Upcoming Seminars:


April 1 - Bisakha Sen, PhD

Dr. Sen is a tenured Professor in the department of Health Care Organization & Policy at the UAB School of Public Health. Her primary interest is investigating the determinants of health for vulnerable populations, with a focus on the role of policy and interventions at institutional, state and federal levels. Dr. Sen will present "Neighborhood-level Social Determinants of Health & Health Outcomes of Alabama's Medicaid Enrollees" in Room 407 of the Ryals Public Health Building from noon to 1:00. Lunch will be provided while supplies last, and all are welcome to join.

Due to concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, this seminar will be recorded and disseminated virtually. We will post the link here.


Interested in giving a health policy-related seminar with the Lister Hill Center? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll see what we can do! 


Past Seminars:


March 10 - Holly Gainer

Holly Gainer, with UAB Media Relations, works regularly with UAB faculty who want to get the word out to the public about their research. This isn't an easy thing to do, so she gave an overview of how to interact with the press about your research.


February 12 - Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

You read that correctly. After his tenure with M*A*S*H and Scientific American Frontiers, actor Alan Alda founded the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University ten years ago in New York. Since 2010, the experts from Stony Brook have traveled around the nation giving communication workshops and trainings to researchers and medical professionals. On February 12, from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Alumni House, we learned some of the best practices for communicating complex material to non-experts. After his plenary, we also hosted a small workshop in the afternoon, Crafting Clear and Vivid Communication.


Februrary 5 - Mike Stobbe, DrPH

Dr. Stobbe is a medical writer for the Associated Press, and an adjunct professor at UNC's School of Public Health's department of Health Policy and Management. He also wrote the book Surgeon General's Warning: How Politics Crippled the Nation's Doctor. Dr. Stobbe presented "Communicating Science: A Journalist's Perspective," discussing some of his experiences with the intersection of journalism and science.


Fall 2019

November 20 - Kari White, PhD

Dr. Kari White is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, and the director of the Texas Policy Evaluation Project. Dr. White's talk, "Impact of Abortion Policy on Women's Health," centered on recent bills in state governments restricting abortion access, and the negative health implications these policies have,


October 29 - Lisa McCormick, DrPH

Dr. McCormick, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice at UAB's School of Public Health, presented "Managing Waste and Protecting Health." This was in collaboration with the Sparkman Center for Global Health and was meant to serve as a resource for students participating in the Global Health Case Competition.


October 9 - Lois Gibbs

Together with the Office of Public Health Practice, we're brought Lois Gibbs to campus to present "Lessons From Love Canal." Gibbs, a grassroots organizer and environmental health activist, was essential in the evacuation of the Love Canal neighborhood in Niagara Falls, NY in the late 70's due to environmental contamination. She is often called the Mother of the Superfund, as the incident at Love Canal spurred the EPA to implement its Superfund policies. In 1980, she formed the Citizens' Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste, later renamed the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.

You can view Ms. Gibbs's lecture here, and read out blog post about our conversation with her here!


October 2 - James McClintcok, PhD

Dr. McClintock, Endowed University Professor of Polar and Marine Biology at UAB, gave his talk "From Penguins to Plankton – the Dramatic Impacts of Climate Change on the Antarctic Peninsula" on October 2. This lecture was recorded, and can be viewed here.


September 4 - Rouzbeh Nazari, PhD

Dr. Nazari gave his talk "Resiliency and Vulnerability Planning Through High-Resolution Sensing and Multi-Scale Modeling." Click here to view the recorded lecture.

Spring 2019

May 15 - Bradley Herring, PhD

We hosted Dr. Bradley Herring from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. His lecture was titled “Neighborhood Poverty and Healthcare Utilization: Evidence from the Moving To Opportunity Experiment.”


April 12 - Katherine Tucker, PhD

Dr. Katherine Tucker, Director of the Center for Population Health at University of Massachusetts Lowell. The title of her talk was "Nutrition and Health Among Older Puerto Rican Adults: The Boston Puerto Rican Health Study."