Amanda KellerSix years ago, Amanda Keller started volunteering daily with Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO) when she first moved to Birmingham. Today, she is the Director of LGBTQ Programs at BAO and is working to better educate and care for the Birmingham community.

Keller says philosophy taught her to think outside the box and make diplomatic arguments, skills she uses in her everyday work with BAO.

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Kevin Lee. Sophomore Kevin Lee of Huntsville will spend the summer studying at the American University in Dubai after being awarded the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship. Kevin is a Philosophy major at UAB.

“The Clinton Scholarship will help expand my perspective of a culture I have not yet experienced and help to expand my awareness of different patient needs,” Lee said.

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Elora Robbani. Elora Robbani, a senior philosophy major in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship to study at American University in Dubai this fall. Robbani is a member of the UAB Honors College’s University Honors Program and the Early Medical School Acceptance Program.

While in Dubai, Robbani will explore academic interests in Middle Eastern studies in preparation for a career in optometry.

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Professor and coach Gregory Pence, Kevin Shrestha, Melanie Nichols, Ameen Barghi, Brynna Paulukaitis and Eric Kim.The University of Alabama at Birmingham Intercollegiate Bioethics Bowl team defeated six teams to win the 2015 Bioethics Bowl on Saturday, April 11, in Tallahassee, Florida. Seniors Ameen Barghi, Brynna Paulukaitis and Kevin Shrestha and freshmen Eric Kim and Melanie Nichols – all honors students – beat out teams from universities including Dartmouth, UCLA, Georgetown, Rutgers and Samford for the title.

“These students had the motivation to excel because they will use bioethics as they begin medical school,” said Gregory Pence, Ph.D., team coach and chair of the Department of Philosophy.

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Sadhvi Batra. University of Alabama at Birmingham honors student Sadhvi Batra is one of only 40 winners nationwide for the Humanity in Action Fellowship, which supports original research concerning intolerance and democratic values.

Batra recently graduated from UAB with a degree in neuroscience and philosophy in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences. She also was a member of the UAB Honors College’s Science and Technology Honors Program and is completing her master’s degree in the School of Public Health’s fifth-year fast-track program.

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Ethics bowl team, fall 2014, with Professors May and Pence. The University of Alabama at Birmingham Ethics Bowl team traveled to California to compete in the 19th Intercollegiate College Ethics Bowl in February.

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics sponsors the annual Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. After advancing through the Southeast regional competition in November, UAB moved on to a round of the nation’s top 32 college teams.

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