SHP Graduates 200 at Inaugural Hooding Ceremony
On Friday, December 11, 2015, the inaugural UAB School of Health Professions Graduate Professional Programs Hooding Ceremony welcomed 210 students to the UAB alumni family. More than 1,500 family and friends attended the event held at the Sheraton Birmingham Ballroom.
The ceremony included UAB President Ray L. Watts, M.D., UAB Provost Linda Lucas, Ph.D. and UAB Graduate School Dean Lori McMahon, Ph.D. In addition to School of Health Professions Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D., the School’s platform party included Macebearer Donna Slovensky, Ph.D., Katie Adams, Peter Anderson, DVM, Ph.D., Janelle Chiasera, Ph.D., Gavin Jenkins, Ph.D., Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., Patrick McNees, Ph.D., David Morris, Ph.D., Midge Ray, Ph.D., Tracee Synco, Ph.D., and Melanie Talbot.
B.S. in Biomedical Sciences Program Graduates 1st Three Students
History was made on December, 12, 2015, as the UAB Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences (BMD) program graduated its first three graduates. Olivia Kight, Kayla Thompson and Chris Wyatt were the first from the BMD Program to have their Bachelor of Science degrees conferred at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Fall Commencement Ceremony.
Nutrition Postdoc wins "Early Career Award"
Amy Miskimon Goss, PhD, RD, postdoctoral fellow in the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) and Department of Nutrition Sciences, is the recipient of a Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Award.
The award will fund her research titled "Carbohydrate Restricted Diet to Reverse Fatty Liver in Adolescents with Obesity." The objective of the Fund is “to provide grants for clinical, hypothesis-driven research that offers substantial promise for meaningful advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of children’s diseases, particularly research that offers broad-based applications.”
OT Faculty Share ALOTA Award of Excellence
Christopher Eidson, MS, OTR/L and Valley McCurry, MBA, OTR/L, assistant professors in the UAB Department of Occupational Therapy, shared the Alabama Occupational Therapy Association’s 2015 Award of Excellence.
McCurry, who served as ALOTA president from 2007 – 2014, and Eidson, who served as ALOTA government affairs co-chair from 2007 – present, each believe the award was given for their cumulative efforts over the years. During their time in leadership roles, the ALOTA has grown from around 50 members to more than 300. During the same stretch, the chapter’s board grew from five to 16.
Rimmer to Chair President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Science Board
The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s James Rimmer, Ph.D., the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences, has been named Chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board. His one-year term begins January 1, 2016.
DSc Student Named "Leader to Watch"
Dawn Ahner, a first-year student in the Executive Doctoral Program in Administration-Health Services, has been named to Becker's Hospital Review "130 women hospital and health system leaders to know."
Nutrition PhD Student Earns Two National Awards
Elizabeth Ma, an MD/PhD student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) and a fellow in the UAB Nutritional Obesity Research Center’s (NORC) Pre-Doctoral Training in Obesity-Related Research program, is the winner of two national awards for her abstract titled “Urinary F2-Isoprostanes Do Not Reflect Oxidative Stress Operative in Human Insulin Resistance, but are Correlated with Lean Mass and Serum Lipids.”
Slovenksy Named "Woman of Distinction"
Donna J. Slovensky, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs in the UAB School of Health Professions, has been chosen to receive the 2016 Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama Woman of Distinction Award.
The award honors “women who have made special contributions to their community through civic, academic or professional involvement and are exemplary role models for today’s girls.” This year the focus was on women in areas related to the Girls Scouts’ core initiatives: financial literacy, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and healthy living.
SHP Donates Nearly 500 lbs of Food
A huge thank you to everyone for making the School of Health Professions' 2015 Canned Food Drive a heavy success.
Nearly 550 pounds of food was donated by faculty, staff and students from programs across the School. A total of 315 cans and other food items found their way into the giant Blaze that was housed on the 6th floor of SHPB for two weeks.
OT Students Bring Joy to Shelter
Mention volunteering at a shelter and most people think about serving food. But what about the rest of the day-to-day operations? Or what about the holidays?
After countless hours of volunteering, students in the UAB Department of Occupational Therapy understand that The Firehouse Shelter is much more than a place for people in need to eat. So the students spent a recent day off taking care of little things, like cleaning, and big things, like decorating for the holidays.
PA Student Earns National Scholarship
Jordan Barner, a second year UAB Physician Assistant Studies student, is the 2015-2016 winner of the Susan and Tom Lusty Memorial Scholarship from the AASPA (American Association of Surgical Physician Assistant Students). The $1,000 award is given annually to at least one outstanding student working to be a Surgical PA.