2014 Provosts Faculty Award Winners

2014 Provost's Award for Faculty Excellence in Academic Engagement and Global Citizenship

These awards were presented April 11th to acknowledge extraordinary commitment to engaging UAB’s undergraduate students in research, scholarship, creative activities, service learning, and study away experiences.

Lynda Wilson - Professor of Nursing 

Dr. Wilsonfor her direction and guidance of teams of undergraduate and graduate students in Interprofessional Service Learning. This unique course engages students with community organizations to assess and develop a plan that addresses a community-identified problem.  Dr. Wilson mentored a group of students who collaborated with the community group One Roof to create a Vulnerability Index to evaluate local homeless individuals for housing and other urgent resources. Student Dhawan Agam says that Dr. Wilson “has given us tremendous confidence in ourselves and in our work, and for this, we are forever grateful to her.” 

David Schwebel - Proffessor of Psychology and Assistant Dean  

Dr. Schwebel has been a long-time supporter of Study Abroad at UAB and has been integral to the expansion of UAB’s Study Abroad program.  In 2009, Dr. Schwebel partnered with the UAB Department of Foreign Languages to co-lead the UAB in Jaén, Spain faculty-led program.  His knowledge and expertise in international psychological research made him ideally suited to pursue the co-leadership of this program and to teach a seminar on comparative Clinical Child Psychology.  We honor Dr. Schwebel today because his leadership in study abroad has led to a multi-year commitment from the UAB Department of Psychology to internationalize their curricula through offering study abroad programming such as Comparative Abnormal Child Psychology in Spain (led by Dr. Ed Cook); Child Development in the Czech Repulic (led by Dr. Sylvie Mrug); and Child and Maternal Health Care Psychology in Sweden (led by Dr. Maria Hopkins).  Additionally, Dr. Schwebel has made undergraduate international research opportunities available to students to work on his educational outreach efforts in South Africa.  He has proven himself a leader in international education efforts on UAB’s campus.

Nicole Riddle - Assistant Professor Department of Biology

Dr. Riddle received her Ph.D. in Evolutionary and Population Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. Her lab focuses on understanding the mechanisms establishing and regulating epigenetic information, and how epigenetic systems ultimately contribute to gene regulation and disease. Her lab uses the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system to investigate epigenetic systems and their influence on development and gene regulation. Dr. Riddle’s student Katherine Beaufait says “I think I have learned more about being a scientist working with her than anyone else I have worked with” “She has given me full reign of my project from day one and has supported me equally through my successes and failures.”  Another student Olivia Delmas says “She challenges us to figure out problems on our own first, but she is always available to answer any question.” “Even though I am only a sophomore, Dr. Riddle has been helping me build my academic profile and prepare me for graduate school. As a result, I feel better prepared and more confident about graduate school.”

Jamil Saad - Assistant Professor Department of Microbiology

Dr. Saad received his Ph.D. in Bioinorganic Chemistry at Emory University in Atlanta in 2002. He joined the UAB faculty in 2007. A major aim of his work is to understand the underlying structural basis by which HIV proteins interact with cellular constituents during the virus replication cycle. A major component of our research program is directed towards understanding key protein-protein and protein-membrane interactions that are essential for viral replication. Dr. Saad’s student Bliss Chang says “Dr. Saad is truly a catalyst for undergraduate research. His mentorship has allowed an undergraduate to publish a first author paper in a high impact journal last year in addition to 3 co-author papers.” Former student Tim Fernandez says “Without a doubt, Dr. Saad has been the biggest influence on my academic and professional career. It is rare to get the undergraduate research experience I had received”

2013 Provosts Faculty Award Winners