Julie Decker is 2014-15 Employee of the YearJulie Decker, program manager in the Department of Microbiology, and Employee of the Month for February, will receive the highest non-academic employee award.New executive director selected for Alys Stephens CenterAnna M. Thompson earns high praise for her extensive arts-management experience, national involvement and ability to build strong collaborations. Thompson, who comes from the University of Notre Dame, will begin work Dec. 1 and report to the Office of the President.Walker ‘goes the extra mile’ to recruit studentsJazmund Walker, who works closely with students to ensure they are aware of each and every opportunity available here, is UAB’s Employee of the Month.Solomon to lead ADA complianceAllison Solomon, who is director of Disability Support Services, is the new ADA Compliance Officer for UAB. Her appointment was effective Sept. 5.New class enters UAB’s leadership academy
Nearly two dozen employees will begin their works as the incoming class of UAB's Blaze Leadership Academy Sept. 9.Phillips is new associate director for CTLScott Phillips’ interests in the use of technology in teaching and curriculum development ‘opens new possibilities’ for faculty.New service-learning fellows selectedA yearlong program will provide special training and resources to 11 faculty to enrich and strengthen service-learning opportunities at UAB.Holmes is heart of busy transplant officeIn the middle of a whirlwind of activity, colleagues say Shantay Holmes is a calming presence, and her work ethic, team spirit, compassion and more are the reason she is UAB’s Employee of the Month.McMahon to be next dean of Graduate SchoolLori McMahon, Ph.D., will enrich excellence and innovation in graduate education through professional and career-development initiatives and lead collaborative efforts for recruitment and outreach with various academic units to attract highly qualified students.Johnson moves through the ‘intersection of everything’Cheryl Johnson’s work ethic, integrity and positive attitude make her an outstanding leader and a team player in the School of Public Health and UAB’s Employee of the Month.Self listed among 'most influential women in optical'Michele Self, optician supervisor in UAB's School of Optometry, was featured among the those singled out as role models by VisionMonday.Pollocks make list of top nephrology, dialysis professorsJennifer Pollock, Ph.D., and David Pollock, Ph.D., are among 15 professors identified as today’s leaders in advancing and teaching nephrology and dialysis technology by medicaltechnologyschools.com, which helps students identify the best professors in technology fields.Cowart named assistant dean for BusinessAssistant Professor Lary Cowart, Ph.D., is the new assistant dean for accreditation in the Collat School of Business. He assumes those duties from Professor Jack Howard, Ph.D., who had served as associate dean for faculty development and research since 2013.Day wins NIH early-stage investigator awardJeremy Day, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology, is one of six recipients of inaugural awards given to early-stage investigators for highly innovative studies in epigenetics.Yeatts wears many hats, each with confidenceMegan Yeatts won the hearts and respect of her co-workers in Ophthalmology to become June’s Employee of the Month.Three honored as emeritus facultyThree longtime faculty in the UAB School of Medicine have been honored as emeritus professors. They are John T. Carpenter, M.D., James R. Jackson, Ph.D., and Luis O. Vasconez, M.D.Business selects sales, marketing expert as new chairC. Michael Wittmann, Ph.D., will be the new chair of Marketing, Industrial Distribution and Economics in the Collat School of Business, effective July 1. Wittmann comes to UAB from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he chairs its Department of Marketing and Merchandising.Endowed chair, professor appointed in School of MedicineProfessor Ravi Bhatia, M.D., is the next holder of the Martha Ann and David L. May Endowed Chair in Cancer Research, and Professor Edward W. Hook III, M.D., was chosen to be the inaugural holder of the Cobbs Endowed Professorship in Infectious Diseases.Barnes selected to lead Enrollment ManagementBradley Barnes, Ph.D., has been named vice provost for Enrollment Management, and his first day at UAB will be July 15. Barnes, who will report to Provost Linda Lucas, will lead a comprehensive enrollment-management unit to develop strategies for student recruitment, admissions, retention and persistence to graduation.Banks is a diplomat with a ‘black belt in red-tape cutting’Susan Banks, The Graduate School’s go-to person for all policy and procedure questions, is Employee of the Month.