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APRIL 2015

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UAB HOSPITAL GARNERS TWO PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH

UAB Hospital is listed among “America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics” by the 2015 Women’s Choice Award and “100 Hospitals with Great Women’s Health Programs” by Becker’s Hospital Review. The Women’s Choice Award was given after a review of the services provided and patient satisfaction scores, with additional consideration given to the hospital’s record for clinical care and full-term deliveries.

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UAB COLLABORATES ON “THE MARCH QUILTS” TO CELEBRATE ALABAMA’S CIVIL RIGHTS LEGACY

On Friday, January 9, new community sewing days began for a new collaborative partnership among the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Art and Art History, ArtPlay, and Bib & Tucker Sew-Op. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery march, Bib & Tucker Sew-Op ¬ alongside community partners including the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Desert Island Supply Co. ¬ created “The March Quilts: A Community Project.”

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UAB ONLINE BUSINESS GRADUATE PROGRAMS RANKED AMONG NATION’S BEST

U.S. News & World Report recently acknowledged the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business’ online master’s degrees as top national programs. The programs were rated 17th in its 2015 Best Online Programs rankings, which were recently released. UAB is one of 118 schools to be included in the rankings this year.

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UAB NAMED TO NATIONAL PULMONARY FIBROSIS CARE NETWORK

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been added to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network as part of a major expansion of that network. The PFF announced the selection of 12 new sites to join the original nine sites selected in 2013.

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UAB B.L. HARBERT INSTITUTE FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP BUILDING APPROVED BY BOARD

Stage one planning for a new building that will house the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business and B.L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has been approved by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees. The facility is being supported by two major gifts from the Joy and Bill Harbert Foundation, Inc., and Medical Properties Trust, Inc.

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UAB ONLINE HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT DEGREE PROGRAM NAMED NATION’S BEST

The online Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management degree program offered by the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has been named the best in the nation by TheBestSchools.org, an independent resource for campus and online education. TheBestSchools.org ranked programs based on academic excellence, types of available classes, faculty strength, rankings and reputation.

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UAH SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER CO-SPONSORS ACCOUNTING OVERVIEW

The UAH SBDC/PTAC co-sponsored a three- hour Overview and Accounting System Requirements with the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). The speakers were Edienna Koerber and Jeremy Scott. Ms. Koerber is the Financial Laison Advisor at the U.S. Army Contracting Command on Redstone Arsenal.

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UAH COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING INVOLVED IN PLANNING REGIONAL VEHICLE MANUFACTURING CENTER

UAH, in alliance with Auburn and Tennessee Tech, is initiating the Southern Alliance for Advanced Vehicle (SAAV) Manufacturing Center. The research center will have sites at each campus, and may soon expand to include the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Clemson, and Louisiana State. “A vehicle is anything that transports people or products from one location to another,” said Dr. Phil Farrington, UAH’s principal investigator. “That would include automobiles, planes, trains, ships, submarines, spacecraft, missiles, unmanned aerial systems and helicopters.” Over fifty companies and organizations have expressed interest in joining the Center as industry partners.

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UAH ENGLISH DEPARTMENT AND SIGMA TAU DELTA CO-SPONSOR AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER

The UAH English Department and the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta, along with the Huntsville Literary Association, sponsored three plays by the American Shakespeare Center (ASC). The ASC performed Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, and Dr. Faustus on three consecutive nights. Each performance was preceded by lectures from UAH English faculty members.

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UAH ART DEPARTMENT AND HUMANITIES CENTER HOST NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ARTIST

In honor of Black History Month, the UAH Art Department and the Humanities Center hosted nationally recognized visual artist, historian, poet, and jazz DJ Tierney L. Malone. A public reception was held for Malone in the UAH Louis Salmon Library Art Gallery in conjunction with the opening of Malone’s solo exhibit “Muses, Divas, and Other Beautiful Women.” Malone also gave a public talk, “Southern Sounds: Recontextualization of Typography, Music and Cultural History in the Creative Process,” in the UAH Wilson Hall Theatre.

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UAH CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR AND STUDENTS PRESENTED WORKSHOP

Chemistry Professor and Director of the Alabama Space Grant Consortium Dr. John Gregory, the Alabama Space Grant staff, and the UAH Student Hardware Club supported NASA MSFC at the NASA BalloonSat Workshop at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. There were 87 student and faculty attendees from 10 Community Colleges within a 5-state region.

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GRADUATE SCHOOL AT UAH HOSTS PRESENTATION WORKSHOP SERIES

As part of the Graduate School’s effort to increase professional develop-ment for current students two presentations were hosted this quarter. On January 16th, over 60 graduate students attended an Effective Teaching Techniques Workshop, which was presented by Dr. Carol Strong, UAH’s 2014 Distinguished Teacher Award recipient. Dr. Strong’s presentation discussed student involvement, using technology, accommodating learning styles, and many other topics relevant to Graduate Teaching Assistants and future teaching faculty. Graduate Studies also hosted an NSF Proposal and Grant Writing Workshop in February that was conducted by Dr. Paul Collopy. Dr. Collopy provided students with his inside knowledge as a former program manager at NSF to help students prepare proposals and grants. Over 100 students attended and requests were made for a repeat of the same workshop for those who could not attend.

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UAH GRADUATE SCHOOL MANAGES POST-DOCTORAL HIRING PROCESS

In an effort to ensure post-doctoral researchers receive a truly enhanced experience while training at UAH, Graduate Studies has become the primary department responsible for hiring and managing post-doctoral researchers. Previously, post docs were classified as employees, but with the departmental shift they will now be classified as student employees, which will provide different benefits to newly hired post docs. Human Resources and Graduate Studies will continue to work together to provide a smooth transition and HR will continue to be involved in federal reporting, as well as background checks and orientation.

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EDELBROCK NAMED DEAN OF UA COLLEGE OF CONTINUING STUDIES

Dr. Craig S. Edelbrock has been named dean of UA’s College of Continuing Studies. Edelbrock comes to UA from Penn State University where he has served as chancellor of the School of Graduate Professional Studies, associate dean of the Graduate School and professor of human development and family studies since 2008. As chancellor of Penn State’s School of Graduate Professional Studies, Edelbrock led and managed Penn State’s campus near Philadelphia serving approximately 1,400 degree-seeking students, 2,500 students in continuing education courses and more than 35,000 conference and workshop attendees. He has also directed the operation and expansion of online degree programs, corporate training and continuing education, conference services and community outreach, and developed education and training partnerships with corporations and government agencies.

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UA TO EXPAND ENTREPRENEURSHIP MENTORING VIA NSF I-CORPS

UA’s ability to foster entrepreneurship and, ultimately, create jobs is strengthened through its recent selection by the National Science Foundation as an Innovation Corps site. With its selection, UA’s Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs Center becomes the only NSF I-Corps site in the state and is one of only three in the Southeast. As a result, scientific discoveries that can benefit society can reach the marketplace more quickly. The selection, which includes $300,000 in grant funding over three years, enables AIME to further nurture science, technology, engineering and mathematics faculty and students, providing infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to assist them in transitioning their work into the marketplace, said Dr. Dan Daly, director of UA’s AIME Center.

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UA ANNOUNCED SAS AS SOFTWARE PROVIDER FOR BUSINESS ANALYTICS LAB

UA’s Culverhouse College of Commerce, a leader in business analytics education, announced an agreement with SAS, the leader in business analytics software. SAS officially signed on with the Business Analytics Lab and is donating its SAS Visual Analytics, SAS Visual Statistics and SAS Office Analytics software to the College for use in the lab. SAS is the third company to provide resources to UA and the College for the Analytics Lab. Lockheed Martin and Healthcare Business Solutions were the first two partners. Development of the lab is underway in Bidgood Hall and will serve as a research-oriented facility where faculty and students can partner with companies to solve real world problems. Culverhouse has been a leader in business analytics since 2002 when it was one of the first business schools to offer the specialization.

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UA’S PLANK CENTER CELEBRATES DECADE OF SUCCESS

UA’s Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations, the leading international PR leadership resource, in 2015 celebrates 10 years since its establishment by the UA Board of Trustees. The Center is named for Betsy Plank, a public relations leader and UA alumna. As part of the commemoration initiative, the Center will celebrate its 3,652 days of leadership, 120 months of mentorship, 10 years of the late Plank’s vision and one decade of success with a monthly series to highlight its programs and mission. The Center has reached out to professionals, educators and students who have supported our success over the past 10 years for their thoughts about aspects of public relations leadership. That information will be shared on the center’s website and via social media channels, said Dr. Karla Gower, director of the Plank Center and Behringer Distinguished Professor in UA’s department of advertising and public relations.

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UA’S ADAPTED ATHLETICS ADDED NEW CLASSES, NON-COMPETITIVE OPTIONS

For all of the successes UA’s Adapted Athletics programs have experienced, Dr. Brent Hardin, the program’s director, watched a growing number of students with disabilities yearn for sport. The wheelchair basketball and tennis teams at UA have won a combined five national titles, and more than 20 UA student-athletes and coaches participated in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. However, some students “just want to play ball.” UA students with disabilities now have non-competitive sporting options. Hardin and Dr. Margaret Stran, assistant director and professor of kinesiology, have expanded the adapted athletics program beyond its high-performance sports (men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball and tennis) – all of which have full-time coaches and staff – to include greater emphasis on its emerging sports (rowing, track and golf).

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UA’S CULVERHOUSE COLLEGE OF COMMERCE OFFERS NEW MARKETING ANALYTICS DEGREE

A leader in business analytics education, UA’s Culverhouse College of Commerce offers a new, online degree: Master of Science in Marketing with a specialization in marketing analytics. UA began offering the specialized online degree this spring semester. Industry demand in the growing field of marketing analytics and requests from distance students inspired leaders at UA and Culverhouse to design a program for individuals seeking to develop data-driven, decision-making skills without sacrificing their daytime commitments or without needing to relocate to the Tuscaloosa area. Students in this program will take traditional marketing courses such as marketing project management and global market management, and more specialized courses in advanced marketing analysis and data mining.

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UA ESTABLISHED CENTER FOR CUBA COLLABORATION AND SCHOLARSHIP

The Center for Cuba Collaboration and Scholarship at UA will build on the activities of the Alabama-Cuba Initiative, a 13-year effort to establish educational opportunities in Cuba for UA students and faculty. Both the center and the initiative efforts have been led by UA’s College of Arts and Sciences. UA and Cuban educators and academic institutions have worked together since 2002, through an academic travel license from the U.S. Department of Treasury, which permits travel to Cuba for certain specific educational activities. More than 45 disciplines and departments, approximately 85 faculty, and nearly 75 graduate and undergraduate students at UA have participated in the initiative. The center will continue the development of scholarly activities for faculty and students with institutions and programs in Cuba.

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SUMMIT AT UA TO ADDRESS NEEDS OF VETERANS TRANSITIONING TO CIVILIAN LIFE

In the 13 years since American troops first deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, more than 2.6 million veterans have returned home. One of the biggest challenges veterans face is getting the help they need during their readjustment to home. To help address these growing problems, UA’s School of Social Work, and its partners, will present “Service Member to Civilian (S2C): A National Summit on Improving Transitions” this spring at the Bryant Conference Center. This summit will bring together service members, veterans, their families and community stakeholders to meet with advocates, researchers, clinicians, educators and policy makers from around the nation to better understand and explore ways that all stakeholders can improve the transition from service to civilian life.

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JAPANESE DELEGATION VISITED UA

A delegation led by Yasuo Saito, former Japanese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Russia and France, visited UA in March for a lunch and symposium on Japanese society, business, technology and culture. The symposium, “Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan,” was sponsored by the Critical Languages Center/Japanese program in the department of modern languages and classics. The participants discussed the Japanese economy, the 70th anniversary of World War II, prospects for the Tokyo Olympics, Japan’s energy strategy since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Japanese trading companies and investment, university life in Japan, and rediscovering the value of Japan through women, technology and culture. The delegation was organized by the Prime Minister’s Office of Japan to deepen U.S. citizens’ understanding of Japan and to strengthen the relationship between Japan and the United States.