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.

John_LowmanJohn Lowman, Ph.D., PT, as assistant professor in the UAB Department of Physical Therapy, presented at the 34th Annual European Cystic Fibrosis Society Conference in Hamburg, Germany. Lowman’s talk during the Exercise Working Group was on "Treadmill Exercise Testing."

Lowman discussed the "Bruce protocol" cardiopulmonary exercise test as the most common exercise test used in the U.S. for both kids and adults.  It has also been used worldwide for testing kids and adults with and without cystic fibrosis.  Compared to cycling protocols (more common in Europe), it results in a higher peak exercise capacity (peak VO2) and better discriminates those patients that become hypoxemic with exercise. 

Girls_In_Science4Farah Khan, UAB medical student, Melanie Shores, assistant professor in department of human studies and Alison Barnard, doctor of physical therapy student, created the "Girls in Science and Engineering Day" for middle school girls.Math and science always played such a strong role in Alison Barnard life and career. She competed in math tournaments all over the Southeast as a high school student. She earned a bachelor’s degree in earth, atmospheric and planetary science at MIT. Now she’s a second year doctor of physical therapy student at UAB. Because those disciplines had such a huge impact on her, she wanted to give back.

Randall_KilgoreRandall Freeman Kilgore, M.Ed., has been accepted by the Excellence in Missouri Foundation to be a Missouri Quality Award Examiner (MQA) for 2011. Kilgore is the compliance and business integrity officer (CBIO) at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, Mo. The examiners are comprised of volunteers from all sectors and levels of Missouri businesses. Examiners review, write an analysis of and score written applications. Missouri organizations participate in the awards to promote quality as a vital element to enhance customer satisfaction and operational performance.

Bergman_Pinkston_ReceptionDr. Joan Bergman, Dr. Cecilia Graham and Dr. Sharon Shaw, physical therapy department chair. A reception was held in honor of Cecilia Graham, PT, Ph.D., for being named as the first recipient of the Bergman/Pinkston Endowed Professorship in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The Professorship is named in honor of Joan Bergman, Ph.D., UAB Professor Emeritus, who established the first physical therapy program in Alabama, and Dorothy Pinkston, Ph.D., UAB Professor Emeritus, who is a nationally recognized educator specializing in curriculum design, teaching, and evaluation.

Eleven UAB School of Health Professions students were recognized during the Thirty-sixth Annual UAB Honors Convocation. The program was originated by UAB’s Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) honorary leadership society less than one year after the circle was established on campus in 1975. At the time, the annual commencement program was the only university-wide celebration honoring students. No activity or mechanism existed for collectively recognizing outstanding undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in University College programs for academic and co-curricular achievements. Student leaders within ODK and their faculty advisors felt that there was a need for a special activity to recognize students for these achievements.

Ten SHP Honors Program students presented their posters at the Fourth Annual UAB Expo. Five of them received awards including Ashley Oliver, Respiratory Therapy student, placing first. The Campus Recreation Center hosted some 164 scientific poster presentations, podium presentations, art displays and films. The students were judged in at least two categories. The results are listed as:

OTscholar3The UAB Department of Occupational Therapy announced its annual scholarship winners during student research day. Two second year OT students were awarded for three scholarships. Ryan Elsea (right) received the Carroline "Cat" Amari Endowed Field Work Scholarship and the Helping Occupational Therapy Students Succeed Scholarship. Jalesis Sims was also awarded the Helping Occupational Therapy Students Succeed Scholarship.

UAB_Genetic_Counseling_Class_2012Genetic Counseling Class of 2012 was the top fundraising team during UAB’s annual Relay for Life. The team succeeded in their goal and surpassed 25 other teams. The class raised $2,240. GC student Samantha Avery was the top participant raising $1,465. Congrats!