Dr. Kathy Nugent will present a workshop on the UAB Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on October 16.
The Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success sponsored a faculty research and career development workshop. The workshop, presented by Dr. Kathy Nugent, and titled “The UAB Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” took place on October 16, 2014 at noon in the Atrium of The Edge of Chaos (fourth floor of Lister Hill Library).

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UAB’s Adult CF program wins national quality award
UAB’s Adult CF program wins national quality award
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recognizes UAB’s Adult CF Program with Quality Care Award.

veena anthony2The Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has been

selected as one of the 2015 recipients of the annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Quality Care Award: Recognizing Outstanding QI Processes and Accomplishments. 

The UAB Department of Medicine, in concert with UAB Hospital, developed the adult CF program with a team of health care personnel to provide comprehensive, evidence-based clinical care for adult patients with cystic fibrosis. The team includes nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, social workers and physicians, and cares for more than 180 individuals with CF.

The program is also aligned with the UAB CF clinical trials unit and the Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center. The center is recognized internationally for its transformative clinical and basic research, including the development of new therapies for the treatment of this devastating disease.  

“We are gratified and excited to be recognized by CFF for the quality of our care,” said Veena Antony, M.D., professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care and director of the adult CF program. “We believe this is a signature program that will identify UAB as an international destination for patient care.”

The award marks sustained quality improvement work that improved outcomes. Performance standards include:

  • Actively using clinical outcomes data to identify opportunities for improvement and document results of improvement efforts
  • Aligning improvement efforts to result in measurable improvement in important clinical outcomes
  • Consistently and actively involving patients and families in identifying, designing and/or implementing improvement efforts
  • Employing innovative strategies to improve care processes and outcomes and implementing system changes that result in high reliability of care processes

Working with the CFF Center Committee, the CF Foundation instituted the Quality Care Award in 2008. The awards are presented each year at the U.S. Center and Program Directors’ meeting held in conjunction with the CFF North American CF Conference. Recipients of the award are chosen by the CFF Center Committee from the Programs visited during the most recent fall and spring site visit cycles previous to NACFC. 

Sustainability experts considering ways to revitalize metro area
Sustainability experts considering ways to revitalize metro area
The UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center brought together green experts from around the world for the fourth annual Sustainable Smart Cities Symposium.

birmingham skylineMore than 200 people filled the UAB Alumni House on Oct. 1 to learn from experts from around the world on matters concerning urban sustainability and development at the 2015 Sustainable Smart Cities Symposium.

The symposium, organized by the UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center, is an annual event that focuses on the innovations — such as big data, renewable energy and smart mobility — being used to help make Birmingham and other cities around the world smarter, safer and more livable.

In opening remarks, center director Fouad H. Fouad, Ph.D., who is also chair of the School of Engineering’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, celebrated UAB’s collaborations with the city and called Birmingham’s new bike-share program “a big step forward for sustainability.”

Landscape architect Thomas Woltz, who was named Design Innovator of the Year for 2013 by the Wall Street Journal, was the event’s keynote speaker. Woltz designed a blocklong park and plaza to adjoin Alabama Power Company’s Powell Avenue Steam Plant redevelopment near Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham. He said Thursday that the new plaza should evoke the Magic City’s geology, rich history and industrial heritage.

“I hope this is a place where you can come with your children and tell stories about what you are as a city,” Woltz said.

In designing a large public space, Woltz says he and his staff — who are collaborating with several Birmingham design and construction firms — dig deep into the history and culture of an area. In this case, they wanted to reflect Birmingham’s mineral wealth and its status as an industrial and railroad hub.

“We want ideas that will be meaningful and relevant in a place,” Woltz said.

Other speakers included School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., and Birmingham Mayor William Bell, who said that the city and UAB are “in the forefront of planning for the future.”

The city encourages developers to use LEED environmental standards in new construction, according to Bell. “In everything we do at city hall, we think about sustainability,” Bell said.

Additional speakers:

Rizwan Khaliq, director of Marketing and Communications for IBM Global Public Sector and Smarter Cities, discussed the link between technology and the economic competitiveness of cities around the world. He said that cities must work hard to build their brands and reputations as vital, livable places in order to attract the top, young talent they need to grow their economies.

This is more challenging now, since employees at companies like IBM can work remotely and live wherever they want, according to Khaliq. “Birmingham is not just competing with Louisville,” he said. “You are competing with cities in China. Each locality has to think about what it stands for from a branding perspective.”

Teresa Bouza, a journalist and the founder of Datafest, a hackathon that brings together technologists, data scientists and other experts to help solve problems in 48-hour weekend sessions, discussed the value of hackathons, which are being held all around the world. “When you bring people with diverse skills and backgrounds over just a weekend, it is incredible what they create,” she said.

She talked about the Smart Cities Hackathon held in Birmingham in 2015, in which UAB and Auburn University took part. In one project, a group radically improved the City of Birmingham website, where buyers can search for information about the roughly 5,000 blighted properties in the city’s recently created land bank.

Woltz, Khaliq and Bouza participated in a panel discussion about sustainability moderated by Molly Wasko, a professor at the UAB Collat School of Business. Also on the panel were Ann August, director of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transportation Authority, and Christopher D. Hatcher, City of Birmingham urban design administrator.

The new park on Powell Avenue will attempt to harmonize with nearby Railroad Park, making visual use of a massive smokestack on top of the old steam power plant, and will use native plants and such indigenous materials as limestone to powerfully evoke the city’s industrial past, according to Woltz. “We are trying not to just make up stuff from the outside but do things that are actually a portrait of the city,” he said.

For more information about the Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center, call 205-996-2880 or visit www.uab.edu/smartcities.

UAB professor named a community Game Changer
UAB professor named a community Game Changer
Professor Anthony Hood will receive special recognition for his work creating the NHabit Bush Hills project during the 2015 Vulcans Community Awards.

anthony hoodA University of Alabama at Birmingham professor is being honored at the 2015 Vulcans Community Awards for his work to promote civic pride, leadership and progress within Birmingham’s metro area.

Anthony Hood, Ph.D., a management professor in the Collat School of Business, is the recipient of the Game Changer Spear award, for which he will be recognized at a dinner held Thursday, Oct. 8, at The Club.

Hood will be honored alongside UAB head football coach Bill Clark, the recipient of the Game Changer Vulcan award.

Hood, a Birmingham native who graduated from Ramsay High School, was awarded a Community Health Innovation Award with his wife from UAB’s Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences in 2013. The Hoods used the award to fund their project NHabit Bush Hills, an effort to create a community-based information system of empty and abandoned properties and their conditions in Birmingham’s Bush Hills neighborhood.

The Vulcans Community Awards symbolize pride in our region and the significant impact community members have had on the quality of life here. Recipients were chosen by an independent panel of diverse citizens. 


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