Date: Wed 1/20/2016

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Location: The Edge of Chaos Atrium, 1700 University Boulevard

Organizers: Dr. Julie L Locher



This mini-workshop is part of ongoing initiatives undertaken by both the School of Public Health and the UAB Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (NORC) designed to foster professional development among its members. The mini-workshops are designed to give trainees and investigators ranging from graduate students through senior faculty insight into succeeding within the academic environment. Faculty role models will discuss life lessons learned over their career (e.g., opportunities not pursued, obstacles, unsuccessful efforts, etc.) and how they've grown from the experience.

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 their accomplishments and successes within academia. These include:

Virginia Howard, Ph.D.Virginia Howard, Ph.D.

Clinical trials and observational cohort studies. Her research interests include stroke symptoms and associated risk factors, life-course exposure to the stroke belt geographic region, and risk factors for outcomes following carotid endarterectomy and carotid stenting.

Kent K.Kent Keyser, Ph.D.

Dr. Keyser was appointed as Assistant Vice President for Research in January 2013. Among other responsibilities, he oversees programs to identify and promote applications to foundations, especially those requiring nomination by the institution. He serves as liaison to the Council of Core Administrators and is assisting with a reevaluation of funding methods.

Gerald M.Gerald McGwin, Ph.D.

Dr. McGwin currently serves as the Associate Directors for the Center of Injury Sciences at UAB and the Clinical Research Unit in the Department of Ophthalmology. He is also the transportation domain director for the CDC-funded Injury Control Research Center at UAB. Dr. McGwin is also director of the UAB Center for Clinical and Translations Science (CCTS) doctoral program and co-leader of the CCTS' Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design component.

Lori M.Lori McMahon, Ph.D.

Dr. McMahon obtained postdoctoral training at Duke University Medical Center in the Department of Neurobiology and, in 1998, joined the faculty of UAB as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. She is currently the Jarman F. Lowder Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center.

Karen M.Karen Meneses, Ph.D.

Dr. Meneses is Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship. She serves as co-Director of the Ph.D. in Nursing program in the SON. Dr. Meneses is also the co-Leader of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and Multiple Principal Investigator of the R25 Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program at UAB. She has a track record of sustained external funding and mentoring.