partial Differential Equations

This new textbook from Peter O’Neil, professor emeritus in the Mathematics department, focuses on methods of writing and determining properties of solutions of partial differential equations, concentrating on those that describe diffusion processes and wave phenomena.

As O’Neil explains, a simple diffusion problem might involve determining changes in temperature along the length of an object. Wave motion is seen in vibrations of guitar strings, drums, support beams on bridges, and the like. At a more sophisticated level, partial differential equations are used in economics, the physical and life sciences, studies of global weather and ocean current patterns, and many other areas of interest and importance.

O’Neil’s textbook guides students through the process of mapping these and other equations. O’Neil is at pvoneil@uab.edu.
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Congratulations to these highly accomplished, hardworking, and talented individuals in the College of Arts and Sciences.
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As Pamela Sterne King leads her students around the long-neglected Lyric Theatre, this monument to Birmingham’s boomtown heyday comes back to life.

The Lyric, built in 1914, is one of the few remaining venues nationwide with the acoustics and close audience seating designed for vaudeville shows. A nonprofit group now owns the theatre and is raising funds to restore it as a performing arts center.
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Thursday, 03 April 2014 11:30

Spring 2013

 

Spring 2013 Highlights

Pass It On
The work of the College of Arts and Sciences centers on the transfer of skills, knowledge, and experiences -- in the classroom and out in the world

Student-Teachers
UAB alumni teach for America

Approaching the Bench
UAB students on mock trial


Uncanny Valley
UAB alumni take California


Lasting SCAR
Breast cancer survivors in the Alabama project


Music Makers
Mastering a different kind of keyboard

A New Place to See and Be Seen
The UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts

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