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FEBRUARY 2015

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NATION’S LONGEST KIDNEY TRANSPLANT CHAIN STARTED AT UAB
REACHES 34

The UAB kidney chain began in December 2013 and has matched 34 living donors with 34 recipients to create the longest kidney-transplant chain ever recorded in the United States; previously, the longest chain on record involved 30 donors and recipients in 17 hospitals around the country. All 34 recipients in the UAB kidney chain have been transplanted at UAB Hospital or Children’s of Alabama.

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UAB’S FEDERAL RESEARCH FUNDING UP SIGNIFICANTLY

Funding for the University of Alabama at Birmingham from the National Institutes of Health rose more than 20 percent in fiscal year 2014 compared to the previous year. National Institutes of Health funding to the university totaled $225 million, up from
$188 million in FY 2013. This placed UAB 10th in NIH funding among public universities.

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UAB MEDICINE NAMED TOP HOSPITAL, GREAT PLACE TO WORK BY BECKER’S

UAB Hospital and UAB Medicine received top honors from Becker’s Healthcare, and the hospital, with 1,118 beds, has also been formally listed as the 18th-largest hospital in the United States. Becker’s Healthcare is a leading source of business and legal information for the health care industry. Becker’s Hospital Review lists UAB Hospital as one of the “100 Great Hospitals in America” and names UAB Medicine as “One of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare.” The site reports that more than 290 UAB physicians across 55 specialties were recently named to the 2012 list of the “Best Doctors in America.”

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UAB LISTED AMONG TOP BUSINESS SCHOOLS BY PRINCETON REVIEW

In the 2015 edition of the Princeton Review, the UAB Collat School of Business was named one of the 296 Best Business Schools. Princeton Review ranked Collat as a top business school in 2014 as well. Its Master of Business Administration program is ranked among the nation’s top 15 percent of part-time MBA programs in the U.S. News & World Report 2015 Best Graduate Schools list.

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UAB TO SERVE ON COUNCIL TO SUPPORT A NEW FEDERALLY FUNDED CYBERSECURITY CENTER

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is one of nine universities chosen by The MITRE Corporation to serve on the Academic Affiliates Council, formed to support the company’s operation of the nation’s first federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) solely dedicated to enhancing cyber security and protecting national information systems.

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UAB GRADUATE LEADS EBOLA CONTAINMENT EFFORTS IN NIGERIA

Coordinated response led by University of Alabama at Birmingham graduate, Faisal Shuaib, M.D., Dr.P.H., helped quickly contain an Ebola outbreak in Nigeria. Shuaib is incident manager and head of the National Ebola Emergency Operations Center in Nigeria. He graduated from the UAB School of Public Health’s DrPH in International Health program in 2010.

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UAB PHYSICIAN PLEDGES PROCEEDS FROM SECOND NOVEL TO DIABETES RESEARCH

University of Alabama at Birmingham physician Stephen Russell, M.D., released a new book Command & Control via Blue Jay Media Group on November 14, on World Diabetes Day. For every $3.99 download of the book from Amazon.com, $2 ¬ Russell’s payment for each book sold ¬ goes to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to fund diabetes research.

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400 OF AREA’S UNDERSERVED, HOMELESS TAKE PART IN UAB DENTISTRY CARES DAY

Around 400 underserved and homeless people in the Birmingham area received teeth cleanings, restorations and extractions at no cost as part of the second UAB Dentistry Cares Day, which took place Wednesday, November 5, at UAB School of Dentistry. Organized by the UAB School of Dentistry, more than 500 volunteers took part in the charitable event, including partners from the UAB School of Nursing, One Roof, Cahaba Valley Health Care, and other local dentists, health agencies and companies.

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UAB LAUNCHES CROWDFUNDING PLATFORM

The University of Alabama at Birmingham launched a new crowd-funding platform to help faculty, staff and students secure financial support for special projects.

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THE UAH AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY STUDENT CHAPTER AWARDED HONOR ROLL

The UAH AMS Student Chapter was awarded Honor Roll for the 2013-2014 chapter years. The chapter was recognized at the Local Chapter Officers Breakfast at the annual AMS meeting in Phoenix, AZ, in January.

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UAH COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND COLLABORATE ON CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

UAH College of Business and the U.S. Army Material Command (AMC) entered into an agreement to offer Army workforce civilians a for-credit graduate certificate in supply chain management.

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UAH COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS HOSTS ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT

The College of Liberal Arts hosted the second annual Peace on Earth Concert at the Von Braun Center on December 5. Country music artist Lee Greenwood was the special guest for the event. The event also included performances by the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the Huntsville Community Chorus, the Huntsville Ballet, the First Baptist Church Mosaic Ringers, the Randolph School’s Young Voices Choir, Mayor Tommy Battle, and the talented students and faculty of the College of Liberal Arts.

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UAH ART DEPARTMENT HOSTS CEU WORKSHOP FOR AREA TEACHERS

The UAH Art Department hosted a CEU workshop for Huntsville and Madison art teachers entitled “Stamp, Glue, Sew: Books on a Budget.” Printmaker Katie Baldwin led the creative workshop, while art historian Dr. Lillian Joyce gave a talk on Medieval bookmaking.

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UAH ENGLISH DEPARTMENT AND HUMANITIES CENTER HOST EMINENT SCHOLAR

Dr. Wolfram Schmidgen, chair of the English Department at Washington University in St. Louis and author of Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Law of Property and Exquisite Mixture: The Virtues of Impurity in Early Modern England, presented a talk “Species and the Literary Imagination” at UAH in November 2014. The event was co-sponsored by the UAH English Department and the Humanities Center.

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UAH GRADUATE SCHOOL HOSTS PRESENTATION WORKSHOP

On November 11, 2014 the Graduate School hosted a presentation workshop as part of their Professional Development Series to help current students learn how to design and deliver highly effective presentations. Kristin Scroggin, UAH communications lecturer and owner of Workplace Training Solutions, provided valuable pointers on how to publicly speak in conjunction with the use of a presentation as a tool, not a delivery method.

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UAH GRADUATE SCHOOL VISITS TVA BROWN FERRY NUCLEAR PLANT

In December, Graduate Dean David Berkowitz, along with Paul Collopy, Professor and Department Chair Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering & Engineering Management, and Jennifer Pettitt, Business Graduate Admissions Director, visited Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant to discuss UAH’s Engineering Management and MBA programs. Upon arriving, the graduate school learned many were alumni, having received engineering undergraduate degrees from UAH. After discussing the various programs available, two employees applied to the MBA program and one has requested additional information on Engineering Management.

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UA EARNS PLACE ON NATIONAL HONOR ROLL FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE, SERVICE LEARNING

For the fifth consecutive year, the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education have named UA to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, recognizing the University’s strong commitment to bettering communities through service and service-learning partnerships. During the 2012-2013 academic year, more than 26,000 UA students completed approximately 770,000 hours of community service with more than 183 community partners. An estimated 8,500 students participated in 136 service-learning courses led by faculty members from every College on campus. UA was one of 121 schools to receive the honor with distinction. UA also was one of 194 schools named to the inaugural Education Community Service Honor Roll.

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UA JOINS UNIVERSITIES WORLDWIDE IN HISTORIC EFFORT TO FIGHT GLOBAL HUNGER

UA is one of nearly 50 universities worldwide that have banded together to address the global issue of hunger. UA President Judy Bonner and leaders from the other universities signed the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutritional Security at the United Nations in New York City. PUSH – Presidents United to Solve Hunger – was created by Auburn University as the result of a first-time gathering between leaders of more than 30 universities in the U.S., Canada and Central America at Auburn. The Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security – a declaration acknowledging their commitment to make food insecurity a priority – is another direct result of the meeting. The Hunger Forum and Public Signing Ceremony marked the first time universities around the world will share a collective focus on ending food insecurity.

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NEW PROGRAM ALLOWS UA PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS WHO GRADUATE EARLY TO USE REMAINING SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL

UA students who have been awarded Presidential Scholarships and complete their undergraduate degrees early will now be able to use their remaining scholarship funds for graduate school. Presidential Scholarships provide tuition for a full-time undergraduate student for eight semesters. They are awarded to outstanding first-time freshmen based on ACT or SAT scores and high school GPA. Presidential Scholarships provide full-time tuition, either in-state or out-of-state, and are renewed each year for four years of undergraduate studies as long as a student maintains a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Under the new graduate school option, a student who graduates early must enroll in graduate school at UA during the first available semester after receiving his or her undergraduate degree.

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UA NAMES DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

Veteran economic developer Neal Wade has joined the UA Research and Economic Development team as director of its new Economic Development Academy. Wade brings to the University more than 25 years of experience in economic development at the private, state and local levels. He was the first president/CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, served as the state’s chief economic developer for 8 years, and has worked at the local level in Bay County, FL. Wade serves as chairman of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama and chairman of the four-state (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida) Aerospace Alliance, the 4th largest aerospace corridor in the world.

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UA’S ‘DISCOVERING ALABAMA’ CELEBRATING 30 YEARS, ANNOUNCED NEW DOCUMENTARIES

“Discovering Alabama,” UA’s Emmy Award-winning series announced its new three-part documentary sequence on “Alabama’s Coastal Paradise” on Alabama Public Television. The new programs were developed to share the rest of the coastal story, enhancing positive public awareness of the multi-faceted significance of the state’s coastal region. The new documentaries kicked off part of a yearlong celebration as the show hit its 30th year of production. The series has attracted more than 1 million viewers on Alabama Public Television; completed almost 100 programs with accompanying educational resources that are used in K-12 classrooms and supported by educator workshops across the state; and is recognized nationally as part of public television’s “American Field Guide” series.

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UA’S 2014 MBA GRADUATES SEE BIGGER SALARIES, BONUSES

The 2014 class of MBA graduates in UA’s Culverhouse College of Commerce is making more money and seeing bigger bonuses than 2013’s MBA graduates. The Manderson Graduate School of Business MBA class of 2014 job placement and salary numbers reveal significant increases in both categories. Average starting salaries for UA MBA graduates increased by 10.4 percent compared to the class of 2013. Job placements for the MBA students within 90 days of graduation was 90 percent for the class of 2014 compared to 83.7 percent for the class of 2013. The top industries include consulting, financial services and consumer products. Multiple graduates were also hired in technology, energy and manufacturing. Students found full-time positions in 32 cities in 13 states and the District of Columbia. The average signing bonus also increased by more than 50 percent compared to last year.

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UA SOCIAL WORK TO HELP FILL GAP IN MENTAL HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE

UA’s School of Social Work has received a $945,337 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to help service the state of Alabama’s shortage of behavioral health care professionals. Through the Transitional-Age Youth UA project, or TAY-UA, the School will offer stipends to Master of Social Work students in an effort to produce 56 graduated Master of Social Work students trained in interprofessional settings that are integrated with primary care. These graduates will be competent to work with transitional-age veterans and civilian youth, ages 16-25, who are at risk for developing or who have developed problems of mental illness, substance abuse, suicide and/or violent behavior. The program aims to place these graduates in career positions serving such youth in behavioral health settings in Alabama and the Southeastern region.

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UA CAMPUS SMOKE-FREE POLICY TOOK EFFECT IN NEW YEAR

As part of ensuring the health and well-being of UA students, faculty, staff and visitors, UA became smoke-free effective January 1, 2015. Smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, is prohibited in all facilities, grounds and parking areas on the UA campus. This is the next step in a long-standing policy prohibiting smoking inside University buildings and limiting smoking areas outside buildings. The Faculty Senate, the Professional Staff Assembly, the Office, Clerical and Technical Assembly, the Black Faculty/Staff Association and the UA Association of Residential Commu-nities passed resolutions in support of a smoke-free campus. The policy protects the UA community from the dangers of second-hand smoke, promotes a healthier environment and reduces the problem of littering and the risk of accidental fires due to discarded cigarettes.

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UA’S BLOUNT UNDERGRADUATE INITIATIVE CELEBRATED 15TH ANNIVERSARY

The Blount Undergraduate Initiative, a four-year liberal arts program in UA’s College of Arts and Sciences, celebrated its 15th anniversary with an open house and a reception. Although the Blount Undergraduate Initiative comprises only some 20 percent of the coursework of students in the program, giving each student an academic minor in the liberal arts, it has a strong reputation for its influence on Blount graduates. Dr. Joe Hornsby, professor of English and director of the Blount Undergraduate Initiative, said he hears the same message from graduating seniors each year: The Blount Undergraduate Initiative was the single most important part of their collegiate careers. The Blount Undergraduate Initiative was established in 1999 as an intellectual and social haven for exceptional students interested in the liberal arts.

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UA’S 57 MILES PROGRAM RETURNED TO MARION TO WORK AT HIGH SCHOOL

About 40 freshmen and 10 student leaders from UA recently performed service projects at Francis Marion High School in Marion. The projects included painting the interior of the main entrance, landscaping the grounds and cleaning classrooms. The UA organization 57 Miles joined with UA’s Honors Year One and Francis Marion High School to revitalize the school. The organization also partnered with Marion Military Institute for the event. Founded in the summer of 2013, 57 Miles is a campus-community partnership between UA’s 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.