By Adam Pope, UAB Media Relations

The perpetual association of current symbols with wheelchair users has been criticized for insufficiently representing individuals with other disability types.Recent research from the UAB School of Health Professions Department of Occupational Therapy has assessed individual comprehension and perceptions of nine existing and newly created accessibility pictograph symbols, and it identified one that represented universal access to fitness equipment.

Brenda Bertrand, professor and director of the UAB School of Health Professions’ (SHP) M.S. in Nutrition Sciences program, is winner of the 2019 Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award from the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP).

Sheree Chapman York, PT, DPT, MS, is not your typical assistant professor. She joins the UAB Department of Physical Therapy after more than 40 years of physical therapy practice in a broad range of roles from physical therapist all the way up to director of the Physical and Occupational Therapy Department and Early Intervention Services at Children's of Alabama. In addition, York has practiced and taught physical therapy from as near as here at UAB to as far away as Wurzburg, Germany. Her career experience is an invaluable asset to our department and our students.

Monica S. Aswani, DrPH, assistant professor in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Department of Health Services Administration, wins the 2019 International Health Economics Association (iHEA) Student Prize for her paper titled “Differential Impact of Hospital and Community Factors on Medicare Readmission Penalties”.