Graduate Student Research Day is a testament to the legacy of Dr. Samuel Booth Barker, first Dean of the UAB Graduate School. From 1970 until 1979, Barker laid the foundation for UAB graduate students and graduate faculty. As dean emeritus, he remained active in UAB events as scholar and patron of the arts.

Barker's signature bolo and beret were noticed by all as he made his way to part of each session of Graduate Student Research Day. Ninety years old, Barker attended the Graduate School Awards Luncheon 2002 to present the Barker Awards, and he commented—in a style that only he could get away with—that "I'm glad it's not the Sam Barker memorial award." Then, on September 3, just five months later, Barker died after a short illness. Many at UAB still feel the loss, but we also continue to gain from his legacy of integrity and generosity.

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15 UAB faculty honored for excellence in mentorship

Mentorship Logo RGBFifteen faculty members were honored April 20 at a ceremony recognizing the University of Alabama at Birmingham's outstanding mentors. The 2016 Graduate School Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentorship Ceremony drew more than 120 people to celebrate the honoree's achievements. Read more ...

Exploring memory storage and retrieval through neuroscience and art

rememory group photo squareMika Guzman Karlsson, an MD/PhD candidate from the Sweatt lab, and Megan Rich, a PhD student from the Bolding lab, both from the Department of Neurobiology, described how memories are stored and retrieved at the Discoveries in the Making event at the Homewood Library on April 14, 2016. Read more ...

Nursing PhD students Bray, Mumbower and Pavicevic named 2016 Jonas Scholars

Leigh Ann Bray, Rachael Mumbower and Zoran Pavicevic will receive $10,000 each during the next two years from the Jonas Center, which is focused on expanding the pipeline of nursing faculty and advanced practice nurses. The UAB School of Nursing will match this funding.

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