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  • UAB professor recognized for online education
    International award honors computer information sciences professor’s project.

    The Shikkhok.com project developed by University of Alabama at Birmingham Assistant Professor Ragib Hasan, Ph.D., took home the prestigious 2015 mBillionth Award for its excellence in mobile learning and mobile education in South Asia.

    Hasan, assistant professor of computer and information sciences and director of the UAB SECure and Trustworthy Computing Lab, designed this project specifically to help educate Bengali-speaking rural and disadvantaged students of South Asia. Shikkhok offers mobile classes in mathematics, biology, statistics, computer science, photography, culinary arts and more from the middle school level all the way to graduate-level courses.

    Shikkhok has delivered 8.4 million lectures to nearly 700,000 students in Bangladesh and India in fewer than three years. Shikkhok also partners with the Facebook-funded Internet.org project in Bangladesh, and the program is accessed free by millions of mobile phone users in Bangladesh through that initiative.

    This award recognizes Shikkhok for its best practices in the mobile and telecom industry. Nominations were accepted from all eight South Asian countries, honoring excellence in use of mobile communications for development and empowerment in that region.

    This year, 320 projects were nominated for the award in 11 categories. Out of these, the first-round jury chose 160 projects for the grand jury to review. Ultimately, 53 projects were chosen as finalists, and in the final rounds, Shikkhok was one of the winners selected in the m-education and m-learning categories.

    Hasan was previously recognized for this project as a recipient of the 2013 Google RISE Award, the 2013 Information Society Innovation Fund Award and the 2014 Internet Society Community Grant award, among others.

  • New fall 2015 season presented by UAB Department of Music to include guest artists, free faculty and student recitals
    On offer are free recitals by students and faculty, guest artist performances and master classes, and a new art and music event, plus Gospel Choir and Christmas at the Alys concerts.

    A new season of performances by talented students, accomplished faculty, local talent and impressive guest artists has been announced for fall 2015 by the University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Music.

    Terminal Mirage 5, 2003 pigment print, 2012 48 x 48 inches A/P Image courtesy of the artist © David MaiselFaculty and students in the department perform in UAB’s acclaimed Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center and in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, as well as around the globe. Nearly all of the performances are offered free.

    The department is home to world-renowned scholars and performers, with recent appearances by faculty and students in Egypt, Russia, France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Italy, Brazil, South Korea, the Czech Republic and Mexico, as well as television broadcasts throughout the world.

    Coming this season are guest artists who will perform, including Deborah Popham, soprano; Andy Harnsberger, marimba; Reverie Berger, mezzo-soprano; Janet Hopkins, mezzo-soprano, with pianist Armen Shaomian, who will present a recital and master class on the songs of William Bolcom; and Oskar Espina-Ruiz, clarinetist.

    Master class guests will include Keith Wolfe, general director of Opera Birmingham and vocal coach, accompanist and founder of the podcast The Diction Police Ellen Rissinger. Each will work with voice students during the semester.

    Pianist Norman Krieger is set to perform Oct. 25 to kick off the UAB Piano Series for 2015-2016. Krieger regularly appears with the major orchestras of North America, and he has also been heard as guest soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Prague’s Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Turkey’s Presidential Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $15 general admission; $5 for UAB students. Call 205-975-2787 for tickets. Contact the UAB Department of Music at 205-934-7376 or www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    On Nov. 5, join the UAB Department of Music in collaboration with UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts for a free music and art evening. The event connects AEIVA’s exhibit “David Maisel: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime” with American vocal music, featuring UAB voice faculty and pianist Chris Steele. Gallery viewing and reception at 5 p.m., with a concert at 5:30, in the AEIVA lobby, 1221 10th Ave. South.

    On Nov. 15, the UAB Gospel Choir will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a fall concert.

    James ZingaraCall the UAB Music Department at 205-934-7376 or visit online at www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Tuesday, Sept. 8      

    UAB Music Faculty Recital featuring James Zingara, trumpet, with Chris Steele, pianist, 7:30 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Wednesday, Sept. 16

    UAB Department of Music Faculty Potpourri Recital, 12:20 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Friday, Sept. 18

    UAB Music Guest Artist Recital featuring Deborah Popham, soprano, 7:30 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Monday, Sept. 28

    UAB Music Faculty Recital featuring Lisa Wienhold, flute, and Chris Steele, pianist, 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Chris SteeleThursday, Oct. 1

    UAB Music Vocal Master Class taught by Keith Wolfe, general director of Opera Birmingham, 3:30 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Friday, Oct. 2

    UAB Music presents Amicitia Duo, featuring Diane Barger and Denise Gainey, clarinets, with Chris Steele, pianist, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Wednesday, Oct. 7

    UAB Student Recital featuring advanced students in the UAB Department of Music, with Chris Steele, pianist, 12:20 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Thursday, Oct. 8

    UAB Music Guest Artist Recital featuring Andy Harnsberger, marimba, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Norman KriegerSaturday, Oct. 10

    Concert by Birmingham Art Music Alliance, presenting new works of music by Birmingham-area composers and artists, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. For ticket information, call 205-934-8056. Contact the UAB Department of Music at 205-934-7376 or www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Wednesday, Oct. 14

    UAB Music presents Elaine Liaw Junior Flute Recital, with pianist Chris Steele, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Tuesday, Oct. 20

    UAB Wind Symphony and Symphony Band in concert, conducted by Sue Samuels, 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Wednesday, Oct. 21

    UAB Music Guest Artist Recital featuring Reverie Berger, mezzo-soprano, with guitarist Matthew Anderson, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Thursday, Oct. 22

    UAB Music presents Cindy Spellman Senior Voice Recital, with pianist Chris Steele. 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Friday, Oct. 23

    UAB Music presents Voice Studio Recital, featuring students of Won Cho, Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk and Paul Mosteller, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    UAB Concert ChoirSunday, Oct. 25

    UAB Piano Series presents Norman Krieger, 4 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. A champion of contemporary music, Krieger features the music of John Adams, Leonard Bernstein, John Corigliano, Daniel Brewbaker, Judith St. Croix, Lukas Foss and Lowell Liebermann among his active repertoire. Tickets are $15 general admission; $5 for UAB students. Call 205-975-2787 for tickets. Contact the UAB Department of Music at 205-934-7376 or www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Tuesday, Oct. 27

    UAB Guest Artist Recital and Master Class on songs of William Bolcom, featuring Janet Hopkins, mezzo-soprano, with pianist Armen Shaomian, 3:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Wednesday, Oct. 28

    UAB Student Recital featuring advanced students in the UAB Department of Music, with Chris Steele, pianist, 12:20 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Thursday, Oct. 29

    UAB Choirs in concert, conducted by Brian Kittredge, 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    UAB voice students in "La Finta Simplice"Wednesday, Nov. 4

    UAB Brass Chamber Ensembles in concert, featuring Blazer Trumpets, Trombone Choir, Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble and other brass ensembles, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Thursday, Nov. 5

    Free art and music: Join the UAB Department of Music in collaboration with UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. The event connects AEIVA’s exhibit “David Maisel: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime” with American vocal music, featuring UAB voice faculty and pianist Chris Steele. Gallery viewing and reception at 5 p.m., with a concert at 5:30, in the AEIVA lobby, 1221 10th Ave. South. Free. Contact the UAB Department of Music at 205-934-7376 or www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Friday, Nov. 6

    UAB Music Vocal Master Class with New York operatic stage director Chuck Hudson, 12:20 p.m., in UAB’s Hulsey Center, Room 308, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Monday, Nov. 9

    UAB Percussion Ensemble in concert, directed by Gene Fambrough, 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Wednesday, Nov. 11

    UAB Music Guest Artist Recital featuring Oskar Espina-Ruiz, clarinetist, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Yakov KasmanThursday, Nov. 12

    UAB Music Faculty Recital featuring Denise Gainey, clarinetist, and Yakov Kasman, pianist, 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Sunday, Nov. 15

    UAB Gospel Choir 20th Anniversary Fall Concert, directed by Kevin P. Turner, 6 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Tickets are $7 general admission; $5 for UAB students, faculty and staff; and $5 each for groups of 20 or more with advance purchase. Call 205-975-2787 for ticket information. Contact the UAB Department of Music at 205-934-7376 or www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Monday, Nov. 16

    UAB Jazz Ensemble in concert, directed by Steve Roberts, 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Tuesday, Nov. 17

    UAB Music Guest Artist Vocal Master Class with Ellen Rissinger, 3:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    UAB Gospel ChoirTuesday, Nov. 17

    UAB Music Piano Studio Recital featuring students of Yakov Kasman, and Piano Ensembles directed by Tatiana Kasman, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Wednesday, Nov. 18

    UAB Music Student Recital featuring advanced students in the Department of Music, with Chris Steele, pianist, 12:20 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Wednesday, Nov. 18

    UAB Jazz Combos in concert, directed by Carlos Pino and Steve Roberts, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Thursday, Nov. 19

    UAB Computer Music Ensemble in concert, directed by Matt Bryant, featuring new works of electro-acoustic music and multimedia by student composers. 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Christmas at the AlysMonday, Nov. 30

    UAB Music presents Christmas at the Alys, 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Join the UAB Department of Music and area choirs for a family-friendly celebration of the holiday season. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for all students. Call 205-975-2787 for tickets. Contact the UAB Department of Music at 205-934-7376 or www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Saturday, Dec. 5

    UAB Music presents Middle School Honor Bands Concert, 2 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

    Saturday, Dec. 12

    UAB Music presents High School Honor Bands Concert, 3 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

  • Birmingham Flag Project looking to reimagine city’s flag
    Each entry to the project will be exhibited at the UAB Department of Art and Art History’s Project Space from Oct. 19-24, with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20.

    Current City of Birmingham flag.The Birmingham Flag Project wants you to design a new flag for Birmingham.

    Birmingham has a flag, but most people in and around the city and across the state probably have not seen it. Designed nearly a century ago, it is neither a well-designed flag nor a representative symbol of what Birmingham is now and aspires to be, organizers say.

    The Birmingham Flag Project is an open competition aligned with Design Week Birmingham. The group believes that good design is a transformational tool, used to engage, connect and inspire.

    As communities across the nation and around the world — from Portland, Oregon, to New Zealand — have joined together to redesign their flags, the Birmingham Flag Project invites creative individuals, artists, students and collaborative teams to reimagine the Birmingham city flag. Whether a longtime resident, visitor or newcomer to the Magic City, everyone is encouraged to apply.

    The Birmingham Flag Project was inspired by the Design Week Birmingham 2014 Flag Design Workshop, led by Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co., who was the DWB keynote speaker and visiting artist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History. UAB Department of Art and Art History’s Media and Outreach Coordinator Jared Ragland and Associate Professor Doug Barrett have collaborated with Design Week to carry out the project.

    The deadline for submitting a flag design is 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. The top designs will be shared with the public for voting Thursday, Sept. 24. Voting closes Oct. 18, and votes can be cast online or at polling stations located across the city of Birmingham. The winning selection will be announced Oct. 24 during Design Week Birmingham’s closing event.

    During UAB’s 2014 flag workshop, students from Birmingham City Schools, UAB, Auburn University and University of Montevallo joined some of Birmingham’s top creative directors and designers to discuss flag design and draft new ideas for the Birmingham flag.

    In the same spirit of community building and collaboration, the Birmingham Flag Project is dedicated to engaging each of Birmingham’s 99 neighborhoods and beyond through an open call for designs.

    A panel of judges will jury submissions and select three to five top designs. From prominent design professionals to university professors, local tastemakers to civic leaders, the Birmingham Flag Project has invited a diverse jury that understands how a new flag can represent Birmingham’s complex identity and that is committed to helping shape its future.  

    The deadline for submitting a flag design is 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. The top designs will be shared with the public for voting Thursday, Sept. 24. Voting closes Oct. 18, and votes can be cast online or at polling stations located across the city of Birmingham. The winning selection will be announced Oct. 24 during Design Week Birmingham’s closing event.

    Each entry will be exhibited at the UAB Department of Art and Art History’s Project Space from Oct. 19-24, with an opening reception scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Viewing hours for the exhibition are scheduled for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday or by appointment. Project Space is located in the UAB Humanities Building at 900 13th Street South. For information or to schedule a visit, contact Project Space director Jared Ragland at raglandj@uab.edu.

    Entry details, a media packet and educational resources can be found at www.bhmflagproject.com.

    Design Week Birmingham is an annual citywide event inspired by the belief that good design matters. Each October, design professionals, artists and other creative individuals gather for lectures, film screenings, exhibitions and workshops to promote communication and collaboration and build lasting relationships across the design community.

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