Kym Proctor Is Employee of the Month

Kym Proctor sAs program administrator for the Immunology and Microbiology Themes of UAB's Graduate Biomedical Sciences program, Kym is the person in the know. She routinely answers questions about enrolling in graduate school at UAB, registering for classes, and even the best places to go for lunch. “She is the rock we lean on for support, the glue that holds our program together, the one who keeps us on track, the Mom away from home, the therapist, the shoulder we cry on and the sun on a cloudy day,” says Melissa Oliver, Ph.D. candidate in the GBS program.

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UAB Beckman Scholars Attend 2013 Symposium

UAB’s five (3 finishing, 2 starting) Beckman Scholars attended the Beckman Foundation's Scholars Symposium, July 25-27, at the Beckman Center of the National Academy of Sciences and Engineering in Irvine, California.

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Spring Immunology Symposium Brings People Together

ZinkernagelUAB was host for the Spring Immunology Symposium held June 22-23, 2013. This was the second year for the regional meeting that was created by faculty from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Emory University School of Medicine. The symposium showcases immunology research being done in the Southeast as researchers share new work, exchange ideas and build collaborations.

The Microbiology department played an important role in hosting this event. Hubert Tse, Ph.D., was one of the organizers of the meeting, which was sponsored by the Immunology Autoimmunity and Transplantation Steering Committee. Frances Lund, Ph.D., microbiology department chair, and Casey Weaver, M.D., microbiology department secondary faculty member, were co-directors of the steering committee.

Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Rolf Zinkernagel of the University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland; Dr. Emil Unanue of Washington University School of Medicine; and Dr.John Cambier of the Denver School of Medicine, were distinguished keynote speakers. Faculty members at Emory, HudsonAlpha, Vanderbilt, University of Tennessee at Memphis, Georgia Regents University, University of Florida and UAB presented their work.

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Chaplin Named Associate Dean for Faculty Development

Chaplin 2013Congratulations to David Chaplin, M.D., Ph.D., who has been named Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the UAB School of Medicine. In this new position, Chaplin will focus on increasing development opportunities for faculty. “My vision is to develop programs that will be useful for people at each stage of their careers,” said Chaplin.

Mestecky Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Medicine

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Jiri Mestcky, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded an honorary doctorate of medicine by Palacky’s University, School of Medicine, Olomouc, Czech Republic during a ceremony at the Archbishop’s Palace on May 14, 2013. (In photo left: Mestecky, Dean of the Medical School, Rector [President] of the University, Promotor [vice-president]. Front: Carriers of university insignia and symbols.)