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Undergraduate Ariel Smith, graduate student Chelsea Singleton and professional student Dwight Lewis Jr. are among the eight recognized for significant achievements to develop a more culturally diverse, competent and inclusive university community. Meet them online.
UAB is one of 32 clinical sites of the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative, a large-scale study that will study individuals with genetic mutations associated with Parkinson’s disease to identify and validate biomarkers that aid in diagnosis and treatment.
UABTeach will prepare students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics to enter careers in secondary education by enabling them to earn a teaching certificate without adding time or expense to their four-year degree program.
UAB and Enterprise Rent-A-Car have created a car-sharing program for students and employees ages 18 and older with a credit card and valid driver's license. Registered members will be able to use two Ford Focus cars parked in the Blazer Hall circle.
Nominate someone for the annual Janet L. Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Statistical Sciences by June 27. Details are online at www.soph.uab.edu. The winner will receive a cash prize and deliver an invited lecture Sept. 9.
UAB is among the few heart centers in the United States to use a new minimally invasive method to unblock chronic total occlusions for the treatment of refractory chest pain. The new treatment may help prevent qualifying patients from needing bypass surgery, which is more invasive and involves a longer recovery time.
Kelly K. Nichols, O.D., Ph.D., one of the world’s leading vision scientists in the area of dry eye disease, will be the next dean of the School of Optometry. She will assume the role June 25.
Two new satellite locations — at Medical West in Bessemer and St. Vincent’s Hospital — will provide comprehensive care for a variety of ocular conditions. Make an appointment at www.uabmedicine.org/eyeclinic.
In "Positive," Michael S. Saag, M.D., offers a behind-the-scenes story of the AIDS epidemic and "how, by people pulling together for a common cause, we converted HIV from a near-certain death sentence into a chronic, manageable condition." Saag, director of the UAB's Center for AIDS Research, also shines a light on dysfunctions of the U.S. health-care system and proposes remedies drawn from his distinguished medical career.
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