Demark-Wahnefried named pres-elect ASPO

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.

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Nutrition Sciences alum wins national award

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.

Pig's feet and ice cream

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.

Respiratory Therapy students counselors at asthma camp

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.”

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High school students get hands-on experience at SHP Science 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.

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PT professor presents at international conference in Germany

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. 

PT Student Gets Middle School Girls Excited About Science

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.

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Medical Records Alum Named 2011 MQA Examiner

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.

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Graham Honored for Endowed Professorship

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.

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