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Date: Fri 1/25/2013

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Location: Learning Resource Center @ 1714 9th Ave South, Room 235/249

Organizers: Dr. Julie L Locher



The Creativity in Research mini-workshops are a part of ongoing initiatives undertaken by both the School of Public Health and the UAB Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (NORC) designed to foster creativity among its members. The mini-workshops are designed to give trainees and investigators ranging from graduate students through senior faculty insight into the creative process with a focus on the academic environment. Creativity involves multiple dimensions. The first workshop will focus on the creative processes of the individual. In the first workshop, five panelists will discuss creative thinking, habits, and risk-taking that led to either novel or breakthrough ideas within their own work

Targeted Audience:

NORC and SOPH faculty and fellows. Open to all other graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty in the University pending available space.


Five faculty members from within the UAB community were selected to be panelists based upon the creative science within which they are engaged. Panelists were also selected to ensure a diversity of perspectives based upon discipline, academic rank, and other unique qualifications.

These include James B. McClintock, Ph.D.; Shahid M. Mukhtar, Ph.D.; Sarah H. Parcak, Ph.D.; Daniel Larry Smith, Jr., Ph.D.; David B. Allison, Ph.D.

James B. McClintock, Ph.D.

Dr. McClintock’s research interests are in the areas of invertebrate chemical ecology, reproduction, nutrition, and physiology, particularly in marine invertebrates. My students and I are specifically interested in employing an integrative approach to study how invertebrates function in their environments.

As the author of “Lost Antarctica:  Adventures in a Disappearing Land”, he demonstrates how he has devoted his career to Antarctica and entertaining natural history.

Shahid M. Mukhtar, Ph.D.

Dr. Mukhtar’s received his Ph.D. (Genetics) in 2005 from the Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany. His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions using genomics and systems-level approaches. He employs diverse cutting-edge technologies including high-throughput sequencing, transcriptomics, protein-protein interactions, degradomics, forward and reverse genetics and bioinformatics. His work allows a global understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in disease resistance and unraveling novel disease resistance signaling pathways to diverse pathogens.

Sarah H. Parcak, Ph.D.

Dr. Sarah Parcak is an Archaeologist and the founding Director of the Laboratory for Global Health Observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she also holds a tenure-track position in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Anthropology and secondary appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health. Dr. Parcak is a recognized expert in the use of remote sensing via satellite imagery analysis to detect archaeological sites, many of which were previously unknown. She is the director of the Middle Egypt Survey Project and co-directs RESCUE (for Remote Sensing and Coring of Uncharted Egyptian Sites), a major survey project in Egypt, with her husband, Dr. Greg Mumford, also based at UAB.

Daniel Larry Smith, Jr., Ph.D.

Daniel Smith received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from the University of Virginia in 2007. He completed post-doctoral training here at UAB prior to taking a faculty position in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, where he is currently an Assistant Professor. Dr. Smith’s research focuses on the role of nutrition and metabolism in aging and disease using research models from yeast to mice.

David B. Allison, Ph.D.

Dr. Allison is currently Distinguished Professor, Quetelet Endowed Professor of Public Health, Associate Dean for Science, Director of Office of Energetics, and Director of the NIH-funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center. He has authored over 450 scientific publications and edited five books. He has won numerous awards including the National Science Foundation Administered 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). He was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) in 2007, the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2008, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2009. He holds several NIH and NSF grants, and has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the International Life Science Institute, North America, since 2002 and is currently Vice-Chair of the board

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