Engineering a bright future

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retro insideSigns for Engineering, December 1966. Pictured are Joseph H. Appleton, professor of civil engineering (right), and Don Bowermann, president of the Birmingham Chapter of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers, which provided funding for the lettering on the building. Appleton later would become director of the Engineering Division (1967-71) and the first dean of the School of Engineering (1971-78). The engineering program, which began in the 1940s, was the first non-health program in which UAB students could complete all of their coursework in Birmingham. Today, the school collaborates with many other units on campus, has a presence in six campus buildings and offers multiple degrees that are wholly online.

 
  • A beautiful campus is a decades-old tradition

    retro art streamIn 1979, a member of the UAB grounds staff kept the grass cut along what was then known as Eighth Avenue South — now University Boulevard. Today, UAB grounds staff continue to keep our campus beautiful, from annual spring blooms to quiet hidden oases tucked away between buildings. If you love UAB’s scenic campus, send thanks to our Facilities staff and tell them what you like most.

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  • See restored windows, enjoy other outdoor activities this fall

    retro art streamCheck out the Spencer Honors House’s newly restored stained-glass windows, take a walk and view public art or find a green space to enjoy a book — all on-campus activities that can be done outside and at a distance.

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  • A virtual venue means new opportunities for commencement memories

    retro art streamWhen UAB celebrated its first commencement in June 1970, the university awarded 478 diplomas to its first graduating class. Now, with a second virtual commencement planned for August, summer 2020 graduates can contribute their best campus memories to make the online ceremony just as special.

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  • Vanquishing viruses is a Blazer tradition

    retro art streamIn 1977, the world’s first effective treatment for a viral disease occurred at University Hospital when Richard Whitley, M.D., and Charles Alford developed vidarabine. Now, investigators across UAB have mobilized their research interests to help us better understand and fight coronavirus.

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  • Find a breath of fresh air at UAB

    retro art streamBeginning with iron lung treatments in the 1950s, UAB has long been committed to the respiratory health of its patients. That continues with its COVID Respiratory Clinic to better evaluate treatments needed for coronavirus patients.

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  • Engineers build solutions for problems

    retro art streamNecessity may be the mother of invention, but UAB engineers are the ones who bring them to life.

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  • Protecting UAB Hospital patients is no isolated effort

    retro art streamIn 1960, many incoming patients were first admitted to the Isolation Unit before transferring to another ward; there were fewer antibiotics at the time, and undiagnosed infections were more prevalent. Today, protecting patients in the time of coronavirus takes an even more complex and multilayered approach — including visitation restrictions and the use of negative airflow rooms.

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  • Tens of thousands of remote computers power UAB — and it all started with one

    retro art streamIn 1968, the Medical Center’s computing capability consisted of an IBM 1401 setup and IBM 729 Magnet Tape Units. Now, during limited operations, much of UAB’s mission-critical work is happening on thousands of computers — all of them not on campus.

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  • Strong foundations for a healthy Birmingham

    retro art streamIn March 1947, officials broke ground in the medical center for a new building to house the Jefferson County Public Health Department (JCPHD), now the Jefferson County Department of Health. The department is working alongside UAB and other organizations to monitor closely the ongoing situation surrounding novel coronavirus COVID-19.

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  • Sometimes, bigger is better

    retro art streamUAB Hospital has come a long way since 1929 — all the way to the America’s Best Hospitals list.

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