New UAB students are encouraged to review the Freshman Discussion media package and to participate in the corresponding events.

Ambassador Andrew YoungAn Evening with Ambassador Andrew Young is one of the events included in UAB's 2013 Freshman Discussion programmingAs new students begin their journey at UAB, they are encouraged to join the 2013 Freshman Discussion, "Civil Rights: Looking Back and Moving Forward."

"You are part of a special Freshman class, entering UAB at an exciting and significant time for the University and the City," Provost Linda Lucas wrote in a welcome letter to incoming freshmen. "2013 is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of civil rights events in Birmingham that changed the city and the nation. There will be many events—music, lectures, art, theater—on campus, and around the city, to celebrate and commemorate these anniversaries."

The Freshman Discussion branches from those events in a series spanning your first month at UAB:
Thursday, August 29
5:00-6:30 p.m., UAB Campus Green
Freshman Dinner and Music on the Green

7:00-8:00 p.m., Bartow Arena
An Evening with Ambassador Andrew Young

Tuesday, September 10
7:00-8:30 p.m., Alys Stephens Center Sirote Theatre
Birmingham Movement: A Screening of Student Films

Tuesday, September 24
6:30-8:00 p.m., Birmingham Museum of Art
Art, Culture, and Civil Rights: 50 Years Forward
Before classes begin, students should review the Freshman Discussion media package, which includes texts from Mahatma Gandi and Dr. Martin Luther King and music videos from Miles Davis, Curtis Mayfield, and the Samples Singers.

For more events celebrating the 50th anniversary of Birmingham's role in the Civil Rights Movement, check out

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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