UAB Researcher, Entrepreneur Among Top 10 influencers in Banking Information Security

BankInfo Security has named University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher Gary Warner one of the Top 10 influencers in banking information security.
BankInfo Security has named University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher Gary Warner one of the Top 10 influencers in banking information security. The list, released Jan. 22, acknowledges the roles key individuals are playing in the fight against cyberthreats to information security and privacy.

Warner is the director of research in computer forensics in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at UAB. He is an expert in phishing attacks and international cybersecurity fraud.
  • Stanislavova selected to lead UAB Department of Mathematics

    Milena Stanislavova, Ph.D., has been named the chair of the Department of Mathematics in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s College of Arts and Sciences.

    Milena Stanislavova, Ph.D., has been named the chair of the Department of Mathematics in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s College of Arts and Sciences.

    Dr. Stanislavova was trained in all areas of pure and applied mathematics. She earned her M.S. in Mathematics from Sofia University in Bulgaria in 1993 and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Missouri in 2000. Dr. Stanislavova’s goal as an educator is to help students gain a more complete understanding of the intrinsic beauty of mathematics, its interdisciplinary connections, and the many doors its analytical skills can open.

    Dr. Stanislavova comes from the University of Kansas, where she started in 2002. She was director of graduate studies in the Department of Mathematics from 2012-2017 and, most recently, served as chair of the Department of Economics since 2017. Dr. Stanislavova’s research is in differential equations and dynamical systems, focusing on the stability of special solutions of nonlinear differential equations of mathematical physics.

    “Dr. Stanislavova is uniquely prepared to lead the Department of Mathematics. As a productive and funded scholar at the University of Kansas, she provided transformative leadership to the Department of Economics there,” said Kecia M. Thomas, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “I look forward to all the ways in which she will support the growth of mathematics at UAB, while also promoting greater collaboration with other College of Arts and Sciences units — like physics and computer science — as well as other schools at UAB.”

    Dr. Stanislavova’s research has been continuously supported by the Applied Mathematics Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). She has collaborated on establishing a new NSF-funded regional partial differential equations and dynamical systems annual conference together with colleagues from the University of Missouri and the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

    She is passionate about creating opportunities for women to pursue careers in mathematics and about helping and mentoring them in the profession.

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  • Pitner selected to lead UAB Department of Social Work

    Ronald Pitner, Ph.D., ACSW, has been named the chair of the Department of Social Work in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s College of Arts and Sciences.

    Ronald Pitner, Ph.D., ACSW, has been named the chair of the Department of Social Work in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s College of Arts and Sciences.

    Dr. Pitner received a Master of Social Work and a Ph.D. in Social Work and (Social) Psychology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He also earned an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

    He currently serves as the interim dean in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina, where he is also the I. DeQuincey Newman Endowed Chair for Peace and Social Justice and the director of the I. DeQuincey Newman Institute in the College of Social Work. Dr. Pitner previously served as the associate dean for curriculum in the College of Social Work.

    Prior to joining the College of Social Work, Dr. Pitner worked at a global market research firm where he managed research projects focused on consumer health care practices and pharmaceutical brand perceptions and attitudes. Moreover, prior to his industry experience, Dr. Pitner was on faculty at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.

    “The College is very fortunate to attract a candidate with Dr. Pitner’s academic profile and significant leadership experience,” said Kecia M. Thomas, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “I am confident that under his leadership, the Department of Social Work will continue to experience growth in its undergraduate and graduate programs while extending the department’s reach throughout the community, the state, and the world. Dr. Pitner’s career is a model of engaged scholarship for the College as well as for the university community.”  

    Dr. Pitner’s research interests are broadly defined in terms of social cognition, stereotypes, prejudice, stigma, social cognitive aspects of interpersonal forms of violence, and youth and community based civic engagement. His primary area of research focuses on residents’ understanding of neighborhood violence and safety, as well as how neighborhood civic engagement can be used to help make such neighborhoods safer for residents who live there. His secondary area of research is focused on diversity, social justice, and multicultural and anti-oppressive social work practices. Dr. Pitner currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

    “The Department of Social Work at UAB is one of the few health social work programs in the nation, and it is well-positioned to become one of the preeminent programs,” said Dr. Pitner. “I am very excited to work with the faculty to make this one of the strongest programs in the nation.”

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  • Chris McCauley named director of communications for the College of Arts and Sciences

    The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce Chris McCauley as the new director of communications, effective February 1, 2021.

    The UAB College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce Chris McCauley as the new director of communications, effective February 1, 2021.

    An expert in strategic communications and project planning, McCauley comes to the College an experienced nonprofit director, communications specialist, project manager, and facilitator. After earning his master’s degree in public administration from Auburn University in 2009, he began his career with the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, a statewide nonprofit that promotes civic and community engagement in Alabama. While at the Center, McCauley developed numerous issue guides on complex issues ranging from early childhood development to prison reform.

    Through his five years with the Center, McCauley worked in 49 counties and reached approximately 40,000 Alabamians. He moderated hundreds of forums and developed partnerships with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Alabama Media Group, and numerous institutions of higher education.

    McCauley left the Center in 2014 to join Markstein, a strategic communications agency in Birmingham. While at Markstein, he managed accounts for Shipt, the Alabama Power Foundation, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the Alabama Media Group, Alabama Possible, and Building (it) Together. He specialized in strategic communications, corporate social responsibility, strategic planning, and community outreach. McCauley became a senior director at Markstein in 2018, and, later that year, he worked alongside TechAlabama to develop a three-year program plan for an initiative entitled Ed Farm.

    Apple’s Community Education Initiative supported the Ed Farm program plan, and TechAlabama invited McCauley to launch the initiative. In one year, McCauley and his team launched three programs, co-designed a state-of-the-art facility, and hosted Tim Cook for a kickoff event that reached audiences across the world.

    Soon after the launch, McCauley began consulting with numerous nonprofit organizations and coalitions across Alabama. He is co-chair for the World Games 2022 Community Engagement Committee and serves on the PARCA Roundtable with the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama.

    “I am thrilled to welcome Chris to CAS and UAB,” says Kecia Thomas, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “He has accumulated an impressive portfolio of work—locally and globally—that will serve the College well. I look forward to working with him for years to come.”

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  • Remembering Professor Marlene Johnson

    It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Professor Marlene Johnson on November 2, 2020. After teaching in the UAB Department of Theatre for 14 years, Prof. Johnson will be remembered as a dedicated educator, a generous colleague, and an inspired artist. She is survived by her husband Edwin Booth and sister Myrna Johnson Moehring.

    It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Professor Marlene Johnson on November 2, 2020. After teaching in the UAB Department of Theatre for 14 years, Prof. Johnson will be remembered as a dedicated educator, a generous colleague, and an inspired artist. She is survived by her husband Edwin Booth and sister Myrna Johnson Moehring.

    Prof. Johnson received her MFA in Voice Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University before joining the UAB Department of Theatre in 2006. She was a master teacher of the Alexander Technique and taught courses in voice, movement, dialects, and acting.

    Prof. Johnson received extensive training over the years to perfect her craft, including with the Professional Voice Trainers Intensive at the National Theatre in London with Patsy Rodenburg; at the American Repertory Theatre with Bonnie Raphael; at the Canadian National Voice Intensive with David Smukler and Judith Koltai; and at Shakespeare and Company with Kristin Linklater. Prof. Johnson was honored by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival as a 2011 National Teaching Artist and by Region IV of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival as a Regional Teaching Artist. She was a frequent presenter for VASTA, ATHE, ATI, KCACTF, and SETC and taught or presented workshops in Glasgow, Madrid, Mexico City, Vancouver, Herefordshire, Serbia, and London where she taught a summer class in Acting Shakespeare at the University of Westminster in 2005. She served on the Board of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and served as Chair of the SETC Voice and Speech Committee. She was the vocal coach for more than 100 productions at venues such as the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, the Alliance Theatre, Theatre Virginia, PA Stage Company, Theatre Outlet, the University of Minnesota, and the University of West Georgia.

    Everyone who knew her will miss her smile, her laugh, and her wit; she was truly one of a kind. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an orphan elephant rescue and wildlife rehabilitation program in Kenya.

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  • Winners of the 2020-2021 “Building a Multicultural Curriculum” grants

    Congratulations to the winning proposals for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    This fall, all tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure-earning College of Arts and Sciences faculty were invited to submit proposals for a new grant titled, “Building a Multicultural Curriculum.” The goal of these awards is to support faculty in developing new courses or revising existing classes in order to expand the College’s offerings that will support students’ diversity awareness and build their multicultural competence.

    Congratulations to the winning proposals for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Dr. Erin Borry, Department of Political Science and Public Administration: “Isms in Public Administration”
    • Dr. Olivio J. Clay, Department of Psychology: “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Research and the Workplace”
    • Prof. Michele Forman, Department of History: “Our Histories: Documentary Film and Public History in Birmingham”
    • Dr. Reginald Jackson, Department of Music: “African American Music from 1619-Present”
    • Dr. Dione Moultrie King, Department of Social Work: “The Health and Well-being of Black Americans: A Social Work Approach”
    • Dr. Angela Lewis-Maddox, Department of Political Science and Public Administration: “Social Justice and Pop Culture”
    • Dr. Samiksha Raut, Department of Biology: “Building a Multicultural Curriculum”
    • Prof. Ana Maria Santiago, Department of English: “Themes in Lit with a Latina-o-x American Identity Focus”

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  • College names new Executive Director for Business Operations

    Kimberly Hazelwood has accepted the position of Executive Director for Business Operations and will start in August 2020.

    Kimberly Hazelwood has accepted the position of Executive Director for Business Operations and will start in August 2020.

    Kim comes to the College of Arts and Sciences from the School of Engineering, where she has been the Director of Administration and Fiscal Affairs since March 2015. In that role, she has provided oversight for all of the school’s administrative operations including finance, research administration, human resources, information technology, safety, and facilities management in coordination with school leadership. In addition, she has been responsible for financial analysis, budgeting, and forecasting; oversees finance and research administration staff in pre- and post-award sponsored research management; served as the human resources officer, including recruitment, onboarding, termination, promotion and tenure; has been responsible for space and facilities management, including physical security, safety, renovation and planning for capital construction; and has ensured compliance with University policies and procedures.

    Kim has had a long and successful UAB career. Before her current role, she was a projects analyst for the Associate Provost for Student and Faculty Success, was a business officer in the School of Engineering, and was a data collections coordinator and then financial officer in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the School of Medicine.

    She graduated with honors with a degree in biology from the University of North Alabama in 2000 and received her MBA from UAB in 2005.

    She serves on a number of committees within UAB, including the RCM Task Force, and is a graduate of Blaze Leadership Academy. She’s also active in service in her home community.

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  • Celebrating 20 years of the UAB African American Studies Program

    The program was approved as a degree-granting program by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education on April 28, 2000.

    By Kathryn Morgan, Ph.D., Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the African American Studies Program

    The UAB African American Studies Program will celebrate its 20th anniversary on April 28, 2020. The program was approved as a degree-granting program by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education on April 28, 2000.

    At the time of its inception, the UAB African American Studies Program was the only one of its kind in the Southeast and is still only one of two degree-granting African American Studies (AAS) programs in Alabama. In the 1970s, Dr. Horace Huntley taught the first Black History courses at UAB, and in the 1990s, Dr. Virginia Whatley Smith worked diligently to implement the first organized African American Studies Program. When it was approved as a program on April 28, 2000, Smith was appointed as the first Director.

    Coker AdeniyiAfter Smith left the University, Dr. Niyi Coker, associate professor of Theater, was named program director. Under Coker’s leadership, the program grew in size and visibility. During his tenure as director, he explored the possibility of a shared AAS program with the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.

    When Coker left in 2005 to accept a Distinguished Professorship at the University of Missouri, Dr. Dellita Ogunsula became interim director and continued to pursue this endeavor. Leaders of both the UAB and UA African American Studies programs envisioned that a shared program would be advantageous to the University of Alabama System. The vision of the program was to implement a unique shared course of study that led to the completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies at both universities. In 2009, the joint UAB-UA program was approved by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE). After meeting several post-implementation conditions, the shared program was re-accredited by ACHE in 2014-2015.

    Dellita OgunsulaSince 2005, Dr. Dellita Ogunsula, Dr. Jacqueline Wood, and Dr. George Munchus served as interim program directors and made significant contributions to the advancement of the program. Dr. Kay Morgan was appointed as program director in 2013.

    After graduating its first student, Angela Craig, with a BA in AAS in 2001, the AAS program has established itself as a program committed to producing scholars and citizens who are equipped to effectively, critically, and actively engage the world and create positive change. Graduates of the program today reflect the remarkable opportunities afforded by completing a BA in African American Studies. Program graduates have gone on to excel in careers in many fields including social and behavioral sciences, medicine, education, and engineering.

    Twenty years after its launch, the UAB African American Studies Program continues to walk in the spirit of the black intellectual tradition. Dedicated to the critical study of the lived experiences, culture, and history of people in Africa and the African diaspora, it offers a major and minor, and students are able to choose from one of three areas of interest: Global Public Health and Social Justice, Historical Investigation and Social Awareness, and History and Culture of Afro-Caribbean and Latino People.

    Kathryn MorganThe AAS program, while focusing on the experience of African-descended people in the United States, has also provided a critical understanding of the cultural, historical, and social value and experiences of people of African descent across the African diaspora. Unlike other programs, the program’s focus is anchored in, but not limited to, history and the social and behavioral sciences. Students in this program receive a well-rounded, coherent body of knowledge that expands their fields of knowledge by including courses in public health, music, literature, and language. Students in the program develop their critical thinking skills and enhance their reading, writing, and public speaking skills, allowing them to engage in critical discourse concerning people of African descent. Students in the program are better prepared to enter various fields such as medicine, education, law, non-profit sector, arts, and public health because of their interdisciplinary training. And the AAS program’s location in Alabama, which holds a significant place in American history, underscores the importance of its presence in and contribution to the University.

    This fall, the program hopes to host several celebrations to honor the students, faculty, and staff who have helped the program develop and thrive at UAB.

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  • College Advisors Win UAB Advising Awards

    Congratulations to UAB Advising Award winners Deborah Littleton, College of Arts and Sciences Director of Advising and advisor for Criminal Justice majors; and Whitney Woodard, who advises all our Neuroscience and International Studies majors.

    Two advisors in the College of Arts and Sciences have received UAB Advising Awards for 2020. Congratulations to Deborah Littleton, College of Arts and Sciences Director of Advising and advisor for Criminal Justice majors; and Whitney Woodard, who advises all our Neuroscience and International Studies majors. Both exemplify dedication, effectiveness, and thoughtfulness: the trademarks of all our College advisors.

    Indirectly, these awards also honor the work that our advising team does every day under Deborah’s leadership. Our College of Arts and Sciences advisors support our students and departments with compassion, integrity, and a positive attitude. They play an essential and critical role in our College of Arts and Sciences graduation and retention efforts.

    Both Deborah and Whitney will be recognized on April 13 along with other UAB winners. They will advance to the National Academic Advising Association’s award competition.

    Congratulations, Deborah and Whitney!

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  • Michel de Montaigne Endowed Prize in the History of Ideas

    In honor of the 16th-century French essayist Michel de Montaigne and the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Catherine Danielou, Senior Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and recipient of the UAB Frederick W. Conner Prize in the History of Ideas, has established the Michel de Montaigne Endowed Prize in the History of Ideas.

    In honor of the 16th-century French essayist Michel de Montaigne and the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Catherine Danielou, Senior Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and recipient of the UAB Frederick W. Conner Prize in the History of Ideas, has established the Michel de Montaigne Endowed Prize in the History of Ideas.

    Eligibility

    To be eligible, a person must currently hold a full-time faculty appointment at UAB, as defined by the UAB Faculty Handbook.

    A nomination package should consist of an essay and the faculty member's curriculum vitae. Additional guidelines are below. This information should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on January 15, 2020, to Veronica Speight (HHB 560, 4-5238, vspeight@uab.edu). Questions can be directed to thecollege@uab.edu.

    Additional Guidelines

    • The Montaigne Prize will be a cash prize and award, awarded for a scholarly essay in the history of ideas written by any member of the University’s faculty. The winning essay will make a unique contribution to the history of thought and culture. The term "history of ideas" is to be interpreted liberally, encompassing a broad range of interdisciplinary concerns, including those at the intersection of cultural and intellectual history.
    • The Montaigne Prize will be awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences. An individual may receive the award only once in any three-year period.
    • All submissions will be blind. Any unpublished essay may be submitted. Pending publication essays may be submitted but should appear in print the calendar year of submission. All entries should be submitted in a form that is suitable for publication and in English.
    • Entries will be reviewed anonymously by a committee panel of judge-scholars, on which former winners may be asked to serve by the College. No panel judge is allowed to submit an entry the year they serve on the panel.
    • The author's name should not appear anywhere in the essay, and each submission must be accompanied by a cover sheet identifying the author.
    • The winner will be recognized by the College of Arts and Sciences and he/she may be asked to give a presentation, which will be open to the public. The College also may provide a plaque should funds be available from endowment earnings or other sources.
    • The Prize will be awarded provided that three or more entries are received. If fewer than three entries are submitted, the Prize is to be awarded the following year.

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  • The College to offer training for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

    The UAB College of Arts and Sciences will offer a training session for students preparing an application to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Training will occur on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 3:30 p.m. in Volker Hall Lecture Room B.

    The UAB College of Arts and Sciences will offer a training session for students preparing an application to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Training will occur on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 3:30 pm in Volker Hall Lecture Room B. We welcome anyone from across the UAB campus to attend.

    The NSF GRFP program offers up to three years of financial support to graduate students enrolled in a wide range of scientific fields. The program’s stipend is generous ($34,000 per year, plus up to $12,000 for “cost-of-education allowance,” including tuition), although the written application is short compared to many other grants and fellowships. Students may apply as undergraduates or in their first or second year of graduate school. There are various categories of students who are excluded from submitting, including international students and those who recently earned a master’s degree and are entering a Ph.D. program. Deadlines for submission are from October 21 to November 1, 2019, depending on the field of study.

    More information about the fellowship program solicitation is available at the National Science Foundation website.

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  • Nominations open for 2019 Ireland Award for Scholarly Distinction

    Annual prize awarded to College of Arts and Sciences Faculty.

    The Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction will be presented at a reception to be held in the Fall of 2019. Candidates for this award must be a full-time, regular College of Arts and Sciences faculty member who has (1) demonstrated notable achievements in their field of the arts and sciences, (2) gained national and/or international recognition of peers, and (3) demonstrated talents that contribute to the elevation of the arts and sciences at UAB and in the Birmingham community.

    Nominations for this award are solicited each year with a faculty committee choosing the winner. A letter of nomination and a current vitae of the nominee should be included. The prize carries a cash award. The funds for this award are provided by an endowment established by Caroline P. Ireland and the late Charles W. Ireland for the purpose of recognizing, rewarding, and encouraging scholarly distinction in the arts and sciences.

    Please submit your nominations or requests for additional information to Dr. Catherine Danielou (danielou@uab.edu) in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Dean’s Office, Heritage Hall 560. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, April 12, 2019. 

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  • 2019 NSF CAREER Award Training

    The UAB College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to again offer campus-wide training to junior faculty planning to apply for a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award.

    The UAB College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to again offer campus-wide training to junior faculty planning to apply for a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. The NSF awards CAREER research grants to new faculty at universities who are at the rank of Assistant Professor (or equivalent) in any of the broad science and social science disciplines that are eligible for NSF grants.

    Training will be led by NSF CAREER awardee Dr. Eugenia Kharlampieva (Department of Chemistry), with support from current and previous awardees in multiple College of Arts and Sciences departments. The two-session training program will walk applicants through the process of applying for and winning prestigious CAREER Awards from the NSF. All UAB faculty members are invited to attend.

    Sessions will be held in Heritage Hall Room 500 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 5 and 19. The second session builds off knowledge from the first, so attendance at both sessions is recommended. Lunch will be provided.

    To assist with catering plans, please RSVP your intention to attend by Wednesday, March 25 to Veronica Speight at vspeight@uab.edu.

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  • Employees recognized at 2018 UAB Service Awards

    Twenty-six College of Arts and Sciences employees who have worked at UAB for 20 years or more were recognized at the annual UAB Service Awards Reception on March 1, 2019.

    Dr. Harriet Amos DossTwenty-six College of Arts and Sciences employees who have worked at UAB for 20 years or more were recognized at the annual UAB Service Awards Reception on March 1, 2019. These dedicated colleagues were honored for their number of years of employment at UAB as of December 31, 2018.

    The UAB Service Awards are given to active employees beginning at five years of employment and at each five-year milestone. Employees who reach 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service are presented with a service award pin, certificate, and a gift of gratitude.

    This year, Dr. Harriet Amos Doss, associate professor in the Department of History, was honored for her 40 years of service to UAB. We congratulate her and all of our colleagues for their hard work and commitment.

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    Kelly Allison, Theatre
    Dr. Todd Devore, Physics
    Dr. Cassandra Ellis, English
    Mary Pamela (Pam) Gore, Psychology
    Christopher S. (Kip) Hubbard, Advising
    Dr. Bruce T. McComiskey, English
    Staci Bishop McKay, Psychology
    Dr. James Larry Powell, Communication Studies
    Dr. Jeffery (Jeff) Warren Reynolds, Music
    Dr. Cynthia Ryan, English
    Susan Brooke Thompson, Dean's Office/Grants
    Dr. Trygve Tollefsbol, Biology

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    Dr. David Basilico, English
    Amy W. Evans, Dean's Office/Administration
    Dr. Wendy Gunther-Canada, Political Science and Public Administration
    Dr. Christopher M. Lawson, Physics
    Deborah W. Littleton, Advising
    Dr. Sergey B. Mirov, Physics
    Dr. Eduardo De Castro Neiva, Jr. Communication Studies
    Dr. Carlos L. Orihuela, Foreign Languages and Literatures
    Dr. Mary B. Whall, Philosophy
    Dr. Thane Wibbels, Biology

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    Dr. Jonathan H. Amsbary, Communication Studies
    Dr. R. Douglas (Doug) Watson, Biology

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    Dr. Gary Gray, Chemistry

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    Dr. Harriet E. Amos Doss, History

    Amy W. Evans Kip Hubbard and Deborah Littleton

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  • 2019 Winners of College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Announced

    Established in 2018, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes full-time regular faculty members of College of Arts and Sciences who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in teaching.

    Established in 2018, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes full-time regular faculty members of College of Arts and Sciences who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in teaching. The individual must have held faculty status at UAB for a minimum of three years and may receive the award only once in any three-year period. Winners were selected by the CAS President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Committee from three groupings of the College's academic departments:

    • Arts and Humanities – Art and Art History, Music, Theatre, Communication Studies, English, Foreign Languages, History and Philosophy
    • Natural Sciences and Mathematics – Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences – African American Studies, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Political Science and Public Administration, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology

    Winners were selected for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching as demonstrated by broad and thorough knowledge of the subject area; ability to convey difficult concepts; fairness, open-mindedness and accessibility to students; ability to inspire and mentor students; effective use of innovative teaching methods, promotion of ethical and professional values; modeling service and scholarly activities; and more.

    The three winners will be honored at a reception at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts on March 5 and will be considered for the final College of Arts and Sciences nominee for the President’s Award of Excellence in Teaching.

    From the Arts and Humanities, Dr. DeReef Jamison, Associate Professor in the African American Studies Program

    Dr. Jamison explores the connections between Africana intellectual history and social science, particularly the notion of cultural consciousness. In his teaching, Dr. Jamison encourages students to think critically about the world in which they live. As he says in his faculty bio, he seeks to follow the model set by pioneering African American Studies scholars who stressed academic excellence, social responsibility, and social change.

    Dr. Jamison received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Bowie State University, his master's in community psychology from Florida A&M University, and his doctorate from Temple University in African American Studies.

    One of his student nominators said, "Dr. Jamison's classroom is unlike any other educational space. His remarkable teaching style remains a highlight of my education at UAB. He also takes a careful interest in each student and is available to expound on class assignments and topics or just sit and listen to the fanciful ideas of aspiring scholars. It was Dr. Jamison’s encouragement that persuaded me to apply to be an intern at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and his love of and commitment to his research and publications emboldened me to pursue graduate school."

    From the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Dr. Karolina Mukhtar, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology

    Dr. Mukhtar graduated with a joint B.S./M.Sc. in biology from the University of Szczecin, Poland. She received her Ph.D. in genetics from the Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany, and completed her post-doc in plant immunity from Duke University.

    Her research focuses on various aspects of plant-microbe interactions using genetic and biochemical approaches. Specifically, she explores the interface between the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and several of its pathogens, including both fungi and bacteria. She is a committed teacher at all levels, including K-12, and was named one of the 11 inaugural UAB Faculty Fellows in Service Learning.

    She has created innovative teaching methods and is committed to developing instructional strategies for students with various learning disabilities. In Spring 2015, she was named Outstanding Faculty Mentor by the Office of Disability Support Services.

    One of Dr. Mukhtar's student nominators said, "Dr. Mukhtar's engaging lectures, clear explanations, and presentation of the field's newest discoveries combined to make my undergraduate Plant Biology class the best lecture-based course I have ever experienced. Later, when I was one of her Supplemental Instruction Leaders, she always made sure I had everything I needed to do my job well and made time to explain the concepts so I could better serve the students. I was able to see how she adapted her plans based on the needs of the students. She consistently looks for ways to improve her teaching methods to ensure her students gain a deeper understanding of genetics."

    From the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Erin Borry, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration

    Dr. Borry's research focuses on bureaucratic structure, employee minority status, and employee willingness to bend rules and perceptions of red tape. She has also published work on governmental transparency and government websites.

    Dr. Borry received her bachelor's degree and master's in public administration from Rutgers University and her doctorate from the University of Kansas. She currently serves as the digital media editor for the journal Public Integrity and as a board member for two sections within the American Society for Public Administration. She is also a research fellow with the Center for Organization Research and Design (CORD) at Arizona State University and is an affiliated researcher with the Local Government Workplaces Initiative (LGWI) at the University of North Carolina.

    Some of her most recent courses include Human Resources Management, Intergovernmental Relations, Open Government, and Scope of Public Administration.

    One of her nominators wrote, "Dr. Borry’s teaching influences my daily leadership. As an executive director of a local non-profit, I frequently rely on the concepts Dr. Borry demonstrated in the Human Resource Management class. When I took her class, I had limited experience managing employees. She had the challenging task of conveying a topic with which most of us had no experience, and she did so brilliantly. I’ve heard that alumni success raises the caliber of academic programs. However, alumni would not be successful without relevant, engaging, and high-caliber teaching. Dr. Erin Borry provides the academic foundation for me and my fellow alumni to succeed."

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  • Dr. Jill Clements named first-ever winner of the Michel de Montaigne Endowed Prize in the History of Ideas

    Jill Clements, Ph.D., has been named as the recipient of the first Michel de Montaigne Endowed Prize in the History of Ideas.

    Jill Clements, Ph.D., has been named as the recipient of the first Michel de Montaigne Endowed Prize in the History of Ideas.

    Established by Dr. Catherine Danielou, Senior Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, the prize honors the 16th-century French philosopher who is credited with developing the essay as a literary form. Candidates for the award had to hold a full-time appointment at UAB and provide a scholarly essay in the history of ideas that made a unique contribution to the history of thought and culture. Clements was selected by a committee of senior faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences for her essay, "Sudden Death in Early Medieval England and the Anglo-Saxon Fortunes of Men."

    Clements will receive a $1,000 award and will be honored at the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Book Reception on March 5.

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  • New ‘History of Ideas’ prize encourages essay submissions through Jan. 6

    Catherine Daniélou, Ph.D., senior associate dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, has established the Michel de Montaigne Endowed Prize in the History of Ideas.

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  • Biology faculty receive NSF grant to increase minority representation in STEM

    Underrepresented minorities make up about 30% of the U.S. population but only 5% of U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) doctorates.

    Biology faculty Sami Raut and Jeff Morris. Underrepresented minorities make up about 30% of the U.S. population but only 5% of U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) doctorates. UAB Department of Biology assistant professors Sami Raut, Ph.D., and Jeff Morris, Ph.D., along with Co-PIs Jeff Olimpo, Ph.D. (University of Texas at El Paso), and Trent Sutton, Ph.D. (University of Alaska Fairbanks), intend to change this statistic. The four PIs have secured a $500,000 NSF education grant that aims to increase research inclusivity through a grassroots culture of scientific teaching.

    “A lot of students from underrepresented groups come in to UAB from community colleges and don’t know that undergraduate research is a thing you can do,” says Morris. “Our goal is to get them involved in genuine research while they’re still in introductory classes with the hope that it will get them excited about pursuing careers in science.”

    Funded through 2023, the team will build a network of faculty and staff at the three hub universities, as well as their affiliated community and technical colleges, with an eye toward putting active learning and CURE (Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience) reforms into as many introductory-level biology classes as possible.

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  • Japanese Consul-General presents grant

    Takashi Shinozuka, Consul-General of Japan in Atlanta, presented the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures a grant for $30,000 to further Japanese education in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences.

    Mr. Takashi Shinozuka, Consul-General of Japan in Atlanta, presented the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures a grant for $30,000 to further Japanese education in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences.

    In his role as Consul-General of Japan in Atlanta, Shinozuka is responsible for strengthening relations between and Japan and the United States, specifically in the four states in his jurisdiction: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Unfortunately, on the day of the scheduled reception and award presentation, Hurricane Florence was making landfall and Shinozuka was required to stay in Atlanta to provide assistance to Japanese citizens affected by the storm. But he was connected to the reception via Skype and gave remarks praising UAB and the department for their support of Japanese-language and cultural education.

    In Shinozuka's absence, Mark Jackson, a local businessman and Alabama's Consul-General to Japan, shared remarks and presented the check to Provost Pam Benoit, Ph.D.; Dean Robert Palazzo, Ph.D.; Chair Julian Arribas, Ph.D.; and Yumi Takamiya, Ph.D., assistant professor of Japanese—all of whom spoke at the reception. Additional speakers included alumna Jolie Thevenot, who graduated with a minor in Japanese and is the director of the Japan-America Society of Alabama (JASA), and Bezawit Eyob, a current student and instructor of Japanese who is pursuing her minor in the language. Thevanot and Eyob gave their remarks in both Japanese and English.

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  • Dr. Stacy Krueger-Hadfield pursues international research and service

    Dr. Stacy Krueger-Hadfield, assistant professor in the Department of Biology, and colleague secure a $60,000 Binational Science Foundation Start-Up Grant to investigate the response to temperature and ocean acidification in the Levantine region of the Mediterranean Sea.

    Dr. Stacy Krueger-Hadfield, assistant professor in the Department of Biology, along with her Israeli colleague Dr. Gil Rilov, secured a $60,000 Binational Science Foundation Start-Up Grant that will investigate the response to temperature and ocean acidification in the Levantine region of the Mediterranean Sea. This is one of the fastest warming regions in the world, but in terms of evolutionary ecology, is poorly understood despite being heavily impacted for thousands of years by human behavior, such as over-fishing. With the support of the two-year grant, Krueger-Hadfield and Rilov will use one native and one non-native seaweed to contrast response to these abiotic stressors associated with climate change. They will follow up with work on differences in mating system dynamics that might help them forecast how these population will respond to climate change. UAB alumna Kathryn Schoenrock will also collaborate on this project with Drs. Krueger-Hadfield and Rilov during this project.

    In addition, Dr. Krueger-Hadfield was part of an international team that was awarded an Agence Nationale de la Recherche Appel à Projets Générique (French National Research Agency General Projects; 437.707,80€) called Clonix2D that will use algal, cnidarian, pathogen, plant, and aphid models to expand the tools available for population genetics in organisms that are partially clonal (i.e., they undergo both sexual and asexual reproduction. The consortium will build on a previous iteration, Clonix, that released many new analytical tools for population genetics. Dr. Krueger-Hadfield will co-coordinate one of the working groups on the dissemination of results and outreach while also contributing data sets for testing new population genetic tools.

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  • PAINTalks Speaker Series begins this fall at UAB

    The premiere lecture in the new PAINTalks Speaker Series will feature Dr. Roger Fillingim, a world-renowned clinical researcher in the field of chronic pain and past-president of the American Pain Society.

    The premiere lecture in the new PAINTalks Speaker Series will feature Dr. Roger Fillingim, a world-renowned clinical researcher in the field of chronic pain and past-president of the American Pain Society. PAINTalks is a series of public lectures by leading experts that focuses on the latest research and treatment for the relief and management of chronic pain and is sponsored by the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology.

    The October 25, 2018, lecture is entitled, “Let’s Get Personal: How Can Biology, Psychology, and Social Influences Inform Personalized Pain Treatment.” The event will be held at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA) and guests are invited to attend a reception at 5:00 p.m. immediately preceding the 5:30 p.m. lecture. The reception and lecture are free and open to the public.

    Fillingim earned his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from UAB, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in pain research at the University of North Carolina. From 1996-2000 he was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at UAB, and in 2000 he moved to the University of Florida as an Associate Professor in the College of Dentistry. Currently, he is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry and the Director of the University of Florida Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE). Fillingim served as the President of the American Pain Society (2012-2014) and has authored over 250 peer-reviewed articles related to pain.

    AEIVA is located at 1221 10th Avenue South on UAB Campus directly across the street from the Alys Stephens Center for the Performing Arts. Parking is available in Lot 15D behind AEIVA, which can be accessed from both 13th Street and 11th Ave. S.

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