3MT WinnersKatie Henley (middle) wins inaugural UAB 3MTKatie Henley, a student in the UAB School of Health Professions' Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences program, wins the inaugural UAB Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition.

While Henley captured first place, her fellow Ph.D. in Rehab Sciences classmates Sarah Graham and Avantika Naidu were a finalist and a semi-finalist respectively. For her victory, Henley receives a $1,000 prize.

The competition is designed for doctoral students but there is also a Master's students competition in the morning. The UAB Genetic Counseling program performed strongly taking home two of the top three prizes.

3MT GCAndrea Stacy (left) and Rebecca ShapiroRebecca Shapiro, a graduate of Kalamazoo College in Michigan, took home 2nd place in the Master's competition. Her MSGC classmate, Andrea Stacy, a graduate of Louisiana State University, placed 3rd in the competition.

The 3MT competition, developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills

It also supports the students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language that is easily understood by non-scientists.
David Allison LectureDavid B. Allison, Ph.D.David B. Allison, Ph.D., associate dean for research and science at the UAB School of Health Professions, will deliver the 2016 Patrick J.V. and Margaret B. Corcoran Lecture at the Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville (IUSM). Allison’s lecture, titled “Obesity, Energetics, Security and Longevity,” will be given in the city of Evansville which was named the most obese city in the U.S. in 2011.

The annual Corcoran Lecture features a nationally prominent medical speaker who is recognized internationally for their work and that is why they chose Allison, who also serves as director of the NIH-funded National Obesity Research Center and the Office of Energetics.

Allison will deliver a lecture at lunch that will be attended by many undergraduate students from the University of Southern Indiana (USI), as well as IUSM faculty and staff, physicians from Evansville and the surrounding area, plus health care providers around Indiana and Kentucky.

The goal of the Corcoran Lecture is to inform and engage the healthcare community of Evansville and the neighboring region. Allison is the 15th speaker since the lecture was endowed in 2001 and he is the first to speak about nutrition since 2004.
Christophe JacksonChristophe Jackson serving at Firehouse ShelterChristophe Jackson, Ph.D., a student in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsPhysician Assistant Studies program, was selected for the 2016 Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Medical Technology (SMDP MedTech). SMDP MedTech supports its fellows to create and produce a wide-range of products to further the growing number of discoveries and advances in the industry to create medical technology products and health information systems that improve human health and enhance the quality of life for people around the world.

He was nominated by a committee of members from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, Ford Foundation and the National Institutes of Health for his efforts to merge the sciences, engineering and clinical studies.

Barstow BethElizabeth Barstow, Ph.D., OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, Associate Professor, Department of Occupational TherapyUAB School of Health Professions’ Occupational Therapy course focusing on the study and treatment of age-related eye disease received Quality Matters certification.

After an extensive review process, Quality Matters determined that “OT 679: Foundations in Low Vision Rehabilitation II,” met each of the 21 essential QM standards.

The course is taught by Elizabeth Barstow, Ph.D., OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, associate professor in the UAB Low Vision Rehabilitation program.

Sue FeldmanSue S. Feldman, RN, MEd, Ph.D., named MSHI program directorSue S. Feldman, RN, MEd, Ph.D., Associate Professor, has been named the new Director of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) programFeldman, who joined UAB on August 1, 2016, is tasked with leading the academic, professional, and faculty direction of the MSHI program.

“My vision for UAB’s MSHI program is to be amongst the top in the nation with highly sought after graduates,” said Feldman who holds a joint appointment in the UAB School of Medicine in the Informatics Institute. “We will continue to grow our programs and collaborations across UAB, the community, and the nation. We are in the business of developing students who think critically and can translate theory into practice.”

RS2956 cyclotron 93 scrUAB is home to the most powerful medical cyclotron in the U.S.The UAB School of Health Professions Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) program was the first in the U.S. to transition to a Master of Science entry level status. The entire educational system is transitioning in response to the expanded demands in the field for technologists that can manage the complexities of blended imaging technology.

UAB NMT’s world class faculty and recently renovated facility made them the perfect choice to launch the new Master of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology entry level program.

“Another reason they chose UAB NMT was our direct access to the new Advanced Imaging Center that is part of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center,” said Norman Bolus, MSPH, MPH, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS, program director, UAB Nuclear Medicine Technology program. “This state of the art facility houses the largest, most powerful medical cyclotron in the United States and it has one of only a handful of PET/MR units as a clinical / research unit.”

DSC 1304(L/R) Tee Hiett, Scotty McCallum, Howard Houser, William Ferniany and Bob HernandezWilliam Ferniany, Ph.D., CEO of the UAB Health System and double alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions, was named the 2016 UAB National Alumni Society’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Ferniany is a graduate of our #2 in the nation Master of Science in Health Administration (1975) program and our Doctor of Philosophy, Administration-Health Services (1984) program.

"First, I'm thankful for great professors like Dr. Howard Houser, Dr. Tee Hiett and Dr. Bob Hernandez - they really taught me more than they know and I thank them so much for all they did for me," said Ferniany in his acceptance comments. "Finally, if I had not come to UAB I would not have met and married my wife Dana and had two wonderful daughters. So I owe UAB a lot and it really should be me recognizing UAB, not the other way around."

Since 2008, as CEO of the state’s largest employer, UAB Health System, Ferniany has guided the hospital to a top 50 national ranking and constant recognition as one of the best in the U.S. He himself has been named one of Birmingham’s Most Influential by the Birmingham Business Journal and a “Hospital and Health System CEO to Know” by the nationally respected Becker’s Hospital Review.

DSC 1312Harold Jones, Ph.D., and William Ferniany, Ph.D.UAB School of Health Professions Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D., is the winner of the 2016 UAB Honorary Alumni Award. Jones, who is the longest tenured dean at UAB, received the award given to “a member of the UAB family who has made exceptional contributions to UAB and its programs” at a ceremony at the UAB National Alumni Society House on Friday, September 30, 2016.

"This is a great institution with great alumni who have accomplished great things," said Jones, who has worked at UAB and lived in Birmingham longer than any other location in his career. "So to be considered an alumni, even from an honorary standpoint, of this institution is truly a great honor and with that it allows me to say confidently - Ever faithful. Ever loyal. Go Blazers!"

Since coming to UAB in 2001, Jones has served on 18 UAB committees and was named chair or co-chair of eight committees. He has shown dedication to UAB leadership having chaired searches for other School’s deans, dedication to UAB philanthropy having chaired the Benevolent Fund campaign and dedication to the future of UAB having co-founded and co-directed the BLAZE Leadership Academy.

Blaylock Envision 2016Sarah Blaylock speaks at Envision 2016A record 11 graduates of the UAB Low Vision Rehabilitation Graduate Certificate program were presenters at the 2016 Envision Conference held in Denver, September 6-10. The multi-disciplinary annual conference, which only accepted 17 occupational therapy presenters, is the premier event for low vision specialists typically offering more than 90 hours of clinical education and research sessions.

"We are so proud of our dedicated graduates who are continuously advancing occupational therapy in low vision rehabilitation through their research, teaching and innovation in clinical practice," said Mary Warren, Ph.D., OTR, SCLV, FAOTA, director, UAB Low Vision Rehabilitation Graduate Certificate program.

The UAB Low Vision Rehabilitation program is offered totally online and our graduates serve clients in hospitals and clinics across the United States and around the world including Canada, Ireland , Taiwan, and Singapore.