toshio Sidndey AndoA University of Alabama at Birmingham Physical Therapy student did chin ups using just one finger on each hand in his audition tape for the show “American Ninja Warrior.” That along with his other athletic abilities doing back flips landed Toshio Sidney-Ando a spot to audition for the show back in April.

The Mexican-born student has been enthralled with the show since 2007, but never pursued it until a life-changing experience.

JanelleChiasera-lowresJanelle Chiasera, Ph.D., has been appointed chair of the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions. She has held the interim position since May 2010.

 

topping out ceremonyThe final top beam to the two-floor addition to the School of Health Professions Building was put in place today in a “topping out” ceremony on Monday, May 7, 2012. SHP faculty, staff and students signed the beam along with employees of the contractor, Harbert International, LLC last week. The group watched as crews hoisted the beam to the top with a UAB flag attached.

Jonathan WaughJonathan Waugh, Ph.D., has been named the interim director of the Respiratory Therapy program in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. He replaced Wesley M. Granger, Ph.D., who stepped down after serving as the first and only director of the program.

“I want to be in a position to help mentor the next program director in the next four or five years before my own retirement,” said Granger.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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