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Eight individuals at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have been awarded the Faculty Success Grant by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). The grant is sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and covers the cost of the Summer 2021 Faculty Success Program.

The 12-week program is for faculty of all ranks who are looking for the perfect combination of empirically tested methods to improve research productivity through intense accountability, coaching, and peer support and to propel their work-life balance and personal growth to a whole new level. 

The participants are:

Grace Jepkemboi, Professor, School of Education

Manoj Mahapatra, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering

Ejvis Lamani, Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry

Tamika Smith, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health

Kimberly Martin, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health

Jennifer Hamrick, Assistant Professor, Collat School of Business

Michael Pimentel, Assistant Professor, Collat School of Business

Mariliese Thomas, Assistant Professor, UAB Libraries


The Faculty Success Program will take place May 16-August 7, 2021.

UAB is an Institutional Member of the NCFDD. The organization is a nationally recognized community of over 450 colleges and universities that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty at all levels. For more information about, visit

CSW Sees You Awards ProgramFaculty, staff, students and administrators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham were honored during a virtual ceremony for their commitment to excellence in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“CSW Sees You,”, held Wednesday, April 21, was sponsored by the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s Commission on the Status of Women.

More than 60 individuals, units and departments were recognized during the ceremony. Katie Crenshaw, J.D., UAB’s Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, received the 2021 "Susan D. Marchase Outstanding Woman Administrator."

Sarah Nafziger, M.D., vice president for Clinical Support Services for UAB Medicine and director of Employee Health, received the inaugural “Commission on the Status of Women President’s Leadership Award."

Eight recipients of the “2020 Outstanding Women Awards” were also acknowledged during “CSW Sees You.” They are:


Outstanding Woman UAB Undergraduate Student

Ayla McCay

Outstanding Woman UAB Graduate Student

Carrie Leland

Outstanding Woman UAB Graduate Student

Callie Perkins

Outstanding Woman UAB Postdoc

Samia O'Bryan, Ph.D. - School of Medicine

Outstanding Woman in the Community

Shelia Benson

Nevertheless, She Persisted Award

Stacie M. Propst, Ph.D.

The Becky Trigg Outstanding Woman Faculty Member

Amy Weinmann, Ph.D. - School of Medicine

The Susan D. Marchase Outstanding Woman Administrator

Dianne K. Gilmer - School of Engineering


The UAB Commission on the Status of Women is dedicated to promoting gender inclusion and equity by supporting and improving options and opportunities for women at every stage of their education and career. CSW members support work-life balance initiatives, training and development of emerging leaders, and community outreach to improve the academic climate and work environment at UAB.

These efforts build on UAB’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and are evidenced by the educational achievements of female students, the innovative teaching, scholarship and research by female faculty, and the professional advancement of female staff and administrators.

The year 2020 brought with it so many unimaginable challenges and unfathomable circumstances along with a comparable number of opportunities for members of the UAB community. Recognizing the year that we experienced was far from “normal,” CSW wants to honor and acknowledge all individuals and/or departments that went above and beyond to persevere in their efforts over the last 12 months.

View the acknowledgments below:


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The University of Alabama at Birmingham will host “An Evening with Alice Walker” in honor of Women’s History Month on Thursday, March 18, at 5:00 p.m.

Walker is an internationally celebrated writer, poet, and activist whose books include many collections of short stories, children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry. Walker made history as the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature as well as the National Book Award in 1983 for her novel, "The Color Purple." The award-winning novel served as the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film and was adapted into a New York City Broadway Theatre stage play in 2005. 

This event is co-sponsored by UAB’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Student Multicultural and Diversity Programs, Institute for Human Rights, Commission on the Status of Women, African American Studies Program, UAB Graduate School, and the University of Alabama's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the University of Alabama in Huntsville's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Samford University's Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives.

The virtual event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register at

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham will host individual screenings of “Picture A Scientist” during Women’s History Month. The film chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists.

The screenings, sponsored by the UAB Commission on the Status of Women, the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Alabama ADVANCE, will take place on March 8, 9 and 10.

“Picture a Scientist” follows biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring as they lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

A post-screening panel discussion will be held on March 12 at 1:00 p.m. and feature UAB scientists who will discuss salient points from the film, explore the opportunities and challenges for women scientists, past, present, and future. The panel will delve into the psyche of scientists at UAB and identify what it takes daily to follow the science and create your path no matter the roadblocks that may arise.

Panelists include:

  • Farah D. Lubin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Medicine;
  • Ninecia Scott, Ph.D., Immunology T32 & Merit/IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellow, Microbiology Department - Orihuela Lab;
  • Lori L. McMahon, Ph.D., Dean, UAB Graduate School;
  • Lisa M. Schwiebert, Ph.D., Professor & Senior Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs;
  • Adrienne Starks, Ph.D., Moderator, STREAM Innovations, Founder and CEO

The virtual screening and panel discussion are free, but registration is required for each

Register here for the “Picture a Scientist” Screening.

Register here for the panel discussion.

Advance grant graphicJoin the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alabama ADVANCE Partnership for Achieving Gender Equity in STEM (APAGES) for the Alabama ADVANCE Spring Symposium on March 4 at 11:30 a.m. The symposium will feature Freeman Hrawbowski, Ph.D., who will discuss “Empowered and Inclusive Campuses: Broadening Racial and Gender Diversity in STEM.”

The symposium is co-sponsored by the University of Alabama in Huntsville and hosted by APAGES, UAB, Alabama A&M University, Miles College, Oakwood University and Auburn University as part of the APAGES ongoing programming activities.

Hrabowski, a Birmingham-native and president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), will share thoughts on shared leadership, culture change, and academic success and the way senior leaders, administrators, staff, faculty, and students facilitate academic success by cultivating an empowering institutional culture and broad leadership for innovation.

Hrabowski, has served as president of UMBC since 1992. He is a widely-known consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He has been featured on 60 minutes and was a guest speaker for TEDTalks. In 2012, he was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He leads a university that has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past 10 years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching. In 2012, he was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME, and more recently he received the American Council on Education’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2018), the University of California, Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Award (2019), and the University of California, San Francisco’s UCSF Medal (2020). 

His most recent book, The Empowered University, examines how university communities support academic success by cultivating an empowering institutional culture. Copies of the book are available in the UAB Bookstore.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on how to register, visit  

About APAGES: The Alabama ADVANCE Partnership for Gender Equity, funded in fall 2019 as part of the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Program, is aimed at increasing the participation and advancement of women in science technology, engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The goals of the partnership are implementing institutional changes in practices and policies that inhibit gender equity and inclusion in STEM at partner institutions and increasing the representation and visibility of women, racial, ethnic minorities and other social identities in STEM departments by improving recruitment, retention and promotion practices and policies.