Dear UAB Community and Friends,
Spring is always an exciting time at UAB as campus is in bloom and bustling with activity and accomplishment. I am enjoying meeting with students and faculty all around campus who are engaged in innovative projects and service opportunities: four undergraduates who were named University Innovation Fellows recently launched the UAB MakerSpace in Sterne Library, an excellent resource for students of all disciplines; business students are partnering with United Way and PNC Bank to provide free tax return preparation for low-income individuals and families; 23 undergraduates were chosen to attend the upcoming Clinton Global Initiative University that addresses important global challenges; and today about 170 of our medical students found out at Match Day where they will be serving their residencies and bringing quality, compassionate health care to communities throughout our state and nation.
 fd presUniversity Innovation Fellow Forrest Satterfield (biomedical engineering) discussing the new UAB MakerSpace.

Last week we were pleased to host the Conference USA basketball championships, the second consecutive year we’ve had this tremendous opportunity to showcase UAB Athletics and Birmingham as a top sports destination. Our men’s and women’s teams played hard and inspired our campus and community, some with mismatched shoes but all with bold uniformity of determination, heart and skill. I want our players and coaches to know that you have done UAB and Birmingham very proud throughout this outstanding season, and even greater days are ahead for Blazer basketball and all our athletics programs. 
shoes thumbnailSee how a pediatric cancer survivor and his family inspire UAB basketball players and coaches.

The national prestige of our academic programs has again been recognized in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools” list published this week. I commend faculty and staff in all of our programs listed, particularly the 10 programs that ranked in the top 25.
25 top programs 
Not only are our faculty teaching and developing nationally acclaimed academic programs, they continue to earn very competitive research funding campuswide. I want to especially congratulate our School of Dentistry on again ranking first in NIH funding among all dental schools nationally.

We are having a very productive spring and our ongoing success is driven by robust planning, collaboration and communication. I and other senior administrators will be hosting a town hall meeting open to all faculty, staff and students on March 30, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Hill Student Center Alumni Auditorium. This will be an open forum to discuss the present and future of this great university, and we look forward to hearing your ideas and answering any questions you might have. If you would like to email questions beforehand, feel free to send those to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “UAB town hall” and we will answer as many of those as possible at the event. I hope to see you there.

Thank you for all you continue to do for our campus and community, and I wish our students an enjoyable and safe spring break.