Tino UnlapTino Unlap, 2014 President’s Award for Excellence in TeachingTino Unlap, Ph.D., a professor of biotechnology in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, is one of 11 UAB faculty members to be honored with the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching during the annual Faculty Awards Convocation.

Unlap is recognized for his "ability to take complex concepts and simplify them in such a way that anyone can understand," according to one UAB School of Health Professions colleague. In addition to biotechnology, Unlap teaches courses for clinical laboratory sciences and nurse anesthesia programs. He is sought after by industry leaders both for his teaching and research talents, including the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Heritage Center. He has won The Graduate School's Excellence in Mentorship award and SHP's Excellence in Teaching Award. "Students and faculty appreciate that he uses every means at his disposal to give them access to elite individuals, facilities and learning experiences," a colleague said.

Written by Bob Shepard

Birmingham is known for its culinary excellence and diversity. Many of the city’s top chefs are embracing the local food movement — eating locally produced food in season. Proponents suggest it is a healthier way to eat while also supporting the local economy.

In March, UAB hosted a screening of a documentary film called “Eating Alabama.” Produced by local filmmaker Andrew Beck Grace, the film follows Grace’s and his wife’s efforts to eat locally for one year. Subtitled “A story of why food matters,” the film touches on the role food plays in our modern society.

In this video, Beth Kitchin, Ph.D., R.D., an assistant professor in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences, talks to Grace about the film, and offers some of her own thoughts about food, relationships and eating locally.

*Editor's Note: Nicholas Colleran delivered this moving address at the SHP Scholarship Luncheon on Friday, March 21, 2014. He was kind enough to allow us to share his story with everyone and we thank him for being so open and inspirational.

Nicholas Colleran Scholarship Luncheon SpeechNicholas Colleran delivers Scholarship Luncheon speechI want to start by thanking everyone for all your contributions and allowing me to be here. It is my pleasure to speak to all of you this afternoon. My name is Nicholas Colleran and I am from Weymouth, Massachusetts which is about 15 minutes south of Boston. I am a student in The Master of Science in Health Administration program at UAB. I want to personally thank the Ryland Family for the scholarship they provided for me and for all those who have made contributions to our program. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say we are all extremely grateful.

I want to tell you about what the scholarship I received, did for me. To do that I think I should give you a short background on whom I am. My path to graduate school wasn’t like most others. I came from a household in which neither parent had a college degree but constantly preached education. Despite their countless attempts to create a successful young man I ended up dropping out of high school. I started roofing to start a career but after 6 months I knew this was not what I wanted out of my life. After a dermatology appointment, I was hired by the physician to move boxes at the office for a week so the women in the office didn’t have to do any heavy lifting. Six years later I was still there and the women in the office were still making sure I did all the heavy lifting.

Written by Bob Shepard

tim garveyW. Timothy Garvey, M.D.Calling it the most under-reimbursed major disease in America, two endocrinology societies announced an evidence-based, multidimensional, comprehensive framework to combat the nation’s obesity epidemic today. Meeting in Washington, D.C., the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American College of Endocrinology Consensus Conference of Obesity: Building an Evidence Base for Comprehensive Action laid out a plan of attack. The conference featured obesity thought-leaders representing public and private stakeholders, part of a year’s long effort to identify the myriad issues surrounding the epidemic of obesity and the necessary steps for solving it.

“Key findings include the need for an improved definition of obesity, high-quality research that includes evaluation of a complications-centric clinical approach to obesity and better understanding of reimbursement mechanisms,” said conference chair W. Timothy Garvey, M.D., professor and chair of the University of Alabama at BirminghamDepartment of Nutrition Sciences.

UAB Outstanding WomenUAB Outstanding Women: pictured L/R are Stephanie Meadows, Emily Dhurandhar, Connie Bonds and Aisha ReganThree women with ties to the UAB School of Health Professions, along with three other local women, were honored as part of the UAB Outstanding Women for 2014 ceremony on Thursday, March 13 in the UAB Alumni House.

Connie Bonds, administrative supervisor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, received the Outstanding Woman Staff Member Award; Emily Dhurandhar, with the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, received the Outstanding Woman Postdoctoral Fellow Award; and Aisha Regan, a student in the Healthcare Management program, received the Outstanding Woman Undergraduate Student Award.

Here are their stories from the UAB Reporter:

Stephens Smith JonesMichael Stephens, Anita Smith, Dean Harold JonesMichael E. Stephens, driving force behind the Lakeshore Foundation, kicked off the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions 2013-2014 “Rebuilding Bodies and Restoring Lives: Learning in Context” book discussion series. Stephens was joined by veteran journalist Anita Smith whose book “Sports Rehabilitation and the Human Spirit” inspired the event. The discussion, co-sponsored by the SHP Dean’s Office and the Office of Student Success, was held at UAB Cudworth Hall Auditorium in December and attended by more than 200 students and dozens of faculty.

UAB School of Health Professions Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D., moderated a spirited discussion with Stephens and Smith that touched on the history of the Lakeshore Foundation as well as the tremendous work Lakeshore is doing today to help American soldiers injured in combat return to service and to life.

heath-phillipsHeath Phillips - photo courtesy BBJHeath Phillips, CEO of HealthSouth Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital and alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions, has been named to the Birmingham Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40.

The publication says Phillips "is the youngest – by far – CEO at any of HealthSouth’s more than 100 hospitals." They go on to say he leads "the company’s flagship hospital, which has been nationally recognized for its clinical outcomes and far outpaces industry averages in several key metrics."

Phillips, age 31, earned a Master of Science in Health Administration (Class 40) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2008. The UAB MSHA program is ranked 5th in the country for best healthcare management graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report.
Emily WakefieldEmily Wakefield presentation, Rare Disease DayUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham graduate student Emily Wakefield, a second-year in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsGenetic Counseling program, addressed an audience of rare disease patients, along with their family, friends and care givers, about the benefits, limitations and fears of genetic testing.
February 28, 2014, marks the seventh worldwide Rare Disease Day and Wakefield’s remarks came at UAB’s Rare Disease Symposium. This is the first year UAB has celebrated the international event. Rare diseases are categorized as those that affect fewer than 200,000 people.

james rimmer LakeshoreJames Rimmer, Ph.D.The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s James Rimmer, Ph.D., the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences, has been named to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board. He is the first researcher with a focus on the fitness of people with disabilities to be named to the prestigious post.

“There is a lack of representation of people with disabilities across the spectrum of health, wellness, exercise and nutrition and I believe society is starting to recognize the value that exercise and good nutrition have on improving the health of every member of society, including those with the least access to it,” said Rimmer, a professor in the UAB School of Health Professions Department of Occupational Therapy. “This administration has a tremendous interest in physical activity, sports, recreation and obesity reduction so this is a good time for people with disabilities to get on board the train.”