The Fall 2010 edition of UAB Magazine is out now in print and online. The cover story explores the wide range of opportunities available to UAB undergraduates and includes profiles of student adventures from autism research to Antarctic voyages through Study Away.
In this issue, you also can discover:
New insights on autism from UAB researchers;
Why the University Boulevard Office Building is a world center of computer crime;
How UAB students are bringing old murder cases back from the dead;
Why the time of day has a lot to do with your risk of heart attack (and diet success);
What innovative idea is taking root on top of the Chemistry Building; and more.
Ovie Soko’s Journey to Basketball—and Birmingham
By Grant Martin
As a young basketball player growing up in a country obsessed with soccer, Ovie Soko knew he would need to go away if he ever wanted to get noticed playing basketball. Plenty of people are noticing him now.
Soko, a sophomore forward on the UAB men’s basketball team, left his hometown of London, England, three years ago to finish high school in the United States. This past summer, Soko returned to Europe to represent Great Britain in the 2010 Under 20 Men’s Basketball European Championship. He led his team in scoring with more than 19 points per game and put in a dominating 31-point, seven-rebound effort in the final game. Soko’s scoring average was the fourth highest among all players in the tournament.
The performance was an encouraging sign for UAB, which expects to depend heavily on Soko in the coming season—but Soko says it’s also a sign of the rising level of basketball talent in his home country.
UAB Preserves the Voices of Birmingham’s Past
By Charles Buchanan
Downtown Birmingham seen from Red Mountain Park. Click here for more images. Photo: Eric McFerrin/Red Mountain Park
The mines of Birmingham’s Red Mountain fell silent nearly 50 years ago, but Ike Matson never did. He tells stories about becoming an industrial laborer at the age of 18, his experiences working the slope track that ferried miners to the ore, and the amount of the first paycheck he earned—$72.
He has plenty more stories where those came from, and soon he will share them with thousands of listeners thanks to an oral history project from UAB and Red Mountain Park, a new, 1,108-acre preserve covering much of the former mining lands. Launched in 2009, the ongoing initiative is collecting the accounts of people who lived and worked on the mountain when it was Birmingham’s industrial epicenter.