Please mark your calendar to attend this special event on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, to congratulate all of this year’s award winners!
Ray L. Watts, M.D., President of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, cordially invites you to the Faculty Awards Convocation recognizing the recipients of the President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching, the Odessa Woolfolk Community Service Award, and the 2013 Ellen Gregg Ingalls/UAB National Alumni Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching.

The ceremony will be held Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in the UAB National Alumni Society House, 1301 Tenth Avenue South. A reception will follow the pesentation.

Parking is available in Lot 15D. Enter on 12th Street between 10th & 11th Avenue South.

Please mark your calendar to attend this special event, to congratulate all of this year’s award winners! No response is necessary.

The President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Asim K. Bej, Ph.D. ~ College of Arts & Sciences
Laura Forbes, Ph.D. ~ Education
Alecia K. Gross, Ph.D. ~ Optometry
John Hansen, Ph.D. ~ Business
Jason R. Hartig, M.D. ~ Medicine
Meredith L. Kilgore, Ph.D. ~ Public Health
Silvio H. Litovsky, M.D. ~ Joint Health Sciences
Stephen C. Mitchell, D.M.D., M.S. ~ Dentistry
Haibin Ning, Ph.D. ~ Engineering
Erica Rihl Pryor, Ph.D., R.N. ~ Nursing
Tino Unlap, Ph.D. ~ Health Professions

The 2013 Ellen Gregg Ingalls UAB National Alumni Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching

Gregg M. Janowski, Ph.D.

The Odessa Woolfolk Community Service Award

Cynthia Ryan, Ph.D.



Faculty News

Questions of longevity, arguments and terrible people at philosophy discussions
Questions of longevity, arguments and terrible people at philosophy discussions
“What’s the Big Idea?” brings philosophy questions to the everyday.

big idea2The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Philosophy will present four public discussions that bring to light philosophical questions people face in everyday life. Each installment of the 2014-15 “What’s the Big Idea?” series will be kicked off by a faculty member’s presentation and followed by an open discussion.

  • Why We’re All Terrible People” with Matt King, Ph.D.,; 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Spencer Honors House, 1190 10th Ave. South
  • “Is it Wrong to Live to a Hundred?” with Gregory Pence, Ph.D,; 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Spencer Honors House
  • “Reasonable People Can Disagree … Can’t They?” with Kevin McCain, Ph.D.,; 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, location TBA
  • “Wittgenstein’s Private Language Argument” with Marjorie Price, Ph.D.,; 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2015, location TBA

The discussions are free and open to the public.

UAB’s Ivankova named journal’s qualitative research editor
UAB’s Ivankova named journal’s qualitative research editor
A UAB professor takes a leadership role in designing better ways for patients to participate in clinical trials.

ivankova wNataliya V. Ivankova, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been named qualitative research editor for the American Journal of Health Behavior.

The AJHB, which is managed by PNG Publications, chose Ivankova over 30 other well-qualified candidates.

Ivankova, who joined the UAB Department of Health Services Administration in August 2013, holds a joint appointment in the UAB Department of Adult/Acute Health, Chronic Care and Foundations, School of Nursing. Her work has helped provide a methodological foundation for social and health sciences researchers in designing and conducting mixed methods studies, adding patients’ and other participants’ voices to traditional clinical trials and experimental designs.

The philosophy of the journal is “to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.”

Ivankova also serves as associate editor of the Journal of Mixed Methods Research. At UAB she teaches graduate-level advanced research methods courses, including courses in mixed methods and qualitative research designs.

Assistant professor awarded $100,000 to study cardiometabolic diseases among Latinos
Assistant professor awarded $100,000 to study cardiometabolic diseases among Latinos
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded UAB postdoctoral fellow Bertha Hidalgo, Ph.D., with a 24-month grant to learn whether genetic and epigenetic differences exist between subgroups of Latinos for cardiometabolic diseases.

bertha hildagoBertha Hidalgo, Ph.D., MPH, assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Epidemiology, has been awarded a $100,000, 24-month grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Connections program.

Hidalgo is among a select group of junior investigators to receive the grant, which will allow her to learn whether genetic and epigenetic differences exist between subgroups of Latinos for cardiometabolic diseases like cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes by first investigating differences in obesity among subgroups of Latino children through an epidemiologic study.

“I am extremely proud to be among those honored with this prestigious grant,” Hidalgo said. “This award will connect me to a network of established experts in research and evaluation related to health and health care, while providing me with an opportunity to evaluate a program that has far-reaching implications for the health disparities of cardiometabolic diseases and, specifically for this project, nuances between subgroups of Latino children and obesity.”

New Connections is a national program designed to introduce new scholars to RWJF and expand the diversity of perspectives that inform the Foundation’s programming.

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