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Yabing Chen, Ph.D., is the first researcher at the Birmingham VA to receive this highest honor for a non-physician scientist.

John K. Moore Jr., Ph.D., has been awarded the 2021 Prize for Research on the Road to Santiago and Pilgrimages for his 2020 book, which is both a critical study and scholarly translation of the case.
In teaching the Intermediate Spanish for Health Professionals course at UAB, María Antonia Anderson de la Torre, Ph.D., wanted to work with a text that in addition to language skills also portrayed racial and cultural diversity.

Vu Nguyen, M.D., MBA, will be the new chair for UAB’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, effective Jan. 1, 2022.

The John B. Barnwell Award for outstanding achievement in clinical science research is the highest honor of the VA’s Clinical Science Research and Development Service.
Roy Lightner, MFA, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Theatre, has received the Dorothy Schwartz Outstanding Educator Award.
Six students from the UAB College of Arts and Sciences will have their films shown at the 23rd annual Sidewalk Film Festival from Aug. 23-29.
UAB’s Sarah O’Kelley, Ph.D., has successfully renewed a $3.6 million grant from the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilites.

Research by Sylvie Mrug, Ph.D., will study how early life stress contributes to health disparities within different age groups.  

Akhlaque Haque, Ph.D., will educate professionals in India on the ethical use of technology and its implications in the developing world.

Sixto Leal, M.D., Ph.D., was featured in the “Front(line) and Center” category in the Pathologist's 2021 Power List recognizing some of the most inspirational pathologists and laboratory medicine professionals in the U.S. in 2021.

After pursuing a degree piecemeal for 33 years, Jonathan Perz followed the footsteps of both his wife and his daughter to obtain a bachelor’s degree from UAB, becoming the family’s third UAB alumnus.
Two-time UAB alumna Angel Perez hopes to use the knowledge and skills she has learned to teach the next generation of vision scientists.
Public relations student Tehreem Khan is the first member of the PRSSA chapter at UAB to receive this sought-after scholarship from the national society, for her academic achievements. The award is given to just two students each year.
Arshnoor Grewal and Banks Stamp will attend the Young Leaders Initiative in Washington, D.C., to connect with ambassadors and learn from other foreign policy experts.
Jorge de la Torre, M.D., professor and director of the UAB Division of Plastic Surgery, will serve a one-year term as president of the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

W. Timothy Garvey, M.D., was chosen to receive the Master of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology award. Garvey founded the UAB Diabetes Research Center in 2008.

Vijayan’s research will study the biodegradation of devices within the human body.
Fouad Fouad, Ph.D., laid the groundwork to ensure future success for the department through engineering education, research and community engagement. As he reflects on the rest of his career, Fouad says he is excited for the future of his field.
As a Phi Kappa Phi fellow, 2021 UAB graduate Jason Zhang will pursue a Ph.D. in biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology.
Asif represents the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, where he also holds a national leadership position.
John Maddox, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish, was recognized for his innovative uses of technology in the classroom to unite students overseas and dismantle xenophobia, in addition to his advocation for the equity of all people during his lessons.
Although both of her parents graduated from UAB’s School of Medicine, attending the university was not part of Katie Fagan’s long-term plan — at least not at first.
UAB’s cybersecurity master’s program is preparing a new workforce for a booming field with ever-increasing demand and a shortage of skills. The program has a unique focus on both cyber defense and cyber investigations.
UAB School of Optometry professor Janene Sims has been named the 2021 recipient of UAB’s Odessa Woolfolk Community Service Award.
Tiffani Maycock, D.O., has been selected to serve a five-year term on the American Board of Family Medicine Board of Directors.
Brothers Jeffrey, Stephen, Eric and Jonathan share how computer science inspired their crossed paths and careers. 
School of Nursing doctoral student Paula Levi will study the impact of high stress levels — caused in the workplace — by monitoring the heart rate variability in ICU nurses.
UAB graduate student Shekwonya Samuel participated in a research project to address a lack of representation of minority populations in biomedical research.

The largest coalition of biological and biomedical research associations in the United States, known as FASEB, advocates for the basic biomedical research community.

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