On September 1, 2015, faculty, staff, students and special guests, Dr. John Dubay and Dr. Eric Hunter, gathered at Volker Hall for the inaugural Susan Roberts Dubay Endowed Lecture. 

Preeyam PatelPreeyam Patel (Kearney lab) is the winner of the 2015 Max D. Cooper Travel Award. She will use this award to help defray the cost of travel to attend the International Congress of Immunology meeting in Melbourne, Australia, in August 2016.

Microbiology professor Dr. Michael Niederweis and colleagues identify the first known toxin of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a pathogen that infects 9 million people a year and kills more than 1 million.

Barnum 130x130Microbiology professor, Dr. Scott Barnum, is one of three outstanding professors nominated by students from the UAB School of Medicine in the category of Best Educator in Fundamentals 2 for this year’s School of Medicine Argus Awards.

Leon RuizMicrobiology assistant professor Beatriz León-Ruiz, Ph.D., has been named the junior faculty winner of the 2015 Dean’s Excellence Award in Research. This honor recognizes exceptional contributions made by School of Medicine faculty in service, teaching, research, diversity enhancement and mentorship. 

2015CapitolHillDayMicrobiology professor Dr. Louis Justement and three other UAB professors were among 50 scientists from 27 states to meet with congressional staff during Capitol Hill Day, April 14, 2015.

“The annual Capitol Hill day represents an ongoing effort by The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), its constituent societies and individual scientists to communicate directly with legislators and their staffs regarding the importance of biomedical research in terms of the economic impact and benefits to the health of the country,” says Justement, who serves as chair of the FASEB subcommittee on Policy and Government Affairs.

This year, researchers proposed a specific funding strategy to more than 100 congressional offices. That strategy involves a five-year commitment to a five percent annual funding increase in support of science research and development. The researchers believe this plan would help maintain the country’s leadership in science and restore the purchasing power of the NIH budget, which has decreased by 25 percent since 2003.

“The good news is that the efforts of FASEB and other advocates for biomedical research are indeed having an impact on how legislators view the NIH, NSF and other federal research entities. Recently, there has been a clear indication that legislators realize that NIH and the biomedical research community across the country are struggling to keep pace and that we risk losing a generation of new scientists. Hopefully, this will translate into increased support for biomedical research in the near term,” says Justement.

Pictured are: UAB professors David Pollock, Ph.D.; Mary-Ann Bjornsti, Ph.D.; Louis Justement, Ph.D.; and Elizabeth Brown, Ph.D.