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JUNE 2015

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UAB NAMED TO LIST OF 100 GREAT HOSPITALS

UAB Hospital has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of 100 Great Hospitals in the United States. UAB is the only Alabama hospital to make the list, and one of a dozen from the Southeast.

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UAB SCHOOLS, PROGRAMS MOVE UP IN U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT RANKINGS

U.S. News & World Report ranks six schools and programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham among the nation’s Top 20, including five programs and schools that moved up several spots from one year ago. The latest rankings were released in the 2015 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

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UAB MEDICINE AGAIN NAMED A GREAT PLACE TO WORK IN HEALTH CARE

UAB Medicine has been named one of the “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” by Becker’s Hospital Review for the second year
in a row.

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UAB HOSPITAL ONLY 12TH HOSPITAL WORLDWIDE TO RECEIVE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE MAGNET DESIGNATION FOR NURSING

UAB Hospital was granted recognition as a Magnet-designated organization in April for the fourth consecutive time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program®, becoming only the 12th hospital worldwide to receive this designation four consecutive times.

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UAB SELECTED AS SITE OF AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION’S NEW STRATEGICALLY FOCUSED RESEARCH NETWORK ON HYPERTENSION

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is one of four institutions selected to study high blood pressure as part of the American Heart Association’s new Strategically Focused Research Network on hypertension. The AHA will support the Strategically Focused Research Network on hypertension with an investment of $15 million over four years, beginning this year.

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UAB AWARDED COMPREHENSIVE STROKE CENTER DESIGNATION

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been named a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. UAB met the Joint Commission’s standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification. The designation means UAB is part of an elite group of providers recognized as industry leaders and responsible for setting the national agenda in highly specialized stroke care.

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UAB OPENS THE THIRD CLINIC IN THE WORLD FOR PATIENTS WITH TRANSVERSE MYELITIS

UAB has established the third multidisciplinary comprehensive clinic in the world for transverse myelitis, a rare spinal cord disease.

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AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION AGAIN RECOGNIZES UAB’S WELLNESS EFFORTS

For the seventh year in a row, the University of Alabama at Birmingham has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite, and for the fourth year in a row, UAB has received the Worksite Innovation Award. The AHA Fit-Friendly program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity and health in the workplace.

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UAH MUSIC DEPARTMENT HOLDS FIRST CONSTELLATION CONCERT SERIES

As the grand finale to its inaugural Constellation Concert Series, the Department of Music hosted “AmericanaFest – Looking at America(n) With-in and Beyond Its Borders.”  This weeklong celebration of American music took place from April 6-12 and included a concert by Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Dr. Aron Kallay.

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WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES PROGRAM AT UAH HOSTS “CHARGED UP FOR CHANGE! EXPO”

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program hosted its third EXPO event, “Charged Up for Change! EXPO,” on April 1 in the University Center. EXPO is designed to encourage students and others who attend to see how they might get involved in community activities, or how they might use their own innovative talent as a platform to drive social change. The event provides a venue for networking and features exhibitors with a wide array of creative projects, hobbies, or actions that make a positive local or global impact.

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UAH SPACE SCIENCE PROFESSOR CONDUCTS EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR

Dr. Gang Li, Associate Professor in the department of Space Science and CSPAR PI, spoke to the public at the Huntsville Public Library on April 11 on the topic of General Relativity, which is the main scientific theme of the movie Interstellar.

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UAH DEAN ATTENDS USAR P3I CONFERENCE AND SECURES CYBERSECURITY PARTNERSHIP

Dr. David Berkowitz, Dean of Graduate Studies, was asked to be the UAH representative for the United States Army Reserves (USAR) Cyber Private Public Partnership (Cyber P3i) conference in Colorado in April. Representatives from schools, military, and industry met to discuss USAR’s continuing education needs in cyber-security. Attending schools were evaluated and eight schools were selected to partner with USAR.

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UAH GRADUATE SCHOOL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES IS WELL RECEIVED

The Graduate School continues to provide seminars and workshops as part of its inaugural year professional development series for graduate students. This quarter, graduate students were able to attend a Thesis Writing Workshop, conducted by Dr. Sundar Christopher, Dean of the College of Science, and a Writing and Publishing Seminar hosted by Eminent Scholar Dr. Jatinder Gupta. Both events were highly praised and requests were made by students for the graduate school to continue providing development opportunities.

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UAH GRADUATE SCHOOL RECRUITS STEM STUDENTS VIA NATIONAL GEM CONSORTIUM

In an effort to increase URM at the graduate level, the Graduate School has aggressively partnered with GEM to provide fellowship opportunities to highly qualified STEM students. Eleven students were initially interested in attending UAH and upon learning their qualifications and interests, it was determined three of the candidates were an excellent match. UAH began a lengthy courtship to recruit these qualified GEM students who have agreed to attend UAH and will enroll in the Masters in Biology and Computer Science program,
as well as the Doctorate in Computer Science program.

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UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE ADMISSIONS AT UAH HOST NASA MOON BUGGY STUDENTS

In April, NASA held their annual Human Exploration Rover Challenge competition at the Space and Rocket Center and UAH hosted competing students on campus from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez and Germany’s International Space Education Institute. While visiting campus, UAH provided presentations on undergraduate and graduate programs, international engagement on campus,
as well as a campus tour, which included laboratory tours of the Propulsion Research Center and the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR), which was hosted by Dr. Gary Zank, Department Chair of Space Science.

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UAH STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT GERMAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Ten UAH students, members of the 2015 Joint Space Weather Summer Camp, completed a three-day introductory seminar in the language and culture of Germany from May 4-6. The students are a part of a program organized by CSPAR in conjunction with Germany’s DLR space agency in which ten German students and ten UAH students come together to study space weather and share culture in the Huntsville area and in Germany. In both countries, CSPAR Researcher Dr. Peter Hunana and CSPAR IT Manager Brian Swan accompanied the students. In anticipation of the German trip, the UAH students attended a seminar taught by UAH language teacher Anuschka Stott.

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UAH PARTICIPATES IN FIRST EARTHCUBE TECH MEETING

Ken Keiser, Research Scientist in the UAH Information Technology and Systems Center (ITSC), participated in the first EarthCube Tech Meeting held at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA, from April 8-10 to focus on technology coordination of Earth Cube projects. EarthCube is a National Science Foundation (NSF) program building a community-led cyber-infrastructure to allow for data sharing across the geosciences.

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UAH VOLUNTEERS BUILD TRAINING APPLICATION FOR NATIONAL CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER

Responding to a need identified by the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC), volunteers from the UAH Information Technology and Systems Center designed and built a web-based content management system enabling the NCAC educational outreach and training staff to document and track their programs presented to local school children. The application allows staff members to enter information about each of the educational programs, track where and when they were presented, and collect demographics about the children in the classes for reports and research. ITSC staff volunteered evening and weekend time to build, test, and deliver the application to assist in the NCAC’s worthy efforts.

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UAH SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST TESTS AN ISS EXPERIMENT PROTOTYPE

Dr. James Adams used equipment prepared at UAH to test a prototype of the Extreme Universe Space Observatory (EUSO) in a remote desert location near Delta, UT. The tests, performed on moonless nights in mid-March, determined the absolute sensitivity of the EUSO prototype to ultraviolet light at three wavelengths. Later, once the prototype is operating stably, more comprehensive tests will be performed to determine the sensitivity of the entire focal surface of the prototype.

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UAH PARTICIPATES IN RESEARCH POSTERS ON THE HILL PROGRAM

UAH undergraduate student Kareem Omar and CSPAR researcher Dr. Michael Briggs participated in the Council for Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill program. Kareem Omar was one of 60 students selected nationwide. He and Dr. Briggs met with Congressmen and staffers and his poster “Characterizing the Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flash – Lightning Relationship Using ENTLN” was displayed at a reception in the Rayburn House Office Building. The poster was based on CSPAR research using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor.

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SOUTH AFRICAN FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR VISITING UAH SPACE SCIENCE DEPARTMENT TO COLLABORATE

Dr. R. D. Strauss, a Fulbright scholar from South Africa, is visiting the UAH Department of Space Science and CSPAR from March – May primarily to collaborate with Jakobus le Roux, Associate Professor of Space Science and CSPAR PI. During his three-month visit to UAH, Dr. Strauss will conduct work on his research project “Self-Consistent Anisotropic Transport of Charged Particles in the Heliosphere.” He was one of 800 faculty professionals from around the world to receive a Fulbright Scholar grant for advanced research and university lecturing in the United States.

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TWO UA STUDENTS NAMED HOLLINGS SCHOLARS

Two UA students in the College of Engineering will receive the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship for 2015-2017. The awardees are sophomores Jason Britchkow, of Dresher, PA, and Michael Dunn, of Merritt Island, FL. Britchkow is a computer science major with a German minor as well as a participant in UA’s Computer Based Honors Program. Dunn is a civil engineering major. The scholarship provides $8,000 a year for full-time study during the junior and senior years and $6,500 for a 10-week internship at NOAA or an NOAA-approved facility during the summer between the junior and senior years. Since the program’s inception in 2005, 29 UA students have been named Hollings Scholars.

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FOUR UA STUDENTS NAMED GOLDWATER SCHOLARS

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program has selected four UA students as Goldwater Scholars for 2015-2016. They are: Tom Ludwig, a chemical engineering major from Brunswick, OH; Sarah McFann, a chemical engineering major from Arlington, TN; Courtney Rentas, a biology and psychology major from Naperville, IL; and Samantha Tilson, a chemical engineering major from Littleton, CO. From 2007 to 2015, UA is No. 1 in the United States for Goldwater Scholars, with 25. Harvard is second, with 23. This year, 260 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,206 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

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14 UA GRADUATES RECEIVED FULBRIGHT AWARDS FOR 2015-16

A record 14 UA graduates have won Fulbright awards for 2015-16. Thirteen UA graduates won awards as teaching assistants to research and teach abroad, and one UA graduate received a Fulbright research award. The highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study and research projects or for English teaching assistantships. More than 11,000 applicants compete for approximately 1,500 awards each year. The Fulbright program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering opportunity for students, scholars and professionals.

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BOREN SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO UA STUDENT FOR STUDY IN BRAZIL

Rachel Ramey, a senior from Dayton, OH, studying civil engineering with minors in environmental engineeering and Spanish, has received a Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program to study in Brazil during the spring and fall semesters of 2016. Ramey will study Portuguese and natural resource management at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina before graduating and returning to UA to complete the MBA program through the Manderson Graduate School of Business. Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East.

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UA DEPARTMENTS COLLABORATE WITH NEW ORLEANS PRODUCERS ON STUDENT FILM

Several academic units at UA have entered into collaboration with Court 13, a New Orleans-based film cooperative that produced the Academy Award-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild. The collaboration is titled Court13@UA and started in the fall 2014 semester on the UA campus. The collaboration takes a small number of advanced students through the creation and production of an original short fiction film. The effort involves UA’s English and telecommunication and film departments as well as Court 13 producers Josh Penn and Dan Janvey. Shepherding the collaboration at UA are Dr. James A. Crank, assistant professor of American and Southern literature and culture; Andrew Grace, director of Documenting Justice in TCF; and Nicholas Corrao, instructor in TCF.

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UA’S CULVERHOUSE MARKED 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF EXECUTIVE MBA PROGRAM

The Culverhouse College of Commerce celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Executive MBA Program at UA with a rooftop reception at the Renasant Bank in downtown Tuscaloosa. The reception commemorated the 30th anniversary of the enrollment of the first Culverhouse College of Commerce Executive MBA Program and honored the founders of the program.

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UA SOCIAL WORK CELEBRATED D.C. INTERNSHIP ANNIVERSARY

Since 1985, the Washington, DC, Internship Program at the UA School of Social Work has aimed to provide students with rewarding internship opportunities that allow them to develop their skills and gain valuable work experience. Thirty-five years later, the program is going strong, with more than 500 alumni whose internship experience complemented their academics and offered them innumerable career opportunities. With more than 600 accredited schools of social work in the United States, UA is the only school outside of the DC Metro area that offers master of social work students this extraordinary opportunity.

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UA HONORS COLLEGE NAMED PROSPECTIVE UNIVERSITY FELLOWS

The University Fellows Experience, housed in the Honors College at UA, has selected 39 prospective members for the fall’s incoming freshman class. The Honors College selected these members from a pool of more than 660. The selected members represent 16 states and 34 high schools. The University Fellows Experience is a vibrant community of highly talented undergraduates. Following the classical purpose of education – the production of good citizens – this program strives to prepare the most able and dedicated students at UA for leadership and service to their community, state, nation and world. Mentored by top professors and supported by their peers, University Fellows receive the richest of college educations that will create enduring personal cultures of learning and will help them embrace service to others.

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U.S. NEWS RANKED UA SCHOOL OF LAW AMONG TOP 25 LAW SCHOOLS

The UA School of Law is ranked 22nd among the nation’s top law schools, both public and private, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Graduate Schools” rankings for 2016. This is the third consecutive year that Alabama Law has been ranked among the top 25 law schools in the nation. It is tied for 22nd with law schools from George Washington University, the University of Iowa and the University of Notre Dame. The 2016 ranking is a move up from 23rd in 2015. The magazine surveys and ranks 198 accredited law schools based on a weighted average of 12 factors, including quality, selectivity and placement success.

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UA’S CULVERHOUSE MBA PROGRAM MOVED UP 16 SPOTS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS

UA’s Culverhouse College of Commerce/Manderson Graduate School of Business MBA program rose 16 spots from last year, landing at number 58 in the 2016 U.S. News rankings. The overall rankings include private and public schools and include 126 schools with accredited MBA programs. The College ranks 31st among public schools and is fifth in the SEC, up one spot from last year. Ranking in the top 12.5 percent of all MBA programs is good news for Culverhouse and its graduate school, said Dr. J. Michael Hardin, dean of the Culverhouse College of Commerce. Among SEC schools, UA is third in recruiter ratings and GMAT scores.