UAB School of Health Professions Current News

Weech-Maldonado receives national “Excellence in Teaching Award”

Rob Weech-MaldonadoRobert Weech-Maldonado, Ph.D., received the Academy of Management Health Care Management Division’s “Excellence in Teaching Award.” The award recognizes innovative and outstanding teaching in the classroom and provides an opportunity to encourage, recognize and reward the work of dedicated and inspiring teachers.

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Smith named New Scholar in Aging by the Ellison Medical Foundation

Daniel SmithDaniel L. Smith, Ph.D., instructor in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences, has been selected as an Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging. The awards provide support for investigators in the first three years after their postdoctoral training, when they are establishing their own labs; the funds enable young scientists to staff laboratories, collect preliminary data and organize research programs of sufficient momentum to obtain ongoing support from other sources.

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Nurse anesthesia program moves to School of Nursing

nurse anesthesia transitionSchool of Nursing Dean Doreen Harper (far left) and School of Health Professions Dean Harold Jones (far right) hosted a breakfast for faculty, staff and students of the Nurse Anesthesia Program to celebrate the move of the program.UAB’s Nurse Anesthesia Program officially moved to the School of Nursing from the School of Health Professions to link it more closely to other advanced-practice nursing programs and better align its research, practice and education outcomes. The move, effective Aug. 1, was recommended and approved by faculty from both schools.

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Chandler-Laney chosen as Named New Investigator for NORC

Paula ChandlerLaneyPaula Chandler-Laney, Ph.D. has been selected as this year’s Named New Investigator for the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC). The center leadership selects among the funded pilot/feasibility recipients and then receives approval from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases program, which funds NORC’s grant.

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Remembering Health Informatics Terrell Herzig

UAB Health System Information Security Officer, UAB HIPAA Security Officer, and UAB Adjunct Professor of Health Informatics Terrell Herzig died Saturday, July 7, 2012, following a traffic accident. He was 48. Herzig was a national expert on healthcare privacy and information security, mobile device security, and disaster recovery who often consulted on informatics projects with external groups. During his tenure at UAB, Herzig served as director of Information Technology for the Civitan International Research Center and Director of Informatics for the Pittman General Clinical Research Center.

In a blog called The Security Scrutinizer, author Howard Anderson remembers Herzig’s intellect, compassion, and contribution to the April 27th storm recovery.

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Chapman inducted into Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame

Robert Chapman inducted into Alabama Healthcare Hall of FameRobert Chapman, center, is congratulated for being inducted into Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame by SHP Dean Harold Jones, left, and MSHA alumni Gary Glasscock. Robert C. Chapman, LFACHE, a 1972 graduate of the Master of Science in Health Administration, was one of 12 people inducted to the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 28. The 2012 class was honored not only for their work in medicine and health, but also as players in some of the most vital issues of their time.

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Dudgeon named chair of occupational therapy at UAB

Brian DudgeonBrian J. Dudgeon, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA has been named chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions. His appointment begins October 1, 2012.

Dudgeon, a nationally known researcher on disability and rehabilitation, comes from the University of Washington in Seattle where he is an associate professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy. He also served in several clinical settings in Seattle, manager of Occupational Therapy at Seattle Children’s Hospital and staff occupational therapist at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.

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Gower to study if breakfast choice helps or hinders fat burning

Barbara GowerYou might want to think twice before grabbing a pastry or doughnut for breakfast. A University of Alabama at Birmingham professor says research in animals suggests that eating a high-carbohydrate breakfast might turn off the body’s ability to burn fat throughout the day.

To find out if a high-carbohydrate breakfast has the same effect in humans, Barbara Gower, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the School of Health Professions, has received a $160,000 grant from the Egg Nutrition Center to study whether the kind of food eaten at breakfast can affect metabolic health.

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Two new health care elective courses

PhlebotomyIf you are interested in the health care industry, two new elective courses are being offered this fall and spring. One of the classes taught by the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences is online.

The “Fundamentals of Phlebotomy and Body Fluid Collection” (CDS 400/500) online course is being offered this fall and spring 2013 with one credit hour. This in-depth course in phlebotomy includes capillary puncture, venipuncture, arterial blood gas collection and collection of body fluids.

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