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NOVEMBER 2014

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UAB MEDICINE LAUNCHES STATE’S FIRST ONLINE SERVICE TO TREAT COMMON MEDICAL CONDITIONS

UAB Medicine is the state’s first medical provider to offer online diagnosis and treatment of common conditions, such as colds, allergies, bladder infections and pink eye. The service, known as UAB eMedicine and available at uabemedicine.com, is for adults 18 and older in Birmingham and the surrounding area. Patients are charged a $25 fee only if the clinician can diagnose their condition through the service. If symptoms are too complex or advanced, patients will be referred for additional care.

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NESTLÉ, UAB AND WOODLAWN FOUNDATION TEAM UP FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD NUTRITION EDUCATION

In response to the growing childhood obesity epidemic, Nestlé, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions
and Woodlawn Foundation have come together to create the NUW Early Childhood Nutrition Program. The public-private partnership is
an evidence-based, unbranded educational program. The objective is to educate parents, caregivers and students about early childhood nutrition as a means of preventing childhood obesity.

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UAB HEALTH SYSTEM AMONG THE MOST WIRED

The UAB Health System has been named to the 2014 “Health Care’s Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems” list by the Hospitals and Health Networks journal of the American Hospital Association. The UAB Health System is one of 375 institutions which met the most wired criteria. More than 1,900 hospitals, or roughly 33 percent of all U.S. hospitals, were surveyed by HHN.

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UAB/LAKESHORE COLLABORATIVE PRESENTS AT WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT ON DISABILITY

Two members of the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative took part in the White House Summit and Research Forum on Improved Health and Fitness for Americans with Disabilities on October 6-7 in Washington, DC.  University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Rimmer, Ph.D., and Amy Rauworth, director of policy and public affairs for Lakeshore Foundation, presented at the event. The summit and research forum is presented by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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POWERHOUSE TEAM OF CANCER RESEARCHERS JOINS UAB

Two highly acclaimed cancer researchers, Ravi Bhatia, M.D., and Smita Bhatia, M.D., MPH, will join the University of Alabama at Birmingham in January 2015. Ravi Bhatia, professor in the Department of Medicine, has been appointed director of the UAB Division of Hematology and Oncology and as the deputy director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Smita Bhatia, professor in the UAB Department of Pediatrics, will hold new positions as director of the Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship in the UAB School of Medicine pending Board of Trustees approval, vice chair for outcomes in the Department of Pediatrics, and associate director for cancer outcomes research at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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UAH FOREIGN LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT UNVEILS MULTI-MEDIA CENTER

On September 22, the Foreign Language Department at UAH celebrated the opening of a cutting-edge multi-media center. The center now combines online foreign language study, tutoring (in collaboration with the Student Success Center), space for individual and group study, as well as space for foreign language club activities. Spanish Lecturer Karl Keller is the MMC’s director, and oversees operation in collaboration with staff assistant Donna Lamp.

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UAH COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CO-SPONSORS NEW LITERARY MAGAZINE

Sponsored by the Student Life Office, the UAH Honors College, and the College of Liberal Arts, The Writer’s Block Literary Magazine is a student run magazine that will feature works of poetry, prose, plays, and artwork from all UAH students. The first issue will be available in March 2015 and will be distributed throughout campus.

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UAH DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC RECEIVES FUNDING FOR NEW MUSIC TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

On September 17, State Representative Phil Williams (House District 6 in Madison County) presented UAH President Bob Altenkirch with a check for $20,000 to fund construction of a recording studio in support of the UAH Department of Music’s new Music Technology program.

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UAH DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF ROBERTS RECITAL HALL

On September 28, the UAH Department of Music celebrated the grand opening of the newly renovated Roberts Recital Hall with a gala featuring brief remarks from UAH representatives and performances by students from the Music Department.

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WORLDCOM WHISTLEBLOWER SPEAKS TO UAH BUSINESS STUDENTS

Cynthia Cooper, an internationally recognized speaker, best-selling author and consultant, addressed students and the business community in a standing-room only presentation entitled “Ethical Leadership for the 21st Century.”  She was one of the internal auditors who exposed the Worldcom fraud and was recognized as one of Time’s Persons of the Year in 2002.

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UAH GRADUATE SCHOOL HOSTS GEM GRAD LAB

In a highly interactive two-day event, students from the Southeast region visited the UAH campus to attend the Graduate School’s GEM GRAD Lab. This event offered underrepresented students exposure to the benefits of research and technology careers. It also encouraged them to consider graduate engineering or science education and provided information on how a GEM fellowship could help achieve this goal. Students were encouraged to select UAH as a preferred graduate program on their GEM application. The event was co-hosted by The University of Alabama, Auburn University, Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, and the University of South Carolina.

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UAH RESEARCH INSTITUTE’S OFFICE FOR OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE DELIVERS INAUGURAL UAH LEAN HEALTHCARE ACADEMY COURSE

Joe Paxton and Brian Tucker, research scientists in the Office for Operational Excellence, delivered the first UAH Lean Healthcare Academy course to Huntsville Hospital on August 25-28, 2014. The UAH Lean Healthcare Academy is a 4-day training series including an introduction to lean healthcare and advanced concepts. Training incorporates hands-on simulations where participants apply the concepts and learn to utilize tools to improve the performance and efficiency of processes and systems. Nineteen employees from four locations of the Huntsville Hospital System participated in the course and are now beginning to utilize what they learned through team projects in their departments with coaching from UAH staff. The next course is being scheduled for early 2015.

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UAH RESEARCH INSTITUTE’S OFFICE FOR OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE ASSISTS THE U.S. ARMY IN SUSTAINING MANUFACTURING

Rodney Lee is performing a forging industry sector analysis for the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) at Redstone Arsenal. This analysis will provide a broad assessment of the health of the forging industry in the United States, in particular those suppliers who support Department of Defense. The final report is due to be completed in December 2014.

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UAH RESEARCH INSTITUTE’S OFFICE FOR OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE CONTINUES TO SUPPORT SUPPLY CHAIN PERFORMANCE FOR THE U.S. ARMY

Dr. Kenneth Sullivan, OOE director, along with other OOE personnel (Mr. Rodney Lee, Mr. Joe Paxton and Mr. Brian Tucker) have been supporting the Aviation and Missile Command’s (AMCOM) Logistic Center (ALC) in a production lead-time (PLT) effort. This effort assists the Army in reducing the amount of working capital required to provide spare parts to the warfighter while increasing readiness and flexibility.

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UA ENROLLMENT TOPPED 36,000;  FRESHMEN BROUGHT RECORD SCORES, GPAS

Enrollment at UA reached a record high 36,155 students this fall, and includes an outstanding freshman class. Total enrollment is up 3.7 percent, an increase of 1,303 students over fall 2013. The total includes 30,754 under-graduates and 5,401 graduate and first professional students. The freshman class includes 6,856 students, a 5.8 percent increase over last fall. The class comes to UA with an average ACT score of 26.1, the highest in UA history, and an average high school GPA of 3.65. More than 2,100 freshmen scored 30 or higher on the ACT, placing them in the top 5 percent of students taking the ACT. The class includes 135 National Merit Scholars and 20 National Achievement Scholars.

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EXCHANGE PROGRAM TO GIVE UA STUDENTS INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

UA has partnered with the University of Applied Sciences, Hochschule Esslingen, a German institution, in a student exchange program aimed to provide students deep international industrial, educational and cultural experiences. About 20 UA students from the freshman engineering class will be selected each year to take a rigorous course of study that couples engineering and computer science instruction with German-language courses. During the summer between their freshman and sophomore years, they will work for Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Vance, AL. Their junior year will be spent studying at Hochschule Esslingen, which is a suburb of Stuttgart, Germany, and located in the high-tech hot spot of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, home of such multinational companies as Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Bosch and ZF Group. After the semester of coursework, the students will stay in Germany another semester to work for Mercedes-Benz in either production or research and development.

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UA ENGAGED IN INTERVENTION PILOT PROGRAM FOR CHILDHOOD OBESITY

UA faculty and community members from Alabama’s Black Belt region have been awarded $45,000 to support a childhood obesity prevention plan through Project UNITED’s Intervention Pilot Program. The project will run through June 2015. UA faculty members on the project are Dr. Linda Knol, associate professor in the department of human nutrition and hospitality management; Dr. Sheila Black, associate professor of psychology; and Dr. Harriet Myers, associate professor and clinical psychologist in UA’s College of Community Health Sciences. The project will focus on the home environment of children between 2 and 5 living in Greene and Sumter counties. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one-fourth of all children in these counties are obese.

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NEW RANKINGS LIST UA’S CULVERHOUSE SCHOOL OF ACCOUNTANCY 8TH NATIONALLY

UA’s Culverhouse School of Accountancy’s undergraduate and master’s programs are ranked eighth in the nation and the doctoral program 12th. It is the school’s highest standing ever in the Public Accounting Report rankings. Each of the program’s rankings increased by at least 12 spots from 2013. The School of Accountancy received its own accreditation in 1982 and has consistently ranked in the top 25 programs in the nation.

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MSNBC HOST HIGHLIGHTED BLACKBURN INSTITUTE’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY SYMPOSIUM

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” was part of an event highlighting the 20th anniversary symposium of UA’s Blackburn Institute. Scarborough, who graduated from UA in 1985, co-hosts “Morning Joe” with Mika Brzezinski. In 2011, he was named to the Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people. Founded in 1994, The Blackburn Institute is developing a network of leaders − the Blackburn Fellows − who have a clear under-standing of the challenges that face the state of Alabama. The institute provides the fellows opportunities to explore issues and identify strategic actions that will improve the quality of life for Alabama and the nation. Each year, approximately 25 students are selected to join the institute after an extensive nomination, application and interview process.

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UA LAUNCHED K-12 FELLOWS PROGRAM AT PAUL JONES GALLERY

Fifty art students from two Tuscaloosa schools visited UA’s Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art as part of the gallery’s inaugural K-12 Fellows program. Students from Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary and Westlawn Middle School viewed a selection of works from the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art that focuses on the theme of identity. The students returned to their classrooms to create their own works of art based on the theme. These will be displayed in the gallery in the late fall. Lucy Curzon, director of education and outreach for the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at UA and associate professor of art history at UA, said the gallery is working to make the K-12 Fellows program available to more students in the future.

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UA FRESHMEN PERFORMED SERVICE PROJECTS THROUGH 57 MILES PARTNERSHIP

About 50 freshmen and 10 student leaders from UA performed service projects including cleaning storefronts, landscaping around the town square and removing trash from empty buildings in Marion, AL.  The UA group 57 Miles joined with UA’s Honors Year One and with Marion Bank and Trust for the event. After the work, students and student leaders discussed the day’s events in small groups, followed by dinner and ice cream at P3 – the Honors College’s new community space on the Downtown Square in Marion. Founded in 2013, 57 Miles is a campus-community partnership between the UA Honors College and Perry County. Through 57 Miles, Honors students have year-round opportunities to give back to communities-in-need, learn about the Black Belt’s vibrant history, and put education into action by tackling real challenges of rural poverty.

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MED STUDENTS TO FOLLOW PATIENTS THROUGHOUT CARE IN UA PILOT PROGRAM

Third-year medical students at UA have an opportunity to follow a patient over time through the health care system as part of an innovative new program being piloted this year. The Tuscaloosa Longitudinal Community Curriculum, or TLC2, is a program through UA’s College of Community Health Sciences that covers medical students’ third-year curriculum. Third-year medical students learn about pediatrics, internal medicine, surgery, family medicine, psychiatry, neurology and obstetrics/gynecology by working with physicians in clinic settings. The traditional rotation schedule consists of seven eight-week rotations through the various specialties, but through TLC2, students spend most of their third-year working with a community physician and following patients throughout the diagnosis or disease.

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THAI EDUCATORS STUDIED MIDDLE-SCHOOL SCIENCE RESEARCH, PRACTICE AT UA

The Thailand Ministry of Education turned to UA’s College of Education to help strengthen its middle-school science education standards, research and pedagogy. Six Thai educators had a three-day tour of UA science education facilities, lectures by UA faculty, and classroom observation at two Tuscaloosa-area middle schools. Dr. Dennis Sunal, professor of science education at UA, coordinated the visit, which included meetings with UA administrators, curriculum workshops, and presentations at the UA Science and Engineering Complex. Sunal said the UA department of curriculum and instruction was contacted by Thai officials. The department and the College of Education’s Office of International Programs then organized workshops and coordinated speakers and visits to middle schools.

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UA’S WOODS QUAD SCULPTURE GARDEN DEDICATED

UA’s Woods Quad has long been home to students filling sketchbooks and lounging between classes. Now, thanks to a recently completed renovation, it will serve as the University’s outdoor sculpture garden, featuring work by faculty and the very same students who call the quad “home.” Duane Lamb, assistant vice president of facilities and grounds, said the garden is designed to feature 17 individual sculpture projects while extending the inviting and beautiful landscape for which the UA campus has become known. The design links each sculpture bed with connecting sidewalks. Every bed has up-lighting on each piece of art to enhance the works at night. Woods Quad also received additional irrigation, drainage, lamp poles, benches, bike racks, and plantings as part of the design.