Dr. Blanton specializes in the areas of international relations and foreign policy, with an emphasis on human rights, democracy, political violence, and international political economy. Dr. Blanton teaches courses on foreign policy, international conflict, international relations theory and statistics. She has published articles on the determinants of U.S. arms transfers, the impact of arms imports on human security (human rights, democracy, and human development) in developing countries, human rights as a determinant of U.S. foreign aid, and the role of cognitive images in U.S. foreign policy decision-making. Investigating the significance of human rights concerns in global economic interactions, she has also examined the role that human rights concerns play in shaping foreign direct investment and trade in the global community. Her current research examines the impact of international financial institutions and financial crises on labor rights in countries around the world. Dr. Blanton has won several research awards, published her articles in leading academic journals within her discipline, and has served on a number of editorial boards. She is also a co-author of multiple editions of a leading textbook, World Politics: Trend and Transformation and has partnered with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs to create a companion guide of pedagogical resources. With extensive prior administrative experience as a vice provost and department chair, Dr. Blanton joins UAB as the inaugural Dean of the Honors College.
Dr. Di Gangi is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems in the Department of Management, Information Systems and Quanitiative Methods in the Collat School of Business. Dr. Di Gangi's research focuses on the intersection of social and digital networks and organizations, with an emphasis on three areas: 1) exploring user-generated content business models, 2) examining the innovation processes within user-organization relationships, and 3) information security concerns associated with external knowledge resources. Dr. Di Gangi's research includes an international team of scholars from Sweden, Norway, England, Spain, and France with a focus on user-driven innovation practices.
Dr. Ivankova is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her Ph.D. in Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2004. Her expertise is in qualitative inquiry, mixed methods research, and action research, and their applications in social and health sciences. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her empirical and methodological work in qualitative and mixed methods research. Dr. Ivankova serves on the steering committee of the Mixed Methods International Research Association. She has also served on the steering committees of the International Conference on Interactive Computer Aided Learning, and the International Conference on Interactive Computer Aided Blended Learning.
Dr. Morris holds a PhD in Health Education and Promotion from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), a MS in Physical Therapy Education from UAB, and a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults. Dr. Morris has conducted presentations about CI therapy around the world, collaborated on research with scientists at the University of Ulster in Belfast, and has helped conduct training programs at UAB for clinicians and researchers from all over the world.
Dr. Sadeep Shrestha is a genetic epidemiologist with a focus on infectious diseases. Through collaborations with investigators nationally and internationally, Dr. Shrestha has conducted and established pioneer research in genetic epidemiology studies of i) infectious and immune related diseases, specifically with outcomes of HPV infection and pathogenesis, ii) genetic epidemiology and pharmacogenetic studies of Kawasaki Disease, and iii) atherosclerosis or coronary artery diseases in early adulthood and among HIV patients. Recently, Dr. Shrestha has also initiated a screening study of HPV with banked specimen in Nepal. He is the recipient of several awards and honors including the Graduate School Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship.
Dr. Mickey Trimm is Associate Professor of Healthcare Management at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Trimm teaches in the areas of Healthcare Strategy, Healthcare Information Technology and Operations Management. He also oversees the undergraduate internship program for the School of Health Professions. He has been involved in healthcare strategy and operational analysis for over 30 years, with experience in healthcare environments ranging from large multi-hospital systems to small, rural facilities. In addition, Dr. Trimm works in collaboration with the National Institute for Public Administration in Zambia to revise and improve healthcare management programs for the country.
Dr. Warren is an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation Program. She is the editor of the Self Paced Clinical course: Low Vision: Occupational Therapy Intervention with the Older Adult, published by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and co-editor with Beth Barstow for the textbook: Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adults with Low Vision from AOTA Press. She has presented numerous workshops on low vision rehabilitation and on visual perceptual dysfunction following acquired brain injury and is an internationally recognized authority in this area. Dr. Warren is currently in Singapore as a visiting expert under the National Health Care Group Oversees Expert Programme to lecture and advise physicians and rehabilitation staff at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in order to assist them with their efforts to develop a low vision rehabilitation program.
Involved with didactic and clinical training of rehabilitation professionals from China. The School of Health Professions has hosted Chinese rehabilitation professionals and sent UAB professionals to train an assortment of rehabilitation specialists (physicians, therapists, and technicians) in China. The UAB team also trained community health workers and nursing home volunteers on best-practice physical therapy techniques that ranged from turning patients in their beds to basic exercises patients can do themselves.
Dr. Dionne-Odom is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine. Prior to joining UAB faculty in 2013, she worked on HIV projects in Cameroon and Gabon and completed an NIH Fogarty Fellowship studying HIV and syphilis co-infection in Zambia and Rwanda. Her current global focus is in Haiti where she is part of a 5 year PEPFAR supported HIV project with Dartmouth College and GHESKIO. The goal of the project is to improve clinical care at a departmental hospital in Southern Haiti and Dr. Dionne-Odom is looking at factors influencing retention in care and maximizing the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Her research interests are in HIV, sexually transmitted infections and women’s health.
Dr. Zayzafoon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology, Director of the UAB-Center for Metabolic Bone Disease (UAB-CMBD) and Director of the International Clinical Training Program (ICTP). He went to medical school at Damascus University, Syria where he obtained his MD degree. After graduation, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine followed by a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Preston Hospital, Tyne & Wear, England. Dr. Zayzafoon then moved to the United States and joined the Physiology Doctoral Program at Michigan State University, where he earned his Ph.D. degree. In 2002 he moved to UAB as a post-doctoral fellow in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Pathology, Department of Pathology. Since that time he has moved rapidly through the ranks, being promoted to Associate Professor in 2009.
UAB psychiatrist Tolu Aduroja maintains a close connection to his native Nigeria. Since 2011, he has returned to his hometown of Ibadan each fall to provide free health care through an organization he founded called Maternal Cords.
Dr. Budhwani is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health’s Department of Health Care Organization and Policy and the Deputy Director of the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health. As such, she directs international public health education, specifically overseeing both the graduate certificate and undergraduate track in global health and coordinating international student experiences. Prior to joining UAB, Dr. Budhwani consulted in Tanzania to evaluate medical services and in Syria to measure the impact of microfinance products. Dr. Budhwani’s research interests are in health outcomes disparities attributed to gender and ethnicity.
Dr. Marcela Frazier is originally from Medellin, Colombia. She completed a pediatric residency at The UAB School of Optometry. She became involved in health education after obtaining her Master’s degree in Public Health at UAB. She has helped produce a radio soap opera dedicated to chronic disease prevention in the Hispanic community. Her interests include amblyopia treatment, vision screenings, and vision care for Hispanic children. She is a board member and regular volunteer for Cahaba Valley Health care, a community based organization that provides access to health care to Latinos in parts of Alabama. She has lead her students on several mission trips with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) to Nicaragua, Peru, Honduras, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, and Colombia.
Dr. Ryan's primary interests include cancer disparities, women's cancers, and medical services provided to the underserved in developing nations (especially Zambia, India, and Nepal). She has also done some work with autism spectrum disorders, specifically in examining the disparities in recognizing and treating these disorders in the developing world.
Dr. Ryan is also a contributing writer for the AACR publication Cancer Today and frequently conducts research and publishes articles on health care programs in other cultures that attempt to bridge differences in cultural beliefs and practices, accessibility of resources, etc.
Dr. Somerall has been a WHOCC Scholar since 2011. She first became involved in global health nursing through hosting international scholars visiting UAB for various programs the UAB SON offers. She and her family opened their home to several international students and scholars who captured her heart.
In 2011 she coordinated the workshop portion on interprofessional global education and collaboration through the Global Health Professional Fellows grant funded by the U.S. Department of State. In this role she became very familiar with the particular challenges faced by nursing educators in Zambia and Malawi. Her goal is to continue the relationships she developed with these nurse educators and contribute to research and collaboration between the University of Zambia School of Nursing and the UAB SON.
Professor Uddin’s research interests focus on structural safety of bridge and building structure, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites for high performance infrastructure, natural hazard analyses and disaster risk reduction. Dr. Uddin is currently the PI on an internationally collaborative research project with the University College Dublin-University of Ireland and Queens University in the United Kingdom to develop a Bridge Weigh-In-Motion (BWIM) System to effectively manage the nation’s aging bridge infrastructure.
In 2008, Dr. Uddin served as the Team Leader of an ASCE CDRM (Council for Disaster Risk and Management) team of natural hazards experts who traveled to China to survey damages from the Wenchuan earthquake (magnitude 8.0 caused an estimated 80,000 deaths, 370,000 injuries, with 18,000 people missing), where he also participated in a world forum with Tongji University for an overview of reconstruction and risk management activities.
Dr. Uddin has also been extensively involved in Bangladesh. From 2005-2008, he utilized NSF grants to organize the first international workshop on wind storm and Storm Surge Mitigation Construction, in Dhaka, Bangladesh in addition to traveling to Bangladesh multiple times with a PhD graduate student from UAB. As a faculty Fulbright Scholar in 2008, Dr. Uddin spent two semesters in Bangladesh performing collaborative research with 2 Bangladeshi Universities (BRAC University; and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.
Penni Watts has been a WHOCC Scholar since 2011. She first became involved with global health nursing when she hosted a group of Zambian scholars to facilitate learning experiences in clinical simulations as well as facilitating building a skills lab center.
She has hosted two such groups, one from Brazil and one from Zambia, by facilitating their clinical simulation activities in their respective facilites. Ms. Watts has also given presentations to several international groups on the use of simulation and best practices in clinical simulation. She is currently on a committee for teh INACSL (International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning) that has been asked to develop programs for developing international nursing faculty in clinical simulation. Her goal in working with the WHOCC is to help many international groups in developing their efforts towards integrating simulation into their own nursing and health profession programs and possibly formalize it into an International Faculty Simulation Development Program.
Dr. Williams has been a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Scholar since early 2012. She has been interested in global health for over 30 years. This interest began when she was appointed as a WHO Short Term Consultant to the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences in Bangalore, India. This consultantship helped develop her long-term interest in global health.
Throughout her teaching career she has mentored international students in her various faculty appointments. She has also developed strategies for classroom presentations that make the material more accessible to non-native speakers of English. Most recently, Dr. Williams has begun support for Zambian nurses who need to be prepared to function as oncology nurse specialists. She is well able to support distance education endeavors, and has learned the anthropological perspective of allowing those native to the area be the teachers. Her passion and experience has taught Dr. Williams that global health education is truly a reciprocal endeavor.
Dr. Berner is the Director of the Center for Health Informatics for Patient Safety/Quality in the School of Health Professions. UAB was one of five universities who collaborated to develop a set of health information technology curriculum materials. These materials are free for individuals to download and use. They have been downloaded by educators in over 70 countries on six continents.
Dr. Bodin has been a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Scholar since 2011. Her clinical expertise lies in the Neonatal Intensive Care field as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. She has been involved with several national and international initiatives where collaboration is needed in expanding knowledge in the global arena.
She has been involved with NeoConnect, which is affiliated with the Joanna Briggs Institute in looking at Care Nodes for Neonatal Intensive Care Units in developing nations as an Expert Collaborator. She has worked with an international student who traveled to UABSON for the International Leadership in Nursing Program and collaborated with her in writing a manuscript for presentation to a US peer-reviewed journal. Dr. Bodin has kept in touch with this nurse as she is implementing her leadership plan back home in Brazil. Dr. Bodin continues to make contributions to nursing on the global arena.
Ms. Elizabeth Crooks is an instructor in the UAB School of Nursing, and has been a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Scholar since 2012. She is an instructor in the Community Health Outcomes and Systems Department at the UAB School of Nursing. Her interests are in healthcare leadership capacity building and interprofessional and nursing education development in low recource countries.
In the time she’s been with the UAB School of Nursing she has opened her home to host global health fellows from Zambia; taken a leadership role in the Global Nursing Student/Faculty Interest Group on campus; and was a leadership coach for participants in the International Nursing and Health Care Leadership and Management Program.
Dr. Dawson has been a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Scholar since 2011. She is the principal investigator for a HRSA Workforce Diversity Grant and was recently appointed as HRSA grant reviewer.
For many years Dr. Dawson has supported global health and international nursing education. Her introduction to international health care started as a staff nurse at the UAB Medical Center working with open-heart surgical patients from other countries. She has lectured in Canada, Denmark, the United Kingdom and the Philippines. In addition, she has lectured and consulted on the impact of nurse mitigation on the cost of health care, nursing and global health. She has hosted international nurses and other professionals from England, South Africa and Ghana. For over five years she worked collaboratively with professors and consultants from Leeds, England to successfully implement a transformational nursing model called Practice Development Units at the University of Louisville Medical Center (ULMC). As the vice president of clinical operations and the chief nursing officer she hosted nurses from Ghana, Argentina, Russia, China and Germany providing them with clinical experiences and leadership development. In 2009 she worked with the UABSON International Nursing Leadership planning committee to help coordinate the 2010 program. During this Leadership Program she provided several lectures and she is currently working with participants as a mentor.
Dr. Comfort Enah has been a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Scholar since 2011. She is an Assistant Professor in the Community Health Outcomes and Systems Department at the UAB School of Nursing. In the time she has been with UAB SON, she has participated in numerous projects, activities and research related to global health such as her research in HIV prevention in underserved preadolescents and adolescents in rural areas in Alabama’s Black Belt as well as in the west African nation of Cameroon.
She was a mentor for an interdisciplinary team that was part of the first ever case study focused on innovative approaches to addressing hunger. She has also worked with the WHOCC on a number of ways to support its mission; ranging from exploring ways to include international experiences for her community health students to including several innovative approaches to making students aware of global health priorities.
Furthermore, she has been an active participant in multiple PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center initiatives; most recently as a host family for a Malawian scholar who visited UAB in 2011, and serving as a mentor/collaborator with a Zambian scholar by planning relevant experiences and sharing resources between the Community Health department at UAB and the Community Health department at the University of Zambia. Her research program, teaching and service exemplify the desired characteristics of the ideal WHOCC Scholar.
Dr. Gakumo has been a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Scholar since 2011. Her interest in global nursing stems from her experience in global health research as well as from her participation in the WHOCC's Global Health Professional Fellows Program in 2011 and 2012. Her current area of research is in promoting health literacy and treatment adherence in individuals living with HIV.
Her long-term goals are to expand this research on a global level to be culturally relevant for specific countries in Africa, such as in Zambia and Kenya. Her global health scholarly activities include co-authoring two manuscripts that focus on HIV prevention in Cameroonian preadolescents. She has also co-authored research in HIV and cognition that has been presented internationally and she is currently co-investigator on a Health Services Foundation grant to enhance interprofessional global health learning oppportunities for UAB students. Dr. Gakumo is currently an advisory council member of the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program at UAB and she is a faculty member fo the Global Health Interest Group within the School of Nursing.
Dr. Jean Ivey, an associate professor at the UAB School of Nursing, was appointed as a WHOCC scholar in 2012. She has contributed her skills to further global health both through the UAB School of Nursing and through personal service. She has worked closely with visiting scholars from various countries. She has also served as faculty for the international travel away course in Honduras as often as it has been offered.
She is currently working on a collaboration project with the purpose of involving SON students with students and faculty from Norway. Personally, she has participated in several medical missions trips to Honduras, Bolivia, and Ecuador. Her particular interest in global health revolves around children and families.
Carolynn Jones has been a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Scholar since 2011. She is currently a faculty instructor at UABSON leading the Clinical Research Management Specialty Option while at the same time working on her Doctorate of Nursing Practice. In tandem with her faculty position, she has served as lead instructor/researcher on a National Institute of Health Challenge Grant entitled "Promoting Enhanced Research Capacity for Global Health (The PERC Study)."
In her role with PERC, she traveled to Peru in 2011 to promote distance learning and help students at the Universidad de Peru Cayetano develop research study plans. She has published numerous training programs for research coordinators and their staff.
Dr. McCarty has been a PAHO/WHO Scholar since 2007. Her work focuses on Community Health and Child Health. She has been co-investigator on a Sparkman Center for Global Health funded grant called “Building a Partnership for Collaboration in Nursing Research in Honduras”. She was also instrumental in securing the "Familias Fuertes" grant on which she was co-investigator.
The Familias Fuertes program focused on strengthening families and preventing substance abuse, teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases among Honduran adolescents. Her international work continued when she received an NIH grant to work with the General Nursing Council of Zambia, the Zambia Union of Nursing Organizations, the University of Zambia, the Lusaka School of Nursing, CIDRZ, AIDS Relief, the Zambia Ministry of Health, and others to develop a distance-based certificate program to prepare nurses for advanced roles in care, treatment and support of patients with HIV and AIDS. She is currently serving as Interim Assistant Dean for International Affairs and is coordinating the International Nursing and Health Care Leadership and Management Program for 2012.
Dr. Oliver became a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center scholar in 2011. He became interested in global nursing education in the Fall of 2010 when he was invited to participate in the Leadership in Nursing course at UAB. In this role he was able to collaborate and work with nursing leaders from Africa and Latin America.
This experience sparked a continued interest in leadership education for nurses worldwide. Dr. Oliver’s extensive work in nursing leadership development offers the WHOCC support for leaders and aspiring leaders through education, increased interactions and project implementation and evaluation on a global scale. Dr. Oliver is currently participating in the planning aspects of various initiatives through the WHOCC.
Dr. Rice was appointed as a WHOCC Scholar in early 2012. She originally became involved in global health nursing through the PERC project which involves training international study coordinators in low resource countries. She is co-Investigator on the project and it has been an eye-opening experience for Dr. Rice.
She is also the subspecialty coordinator for the clinical research management masters program at UABSON. Dr. Rice has also been involved in the PERC Zambia project which works to enhance clinical research skills in study coordinators in Zambia. In addition, she is working to connect international research colleagues from Latin America and the Caribbean in the SNRS since these areas are part of the region served by the organization. Her particular interests lie in global health nursing research and child health.
Dr. Bidez is currently a UAB Professor and Graduate Program Director of the MEng in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management. In 1997, she moved into the private sector as the founding President and CEO of BioHorizons, Inc., an international oral reconstructive device manufacturing company with a flagship product line based upon patented technology developed within Dr. Bidez’ UAB laboratory. Her personal entrepreneurial story of becoming the first female CEO in the global medical device manufacturing industry has inspired audiences worldwide. Furthermore, Dr. Bidez has published extensively, provided 30 international invited presentations and workshops in 13 countries, and participated actively in public policy advocacy at the local, national and international levels, particularly related to consumer safety and women’s issues. In 2011, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) named Dr. Bidez as one of “100 Women” (living or dead) who have made the greatest contributions to global safety. Most recently, the International System Safety Society designated Dr. Bidez as “2011 Educator of the Year.”
Laura Debiasi has been a WHOCC Scholar since 2012. As a newly appointed WHO Scholar, she serves as Chair of a task force that is working to improve and increase the emphasis on global health at UAB School of Nursing.
Ms. Debiasi is involved with the International Nursing and Health Care Leadership and Management Program both as a host family and by working with the various students from around the world who would enroll in this summer course. Her continuing interest in global work revolves around providing opportunities for global health involvement for current students at the School of Nursing. She also offers a summer Study Away in Ecuador elective for students.
Dr. Gohlke conducted a lessons learned seminar in Accra, Ghana on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She also mentors a Fulbright student from Ghana, and is Co-I on an application with Dr. Sathiakumar for work in India on disasters.
Dr. Hasan was awarded a $5,000 Google RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) Award for providing free online courses to rural and disadvantaged students in Bangladesh and India. Hasan’s program, known as the Shikkhok Project, was one of 30 organizations selected from 18 countries around the world. The Google RISE Awards seek out projects that develop science and technology education in less privileged areas. The Shikkhok Project — “shikkhok” means “teacher” in the Bengali language — provides online learning through YouTube and similar free technologies in areas such as computer science, biotechnology, mathematics and even cooking and chess playing. Hasan started the website in August 2012 and now has 20,000 registered users. He says 3,000 students learn from 25 courses daily in their native Bengali language thanks to volunteer instructors located around the world.
Dr. Holcomb has been a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Scholar since 2008. Dr. Holcomb's interests include primary care, nursing practice and patient safety, antibiotic stewardship, and C. Diff prevention. She participates in ongoing work with Nurses in Honduras to develop an MSN program, and survey regarding domestic violence and patient satisfaction. Dr. Holcomb teaches a study away course in Honduras, as well as a summer course in global leadership.
Dr. Musa has been involved in a variety of international activities including: health facilities readiness for telemedicine, mobile health for expanding healthcare services in Sub Saharan Africa, task-technology fit perspective, revision of standardized data and information systems to mitigate health disparities, etc.
Dr. Norton's lab (with NIH funding) studies an animal model of myopia. They use it to understand why myopia develops and to develop effective treatments to slow or prevent myopia development. Students in Dr. Norton's lab have come from China and Africa as well as from North America. He also helps organize the biennial International Conference on Myopia and helps guide a clinical study of myopia in an ethnically diverse group of children in the US.
Dr. Nalini Sathiakumar is an environmental and occupational epidemiologist and a pediatrician. Funded by industry and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), she has conducted pioneer research in occupational health, occupational cancers, and health effects of environmental exposures including heavy metals, indoor and outdoor air pollution and pesticides with a special focus on infant and early childhood neurodevelopment. In addition, she has led several NIH-funded training grants such as the International research and training in environmental and occupational health (ITREOH) program in South Asia. Under this initiative, she has trained several emerging scientists in Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan, and mentored their research. As part of this program, she spearheaded the development and implementation of competency-based Master’s in Public Health (MPH) program in Manipal University in India and the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka; the latter is the first program in the country. Dr. Sathiakumar has served as an expert for the Institute of Medicine, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, NIH, World Health Organization.etc. She is the recipient of several awards and honors including the President’s award for excellence in teaching.
Dr. Szaflarski teaches global health, comparative health systems, vulnerable populations, sociology of health and illness, and social change. Other teaching interests: global mental health, immigrant health, HIV, comparative/cross-national research. She is involved in the following research activities: HIV (community and patient populations, U.S.), immigrant mental health and substance abuse, and comparative/cross-national health-related quality of life research (epilepsy).
Dr. Wozencraft has taught and presented throughout Vietnam, Malawi, Hong Kong, Seoul, and at multiple locations in the US. His current international work is centered in Malawi and Vietnam, with efforts directed toward economic and policy determinants of access to and development of palliative medicine.
Dr. Grace Jepkemboi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education. Her teaching and research interest include child development and family relations, curriculum development, working with children and families affected by HIV/AIDS, orphaned and vulnerable children, and policy in Kenya since independence and its impact on literacy, poverty eradication, gender empowerment, health, and other well-being indicators.
Jepkemboi founded the Kenya Heritage Foundation (KHF), with a goal to 'give every child a chance at life.' The organization supports children and families affected by HIV/AIDS through education—providing children with school supplies, shoes and clothing, power breakfasts, and financial assistance to stay in school. In addition, it encourages community empowerment and poverty eradication by helping families become self-sufficient through sustainable projects. It also promotes health through partnerships with local hospitals to provide medicine and home-based care to people with HIV/AIDS, provides adequate nutrition to people affected by HIV/AIDS, and works to improve food and water security.
Dr. Jolly serves as the Director of the UAB Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Program. Her laboratory research focuses on the mechanisms of pathogenesis of lentiviruses, especially of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), specifically in the area of immune responses to infection. Dr. Jolly also conducts research on the suppression of the immune system by aflatoxin and its effects on HIV disease progress in Ghana. In addition to her laboratory research, Dr. Jolly conducts field research on the prevalence and risk factors for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), particularly in pregnant women and STD clinic attendees in Jamaica and voluntary counseling and testing for HIV in pregnancy and adherence to antiretroviral therapy in Ghana. More recently, Dr. Jolly has been studying the genetics of hypertension among Mayans in Guatemala.
Dr. Neiva’s career extends from South America to the United States and then Europe. Dr. Neiva published academic output is comprised of more than 60 articles, as well as 10 books. They were mainly written in either Portuguese or English, but his articles have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, French, and Italian. His most recent texts are: Dicionário Houaiss de Comunicação and Jogos de Comunicação: Em Busca dos Fundamentos da Cultura which was published in 2009. In terms of teaching experience, Dr. Neiva has taught Communication Studies in Brazil (his native country), the United States, and Portugal. With an experience of more than two decades on the academic world of more than one culture, Eduardo Neiva brings a valuable cross-cultural asset to any world-class academic center.
Dr. Orihuela's area of specialization is Latin American literature with an emphasis in Latin American Contemporary Literature, Indigenous Cultures and Literatures, and Afro-Hispanic Literatures.
His most recent book, Abordajes y Aproximaciones. Ensayos sobre Literatura Peruana del Siglo XX (1950-2001), is a collection of essays analyzing those authors who reveal most profoundly the social and cultural complexity of contemporary Peru. Other recent publications include “La representación del negro en la poesía de Nicomedes Santa Cruz” in “Escribir” la identidad: Creación cultural y negritud en el Perú; “La poesía peruana de los 60 y 70: Dos etapas en la ruta hacia el sujeto descentrado y la conversacionalidad” in A contra corriente. A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America; and “The Poetics of Nicomedes Santa Cruz and Its Challenge to the Canon of Peruvian Hegemonic Literature" in Afro-Hispanic Review.
Dr. Rodriguez has participated in several educational activities in Peru and is the PI of the ICOHRTA grant for training Peruvian physicians, which occasionally brings Peruvians to UAB for short or medium term training. He is also the director of the recently established global health track for the internal medicine residency program, and has collaborated on studies with Peruvian colleagues.
Research interests are Clostridium difficile infection, urinary tract infections, tropical diseases including malaria, tuberculosis, metabolic complications in HIV, education interventions in Infectious Diseases for developing countries, and education interventions for internal medicine residents and medical students.
Dr. Saag completed his residency in infectious disease and molecular virology fellowship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During the last 6 months of his fellowship, Dr. Saag conceived the concept of a comprehensive HIV outpatient (1917) clinic dedicated to the provision of comprehensive patient care in conjunction with the conduct of high quality clinic trials, basic science, and clinical outcomes research. Within the clinic structure, he established a clinical trials unit, a data management center, and a Clinical Specimen Repository designed to support the activities of the newly established Center for AIDS Research at UAB. In essence, the clinic became a “hub” for the clinical, basic science, and behavioral science investigators within the Center by creating a dynamic interface between the patients and the investigators.
Since the establishment of the clinic, Dr. Saag has participated in many studies of antiretroviral therapy as well as novel treatments for opportunistic infections. He has published over 260 articles in peer reviewed journals, including the first description of the use of viral load in clinical practice (Science, 1993), the first description of the rapid dynamics of viral replication (Nature, 1995), the first guidelines for use of viral load in practice (Nature Medicine, 1996), the first proof of concept of fusion inhibition as a therapeutic option (Nature Medicine, 1998), and directed the ‘first-in- patient’ studies of 7 of the 25 antiretroviral drugs currently on the market (including indinavir, efavirenz, abacavir, and enfuvirtide). Dr. Saag has contributed over 50 chapters to medical textbooks, has served on the Editorial Board of AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, Co-Edited a textbook entitled AIDS Therapy (Churchill Livingston, now in its 3rd edition), and currently serves as an Editor of the Sanford Guide for Antimicrobial Agents and the Sanford HIV Guide. He recently served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine (and as Chair of the Infectious Disease Subspecialty Board), has twice served as a member of the HIV Disease Committee of the Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program for the American College of Physicians, and has served recently on the NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council. Dr. Saag currently serves on the International AIDS Society-USA Board of Directors, is President-elect of the HIV Medical Association, is a member of the HHS Guidelines Panel on Antiretroviral Therapy, and serves on numerous state, local, and national committees.
Dr. Turan’s research examines the mechanisms underlying the relationship between social bonds and well-being across the life-span. One area of focus is understanding how people use (or do not use) supportive relationships effectively at times of stress and how this affects emotional and physical health. A second area of focus is the effects of negative social evaluation on psychological and physical well-being (particularly the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and cortisol reactivity).
Dr. Turan collaborates with researchers in Turkey on studies on the effects of psycho-social variables on diabetes-related outcomes.
Dr. Vantsevich is a leading specialist worldwide in dynamics, energy and fuel efficiency, and mobility of multi-wheel drive vehicles.
Vantsevich, author of five technical books and more than 100 research papers, specializes in inverse and direct dynamics of mechanical and mechatronics systems with vehicle and robotic applications. He developed inverse ground vehicle dynamics, which is the basis of his optimization of power distribution among drive wheels and control of vehicle performance.
Vantsevich earned his Ph.D. and Sc.D., the highest degree in the former U.S.S.R., from Belarusian National Technical University. He holds 30 certified inventions and is well known in the American Society of Mechanical Engineering as well as the Society of Automotive Engineering, International Society for Terrain Vehicle Systems and Association for Unmanned Systems International. He is founder and editor of two book series: Robotics Engineering and Ground Vehicle Engineering. He is an editor of the Journal of Terramechanics and a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems and Journal of Multi-body Dynamics.
Dr. Walker became a WHOCC Scholar in 2011. She conducted a 3 day workshop and educational activities for nurses and medical staff on cancer care at the Cancer Diseases Hospital in Zambia, and has provided consultation and education on cancer care with faculty in Malawi. She also facilitated meetings and mentoring activities for a nurse from Zambia involving HIV initiatives in adolescents and has been an ongoing resource and support system for a colleague in Zambia in regards to oncology initiatives.
Over the next several years Dr. Walker would like to continue to build on these relationships that have begun in Zambia, helping them build a strong oncology program within their country. Her background in oncology nursing and now education, gives her the skills to help nurses globally strengthen their oncology leadership and nursing education.
Jerry Aldridge, Ed.D., professor emeritus in the UAB School of Education, is a representative to the United Nations for the World Organization for Early Childhood Education. World OMEP, a non-profit child advocacy organization, has national committees in more than 60 countries divided into five geographical regions: Africa, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Europe, Latin America and North America and the Caribbean. Aldridge will serve with two other appointees — one from Boston, the other from Italy. Together, they will help families and communities around the world educate their children.
Dr. Alexandrov is a nurse physiologist who focuses her research on integrated systemic and intracranial hemodynamics. Her physiologic research is in the area of blood flow augmentation in hyperacute stroke, innovatively using devices such as intra-aortic balloon pumps and external counterpulsation, gravitational techniques, and manipulation of oxygenation/ventilation. Dr. Alexandrov was an invited speaker at Stroke Smart 2012, a conference held August 2012 in Sydney Australia, where she spoke about External Counterpulsation for Acute Ischemic Stroke; NET SMART Distance-Accessible Advanced Stroke Education. Dr. Alexandrov was also inducted as an Honorary Ambassador into the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses, Croatia 2012.
As Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success, Dr. Suzanne Austin leads the Office of Student Life, both university libraries and several faculty and student support units that focus on student and faculty development, retention and enrichment. She published numerous books, translations and articles on global issues with a focus on world epidemics and disease, including Native Society and Disease in Colonial Ecuador, which has been translated into Spanish.
In collaboration with Director of International Education and Department Chair, Ms. Celaya developed the international format of the Executive Master of Science in Health Administration. Her current responsibilities include the daily management of operations for the Executive Master of Science in Health Administration at King Fahad Specialist Hospital in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. She is also responsible for planning logistics, writing and negotiating contracts, and coordinating with in-country contacts for Executive Master’s and Executive Doctoral international health system visits in at least two different countries every year. Ms. Celaya's other responsibilities include developing new international relationships and projects for the Department of Health Services Administration and organizing and executing alumni international travel opportunities. Ms. Celaya is involved in many other international activities at UAB including the Sparkman Scholars Program and the UAB Global Citizenship Committee where she represents the School of Health Professions. Outside of UAB, she served as the co-editor of the special issue on management of culture and cultural change in healthcare organizations of the European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management and is currently a Rotary Club International Service Committee member and former Ambassadorial Scholar to the UK. She holds a Master of Science in International Business from the University of Salford, England.
Dr. Chamot assumes the lead role in a collaborative agreement with NIAID/FIC to strengthen clinical research and research management capabilities at three International Centers for Excellence in Research on infectious diseases in India, Mali, and Uganda. He is currently involved in several international research projects on breast and cervical cancer screening.
Dr. Geiger represents the American Association for Health Education (AAHE), a Non-governmental Organization (NGO) engaged in planning improvements to public policy for global health issues. He has also participated in meetings of international delegates from NGOs related to implementation of the Millennium Development Goals in NYC, Melbourne, Australia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dr. Geiger has also provided input about health and wellbeing related to sustainable development within the Rio+20 Compilation Document representing views of Member States, Major Groups including Civil Society, and UN System.
Dr. Haque is an associate professor of Government and the Director of Graduate Studies in Public Administration at UAB. His research interests are in the areas of administrative theory and behavior; electronic government and geographic information systems; public health and the urban population. Dr. Haque is a 2007-08 Fulbright Scholar, where he taught graduate students in Bangladesh’s BRAC University to use Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and introduced GIS capabilities as an empowerment tool for community development in Bangladesh. Since 2010, he has presented research and conducted workshops for the Bangladesh civil servants in the area of information technology adoption and social empowerment. Much of his work has been published or is in the process of publication. Recently, Dr. Haque was invited to serve in a Think Tank (research affiliate) called Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI), which is primarily funded by Bangladeshis living in the United States and the State Department/International Donors. Dr. Haque is currently serving on the steering committee for BDI for a conference at UC Berkeley in February 2013.
Dr. Turan's main research interests are in the topic area of maternal and child health (MCH) in low-resource settings of both developing and developed countries. Over the course of her research career, she has used both quantitative and qualitative research methods to examine factors related to the promotion of MCH in diverse settings including Turkey, Jordan, Italy, Eritrea, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Egypt. She is currently conducting research aiming to reduce the adverse effects of HIV/AIDS on the physical and mental health of pregnant and childbearing women in Kenya, with a special focus on HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination. In addition, her current research program includes the study of stigma as it relates to a variety of reproductive health conditions/services, including abortion, obstetric fistula, HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence.
Dr. Wilson is the director of the Sparkman Center for Global Health (SCGH). He has extensive experience and expertise in global health and now works most extensively in Zambia. He currently is working with the University of Zambia School of Medicine (UNZA SOM) on capacity building for health care worker training at all levels and disciplines. He is the Co-Director of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative with UNZA SOM, a PEPFAR supported initiative for sustainably training health care workers in Africa. He is also closely involved with the UNZA SOM-led Zambia Education Partnership for Advanced Care and Training (ZEPACT) where he is focused on the continued development of the HIV Nurse Prescriber program initiated through SCGH support as well an HIV drug resistance monitoring project. His primary goal with the SCGH at UAB is to work with other departments and units to recruit additional international health faculty to the School and to UAB and to support global citizenship projects on the UAB campus. He is also involved in the development and dissemination of the health education resource intranet platform called eGranary in collaboration with the University of North Carolina.
Korean-Canadian Bass Won Cho is in demand for both concert and operatic repertoire worldwide, thanks to his energetic voice and strong stage presence, appearing with many of the opera houses and orchestras of the U.S., Canada, Europe, Middle East, and his native Korea. He was the 3rd prize winner of The 31st Vincenzo Bellini International Opera Competition in Italy where Dame Joan Sutherland was the chair adjudicator and 1st prize winner of The Artist International Music Competition in Toronto, Canada.
Dr. Cockerham's research and teaching interests include Medical Sociology, Transnational Studies of Health, and Health Lifestyles. He is the author of several recent publications as well: Cockerham, William C. 2011. “The Sociology of Health in a Globalized World.” Special Issue of Politica y Sociedad (Politics and Society) 48:69-82. (Madrid, Spain); Cockerham, Geoffrey B. and William C. Cockerham. 2010. Health and Globalization. Cambridge, UK: Polity.
In 2010 Dr. Hernandez served as a visiting professor at the School of Health Sciences at the American University of Armenia.
Dr. McGrath has research interests in the comparative analyses of fear and perceived risk of victimization at the international level, including the relationship between citizen satisfaction with local police and perceived safety.
Stephen Miller completed his doctorate at UCLA in 1999. Three year-long research grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Chancellor of UCLA, and the UCLA history department, as well as a Faculty Development Grant from UAB, permitted Dr. Miller to complete research for a book about eighteenth-century France and the Revolution. The book shows that positions of political authority such as seigneurial domains and venal offices were central to the wealth and status of the nobility and bourgeoisie of eighteenth-century France. This insight allows Dr. Miller to show that social forces played a critical role in the origins and unfolding of the French Revolution. Miller documents this thesis with meticulous research on the old regime province of Languedoc. His work can be seen in several articles in journals including French Historical Studies, The Journal of Social History, and European History Quarterly. The book, State and Society in Eighteenth-Century France: A Study of Political Power and Social Revolution in Languedoc, was published in 2008. Miller's next project, for which he has received grants from the American Philosophical Society and the Faculty Development Program of UAB, analyzes the monarchy's efforts to reform its institutions by creating provincial assemblies of landowners in the 1770s and 1780s.
Dr. Price's music has been performed in Europe, South America, Asia, and throughout the United States. His works have been featured prominently at such venues and events as the International Clarinet Association International Conference, the World Saxophone Congress, the National SEAMUS Conference, the National Society of Composers Conference, the Music Teachers National Association Conference, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Chamber Music Festival in Singapore, and the NoiseFloor Festival in Stafford, England.
Dr. Ward studies the history and archaeology of the Mediterranean/Near East during antiquity and the early medieval period, with a primary focus on the role of the Roman Empire in the Middle East. His current research explores early Christian monasticism and monastic interactions with nomadic populations in the Sinai. Dr. Ward has extensive experience living in the Middle East as both a researcher and archaeologist. He plans to organize a Study Away trip to Jordan in the near future. He recently co-wrote a primary source textbook, Sources for World Societies, for world history survey classes.
Dr. Warner has focused her research on modern European theater and criticism, South Slavic literature and theatre, and comparative Balkan drama. Her scholarship was published in Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance, Balkanistica, Serbian Survey, Bulgarian Studies Association Newsletter, and Macedonian Studies. She also has a chapter in the book Theatre and Dance in Eastern Europe: The Changing Scene.
Yakov Kasman’s debut in America in 1997 as Silver Medallist in the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth was the culmination of several competition triumphs and tours in Europe and the Middle East, including prizes at the 1991 Valentino Bucchi Competition in Rome, the 1991 London World Piano Competition, the 1992 Artur Rubinstein International Competition in Tel Aviv, and the 1995 International Prokofiev Competition at St. Petersburg. Since his American debut, he has given concerts in the United States, South America, Europe, Russia and Asia, including recitals in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cleveland, St. Louis, Kansas City, St. Paul, Atlanta, and Birmingham.
Dr. Corbetta teaches courses in International Relations and Methodology. His current research focuses on conflict expansion, networks in international relations, major power states in international politics, and international environmental law.
Dr. Cormier is a cultural anthropologist who has had rather diverse research interests, but has a concentration in the study of human and wild primate interactions. Her book Kinship with Monkeys: The Guaja Foragers of Eastern Amazonia (Columbia University Press 2003), explored a hunting and gathering group's relationships with monkeys in ecological, social, and symbolic domains of their culture. For the past several years, she has been investigating host-switching in human, ape, and monkey malarias from prehistory to present, with particular emphasis on environmental changes fostering malarial proliferation in all primates since the agricultural revolution.Her latest book release centered on this topic is entitled, "The 10,000 Year Fever: The Historical Ecology of Human and Wild Primate Malarias."
Born in Seattle, Washington, Pam Murray lived abroad (Panama, France, Germany) and in several parts of the U.S. before becoming a professional historian and specialist in the field of modern Latin America. She is the author of Dreams of Development: Colombia's National School of Mines and its Engineers, 1887-1970 (Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 1997) and For Glory and Bolivar: The Remarkable Life of Manuela Saenz, 1798-1856 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2008) and of scholarly articles in both English and Spanish. She is widely recognized as a "Colombianista" or expert in the history of modern Colombia and, in 2001, served as president of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies. Since joining the UAB History Department in 1990, she has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on Latin American, especially Spanish American, history. She also has contributed actively to UAB's International Studies Program, Women's Studies Program, and numerous other aspects of campus life.
Dr. Sarah Parcak is an Archaeologist and the founding Director of the Laboratory for Global Health Observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she also holds a tenure-track position in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Anthropology, and secondary appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health. Dr. Parcak is a recognized expert in the use of remote sensing via satellite imagery analysis to detect archaeological sites, many of which were previously unknown. She is the director of the Middle Egypt Survey Project, and co-directs RESCUE (for Remote Sensing and Coring of Uncharted Egyptian Sites), a major survey project in Egypt, with her husband, Dr. Greg Mumford, also based at UAB. Dr. Parcak has published widely in archaeological journals, and has written Satellite Remote Sensing for Archaeology (Routledge, 2009), the first methods book to ever appear on the subject of satellite archaeology. She has received extensive media coverage for her work in satellite archaeology by the Discovery Channel (where she was featured in “Why Ancient Egypt Fell”), The Economist, The Times, Popular Science, National Geographic News, and internet-based news channels such as LiveScience, Google, AOL, Yahoo and MSNBC.
Dr. Zahariadis is the former director of International Studies at UAB. He has served twice as president of International Studies Association-South and has received numerous awards for his research and teaching. His research interests include: state subsidies, international political economy, comparative public policy, and the European Union.
Dr. Kyle is the author of “Feeding Chilapa: The birth, life, and death of a Mexican region” (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008), the coeditor (with Rani T. Alexander) of “Beyond the Hacienda: Agrarian relations and socioeconomic change in rural Mesoamerica” (special theme issue of Ethnohistory, 2003), and the author of several articles on economic and political aspects of rural Mexico. Dr. Kyle is currently engaged in research in two areas. The first involves the establishment of European-style towns and cities in sixteenth century New Spain (contemporary Mexico), particularly in regions where Augustinian friars established convents amid large indigenous populations. The second involves contemporary economic and political processes in southern Mexico. This work addresses the sociocultural consequences of newly enacted legislation that was designed to reorganize and strengthen the historically ineffectual Mexican legal system.
Dr. Liber is the History department's historian of Russia, the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and Ukraine.
Dr. Mumford participates in archaeological excavations and surveys in Canada, USA, and the Middle East from 1985 through the present, including prehistoric and historic sites, with a particular focus on pharaonic Egypt. Beginning in 1999, directing excavations at a Late Period (ca. 664-332 BCE) port town at Tell Tebilla (East Delta) and a late Old Kingdom (ca. 2200 BCE) fort at Ras Budran in South Sinai (Egypt). Dr. Mumford's research interests are in cross-cultural relations and trade between Egypt and its neighbours, focusing on Syria-Palestine, but including Nubia, the Aegean, Anatolia, and Mesopotamia during the Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Babylonian-Persian periods (ca.3200-332 BCE). He has further interest in the late Old Kingdom through First Intermediate Period (ca. 2300-2040 BCE) and the Late Period (ca.664-332 BCE), relating to current excavation projects in Egypt. His current research focuses on the incense trade and Red Sea region in general.
Dr. Sharlach's fields are comparative politics (with a regional emphasis on Africa), international relations, and women's studies. The focus of her research is the intersection of ethnicity, gender, and political violence (particularly terrorism, torture, and genocide).
James Tent is a specialist in Modern German History. He has published eight books, including five mongraphs, one edited work, and two translations on topics dealing with German history from the era of National Socialism and World War II into the era of postwar Occupied Germany, plus numerous articles, chapters, and reviews. He has taught at UAB since 1974 but held guest professorships at the University of Hannover, Germany, 1982-83 and the Free University of Berlin, 1985-87. His interests also include Military History and Cold War History.
Dr. Van Sant teaches courses on East Asian and World history, while his research and publications are on Japan and Japan's relations with the West, especially the United States. He is active in the Association for Asian Studies, the World History Association, the Fulbright Association, and the Advanced Placement program for World History. In addition to his publications, he has presented research papers at national and international academic conferences. In May 2008, he led a group of nine UAB students on a two-week educational trip to Japan on a program sponsored by the History Department and the UAB Study Away Office.
Dr. Conley is a specialist in British and Irish history and her research focuses on the social history of criminal violence. She has published three books, The Unwritten Law: Criminal Justice in Victorian Kent (Oxford, 1991); Melancholy Accidents: The Meaning of Violence in Post-Famine Ireland (Lexington Books, 1999); Certain Other Countries: Homicide, Gender and National Identity in Late Nineteenth Century England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (Ohio State University Press, 2007).
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Travelers' Clinic Director David O. Freedman, M.D., a preeminent travel-medicine physician and researcher, has been appointed to the World Health Organization International Health Regulations (IHR) Roster of Experts.
Andrew Keitt studies the cultural and intellectual history of early modern Europe, with a focus on seventeenth-century Spain. His recently published book,Inventing the Sacred: Imposture, Inquisition, and the Boundaries of the Supernatural in Golden Age Spain (Brill, 2005), deals with the Spanish Inquisition's prosecution of the crime of "simulated sanctity,"--the feigning of raptures, revelations, and other supernatural phenomena--and the ways in which this judicial discourse was influenced by shifting boundaries between the natural and supernatural realms in early modern Europe. His article, "The Miraculous Body of Evidence: Visionary Experience, Medical Discourse, and the Inquisition in Seventeenth-Century Spain," (Sixteenth Century Journal, 36/1) was awarded the 2006 Harold Grimm Prize for the best article on Reformation history published during the previous year.
Dr. Kulczycki has published two books relating to international reproductive health: 1)Critical Issues in Reproductive Health. Springer Books. To be published in 2012. and 2) The Abortion Debate in the World Arena. London: Macmillan; and New York: Routledge, 1999. Dr. Kulczycki is also the Treasurer for the Research Committee on Population (RC-41) for International Sociological Association (ISA). He holds this appointment from July 2010 - 2014. He has also examined the impact of Lebanon's civil war (1975-1991) on disparities in education among the country's main religious sects as well as across various regions.
Dr. Mgbodile's foundation, The Maria Regina Foundation (MRF), is a non-proﬁt organization that delivers health services to the most vulnerable and poorest segments of Africa and Alabama. They also provide educational opportunities to children and adolescents. With the brief yet poignant history of the MRF, Dr. Mgbodile established a solid mission that is dedicated to mobilizing resources to empower poor communities in Africa. Education and improved access to health care services are critical in empowering people to escape the cycle of poverty and become independent. The foundation’s first education project will include summer and fall education programs for children in grades K-6. The foundation’s focus will be on increasing children’s mastery of basic reading, writing, and math skills; raising student academic expectations and self-esteem; and empowering parents to develop effective mentoring relationships with their children. For children and adolescents in grades 7-12, the focus will be on providing remedial instructions for students performing below grade level. This will help prepare these learners to take the West African Examination Certificate (WAEC) and increase the odds that they will pass it. These projects highlight the foundation’s ultimate mission: “We strive to serve communities by creating schools and bolstering existing ones. We provide basic medical and mental health services to less privileged undeserved communities.”
Dr. Scarinici has developed groups of peer educators for the prevention of cancer in Latin American immigrants as well as working in African American churches to develop peer support mechanisms to address issues of health disparities of cancer within the community. She has established international relationships that have opened doors for international collaborations for UAB. She has also been recognized for her work within diverse communities by the UAB Outstanding Women Faculty and the UAB Odessa Woofolk awards.
Dr. Wilson’s research has focused on promoting positive parent-infant relationships, developing and evaluating tactile interventions to reduce stress for hospitalized premature infants, evaluation of nursing educational programs, and Latino health. She is fluent in Spanish and has served as a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Chile with support from a Fulbright grant. She recently served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist consulting with nursing faculty at the University of Zambia on the development of distance education. Dr. Wilson is currently the Principal Investigator on a grant funded by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health to provide distance-based education for study coordinators at international sites. Her clinical preparation is in maternal child health nursing.
Dr. Wilson is also a member and coordinator of the membership committee of Partners of the Americas (POA), Alabama - Guatemala Chapter. POA was designed to promote people-to-people partnerships between the United States and Latin America/Caribbean countries.
Mr. Wright's work has appeared in nationally and internationally competitive design annuals and compendiums such as PRINT Regional Annual, Creativity 35, New Logo World (published in Tokyo), and American Corporate Identity (2004, 2005 and 2006). One of his logos was selected to be published in Kodansha Famous Schools Creative Art Course textbook published in Japan as an "example of excellent logo concept and execution." He has also designed posters shown in competitions and exhibitions around the world including: Warsaw, Poland; Brno, the Czech Republic; Kyunggido, South Korea; the 10th International Biennial of the Poster in Mexico; the Mark X International Poster Invitational in the Republic of China; the Golden Bee 7 in Moscow, Russia; and the 56th Annual Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington Show in Washington, D.C.. He was asked by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad to submit 5 posters to the "Sailing in Qingdao Poster Annual" as part of the celebrations leading up to the 2008 Olympic Games. He also participated in the 15th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition (CIIPE) the premier poster exhibition in the United States and has been invited to participate in the 16th CIIPE. Recently he was awarded Honorable Mention at the 2nd International Socio-Political Poster Biennale in Auschwitz, Poland.
Dr. Schwebel collaborates with colleagues around the world on various projects. He is co-author on a forthcoming manual from the World Health Organization on pedestrian safety worldwide and recently co-authored three articles in Lancet with the Global Burden of Disease project. He regularly collaborates with colleagues from Kermanshah University, Iran, to study suicide prevention among women in Southern Iran. He is conducting research with UAB graduate student Jiabin Shen concerning dog bite prevention in rural China. He maintains ongoing contacts in South Africa and has conducted research on kerosene safety in that country. He also works closely with colleagues in Canada, the United Kingdom, and other nations on global child injury prevention.