Seven University of Alabama at Birmingham students have been selected to attend the prestigious Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) at Arizona State University in Phoenix from March 21-23. CGI U was launched by President Bill Clinton in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.
Together, invited students, national youth organizations, topic experts and celebrities work to make a difference in CGI U’s five focus areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health. To be considered for the annual meeting, each student must develop a commitment to action, which is a specific plan that addresses a pressing local or global challenge.
UAB students came up with projects that will have both local and global reach.
Leah Berkebile, a junior majoring in biology and Middle Eastern studies, and Charity Ryder, a junior majoring in biology and anthropology, plan to create “Edificamos,” (Spanish for “We Build”) a student organization that will help to construct three desperately needed classrooms for the Jardan de Amor school in rural Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala. The group will raise funds for the project and travel to the area to assist with construction.
Sudhanshu Kaushik, a freshman majoring in international affairs, has a mission to create a more progressive India by teaching students at three schools in Pundri, Haryana, about the negative aspects of the caste system and other divisive factors.
Ali Massoud, a junior majoring in international affairs, will train UAB students in a social justice workshop designed by the YWCA to explore issues such as racial prejudice, ethnic intolerance and socioeconomic inequality. The students will then travel to Serbia to share their lessons with students in elementary and high schools and at the University of Belgrade.
Forrest Satterfield, a freshman majoring in biomedical engineering, plans to create a universal and inexpensive system of actuators, which are electric motors with built-in computers, to be used in prostheses and orthotics. An interchangeable set of three different-sized actuators will work in tandem with various accessories to provide improved movement for an affected limb or extremity, such as a leg or a finger.
Jiabin Shen, a graduate student majoring in psychology, aims to reduce pediatric dog-bite injuries in rural China. By collaborating with a local school system and developing an effective, but inexpensive, intervention program, Shen plans to change children’s actual behaviors with dogs and thus reduce their injuries.
Miesha Williams, a junior majoring in political science, is committed to establishing Women for Political Progress at UAB. This organization will build a new foundation for the political advancement of women on campus by educating them about political affiliation and ideology, and empowering them with the necessary support, skills and confidence to take on leadership positions on campus, in the city of Birmingham and within the state of Alabama.
UAB to host first Undergraduate Symposium in Art History Dec. 7Students will present papers on topics as diverse as the Aztecs’ bloody past, the Egyptian goddess Isis, Charles-François Daubigny’s floating studio, a mask of the female Sande society and the representation of women in 18th-century French portraiture.
UAB exhibition features works by three graduating students, on show Dec. 5-17The UAB Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition represents the culmination of a diverse and intensive program of undergraduate study and will feature illustration, photography and printmaking by Lucy Allen, Amber Gomez and Anna-Kate Marcum.
- Event Date December 7
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- Event Date December 5
The Department of Music presents this annual favorite, featuring UAB Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, the UAB Trumpet Ensemble, choirs and ensembles from area high schools, and the Steel City Men’s Chorus.
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- Event Date December 5
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- Event Date December 4
Preparing veterans for their next call of dutyNew programs, facilities for veterans at UAB are attracting students from across the country.posted 25 days ago 3307 viewsHuman resource management degree at UAB ranked nationallyUAB’s human resource management degree ranks No. 15 in the United States in College Choice’s 40 Best Bachelor’s in Human Resources Degrees College rankings.posted a while back 2111 viewsUAB’s first Three Minute Thesis competition challenges students to say more with lessNine Ph.D. students competed for a grand prize of $1,000 and a chance to represent UAB at the 3MT Regional Competition in March 2017.posted a while back 2197 viewsVisiting artist Mehdi Saeedi to lecture on his typography practice Nov. 15 at UAB and work with graphic design studentsArtist and designer Mehdi Saeedi will speak at 6 p.m. Nov. 15, in the AEIVA Hess Lecture Hall, and will work with graphic design students in the Department of Art and Art History.
- Event Date November 17
UAB piano students continue winning streak at Music Teachers National Association Alabama competitionSenior music major Aleksandra Kasman will represent Alabama in the MTNA Southern Division competition in January in Columbia, South Carolina.posted a while back 1427 viewsUAB Art’s Project Space hosts Foley Sound Project on Nov. 8, “Couture and Culture in the 20th Century” from Nov. 14-20Department of Art and Art History students will give performances on sound effects added to film and pair images of artworks from across the 20th century to 12 corresponding items from the Department of Theatre’s historical costume collection.
- Event Date November 15
UAB vaults 36 spots in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global UniversitiesU.S. News & World Report ranks UAB No. 162 in its 2017 Best Global Universities ranking, up from its rank of No. 200 in 2016 and 269 spots higher than the next-highest-ranked university in Alabama.posted a while back 12800 viewsSummer Health Professions Education Program expandsUAB is one of 13 universities participating in a summer learning experience in health care for students underrepresented in the health professions.posted a while back 2092 viewsHarley Chapin is named Miss UAB 2017Eight students competed for more than $5,500 in scholarships plus prizes at the pageant, held Oct. 26.posted a while back 2599 views
- Event Date November 8