Harrison lives on in bronze

Written by 

tinsley inside

Tinsley R. Harrison, M.D., (right), UAB’s first Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, presented his talk, “Witches and Doctors,” March 3, 1964, in Birmingham’s Parliament House Hotel, then located on the west side of 20th Street South between Fourth and Fifth avenues. The DFL Award is the highest honor awarded by UAB to a member of the medical center faculty.

The lecture, which now takes place in the fall, will be presented this year by Mona Fouad, M.D., professor and director of the Division of Preventive Medicine, founding director of UAB’s Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center and senior associate dean for Diversity and Inclusion for the UAB School of Medicine. Learn about UAB’s other DFL award-winners, and check out UAB Archives’ scrapbook featuring information on the first 50 DFL honorees.

Harrison, who died in 1978, is immortalized on campus in a sculpture by Cordray Parker, installed in the late 1980s, that is made of bronze, stainless steel, travertine marble and concrete.

Curious what other outdoor public art lives on campus? Check out the UAB Reporter’s Google Map, which catalogues the 35-plus statues or sculptures, and walk one of three two-mile trails to glimpse some of the beautiful outdoor public art.

  • 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.

    posted today 14 views
  • 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.

    posted 21 days ago 258 views
  • 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.

    posted a while back 568 views
  • Beyond the page: Bright future ahead for UAB libraries

    retro art streamIn the 1980s, UAB students studied at large tables in Mervyn H. Sterne Library. Today, the library is home to more interactive- and group-study spaces than ever before, plus new dean Kasia Gonnerman joining the Blazer family April 1.

    posted a while back 516 views
  • Ready, set, strike

    retro art streamUAB’s volleyball players score on and off the hardwood. Check out UAB Women’s Beach Volleyball team during the Green and Gold match 2 p.m. Feb 14 and season opener against North Alabama 10 a.m. Feb. 22, both at home.

    posted a while back 278 views
  • Snowpocalypse serves up a snowy soccer match

    retro art streamSix years ago, Blazers kicked a soccer ball back and forth on campus during Winter Storm Leon, which brought Birmingham to a standstill on Jan. 28, 2014.

    posted a while back 495 views
  • Campus walkway gives a boost, gets a lift

    retro art streamIn 1975, UAB completed a pedestrian bridge crossing University Boulevard at 13th Street South to accommodate a quickly growing student population. This year, UAB art students brightened the footbridge with a UAB-themed mural.

    posted a while back 793 views
  • Nursing expands across the ether

    retro art streamThe new “Clinical Pearls” podcast is an audio-only format of the live UAB Nursing Health Network’s YouTube series in which faculty share their expertise and educational resources with the show host and offer up-to-date information and insights on current health care issues and the nursing profession.

    posted a while back 730 views
  • It’s Christmastime at UAB

    retro art streamIn 1967, Santa Claus himself spread holiday cheer to UAB Hospital Staff during a busy workday. More than 50 years later, Blazers can still find the Christmas spirit on campus with various holiday activities.

    posted a while back 679 views
  • A sustainable legacy continues

    retro art streamIn 1992, UAB had recycling mascot Trash Gordon. Now, we have a Sustainability Strategic Plan that aims to reduce disposal of waste in local landfills and develop the university grounds for ecological stewardship. And you can help — by recycling correctly.

    posted a while back 715 views