• “Beer Food Pairings: What Really Goes Best” virtual event with Cahaba Brewing Co. brewmaster Aug. 20

    Join Eric Meyer, head brewmaster at Cahaba Brewing Company and 2001 UAB alumnus, for a social webinar presented by the National Alumni Society.

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  • UAB is first university in Alabama to award Global Seal of Biliteracy

    Twelve of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures spring 2020 graduates qualified for the seal, with four earning working biliteracy, the highest level.

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  • Student’s essay in French tells her own story, places third in nation

    Abby Garver of Hoover graduates from UAB with degrees in French and Spanish and made the Presidential Honor roll after learning a foreign language became a “haven” from mental illness.

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  • Human Rights in Times of COVID-19: The Rights to Education virtual panel discussion

    Learn about the impact on human rights and the rights to education during COVID-19.

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  • UAB summer virtual commencement is Aug. 14-15

    The graduate ceremony, with approximately 1,262 graduating master’s and doctoral students, will air at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, while the undergraduate, with approximately 583 students, will air at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15.

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  • ADPH, UAB evolving campus entry efforts with launch of multifunctional GuideSafeTM Platform

    GuideSafe is the uniting platform/brand for ongoing communication about COVID-19 testing, tools and actions to promote a safe entry to higher education campuses and ongoing COVID-19 monitoring for students and the community at large.

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  • UAB PRSSA/PRCA receive STAR Chapter of the Year Award

    UAB public relations students earned a prestigious honor through the nationally recognized Public Relations Student Society of America.

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  • Arts and Sciences poised to play unique role in uncertain world, new dean says

    Science, medical sociology, health communication, foreign language, and the social and behavioral sciences are crucial at this time of a pandemic and protests, says new College of Arts and Sciences Dean Kecia Thomas, Ph.D., who begins her tenure at UAB on Aug. 1.

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  • New addiction and pain prevention center aims to rally researchers and community

    Interdisciplinary center is focused on cutting-edge research that can be developed into better treatments — and helping junior faculty develop their own research programs.

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  • Phosphoprotein biomarkers to guide cancer therapy are identified

    A study identifying biomarkers for certain neuroendocrine cancers demonstrates a novel approach for identifying and detecting tumor drivers, giving this diagnostic-therapeutic coupled system a broad translational potential.

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  • Arts and Sciences poised to play unique role in uncertain world, new dean says

    Science, medical sociology, health communication, foreign language and the social and behavioral sciences are crucial at this time of a pandemic and protests, says new College of Arts and Sciences Dean Kecia Thomas, Ph.D., who begins her tenure at UAB Aug. 1.

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  • Fast Slow Motion endows new scholarship in Computer Science

     

    Computer Science student Isabelle Brown has been selected as the first recipient of the Fast Slow Motion Endowed Scholarship in Computer Science for the 2020-2021 academic year.

     

    Computer Science student Isabelle Brown has been selected as the first recipient of the Fast Slow Motion Endowed Scholarship in Computer Science for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Fast Slow Motion is a Birmingham-based company founded by UAB alumnus John Burdett, who graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science in 2000. Fast Slow Motion provides support for companies and organizations using Salesforce, a cloud computing firm specializing in customer relationship management.

    About the scholarship

    Fast Slow Motion established the new scholarship in February 2020 with a goal to provide funding to high-achieving students in the Department of Computer Science with a proven track record of success. Fast Slow Motion hopes to “support future leaders in Birmingham” by identifying these rising tech stars and helping them alleviate some of the financial pressures they face.

    “This scholarship demonstrates our dedication to the advancement of Birmingham’s technology ecosystem,” Burdett says. “Fast Slow Motion is pleased to partner with UAB to recognize exceptional computer science talent and encourage them to begin their careers here.”

    Department of Computer Science professor and chair Yuliang Zheng, Ph.D., agrees that this support will be transformative. “This new scholarship means a lot to our students,” he says. “It will help attract more talented students into our programs to learn from world class experts who have state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in cyber security, machine learning, data science, and mobile computing, all of which are indispensable to the economic development of the region and the state. We are deeply grateful to Fast Slow Motion for their generous support.”

    About Isabelle

    Isabelle Brown is a sophomore with a 4.0 GPA. A native of Huntsville, she was so exceptional as a freshman that associate professor John Johnstone, Ph.D., identified her right away as someone who showed great promise.

    “Isabelle was one of [my] truly special students, so I invited her to join a small research group this semester that includes my top four students,” Johnstone says. “She’s very motivated and is a gifted student with the perfect attitude to excel—patiently impatient to learn. This scholarship is perfectly fitted to encourage students like her.”

    Brown says she was drawn to Computer Science for its flexibility. “The field is so diverse and will continue to be,” she says. “Computer science can be incorporated into almost any career and have an immense impact. It has a huge capacity for creativity and it allows me to be innovative and think outside the box to solve complex problems.”

    With plans for graduate study in Computer Science, Brown says the Fast Slow Motion Endowed Scholarship will empower her to broaden her knowledge. “The Fast Slow Motion scholarship will allow me to take additional classes to further explore computer science ideas and topics. That will allow me to gain more skills to help both my future academic endeavors and my career goals.”

    Burdett says great things are ahead for this first recipient. “We congratulate Isabelle for her achievement,” he says. “We’re looking forward to seeing her fulfill her potential.”

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  • Record number of UAB students selected for prestigious Gilman Scholarship

    UAB has set a new institutional record with seven students selected for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

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  • UAB painting alumna awarded Alabama State Council on the Arts fellowship

    Edwards works primarily in acrylic on board, using vibrant colors in a technique that embraces paint drips, beautifully rendering portraits of Black girls.

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  • 4 honored with Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence

    Caroline Harada, Burel Goodin, Tina Kempin Reuter and Allison Shorten demonstrated extraordinary commitment to engaging undergraduate students in service-learning, undergraduate research, education-abroad experiences and team-learning environments.

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  • 7 honored as emeritus faculty

    David Chaplin, Harriett Amos Doss, Stuart Frank, William Grizzle, Wendy Gunther-Canada, Robert Kleinstein and Andrew Rucks have been designated emeritus professors for exceptional service to the university and their profession.

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  • “Improv mindset,” virtual performing can strengthen young actors

    For student actors, the virtual “stage” requires additional patience, focus and benevolence — skills actors should continually develop anyhow, says UAB Theatre alumna Theresa Robbins Dudeck, Ph.D.

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  • Faculty with ‘an opportunity to rethink everything’ share lessons from spring semester

    Pro-style teaching videos, interactive Canvas modules, Zoom breakout rooms: Four faculty adapted their courses in innovative ways to boost engagement and collaboration — and they plan to continue using these techniques.

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  • Researchers honored with major prize for work with vulnerable communities in the Caribbean

    Assistant Professor Henna Budhwani, Ph.D., co-led a cross-disciplinary project that was recognized with the Robert Carr Research Award at the International AIDS Conference July 8.

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  • Spanish alumna is chief of UAB Hospital Medicine

    Kierstin Cates Kennedy, M.D., chief of UAB Hospital Medicine and clinical associate professor, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish at UAB.

    Kierstin Cates Kennedy, M.D., chief of UAB Hospital Medicine and clinical associate professor, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish at UAB. She says speaking more than one language has been incredibly beneficial, in her ability to both connect with patients and better understand their experience. Having learned as an adult, she says she understands how difficult it is to learn a second language after so many years of speaking only one, and how much effort it takes to master all of the quirks of another language.

    “Imagine being in a country where you don’t speak the native language, or don’t speak it very well, and the discomfort that would bring,” Kennedy said. “Now imagine being sick, in the hospital and literally afraid for your life — you would want to communicate in your native language to be sure that you fully understand and that the care team fully understand you. I would imagine that our being able to speak Spanish helps bring a level of comfort to patients when they could use it most.”

    Speaking English and Spanish has made her more marketable professionally because she has a skill that many other applicants may not. It has also allowed her to participate in mission work with a mentee, in the mentee’s home country of Nicaragua. Personally, she says it has given her an appreciation for other cultures that she did not have before her foreign language studies; it has also been incredibly helpful with travel out of the country, she says.

    UAB Hospital offers dual-handset telephone consoles in patient care areas to reach interpreters, with access to 150 languages, which has been incredibly helpful in caring for patients during hospitalization. But there is still a need for robust resources in Spanish for post-discharge care and follow-up, Kennedy says.

    “We also need more case managers and social workers who speak Spanish to help with care transitions,” Kennedy said.

    Keep Reading: Need for professionals who speak a second language greater than ever

    Learn how you can add language skills to your resume with the UAB Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. 

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