Beware of Predatory Publishers!

It is important to be wary of the possible pitfalls and perils of publishing in open-source, pay-to-publish journals.  While there are legitimate and highly respected open-source journals it is worth your time to do your homework to assess the credibility of which journal you submit your article to.  Here is a small compilation of resources on this topic.

Have other resources you would like to share?  email me at


Our inaugural CNR star is Crystal Franklin, MPH. Crystal serves as the Program Manager on Dr. Karen Heaton’s research project “Effects and Feasibility of a Computer-Based Intervention on Truck Drivers’ Sleep. “ Crystal came to work in the SON in April of this year, and in this short period of time she has become an invaluable member of the CNR and shines as one of our brightest stars!

“The EMAMF grant aims and plans are my intellectual work; but Crystal has breathed the life into the project, and makes it happen on a day-to-day basis.  The project is challenging because we are dealing with remote and mobile participants. Her organizational skills, commitment, and reliability “keep the wheels turning”.  She is always willing to help, is pleasant and professional with all she encounters, and goes the extra mile consistently-she definitely has earned a star on the CNR walk of fame!!” – Dr. Karen Heaton, PhD, CEN, FNP-BC

Ms. Franklin earned her MPH in Epidemiology from UAB and her undergraduate degree from Huntingdon College. She comes to the project with a wealth of experience in research design, participant recruitment, data collection, data management, presentation of findings and coordinating graduate and undergraduate student participation in research. The aims of Dr. Heaton’s research project parallel Ms. Franklin’s particular interests in transportation safety and injury prevention - she has co-authored a peer reviewed manuscript, has another manuscript currently in press, and is co-authored on two manuscripts that are currently under review for publication all in the area of transportation safety and injury prevention.

Highlighted publications

Garner, A.A., Franklin, C.A., Fine, P.R., Sattin, R., & Stavrinos, D. (2011). Distracted Driving Among Adolescents: Challenges and Opportunities. Injury Prevention. 17: 285

Ms. Franklin can be contacted at

If there is someone you believe should be recognized as a CNR Star send your nominations to Heather de la Piedra at


Poster Presentations

SON_Poster_HorizontalAs a resource to you - we have 2 large-format posters templates with the SON Branding. You may download these posters and save them to your computer for editing in PowerPoint.

54"x 36" SON Horizontal Poster

35"x 47" SON Vertical Poster

The size specifications of the poster will vary by conference, the sizes above are common sizes. Be sure to carefully read the instructions you should receive upon the acceptance of your posster. 

If you need to change the poster size you can do so in PowerPoint via the Design Tab -->Page Setup-->Custom

Be sure you make the size change BEFORE you put any content on the poster - if you do not you may have to resize all of your content.

Need some more help with your poster? 
Here are 2 CNR produced PowerPoint presentations that you may find useful.


Printing Resources 
Be prepared and plan ahead!  Call your printer well before you need your poster to be sure that they will be able to deliver within your timeframe - Have a Plan B!



 HeartWhat’s going on in the SON?

UAB Service Awards- that's what is going on!SON Faculty and Staff celebrated 27 members of the SON family who have provided over 240 years of service at UAB.




If you have any HR-related announcements or questions you would like answered in the next HR Monthly,
please submit them to Heather de la Piedra at


Wellness at UAB

StrikeNEW Blazer Bowling League - The new Blazer Bowling League Thursdays at 6:30pm - Riverview Bowling Center on Hwy 280.  The Blazer Bowling League is a great way to get active, meet new people, and have some fun. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE UAB BOWLING LEAGUE

Heart-StethFebruary’s HEART Month - Free Blood Pressure Checks & Events!
Thursdays, 11am – 1pm, North Pavilion 



Thursday, Feb. 7 – Get Active - Go for a walk at lunch for a new pair of socks giveaway at the North Pavilion Thursday, Feb 14 – Get Educated –Come visit with our team to learn the risks and health behaviors associated with hypertension and heart health and pick up your tumbler coffee mug giveaway Thursday, Feb 21AHA Red Couch Campaign at UAB- Share your cardiovascular story on camera or come to learn the AHA’s “7 Simple Steps to Live Better” and pick up your backpack giveaway
Friday, Feb 22 – UAB Recreation Center Health Fair, 10am – 2pm Thursday, Feb 28 – Hearth Healthy Cooking Demonstration, recipes and UAB Heart Healthy Cookbook giveaway  

KEASKEAS – A NEW Social Health Game starting February 11th

KEAS is an interactive online wellness game with fun games, quizzes, friendly competition, and prizes. Starting February 11th go online to to form teams of co-workers or family members, set weekly health goals, and start competing.

New Grant Staff

CorilynCorilyn Ott, PhD
Dr. Ott will be working with SON professor Mirjam Kempf, PhD, on her research project, “Telemedicine to improve depression and adherence in HIV+ women in the rural South.”  She is serving as the project's Research Technician, where she will provide expertise in qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

KendraKendra Piper, MPH
Kendra will be working with SON professor Comfort Enah, PhD, RN on her research projects, “Development of an HIV Prevention Game for African American Rural Adolescents” and “Relevance and Acceptability of Gaming for HIV Prevention with African American Rural Adolescents.” Kendra serves as the projects’ Research Technician, where she will provide research support in the recruitment and retention of study participants and assist in interviewing and data collection.

QuadLaQuadria “Quad” Robinson
LaQuadria is working as a Work Study-Student Assistant.  She is currently a student here with us in the School of Nursing where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

For current School of Nursing job opportunities visit

Training & Development

The Office of Organizational Learning and Development has some great opportunities this month to assist you in your career development and your personal life.  Check out the T&D February Newsletter for upcoming opportunities that you can participate in for free ( Visit the UAB Faculty and Staff Learning System at to browse training opportunities, register for classes, track training histories and access other resources.