UAB Graduate Catalog

Spring 2008 Newsletter

IN THIS EDITION

New Offices Join GBS in Shelby
Students Seek Out The "Opportunity Zone"
Scientist Learn the Language of Capitalists
Student leaders define priorities for 2008
2008 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentorship
UAB Student Writer Attracts Global Headlines
Graduate Student Research Days 2008
Graduate School Nudges New Grant Writers
Ireland Awards to Help With Travel/Tuition in 2008
Graduate Student Profile
Commencement News
UAB Roundtable Sponsors Annual Career Development Workshop
Postdoctoral Research Day
NIBIB Supported T-32 Predoctoral Training Grant
Teaching at the College Level and Beyond

 

New Offices Join GBS in Shelby
After a year of moving boxes and personnel relocation, the recently formed Graduate Biomedical Sciences (GBS) office, the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) office and the Office for Postdoctoral Education (OPE) are now neighbors on the 1st floor of the Shelby Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building at 19th St S and University Blvd. Read more.

Students Seek Out The "Opportunity Zone"
More than 200 students attended UAB’s first annual Graduate School recruiting fair, “The Opportunity Zone,” on Oct. 24, visiting more than 35 Graduate School Program booths and attending presentations on the benefits of getting a higher education by Dean Bryan Noe and Associate Deans Susan Rich and Jeffrey Engler. Read more.

Scientist Learn the Language of Capitalists
In the old days, smart didn’t necessarily equal rich. But from today’s “technopreneurs” to tomorrow’s space capitalists, that is starting to change, as demonstrated by UAB’s unique MBA for Scientists program. Read more.

Student leaders define priorities for 2008
Mentoring, campus security, health care for graduate students – these are just a few of the issues student government leaders plan to address in 2008, according to Mick Edmonds and Terrance Wallace, representatives for the 4,500 graduate students at UAB. Read more.

2008 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentorship
A mentor is not just an educator. A mentor is a person who inspires and motivates. A mentor is committed to excellence. The Dean's Excellence in Mentorship Award recognizes full-time regular UAB faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments as mentors of graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows. Read more.

UAB Student Writer Attracts Global Headlines
Like every student who enrolls in the UAB Graduate School’s Academic Writing classes, Gloria Benavides dreamed of publishing in a prestigious academic journal. Read more.

Graduate Student Research Days 2008
Each spring semester, UAB graduate students from all academic departments are invited to participate in Graduate Student Research Days by presenting the results of their studies in this forum. Read more.

Graduate School Nudges New Grant Writers
Graduate students who compete for grants can now receive incentives from the Graduate School for of the long hours that go into this painstaking process. Read more.

Ireland Awards to Help With Travel/Tuition in 2008
For the second year in a row, the Graduate School will award a series of research travel and tuition awards to encourage students to “catch the research bug.” Read more.

Graduate Student Profile
Adrienne L. King is currently a 3rd year doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences under the mentorship of Dr. Shannon Bailey. Read more.

Commencement News
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. Read more.

UAB Roundtable Sponsors Annual Career Development Workshop
The 2008 Career Development Workshop will begin in the late afternoon on Friday, April 18th, 2008; and continue through the afternoon of Saturday, April 19th, 2008. Many of the exciting elements from past workshops will be included, while adding in a few new ideas. Read more.

Postdoctoral Research Day
The UAB Postdoctoral Association in association with the Office of Postdoctoral Education will hold its annual Postdoctoral Research Day on Tuesday, February 5th in the West Pavilion Conference Center. Read more.

NIBIB Supported T-32 Predoctoral Training Grant
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) has awarded an interdisciplinary predoctoral training grant to UAB that is entitled “Nanotechnology in Biosensors and Bioengineering”. Read more.

Teaching at the College Level and Beyond
Teaching assistants, staff or graduate students who anticipate teaching professionally will want to consider taking GRD 705 this spring. Offered Monday nights from 5:30 to 8 p.m., from January 7 to May 1, this course provides an overview of many important aspects of teaching at the college level and beyond. Read more.

 


New Offices Join GBS in Shelby

 

 

After a year of moving boxes and personnel relocation, the recently formed Graduate Biomedical Sciences (GBS) office, the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) office and the Office for Postdoctoral Education (OPE) are now neighbors on the 1st floor of the Shelby Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building at 19th St S and University Blvd. These offices together support research training and education of approximately 450 UAB graduate students and postdocs. Their co-location centralizes resources for their support and enhances interdisciplinary networking and community. 

Graduate Biomedical Sciences (GBS) houses program managers for Joint Health Sciences-affiliated graduate entry programs including Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB), Integrative Biomedical Sciences (IBS), Neuroscience, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Med-Grad Fellows Program.  

In addition, GBS provides computer carrels for student use, a small conference/work area, a poster production service and a full candy jar. GBS will also offer support to faculty in training grant preparation and a GBS website is soon to go live. Adjacent to GBS are a large conference room that accommodates 50 individuals and a lounge area widely used for work, relaxation (aided by coffee service and foosball table) and events including poster sessions and social activities. MSTP and OPE share these resources, as well as provide reception areas for their own program’s use.  

Dr. Susan Rich, Graduate School Sr. Associate Dean, Life Sciences, notes that “These great resources are the result of extensive collaboration in planning and funding by the Graduate School, the School of Medicine and the Provost, as well as input from Centers and Departments in Shelby. The research and social networking promoted by the GBS/MSTP/OPE group is emblematic of the strong interdisciplinary research focus of investigators who populate the Shelby Building, and of the “Interdisciplinary” inscription in granite over the entry portico".

For further information contact Cyndi Ballinger (GBS), cknight@uab.edu, 934-2845; Paula Willey (MSTP), pwilley@uab.edu, 934-4092; and Sharon Johnston (OPE), sharontj@uab.edu, 975-7020.

  




Students Seek Out The "Opportunity Zone"

 

 

More than 200 students attended UAB’s first annual Graduate School recruiting fair, “The Opportunity Zone,” on Oct. 24, visiting more than 35 Graduate School Program booths and attending presentations on the benefits of getting a higher education by Dean Bryan Noe and Associate Deans Susan Rich and Jeffrey Engler.

“The Opportunity Zone was designed to provide students with information about the UAB Graduate School and academic programs,” explains event coordinator Kellie R. Carter. “The main goal behind this was to open up possibilities: Look at what else you can do.”

Carter says students seemed to enjoy the “Hot Topics,” which covered information such as how to find financing for graduate school, how to find the best fit in a graduate program, and how to survive and succeed while in graduate school.

Speakers included Dean Bryan Noe and Associate Deans Susan Rich and Jeffrey Engler, plus graduate students Mick Edmonds, Wes Edmonds, Guin Robinson and Anne Diers, who discussed their personal experiences at UAB.

Said Diers: “I felt that if just one student learned something about Graduate School that changed his/her perspective, then my participation was well worth it. I definitely think this event increased awareness of just how many graduate programs UAB offers.” 

Representatives were available to answer student questions, as well as to help students apply on site. “The Opportunity Zone was amazing,” said Public Health Program Administrator, Richard Bennett. “We had many inquiries, and there was a great deal of excitement from the students.”

The event was a good opportunity for Noe, Engler, and Rich to meet face-to-face with students and answer their questions about funding and finding the right school. In retrospect, Noe commented: "If one considers this event as a first time experiment, I believe everyone involved would agree that it was a highly successful one."

She adds that the Graduate School is already planning for next year. “We’re going to make this an annual event. We want to get the word out to other area schools that we have a good selection of graduate programs at UAB. We want students to realize that they have a first-rate institution in their backyard.”


Scientists Learn the Language of Capitalists

 

 

In the old days, smart didn’t necessarily equal rich. But from today’s “technopreneurs” to tomorrow’s space capitalists, that is starting to change, as demonstrated by UAB’s unique MBA for Scientists program.

As research moves out of the lab and into practice, increasingly, scientists participate in technology transfer efforts by starting or joining entrepreneurial ventures. Too often, that can place them at a disadvantage, explains Program Director Melody Lake.

“In such instances, many scientists face hurdles in trying to translate their scientific research into viable commercial ventures because their science education did not include practical instruction in management and business processes. This curriculum enables students to learn to speak and understand the language of business with specialized courses, such as Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship.”

Kimberly Jones, a 26-year-old Birmingham native with an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in forensic science, says she was attracted by the idea of having more options when she enters the work force.

“I’m not sure exactly what I want to do, but this degree might position me to be a lab director or work in sales. Or, it might help me become a successful entrepreneur. I have an idea for a start-up, and I know how to write business plans and what venture capitalists look for. The future is wide open.”

Instructor David Anthony, an experienced entrepreneur and venture capitalist, says scientists often become involved with entrepreneurial ventures without a real understanding of how these businesses will work, what the role of venture capital is, how to negotiate intellectual property rights, how to structure deals and partnerships, or when and how to build a winning management team.

MBA for Scientists is an evening program that consists of 51 hours (17 courses), which students complete at their own pace. In addition to traditional MBA courses, it includes specialized instruction in topics such as Technology Commercialization, Intellectual Property Management, Marketing and Scientific Due Diligence, Negotiation and Technology-based Entrepreneurship.

The program is for students and post-docs who have completed graduate degrees in science or technology fields such as Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Cell Biology, Computer Science, Engineering Genetics, Medicine, Microbiology, Pathology, Physics, and Physiology. For more information, contact Ms. Lake at mlake@uab.edu.



Student leaders define priorities for 2008

 

 

Mentoring, campus security, health care for graduate students – these are just a few of the issues student government leaders plan to address in 2008, according to Mick Edmonds and Terrance Wallace, representatives for the 4,500 graduate students at UAB.

“UAB offers a great place to study. I love it here,” says Edmonds, the new president of the Graduate Student Association (GSA). A native of Washington state, he says he quickly grew accustomed to the piney woods around Birmingham, where he studies molecular and cellular pathology under the mentorship of Dr. Danny R. Welch. “UAB has one of the top cancer centers in the country; it’s an exciting place to work and conduct research.”

Still, Edmonds says, there is always room for improvement, and the GSA’s top three initiatives include: 1) security on campus; 2) health care for graduate students; 3) and increasing the GSA budget to provide more services like travel grants, funding for student organizations, and community service projects with groups like Habitat for Humanity. “We are currently organizing a committee on health care for graduate students in case people want to get involved in this important issue.”

Also from out of state, Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) president Wallace is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He came to UAB to pursue a career in physical therapy (PT) after injuring a shoulder in high school football and seeing how the medical profession helps put athletes back into action. “I always knew that I wanted to go into PT. UAB has a national reputation for having cutting-edge rehab facilities and research. I knew I wanted to be part of that.”

“I had never been to Birmingham before, but the people are really friendly,” he adds. “Professors here are more like colleagues… and there are boundless opportunities to learn and mature as an intellectual and as an individual. For example, last summer, I was awarded the opportunity to conduct research in Jamaica as an intern for the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.”

Wallace, who was elected to the BGSA presidency in April, wants to see his group form closer alliances with UAB’s black faculty, increase its active membership, and enhance its financial standing to provide more activities for African American graduate students. “Some graduate students at UAB don’t even know we have a BGSA, yet we play an important role in networking and mentoring for the African American academic community. We want to get the word out about our organization and our mission.”

For more information, visit the two Web sites: BGSA at www.uab.edu/bgsa/ and GSA at http://www.uab.edu/gsa.

 


 

2008 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentorship

 

 

A mentor is not just an educator. A mentor is a person who inspires and motivates. A mentor is committed to excellence. The Dean's Excellence in Mentorship Award recognizes full-time regular UAB faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments as mentors of graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows.

More information regarding this award, including eligibility, criteria for selection, procedure for nomination, and nomination form, may be obtained by downloading the following PDF, http://www.uab.edu/graduate/MentorshipAward.pdf 

All materials must be submitted to Kellie Carter in 511 Hill University Center no later than November 15, 2007. 

 


 


UAB Student Writer Attracts Global Headlines

 

Like every student who enrolls in the UAB Graduate School’s Academic Writing classes, Gloria Benavides dreamed of publishing in a prestigious academic journal. But for Benavides, a post-doctoral fellow who earned her Ph.D. in her home country of Mexico, writing in English doesn’t always come easily. “I have to spend a lot of time writing, rewriting and revising,” she explains.

 

Well, Benavides’ practice of rewriting and revising paid off last month, along with her skills as a chemist, when she appeared as the first author on a scientific paper, “Hydrogen sulfide mediates the vasoactivity of garlic,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Then, as if that wasn’t enough, the New York Times and the BBC picked up her article as the basis for feature stories on garlic’s effect of lowering high blood pressure and protecting the heart against cardiovascular disease.

 

Benavides gives much of the credit to David Kraus, Ph.D., the study’s lead author and a UAB associate professor in the Departments of Environmental Health Sciences and of Biology. Performed by Benavides, Kraus and others, the study is the first to show garlic-derived polysulfides in the diet boost production of bodily H2S, which may the mediator for the protective benefits.

Practice – having to write a lot at work – and study have helped Benavides become a more confident and advanced writer. She recommends that graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and other UAB employees who want to publish and need to polish their skills should consider taking the school’s Professional Development Program (PDP) courses to learn professional writing and communication strategies. “The courses have been good for me. They have given me the confidence and the tools to improve my skills and become more competitive as an author and a scientist.”

This Spring’s PDP Academic Writing courses include:

GRD 726 Academic Writing I                                                                                    Location: TBA

Two Sections: Jan. 14 - Mar. 27, VTA—M/W, 8:00  to 9:30 am or VTB—M/W 4:00 to 5:30 pm  

(Prerequisite: Writing Assessment Level 3 Intermediate)  3 credit hours. Contact Jennifer L. Greer at jlgreer1@uab.edu. This Intermediate-level hands-on course introduces students to the writing process, the elements of effective writing, common academic texts, ethics, peer review, and techniques for efficient editing. Based on guided activities, independent practice, and small-group work with instructor feedback, it is the first of two courses on writing academic journal-style articles. Instruction also addresses key grammatical issues for second language writers. 

*GRD 727 Academic Writing II                                                                                 Location: TBA

Three Sections: Jan. 14 - Mar. 27, VTA—Tu/Th 8:00  to 9:30 am or VTB—Tu/Th 10:30 to Noon  or VTC—M/W 6:00 to 7:30 pm  

(Prerequisite: GRD 726)  3 credit hours. Contact Jennifer L. Greer at jlgreer1@uab.edu. In the second of a 2-part series, Intermediate writers build upon their knowledge of the writing process and peer review while learning to paraphrase, summarize, write literature reviews, and construct research articles. Activities include text analysis, writing practice, review, and revision as students model professional strategies. Instruction addresses key grammar issues for second language writers. 

*GRD 728 Advanced Academic Writing                                                                   Location: TBA

2 Sections: Jan. 14 - Mar. 27, Tu/Th 4:00  to 5:30 pm  or M/W 2:00 to 3:30 pm

(Prerequisite: Writing Assessment Level 4 Advanced or GRD 727)   3 credit hours. Contact Jennifer L. Greer at jlgreer1@uab.edu. Created for Advanced writers, GRD 728 reviews U.S. academic writing genres, standards, and conventions. Fast-paced with text analysis and guided practice, this course covers the writing of conference abstracts, posters, literature reviews, and research papers as students model professional strategies. Embedded language instruction addresses key grammar issues for second language writers. 



Graduate Student Research Days 2008

 

 

Each spring semester, UAB graduate students from all academic departments are invited to participate in Graduate Student Research Days by presenting the results of their studies in this forum. Cash awards are given for 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-places in most presentation sections.

The 2008 competition will be held on February 28th and 29th in the HUC Great Hall. The Call for Abstracts will go out during the first week of January. If you are a current UAB graduate student who is interested in participating, visit the Graduate Student Research Days website and look over the rules for the competition.

  


 

Grad School Nudges New Grant Writers

 

 

Graduate students who compete for grants can now receive incentives from the Graduate School for of the long hours that go into this painstaking process. 

“We believe that many of our graduate students would be competitive for individual fellowship awards, but not enough of them are applying. In an effort to boost the number of students who are securing individual fellowships to support their predoctoral education, we offer an economic incentive,” says Dr. Jeffrey A. Engler, associate dean for academic affairs in the UAB Graduate School. 

Basically, the Incentives plan offers $250 for students who apply for individual fellowships; to earn the incentive, the student’s program director or mentor must certify that the application is considered competitive. If a student’s application is funded, the student may then qualify for an additional stipend – as much as $2,000 – based on the amount of support provided by the student’s advisor, the size of the fellowship and the general rules governing Graduate School stipends.  

This plan is available to students in any graduate program in which extramural individual fellowship funding is available. To be eligible, the fellowship must provide more than half the current base stipend in the student’s program. Applications for travel and other small grants, appointment to training grants, or supplements to existing research grants will not be eligible for an incentive award under this program. 

Students who have little or no experience in grant writing should consider taking GRD 709 Fellowship Writing, which meets from Jan. 7 to May 1, Fridays, from 2 to 4 pm during the spring semester, Dr. Engler adds.  “This hands-on workshop takes students through the fellowship or grant writing process from finding funding sources to writing a successful narrative. Topics also include finding the right funding source to match your research topic, the fellowship or grant writing process, the writing and editing process, and effective revisions.  As a goal of this class, students will prepare a fellowship or grant proposal during the semester.” 

For additional details on the grant-writing Incentives plan, contact Dr. Engler at engler@uab.eduFor more information on the grant-writing course, GRD 709, contact Dr. Julia Austin at juastin@uab.edu


 

Ireland Awards to Help With Travel/Tuition in 2008

 

 

For the second year in a row, the Graduate School will award a series of research travel and tuition awards to encourage students to “catch the research bug.”  

“The Ireland tuition fellowship awards provide incentives for Masters students to pursue a research track (Plan I) instead of just doing coursework to obtain their degree (Plan II). We want to encourage more students to pursue research careers,’” explains Dean Bryan Noe, who helped initiate the awards along with Dr. Susan Rich, senior associate dean for life sciences, and Dr. Jeffrey Engler, associate dean for academic affairs. 

The Ireland research travel awards are strategically targeted to provide students with unique and valuable opportunities, says Engler.  “The research travel scholarship, which awards a maximum of $1,000, is not designed to send someone to a professional meeting; it’s designed to enable a student to capture an educational opportunity that doesn’t exist here at UAB. These travel scholarships are highly competitive, and students applied for everything from a trip to the Library of Congress to study historic documents to taking a course on Neuroimmunological Diseases at the Mrine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. These travel awards provide elite educational experiences that enrich not only our students, but UAB as a whole.” 

Both awards are funded by an endowment established at UAB by Caroline Ireland and the late Charles W. Ireland, and by new resources allocated to the Graduate School from the Provost’s office. 

Interested students should contact their graduate program directors, who are responsible for making nominations, says Engler.  The next competition will be held in March, 2008.



Graduate Student Profile

 

 

Adrienne L. King is currently a 3rd year doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences under the mentorship of Dr. Shannon Bailey.  She was recently selected to serve as the student representative on the Occupational and Public Health Specialty Section for the Society of Toxicology.  In this capacity, she will assist the specialty section in achieving one of its goals to improve and increase student participation and elevate student interest in research in the area of toxicology as it pertains to public health. 

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For more information about the Society for Toxicology, the Occupational and Public Health Specialty Section, or student involvement contact Adrienne at aking@ms.soph.uab.edu.


 


Commencement News

 

 

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, EdD, and DScTP degrees. Both ceremonies will take place on Saturday, December 15.

If you are a doctoral candidate that graduated in August 2007 or will be graduating in December 2007, you must fill out the commencement form by November 16 in order to participate in this ceremony. Simply showing up for the ceremony is not an option. This ceremony will be held in the Alys Stephens Centre at 10:30 a.m.

The commencement ceremony for master's and undergraduate students will be held in Bartow Arena at 2:00 p.m. All master's graduates who would like to attend commencement should look at the graduation information online at http://students.uab.edu/academics/show.asp?durki=49764&site=3048&return=5303.

When a candidate is near graduation, she or he must pay close attention to Graduate School deadlines, which are posted online at http://main.uab.edu/Sites/gradschool/students/current/deadlines/. Important dates include the following Spring and Summer semester deadlines:

Spring 2008 Deadlines

  • Application for Degree              January 25, 2008
  • Admission to Candidacy           January 4th, 2008
  • Change of Residency                January 4, 2008
  • Last Day for Defense                March 28, 2008  

Summer 2008 deadlines

  • Application for Degree              June 6, 2008
  • Defense Deadline                      July 7, 2008
  • Admission to Candidacy           May 6/May 30
  • Change of Residency                May 6/May/30

Completing all paper work and final payments by the posted deadlines will ensure that a candidate will graduate by the expected date.


 

UAB Roundtable Sponsors Annual Career Development Workshop

 

 

The 2008 Career Development Workshop will begin in the late afternoon on Friday, April 18th, 2008; and continue through the afternoon of Saturday, April 19th, 2008. Many of the exciting elements from past workshops will be included, while adding in a few new ideas.

The workshop will begin on Friday afternoon with a keynote speaker followed by a brief reception where the students and speakers can socialize and network.

The workshop will then continue on Saturday morning with official check-in/registration and several panels consisting of speakers from industry, government and non-profit organizations which will last through part of the afternoon. In between these panels, we will have coffee/snack breaks so attendees can ask the speakers deeper questions, followed by a networking lunch.

As a new addition to the workshop this year, there will be a mini-job fair where attendees can submit their resume/CV and potentially interview for a job opening that will be available in the near future.

Attendees can expect to benefit from the workshop by attaining a better awareness of the career opportunities that exist beyond the boundaries of classical academia, learning more about some of those careers, and determining whether a certain career would be a good fit for the attendee’s personality and interests.

If you are interested in attending the 2008 Career Development Workshop, you will need to officially register for the 1 credit hour class through BlazerNet (GRD 710, CRN 31903).


 

Postdoctoral Research Day

 

 

The UAB Postdoctoral Association in association with the Office of Postdoctoral Education will hold its annual Postdoctoral Research Day on Tuesday, February 5th in the West Pavilion Conference Center.

The Call for abstracts will be announced in November.


 

NIBIB Supported T-32 Predoctoral Training Grant

 

 

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) has awarded an interdisciplinary predoctoral training grant to UAB that is entitled “Nanotechnology in Biosensors and Bioengineering”. It is a five year program that started on September 1, 2007. Benefits to participating graduate students include: graduate stipends of $25,000 per year, full tuition and health insurance, and a travel award of $1,000 per year. The purpose of this grant is to implement a training program at the interfaces of physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering, and biomedical engineering that will reduce the time from discovery of a new tool in nanotechnology to its application in medical devices, tissue engineering, and biosensors for earliest detection of molecular signatures of disease.

 


 

Teaching at the College Level and Beyond

 

 

Teaching assistants, staff or graduate students who anticipate teaching professionally will want to consider taking GRD 705 this spring. Offered Monday nights from 5:30 to 8 p.m., from January 7 to May 1, this course provides an overview of many important aspects of teaching at the college level and beyond. Topics include designing a course and writing an effective syllabus, writing learning objectives, enhancing lectures, testing and grading, dealing with challenging students and difficult situations, learning and the brain, and accessing appropriate active learning strategies. It’s available for 2 or 3 credit hours. For more information, contact Dr. Julia Austin at jaustin@uab.edu or Nancy Abney at nabney@uab.edu

Below is a list of Spring 2008 PDP course offerings. The deadline for registration is Jan. 4th.

 Professional Development Courses Spring 2008

GRD 701 Presentation & Discussion Skills
January 7 to May 1

Two sections:

VTA Wednesdays, 5:30 to 8 pm (For native & High-Advanced English speakers)   
Meets in BBRB 263
VTB Wednesdays, 5:30 to 8 pm (For non-native English speakers)                    
Meets in BBRB 170

3 credit hours;  Contact Nancy Abney at nabney@uab.edu. This course is designed to develop professional communication skills through individual presentations and group evaluations. Topics include the basics of oral presentation, content, organization, and delivery of formal presentations; use of voice and nonverbal communication; and speaking to different audiences. Students’ presentations are videotaped and critiqued by their classmates and the instructor.

GRD 705 Teaching at the College Level and Beyond
January 7 to May 1
7M Mondays, 5:30 to 8:00pm                                                                                    Location: TBA
2 or 3 credit hours
; Contact Dr. Julia Austin at jaustin@uab.edu or Nancy Abney at nabney@uab.edu
This course provides an overview of many important aspects of teaching at the college level and beyond. Topics include designing a course and writing an effective syllabus, writing learning objectives, enhancing lectures, testing and grading, dealing with challenging students and difficult situations, learning and the brain, and accessing appropriate active learning strategies. 

GRD 708 Writing Successfully
Saturday, Feb.9, 9am to 5 pm
                                                                         Meets in CH 205
1 credit hour
; Contact Dr. Julia Austin at jaustin@uab.edu.
This workshop provides an introduction to various aspects of writing in a variety of professional settings. Topics include strategies for efficient composing, overcoming writer’s block, avoiding plagiarism, adjusting for audience, writing for PowerPoint, and editing your own writing. 

GRD 709 Fellowship Writing
Jan. 7 to May 1, Fridays, 2 to 4 pm

3 credit hours;
Contact Dr. Julia Austin at juastin@uab.edu.
This hand-on workshop takes students through the fellowship or grant writing process from finding funding sources to writing a successful narrative. Topics also include finding the right funding source to match your research topic, the fellowship or grant writing process, the writing and editing process, and effective revisions. Students will prepare a fellowship or grant proposal during the semester.  

GRD 710 Career Workshop for Graduate Students
Saturday, April 19, 9 am  to 5 pm
                                                                    Location: TBA
1 credit hour; Contact Dr. Jeff Engler at engler@uab.edu.
This workshop provides participants with insights into a variety of career fields, inside and outside of academia. Discussion panels are made up of invited speakers from business, government, industry, and academia from across the United States.   

Academic English for Internationals Spring 2008: Tentative ScheduleJan. 14 to Mar. 27 (unless otherwise indicated)**Check Spring Schedule on BlazerNET for changes**

 

Oral Communication

 

 

*GRD 720 Oral Communication I                                                          Meets in SHEL 105
Three sections:VTA-M/W 5:30 to 7pm  or VTB-M/W 3:30 to 5pm or VTC-Tu/Th 5:30 to 7:00pm 
(Prerequisite: OPI Intermediate—Low or Mid)  
3 credit hours Contact Nancy Abney at nabney@uab.edu. Designed for students who score Intermediate on the UAB Oral Proficiency Assessment, this interactive speaking and listening course is the first of a 2-part sequence to prepare students to participate actively in discussions by clearly, confidently, and accurately expressing their ideas. In this blended-learning course, students listen to presentations and interviews on current topics, then summarize, paraphrase and discuss issues.    

*GRD 721 Oral Communication II VTB—Tu/Th 4:00-5:30 pm                                                                         Meets in SHEL 105       
(Prerequisite: GRD 720)  3 credit hours
Contact Nancy Abney at nabney@uab.edu. In the second of a 2-part sequence designed to enhance grammatical and pronunciation accuracy as well as fluency and pragmatic and sociolinguistic competence, students in this web-enhanced course discuss ethical and global issues, prepare group reports, and learn to give impromptu, problem-solution, informative, and persuasive talks. 

*GRD 730 Advanced Oral Communication                                                    Location: TBA
2 Sections:
VTA—M/W 12:00  to 1:30 pm or VTB—Tu/Th 10:30 am to 12:00 noon   
(Prerequisite: OPI Intermediate High or Advanced)  3 credit hours Contact Nancy Abney at nabney@uab.edu.   The Advanced-level course prepares students for the kinds of communication they are expected to perform as part of their graduate studies and professional duties—articulating and supporting one’s ideas in classroom discussions; sharing and debating scholarly projects with colleagues; and delivering formal talks at professional meetings. 

 

 

 

Pronunciation and Accent Improvement 

*GRD 714: Individualized Pronunciation Instruction                                                 Location: TBA January 7 to May 1
(Prerequisite: GRD 720/721, 724, or 730) 3 to 5 credit hours per semester (max. 4 semesters)
Contact Jonghee Shadix at jshadix@uab.edu. Students in Individualized Instruction have acquired basic speaking skills in group instruction and are now ready for fine-tuning their language abilities with an experienced instructor, who tailors lessons to their particular pronunciation needs. The course includes a thorough diagnostic and goal-setting session, followed by one-to-one instruction in the sounds and rhythms of English, including computer-assisted language mapping and techniques used by professional actors. 

*GRD 725 Advanced Pronunciation/Accent  Workshop                                                     January 7 to May 1 - Saturdays, 9:00 to 11:30 am                                             Location: TBA
3 credit hours  -
Contact Jonghee Shadix at jshadix@uab.edu.  
Prerequisite: GRD 724 and GRD 714, or equivalent proficiency. This course is for those students who have completed the individualized instruction or who have the equivalent proficiency of those who have completed. By applying the voice and speech works of actor training, the students will practice speaking in longer stretches of the speech without losing the clarity of the message. This course helps students prepare for thesis and dissertation defenses, lecturing, and talks given at professional conferences.   

 

 

 

Academic Writing   

*GRD 726 Academic Writing I                                                                      Jan 14 - Mar 27 - Two Sections: VTA—M/W 8:00  to 9:30 am or VTB—M/W 4:00 to 5:30 pm           Location: TBA  (Prerequisite: Writing Assessment Level 3 Intermediate)  3 credit hours
Contact Jennifer L. Greer at jlgreer1@uab.edu. This Intermediate-level hands-on course introduces students to the writing process, the elements of effective writing, common academic texts, ethics, peer review, and techniques for efficient editing. Based on guided activities, independent practice, and small-group work with instructor feedback, it is the first of two courses on writing academic journal-style articles. Instruction also addresses key grammatical issues for second language writers.   

*GRD 727 Academic Writing II                                                                     Location: TBA
Jan. 14 - Mar 27 - Three Sections
: VTA—Tu/Th 8:00  to 9:30 am or VTB—Tu/Th 10:30 to Noon  or VTC—M/W 6:00 to 7:30 pm
(Prerequisite: GRD 726)
 3 credit hours
Contact Jennifer L. Greer at jlgreer1@uab.edu. In the second of a 2-part series, Intermediate writers build upon their knowledge of the writing process and peer review while learning to paraphrase, summarize, write literature reviews, and construct research articles. Activities include text analysis, writing practice, review, and revision as students model professional strategies. Instruction addresses key grammar issues for second language writers.  

*GRD 728 Advanced Academic Writing                                                      
Jan 14 - Mar 27 - 2 Sections
: Tu/Th 4:00  to 5:30 pm or M/W 2:00 to 3:30 pm                                   Location: TBA 
(Prerequisite: Writing Assessment Level 4 Advanced or GRD 727)   3 credit hours
Contact Jennifer L. Greer at jlgreer1@uab.edu. Created for Advanced writers, GRD 728 reviews U.S. academic writing genres, standards, and conventions. Fast-paced with text analysis and guided practice, this course covers the writing of conference abstracts, posters, literature reviews, and research papers as students model professional strategies. Embedded language instruction addresses key grammar issues for second language writers. 

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