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Blount County parents Woodrow and Margie Franks will watch the youngest of their six sons — who have all attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham — graduate this weekend. Each of the six Franks brothers has received an undergraduate degree from the university, spanning nearly two decades of studying at the campus.
Most business schools want their finance students to gain real-world experience. Not many give them half a million to do it.
Five hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars, to be specific, is what students manage in UAB’s Green and Gold Fund investment portfolio. “It’s not Monopoly money or Yahoo Finance,” says Andreas Rauterkus, Ph.D., the fund’s faculty adviser and associate professor of accounting and finance in the Collat School of Business. “These are actual dollars, and quite a few of them.”
Here’s the problem, as Dr. Ashish Shah sees it: Every year, millions of Americans suffer bone fractures, the most common location being the ankle region known as the distal fibula. Orthopedic surgeons such as Shah, an assistant professor in the UAB School of Medicine, repair the damage using a piece of metal hardware. But that metal can cause inflammation, and it always requires a second surgery to pull it back out after the bone has healed.