Wendy Demark WahnefriedWendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., professor in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences and associate director for cancer prevention and control at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been elected president of the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) during its Thirty-Seventh Annual Meeting in Memphis, Tenn. The ASPO is a multi-disciplinary society committed to serving as an advocate for cancer and control research.

Surigcal Physician Assistant optionsBecause of the Affordable Care Act, the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Physician Assistant (PA) degree program is adding options for students to better prepare them for workforce needs. Currently, all graduates from the SPA program can be employed in any setting; however, the program has a history of adding additional courses and clinical rotations in surgery, allowing students to be better prepared for surgical subspecialty when they graduate. Now the students will have the option to obtain additional clinical rotations in trauma or primary care.

Barbara GowerFor the second year in a row, a UAB School of Health Professions woman is a recipient of the UAB Outstanding Women Awards. Barbara Gower, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, has been named the receiver of “The Becky Trigg Outstanding Woman Faculty Member” award. A reception to honor Gower and the six other women will be held on Thursday, March 14.

HRSA scholarship recipientsHRSA scholarship recipients Elisa Cruz, Inquashia Shaw and Whitney Covington.Elisa Cruz is a first generation college graduate. Born and raised in Mexico by a single mom, Cruz learned from her responsibility, hard work, endurance and the aspirations to achieve her dreams. She’s following her dreams as a first-year physician assistant student at UAB. While pursuing a graduate degree, Cruz has taken on more loans. Fortunately, she is one of several students in the School of Health Professions to receive a scholarship from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Chris Van GorderChris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health in San Diego, Calif., will be the keynote speaker at the Ninth Annual L. R. “Rush” Jordan Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wynfrey Hotel, co-hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System, UAB’s Department of Health Services Administration and the Alabama Healthcare Executives Forum. Van Gorder will speak on the topic, “From Turnaround to Transformation: the Benefits of a Strong Corporate Culture.”

health care managementLooking for a degree that will help you gain employment and impress employers? Yahoo.com named the top four degrees that employers love. Coming in at number one is health care management.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been training future health care managers and administrators for more than 40 years. Program Director Pamela Paustian, Ph.D., said her graduates hit the ground running in their jobs.

inactivity Prolonged physical inactivity leads to increased insulin resistance, which is a risk factor for diabetes and heart disease. Scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) are exploring the perils of a sedentary lifestyle and how much inactivity is necessary to cause health problems.  

“We know physical activity is beneficial for human health,” said Krista Casazza, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. “We are just discovering that physical inactivity itself can be detrimental to human health in many ways.”

smiles for alabama sThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry, in partnership with the UAB schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions and Optometry, received a $150,000 renewal grant through the DentaQuest Foundation to train professional students to work collaboratively and recognize when they should make referrals to other professions.

Part of the project involves conducting free, school-based health screenings for children in selected Birmingham city schools. The project, “Smiles for Alabama,” unites students from each of the UAB professional schools with Sight Savers America’s Alabama KidCheck to screen children for health, dental or eyesight issues, and it identifies those who need follow-up care.

Watch Respiratory Therapy students Danielle Foster and Krystal Hughes battle it out in the first-ever SIMWARS.

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