UAB School of Health Professions Current News

Chandler-Laney chosen as Named New Investigator for NORC

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.

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Remembering Health Informatics Terrell Herzig

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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Chapman inducted into Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame

Robert Chapman inducted into Alabama Healthcare Hall of FameRobert Chapman, center, is congratulated for being inducted into Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame by SHP Dean Harold Jones, left, and MSHA alumni Gary Glasscock. Robert C. Chapman, LFACHE, a 1972 graduate of the Master of Science in Health Administration, was one of 12 people inducted to the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 28. The 2012 class was honored not only for their work in medicine and health, but also as players in some of the most vital issues of their time.

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Dudgeon named chair of occupational therapy at UAB

Brian DudgeonBrian J. Dudgeon, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA has been named chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions. His appointment begins October 1, 2012.

Dudgeon, a nationally known researcher on disability and rehabilitation, comes from the University of Washington in Seattle where he is an associate professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy. He also served in several clinical settings in Seattle, manager of Occupational Therapy at Seattle Children’s Hospital and staff occupational therapist at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.

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Gower to study if breakfast choice helps or hinders fat burning

Barbara GowerYou might want to think twice before grabbing a pastry or doughnut for breakfast. A University of Alabama at Birmingham professor says research in animals suggests that eating a high-carbohydrate breakfast might turn off the body’s ability to burn fat throughout the day.

To find out if a high-carbohydrate breakfast has the same effect in humans, Barbara Gower, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the School of Health Professions, has received a $160,000 grant from the Egg Nutrition Center to study whether the kind of food eaten at breakfast can affect metabolic health.

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Two new health care elective courses

PhlebotomyIf you are interested in the health care industry, two new elective courses are being offered this fall and spring. One of the classes taught by the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences is online.

The “Fundamentals of Phlebotomy and Body Fluid Collection” (CDS 400/500) online course is being offered this fall and spring 2013 with one credit hour. This in-depth course in phlebotomy includes capillary puncture, venipuncture, arterial blood gas collection and collection of body fluids.

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Lowman elected chair of national PT specialties board

John LowmanJohn Lowman, PT, Ph.D, CCS, an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, was elected July 1, 2012 as the chair of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).  ABPTS is an 11 member board that oversees the eight different board-certified clinical specialties in physical therapy.

“I was honored to receive the confidence of my peers and to be elected to serve as the chair of ABPTS,” said Lowman.  “I look forward to this new role in helping guide the growth of specialization in physical therapy while maintaining high standards in the application and examination process.”

 

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Health Care Management degree pays you back

hcmWith a slow economy, it’s time for students to find a degree that gives you more bang for your buck. A bachelor’s degree in health care management does just that. It also happens to be one of the five college degrees Yahoo lists as giving graduates good job prospects and high average pay.

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EatRight by UAB patient announced national weight loss winner

2012 James EatRightJames Newton of Fultondale is one of three national winners in the 2012 OPTIFAST “New You” Weight Loss Contest. Newton is a patient in the EatRight by UAB clinic housed in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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