Department of Communication Studies

  • Malcolm Gladwell set to speak at UAB

    Human communication researcher brings Malcolm Gladwell to UAB to talk about his newest book, “Talking to Strangers.”

  • Meet the faculty developing service-learning curricula

    During the past year, 11 faculty from varied disciplines developed ideas for service-learning to promote active and ethical citizenship, social responsibility and engagement.

  • Lecture series bring CAS faculty research into the spotlight

    The monthly Haddin Forum provides a venue for arts and sciences faculty a venue to talk about their research.

  • Arts and Sciences alumni honored at UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 event

    Ten alumni in the College of Arts and Sciences were honored as members of the UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 class of 2019.

    Left to Right: Adam Aldrich, Brady McLaughlin, Julie McDonald, Kristen Greenwood, John Boone, David Brasfield, Carol Trull Pittman, Dustin Welborn, and Jennifer Smith (not pictured: John Burdett)On June 20, ten alumni in the College of Arts and Sciences were honored by the UAB National Alumni Society as members of the UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 class of 2019. The dinner and awards ceremony took place at the UAB National Alumni Society House.

    The annual Excellence in Business Top 25 program is designed to identify, recognize, and celebrate the success of the top 25 UAB alumni-owned or UAB alumni-managed businesses. In addition to our ten honorees, two alumni won top honors in Fastest Growing Companies Under $10 Million: John Boone of Orchestra Partners, 2198% growth; and David Brasfield of NXTsoft, 317% growth.

    Congratulations to our deserving graduates!

    • Adam Aldrich, president and co-founder of Airship, graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in Computer and Information Sciences.
    • John Boone, principal of Orchestra Partners, graduated in 2010 with an M.A. in History.
    • David Brasfield, CEO of NXTsoft, graduated in 1984 with a B.S. in Computer and Information Sciences.
    • John Burdett, CEO of Fast Slow Motion, graduated in 2000 with a B.S. in Computer and Information Sciences.
    • Kristen Greenwood, executive director of GirlSpring, graduated with a B.A. and an M.A. in Art History in 1999 and 2006, respectively.
    • Julie McDonald, Ph.D., co-founder of McDonald Graham LLC, graduated with an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Psychology in 1993 and 1995, respectively.
    • Brady McLaughlin, CEO of Trio Safety CPR+AED, graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies in 2009.
    • Carol Trull Pittman, founder and CEO of RedKnot Resource Group, graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies in 2001.
    • Jennifer Smith, director of operations of Down In Front Productions LLC, graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies in 2016.
    • Dustin Welborn, president of Down In Front Productions LLC, graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies in 2013.

  • UAB PRCA/PRSSA student chapter named Chapter of the Year

    Communication Studies students bring home title as the PRCA/PRSSA Chapter of the Year.

  • Celebrate Women's History Month with the women who shape UAB

    From traveling to Antarctica to publishing children’s books, from taking biology educational tools to India to planting pollinator gardens on campus, women have been integral to shaping UAB’s reputation its 50-year history. As part of its annual coverage of Women’s History Month, the UAB Reporter has gathered examples of its more recent coverage of women at UAB.

  • UAB graduate and professional programs again ranked among the nation’s best

    U.S. News & World Report ranking features a number of UAB programs ranked in the top 25, including a School of Health Professions’ master’s program at No. 1.

  • Celebrate 23 books authored by Arts and Sciences faculty in 2018

    This past year, CAS faculty wrote books on everything from technology in James Bond fiction to globalism in higher education.

  • Award winning: What it takes for students to win major scholarships and awards

    The number of College of Arts and Sciences students who win major national and international scholarships and fellowships grows every year. What does it take to win one of these major prizes?

    The number of College of Arts and Sciences students who win major national and international scholarships and fellowships grows every year. What does it take to win one of these major prizes? And what does the achievement mean for our students as they pursue their goals?

    Sarah Faulkner, a 2017 graduate with bachelor’s degrees in art with a concentration in art history and sociology.

    When chemistry major Gunnar Eastep fell asleep early after his last final in fall of 2017, he never dreamed that he’d wake up to a nomination for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship. “When I woke up, I saw the nomination and was pretty ecstatic about it,” he says. “All-around, it was a very surreal experience, especially since I had no clue what to expect.”

    He had turned in the application about a month before he found out. “I spent a week writing terrible drafts and deleting them the next day,” he says. “I found it challenging to write a succinct and interesting personal statement without sounding overly clichéd.”

    But this portion of the application wasn’t the only part that challenged Eastep. Outside of the personal statement and description of future goals, the application also requires students to write a research proposal detailing the work they’ve already accomplished as well as discussing what comes next. However, unlike most scientific journals, this proposal has to be written in the first person.

    For Eastep, this portion meant detailing the research he’d pursued under Dr. Jamil Saad, assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology, who has a secondary appointment in the Department of Chemistry. Here, he’d studied the role of a particular protein in certain portions of retrovirus replication. Before last summer, his work had focused on the protein’s role in replicating the avian sarcoma virus.

    Eastep says the support he received from faculty was critical to his completion of the application, and his success in winning the Goldwater. “Without Dr. Saad and the experiences I’ve had doing research in his lab, winning the Goldwater scholarship wouldn’t have been possible,” he says. “It certainly gives me a lot of confidence moving forward.

    ”Dr. Gray in the chemistry department has been a great help for me, too,” Eastep adds. ”He was the professor for several of my chemistry courses and wrote one of my recommendations for the scholarship. Although he didn't mentor my research, he was so helpful in giving career advice and has undoubtedly been my favorite professor.”


    The science-focused Goldwater Scholarship is only one of the many prestigious scholarships and fellowships that College of Arts and Sciences students can apply for. These programs range widely from scholarships for students in specific disciples to fellowships, which provide short-term learning opportunities. These experiences also vary: some support research projects at specific universities, while others are aimed at developing independent research projects on a myriad of subjects.

    Sources of funding for these programs are just as diverse as the offerings themselves. Some, like the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, are sponsored by federal government agencies to bolster international relationships. Other governmental agencies fund scholarships aimed at ensuring future public servants speak languages critical to international diplomacy.

    From left to right: Anthonia Carter, Gunnar Eastep, and Ayla McCay

    These few programs are only the tip of the iceberg. Yet other programs are financed by private trusts to encourage traditionally marginalized groups to participate in specific fields, and others include on-campus research programs sponsored by multiple organizations from various backgrounds.

    In addition to strengthening recipients’ resumes, many of these programs also connect participants with their alumni networks, adding an additional level of value with professional connections.

    Depending on a student’s major and interests, one or several of these programs may be a fit. But one thing is consistent across all of these offerings: the application process is rigorous. Writing essays, securing recommendation letters, and, if necessary, preparing for interviews is time-consuming, and requires long-term hard work and focus. Although the payoff is great, there is a significant time commitment involved in getting there.


    Recipients of the Goldwater Scholarship like Eastep receive a set amount of money each year to put towards books, living expenses, tuition, and other fees. Although Eastep believes he would be pursuing a very similar course of study and research if he had not been chosen, he calls the scholarship a big confidence boost. “Being awarded the Goldwater scholarship has been immensely gratifying considering how long I’ve been working as a student researcher,” he says. “It’s definitely a massive boon to my career prospects, and particularly graduate applications.”

    Senior neuroscience student Jasmin Revanna

    Other students benefit from the research opportunities afforded by fellowships rather than scholarships. One such program is the Amgen Scholars U.S. Program, which provides summer research opportunities at one of 10 universities around the country. Funded by the Amgen Foundation, this program connects participants from all over the world while also allowing them to undertake a rigorous research program under different faculty. Senior neuroscience student Jasmin Revanna attended the 2017 session at Caltech, and used her time in the fellowship to optimize a genetic editing tool to activate and deactivate targeted genes in nematodes.

    Each of the Amgen schools has an individual application process. In addition to the traditional personal statements, transcripts, and letters of recommendation, Caltech also requires applicants to identify a researcher and work with them to write a research proposal for their time in the program, says Revanna. “This takes a lot of communicating back and forth, so starting early is always recommended.”

    To continue her 2017 research, she applied to the 2018 WAVE Fellows Program at Caltech. This fellowship is designed to open the school’s research resources to demographics that are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, and Revanna applied in hopes of returning to the same lab to test the system she’d built the summer before.

    Though her research focus ended up being different—there, she built more than 100 tools for the public to use to study the role of specific neurotransmitters in nematodes—she feels that both experiences were extremely valuable.

    “These fellowships helped me discover what I want to do after graduation, which is go to graduate school,” she says. Revanna continues that these two fellowships have given her the confidence to apply to high caliber graduate programs to further her studies. But she’s not limiting herself to only one possibility: Revanna is also currently applying for a Fulbright fellowship to do research abroad.


    The Fulbright fellowship is arguably one of the most recognizable fellowship programs in the world. They award approximately 1,900 grants annually to students and recent graduates who want to do projects to study culture or science or to teach abroad. In 2018, six UAB students received the honor. Sarah Faulkner, who graduated in 2017 with bachelor’s degrees in art with a concentration in art history and sociology, applied to the program to study the textile art of the Lepcha, a cultural group indigenous to Sikkim, India.

    During her time abroad, Faulkner will research and compile a record of the Lepcha’s crafts, study the local language, and begin studying local Buddhist art. “Due to both their integration with daily life and the history associated with them, Lepcha textiles represent a vibrant, fundamental facet of Lepcha heritage,” she says. “I aim to highlight both Lepcha culture and their arts, which go hand-in-hand. I hope to also learn more about the Lepcha’s folklore, performative arts, and language, which is an essential factor of the Lepcha identity.”




    Class of 2017

    Muna Al-Safarjalani graduated in 2017 with a degree in chemistry. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy.


    Class of 2015

    After graduating with a degree in communication studies in 2015, Rebecca Egeland joined the Southern Company as a research communication specialist on the Research and Development Team. She also has a budding music career. In her free time, she’s a singer-songwriter, and can often be found at an open mic or playing a local venue with a ukulele in hand.


    Class of 2012

    Brendan Rice graduated with a degree in international studies in 2012 and he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sustainable international agriculture at the University of Göttingen (Germany) as a Fulbright Scholar. Prior to this, Rice worked for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization in Sierra Leone and Italy. He also worked in Uganda with smallholder farmers to promote food security.


    Class of 2017

    Massoud graduated in 2017 with a degree in international studies. He currently works with CAIR Alabama (Council on American-Islamic Relations) as a government affairs coordinator, where he is charged with educating and engaging voters for increased civic participation.

    Faulkner says she worked on her application every day for about four months. Though the process was rigorous, it was made easier because she had a clear idea of what she wanted to do. “Even so, I must have gone through at least three dozen drafts of my essays, which included a personal statement and a rather detailed outline of my research objectives and methods,” she says.

    “You have to think in concrete terms and explain your plan and purpose unambiguously,” she continues. “The only advice I have for that is just to be well-read on the area you plan to stay in and culture you intend to study, your research, and other similar projects that could serve as guides for your own. I personally took inspiration from the work already being done by various government-sponsored institutes across India to preserve the country’s traditional arts and the methodology of the cataloging work that I had done in the past as an undergraduate.”

    Another federally funded program open to about 600 students each year is the Critical Language Scholarship Program. Students who receive this scholarship undergo an eight-week language immersion in a language important to national security and economic prosperity. At the same time, students are also learning about and living in the culture they’ve studied to enhance their understanding.

    For UAB Honors College Global Community Leadership program student Ayla McCay, the scholarship enabled her to study Korean as part of her goal to work in international human rights.

    The application process, she says, was straightforward, but the impact the program had on her future plans was unexpected. “As a student from a low-income background, I never thought that studying abroad would be an option,” she says. “Because of CLS and the help of our fellowship office, my life is going in a direction I never thought would be possible.”

    All of the students are shepherded through the application and selection process by Ashley Floyd Kuntz, Ph.D., fellowships director and assistant professor in the UAB Honors College. Dr. Kuntz says that all of the students applying for fellowships and scholarships, regardless of whether they are members of the Honors College or not, have a tremendous support system around them—one that goes all the way to the top. "We are fortunate to have the strong support of President Watts," she says. "Dr. Watts makes time each fall to meet with nominees and learn about the projects they’re proposing. He advises students to be themselves, even when facing intimidating interview panels, and he encourages students to believe in their potential to compete at the highest levels. Few university presidents take such a sincere interest in getting to know students and celebrating their successes."


    Some of these programs support recent grads’ graduate studies. Anthonia Carter, who graduated with degrees in mathematics and art, applied for and received the Fulbright Study/Research grant to pursue a degree in multidisciplinary innovation at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom. The application process was pretty standard, she says. “I chose to pursue this because I come from a multidisciplinary background of mathematics and art. I’m passionate about giving back and teaching kids that anyone is capable of learning and giving them the confidence to learn.”

    The hardest part, she continues, was opening up to write her personal statement. “The easiest thing to do is to talk about my academic background. It was harder to open up and let them see what motivates me—to tell them that I was raised by a single mom who said that if I didn’t do well, she wouldn’t pay for college.”

    During her time in the program, she has learned a lot about identifying and solving organizational, systemic, and creative problems in many industries. All of this, she says, is in preparation to get her Ph.D., and to one day open a youth-focused community center.


    For some of these students, the award has only solidified their future plans. But for a few of them, this experience has completely changed the trajectory of their lives. “My time in Korea has definitely changed my plans for the future,” McCay says. “[While] applying for CLS, I thought that Korean language and culture would only be a small part of my career going forward with international human rights. Now, I cannot see a future that does not involve going back to Korea.”

  • I am Arts & Sciences: Sarah Randolph of Birmingham Audubon

    Alumna Sarah Randolph puts her College of Arts and Sciences degree to work at Birmingham Audubon.

    Sarah Randolph is the outreach and communications director at Birmingham Audubon, a 72-year-old non-profit organization and chapter of the National Audubon Society that is dedicated to the enjoyment and conservation of birds, their habitats, and the natural world. She spent some time with us recently to talk about her education at in the College of Arts and Sciences and how it prepared her for her career.

    Randolph graduated from UAB in 2008 with a degree in communication studies and a concentration in communications management. She minored in marketing in the Collat School of Business. A transfer student, she transitioned to UAB in 2003 after starting her degree at Jefferson State Community College.

    "I started out a business major at Jeff State, but as I was transferring to UAB, I was becoming more environmentally conscious," she says. "This career that I now have at Birmingham Audubon, I had really sought it for 10 years. As I learned about climate change and other issues, I wondered how could I use my strengths in English and math to help a cause, because not only can you market products, you can also market ideas. Communications is a very versatile degree, it's prevalent in everything and if you can learn how to master communications, then you can excel in any field."

    Birmingham Audubon supports conservation efforts for birds such as the chimney swift.
    Journey to Audubon
    Randolph says the training she got in the Department of Communication Studies prepared her well for the work she does today, as did some of the jobs she took before landing her position at Birmingham Audubon.

    "I've used my degree in many facets of my career: communications marketing, some public relations, some event coordination," she says. "I worked my way through college in the back office and then in the marketing and communications office of Pro-Equities, which is a broker-dealer for Protective Life. After that, I moved out West and was the marketing manager for the Arapaho Basin Ski Area, but I came back to Alabama because I didn't like the cold!"

    Another opportunity returned her to UAB—this time as an employee, not a student. "After I moved back to Birmingham, I went to work for UAB in development because I was looking to get into the non-profit sector after spending most of my career in the private sector," she says. "I could see the potential in having a development background tied in with my communications and marketing experience and how that could launch my career in yet another direction."

    Alabama—Sweet Home for Birds 
    That direction pointed her to Birmingham Audubon, where Sarah is charged with communicating the organization's goals and impact, as well as working to connect it to the city and state. "Our mission is to promote conservation and a greater knowledge of birds through habitat and the natural world," she says. "So, anything we can do to promote the state's Forever Wild program, saving some of Alabama's last natural resources through habitat, and improving natural habitat for birds are our goals."

    Chimney swifts forming a "swiftnado," seen during a Swift Night Out event.

    With Randolph's help, Birmingham Audubon has recently partnered with Putnam Middle School on a habitat restoration project. "We're hoping to continue to steward the land there for the next 10 years because it's a great habitat for brown-headed nuthatches, and there are some white-eye vireo, red-shouldered hawks and other birds there as well," she explains. "The school also has a nature trail and an outdoor classroom, so it's improving the lives of the students there, which is a big push for us as well. We had about 60 people attend that event, including Mayor Woodfin."

    Birmingham's Chimney Swifts
    Randolph says that, even with the hundreds of bird species native to and migrating through Alabama, sometimes the best approach is to focus on an individual bird—especially one with an urban habitat. "We've been trying to support the chimney swift with a lot of conservation efforts, like building chimney swift towers throughout Birmingham," she says. "We recently installed a tower on top of the McWane Science Center parking deck. We have three 'Swift Nights' a year [where people can watch the birds flying above the city]. Most people don't realize those flights are happening. They are an amazing species: they migrate to the headwaters of the Amazon every year and then they come back, but they're losing habitat we're losing a lot of these old chimneys that they've been roosting in because of all of the new development in Birmingham."

    "It's so rewarding when people can make that connection and say, 'That's a cool urban bird that we have here and I don't know much about them and I want to learn more,'" she says. "My goal is to find ways to engage more people and to get a broader more diverse community going to these events, caring about birds, learning about nature. It's great to be able to use my communications degree and experiences to help make that happen."

    To learn more about Birmingham Audubon, visit Photos courtesy of Birmingham Audubon. 

  • Miss UAB 2019 is Lillie-Ann Dawson of Birmingham

    Dawson, a junior majoring in neuroscience, also won the Interview and Talent awards and was awarded $2,900 in scholarships.

  • Beach volleyball player seeks to research eating disorders in female college athletes

    Recovery from an eating disorder has helped one former Blazer athlete solidify her career path and has her determined to help others.

  • UAB public relations student group named chapter of the year

    UAB PRCA/PRSSA swept the annual Public Relations Council of Alabama conference with a total of 41 awards.

  • Breast cancer survivor finds healing through comedy, earning second bachelor’s degree

    UAB Communication Studies major Carla “The Truth” Youngblood turned a devastating medical diagnosis into motivation and comedic material.

  • Student filmmakers will host Steel Reel Film Festival

    Films from student and amateur filmmakers from around Alabama will be screened April 10.

  • UAB Senior selected as official delegate for national public relations assembly

    Chelsey Jordan is the first UAB student to be selected to serve as a delegate.

  • Introducing the new members of the Arts and Sciences Alumni Board

    The College of Arts and Sciences is proud to introduce the new alumni board members for 2018.

    The College of Arts and Sciences is proud to introduce the new alumni board members for 2018.

    These eleven board members graduated from a variety of programs at UAB and were students during different eras. They've also pursued careers in a wide range of fields.

    • Johnny (Rusty) Bates: Founder, President and CEO, QCHC, Inc. Math, 1979; M.D., 1983
    • Kristin Chapleau: Program Specialist II, UAB Biomedical Sciences Program. Communication Studies, 2004; M.A. Education, 2005
    • Kathleen Drake: Head of School, Foundations Early Learning & Family Center. Social Work, 1992
    • Mike Guest: CEO and President, Guest Associates. Individually Designed, 1987
    • Joe Maluff: President, JAM Food Company. Psychology, 1996
    • Natasha Moore: Banker, Hometown Bank of Alabama. Criminal Justice, 2010
    • Tim Meehan: Vice President of Senior Services, Always Best Care. Communication Studies, 1986
    • Alexander Shunnarah: President and CEO, Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys, P.C. Political Science, 1991
    • Tim Stephens: CEO, Tim Stephens Media LLC. Individually Designed, 2015
    • Tom Walker: Associate Attorney, Maples, Tucker & Jacobs, LLC. Political Science, 2002
    • Stephen Walsh: Partner, Adams and Reese. Math, 1995

    Want to get involved? Join the UAB National Alumni Society: Arts & Sciences Chapter.

  • Remarkable Generosity

    Donors establish five new endowments in the College—the most ever received in one year.

    The William Oversteegen Bond Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics

    Simon Harris, a senior mathematics major and member of the SciTech Honors Program in the UAB Honors College, is the first recipient of the William Oversteegen Bond Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics.

    The scholarship was established by Meredith J. Bond and Dr. lex G. Oversteegen, together with Dr. Jeanne S. Hutchison. and Dr. john C. Mayer, to honor the late William Oversteegen Bond, a strong mathematics student, gifted mathematics teacher, and son of Bond and Oversteegen.

    William Oversteegen Bond attended Auburn University before transferring to UAB, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in math in 2007 and 2009. He taught at Birmingham-Southern College, UAB, and had just begun teaching AP mathematics classes at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) when he passed away in August 2016.

    Dr. Lex Oversteegen is a longtime faculty member and former chair of the Department of Mathematics. Out of their love for William, fellow mathematics faculty members Dr. Jeanne Hutchinson and Dr. John Mayer joined Oversteegen and Bond in establishing the endowment. Dr. Mayer was particularly close to William and collaborated with him on several projects and lectures while he was a student.

    With their gift, the donors have chosen to support students like Harris in the department’s Math Fast Track Program, which allows students to attain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years or less. Dr. Oversteegen is one of the co-directors of the program.

    “William was well on his way to becoming an outstanding mathematics teachers at ASFA,” Dr. Mayer says. “His loss was keenly felt by his students there and by his former teachers, like me, in the Department of Mathematics. I could not think of any better way to keep his memory alive than to have it associated with the Fast-Track Program in Mathematics.”

    Harris says he’s grateful for the financial and academic support he’s received from the department. “It was an honor to receive the Oversteegen Bond scholarship,” he says. “It alleviated some of the financial burdens I was facing, allowing me to better focus on my studies. In addition, working with Dr. Mayer has given me numerous opportunities to grow as a math major, including attending conferences to present the work I've done with him. His encouragement has led me to make worthwhile friendships with people in the math department who have pushed me to work harder.”

    Michel de Montaigne Endowed Prize in the History of Ideas

    Dr. Catherine Daniélou, Senior Associate Dean, has endowed a prize designed to enable faculty scholarship, recognize their achievements, and enable them to grow as educators and thinkers. Her endowment will provide a cash prize and award for an outstanding and unique scholarly essay in the history of ideas written by any member of the UAB faculty.

    The award is named in honor of the great humanist writer Michel de Montaigne, whose pioneering achievements in Western philosophy and his portrayal of the human condition are inspirations to Dr. Danielou.

    Dr. Danielou was born and educated in France. She was selected by the French government to serve as a teaching assistant at Michigan State University, where she subsequently stayed to receive her master’s and doctoral degrees. She was recruited to UAB, where she has taught for nearly 30 years and now serves as Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    Her generous gift will enhance the lives of those who teach in the College and throughout UAB, and will be of significant and enduring value to all of those whose knowledge will be enriched by the work of the prizewinners.

    Dr. James C. McCroskey Endowed Graduate Student Support Fund in Communication Studies

    An endowed support fund has been established in the Department of Communication Studies with a goal to assist in recruiting students to the M.A. in Communication Management Graduate Program. Focus will be given to undergraduate students in the Department who rely on additional financial support to continue their educational careers at UAB.

    The endowment is named for Dr. James C. McCroskey, a pioneer in the field of communication studies. After a long academic career at a number of leading U.S. universities, he joined the UAB faculty as a scholar-in-residence in 2006, when his partner in life, Dr. Virginia Peck Richmond, accepted the chair position in the Department of Communication Studies. The Endowed Graduate Support Fund honors

    Dr. McCroskey’s years of devoted service to the university, his contributions to the field of communication studies, and his longtime goal of mentoring new generations of students.

    Dr. McCroskey passed away on December 27, 2012, and is survived by Dr. Richmond and their six children, as well as the countless students and colleagues for whom Dr. McCroskey was a mentor and inspiration.

    The James McClintock Endowed Scholarship in Polar and Marine Biology

    David and Kathleen Hollows have created an endowed scholarship to be used to provide financial assistance to deserving students in the Department of Biology.

    The scholarship is named for Dr. James McClintock to honor and pay tribute to his achievements as an expert in Antarctic marine biology and climate change science, as well as for his dedicated service to UAB.

    Dr. McClintock earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his master’s in zoology and his doctorate in biology at the University of South Florida. He joined the UAB faculty in 1997 and is currently the University Endowed Professor of Polar and Marine Biology.

    Over the course of his 30 years at UAB, Dr. McClintock has established himself as a global leader in the study of marine invertebrate nutrition and reproduction. Over the past decade, he has expanded his research to encompass studies of the impacts of rapid climate change and ocean acidification on Antarctic marine algae and invertebrates. He has been honored with numerous awards and currently serves as a Trustee of The Nature Conservancy and as an Advisory Board Member for the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.

    Dr. McClintock met the Mr. and Mrs. Hollows on an expedition cruise to Antarctica in January 2017. David Hollows is a native of Cheshire, England and received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, which he used to build a successful career in the brewery business at Whitbread Co. Ltd. and Anheuser-Busch, Inc. He also led a Best Practice Exchange program at Tsingtao Co. in China Kathy, a Pennsylvania native earned bachelor's degrees in psychology and nursing and worked for many years as a rehabilitation nurse.

    During their travels together, Dr. McClintock and the Hollowses bonded over their shared belief that humans can influence the rate of climate change. It is the couple’s desire that this scholarship honor Dr. McClintock’s continuing legacy by assisting worthy students as they develop the skills they need to become experts in climate change science who can present their findings to the greater public.

  • Nine Departments Welcome New Faculty Members

    This fall, new faculty members join the Department of Communication Studies, the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Criminal Justice, the Department of English, the Department of Music, the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Social Work, the Department of Sociology, and the Department of Theatre.

    Communication Studies

    Computer Science

    Criminal Justice




    Social Work



    • Dr. Roy Lightner, Assistant Professor

  • Young Alum Gets Firsthand Look at Hurricane Irma

    Cameron Edgeworth, a Trussville, Alabama native and 2015 graduate in mass communications/broadcasting, recently flew into the eye of Hurricane Irma.

    Cameron Edgeworth, a Trussville, Alabama native and 2015 graduate in mass communications/broadcasting, is a reporter with  WKRG News 5 in Mobile. He recently flew into the eye of Hurricane Irma with the Biloxi, Mississippi-based Weather Reconnaissance Squadron of the Air Force Reserve, or “Hurricane Hunters.” We talked to Cameron about his experiences in the eye of the largest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic, and how UAB prepared him for his news career.

    Arts & Sciences Magazine:

    Why did you choose UAB?

    Cameron Edgeworth:

    I initially chose UAB out of affordability, but I quickly fell in love with the university.


    What attracted you to a major in mass communications/broadcasting? 


    I wanted to major in mass communications/broadcasting to be a television/digital news reporter. Initially, I wanted to be an entertainment news reporter, but minoring in social work pushed me into news because it made me want to tell people's stories and report about what impacts them in their communities. My parents gave me the nickname "CNN" (Cameron News Network) because I was always reporting to them what was going around the house or the neighborhood.


    Is WKRG your first job out of school?


    As a student, I was part of a paid internship and training program through a company called LIN Media and as part of the program, they paid for my last two years in school in exchange for me committing that I would work for two years at one of their stations when I graduated in April 2015. I was placed at CBS 42 in Birmingham as an Associate Producer in June 2015. Eventually I had the opportunity to do news reporting occasionally. I left CBS 42 in July of 2017 for the full-time reporting job I now have at WKRG News 5.


    Did you feel UAB prepared you for your career?


    I did feel prepared because I had two internships at different news stations while in college. I also worked part-time at CBS 42 during my senior year in college as a videographer and writer. As a reporter or multi-media journalist you are most likely editing and shooting your own stuff. UAB did a great job at teaching me the art of shooting with different cameras, lighting, and using various editing systems and techniques. Alan Franks did a wonderful job teaching the students about the equipment, and Dr. Jaquelyn Shaia was excellent writing teacher.


    Did you volunteer to fly into Irma, or was that assigned to you? 


    I guess I volunteered. I had just gotten back from my story assignment around 3:30 on Friday afternoon and heard my boss going around the newsroom asking different reporters if they wanted to fly on a Hurricane Hunters flight into the eye of Hurricane Irma. Everyone quickly said no, and for a minute I thought it was a joke. Once I realized he was serious, I volunteered. I had to finish my story and report live at 5:00 p.m. Then I headed to Biloxi to leave for Hurricane Irma. It was an incredible experience and I learned a lot about the life-saving science that happens on those flights.


    What advice would you give to prospective students considering UAB? 


    I would say you will get out of it what you put into it. Take every class seriously, and realize by majoring in the field you are in fact a social scientist. When it comes to classes specific for your major, put in the extra time to learn your craft. If you do all those things, you will be prepared for whatever field you enter.