Trustees appoint endowed chair, professors

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The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approved the appointment of one endowed chair and two endowed professorships during its meeting June 13.

Professor S. Louis Bridges Jr., M.D., Ph.D., was appointed to the Anna Lois Waters Endowed Chair in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology. Bridges, who earned his doctoral degree in microbiology from UAB in 1995, directs his division and the UAB Comprehensive Arthritis,
Musculoskeletal and Autoimmunity Center.

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Professor Mohammad Athar
, Ph.D., was named the inaugural holder of the Eric W. Baum, M.D., Endowed Professorship in Dermatology. Athar joined UAB in 2007 with appointments in the Department of Dermatology, the Skin Diseases Research Center and the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Athar’s professional honors include the UNESCO Young Scientist Award in 1989.

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Professor David M. Pollock
, Ph.D., was awarded the Nephrology Research and Training Center Endowed Professorship in Nephrology Research. Pollock was recruited to UAB in 2014 to lead translational work in cardio-renal research and direct the section of Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine in the Department of Medicine. Earlier this year, he was elected president of the American Physiological Society.

Faculty Appointments

  • Chapman to chair English department
    Professor Alison Chapman., Ph.D., who has been director of undergraduate studies for the Department of English since 2008, has accepted the position as its chair. Highly regarded as a teacher and mentor, she received the UAB President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010 and the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award from UAB and the National Association of Academic Advisors in 2014.
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  • Arribas is new chair for Foreign Languages

    Julian Arribas, Ph.D., comes to UAB from Creighton University. His international perspective and contacts are expected to advance the goals for globalization for the College of Arts and Sciences.

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  • Evans is new chair of Music

    Patrick Evans, D.M., comes to UAB from DePauw University, where he was director of admissions for its School of Music. Evans, a baritone who has performed nationwide and abroad, is a lecturer, practitioner and clinician in the fields of sacred music and congregational song.

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  • Carver is VPIT/chief information officer
    Curtis A. Carver Jr., Ph.D., comes to UAB from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, for which he served as vice chancellor and chief information officer. He will be the senior IT leader at UAB and also hold an academic appointment in computer sciences. His first day at UAB will be June 1.
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  • Engler named interim dean of The Graduate School at UAB
    Associate Dean Jeffrey Engler, Ph.D., has been appointed interim dean of The Graduate School at UAB. Provost Linda Lucas is meeting with stakeholders across campus to discuss the future of graduate education and better determine the expectations and necessary qualifications for the next dean.
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  • Donna Dunn named president of Alabama ACNM
    Donna Dunn, Ph.D., CNM, FNP-BC, instructor in the UAB School of Nursing, has been named president-elect of the Alabama Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Dunn, who was elected president in October, previously served the affiliate as vice president
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  • Ali to coordinate undergraduate research office
    Tomader Ali, Ph.D., has joined the UAB Office of Undergraduate Research as its program coordinator.
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  • Three appointed to endowed positions
    Three faculty were appointed to endowed professorships in psychiatry, dentistry and ophthalmology during the Sept. 19 meeting of the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees: Adrienne C. Lahti, Perng-Ru Liu and Russell W. Read.
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  • Sloan, Bangalore to lead cyber research center

    The center collaborates with law-enforcement and industry partners to translate its research and development into real-world protection.

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  • Laken appointed to state respiratory board
    Debra Eddins Laken, associate professor in the UAB School of Health Professions Respiratory Therapy Program, has been appointed to the Alabama State Board of Respiratory Therapy by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley.
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