June 26, 2014

SOM faculty named among Edge of Chaos Scholars
The inaugural class draws together some of the finest minds in the country to think about some of the thorniest societal issues.

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Thirteen faculty members from the School of Medicine were invited to join the inaugural Edge of Chaos Scholars program, bringing together 26 faculty members from across UAB’s campus to deal with “wicked problems” — problems that defy easy or obvious solutions.

Faculty were invited based on their academic standing, accomplishments and their innovative perspective on the development of creativity and intellectual capacity on campus. Throughout the coming academic year, they will present lectures on a range of topics — with an emphasis on innovation and interdisciplinary thinking.

Scholars with primary appointments in the School of Medicine are:

William Curry, M.D., professor of medicine, associate dean for Primary Care and Rural Health, and senior VP for Population Health for the UAB Health System;

Frank Skidmore, M.D., assistant professor of neurology, School of Medicine;

Timothy Wick, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Co-Director of BioMatrix Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Center, School of Engineering;

Majd Zayzafoon, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology, director of UAB Center for Metabolic Bone Disease and director of UAB-International Advanced Clinical Training Program, School of Medicine.

Scholars with secondary appointments in the School of Medicine and its related Centers are:

Distinguished Professor David Allison, Ph.D., associate dean for Science, Director of the Office of Energetics, School of Public Health. Allison holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Genetics and Medicine;

Michelle Fanucchi, Ph.D., associate professor and chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences; School of Public Health. Fanucchi also holds an appointment in the Cystic Fibrosis Research Center;

George Howard, DrPH, professor of biostatistics, School of Public Health. Howard holds a secondary appointment in the Division of Preventive Medicine;

Meredith Kilgore, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy; School of Public Health. Kilgore holds appointments in the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disease Center, the Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education and the Comprehensive Cancer Center;

Leslie McClure, Ph.D., professor of biostatistics; School of Public Health. McClure holds appointments in the Comprehensive Diabetes Center and the Center for Cardiovascular Biology;

Nir Menachemi, Ph.D., professor of health care organization and policy, School of Public Health. Menachemi holds an appointment in the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education;

Gerald McGwin, Ph.D., professor and vice chair, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health. McGwin holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Surgery;

Paul Muntner, Ph.D., professor and vice chair, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health. Munter holds a secondary appointment in the Division of Nephrology.

Click here for the full list of Edge of Chaos Scholars and to read more about the program. 
 
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