New book captures UAB’s history of ‘Dreams and Discoveries’

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EReporterStream 492x369Journey through time in “Fifty Years of Dreams and Discoveries,” a 200-page pictorial book that chronicles UAB’s rise from a nascent university in 1969 to a leading doctoral research university today. “Fifty Years” was written by UAB Archivist Tim Pennycuff and edited by UAB Magazine Editor Charles Buchanan.

During the past five decades, UAB has literally altered the landscape of the city, changed the lives of people throughout the state and made academic and scientific contributions throughout the world. With its introduction by UAB President Ray Watts, M.D., and a foreword by community leader Odessa Woolfolk, this book will appeal to those who remember when UAB was not a dominant presence on the city’s Southside and also to those who can’t imagine a time when it wasn’t.  

Drawn from the UAB Archives, “Fifty Years” unfolds the story of a once-fledgling academic medical center and university extension center that today is recognized by Times Higher Education as the No. 1 young university in the United States for the second consecutive year. The images celebrate UAB’s evolution at every step — from the research breakthroughs and changing campus to the memorable people, fun fashions and more.

Purchase “Fifty Years of Dreams and Discoveries” online at for $34.95 or in the UAB Bookstore in the Hill Student Center.

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