Mary WarrenMary Warren, Ph.D., OTR/L, has been named co-director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation at the Callahan Eye Hospital. She joins co-director Marsha Snow, O.D., associate professor in the School of Optometry and director Dawn DeCarlo, O.D., associate professor in the Department of Ophthalmology.

Warren, an associate professor and director of the graduate certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation, has had a small faculty practice in the clinic since joining the UAB Department of Occupational Therapy in 2001.

 

hispanic faculty fernandezThe Office of Equity & Diversity has begun discussing the possibility of creating a Hispanic/Latino professional organization for faculty and staff.

José Fernández, Ph.D., associate professor of nutrition sciences and director of diversity outreach for the Office of Equity & Diversity, recently met with a group of Hispanic and Latino faculty that unanimously supported the creation of the association and developed a strategy to move in that direction.

nutrition sciencesThe School of Health Professions offers several graduate programs that take only one year to complete. Most graduate programs take two years to finish. Earning a master’s degree also means an increase in salary pay.

Students could earn a master of science in nutrition sciences in just three semesters. The program is specifically designed for registered dietitians or students with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition or a related field.

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.

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