Inside the pages of this issue of Arts & Sciences magazine, you’ve been introduced to faculty, students, alums, and partners from around the globe who have made strides that set them apart.

There are more than a few reasons why our work is important to the community.

By Cynthia Ryan

To the passerby cruising through the Illinois farming community where I was raised, one field might appear indistinguishable from every other. Those of us with roots in the region, though, know each plot of land by the family who’s owned and worked the ground, over time passing it down from one generation to the next.

It’s tempting to reduce a place to its physical features, whether acres of soil, a span of city blocks, structures rising from bricks and mortar. But places are ultimately about people. Cynthia Ryan. Cynthia Ryan

Inside the pages of this issue of Arts & Sciences magazine, you’ve been introduced to faculty, students, alums, and partners from around the globe who have made strides that set them apart. While we academics are often referred to by conventional disciplinary labels—biologist, historian, anthropologist, or in my case, rhetorician—there’s a world of difference in how our work plays out within and beyond the classroom, lab, and studio.

There’s Communication Studies alum Laura Britt whose training in broadcast journalism led her to pursue an unexpected path for which she was duly prepared. After interning at television stations in Birmingham and New York and then finding work as a sports reporter for a network in Mississippi, Britt landed her current position as an “update reporter” for 120 Sports, an online site offering Britt plenty of on-air time in an innovative media environment. Her story is inspiring to other students who wonder where they’ll land after graduation, proving that there are unimaginable opportunities for finding the perfect career fit. And alums Joy O’Ne/cas/newsal, from History, and Lee Price, from Criminal Justice, carved out spaces that might surprise many. O’Neal and her family turned a passion for horses into a program for assisting children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. Realizing that her preparation in history taught her much, but not everything she needed for running The Red Barn, O’Neal returned to CAS for an M.P.A. to fulfill her growing dreams.

Price’s career path took her all the way to the top in the armed forces, where she achieved the position of Major General in the U.S. Army. Her passion for exploring the world while serving her country was jumpstarted at UAB, when her coursework in German led her to apply for a scholarship that funded six weeks of study in Austria. Immersion in another culture showed Price that the possibilities that awaited her were greater than she’d ever imagined.

Four department chairs who recently joined The College of Arts and Sciences share the energy that they’ve experienced since coming to UAB. Their conversation with Julie Keith highlights some of the reasons why those who have moved here from other institutions see UAB as an exciting place where much has been accomplished and much lies ahead. Rounding out this issue is a story about globalization in The College. The sheer number of international destinations touched by our faculty, students and alums speaks once again to the diversity of our efforts. From India to Antarctica to France to Egypt, we’re intent on forging our own paths and ensuring that every endeavor is one of a kind. Like farm families whose histories are embedded in rich, Midwestern soil, we in The College of Arts and Sciences are committed to contributing something extraordinary that will leave a lasting impression at UAB and wherever else our passions lead us. Next time you’re in our neighborhood, we hope you’ll slow down, lower your window, and get to know us a little bit better.
  • Fall 2018: Letter from Robert E. Palazzo, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
    If you haven't been to campus lately, I can't stress enough how different the environment is from what you may remember from your student days.
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  • Spring 2018 events in the College of Arts & Sciences

    Catch up with some of the big events sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, from Spring Flings to an exhibit at AEIVA.

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  • Award winning: What it takes for students to win major scholarships and awards

    The number of College of Arts and Sciences students who win major national and international scholarships and fellowships grows every year. What does it take to win one of these major prizes?

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  • Alumni honored at the 2018 UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 event

    We are proud to announce that eight College of Arts and Sciences alumni were honored as members of the 2018 class of the UAB Excellence in Business Top 25.

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  • Understanding Aquaman: The science and philosophy behind the superhero

    With the latest Justice League movie coming to theaters this Christmas, we ask: what does Aquaman represent? And could he really talk to sea creatures?

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  • Common threads: The value of interdisciplinary partnerships

    Our university enables faculty to make connections across various disciplines, schools, and centers, and being a part of the College of Arts and Sciences provides my colleagues and me with a broad platform to support this kind of effective interdisciplinary work.

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  • The Life-Long Learning Endowed Scholarship Honoring Ruth J. and Robert J. Colvin

    The Life-Long Learning Endowed Scholarship Honoring Ruth J. and Robert J. Colvin has been established in the departments of English and Foreign Languages and Literatures that will support deserving students and relieve them of their financial pressures.

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  • Data driven: Computer science meets the biological sciences in the new bioinformatics program

    New degrees in the College prepare students for emerging fields of personalized medicine, advanced manufacturing, and more.

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  • Dr. Mike Wilson and Professor Becky Trigg Endowed Award

    Friends, family, colleagues, and admirers of Dr. Michele “Mike” Wilson and Professor Becky Trigg have made generous gifts to create an endowed award in the Department of Sociology.

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  • The Henry E. Bates, Jr. Scholarship: A Blazing the Way Scholarship

    Johnny “Rusty” Edward Bates, M.D. has established the Henry E. Bates, Jr. Scholarship in the Department of Mathematics—one of UAB's new Blazing the Way Scholarships.

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  • Dr. Larry Krannich Endowed Student Research Scholarship

    The Dr. Larry Krannich Endowed Student Research Scholarship was established to recognize Dr. Krannich's decades of distinguished service to UAB and to provide opportunities for young scientists to gain valuable experience in the research environment.

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  • A servant's heart: Social work alumna Jeanne Welch gives back to UAB
    Jeanne Welch never really saw herself as college material. But a desire to help others, and an interest in mental health technology, helped her find her way to UAB.
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  • Letter from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

    While we have any number of outstanding male faculty members, students, and alumni who deserve recognition and are included, by and large this issue is about the women of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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  • Events

    Catch up with some of the big events sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, from Homecoming to an exhibit at AEIVA.

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  • Building a Legacy

    When UAB broke ground on the new Arts & Sciences Building in September 2017, the excitement was palpable. “There is no doubt that this new building will provide our campus community with a state-of-the-art facility in which they can work and learn,” said Dean Palazzo.

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  • AEIVA Receives Significant Gift of Works by David Levinthal

    The Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA) Permanent Art Collection has received a generous donation of a number of works by David Levinthal, one of the most prolific and acclaimed photographers of his generation.

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  • A Legacy of Love

    Jeannie Feldman has established both an award and a scholarship in the Department of History to honor her late husband, Dr. Glenn A. Feldman.

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  • Capturing Success

    Palo Alto Networks' Cyber Competition for High School Students.

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  • Paying it Forward

    Alumna Dr. Ana Maria Crawford has created an endowed scholarship to be used to support deserving students based on merit and financial need.

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  • They Persisted

    Despite complex social, cultural, and professional trends that keep women from academic careers in the sciences and mathematics, a small percentage of female research faculty stay the course.

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  • Taking a Leap

    Psychology and Public Administration alumna Ann Bridges Steely says her biggest career risks brought the greatest rewards.

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  • Stellar

    Physics alumna Christina Richey has built a successful career in the competitive, and mostly-male, field of planetary science.

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  • Across the Spectrum

    Four female faculty members in the Department of Psychology study and treat Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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  • Everyone has a story

    “How did you end up in Alabama?” I get that question a lot, both here and abroad. I suspect that every immigrant is frequently asked the same question out of genuine curiosity, maybe interest.

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  • Letter from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
    Our fall semester is in full swing and the momentum is building in the College and across the university.
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  • Finishing Strong

    We finished the academic year with a major exhibition at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts and celebrated another joyful, thrilling commencement ceremony, at which more than 2,000 UAB students graduated.

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  • College Alumni Community

    Our former graduates have had a great year of events and celebrations, all organized by our Alumni Board led by president Wes Calhoun. 

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  • Faculty Receive University Awards

    Renato Camata, Roger Gilchrist, Samiksha Raut, and Nitesh Saxena were all recognized this year for their excellence in teaching, mentorship and advising.

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  • New Chairs, New Faculty Join the College

    This fall, we welcomed several new faculty members, a new chair for the Department of Sociology, and three interim chairs. We are proud to have all of them in leadership and academic positions and are excited to see what they accomplish at UAB.

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  • Nine Departments Welcome New Faculty Members

    This fall, new faculty members join the Department of Communication Studies, the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Criminal Justice, the Department of English, the Department of Music, the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Social Work, the Department of Sociology, and the Department of Theatre.

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  • New Degrees, New Department Names

    At recent Board of Trustees meetings, two new degrees and two new department names were approved.

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  • New Building Groundbreaking

    Dean Palazzo, along with President Ray Watts and Provost Pam Benoit, joined several invited guests to celebrate the groundbreaking for our new arts and sciences academic building on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

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  • Remarkable Generosity

    Donors establish five new endowments in the College—the most ever received in one year.

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  • Personal History

    Love and learning are the two recurring themes of Sol and Rita Kimerling’s incredible story.

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  • Strike Up the Band!

    Under the leadership of new director of bands Dr. Sean Murray, the marching blazers are ready to retake the field this fall.

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  • Risk Takers

    From changing majors to changing sports, these former football players, cheerleaders, majorettes, and Blazerettes stepped outside their comfort zones and transformed their student experiences–and future careers.

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  • Just This Once, A little Health Advice

    Am I the only one who feels bombarded by unwanted health advice? You can’t open a newspaper (remember those?), a magazine, the internet, or turn on the television without stumbling across someone dispensing tips for living a longer, healthier life.

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  • Message from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
    Right now is such an exciting time on campus, and not just because the flowers are blooming and the birds are singing. With the approval of our new Arts & Sciences building, scheduled to be open in Fall 2019, we are embarking on an exciting journey to construct a stunning space for our faculty and students.
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