Laura VogtleLaura Vogtle, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, has been elected as Director at Large of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Her three-year term began September 15, 2012.

Respiratory Therapy student Kystal HughesForty-seven year old Kevin Clayton comes into the hospital experiencing chest pain and breathing very fast. He had an upper GI endoscopy that morning and left feeling fine, but things changed as the day wore on. The “patient” was actually a simulation mannequin that students from the UAB School of Health Professions Respiratory Therapy program, School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Samford University’s Pharmacy school battled it out in the first-ever SIMWARS.

PT-OT-certificateIn 2001, Kim Preskitt may have been working as the financial manager at Flexdigital, a direct mail marketing company, but the occupational therapist in her was noticing the employees were setting themselves up for injuries. She saw employees improperly moving boxes, long computer use which could lead to carpal tunnel syndrome and standing for extensive periods of time with turning and twisting while working at the machines. Ten percent of the staff already had some sort of disability prior to their employment with Flexdigital. Preskitt saw an opportunity to work closely with the employees to keep them safe.

David Morris2012UAB Department of Physical Therapy Vice Chair David M. Morris, PT, Ph.D., received the Marilyn Gossman Professionalism in Physical Therapy Award from the Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. This is considered the chapter’s most prestigious honor to recognize a member demonstrating outstanding professionalism in any of the areas of physical therapy service, practice, education and/or research.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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