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.”

Jonathan WaughJonathan Waugh, Ph.D., professor in the respiratory therapy program, was one of eleven honored with the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching during the annual Faculty Awards Convocation on Wednesday, March 7 in the UAB Alumni House.

Nuclear Medical TechnologyThe outlook for health care jobs in 2020 is looking good. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases projections on where jobs may be created or lost in the next decade. Several health care jobs where degrees are offered in the School of Health Professions can expect to see an increase in the next decade.

Diagnostic–related technologists such as Nuclear Medicine Technologists, Cytologists and Clinical Laboratory Scientists will see the highest increase at 37 percent or nearly 26,700 jobs added.

Brothers in Occupational TherapyBrOT: Ross MacDonald, Adam Westenhofer, Greg Carden, Jake Gilliland and Phil Nelson.You may see Ross MacDonald wearing a shirt with “brOT” on the front and “We are a rare breed” on the back.  But make sure you pronounce the acronym correctly.

“The girls in our class find it amusing to pronounce it ‘brot’ like bratwurst,” said MacDonald, a first year UAB Occupational Therapy student.

Vivian_Pijuan-ThompsonVivian Pijuan-Thompson, Ph.D., has been elected as president-elect of the American Society for Cytotechnology (ASCT). In this role, she will serve as the president of ASCT Foundation. She will take over as president-elect in April at the conclusion of the group’s annual meeting.

Norman_BolusNorman E. Bolus, MPH, CNMT, has received a Fellowship from the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section (SNMTS). It is awarded to members of the SNMTS who have demonstrated leadership and have made a significant contribution to the profession of nuclear medicine at the national level. Bolus will be acknowledged at the SNMTS Plenary and Awards Recognition in June 2012.

krista_casazzaKrista Casazza, Ph.D., R.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, has been named one of five winners of the 2012 Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC) pilot and feasibility grant. More than 31 applications were received from across UAB.

Casazza received $50,000 for her one year study to evaluate the effects of prolonged sitting on inflammation and insulin sensitivity in overweight kids. The children will participate in the study on three occasions. Doug Moellering, Ph.D., an instructor in the department, is a collaborator on the project.  

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