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  • CAS student selected to inaugural Obama-Chesky Voyager Scholarship cohort

    Junior Alexandra “Lexie” Woolums will be a member of the Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service's inaugural class of just 100 students.

    Alexandra “Lexie” Woolums, a junior pursuing an individually designed degree in Environmental Sciences and a minor in English through the UAB College of Arts and Sciences with a minor in public health from the School of Public Health, has been awarded the Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service. Lexie, who is also a part of the UAB Honors College and serves as a Solar House Policy Intern, will be a member of the scholarship’s inaugural class of just 100 students chosen from a pool of nearly 1800 applicants.

    The Obama-Chesky Scholarship, also known as the Voyager Scholarship, was created by the Obamas and Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO, to provide meaningful financial aid combined with transformational travel to students passionate about public service. The award includes up to $50,000 in “last dollar” financial aid for students’ junior and senior years, a $10,000 stipend and free Airbnb housing for a “summer voyage” work-travel experience, annual fall public service summits, access to a network of leaders through an ongoing speaker series, and a 10-year post graduation travel stipend.

    “It is exciting to see a Blazer among the first cohort of Voyager Scholars,” said Michelle Cook, Ph.D., director of UAB’s Office of National and International Fellowships and Scholarships. “This award presents a truly life-changing experience in that it empowers recipients with financial need to pursue service opportunities and internships that might otherwise be inaccessible to them. This is the perfect opportunity for Lexie to expand her public service portfolio in preparation for future award competitions, graduate school, and beyond.”

    How exactly did Woolums, a Mobile native, discover her interest in sustainability and find herself in the position to apply for and receive the Obama Voyager Scholarship? Read below to find out!

    How did you discover your interest in Sustainability and Public Health?

    I decided to take an extra science class during my junior year of high school. I ended up taking an AP Environmental Science class, and it absolutely changed my life. When I came to UAB, I was an undeclared major and I realized that anytime I got to choose a project topic, I choose something related to environmental policy and the human relationship with the natural environment. After being a public health major for a while, I designed my major with a focus on the human relationship with the natural environment.

    What would you say your specific interests or passions are within the field of Sustainability?

    My main interest is in improving environmental policy to preserve biodiversity and to improve human health. I am mostly interested in the way a healthy environment impacts humans. I am also interested in writing/communications about climate change and sustainability because much of the current discourse among the public surrounding it is incomplete or politicized, making it much harder to help Alabamians understand why protecting the environment is important and how our survival relies on a healthy environment.

    You’ve previously mentioned an interest in social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Most people have heard the word sustainability as it relates to the environment but may not have heard of social or economic sustainability. How do you explain these aspects of sustainability?

    When most people think of sustainability, they think about the images of saving endangered species or reducing their single-use plastic consumption. While those things are important, it is more important to consider the three pillars of sustainability, which are social, economic, and environmental. Sometimes, people refer to this as the 3 Ps instead: “people, profit, and planet.” Regardless, these three pillars are intertwined, and they are all important for long-term sustainable development. At the end of the day, the economy cannot exist without a society to support it, and society cannot exist outside of the natural environment. We see examples of social and economic sustainability everyday but may not recognize them as such. For example,

    Historically, many indigenous populations have been removed from their lands in the name of conservation, even though they protected the environment they lived in for centuries. Many other minorities have been forced to live in polluted areas due to government inaction or large businesses polluting the air and water. Each of these situations are examples where social sustainability is not included as a part of the conversation.

    Additionally, the United States has a fast-paced culture, valuing a quick profit over quality and long-term economic sustainability. We live in a culture dominated by fossil fuels, fast fashion, and a disconnect from the people and places that produce the food and products we purchase. Many of the current industries in the US are not able to continue growing even within the next twenty years. It is imperative that we invest in systems that can outlast outdated systems relying on substances that are becoming increasingly limited. These issues show how much work we still have to do in terms of economic sustainability.

    How have your experiences at UAB so far prepared you for the Obama Voyager application process and for future work within your field? Tell us a bit about your involvement.

    Two main experiences have critically impacted me and helped prepare me for the Voyager Scholarship application process.

    The first of these is my program within the Honors College, The Global and Community Leadership Honors Program (GCL). GCL students take a course called “Burning Issues,” which helps us identify what the issue we are most passionate about is. I took it in the spring of my freshman year, and the realization that hit me was how closely related all our Burning Issues were. We had projects about redlining, lack of mental health care access, limited sex education in Alabama schools, high maternal mortality in rural counties, food insecurity, wage discrimination, and the politicization of climate science (my project). As we presented, I realized how interconnected our issues were, despite that they outwardly appeared to be independent problems. Seeing how systems fail the communities who desperately need them made me angry. That semester, I decided I wanted to work to make Alabama’s environmental policy better.

    The other experience is my time interning at UAB Sustainability. I have been with them as the Solar House intern for about a year now, and I have learned so much about how environment-related policy functions in Alabama. That knowledge coupled with the professional experience of facilitating applications on behalf of the university are experiences I never expected to gain until after college. I am very thankful to have the experience with them and firmly believe it has helped prepare me for further professional experience.

    The Obama Voyager Scholarship not only provides tuition assistance but also provides a $10,000 stipend and free Airbnb housing for a summer work-travel experience. Have you already made plans for your travel and how you will use this funding to gain more experience in your field?

    So far, I am mostly considering interning in Washington, DC. Many of the environmental nonprofits there have a heavy policy focus due to their proximity to capitol hill. I hope to intern and volunteer with several nonprofits there to learn more about the way policy works in relation to environmental issues.

    What are your plans after graduation?

    As far as plans after graduation go, I’m still uncertain. I’ve looked into several Environmental Policy master's programs, and even considered some graduate programs at UAB. I would like to work in the nonprofit sector at a local environmental nonprofit. I’ve also looked into several internships with the EPA and other government agencies, which I think could be a good path for me too. In terms of the travel stipend provided through this scholarship, I am hoping to use it to travel abroad, since I have never been outside of the United States. Many other countries have much different approaches to the way they view the environment, causing different policies and attitudes towards preserving it, so I would like to be able to travel and learn more about the relationship other cultures have with the natural environment.


    If you are interested in learning more about applying for the Voyager Scholarship or other prestigious awards, contact the UAB Office of National and International Fellowships and Scholarships for application and essay assistance through email at fellowships@uab.edu or visit their website.

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  • 7 honored as emeritus faculty

    Those honored for long-standing and distinguished service include Dean George Assimos, Peter Bellis, Joseph Van Matre, Harry William Schroeder Jr., Dean Sicking, Alexander Szalai and Sergey Vyazovkin.

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  • Transforming Lives: The Chapman Family Endowed Scholarship

    The Chapman family has long believed that education transforms lives, and they are particularly committed to students who struggle with the costs of higher education.

    Alison and Karen Chapman.The Chapman family has long believed that education transforms lives, and they are particularly committed to students who struggle with the costs of higher education. To help provide these students with a path to an undergraduate degree, Alison Chapman, Ph.D., and her mother, Karen Chapman, have established the Chapman Family Endowed Scholarship in the Department of English. The endowment will serve as a lasting tribute to the Chapman family, including Alison’s late father, Lee Barton Chapman, M.D.

    A native of Birmingham, Alison Chapman joined UAB in 2000 where she currently serves as professor and chair of the Department of English. Alison graduated magna cum laude from Davidson College and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in English Renaissance literature, including Shakespeare and Milton. She is known for her vibrant and accessible teaching, and she especially enjoys working with students on their writing skills.

    Alison’s father, Lee Barton Chapman, was a graduate of the UAB Heersink School of Medicine and went on to become a beloved Birmingham-area surgeon. He was delighted to have his daughter join the UAB faculty and to watch the university become an ever more robust center of undergraduate learning. A lifetime intellectual and reader, Lee thought of himself as a ‘closet English major’ and usually had a stack of classic works on his bedside. He spent many of his vacations volunteering in medical clinics in developing countries, and, in his retirement, he was a tireless literacy tutor. Though Lee passed away in 2008, the family says he would be honored to support UAB students as they achieve their goal of earning a bachelor’s degree.

    Scholarship support ensures that students can set aside their financial concerns as they focus on their studies, empowering them to make a difference in their careers and communities. Generous gifts to the Chapman Family Endowed Scholarship will not only assist students who might not otherwise be able to attend UAB, but also pay tribute to the university that has been an important part of the Chapmans’ lives.

    Give to the Chapman Family Endowed Scholarship.

    Lee Barton Chapman.

    Karen and Lee Barton Chapman.

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  • Space to Create: Poet Laureate Ashley M. Jones envisions a creative Alabama

    Creative people often seek out safe spaces where they can express themselves and connect with others.

    Alabama Poet Laureate Ashley M. Jones. Photos by Miyako StudiosCreative people often seek out safe spaces where they can express themselves and connect with others. These spaces can take many different forms: nature, studios, classrooms. For Ashley M. Jones—UAB alumna and Alabama’s 13th Poet Laureate—engaging with and advocating for access to such spaces is an essential part of her story and her vision for the state of Alabama.

    Creativity at Home

    Jones’ creative journey began at home, in Birmingham, when she was a toddler. Whether she was singing, painting, or watching public television (especially “Lambchop’s Play-Along” and “The Lawrence Welk Show”), she constantly found opportunities to exercise her creative voice.

    “I’ve been creative for as long as I’ve been alive,” said Jones. “A lot of that has to do with my family—my parents were very focused on making sure we were educated well and that we had time and space to be creative.”

    Throughout her childhood, she had access to hands-on learning experiences at home. She and her three siblings participated in daily lessons designed by their mother, which included unconventional toys ranging from a box with shoelaces to homemade Play-Doh.

    “There was an air of learning in our house,” said Jones. “From that early age, I was content to create things out of my own mind. I also loved reading books—I’d reread the same book over and over sometimes.”

    An EPIC Next Step

    Her creativity and love for reading proved to be sources of strength as she later navigated two of Birmingham’s most dynamic schools: EPIC Elementary and the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

    While attending EPIC, Jones witnessed the power of creativity in a truly inclusive space. “It taught me that differences are useful and that they are to be celebrated,” said Jones. “It was a very inclusive and supportive environment, and it was very focused on creation.”

    That focus on creation prompted Jones and her classmates to collectively explore their interests and talents. Through that exploration, Jones found herself drawn to creative writing and making books.

    “I remember in first and second grade we were making books,” said Jones. “I really have been focused on creation from an early age. I learned that I wanted to write by making those books at school… I decided early on, ‘Okay, I’m going to be a writer. I’m going to write novels.’”

    EPIC was located next door to an institution that would later play a significant role in Jones’ life: the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As an elementary school student, Jones never explored UAB’s campus, though.

    That changed when she enrolled in the creative writing program at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA), a tuition-free arts and sciences school in downtown Birmingham that serves grades 7-12. At ASFA, she continued learning and writing in a supportive environment, and, in her junior year, one of her teachers took her on a tour of UAB.

    “We toured the University Honors Program (UHP). I remember that piquing my interest,” said Jones. “I wasn’t aware that there was this enclave where I could seamlessly transition from ASFA to another small, specialized program.”

    Finding Her Place at UAB

    Jones saw UAB as both a large, public institution and a place where students could feel at home. That combination was attractive to her. In addition, her older sister was already attending the university, and Jones knew she could look to her for support and guidance. So, after careful deliberation and consideration, Jones made the leap and enrolled at UAB. The minute she stepped foot on campus as a student, she knew she’d made the right decision.

    “I felt like I fit immediately,” said Jones.

    She was quick to seek out opportunities and spaces to exercise her creative talents, while developing new skills that she could leverage after graduation. She participated in the Multicultural Scholars Program—an academic program designed to support the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students—and served as an editor for Aura Literary Arts Review, a literary magazine published by UAB Student Media. Also, she was a member of the UHP. Through UHP, she found a close-knit community and a group of caring mentors—including Mike Sloane, Ph.D., the director of UHP and an associate professor in the Department of Psychology.

    “Ashley was a multi-talented undergraduate who excelled academically but was also immersed in extracurricular activities both within UHP and at UAB in general,” said Sloane. “She held some high-profile leadership roles in UHP and at UAB. Her maturity, dedication, and singularity of purpose were simply infectious. She was a true servant-leader.”

    “I’ve been creative for as long as I’ve been alive.” — Ashley M. Jones

    Along with her many affiliations and extracurricular activities, Jones was also a stellar English major. Through the Department of English, Jones participated in creative writing workshops where she continued to nurture her talent for crafting poems. Within no time, Jones was publishing her writing in Aura and Sanctuary—the honors program’s literary and arts journal—and receiving formal recognition for her work. In 2009, she earned First Place in Original Poetry at the Mersmann Awards, and, in 2011, she received the Gloria Goldstein Howton Creative Writing Scholarship.

    Along the way, she received significant support and mentorship from one faculty member in particular: James Braziel, associate professor in the Department of English.

    “When [James] came to UAB, I found somebody who I could depend on, who believed in my work,” said Jones. “He made room for me. He allowed me to explore creatively in whatever way I needed to. He’s still a very close friend of mine today.”

    James was not the only Braziel with whom Jones connected. She also worked alongside Tina Braziel, James’ spouse and director of UAB’s Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop.

    The Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop is sponsored by the Department of English and consists of a multi-week creative writing experience where high school students get to work closely with well-known authors. While working with Tina on the workshop, Jones learned how to manage and direct an arts-focused program, a skill that would prove to be valuable years later when Jones founded the Magic City Poetry Festival. According to Tina, throughout Jones’ experience with Ada Long, she embraced opportunities for young people to express themselves creatively.

    “As a volunteer and, later, as a coordinator for the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop for high school students, Ashley took great care to help our students express what they intended clearly without imposing her ideas into their work,” said Tina.

    Connecting with Sonia Sanchez

    In addition to expressing herself creatively and empowering young people to do the same, Jones was discovering scholarly research for the first time through UAB’s Ronald McNair Scholars Program, a program that aims to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented communities. Specifically, Jones—who was one of the only English majors in the program—worked on a research project with Jacqueline Wood, Ph.D., former associate professor in the Department of English, that exposed her to a groundbreaking and world-renowned writer who served (and continues to serve) as a major source of inspiration: Sonia Sanchez.

    Sanchez was born in Birmingham and has published numerous books, plays, and volumes of poetry, including Homegirls and Handgrenades, which won an American Book Award. Through her research, Jones dove deep into Sanchez’s life and work, collecting over 1,000 articles about her. The project would come full circle several years later with Jones meeting and befriending Sanchez. The two met because Sanchez selected Jones for the 2019 Lucille Clifton Legacy Award from St. Mary's College of Maryland—it was an experience and honor that Jones could barely fathom during her undergraduate years.

    “I never imagined sitting in the library at UAB, collecting all of these articles…that I would get to meet her,” said Jones. “To know that I’m in community with her, I never would've imagined that could happen. In my mind, that first [research] experience at UAB kind of opened me up and set me up for a future I didn’t know existed.”

    While learning about Sanchez and looking to the future, Jones’ love for poetry continued to flourish. And, in turn, poetry began to reveal things to Jones. As she puts it, “Poetry has a unique ability to force us to see ourselves.”

    The Power of Poetry

    Jones describes her poetry in terms that are both powerful and personal. When she writes a poem, she “sees a part of my own humanity that maybe I haven’t seen before,” said Jones. “I think there’s a lot of empathy that can be created through reading and writing poetry and even self-love can be created.”

    Poetry gives us space to reflect and play, says Jones. “It gives you a chance to process something you haven’t been able to process before.”

    Given her deep connection to and love for poetry, it’s no surprise that Jones pivoted her long-term goal from writing novels to writing collections of poetry. With that in mind, after graduating from UAB in 2012, she enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program at Florida International University (FIU).

    Jones thrived at FIU. She received recognition for her work from groups like the Academy of American Poets and served as a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fellow. Although she appreciated her time at FIU, she often thought about Birmingham. She wanted to use her talents to make a positive impact back home in her community. After graduating in 2015, she found an opportunity to return to her hometown. The opportunity? Teaching creative writing at ASFA.

    When she returned to Birmingham to teach, she was determined to continue writing and sharing her poetry while also advocating for access to art in both the classroom and the community.

    “I really, really believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to create art or to have access to art and to not be judged for their art,” said Jones.

    Becoming Poet Laureate

    Now, she is prepared to take that vision a step further in her role as Alabama’s newest Poet Laureate (2022-2026). According to the online Encyclopedia of Alabama, Alabama’s Poet Laureate “serves as the public face of poetry for the state,” often sharing poems in public spaces ranging from classrooms to libraries.

    The position was created in 1930 and, for the past 90 years, the governor has commissioned each Poet Laureate.

    Jones is the first Black person to serve in the role and the youngest Poet Laureate in the state’s history. Given her impressive creative output and accolades in recent years, the prestigious designation come as no surprise.

    Over the past decade, she published three poetry collections—Magic City Gospel, dark//thing, and REPARATIONS NOW!—and received numerous awards, including the 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the 2018 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry from Pleiades Press. Her work has been featured on CNN, in the Academy of American Poets, and in POETRY. According to Jones, being Poet Laureate is about more than publishing and sharing her work, though. She wants to turn attention to other artists across the state, while advocating for more access to creative spaces and opportunities in every corner of Alabama.

    “I want to create space for those who maybe haven’t stepped out yet who are working in secret… to come out into the light and see that there's a supportive community around them,” said Jones. “I am really committed to bringing resources to all communities in our state. Organizing a community around poetry can be hard.”

    Engaging Communities

    She plans to accomplish her goal by distributing arts funding to five regions evenly divided across Alabama. That said, she does not plan to stipulate how the grants will be spent—instead, she wants local communities to make decisions about how to invest the money.

    “I want the funds to be there for their use and not dictated by me,” said Jones. “I think this is a service position. It’s my job to promote poetry, yes, but also to serve the community. They already have agency and power and knowledge of themselves.”

    Jones has found several additional ways to promote poetry and creativity alongside her role as Poet Laureate. She co-directs the Birmingham Chapter of PEN America, a nonprofit organization that “works to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others.” Also, she regularly tours the state (and country) sharing her poems, and she is the founder and executive director of the Magic City Poetry Festival—a Birmingham-based celebration that highlights poetry, history, nonprofits, and culture workers. And she still teaches at her alma mater, ASFA—the position that brought her back to Birmingham.

    In the Classroom

    Through her role as a teacher, Jones believes she is in a position to offer the same life-changing educational and creative experiences that were so valuable to her as a young person. Given that significant responsibility, she is committed to using inclusive curriculum while creating space for students to express themselves creatively.

    “It's important for me that my students see themselves reflected in the curriculum,” said Jones. Specifically, she wants her students to see examples of writers that look like them, so they can open up and be more vulnerable.

    And, of course, Jones herself serves as a profound example for her students.

    She notes that, early on, she avoided disclosing much about her work outside of the classroom. Then, she quickly realized that young people are very adept at conducting research online.

    “They find out everything,” said Jones.

    Now, she embraces their collective awareness of her role as Poet Laureate. “You cannot get anything past them,” said Jones with a smile. “They said, ‘We want to celebrate! We want to be proud [of you].’ I've learned from them that it is important for me to be myself—the author, the Poet Laureate, the human—alongside my students so they can see that it’s possible.”

    And that’s exactly what she’s doing—showing her students and the people of Alabama what is possible when you share your creative voice openly with others.

    “GOD MADE MY WHOLE BODY”

    and the way it moves, and the way it shakes and jiggles and plops, and
    God made my smile and the thousand tears that fall from my eyes, God
    made the sun and the moon and the leaf held loosely in my godson’s
    perfect little hand, and God made the summer breeze and the guitar
    Ron Isley crooned over, and God made the grass and the bugs and the
    dogs and the trees, and God made all of our bodies to make waste, and
    God made even the waste that lives in us, and God made the way the
    world spins and the way it will shake us right off if we don’t act right,
    and God made the rivers which make it possible for us to drink, and
    God made the clouds which hold the rain, and God made the birds
    which fly and the wolves that howl. God made the folds of my brain
    and the thoughts that burrow there. God made my belly, my uterus and
    all the little eggs which might become children—God made the doubt
    that rests there, like bubbling gas. God made the silence I wrap around
    myself some nights, alone. God made the music we sing and the music
    we hate. God made the ears which help us stay balanced, help us to
    hear what people say behind our backs and in front of them. God made
    sweet potato pie and aunties and mamas who know how to add
    just enough nutmeg. God made my whole body. And God made my
    grandma and her gold tooth, and God made my grandma and her curly
    wig, and God made my grandma I didn’t know, and God made my
    grandpa who was a ghost, and my grandpa who was a terror. God made
    fear and the way it slices us up thin and flimsy, God made the way a
    hand quivers before it strikes. God made pain. God made the blood
    which runs and keeps us running. God made an everlasting red.

    By Ashley M. Jones
    From Reparations Now! Hub City Press, 2021

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  • Join AEIVA for free community events celebrating Thornton Dial exhibition

    From a lunch and learn to a screening of APT’s “Monograph” with newly discovered footage of Dial, “Chamber Music @ AEIVA” and a spoken word evening, join AEIVA for free events this fall.

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  • Faculty, student interest drives expansion of sustainability curriculum

    This summer, more faculty than ever took part in the Red Mountain Project, a UAB Sustainability initiative demonstrating how to incorporate the topic into new or existing courses. Students want to know more about sustainability, participants say, and their cohort offered “a base of people to connect with and brainstorm ideas.”

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  • Experts offer advice, information in free virtual webinar series this fall

    The UAB National Alumni Society presents free webinars with guidance and more on relevant and trending topics from academics and experts in their fields.

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  • UAB’s AEIVA presents “I, Too, Am Alabama,” a retrospective of artist Thornton Dial Sr.

    The UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts will present the first major retrospective exhibition in Alabama of legendary artist Thornton Dial Sr. from Sept. 9-Dec. 10. A free panel discussion and opening reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9.

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  • Alabama State Council on the Arts awards fellowships to four UAB faculty and staff

    Doug Barrett, Halley Cotton, Ryan Meyer and Elisabeth Pellathy were awarded the fellowship grants, made possible by the Alabama Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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  • An Impeccable Person

    Minal Hollowell, M.D., ’99, ’03, was the type of person we’d all like to know. The type of person who cared deeply about people, said her husband, Matt Hollowell, ’99; compassionate, intelligent, loving, kind, trusting. “She was all of those things,” he said. “She was an impeccable person.” Read more on UAB Advancement.

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  • Five UAB students selected for prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program

    Five Blazers will work, live with and learn from people in their host countries during their time in the Fulbright program.

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  • Celebrate 15 books authored by CAS faculty in 2021

    Writing a book isn’t easy, but faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences produced more than a dozen in 2021. Thirteen faculty from eight departments wrote books on rhetoric and the Dead Sea Scrolls, pandemic bioethics, medical epigenetics, world politics and more.

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  • Employees recognized at 2021 UAB Service Awards

    Twenty-seven College of Arts and Sciences employees who have worked at UAB for 20 years or more were recognized at the UAB Service Awards reception on April 11, 2022.

    Dean Kecia M. Thomas with Kim Hazelwood at the UAB Service Awards reception.Twenty-seven College of Arts and Sciences employees who have worked at UAB for 20 years or more were recognized at the UAB Service Awards reception on April 11, 2022. These dedicated colleagues were honored for their number of years of employment at UAB as of December 31, 2021.

     

    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 invited to a reception on behalf of UAB President Ray L. Watts and presented with a service award pin, certificate, and a gift of gratitude.

     

    This year, Dr. Vithal K. Ghanta, professor in the Department of Biology and co-director of the Undergraduate Immunology Program, was honored for 50 years of service to UAB. Dr. Gregory Pence, professor in the Department of Philosophy and director of the Early Medical School Acceptance Program, was honored for 45 years of service. Congratulations to all our colleagues for their dedication and commitment to the University’s mission and vision.

    50-Year Recipient: Dr. Vithal K. Ghanta, professor in the Department of Biology

    20-Year Recipients

    • Kimberly H. Hazelwood, College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office
    • Erin Wright, Art and Art History
    • Tanja Matthews, Chemistry
    • Dr. Jacqueline Nikles, Chemistry
    • Daniel L. Butcher, English
    • Dr. Gale M. Temple, English
    • Dr. Lourdes M. Sanchez-Lopez, Foreign Languages and Literatures
    • Dr. Stephen J. Miller, History
    • Dr. John Heith Copes, Criminal Justice
    • Dr. Reinhard E. Fambrough, Music
    • Dr. Gitendra Uswatte, Psychology
    45-Year Recipient: Dr. Gregory E. Pence, professor in the Department of Philosophy

    25-Year Recipients

    • James R. Grimes, Advising
    • Margaret Amsler, Biology
    • Leslie C. Hendon, Biology
    • Adriana S. Addison, Psychology
    • Dr. Karlene K. Ball, Psychology
    • Wanda R. Fisher, Psychology
    • Pamela Y. Robinson, Psychology

    30-Year Recipients

    • Dr. Tracy P. Hamilton, Chemistry
    • Dr. Kathryn D. Morgan, Criminal Justice and African American Studies
    • Kimberly A. Schnormeier, Theatre

    35-Year Recipients

    • Dr. Edwin W. Cook III, Psychology
    • Dr. Edward Taub, Psychology

    40-Year Recipients

    • Dr. Howard L. Irving, Music
    • Dr. Franklin R. Amthor, Psychology

    45-Year Recipient

    • Dr. Gregory E. Pence, Philosophy

    50-Year Recipient

    • Dr. Vithal K. Ghanta, Biology

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  • Ten UAB students, one alum named Fulbright semifinalists

    Eleven Blazers have been named semifinalists for an international exchange program.

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  • Celebrate student creativity and fine arts April 11-20 with Arts Week 2022

    The College of Arts and Sciences will elevate a series of student performances, exhibitions and events for the new Arts Week celebration in April.

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  • Seven students receive 2022 Dean’s Awards for Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Students

    Each academic year, the UAB College of Arts and Sciences receives departmental nominations for the Dean’s Awards for Outstanding Undergraduate Students and Outstanding Graduate Students.

    Each academic year, the UAB College of Arts and Sciences receives departmental nominations for the Dean’s Awards for Outstanding Undergraduate Students and Outstanding Graduate Students. The dean’s selection committee gives these awards to exceptional undergraduate and graduate students in the College who have made significant contributions to the UAB community.

    After carefully reviewing the 2022 nominations—which include detailed recommendation letters from faculty members and mentors—Dean Kecia M. Thomas, Ph.D., and her committee have selected four undergraduate students and three graduate students for the awards. At the upcoming 2022 commencement ceremonies, the College will acknowledge and celebrate the recipients.

    Congratulations to the following students for receiving this prestigious award:

    2022 Undergraduate Dean’s Awards

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    2022 Graduate Dean’s Awards

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  • Learn writing techniques during the 2022 Ada Long summer workshop

    During the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop, high school students work closely with nationally acclaimed novelists, essayists and poets to compose original pieces.

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  • UAB recognizes 2022 diversity champions

    Four individuals and one student organization were honored with the 2022 President’s Diversity Champion Award during a ceremony at the Alumni House March 3.

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  • College of Arts and Sciences offering two new minors

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) College of Arts and Science is offering two new minors for undergraduate students.

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) College of Arts and Science is offering two new minors for undergraduate students.

    The Department of Political Science and Public Administration recently launched the Public Management and Policy Minor. According to Rob Blanton, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration (PSPA), “The department’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program has a long history of providing graduate and professional students some of the necessary skills to succeed in the management of public and nonprofit organizations, two large and vibrant sectors within our economy.” PSPA faculty reflected on the MPA program’s successes and established a clear goal for the new minor: to build some of the same key skills and competencies for undergraduate students. The minor can thus provide a strong foundation for future graduate work in public management or give students valuable skills to help them in their career journeys.

    The College is also excited to announce the new Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Minor. This minor is focused on material, intellectual, sociopolitical, literary, and linguistic approaches to the Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance periods. According to Walter Ward, Ph.D., professor in the Department of History, “Students will learn current theories and methods for working with a range of source materials and objects, from archaeological finds and architecture to historical documents and poetry.” The interdisciplinary program combines the fields of history, literature, archaeology, anthropology, art history, philosophy, cultural studies, economics, and more to understand the premodern world. All courses are taught by faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    You can learn more about both programs by visiting the Undergraduate Course Catalog Addenda. Also, for more information about the Public Management and Policy Minor, you can email Dr. Blanton at rgblanton@uab.edu. For more information about the Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Minor, you can contact Dr. Ward (wdward@uab.edu) or Dr. Clements (jclements@uab.edu).

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