September 5, 2011 reporter Our Cytology program was the top story in the UAB Reporter. Read about how it transitioned from an undergraduate to a graduate program.

EmmettParkerUAB Physical Therapy alumni Emmett Parker, PT, MS, ATC, was recently honored with the Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association’s 2011 Chapter Leadership Award. Parker’s activities as chair of the chapter’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC) were cited in the nomination submitted for the Award. In this position, Parker has reorganized the chapter’s advocacy structure resulting in numerous legislative successes and a new level of political influence for the physical therapy profession in Montgomery. He will also receive the 2011 APTA State Legislative Leadership Award at the APTA State Policy and Payment Forum in Austin, TX later this month.

Parker is the president of Accelerated Physical Therapy, Inc. in Birmingham.  He received his Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from UAB in 1994.

RT_StudentContestWinnersRecent Respiratory Therapy graduates Janay Moore, Ashley Oliver and Taryn Dunn win national student writing contest.Three University of Alabama at Birmingham Respiratory Therapy students won the grand prize in a national writing contest. Ashley Oliver, Janay Moore and Taryn Dunn took home the $250 prize in the inaugural "Faces of the Future: National Student Writing Contest" sponsored by ADVANCE for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine.

Andy_DavisCongratulations to MSHA graduate Andy Davis. He has been promoted to president and Chief Operating Officer of St. Vincent's Birmingham. He began his career with St. Vincent's as system vice president of physician recruitment and assumed operational responsibilities at St. Vincent's Birmingham in 2007. As COO of the hospital, Davis has successfully implemented numerous growth and operational initiatives. Before joining STVHS, he served as assistant vice president of Mobile Infirmary Medical Clinics and as administrator of Washington County Infirmary Hospital and Nursing Home.

Davis received his master's degree in health administration in 2001 from UAB.

WendyDemark_WahnefriedWendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences and associate director for cancer prevention and control at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named president-elect of the American Society of Preventive Oncology. The ASPO is a multi-disciplinary society committed to serving as an advocate for cancer and control research. She has been a member for nearly 20 years.

Mandy_WilligA UAB Nutrition Sciences alumni has been chosen to receive a Pat Simons Travel Award from The Obesity Society. Mandy Willig, a nutrition sciences doctoral graduate in 2010, was selected for her abstract, “Race and Gender are Associated with Body Mass Index and Markers of Immune Function among Patients Living with HIV.” She is a postdoctoral scholar in the department of medicine-infectious diseases at UAB. Only 15 applicants nationally received the award which recognizes research excellence by young investigators. The top 15 was based on reviewer scores of scientific review. Each finalist will receive a $500 check.

Nearly 30 students from all over Alabama learned how to suture pig's feet from University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant faculty members Kara Caruthers and Paul Harrelson. The PA program is located in the School of Health Professions. The students are Rural Health Scholars, a five week summer program for rising high school seniors from rural counties. Scholars live on the University of Alabama campus, take two college courses for credit and receive orientation about health careers. SHP has been involved in the program for four years showing students the different options in the healthcare industry. The students also heard from the medical technology program and the Department of Occupational Therapy. After suturing the pig's feet, Caruthers taught the students how to make their own ice cream in seven minutes.

RT_Asthma_Camp3UAB RT students Rachel Brantley, Ayla Buchanon, Qurra Dibble and Ashley Anyadike.UAB Respiratory Therapy student LaVonna Parham raced across a room while throwing a ball up in the air and then watched as her campers played musical chairs using hoola-hoops. In another area of the McWane Science Center, senior respiratory therapy student Ashley Anyadike sat in a circle with her campers as the subject got serious. Each camper was holding a cut out face to write down how their asthma makes them feel. The UAB students are camp counselors in Children’s of Alabama’s Sixteenth Annual “Reach Your Peak Asthma Camp.”

SHPScienceCamp1Cullen Akin of Florence extracts his own DNA during the inaugural SHP Science Camp.Instead of spending part of the summer with his friends, 17-year-old Cullen Akin of Florence, Ala. is spending a week in class for eight hours a day. Aiken is not in summer school, and he’s not in your typical class. This soon-to-be senior is one of nine high school students from across the state receiving some hands-on experience during the UAB School of Health Professions “Science Camp” sponsored by the School’s Office of Student Services and Diversity Committee.