UAB Magazine Online Features
First Steps for a New Generation of Cancer Leaders
By Gail Allyn Short
UAB School of Public Health student, who was winding up his master’s degree in epidemiology, heard a professor talking about an intriguing UAB training program that provides cancer research experiences for graduate students in the schools of Medicine, Public Health, Dentistry, and Nursing.Michael Behring, M.S.P.H., had never considered a career as a cancer researcher. But one day, the
Behring says he was looking for just such a challenge. “I wanted to find a high goal and make a worthwhile contribution,” he says. Behring signed up for the UAB Cancer Research Experiences for Students (CaRES) program, a paid summer research training internship, and was hired by UAB epidemiologist Elizabeth Brown, Ph.D., his master’s program adviser, who was studying the genetic and molecular epidemiology of multiple myeloma. Under her mentorship, Behring recruited and interviewed patients, helped conduct data analysis, interacted with oncologists and epidemiologists, and performed administrative tasks associated with the research.
Now a doctoral student in epidemiology, Behring says the experience has helped him decide to become a cancer epidemiologist. “The program gave me a roadmap to figure out how to do cancer research and what it takes to participate in it,” he says. “It has given me good connections with different people and affirmed what I like about cancer research. Programs like this are one reason I stayed at UAB.”
Student Film Preserves a Unique Birmingham Story
By Clair McLafferty
Clarence Lockett started out as a theatre student focusing on screenwriting. But it was a true-life story that pulled him into filmmaking and changed his college and career goals.
He has always been a good storyteller, he says, and naturally took to screenwriting, but after transferring to UAB from Miles College, he began taking filmmaking classes in UAB’s College of Arts and Sciences to try to capture real stories.
“Films can ignite discussion,” says Lockett, who graduated in December 2013 with a degree in Film and Media Studies. “They may not change things immediately, but they can get people on the paths to helping in a positive way.”
Unique UAB Programs Prepare Students for Hot CareersBy Tara Hulen
Tiffany Holloway found her niche in a sweet spot between cells and sales. As a high school student, she explored materials sciences, biology, and other disciplines in a program run by UAB's Center for Community OutReach Development. For a career, however, she wanted to balance the challenge of science with an outlet for her outgoing personality. "I was looking for something that involves people and problem solving," says Holloway.
Her search led to just one place: UAB, the only university in Alabama—and one of just two in the Southeast—offering an industrial distribution program. In addition to being unique, the program is also the entryway into a booming field. Holloway is gaining a blend of business and engineering expertise that will help the UAB junior enter a $4 trillion field with plentiful job opportunities.
Industrial distribution is one of several UAB undergraduate programs that are packed with potential—and which can't be found anywhere else in Alabama. Take a closer look at five:
Blazer Juggles Basketball, Graduate School
By Grant Martin
UAB basketball player Karl Moton Jr. earned an athletic scholarship, a bachelor's degree, and a postgraduate scholarship to study exercise science at the UAB School of Education. He was honored in the Blazers' final home game of the 2012-2013 season as one of three departing seniors. The easy thing to do would be to accept the applause and say goodbye to basketball—to concentrate on his graduate degree and a future career in physical therapy. But those who have followed Moton's career already know that he doesn't do things the easy way.
After spending most of his time at UAB as a non-scholarship role player, Moton decided to resurrect his basketball career as a graduate student. With one year of eligibility remaining, Moton has laced up for a final season, rejoining the Blazers as a fifth-year walk-on, bringing some much-needed maturity to a team that was big on talent but short on experience.
"We try to recruit guys who have the whole package, and Karl is that whole package," says head coach Jerod Haase. "He is a great person, a great student, a great teammate—and anyone who knows him knows that he loves UAB and loves the program."