Points of Pride

  • Graduate training to improve special education services gets a boost
    A $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will fund scholarships, provide research opportunities and support collaboration between UAB's schools of Education and Health Professions to improve education services for young children with disabilities. Professor Jennifer Kilgo, Ed.D., who directs Project TransTeam, expects to train 70 scholars in five years.
    posted 10 days ago 148 views
  • English alum becomes a comic genius

    UAB alumnus Jason Aaron has plotted a heroic path as a writer for Marvel comics, where his Star Wars and Thor storylines have surprised fans and generated critical buzz. Aaron discusses his storytelling powers, the challenge of reinventing iconic characters and the role played by UAB creative writing courses in his supersized success in UAB Magazine.

    posted 17 days ago 287 views
  • UAB makes President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
    Each year, the U.S. president recognizes institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in their communities. UAB, which was recognized in three categories — general service, economic opportunity and education — has been on the honor roll since 2006.
    posted 23 days ago 334 views
  • Online graduate program in public health ranked No. 2 nationally
    TopMastersInHealthcare.com ranked 70 U.S. online program offerings for its list of "Top 10 Best Online MPH Programs" and was impressed with UAB's depth and breadth.
    posted a while back 390 views
  • Men and women process chronic pain differently
    Robert Sorge, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, is lead author of a paper published in Nature Neuroscience online that disputes the assumption that a common pain circuit exists in both sexes. New research shows males and females may use very different biological systems to process pain; the key difference appears to be in the immune system and under control of testosterone.
    posted a while back 362 views
  • New degree programs, graduate track in the approval pipeline
    Curriculum items approved by the UAB Board of Trustees during its June 19 meeting will be submitted to ACHE for evaluation and review. They include degrees in general studies, human resource management, genetics and genomics and psychometry.
    posted a while back 826 views
  • Will your self-driving car be programmed to kill you?
    The computer brains inside autonomous vehicles will be fast enough to make life-or-death decisions. But should they? A member of UAB’s national championship-winning Bioethics Bowl team — and the team’s coach, a renowned bioethicist — weigh in on a thorny problem of the dawning robot age.
    posted a while back 569 views
  • New clinic offers hope for patients with rare spinal cord disease
    UAB has established the third multidisciplinary comprehensive clinic in the world for transverse myelitis, which can cause loss of motor function or paralysis. It will provide a place each patient can see all the medical professionals who have a role in their care at one time and in one place.
    posted a while back 763 views
  • Investigators intent on improving quality of life among women with cancer
    UAB physicians are assessing ways to improve coordination between women's health providers to deliver more comprehensive care for those undergoing surgery for endometrial cancer. New surgical protocols that combine reconstruction could offer a longtime improvement in quality of life, researchers say.
    posted a while back 769 views
  • UAB Baseball helps Mississippi family cope with loss of father, husband

    At a time when a young boy needed a friend and a role model, UAB students stepped up to help provide that for him.
    posted a while back 788 views
  • “Extra costs of extra weight for older adults”


    UAB research, clinical services featured in PBS story that examines the high and rising costs of health care for obese adults as they age.
    posted a while back 927 views
  • Smartphones are learning new tricks
    sensomatic main imageYou may think your phone can already do everything, but UAB cybersecurity researchers are adapting accelerometers, GPS chips, gyroscopes and other sensors to make phones that can read your mood, eliminate passwords, protect your bank account and more.
    posted a while back 847 views
  • Theatre students explore the fabric of time
    UAB’s Department of Theatre tops the best-dressed list, following a donation of more than 200 vintage clothing pieces spanning 90 years of fashion. See some of the dazzling dresses and hip hats, and discover how the unique collection is inspiring and educating students, in UAB Magazine.
    posted a while back 913 views
  • Suits 4 Success drive collects 1.5 tons of clothing

    The items were donated to the YWCA of Central Alabama and My Sister’s Closet to help them provide work-appropriate clothing for women in need. 

    posted a while back 879 views
  • Kaul gift to help launch personalized medicine
    UAB’s new Personalized Medicine Institute will use a $7 million gift from the Hugh Kaul Foundation to advance this emerging discipline, which uses an individual’s own genetic profile to prevent, diagnose and treat disease.
    posted a while back 872 views
  • Renowned expert named inaugural director of UAB Informatics Institute
    James J. Cimino, M.D., will lead UAB's new Informatics Institute, which was established in June 2014. Cimino, who previously was the chief of the Laboratory for Informatics Development at the NIH Clinical Center and a senior scientist at the National Library of Medicine, is a national leader in the field of biomedical informatics and co-editor of the most influential textbook on the subject.
    posted a while back 1048 views
  • Research enters data-driven era
    During the past few years, technological innovations have opened up an entirely new way to approach scientific questions. Data-driven research starts with massive information sets — the genomic profiles of thousands of patients, for example, or millions of spam emails — and then searches for emerging patterns in that data. In the latest issue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s "Business Horizon Quarterly", UAB President Ray Watts, M.D., explains the way data-driven research at UAB is being applied to find novel treatments for disease, create new products and businesses and train the next generation of innovation-savvy students.
    posted a while back 1185 views
  • Cerfolio to help promote excellence at historic Alabama high school
    A partnership between Professor Robert Cerfolio, M.D., and Montgomery's Sidney Lanier High School will help support and encourage students interested in medicine. Students will get a chance to hear the latest research strategies and literature and gain access to mentors and other resources, and UAB will help with the college-admission process, financial aid and strategies for success.
    posted a while back 1151 views
  • Team-learning techniques are in use all around UAB

    Professors already are using tested techniques to better engage students — ahead of the QEP, which begins with the fall semester. 

    posted a while back 2401 views
  • Nursing receives grant to open heart-failure clinic
    The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing has received a $1.5 million Nurse Education Practice Quality Retention grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to open a new nurse-managed, population-based, transitional care clinic for heart-failure patients recently discharged from UAB Hospital.
    posted a while back 1101 views
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