Andrew MetzlerAndrew Metzler, an 18-year-old health care management major from Oneonta, was elected as UAB’s school representative at the Alabama YMCA Collegiate Legislature Conference. Students from across the state, including several from UAB, converged in Montgomery to draft bills and debate legislation.

Metzler was one of six students from UAB who was elected to leadership roles for year’s convention or received an honor. Students interested in participating in next year’s conference or learning more about UAB’s Undergraduate Student Government Association, go to

Mariano Ashley lowAshley Mariano, a first year genetic counseling student in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, received a summer internship with the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. This is the second year a UAB student from the genetic counseling program has been selected.

The program, which only selects a few students a year, gives students who are currently enrolled in a master’s degree genetic counseling program direct exposure to the genetic counseling role in clinical genetic laboratories. The two-week internship will include experience in cytogenetics, molecular genetics and biochemical genetics with a primary experience in one of these areas. Students will work directly with genetic counselors employed in a genetic laboratory. Within each laboratory, board-certified directors and genetic counselors work closely with health care providers and laboratory staff to ensure that accurate, reliable and timely results are available to patients.

After completing the internship, Mariano will receive a Certificate of Completion from Mayo School of Health Sciences, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

jessicahartlineNuclear Medicine Technology student Jessica Hartline was on a team of five UAB students that won the Innovation Award at the Emory Global Health Case Competition on March 23, 2013. Twenty-four universities across the U.S. and three international countries competed in the weekend competition. This is the second year in a row UAB has won this award.

Granger WesWes Granger, Ph.D., RRT, FAARC, is one of six people chosen to serve on the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Ad Hoc Workgroup on strategies for 2015. Granger is an associate professor in the Respiratory Therapy program.

The group will be working on plans to move the profession forward and assure that future Respiratory Therapists receive adequate training to prepare them for the competencies identified in the published reports for Workforce preparedness for 2015 and beyond.

JNMT coverNuclear Medical Technology (NMT) students Jessica Hartline and Miriam Van Dyke were published in the March issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology. The students discussed the role NMT’s can play in theranostics, a key part of personalized medicine. UAB’s NMT students have been learning about the process during their clinical rotations at UAB Hospital.

Read the full article here.

Van Dyke MiriamNuclear Medicine Technology student Miriam Van Dyke was one of six researchers named to the 2013 Charles Barkley Health Disparities Investigators Awards. Van Dyke, Bill Gates Millennium scholar, poster presentation was for "Rare Histologic Subtypes, Race, and Survival in the UAB Breast Consortium Study."

The researchers, who received the honors at the annual UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium, receive cash awards of $200 for first place, $150 for second and $100 for third from an endowment to UAB from the NBA Hall of Fame basketball player and Leeds native.

RT 2013 Sputum BowlFor the second year in a row, a UAB respiratory team won the annual Sputum Bowl at the Alabama Society for Respiratory Care conference on March 6, 2013. Ten teams from across the state competed for the state title.

Four of the student teams represented UAB. The winning team included Jordan Unlap, Katie Jones, Julie Goggins and Caleb Watson who will now be able to compete in the national competition at the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) International Congress meeting in Anaheim, Calif, Nov. 16-19, 2013.

uab excellence biz awardThe “UAB Excellence in Business Top 25” award winners have been announced and four of them graduated from the School of Health Professions. The UAB National Alumni Society partnered with the Birmingham Business Journal to present the awards.

SHP alumni that made the Class of 2013 include:

Christopher HurtChristopher Hurt, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physical Therapy, is one of two postdoctoral scholars chosen nationwide to be the first trainees on an institutional training program grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health. The grant aims to train future leaders in translational rehabilitation research.