The Center for Teaching & Learning welcomes Dr. Tino Unlap.

Tino UnlapTino Unlap, PhD (Biotechnology Program, Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences Dept., School of Health Professions) joined the Center for Teaching & Learning on August 25 in a part-time role. Dr. Unlap will be working to expand faculty enrichment opportunities. 

Dr. Unlap is a geneticist/biochemist with considerable experience teaching STEM undergraduate and graduate students.  He has received multiple teaching and mentoring awards, the most recent being a recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Bruce Korf named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Bruce Korf named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

UAB’s Korf recognized for contributions in the field of genetics with election to fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

bruce korf sizedBruce Korf, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. 

This year, 401 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

As part of the Section on Biological Sciences, Korf was elected as an AAAS fellow for distinguished contributions to the field of human and medical genetics, particularly for research at the interface of discovery and translation.

This year’s fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Nov. 28 and recognized Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California.

The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874. AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journals Science, Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling.

Davey receives best doctoral paper award
Davey receives best doctoral paper award
Davey’s paper explores the role of transformational leadership on voluntary nursing turnover and the effects of job characteristics.

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A paper by Kimberly Sanders Davey, Ph.D., instructor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, has been named the best doctoral paper in the health care management, hospitality management and public administration track by the Southern Management Association.

Davey’s paper, “The Role of Transformational Leadership on Voluntary Nursing Turnover,” explores the role of transformational leadership on voluntary nursing turnover and the mediating effects of job characteristics.

Davey accepted her award during the SMA Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia, held Nov. 11-15.

UAB Circulation Research paper is one of year’s top five
UAB Circulation Research paper is one of year’s top five
Research revealing new evidence about the role of the spleen following heart attack will be honored during the AHA scientific meeting Nov. 15-19.

circulation webClick to enlarge the letterTwo University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers will receive awards from the journal Circulation Research for writing one of the five most outstanding papers of the past year.

Ameen Ismahil, Ph.D., and Sumanth Prabhu, M.D., of the Division of Cardiovascular Disease in the UAB Department of Medicine are the first and last authors of an article — published last January — that showed splenocytes are intricately involved in the heart failure that follows an infarction in a mouse-model system. One of their lines of evidence was that adoptive transfer of the heart-failure splenocytes into healthy mice led to systolic dysfunction and heart “remodeling,” the cardiovascular disease term for deleterious changes in shape, size and function.

Ismahil and Prabhu provided, “… exciting new evidence implicating the spleen in the immunoinflammatory response after myocardial infarction,” said Nikolaos Frangogiannis, M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the accompanying editorial in Circulation Research. But the significance of such mouse research ultimately will depend on “whether the spleen significantly contributes to the inflammatory and remodeling responses in human patients,” Frangogiannis wrote. Indeed, the UAB team is in the initial stages of expanding the observations in mice to humans with ischemic heart failure.

While people can live without their spleen, the organ has several important roles. It keeps a reserve supply of blood and helps remove old red blood cells, and in a surprising 2009 mouse-model study, the spleen was found to act as a reservoir for proinflammatory monocytes after myocardial infarction.

The judges for Circulation Research’s 2014 Best Manuscript Awards looked for “high standards of scientific excellence in terms of novelty, impact and methodology,” said Roberto Bolli, M.D., editor-in-chief, in a letter to Ismahil and Prabhu. They also looked at the number of online downloads. Papers published between July 2013 and June 2014 were eligible for consideration.

Ismahil is a research associate in Cardiovascular Disease and Prabhu is the division chair and director of UAB’s Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center. Other authors on the paper, titled “Remodeling of the Mononuclear Phagocyte Network Underlies Chronic Inflammation and Disease Progression in Heart Failure: Critical Importance of the Cardiosplenic Axis,” are Tariq Hamid, Ph.D., Shyam Bansal, Ph.D., and Bindiya Patel, all in UAB’s Division of Cardiovascular Disease, and Justin Kingery, M.D., Ph.D., of the Department of Medicine, University of Louisville.

The awards will be given at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2014, which meets Nov. 15-19 in Chicago. Read a previous UAB News story about the article here.


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