The recipient of this prestigious annual award will receive a $5,000 award and will be the keynote speaker at the DFL reception to be held in their honor.
Nominations for the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award are now being accepted. To be eligible for this prestigious annual award, an individual must be a full-time, part-time, or emeritus member with a primary or secondary appointment of the faculty of the Academic Health Center, or a University Professor who has:

  • Advanced the frontiers of science or otherwise made a significant contribution to the health of people, or
  • Made an outstanding contribution to the Academic Health Center through education, research, or public service.

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UAB DAAH presents “Hither and Yon” lecture and panel discussion Sept. 12
UAB DAAH presents “Hither and Yon” lecture and panel discussion Sept. 12

“Hither and Yon” is a two-part exhibition and panel discussion featuring four artists, presented by The Fuel and Lumber Company in collaboration with the UAB Department of Art and Art History.

merck 1Craig Drennen, "Servant 12," 2013; graphite, acrylic, oil, alkyd, cigarette burns, aluminum foil on paper; 20x20 inches; image courtesy of the artist"A panel discussion with four artists, “Hither and Yon” is set for 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the new University of Alabama at Birmingham Project Space, 900 13th St. South.

“Hither and Yon” is a two-part exhibition and panel discussion presented by The Fuel and Lumber Company in collaboration with the UAB College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History. The Fuel and Lumber Company is a curatorial initiative founded in the summer of 2013 by Schulte and Amy Pleasant to facilitate exhibitions and related events.

Co-moderated by Lauren Lake, UAB DAAH chair, and Fuel and Lumber co-founder Pete Schulte, professor of drawing, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, the panel will feature artists Jane Fox Hipple, Astri Snodgrass and Jered Sprecher, whose works, along with those of artist Craig Drennen, are featured in the accompanying exhibition. Exploring unique approaches to contemporary painting and drawing, these four artists share roots in the Southeast and have exhibited nationally and internationally.

The exhibition will open with a reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at The Fuel and Lumber Company, 1805 Third Ave. North. The show will run through Oct. 10, and is open by appointment only. Call 205-369-8329 or email thefuelandlumbercompany@gmail.com.

Project Space is an adaptive space that will provide an alternative platform for students, faculty and community to engage teaching, research, public service and visual art practices. New events have been planned there for fall 2015.

Project Space is in the UAB Humanities Building, 900 13th St. South, on the first floor. It is open during project-specific dates and hours or by appointment. For questions, to schedule use of Project Space or to arrange a visit, contact Project Space director Jared Ragland at Raglandj@uab.edu.

UAB professor recognized for online education
UAB professor recognized for online education
International award honors computer information sciences professor’s project.

ragib hasan 2015 2The Shikkhok.com project developed by University of Alabama at Birmingham Assistant Professor Ragib Hasan, Ph.D., took home the prestigious 2015 mBillionth Award for its excellence in mobile learning and mobile education in South Asia.

Hasan, assistant professor of computer and information sciences and director of the UAB SECure and Trustworthy Computing Lab, designed this project specifically to help educate Bengali-speaking rural and disadvantaged students of South Asia. Shikkhok offers mobile classes in mathematics, biology, statistics, computer science, photography, culinary arts and more from the middle school level all the way to graduate-level courses.

Shikkhok has delivered 8.4 million lectures to nearly 700,000 students in Bangladesh and India in fewer than three years. Shikkhok also partners with the Facebook-funded Internet.org project in Bangladesh, and the program is accessed free by millions of mobile phone users in Bangladesh through that initiative.

This award recognizes Shikkhok for its best practices in the mobile and telecom industry. Nominations were accepted from all eight South Asian countries, honoring excellence in use of mobile communications for development and empowerment in that region.

This year, 320 projects were nominated for the award in 11 categories. Out of these, the first-round jury chose 160 projects for the grand jury to review. Ultimately, 53 projects were chosen as finalists, and in the final rounds, Shikkhok was one of the winners selected in the m-education and m-learning categories.

Hasan was previously recognized for this project as a recipient of the 2013 Google RISE Award, the 2013 Information Society Innovation Fund Award and the 2014 Internet Society Community Grant award, among others.

Birmingham Flag Project looking to reimagine city’s flag
Birmingham Flag Project looking to reimagine city’s flag
Each entry to the project will be exhibited at the UAB Department of Art and Art History’s Project Space from Oct. 19-24, with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20.

bham flagCurrent City of Birmingham flag.The Birmingham Flag Project wants you to design a new flag for Birmingham.

Birmingham has a flag, but most people in and around the city and across the state probably have not seen it. Designed nearly a century ago, it is neither a well-designed flag nor a representative symbol of what Birmingham is now and aspires to be, organizers say.

The Birmingham Flag Project is an open competition aligned with Design Week Birmingham. The group believes that good design is a transformational tool, used to engage, connect and inspire.

As communities across the nation and around the world — from Portland, Oregon, to New Zealand — have joined together to redesign their flags, the Birmingham Flag Project invites creative individuals, artists, students and collaborative teams to reimagine the Birmingham city flag. Whether a longtime resident, visitor or newcomer to the Magic City, everyone is encouraged to apply.

The Birmingham Flag Project was inspired by the Design Week Birmingham 2014 Flag Design Workshop, led by Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co., who was the DWB keynote speaker and visiting artist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History. UAB Department of Art and Art History’s Media and Outreach Coordinator Jared Ragland and Associate Professor Doug Barrett have collaborated with Design Week to carry out the project.

The deadline for submitting a flag design is 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. The top designs will be shared with the public for voting Thursday, Sept. 24. Voting closes Oct. 18, and votes can be cast online or at polling stations located across the city of Birmingham. The winning selection will be announced Oct. 24 during Design Week Birmingham’s closing event.

During UAB’s 2014 flag workshop, students from Birmingham City Schools, UAB, Auburn University and University of Montevallo joined some of Birmingham’s top creative directors and designers to discuss flag design and draft new ideas for the Birmingham flag.

In the same spirit of community building and collaboration, the Birmingham Flag Project is dedicated to engaging each of Birmingham’s 99 neighborhoods and beyond through an open call for designs.

A panel of judges will jury submissions and select three to five top designs. From prominent design professionals to university professors, local tastemakers to civic leaders, the Birmingham Flag Project has invited a diverse jury that understands how a new flag can represent Birmingham’s complex identity and that is committed to helping shape its future.  

The deadline for submitting a flag design is 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. The top designs will be shared with the public for voting Thursday, Sept. 24. Voting closes Oct. 18, and votes can be cast online or at polling stations located across the city of Birmingham. The winning selection will be announced Oct. 24 during Design Week Birmingham’s closing event.

Each entry will be exhibited at the UAB Department of Art and Art History’s Project Space from Oct. 19-24, with an opening reception scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Viewing hours for the exhibition are scheduled for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday or by appointment. Project Space is located in the UAB Humanities Building at 900 13th Street South. For information or to schedule a visit, contact Project Space director Jared Ragland at raglandj@uab.edu.

Entry details, a media packet and educational resources can be found at www.bhmflagproject.com.

Design Week Birmingham is an annual citywide event inspired by the belief that good design matters. Each October, design professionals, artists and other creative individuals gather for lectures, film screenings, exhibitions and workshops to promote communication and collaboration and build lasting relationships across the design community.

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