The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce new leadership for The Center for Information Assurance & Joint Forensics Research (CIA-JFR), effective July 1, 2014.
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Dr. Murali Venugopalan has accepted the position of Director of the English Language Institute (ELI) at UAB. The ELI is a professional resource for English language learning and cross-cultural training in the Birmingham metropolitan area.
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Alison Chapman read the email twice before it sank in that she had received the National Academic Advising Association’s award for outstanding faculty advising. Advising was part of her role as director of undergraduate studies in the Department of English, and earlier this year she received the same award within UAB. Now, after six years, she is stepping down as director and away from advising with a new appreciation for students’ struggles.
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Can making movies make you a better chemist? UAB chemistry professor Joe March and graduate student Mitzy Erdmann have proven that it does. Their research-tested approach is now implemented across UAB's introductory General Chemistry curriculum.
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June 06, 2014

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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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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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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May 01, 2014

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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