“Alabama Reckoner” by Doug Baulos on exhibition in Dothan

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  • Michele Forman profiled in Harvard alumni magazine

    Michele Forman, director of the UAB Media Studies program, was recently profiled in Harvard University's alumni magazine. Forman graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in 1993 and then received her M.A. from UAB in 2009.

    Michele Forman, director of the UAB Media Studies program, was recently profiled in Harvard University's alumni magazine. Forman graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in 1993 and then received her M.A. from UAB in 2009.

    Forman is well-known for a number of short films and documentaries, including Alabama Bound, which she produced in 2017. The documentary, which tells the story of lesbian families in Alabama, was an official selection at the prestigious Frameline 41 San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival; Out on Film Atlanta LGBT Film Festival, and NewFest, New York's LGBT Film Festival, where it also received the Grand Jury Award.

    Forman is the immediate past-president of Birmingham's Sidewalk Film Festival, where she remains an advisory board member. She co-founded the Media Studies program in 2003.

    Read the profile in Harvard University's alumni magazine.

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  • Biology Faculty Secure NSF Grant to Investigate Dwindling Macroalgae Community

    UAB Department of Biology professors Dr. Charles Amsler and Dr. Jim McClintock, along with co-PIs Dr. Katrin Iken (University of Alaska, Fairbanks), Dr. Aaron Galloway (University of Oregon), and Dr. Andrew Klein (Texas A&M University), secured a $880,000 NSF grant to investigate brown macroalgae in the northern portion of the western Antarctic Peninsula region.

    UAB Department of Biology professors Dr. Charles Amsler and Dr. Jim McClintock, along with co-PIs Dr. Katrin Iken (University of Alaska, Fairbanks), Dr. Aaron Galloway (University of Oregon), and Dr. Andrew Klein (Texas A&M University), secured a $880,000 NSF grant to investigate brown macroalgae in the northern portion of the western Antarctic Peninsula region.

    Brown macroalgae form extensive undersea forests in the northern part of the western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) and play a key role in providing both physical structure and energy sources in shallow water communities. Further south on the WAP, these macroalgae become markedly less abundant and diverse, presumably because increased sea ice to the south reduces light available to the algae. This creates a fundamental change in ocean floor community processes and organization which impacts nutrition and food chain levels. As climate change has resulted in drastically reduced sea ice coverage in the southern WAP over the past 30 to 50 years, macroalgal communities typical of the northern part of the region should be expanding southward. In an effort to identify the extent and ramifications of the impact of this shift on the seafloor communities, a nine-person field team will travel to Antarctica in April and May 2019 to document the macroalgal communities and test hypotheses about the cause and consequences of the alteration of macroalgal communities. The field team consists of 3 UAB researchers - Dr. Charles Amsler, Maggie Amsler, and Sabrina Heiser, - as well 2 researchers with academic roots at UAB – Dr. Julie Schram and Dr. Katrin Iken. They hypothesize that increased sea ice cover along the region from north to south plays an important role in decreasing light available to the macroalgal communities. The team will use satellite data to choose study sites where variation in light due to differences in annual sea ice cover will be a major environmental variable. Their research should ultimately allow them to predict what community-level impacts might result from further changes in sea ice cover as a result of global climate change, which is already having other major impacts in the region.

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  • Faculty honored at 2018 Fall Awards Convocation

    President Ray Watts and Provost Pam Benoit honored faculty across UAB during the annual Faculty Convocation on October 22.

    Award winners Scott Phillips, Ph.D., Cassandra Ellis, Ph.D., and Michael Sloane, Ph.D., with Robert Palazzo, Ph.D., dean of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences.President Ray Watts and Provost Pam Benoit honored faculty across UAB during the annual Faculty Convocation on October 22.

    Scott Phillips, Ph.D., director of the UAB Center for Teaching and Learning and associate professor of Music Technology, received the 2018 Sam Brown Bridge Builder Award for his deep and abiding commitment to collaborating across campus that enhances the research and teaching activities of the University.

    Michael Sloane, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the University Honors Program, is the recipient of the 2018 Ellen Gregg Ingalls/UAB National Alumni Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching. This award is presented annually to a full-time regular UAB faculty member who, throughout his/her career at UAB, has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to teaching.

    The President's Award for Excellence in Support of UAB and Shared Governance was presented to Professor Mike Wyss, Ph.D., immediate past chair of the UAB Faculty Senate. Dr. Wyss also directs UAB's Center for Community Outreach Development and has been a longtime champion for interdisciplinary collaboration across campus, as well as developing strong partnerships with the City of Birmingham.

    The President's Award for Excellence in Teaching was awarded to Cassandra Ellis, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of English. Ellis has a long history of high scores on her evaluations from students and was honored with the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching in early 2018.

    Congratulations to our College of Arts and Sciences faculty!

    Dr. Michael Wyss (right) with Dr. Brad Yoder, Chair of the Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology in the School of Medicine

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  • Laurel Hitchcock receives Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Service Learning

    The 2018 Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Service Learning goes to Dr. Laurel Hitchcock, Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work.

    The 2018 Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Service Learning goes to Dr. Laurel Hitchcock, Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work.

    Dr. Hitchcock deservedly receives this award for:

    • She has worked to incorporate service learning activities for the online and face to face courses in her area to enrich the experience of her social work students.
    • She organizes activities within the service learning opportunities to help her students reach out to the community and to help her students experience authentic social work challenges as part of their studies.
    • She also works to assist other faculty in her department to have the same activities and online resources to be successful in their sections as well.
    • She has collaborated with people across campus to gather the most effective resources for her students.

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  • Keeping Halloween safe: Tips from UAB experts

    UAB experts offer ways to keep your little ghosts and goblins safe this Halloween.

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  • Dr. Stacy Krueger-Hadfield named Norma J. Lang Fellow

    Dr. Stacy Krueger-Hadfield, assistant professor in the Department of Biology, was selected as the 2018 Norma J. Lang Early Career Fellow from the Phycological Society of America.

    Dr. Stacy Krueger-Hadfield, assistant professor in the Department of Biology, was selected as the 2018 Norma J. Lang Early Career Fellow from the Phycological Society of America ($10,000) for her proposal "Spatiotemporal adaptation in the rocky intertidal: evolutionary responses of intertidal Chondrus crispus populations to climate change." Dr. Krueger-Hadfield is only the second Lang Fellow and was chosen from a very competitive pool of 31 applicants.

    "Seaweeds are critical ecosystem engineers in near-shore marine ecosystems worldwide, and form the basis of lucrative aquaculture," says Dr. Krueger-Hadfield, summarizing the project. "Yet, these diverse eukaryotes have received collectively less attention, despite their ecological and economic importance. With the Norma J. Lang Early Career Fellowship, I will investigate genome-wide patterns of divergence and genetic diversity at small spatial scales across a gradient of rapid change in the red seaweed Chondrus crispus." Her research will allow her to see if there are changes between time points (which was also associated with several degrees Celsius temp increase) and along the French Atlantic coastline as they have spatial sampling in 2008 and 2018.

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  • Online communities see large growth in anti-Semitic comments, memes

    Large-scale quantitative analysis details the rise of anti-Semitism and how anti-Semitic content flows across mainstream and fringe web communities.

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  • Dione Moultrie King appointed to diversity council

    Dr. Dione Moultrie King was recently appointed to a three-year term on the Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity.

    Dr. Dione Moultrie King of the UAB Department of Social Work was recently appointed to a three-year term on the Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This council promotes expanding the knowledge base for educators, students, and alumni through education and research about members of historically and emerging underrepresented groups.

    Dr. King is honored to serve the profession and work collaboratively with this council in the challenging times that lie ahead. Dr. King asserts “it is critical that social work educators demonstrate our commitment to social justice, service, dignity, and competence ensuring social work professionals understand these are truly the core values of our profession.”

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  • Faculty receive honors for their commitment to disability support

    UAB Disability Support Services (DSS) named this year’s winners of the Spring 2018 Faculty Awards. They are Mickie Powell (Ph.D.) and Robin Lorenz (M.D., Ph.D.).

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  • Study reveals misuse of archive services by fringe communities on the web

    In a large-scale analysis, Jeremy Blackburn, Ph.D., and collaborators found that the misuse of web archive services cause loss of ad revenue for popular news websites. 

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  • Art historian recognized for scholarly research and teaching

    Heather McPherson, Ph.D., was awarded the 2018 Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction.

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  • Stephen Watts to chair organizing committee for NIH workshop

    Stephen A Watts, Ph.D, a professor in the Department of Biology, has been selected to chair the organizing committee for the ORIP/DPCPSI/OD-NIH workshop on “Defining Nutrition in Zebrafish and other Biomedical Research Diets: Needs and Challenges.”

    Stephen A Watts, Ph.D, a professor in the Department of Biology, has been selected to chair the organizing committee for the ORIP/DPCPSI/OD-NIH workshop on “Defining Nutrition in Zebrafish and other Biomedical Research Diets: Needs and Challenges.”

    The Office of Research Infrastructure (ORIP) at NIH is supporting research community efforts to improve lab animal nutrition and increase rigor and reproducibility in biomedical research. Watts and the committee will address further development of standardized diets and feed management strategies which promote healthy animal husbandry, thus improving experimental design and outcomes.

    A workshop will be held at NIH in July 2018 to develop a roadmap for enhancing nutritional competency in biomedical research.

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  • Bicycle safety: Know the laws, prepare accordingly before you ride

    Riding bicycles is a fun and healthy way to get around efficiently. Know the rules and keep yourself safe while riding.

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  • “Alabama Reckoner” by Doug Baulos on exhibition in Dothan

    For the exhibition, Baulos will present portraits of artists who inspire him, many of whom are also from Alabama.

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  • Stacy Moak recognized as a Faculty Fellow in Engaged Scholarship

    Dr. Stacy Moak was recognized as a Faculty Fellow in Engaged Scholarship on March 23, 2018.

    Dr. Stacy Moak was recognized as a Faculty Fellow in Engaged Scholarship on March 23, 2018. Dr. Moak's class "Women's Rights and Health in Kenya" helps students make connections between women's health and educational opportunities in a global context. This class was partnered with With My Own 2 Hands in Laguna Beach, California.

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  • Facebook privacy settings: How to make your account more secure

    Gary Warner, cybersecurity expert and director of Research in Computer Forensics, offers tips on which Facebook settings to pay close attention to.

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  • Restoring turtle population in Alabama salt marshes is focus of newly received grant

    Diamondback terrapin population, a staple in Alabama salt marshes, continues to decline. UAB researchers look to reverse conservation concerns.

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  • Three Questions: Award-winning poet Tina Mozelle Braziel

    Tina Mozelle Braziel, program director of the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop, is the recent recipient of the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry.

    Tina Mozelle Braziel, program director of the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop, is the recent recipient of the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, which includes the publication of her debut full-length book, Known By Salt. Hailing from Pell City, Alabama, Braziel is a first-generation college student. In 1995, she received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Montevallo, then her master’s degree in English at UAB in 2002. She earned her master of fine arts degree in poetry at the University of Oregon in 2013.

    We spoke to Braziel about the inspiration for her upcoming book and her experience working with the high school students in the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop in the UAB Department of English.

    A&S: The final judge called Known By Salt a “book of celebrations.” What inspired your book?

    TMB: For one thing, living in Alabama. For another, the biodiversity here. Then there are things that I think are sometimes maligned, such as people that are part of the working class. My dad’s a construction worker and probably the most intelligent person I’ve met. He started out as a laborer’s helper. From there, he worked his way into a position where [his peers] were all educated as engineers. He was self-taught, and I like to celebrate that, too.

    Also, my husband and I built our house ourselves—we had to teach ourselves. I wanted to celebrate that and what I learned from that experience. [These poems] are a culmination of celebrating where I come from and what I value from this Alabama life.

    A&S: After earning your master’s degree from UAB, where did your career path take you and why did you decide to come back to UAB?

    TMB: Between my M.A. and M.F.A., I taught at UAB as an instructor of English for a total of seven years…but I wanted more time to write and more instruction, so I decided to get the M.F.A. The Workshop drew me back to UAB. It is what I am most interested in doing—teaching creative writing and opening doors for students. As a first-generation college student, I know how important it is for kids to go to college. It was huge for me, so I enjoy trying to open the door to UAB and other schools.

    A&S: Tell us about the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop.

    TMB: I’ve been involved with [the Workshop] in some capacity since its inception; I kind of think of it as my baby. It’s a wonderful program that brings a diverse group of [high school-age] students together. There’s a really nice synergy that happens. [The students] all become very invested in each other’s writing and in each other. That’s the best outcome: the connections that happen between students. They create wonderful work, but I enjoy that they find new friends and are exposed to different people.


    Learn more about the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop for high school students and read the latest student-published anthology, The Writers' Block.

    Note: This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Photo: James Braziel, courtesy of Tina Mozelle Braziel.

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