Spring 2011 Newsletter
Angelina Londoño Joshi, a UAB doctoral candidate in molecular and cellular pathology and a Howard Hughes Med to Grad fellow, was elected to the Associate Member Council, which serves as the leadership body of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). The position carries a three-year term beginning in 2011.
Born of Colombian parents in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Angelina chose UAB for her graduate studies because of its outstanding collaborative environment and incredible opportunity to do genuine translational research. Mrs. Londoño Joshi’s research in Dr. Donald Buchsbaum’s laboratory focuses on the treatment of solid tumors using a novel monoclonal anti-DR5 antibody TRA-8. She explains, “This antibody functions by binding to TRAIL death receptor 5 (DR5) to induce cell death through the extrinsic apoptotic pathway. My specific focus is on the investigation of TRA-8 as targeted therapy to basal-like breast cancer stem cells (BLBrCSC) alone or in combination with chemotherapy and inhibitors of the NOTCH pathway. This project is significant because BLBrCSC are thought to be responsible for initiation of tumorigenesis, maintain tumor progression, cause chemoresistant, and recurrent and/or metastatic disease in BLBrC patients.”
The AACR complements Angelina’s research here at UAB by organizing comprehensive cancer research meetings where she can present her research to an international audience, while learning and networking with leading scientists, doctors and advocates that are making important developments in her field. After obtaining her PhD (expected graduation 2013), Angelina plans to pursue a postdoctoral position in cancer research. She adds, “Following the completion of my postdoctoral fellowship, I will be looking for the opportunity to join a biomedical research group that could integrate research, teaching, and clinical care with the main aim to improve patient outcomes.”
Each spring semester, the Graduate School hosts its annual Graduate Student Research Days competition in which eligible UAB graduate students present their research in an open forum judged by UAB faculty members. Any graduate student who is interested in participating should read the competition rules and complete the abstract form and submit it online. Deadline dates for the competition are listed below.
January 28, 2011, 12:00 Noon: Deadline for Abstracts
February 23: GSRD Competition for Master's students, HUC Great Hall
February 24 & 25: GSRD Competition for Doctoral students, HUC Great Hall
March 4, 2010: Awards Luncheon
To ensure a diverse judging panel, graduate students are asked to encourage the faculty from their departments to serve as judges in the competition.
For more information regarding the event, visit www.uab.edu/graduate/researchday.
Two graduate students are featured in the January/February Graduate Student Spotlight. Kaye Nail, a master's graduate from the History program, researches Birmingham Jewish women and their role in the Civil Rights Movement. Kaye chose UAB for her academic studies because of the History graduate program's excellent reputation amng students.
Dil Uswatte is in her second year of the doctoral program in Educational Leadership here at UAB. She believes that she is a life-long learner: "I want to continue my journey of deveoping my own leadership skills AND inspire leadership in my students and colleagues."
For more information about Kaye and Dil or to access other students who have been featured in the Spotlight, visit the Graduate School’s homepage at www.uab.edu/graduate.
The Graduate Dean's Mentorship Awards are given to those mentors who inspire and motivate, promote ethical and professional values, create a collaborative and constructive atmosphere for training, and serve as outstanding role models for students and fellows in their performance of scholarly activities and service.
Full-time regular UAB faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments as mentors of graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows are eligible for the award.
For a list of the 2008, 2009, and 2010 recipients and a nomination form for the 2011 awards, visit the Mentorship Award website. The deadline to receive nominations and all accompanying materials HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO Friday January 21, 2011.
The graduates of UAB's Graduate School take part in two ceremonies: The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and the Commencement are held each May and December. August graduates may attend the December commencement. The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony is the commencement for doctoral candidates receiving PhD, DrPH, and EdD degrees. Both ceremonies will take place on Saturday, May 7. All other doctoral candidates should check with your program or school for graduation ceremony information.
If you are a receiving a PhD, DrPH, or EdD in May 2011, you must fill out the commencement form by April 22 in order to participate in this ceremony. Simply showing up for the ceremony is not an option. The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will be held in the Alys Stephens Center at 12:00 p.m.
The commencement ceremonies for master's, Ed.S. and undergraduate students will be held in Bartow Arena at 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., according to school.
When a candidate is nearing graduation, she or he must pay close attention to Graduate School deadlines, which are posted online. Important dates include the following Spring and Summer semester deadlines:
Spring 2011 Deadlines
- · Application for Degree January 21, 2011
- · Defense Deadline March 25, 2011
- · Admission to Candidacy January 3, 2011
- · Change of Residencey January 3, 2011
Summer 2011 deadlines
- · Application for Degree June 3, 2011
- · Defense Deadline July 8, 2011
- · Admission to Candidacy May 9/May 31, 2011
- · Change of Residency May 9, 2011
Completing all paper work and final payments by the posted deadlines will ensure that a candidate will graduate by the expected date.
Mervyn Sterne Library is offering EndNote Web workshops during the Spring semester. EndNote Web is a citation manager designed to help users collect, organize, and format sources for citing in research papers. It is available for free to all UAB students, faculty, and staff through a site license.
The Getting Started workshop covers creating an account and the basic functions of collecting references from a library database, organizing and sharing references in a group, generating a bibliography in a citation style, and inserting a reference in a paper using Microsoft Word.
The Collecting References workshop covers several methods of importing references, including using a connection file, a database filter, and a browser toolbar, as well as creating references manually.
The Formatting References workshop covers formatting references using bibliographies and annotated bibliographies, temporary citations, and Cite While You Write for Microsoft Word.
Nurses who enroll in graduate school after 10 to 20 years in clinical practice may face a learning curve when it comes to academic writing, says Penni Watts, Director of UAB’s Clinical Simulation & Training in the School of Nursing’s Learning Resources Center. Watts understands this learning curve because she is also a doctoral student working on a dissertation proposal.
“I am sure that I learned to write over the years, but never at such a level related to academic or scientific writing,” explains Watts, who was more accustomed to jotting notes on charts or entering text into databases. “For example, I used to think that when I write for research purposes, it should be perfect the first time. I didn’t know how to edit and make it better.”
That’s why she recently came to the UAB Graduate School Professional Development Program to take elective courses in academic writing. This Spring, to meet the needs of nursing students like Watts, the Graduate School will launch an online section of its most popular writing course, GRD 727 QN, Writing and Reviewing Research, for nursing students only.
“We have seen a gradual increase in graduate nursing students taking our academic writing courses,” says Dr. Jeffrey A. Engler, Associated Dean of the UAB Graduate School. “We created this online course for them after discussions with nursing faculty about the writing demands faced by students pursuing a doctorate and doctor of nursing practice (DNP). “
Engler says the Professional Development Program has also seen increases in writing courses by students in the fields of public health and education. “In many professional schools today, the ability to write is viewed as a leadership skill. We agree, and we see it as part of our overall mission of helping graduate students become prominent scholars and societal leaders.”
Taught by author and editor, Dr. Jan Jenner, the 10-week online writing course will run from Jan 25, 2011, through Monday April 4. It’s a 3-credit hour, pass-no pass elective tailored to nursing students who are writing scholarly review papers, article critiques, and journal articles, explains Jenner, who has taught biology and writing, and won awards for her teaching at New York University (NYU).
“I think nurses like Penni Watts are learning that writing is a natural extension of what they do every day,” says Jenner. “Whether they are writing a policy paper, a public health campaign, or patient educational materials, they are still caring for patients.”
In GRD 727 QN, students will work on real writing projects, engage in critical thinking about research, and give and receive peer review, she explains. “In the process, they become part of UAB’s professional writing community. This is the kind of experience that empowers them to succeed in graduate school and beyond.”
Watts, who has taken two academic writing courses from the Graduate School, recommends the program. “I really appreciate the useful new tools and techniques. For example, I had never heard of a freewrite, which encourages you to write daily. I have always been a binge writer, but I am trying to convert. Recently, I wrote a journal article after freewriting while waiting for an eye appointment. It’s been accepted for publication. It was great to see how I could boost my productivity by trying one simple new strategy.”