UAB School of Health Professions Current News

National center on physical activity and disability coming to Birmingham

National Center on Health, Physical Activity and DisabilityA $3 million, three-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will fund the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability which is locating in Birmingham as part of the University of Alabama at Birmingham/ Lakeshore Research Collaborative. The center focuses on the relationships between good health and physical activity in people with disabilities.

The center director is James Rimmer, Ph.D., recently recruited to UAB as the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences in the UAB School of Health Professions. Rimmer, who has been developing and directing programs for people with disabilities for more than 30 years, leads the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative.

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Waugh named interim faculty director of CTL

Jonathan_WaughJonathan Waugh, Ph.D., RRT, has been named as Interim Faculty Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).  Waugh is a professor and coordinator for teaching enrichment in the Respiratory Therapy program.  He will assume the role of Interim Faculty Director of the CTL on May 1. 

“Dr. Waugh has been a leader in the dissemination of innovative pedagogies at UAB,” said Suzanne Austin, vice provost for Student and Faculty Success at UAB.

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Four SHP programs ranked Top 30 by U.S. News & World Report

Physical Therapy studentsSeveral programs in UAB School of Health Professions are ranked among the nation’s top 30 by U.S. News & World Report. The latest rankings were released in the 2013 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” available online at www.usnews.com.

The entry level Physical Therapy program was ranked at No. 19.

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Montgomery & Barnard named UAB Outstanding Women

Two School of Health Professions women were honored as the UAB Outstanding Women for 2012 ceremony on March 8, 2012.

The UAB Women's Center and Women's Studies Program present the awards annually during Women's History Month to honor female members of the UAB and Birmingham communities who have mentored or served other women, taken a courageous stance or overcome adversity. Candidates for the award are nominated by Birmingham residents and selected by a committee of university women.

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Women - Testing critical for fighting HIV/AIDS

clinical laboratory scientiest pipetting for HIV testMore than 290,000 women in the United State are living with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In Alabama, more than 4,000 cases of HIV/AIDS cases were reported by the end of 2011. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sees the need to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS for this segment of the population. That’s why they have declared March 10 as “National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.”

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Waugh receives President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Jonathan WaughJonathan Waugh, Ph.D., professor in the respiratory therapy program, was one of eleven honored with the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching during the annual Faculty Awards Convocation on Wednesday, March 7 in the UAB Alumni House.

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Positive outlook for health care jobs in 2020

Nuclear Medical TechnologyThe outlook for health care jobs in 2020 is looking good. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases projections on where jobs may be created or lost in the next decade. Several health care jobs where degrees are offered in the School of Health Professions can expect to see an increase in the next decade.

Diagnostic–related technologists such as Nuclear Medicine Technologists, Cytologists and Clinical Laboratory Scientists will see the highest increase at 37 percent or nearly 26,700 jobs added.

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Yo, bro...OT isn’t just for females

Brothers in Occupational TherapyBrOT: Ross MacDonald, Adam Westenhofer, Greg Carden, Jake Gilliland and Phil Nelson.You may see Ross MacDonald wearing a shirt with “brOT” on the front and “We are a rare breed” on the back.  But make sure you pronounce the acronym correctly.

“The girls in our class find it amusing to pronounce it ‘brot’ like bratwurst,” said MacDonald, a first year UAB Occupational Therapy student.

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Pijuan-Thompson elected pres-elect of national Cytotechnology association

Vivian_Pijuan-ThompsonVivian Pijuan-Thompson, Ph.D., has been elected as president-elect of the American Society for Cytotechnology (ASCT). In this role, she will serve as the president of ASCT Foundation. She will take over as president-elect in April at the conclusion of the group’s annual meeting.

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