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JUNE 2014

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STUDENT ART WORK ON DISPLAY AT UA’S MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

The Alabama Museum of Natural History recently began displaying images of creatures from the Dinosaur Age rendered by a UA senior. “Old Bones, Old Stories: The Paleontology and Folklore Art of Asher Elbein” is displayed in the Museum’s Atrium Gallery within Smith Hall and is complemented by displays of fossil specimens of dinosaurs, marine reptiles and mammals from the natural history collections. The graphite and digital images were created as part of a student project by Elbein, who graduated this May from UA’s New College with an interdisciplinary degree in natural history and creative writing. Twenty pieces are on display until August 31 and range from the forest dwelling Aardonyx to flying Pterodactyls.

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UA’S SAKURA FESTIVAL RETURNED TO CELEBRATE JAPANESE CULTURE

The UA Capstone International Center invited the public to learn about and celebrate Japanese culture during the 28th annual Sakura Festival. The festival is held to honor the time of ohanami, or the viewing of the cherry blossoms, to remind celebrants of the enduring nature of life. In contemporary Japan, friends gather when the cherry trees, or sakura, blossom to celebrate and recognize friendship. Similarly, the festival reminds many in Alabama of fresh beginnings and the renewal of the spirit that comes with friendship.

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UA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY HELD GRADUATION CEREMONY

The UA Parent Teacher Leadership Academy recently hosted its graduation ceremony. The Academy is a joint initiative of the Tuscaloosa city and county school systems, UA’s Center for Community-Based Partnerships and UA faculty in the colleges of Education and Human Environmental Sciences. The organization provides professional development to parent and teacher leaders who use their knowledge to support student achievement through strong family-school partnerships. The UA Division of Community Affairs launched the Parent Leadership Academy in 2007 as an initiative to strengthen relationships among family, schools and community. Community Affairs has now built upon PLA’s award-winning success by creating a new program – the Parent Teacher Leadership Academy – that incorporates teachers.

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NEW ORLEANS FILM PRODUCER SCREENED COURT 13 FILM AT UA

Josh Penn, a producer and member of the New Orleans-based film production group Court 13, screened a short film titled Glory at Sea on the UA campus. UA’s English department sponsored the event, along with the department of telecommunications and film, the College of Arts and Sciences dean’s office and the Summersell Center for the Study of the South. Court 13 is best known for the feature-length 2012 film Beasts of the Southern Wild, which won the Palme D’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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UA SCREENED DOCUMENTING JUSTICE FILMS AT BAMA THEATRE

The UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility and the UA department of telecommunication and film hosted the eighth annual Documenting Justice film screening at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa. The event featured six short documentaries created by non-film majors who dedicated a year to learning how to document and analyze culture and social experience – and communicate about issues of justice and injustice in Alabama – through videography. Working in pairs, 12 undergraduate and graduate students produced the documentaries as part of a two-semester course taught by an award-winning group of filmmakers. UA has offered the Documenting Justice course since 2006.

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UA PROFESSOR’S ‘LAST LECTURE’ FOCUSED ON CELEBRATING DIVERSITY

Dr. Robin Boylorn, an assistant professor of communication studies now in her fifth year at the Capstone, her first post-doctoral professorship, knows that sometimes wisdom can come from unexpected places, and she hoped she brought some of that wisdom to life for students in the 2014 Last Lecture at UA. “Boylorn’s lecture, titled “Overcoming (In)Difference: Reflections on Empathy, Apathy and Diversity,” peeked into her classroom, where she discussed issues of diversity and intersectionality. Boylorn said she tries to push students to discuss “oft-silenced topics” and to examine themselves, their privileges and their worldviews differently. Faculty members from across campus were nominated by students for the award, and the finalists and winner were chosen by an eight-person student committee.

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EARLY CHILDHOOD HEALTH FOCUS OF UA’S RURAL HEALTH CONFERENCE

Early childhood health was the topic of the 15th Annual Rural Health Conference hosted by UA’s College of Community Health Sciences and its Institute for Rural Health Research. The conference, “Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Communities: The Early Childhood Experience,” featured two keynote speakers: Dr. Bernard Guyer, the Zanvyl Kreiger Professor of Children’s Health, emeritus, in the department of population, family and reproductive health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Allison de la Torre, executive director of the Alabama School Readiness Alliance. Breakout sessions included an examination of the impact of the State Offices of Minority Health, a discussion of the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative, and signs of typical development and recommendations for a healthy lifestyle of young children.

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UA SCHOOL OF LAW HOSTED MEADOR LECTURE ON EQUALITY

The UA School of Law hosted the 2014 Meador Lecture Series on Equality, which explored the topic of equality and its relationships to moral, legal and political values from different scholarly disciplines and perspectives. The series explored jurisprudential issues regarding general intersections between law and equality. The Daniel J. Meador Lecture was established in 1994 to honor the UA School of Law’s late professor and dean. A 1951 Law School graduate and professor emeritus at The University of Virginia School of Law, Meador delivered the inaugural lecture in the series. The format of the Meador Lecture changed in 2004. Rather than inviting one Meador Lecturer, the School of Law faculty identifies an interdisciplinary theme and invites several scholars to address the theme.

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UA COLLEGE OF EDUCATION HOSTED ‘FUTURE TEACHERS OF AMERICA DAY’

More than 100 high-school students learned more about the benefits of becoming a teacher and how UA can pave the way to a career in education. The UA College of Education Ambassadors sponsored the 9th Annual Future Teachers of America Day. High-schoolers, ranging from sophomores to seniors, heard presentations from Dr. Peter Hlebowitsh, dean of the College of Education, department chairs and faculty members. Students also heard presentations from admissions counselors and the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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UA HOSTED ALABAMA PERSONAL FINANCE CHALLENGE

The UA College of Human Environmental Sciences department of consumer sciences hosted the Alabama High School Personal Finance Challenge. Sponsored by the Alabama Council on Economic Education, the challenge tests high-school students on their knowledge of income and money management, spending and credit, and saving and investing. In all, 396 teams composed of 1,583 students from 21 schools took part in a preliminary online competition. Only 26 teams were invited to the Alabama state championship. Those teams come from the following schools: Brookwood High, Hoover High, Eufaula High, Oak Mountain High, Pelham High, Calera High, Hatton High, M.,inor High, Priceville High, Robert E. Lee High and Spain Park High. This is the second year UA has hosted the state competition.

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UAB HOSTS FACEBOOK-SPONSORED CYBERSECURITY COMPETITION

A Facebook-sponsored game of cybersecurity Capture the Flag was held March 22 at UAB in which teams tried to penetrate peers’ online security while defending their own. UAB joins Stanford University as the first U.S. universities to host the Facebook event designed to test the skills of up-and-coming cybersecurity programmers and penetration testers from around the world. Working in teams of up to four people, participants competed in a simulated security exercise, much like the game of Risk, in which they attempted to acquire countries through-out the world by penetrating a series of increasingly difficult security barriers. Each challenge is designed to simulate a type of threat which companies around the world may encounter as part of a cybersecurity attack. Participants are first required to overcome existing security measures; in an added twist, once participants acquire a target, they defend it against fellow competitors.

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UAB’S ANNUAL HEALTH DISPARITIES RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM FEATURED NATIONALLY RENOWNED EXPERTS

The ninth annual UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium showcased compelling panel discussions and the groundbreaking findings of eminent researchers in the health disparities field. The theme for the March 20 event was “Integrating Social and Biological Factors in Health Disparities Research.” The symposium was sponsored by the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center and the Mid-South Trans-disciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research, or Mid-South TCC. The forum was designed to keep scientists at UAB and other academic institutions across the South, including key minority institutions, at the forefront of health disparities research. The event highlighted investigators’ work and allowed scholars to share ideas and build connections in the scientific community.

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UAB HOLDS RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ON MOOD DISORDERS AND SUICIDE

Clinical and translational research in mood disorders and suicide was the focus of a two-day symposium at UAB in April. Sponsored by the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center and the Department of Psychiatry, the symposium was designed for neurologists, psychiatrists, researchers and other health care providers, and medical students interested in mood disorders and depression. Speakers included clinicians and researchers from UAB, along with guest presenters from Columbia, Yale, Harvard, McGill and Cornell universities. Subjects included the pathophysiology of depression and suicide, novel techniques for understanding brain function, sub-types of depression, and the physiological basis of new treatments.

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POSITIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY PIONEER LECTURES AT UAB

Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist who co-developed “positive psychotherapy,” gave a free, public lecture at UAB on March 14. His visit was supported by a grant for counselor education, kinesiology and health education in the Department of Human Studies at the School of Education. Rashid, who gave a TEDx talk at the University of Toronto Scar-borough last year, serves as a psychologist and researcher at UTSC. His expertise includes positive clinical psychology, strength-based resilience, post-traumatic growth, multicultural psychotherapy and positive education.

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GENE REPLACEMENT THERAPY TOPIC OF UAB COMMUNITY TALK

The UAB Research Civitan Club hosted a lecture on gene replacement therapy as a means of treating diseases as part of its ongoing Science, Commu-nication and Innovation talks. Tim Townes, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, gave the lecture March 18. Townes is an internationally renowned researcher who is doing groundbreaking research in gene replacement for conditions such as sickle cell disease.

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UAB SCHOOL OF NURSING HOSTS YOUNG BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS WORKSHOP

The UAB School of Nursing hosted its second annual Young Breast Cancer Survivors Network Workshop on April 5. The workshop is designed to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors and their loved ones through education, personal support and networking. Sessions for women included an “ask the experts” panel, a healthy cooking demonstration and a survivor’s panel.

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UAB PRESENTS FREE FORUM, LECTURE BY TUSHAR GANDHI

The UAB Department of Art and Art History presented a forum and lecture by Tushar Gandhi, great-grand-son of Mahatma Gandhi, on May 6. Tushar Arun Gandhi is the son of journalist Arun Manilal Gandhi, grand-son of Manilal Gandhi and great-grand-son of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known as Mahatma Gandhi. He lives in Mumbai, India, and runs the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation. Gandhi spent a day at UAB as part of a three-day trip to Birmingham to speak about and promote human rights and peace.

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UAB CANCER CENTER HOSTS FIRST YOUNG SURVIVORS CONFERENCE

The UAB Comprehensive Cancer, Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic and the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology hosted its first communitywide conference for young cancer survivors ages 15-39 on March 15 at the Wallace Tumor Institute. Leonard Sender, M.D., chair-man of Stupid Cancer, the largest adolescent and young adult cancer survivors’ advocacy group in the United States, was the featured keynote speaker. He is chief of the pediatric oncology division at Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California at Irvine.

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UAH COLLEGE OF SCIENCE STUDENT WINS CONFERENCE AWARD

Atmospheric Science doctoral student, Guanyu Huang, earned the award for Best Technical Content Presentation at the 18th Joint Conference on the Applications of Air Pollution Meteorology at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting.

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UAH CHEMIST ORGANIZES SYMPOSIUM

UAH Chemistry Professor Carmen Scholz organized and executed the 12th Biorelated Polymer Symposium at the American Chemical Society meeting in Dallas, TX. The symposium involved a total of 75 participants.

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UAH PHYSICIST GIVES INVITED SOLAR SYSTEM ASTROPHYSICS TALKS

Physics Professor Richard Miller presented “The Lunar Occultation Explorer: – A Nuclear Astrophysics Mission Concept,” at Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory, “Identification of Surface Hydrogen Enhancements Within the Moon’s Shackleton Crater,” at the Lunar Volatiles Conference, and “Muon Radiography as a Probe of the Interior Structure of Small Solar System Bodies,” at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

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UAH SPACE SCIENCE FACULTY MEMBER ORGANIZES THE HUNTSVILLE WORKSHOP

Space Science Professor Gary Zank organized The Huntsville Work- shop 2014: Solar and Stellar Processes from the Chromosphere to the Outer Corona held in Orlando, FL. The meeting was organized to address the next decade of research in the field of solar and coronal physics. The meeting was motivated by the anticipated launches of Solar Probe Plus and Solar. The meeting focused on seven areas of particular topicality related to the next decade.

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COLLEGE OF NURSING AT UAH

Faculty Presentation:  Smith, L., (2014) Measuring the knowledge of home health nurses in North Carolina and regarding artificial nutrition and hydration at end of life – a pilot study. Accepted and presented for poster presentation at the Southern Nurses Research Society Annual Conference (February), San Antonio, TX.

 

UAH COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION SPONSORS PROPERTY LAW/SOCIAL JUSTICE SEMINAR

UAH College of Business Administration Visiting Professor and Interim Director of the ICE Lab, Dr. John R. Whitman, co-hosted the eleventh annual Intellectual Property Law and Social Justice Seminar for practicing judges, attorneys, and academics from around the country and the world, held at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center on March 13-14.

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UAH CENTER FOR MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CMER) HOSTS OHSAS SEMINAR

UAH CMER hosted a seminar on new Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Services (OHSAS) for manufacturing companies in north Alabama in March. The session provided an overview of the safety and health standard requirements for achieving and maintaining this certification. The creation of a network of companies interested is OHSAS 18001 is being evaluated.

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UAH RESEARCH SCIENTISTS PARTICIPATE IN INNOVATION ENGINEERING WORKSHOP

Research Scientists Nic Loyd, Lauren Neppel, and Karen Yarbrough participated in hosting the Innovation Engineering Executive Program in April for Alabama industry leaders. The one and one-half day workshop introduced the Innovation Engineering system and demonstrated hands-on tools useful in developing a culture of innovation in an enterprise. This executive program was held in conjunction with the Alabama Technology Network centers – University of Alabama in Huntsville, The University of Alabama, Auburn University, Northwest Shoals Community College and the Shoals Entrepreneurial Center. The Innovation Engineering program is accessible to Alabama organizations through UAH CMER and the ATN innovation network.

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UAH STUDENT MEMBERS ATTENDED INVESTMENT CONFERENCE

Student members of the UAH Capital Management Group attended the 2014 Capstone Student Investment Conference in Tuscaloosa. The conference was sponsored by the Culverhouse Investment Management Group and featured speakers from several successful investment management firms.

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UAH STUDENTS ATTEND ALABAMA CFA DINNER

Student members of the UAH Capital Management Group attended the 2014 Forecast Dinner of the CFA Society of Alabama. Featured speaker was Mr. Ed Hyman, head of ISI’s Economic Research Team and Institutional Investor #1 Wall Street economist for the past 34 years.

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UAH MARKETING PROFESSOR PRESENTS TO ALABAMA COUNCIL OF GRADUATE DEANS SPRING CONFERENCE

Dr. Eric Fong, marketing professor, was invited to present “Publishing Issues in Academe Regarding use of Supporting Sources,” at the Spring Alabama Council of Graduate Deans conference, which was held in Orange Beach, AL, this April. Graduate Studies sponsored Dr. Fong to attend. The spring conference hosted several faculty from Alabama univer-sities to speak on the topic of academic dishonesty.

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UAH DIRECTOR OF CSPAR, IN OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH, ORGANIZES WORKSHOP

Gary P. Zank organized The Huntsville Workshop 2014: Solar and Stellar Processes from the Chromosphere to the Outer Corona held in Orlando, FL, March 23 to March 27, 2014. The meeting was organized to address the next decade of research in the field of solar and coronal physics. The meeting was motivated by the anticipated launches of Solar Probe Plus and Solar Orbiter, the continuation of missions such as the Solar Dynamic Observatory, RHESSI, IRIS, Hinode, as well as the beginning of the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope. Possible future missions, such as Solar-C, were also addressed. These current and future missions and projects are expected to considerably advance our understanding of numerous outstanding problems. The meeting focused on seven areas of particular topicality related to the next decade.

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UAH PROFESSOR GIVES PRESENTATION AT LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY

Professor Rob Preece was invited to give a Los Alamos Astro Seminar presentation at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico on March 26, titled “The Ordinary Monster Gamma-Ray Burst 130427A: A Laboratory for Shocks.” He also discussed collaboration between the GBM team at UAH and the High-Altitude Water Cherenkhov (HAWC) team at LANL.

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UAH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND SYSTEMS CENTER (ITSC) SCIENTISTS ATTEND MEETINGS

- Dr. Sara Graves attended the International Council for Science: Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) Executive Committee meeting at the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Jerusalem, March 3-7. Dr. Graves is the Secretary General of CODATA.

- Ken Keiser represented UAH at the National Science Foundation EarthCube End User Communities Stakeholder Workshop held in Washington, DC from March 18-20. This workshop was held as part of the EarthCube governance pilot activities to get input on how best to represent the interest of the various science stakeholders, including scientists, data providers, educators and other users. Ken was selected to serve as a member of the EarthCube Community Engagement Advisory Board.