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NOVEMBER 2015

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UAB RECOGNIZED AS A STORMREADY UNIVERSITY

The National Weather Service has recognized UAB as StormReady, a nationwide program that helps communities plan for severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness. This is the first time UAB has received this designation. To be recognized as Storm Ready, a university must maintain a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; have more than one way to receive NWS warnings and to alert the public; be able to monitor local weather and flood conditions; conduct community preparedness programs; and ensure hazardous weather and flooding are addressed in formal emergency management plans.

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STUDENT SUCCESS FOCUS OF ALABAMA’S FIRST CONFERENCE ON TRANSGENDER STUDENTS IN HIGHER ED AT UAB

As gender identity and gender expression are an area of growing diversity on college campuses nationwide, leaders at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are taking steps to ensure that individuals who identify themselves as transgender and gender nonconforming, often generally referred to as transgender or trans, can be successful at UAB.

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UAB MEDICINE URGENT CARE ANNOUNCES FACILITY EXPANSION

UAB Medicine Urgent Care has announced an expansion of its facility located at 125 20th St. South, Suite 103, which will allow the treatment center to facilitate more patients. With the addition of six new exam rooms, the facility will now have a total of 11. The expansion will also allow better accommodations to patients in the waiting room. New positions have been filled with the hiring of a physician and four physician assistants. This, along with more rooms, will help expedite care and reduce wait times experienced last flu season.

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NEWSWEEK TOP CANCER DOCTORS 2015 INCLUDES UAB CANCER SPECIALISTS

Numerous University of Alabama at Birmingham cancer physicians and specialists were named on the Newsweek Top Cancer Doctors 2015 list. Newsweek Top Cancer Doctors 2015 is a list of more than 2,600 leading cancer specialists across the country arranged by location and specialty. The list was compiled through peer nominations and extensive research that Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., the well-respected publisher of America’s Top Doctors®, has conducted for more than two decades.

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UAH RESEARCH CENTER’S CLIENTS REALIZE IMPACTS

Clients who receive services as part of the UAH Center for Management and Economic Research (CMER)/Alabama Technology Network’s federal Manufacturing Extension Partnership program are surveyed each quarter and asked to report impacts. The most recent survey resulted in clients reporting $400,000 in increased sales, $100,000 in cost savings, 3 new jobs, $25,000 in new product investment, and $10,000 in equipment investment.

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UAH ACCEPTED INTO LASER INTERFEROMETER GRAVITATIONAL-WAVE OBSERVATORY COLLABORATION

The UAH Center for Space Plasma and Aeronautic Research (CSPAR) applied on behalf of UAH and has been accepted into the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration, which aims to detect and discover gravitational waves.

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UAH RESEARCHER FLIES PROTOTYPE INFRARED CAMERA FOR SPACE MISSION

Dr. James Adams, Principal Research Scientist at CSPAR, visited Fort Sumner, NM, to fly a component of the prototype instrument for the Extreme Universe Space Observatory mission on a stratospheric balloon as part of the continuing instrument development effort.

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UAH ASSISTANT RESEARCH PROFESSORS’ PAPER SELECTED BY GENSCRIPT SCHOLARS PROGRAM

An article published by Dr. Hannah McFeeters, Assistant Research Professor for the Department of Chemistry, earlier this year in the Journal of Analytical and Bioanalytical Techniques has been selected by the biotech company GenScript to be showcased as part of their GenScript Scholar Program.

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UAH COLLEGE OF SCIENCE PARTNERS WITH HUDSONALPHA APPLE PROGRAM FOR THIRD YEAR

Undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Biology are volunteering to help HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology conduct their APPLE outreach program with local high schools. This is the third year that UAH students have been assisting the Institute to conduct 2 AP biology labs per school per year to better prepare students for the AP exam.

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UAH CHEMISTRY ASSISTANT PROFESSOR PART OF CHEMISTRY OUTREACH COLLABORATION

Assistant Professor of the Department of Chemistry, Dr. Bernhard Vogler, is involved with planning of “You be the Chemist,” an attempt to increase interest of middle school students in STEM fields, especially in chemistry. This is sponsored by the Chemistry Education Foundation.

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CENTER FOR CYBERSECURITY RESEARCH AND EDUCATION (CCRE) AT UAH ESTABLISHES OFFICE

The newly formed Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education (CCRE) has opened offices in Huntsville. Dr. Tommy Morris joined UAH in August as the new director of the CCRE. CCRE will serve UAH and Alabama by providing cybersecurity research as a service for industry and government, developing first class cybersecurity education programs, and providing a pipeline of trained cyber-security scientists and engineers.

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UAH ROTORCRAFT CENTER SPONSORS MULTI-ROLE JOINT COMMON ARCHITECTURE INDUSTRY DAY

The Rotorcraft System Engineering and Simulation Center sponsored the Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center’s (AMRDEC) Industry Day on the UAH campus in September. Over 100 individuals from industry and the Government attended to learn about the status of the Joint Multi-Role Joint Common Architecture and plans for future contract efforts planned for 2016 in support of Future Vertical Lift.

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UAH ROTORCRAFT CENTER SPONSORS AMERICAN HELICOPTER SOCIETY MEETING

RSESC sponsored the American Helicopter Society’s Technical Specialists Meeting on Systems Engineering at UAH in September. More than 100 personnel from government, industry, and academia attended.

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UAH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND SYSTEMS CENTER (ITSC) DIRECTOR ATTENDS BOARD MEETING

Dr. Sara Graves, ITSC Director, attended a meeting of the Board of Directors for the Regional Association for the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS-RA) in St. Petersburg, FL, in September. Dr. Graves is an Outreach and Education representative to the Board and also serves as First Vice President.

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UAH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND SYSTEMS CENTER RELEASES UPDATED SEARCH TOOL

ITSC software engineer Bruce Beaumont released a new version of the data discovery and access tool HyDRO for the Global Hydrology Resource Center (GHRC), a NASA Earth science data center managed jointly by ITSC and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The updated design improves the user experience in navigating search results to find all relevant dataset information, including metadata and documentation, browse imagery, inventory listing, and download location.

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‘RIPPLE EFFECT’ SENT UA STUDENTS INTO COMMUNITY FOR SERVICE

UA’s Center for Service and Leadership gave students a chance to meet fellow students before classes started while giving back to the community. Students volunteered their time to help out the Tuscaloosa area in a program called Ripple Effect, an annual day of service. Volunteer opportunities included sprucing up local public schools, helping families receive new homes, getting local gardens ready for new life and spending time with local veterans. In 2014, more than 26,000 students participated in more than 1 million hours of community service via UA. Ripple Effect was one of the signature events during UA’s Week of Welcome, a series of activities for first-year and transfer students to assist them with their transition to academic and student life at UA.

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UA SECONDARY MATH EDUCATION PROGRAM EARNED DESIGNATION

The secondary math education program in the College of Education at UA has received recognition from the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics. NCTM, which manages accreditation processes of math education programs for the Council of the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, has granted UA’s secondary math education program the two-year designation, a first for the program, which joins music education, school psychology, school counseling and school library as programs to hold the designation through CAEP. The secondary math education program will be listed as “nationally recognized” on NCTM and CAEP websites, a designation that classifies the program as one with a strong emphasis on research-based practices in the preparation of future mathematics teachers.

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NSA, DHS BESTOWED DISTINCTION ON UA CYBER DEFENSE PROGRAM

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security recently designated UA a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research. UA joined about 60 universities nationwide that have earned this designation. The designation is valid for five years. Housed under the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, UA’s Cyber Institute launched in April 2014. The new distinction, among other things, means access to potential grant, research and student-support funding for which only designated universities can apply.

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UA’S DANCE PROGRAM RANKED 15TH IN THE NATION

A new ranking of college and university dance programs ranked UA 15th in the nation among public and private universities. The ranking also placed UA’s dance program as fourth in the South and first in Alabama. The rankings were made by Dance-Colleges.com based on 61 academic, financial and organizational factors including faculty profiles, student retention rates and alumni job prospects. Scores are normalized to reflect differences between schools including student body enrollment, past ranking history and the college’s current trend. A total of 322 public and private schools offering dance programs were surveyed. The rankings are based on data collected by the U.S. Department of Education in 2014-2015. UA is home to the only accredited dance program in the state, and its students have performed nationally and internationally.

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UA’S MBA PROGRAM MOVED UP SEVEN SPOTS IN FORBES 2015 RANKINGS

UA’s MBA program at the Manderson Graduate School of Business moved up seven spots from last year to number 49 in the Forbes 2015 MBA rankings. The Manderson MBA also ranked 4th among the 14 SEC schools and 25th among all public schools. Other SEC schools in the top 50 rankings include Texas A&M, Georgia, Vanderbilt and Florida. Forbes ranked the MBA programs based solely on the return on investment for their graduates five years after graduation. The 2014 average salary for Manderson MBA graduates was $97,000. The magazine collects its data for rankings from alumni, comparing earnings of graduates pre-MBA and five years after earning an MBA.

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UA PART OF NATIONAL STEM INITIATIVE

UA is a founding member in a national effort to support minority women and girls interested in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, the White House recently announced. Led by Arizona State University’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, the National Academic STEM Collaborative is a consortium of 19 institutions of higher education and nonprofit partners committed to identify and scale effective, evidence-based strategies to improve STEM diversity in the nation’s colleges and universities with a special focus on women and girls of color from under-represented communities. Among the best opportunities for future job growth are for occupations in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly referred to by the acronym STEM.

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UA ENROLLMENT TOPPED 37,000

Enrollment at UA reached a record 37,100 students this fall, and it includes another academically talented freshman class. Total enrollment is up by 945 students, a 2.6 percent increase from fall 2014. Freshmen bring to campus an average ACT score of 26.6 and an average high school GPA of 3.66. The 7,211-member class includes 174 National Merit and National Achievement Finalists. More than one-third (36 percent) of the class reports an ACT of 30 or higher, and 2,261 freshmen are enrolled in Honors College.

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GRANT AWARDED TO HELP UA STRENGTHEN K-12 SPECIAL EDUCATION, MATH TEACHERS

K-12 math and special education teachers in Tuscaloosa County and West Alabama will build stronger working relationships and teaching skills through a new research and service project at UA. Researchers in UA’s College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education were recently awarded a $1 million grant to implement three years of professional development activities with teachers in the Tuscaloosa area. The grant is from the Math-Science Partnership through the U.S. Department of Education and Alabama Department of Education. The first cohort, which includes teachers in the Tuscaloosa County School system, will begin professional development activities in November. Additional cohorts will include other teachers in the region through the UA/University of West Alabama In-Service Center.