Spain Rehabilitation Center celebrates 50 yearsSpain Rehabilitation Center marks its anniversary in the same way as its dedication — with a scientific program that demonstrates its commitment to providing the finest care supported by research and teaching.Meadows to help Smithsonian contain controversy on evolution exhibitLee Meadows, Ph.D., who guides science teachers on ways to teach evolution, will apply those theories to a much larger audience as a member of a committee the Museum of Natural History has assembled to offer support and advice regarding its exhibit on the science of human origins, "What Does it Mean to Be Human?"Nursing's Harper named to VA Special Medical Advisory GroupDoreen C. Harper, Ph.D., dean of the UAB School of Nursing, has been appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs Special Medical Advisory Group, which advises on the care and treatment of veterans and other matters. UAB has played a prominent role in aiding veterans through care and opportunity during Harper’s tenure.Mukhtar using genetic engineering to develop disease-resistant crops
Karolina Mukhtar, Ph.D., is a molecular biologist working to find ways to give plants the ability to function under increased cellular stress and efficiently fight infections.Child safety on campus is everyone's responsibilityWe have a policy, procedures and an obligation to protect children who participate in UAB-sponsored activities and activities on UAB’s campus.Blazer Bowling kicks off summer league play with partyThe Blazer Bowling League is a great way to meet people, have fun and help raise money for the UAB Benevolent Fund. This is a 14-week, sanctioned league with cash prizes at the end.
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Submit abstracts for Diabetes Research Day by April 28UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center will hold its annual Diabetes Research Day May 23. Submission and registration details are online. Attendance is free, but registration is required to reserve your lunch.
- Event Date May 2
First Benevolent Fund food truck festival April 25
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Get something good to eat and help the Benevolent Fund at the same time during the Food Truck Festival 11 a.m- 2:30 p.m. April 25. Ten percent of sales will be donated to help support more than 120 local nonprofits and the Employee Emergency Assistance Program.
Panizzi Woodley’s leadership pivotal in Medicine’s reaccreditation process
- Event Date April 25
Co-workers say Kristina Panizzi Woodley, Ph.D., assumed great responsibility for coordinating the School of Medicine’s self-study for reaccreditation. For her leadership, Woodley has been named April Employee of the Month.UAB welcomes Google Trekker to campusA man wearing an odd-looking backpack walked around campus Wednesday to capture panoramic street-level views for Google Maps. Google is working with the Office of Public Relations and Marketing to create a campus view for UAB similar to the ones it hosts for Stanford, Cornell, Dartmouth and other notable universities throughout the world.Two chances to see the battle of the sumobots this weekThe Business-Engineering Complex lobby will be the arena for a robot battle royale this week, when engineering students pit their specially designed robots against each other in the sumo ring.Opening reception set for BFA exhibitSix students will display works in graphic design, drawing, painting, printmaking and photography for the new Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition, which opens April 30 in UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts. A free opening reception is planned 5-8 p.m. May 1.
Yates to spend the summer in Cape Town as a Fulbright specialistStephanie Yates, Ph.D., associate professor of finance, will travel to the University of Cape Town in South Africa this summer to consult with the director of its newly created African Institute for Financial Markets and Risk Management.Baseball v. Marshall April 25-27UAB Baseball will host Marshall this weekend with games at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Regions Field.
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13 graduate faculty recognized for commitment to mentoring
- Event Date April 25
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Professors who push students to become their best were recognized by the dean of The Graduate School with an award for excellence April 16.New reasons for racial disparities in obesity among women revealedRacial disparities in obesity rates among U.S. adults often are blamed on socioeconomic status because of its influence on diet and physical activity, but a new model suggests this is true only for men. Bisakha Sen, Ph.D., associate professor of health care policy at UAB, says the data suggests culture or genetics may play a larger role among women in her findings published in Obesity.7 THINGS TO KNOW FOR THE WEEKA look at things to see and do for the UAB community for the week of April 20-26.Exchange Faculty & Staff Night tickets for any UAB Baseball gameThe April 15 UAB-Alabama State baseball game was cancelled due to weather and will not be rescheduled. Exchange your tickets for any UAB baseball game by bringing them and your photo I.D. to the UAB or Regions Field Ticket Office. The Strike Out Cancer event has been moved to the April 26 game against Marshall.Hasan to make cloud computing more secure
Ragib Hasan, Ph.D., received a National Science Foundation Career Award to support his quest for accountable clouds. His intent is to improve the security of cloud computing by leveraging provenance — or the history of data, applications and cloud state — as a first-class property of clouds.
UAB welcomes Google Trekker to campusA man wearing an odd-looking backpack walked around campus Wednesday to capture panoramic street-level views for Google Maps. Google is working with the Office of Public Relations and Marketing to create a campus view for UAB similar to the ones it hosts for Stanford, Cornell, Dartmouth and other notable universities throughout the world.Kharlampieva focuses on shape-shifting research for drug delivery
Eugenia Kharlampieva, Ph.D., received a National Science Foundation Career Award to support her research on shape responses of ultra-thin hydrogel microcapsules. The research aims to mimic biological objects in regard to shape, flexibility and reactiveness to make drug delivery more efficient.7 THINGS TO KNOW FOR THE WEEKA look at things to see and do for the UAB community for the week of April 20-26.13 graduate faculty recognized for commitment to mentoring
Professors who push students to become their best were recognized by the dean of The Graduate School with an award for excellence April 16.Feldman wins prize for his chronicle of the South's shift to a red stateGlen Feldman, Ph.D., professor of history, received the Anne B. and James B. McMillan Book Prize for his work, "The Irony of the Solid South: Democrats, Republicans, and Race, 1865-1944," which examines the South’s transition to a majority Republican region from its Democratic roots.Employees helping eighth-graders reach ‘their highest potential’
Fifteen UAB employees are mentoring eighth-graders from Hayes K-8 School to help pilot a Big Brothers Big Sisters program to improve students’ self-esteem and broaden their horizons.Three professors awarded emeritus rankThe University of Alabama System Board of Trustees named three emeritus professors during its April 4 meeting.UAB Minute: April 15, 2014
Volunteering brings more gifts of friendship than it costs in time, Merchant says
Jeanne Merchant is one of five UAB employees we’re spotlighting during National Volunteer Week to inspire, recognize and encourage people to seek out imaginative ways to contribute in their communities. Share your story.Hasan to make cloud computing more secure
Ragib Hasan, Ph.D., received a National Science Foundation Career Award to support his quest for accountable clouds. His intent is to improve the security of cloud computing by leveraging provenance — or the history of data, applications and cloud state — as a first-class property of clouds.UAB hydrogen-fuel-cell bus unveiled, joins MAX fleet
The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority now will have a UAB-developed, zero-emissions bus in its downtown MAX fleet, and the city is home to the only hydrogen-fuel-cell bus and fueling station in the Southeast.Demshuk to examine the politics of memory in post-WWII reconstructionAndrew Demshuk, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, has received a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Award that will enable him to pursue a comparative history of post-1945 reconstruction and urban planning in three cities divided by Cold War borders — Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, Leipzig, East Germany, and Wrocław, western Poland.Transplant picnic to honor donorsNearly 4,000 Alabamians are waiting for a life-saving transplant. This annual event honors those who have given the precious gift of life.
New reasons for racial disparities in obesity among women revealedRacial disparities in obesity rates among U.S. adults often are blamed on socioeconomic status because of its influence on diet and physical activity, but a new model suggests this is true only for men. Bisakha Sen, Ph.D., associate professor of health care policy at UAB, says the data suggests culture or genetics may play a larger role among women in her findings published in Obesity.Geldmacher named to new endowed professorship in neuroscienceProfessor David S. Geldmacher, M.D., who directs the Division of Memory Disorders and Behavioral Neurology, was named the inaugural holder of the Patsy W. and Charles A. Collat Endowed Professorship in Neuroscience.Trustees approve two endowed positions, one lectureThe University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approved the establishment an endowed chair, professorship and lecture during its April 4 meeting.Protect your personal systems against HeartbleedUAB IT recommends that employees, staff and students who conduct personal business using the Internet change those personal passwords to protect themselves against fraud, identity theft and other cyber-crimes.Volunteering is good for the soul, Stevenson says
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Melanie Stevenson is one of the UAB employees we’re spotlighting during National Volunteer Week to inspire, recognize and encouraged people to seek out imaginative ways to contribute to their communities. Share your story.Jordan to lead association of surgical residency directorsProfessor William D. Jordan, Jr., M.D., has become president-elect of the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery for the 2014-16 academic years, and he will serve as president from 2016-2018.The Campaign for UAB appeals to online giversOnline contributions during the six months since the public launch of The Campaign for UAB surpassed online gifts from the entire previous fiscal year.
Child safety on campus is everyone's responsibilityWe have a policy, procedures and an obligation to protect children who participate in UAB-sponsored activities and activities on UAB’s campus.UAB welcomes Google Trekker to campusA man wearing an odd-looking backpack walked around campus Wednesday to capture panoramic street-level views for Google Maps. Google is working with the Office of Public Relations and Marketing to create a campus view for UAB similar to the ones it hosts for Stanford, Cornell, Dartmouth and other notable universities throughout the world.Kinesiology is the new physical educationPhysical education courses now will carry a KIN prefix to reflect the program's name change to Kinesiology, and students should review options under that designation when registering. Only the name has changed; Kinesiology offers the same degrees and concentrations offered through the Physical Education program.Trustees approve two endowed positions, one lectureThe University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approved the establishment an endowed chair, professorship and lecture during its April 4 meeting.Rigney to retire as vice president of Information TechnologyDoug Rigney, Ph.D., invested 35 years with UAB, which he experienced from almost all perspectives: student, alumnus, professor and administrator.New license plate proclaims the UAB brandSupport UAB scholarships by choosing the newly designed license plate featuring “Knowledge that will change your world” when you purchase or renew your State of Alabama tag. Proceeds from the sale of UAB license plates support License to Learn Scholarships given each year by the UAB National Alumni Society.Faculty Senate nominations due by April 11Nominate yourself or a colleague online by 5 p.m. April 11 for chair, secretary and unit senators for Business, CAS, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, Joint Health Sciences, Lister Hill Library, School of Medicine, Nursing, Optometry and Public Health. Learn more at www.uab.edu/facultysenate.Final candidates for dean of libraries to presentA national search has narrowed the list of candidates, and they will make hour-long public presentations next week.Margison to retire as VP of financial affairs, administrationRichard Margison has announced he will retire this summer after 16 years leading UAB’s finance, facilities, safety and security initiatives, and a national search will be conducted for his successor.UAB gearing up for campuswide emphasis on team learningUAB's new Quality Enhancement Program, which will begin in 2015, will encompass all of campus — undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.UAB Police preparing for national accreditation reviewThe UAB Police Department is undergoing its periodic review by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, and assessors will be on campus April 8-11.Stephens to retire after four decades with Sterne LibraryMervyn Sterne Library Director Jerry Stephens, Ph.D., announced he will retire May 31. Stephens, who first joined the library in 1974 when it was a part of the former University College, is only the second director for UAB's main academic library. A national search for dean of libraries is underway.Work to detour night traffic on University BoulevardWork began March 25 to install a new electrical feed to Campbell Hall from the 14th Street side of the building; it is not expected to disrupt daily traffic in the area.First round of password changes underwayEmail notifications are being sent to remind employees and students to change their BlazerID password as part of a new security standard, which requires a regular change in passwords — every 90 days for employees and every 180 days for students.File annual ethics report by April 30The State of Alabama Ethics Commission requires UAB employees who meet a certain salary threshold, or whose job includes management of state funds in certain capacities, to complete an annual Statement of Economic Interests form. As a reminder, the salary threshold is now $75,000, and individuals serving as supervisors are now required to file.
Nominations open for Norwood AwardNominate someone for the annual Janet L. Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Statistical Sciences by June 27. Details are online at www.soph.uab.edu. The winner will receive a cash prize and deliver an invited lecture Sept. 9.President Watts delivers presentation to Board of TrusteesUAB convenes campuswide committee to advance information security
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Eighteen faculty and staff members were appointed to UAB’s Information Security Advisory Committee by Provost Linda Lucas, Ph.D., and Health System CEO Will Ferniany, Ph.D., who co-chair the UAB Enterprise IT Oversight Committee.Class makeup options for spring semester announcedClasses needing to conduct face-to-face makeup sessions can meet April 12 (Tuesday/Thursday classes) or April 19 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes). Classes will meet on these Saturdays at the discretion of instructors.New HR resources availableOur Retiree Resources Program provides information on temporary assignments, volunteer opportunities and more for UAB retirees. And the newly added Search Firm Guidelines includes step-by-step checklists and resource documents that may be helpful when seeking hiring assistance.
- Baseball v. Marshall April 25-27
- First Benevolent Fund food truck festival April 25
- Volunteers needed for investigational herpes vaccine study
Volunteers needed to study impact of food preservatives on phosphorus metabolism
- Healthy African American men and women needed for dietary study