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  • BSW mentor program launches

    The first mentor group includes four students paired with four mentors.

    With the help of Grace Dugger, our Social Work Alumni Society President, we launched our Bachelor of Social Work mentor program.

    Our first cohort includes four mentees and four mentors! Three of the students and two of the mentors were able to come to the first meeting. We had a great time meeting each other while sharing a meal.

    We are very excited to have mentor program and offer our students an opportunity to learn and grow beyond classroom setting.

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  • Christmas gifts for AIDS Alabama child

    The Student Social Work Organization sponsored a 10-year-old girl who loves Disney princesses.

    This year the Student Social Work Organization sponsored a 10-year-old girl who loves Disney princesses for Christmas through AIDS Alabama. She asked for nail kits, Disney lip gloss kit, Auburn twin bedding, a Visa gift card, and hair products (headbands, bows, and more). SSWO and faculty were able to collect everything she asked for and much more!

    The department thank everyone who participated for their support in making this girl's holiday bright and filled with joy and blessing.

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  • Master's students win Best Graduate Paper at 2018 ACM Mid-Southeast conference

    The paper predicts the probability of basketball players achieving the prestigious honor of being granted access to the Hall of Fame. 

    Two Department of Computer Science master's students, Trupesh Patel (M.S. in Computer Science) and Andrew Schatz (M.S. in Data Science), won the first place for the best graduate paper at the ACM Mid-Southeast 2018 conference. The paper, "Classifying Basketball Players by Hall of Fame Merit," predicts the probability of basketball players achieving the prestigious honor of being granted access to the Hall of Fame. This project was done using various machine learning strategies and data mining skills, under the guidance of Professor Chengcui Zhang.

    Patel and Schatz's project was an obvious choice for best graduate paper at the conference, as it demonstrated a solid analysis and evaluation framework and pursued a unique goal. It was also one of the only projects at the conference that was not funded by any third-party organization, meaning that it out-performed many well-funded research projects.

    Participating in the ACM Mid-Southeast conferences is one of the most rewarding experiences for computer science students at UAB, and the department encourages current and future students to submit their projects to upcoming conferences. It is not only for graduate students — undergraduate students have their own category and this year greatly outnumbered graduate students. The conference encourages creativity in student projects, as seen by this submission and the undergraduate champion for best project, which was a 2D-style video game created by five students from Middle Tennessee State University.

    In addition to the rewarding experience, the conference location of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is beautiful place and offers entertaining activities to conference attendees. So make sure to submit your projects to ACM Mid-Southeast 2019 conference, where hopefully you will have as much fun as Trupesh and Andrew!

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  • Health and Hygiene Drive

    The Student Social Work Organization (SSWO) hosted a health and hygiene supplies drive.

    The Student Social Work Organization (SSWO) hosted a health and hygiene supplies drive for a non-profit organization run by our own MSW (former BSW) student, Caroline Richey.

    SSWO collected bars of soap, toothpastes, toothbrushes, rolled gauze, Neosporin, deodorants, medical tapes, and more for DominicanKids.

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  • Students collect baby items

    SSWO was able to collect a car-seat, a stroller, diapers, wipes, clothes, and other baby goods.

    After thieves stole baby items and other personal items from a new mother, the Student Social Work Organization (SSWO) hosted a successful baby goods drive. The Department of Human Resources client lost all of the baby supplies that she had purchased. SSWO was able to collect a car-seat, a stroller, diapers, wipes, clothes, and other baby goods. It was very encouraging to see so many items collected on such short notice and seeing the impact first hand!

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  • Social Work students fundraise for Youth Towers

    Youth Towers organization connects young homeless persons to the resources they so desperately need.

    One of the Social Work foundation courses, SW 222: Social Work Values, allows students to become familiar with working in the field of social work while being as imaginative as they wish. This freedom opened up many doors for students Haylee Frazer, Khawlah Abdein, Claudia Watring, and Lynn Bass. These students decided to organize a fundraiser for Youth Towers where they were fulfilling their service learning hours. Youth Towers organization connects young homeless persons to the resources they so desperately need. Alice Westery is Youth Towers' executive director.

    The fundraiser was put on in the Roots and Revelry parlor. Haylee, Khawlah, Claudia, and Lynn made many phone calls and sent emails to companies asking for sponsorships and donations. They had meetings that lasted hours organizing the event, and spent many hours contacting each other with ideas and updates. As they were doing so, they found each other’s strength: Lynn is more adept in correspondence; Claudia is a professional with proposals and documents; Khawlah contributes engagement and creativity; and Haylee is a strategist in organizing the group relations and the oversight of the event's many parts. These students learned the importance of team work, without which they would not have been nearly as successful.

    The event featured a services booth, which donated services to those who purchased raffle tickets. These services were donated by local entrepreneurs who have businesses in photography, massage, ballroom dancing, art, and cooking. On the terrace attendees could find gospel, rap, spoken word, transgender poetry, grilling, and testimonials from clients who struggled with homelessness before they found Youth Towers.

    Haylee, Khawlah, Claudia, and Lynn are extremely grateful for this experience and proud of the $2,500+ they raised in the process. These students, as a group, went into this project uncertain but optimistic of the change they could make. They kept working toward their goal, and it was a fun and entertaining event which was put on to relieve homelessness.

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  • Department of Energy selects UAB graduate student for esteemed studies at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Graduate student expands knowledge of beamlines within physics through 20th National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering.

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  • Undergraduates fight on cybercrime’s front lines

    UAB students aid authorities in cybercounterespionage day in and day out, giving them “the best start on their careers that we can.”

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  • Student spotlight: Fulbright Scholar Tamesha Duesbury

    Tamesha Duesbury, a Fulbright Scholar pursuing her Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice, is the first Barbadian student at UAB.

    Tamesha Duesbury, a Fulbright Scholar pursuing her Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice, is the first Barbadian student at UAB. Driven by her experience working at a probation office in Barbados, Duesbury wants to further develop the skills to better serve at-risk youth. She credits the support of her family with allowing her to study at UAB. “Not only am I a Fulbright ambassador, but I am an ambassador for my country,” she said.

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  • UAB graphic design alumna wins national advertising awards

    The awards are for Samantha Richardson’s work for the Fountain Heights community, which she completed as a student.

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  • Five UAB Music Technology students complete Avid Pro Tools Certification

    Five UAB students majoring in music technology have successfully passed the Avid Pro Tools certification exam.

    Five UAB students majoring in music technology have successfully passed the Avid Pro Tools certification exam. While many students successfully complete the music technology program in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Music, only an elite few also complete the Avid certification training and certification, explains University Professor Henry Panion III, Ph.D., director of the program.

    The Avid-certified students are Philip Clark, Jason Turner, A.J. Pilkerton, Michael Morris, and Ian Keel (pictured left to right) with University Professor Henry Panion, III, Ph.D., director of the UAB music technology program.The Avid-certified students are Philip Clark, Jason Turner, A. J. Pilkerton, Michael Morris, and Ian Keel. These students join a select group of music technology students to achieve this prestigious certification since UAB was designated as Avid Learning Partner (ALP) in 2012.

    The UAB music technology degree program is among a few in the Southeast designated as an ALP program with Avid-certified instructors providing training on these tools and more.

    The certification training and examination combine practical skills for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering music for various applications such as film soundtracks, commercial music and live-sound reinforcement. The certification examination includes with a theoretical comprehensive written exam for which the highest level of mastery must be achieved. This level of training and examination gives assurance to the industry that certified users have knowledge of the technology and can better perform at a professional level.

    “It is impossible to hear a major recording or see a Hollywood movie where Avid Pro Tools is not used in the recording and editing of everything from the dialogue and sound effects to the movie soundtrack,” Panion says. “Certification is a designation that industry professionals seek when looking for future interns and employees and gives UAB students an advantage out the door.”

    Learn more about the UAB Music Technology Program.

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  • Department recognizes honors award recipients

    The Department of Sociology recognizes our 2018 honors award recipients.

    The Department of Sociology recognizes the 2018 honors award recipients. They are:

    • Outstanding Graduate Recipient: Soumya Niranjan
    • Outstanding Online MA Graduate Recipient: Stacey Benson
    • The William Cockerham Graduate Paper Award: Fabrice Julien
    • Outstanding Undergraduate Recipient: Madison Allen
    • The Annie P. and Ferris S. Ritchey, Sr. Endowed Scholarship Honor Recipient (2017-2018): Alex Odom
    • 2017-2018 Honor Students: Sharlese Gray and Nadia Hollings

    You can see more pictures of these talented students on the department's Facebook page.

    Nadia Hollings. Madison Allen. Alex Odom.

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  • Student wins Karina Eide Memorial College Scholarship for Students with Dyslexia

    Molly Clay has not let dyslexia impede her success. She maintains a spot on the dean’s list while balancing a job and participation in multiple campus organizations.

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  • As she finishes one dream, UAB student is living another

    Pryor found that, even though she had earned her associate’s degree in 2008, “there were certain jobs I couldn’t apply for without a bachelor’s degree.”

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  • Student profile: Laila-Rose Hudson

    Laila-Rose Hudson is the UAB Political Science Program’s Outstanding Student for 2018.

    Political Science student Laila-Rose Hudson, who is graduating on April 28, 2018, is featured in the latest issue of Pi Sigma Alpha newsletter. She is both a recent Pi Sigma Alpha honors inductee and the UAB Political Science Program’s Outstanding Student for 2018. Pi Sigma Alpha is the premiere honor society for students of political science.

    Read her profile on the Pi Sigma Alpha website.

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  • Outstanding Math Students

    Several of our students have been recognized for outstanding research and academics.

    Fast-track student Garrett Higginbotham won second place in the Physical and Applied Sciences category at the 2018 UAB Spring EXPO. The EXPO celebrates excellence in research, creative activity and scholarship by showcasing the academic endeavors of undergraduate students. This provides a platform for practicing and strengthening presentation skills, sharing work, engaging with like-minded peers, exchanging research experiences and ideas as well as receiving feedback from both peers and faculty.

    Ahmed Ghatasheh, Kevin Campbell, and Simon Harris were chosen as the department's Outstanding Ph.D. Student, Outstanding Master's Student, and Outstanding Undergraduate Student, respectively.

    Congratulations to all.

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  • Study abroad in Kenya

    A group of social work students who went to Kenya this spring break for study abroad presented their experiences at UAB's Spring EXPO.

    A group of social work students who went to Kenya this spring break for study abroad presented their experiences at the UAB Undergraduate Spring EXPO on April 13, 2018. Abbie Mescher, Victoria Brake, Gabbie Manly, and Summer Gardner (Social Work undergraduate students) prepared posters and shared what they did with children and local communities.

    A few days later there was a reception celebrating their study abroad experiences in Kenya at the Somalian International House. More posters were presented there to share about their experiences conducting service learning abroad.

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  • Social Work Student presents at UAB Spring Expo

    Caroline Wood, a social work honors student, presented a poster on her research project titled "Prevalence and Predictors of Antiretoviral Medication Non-Adherence among HIV/HCV Co-infected Patients in Clinical Care."

    Caroline Wood, a social work honors student, presented a poster on her research project titled "Prevalence and Predictors of Antiretoviral Medication Non-Adherence among HIV/HCV Co-infected Patients in Clinical Care" at UAB's Undergraduate Spring EXPO on April 13, 2018. She presented the findings with Chia-Ying Chiu, an undergraduate student in the Department of Health Behavior, School of Public Health, and Dr. Omar Sims.

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  • Biology students recognized at 2018 Spring Awards Ceremony and Luncheon

    The Department of Biology recognized a number of undergraduate and graduate students at its 2018 Spring Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on April 12.

    The Department of Biology recognized a number of undergraduate and graduate students at its 2018 Spring Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on April 12. Department chair Dr. Steven Austad, along with other senior faculty members, honored the following students:

    Graduate Students Graduating Spring 2018

    Masters Plan II

    • Sarah Livett
    • Chassidy Sumler
    • Allison Wirt

    Masters Plan I

    • Marlee Hayes

    Doctoral

    • Elizabeth Bevan
    • Kendra Royston

    Undergraduate Students Graduating Spring 2018 – Completing Honors Research in Biology

    • Michael N. Azar
    • Nicholas Bolin
    • Cameron J. Gordon
    • Elex S. Harris
    • Seantel R. Hopkins
    • Hope A. Miley
    • Austin C. Cooper
    • Savannah F. Meredith
    • Dylana J. Moore
    • Victoria H. Moss

    Department of Biology Outstanding Student Awards

    Undergraduate

    • Nicholas Bolin

    Masters

    • Marlee Hayes

    Doctoral

    • Adele Fowler

    The following scholarship recipients were also recognized:

    The Anne M. Cusic Scholarship in Biology

    • Deja Murray

    The Ken R. Marion Biology Career Award

    • Regina Sherman

    The Ken R. Marion Ecology/Environmental Science Career Award

    • Raven Edwards

    Dr. Austad also honored Martin C. Nowak with the 2018 Alumni Award. Nowak earned his B.S. in Biology from UAB and from 1998 to 2002, served as the Chief Executive Officer of UAB Hospital. From 2002 to 2005, he was the Chief Planning and Strategy Officer for the UAB Health System. Today, he owns Nowak & Associates, a healthcare consulting firm. He has served on numerous the Alabama Hospital Association and been honored with numerous awards over the course of his career, including the "Distinguished Service Award" from the Alabama Hospital Association (2002), and a "Top 100 Who's Who in Healthcare" by the Birmingham Business Journal (2002 and 2007).

    Lastly, Dr. Austad and Dr. Thane Wibbels paid tribute to former student Michael David Luketic, who passed away on April 4. Those wanting to honor Luketic’s memory can give to the Foundry Ministries or to the Michael David Luketic Graduate Scholarship Fund in Marine Biology at UAB.

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  • Social Work Month celebration with students and family

    The UAB Department of Social Work celebrated Social Work Month with students and their families. Grace Dugger, SW Alumni Society President, was the keynote speaker.

    The UAB Department of Social Work celebrated Social Work Month with students and their families on March 28, 2018, at the Hill Student Center Ballroom D. Ms. Grace Dugger, SW Alumni Society President, was the keynote speaker. We recognized Social Work Outstanding student, Eggleston Scholarship awardee, students who went to Kenya, graduating BSW and MSW students, adjunct faculty members, field supervisors, and service learning community partners. Twenty-six students were inducted into Phi Alpha Honors Society along with two honorary members, Dr. David Pollio and Ms. Lisa Higginbotham. HSC Ballroom was filled with about 150 students, family members, and friends.

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