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SEPTEMBER 2014

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UAH COLLEGE OF SCIENCE ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR GIVES TALK AT AMERICAN CRYSTALLOGRAPHIC ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING

Dr. Joe Ng, associate professor of biological sciences, was selected to give an oral presentation at the American Crystallographic Association annual meeting held in Albuquerque, NM, from
May 24-28, 2014. The title of the presentation was “Neutron crystallographic structure of the Inorganic Pyrophosphatase from Thermococcus thioreducens at 2.2A: Insights to a structure-based mechanism.”

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UAH COLLEGE OF SCIENCE ASSISTANT PROFESSOR PRESENTS HIS RESEARCH AT NATIONAL EVOLUTION MEETING

Department of Biological Sciences Assistant Professor, Dr. Luciano Matzkin, gave a talk at the Society for the Study of Evolution Annual Meeting in Raleigh, NC. The talk was titled, “Genome sequencing, assembly and analysis of the four cactus host populations of Drosophila mojavensis.” Dr. Matzkin also presented a poster at the meeting titled “Diversifying selection on candidate genes involved in reproductive incompatibilities between Drosophila mojavensis and D. arizonae.”

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UAH COLLEGE OF SCIENCE ASSISTANT PROFESSOR PRESENTS PAPER ON FRESHWATER FISH PARASITES

Assistant Professor Dr. Bruce Stallsmith of the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science presented a paper, “Monogenoidean gill parasites of the poeciliid fish Brachyrhaphis episcopi in Panamá” at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Chattanooga, TN, on Sunday, August 3. Co-authors are Assistant Professor Dr. Luciano Matzkin and graduate student Kara Million of the Department of Biological Sciences as well as two researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panamá.

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UAH COLLEGE OF SCIENCE FACULTY GIVE LECTURES AT ORNL

UAH College of Science Associate Professor Dr. Joe Ng, of the Department of Biological Sciences and Assistant Research Professor Dr. Hanna McFeeters of the Department of Chemistry, gave invited lectures for the New Frontiers in Neutron Macromolecular Crystallography at the Oak Ridge National Labs, July 15-16, 2014, in Oak Ridge, TN.  Dr. Ng’s presentation was “Neutron crystallographic structure of the Inorganic Pyrophosphatase from Thermococcus thioreducens at 2.2A: Insights to a structure-based mechanism” and Dr. McFeeters’ presentation was “Probing the enzyme mechanism of P. aeruginosa Pth 1 by high resolution neutron studies.”

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UAH SPACE SCIENCE PROFESSORS GIVE TALKS AT ASTRONUM 2014

Drs. Nikolai Pogorelov and Gary P. Zank gave talks at Astronum-2014, the 9th Annual International Conference on Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows that took place in Long Beach, CA, on June 23-27, 2014. They also served in the Program Committee of the conference. The conference attracted about 70 participants from all over the world.

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COLLEGE OF NURSING AT UAH FACULTY PRESENTATIONS

- Dr. Sheree Carter, clinical assistant professor, presented “Benchmarking the Roles of the US Rheumatology Nurse in Practice” to Nurse Special interest Group/European League Against Rheumatism in Paris, France, June 2014.

- Dr. Sheree Carter, clinical assistant professor, presented “An Overview of Clinical Trails and Clinical Trails” Nursing in Birmingham, AL, May 2014.

- Dr. Lori Lioce, clinical associate professor and simulation coordinator, lead and co-presented a four hour pre-conference workshop “Adopting INACSL Simulation Standards: The Secret Formula for Success” at the 14th annual International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning annual conference in Orlando, FL, on June 18, 2014.

- Dr. Lori Lioce, clinical associate professor and simulation coordinator, presented “Translating CAE PNCIs for Advanced Practitioner Education” at HPSN World 2014 in Sarasota, FL, on May 1, 2014.

- Dr. Lori Lioce, clinical associate professor and simulation coordinator, presented “Revolutionizing Healthcare Education through Simulation Education” at AlaSim International 2014 on May 6, 2014.

- Dr. Lori Lioce, clinical associate professor and simulation coordinator, co-presented “Forming a Statewide Simulation Alliance: Collaborating with Fellow Simulation Users” at AlaSim International 2014 on May 6, 2014 sponsored by Alabama Simulation and Modeling Council at Dynetics in Huntsville, AL.

- Dr. Lori Lioce, clinical associate professor and simulation coordinator, presented “Women’s Heart Health” for North Alabama Medical Reserve Corps at the 7th Annual Women Wellness Event on May 15, 2014 in Huntsville, AL.

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UAH COLLEGE OF BUSINESS PROFESSOR SPEAKS AT CONFERENCE

Dr. Yeqing Bao, associate chair and associate professor of marketing, offered a presentation on curriculum design at the 2014 China Marketing International Conference, July 11-14, 2014, in Wuhan, China.

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UAH DIRECTOR OF CMER ATTENDS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BRIEFING INNOVATION SUMMIT

Jeff Thompson, director of the center for management and economic research, attended a Reshoring Initiative briefing for economic development leaders hosted by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama in May. Mr. Thompson also attended the Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit in Chattanooga in June. This year’s conference was hosted by the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. The agenda included sessions on entrepreneurship, innovation, innovation and economic development leadership.

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UAH CMER RESEARCHER HOSTS MANAGEMENT TEAM

Nicholas Loyd, research scientist with the Center for Management and Economic Research, hosted the Alabama Technology Network management team at UAH for a UAH-ATN briefing in July. Discussions included new ideas for ways UAH-ATN office can support the ATN system and Alabama manufacturers.

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UAH LIBERAL ARTS GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT PANEL AT 2014 POPULAR/AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION IN THE SOUTH

Graduate students Mandy Hughes, Lora Hibbard, and Christa Reeves presented papers at the 2014 Popular/American Culture Association in the South. Their panel, “Subverse Subtexts: Feminism, Gender and Performance in the Works of Shakespeare,” was moderated by another UAH graduate student, Anna Jones.

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UAH VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH SPEAKS AT NORTH ALABAMA CYBER SECURITY SUMMIT

Dr. Ray Vaughn spoke on the “Top Ten Concerns with Security of Industrial Control Systems in Critical Infrastructure Applications” at the sixth annual North Alabama Cyber Security Summit held June 4-5.

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UAH VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH SPEAKS AT AFCEA EVENT

Dr. Ray Vaughn presented “Industrial Control Systems Insecurity” to the AL chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) on July 8.

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UAH RSESC RESEARCHERS PRESENT COMPOSITES-RELATED IDEAS

On July 15th and 16th, RSESC Research Professor William Kaukler, and RSESC Research Scientist Wayne Thompson presented novel composites-related ideas to a prestigious audience of academic faculty and industry leaders at Mississippi State University (MSU) to support the ongoing collaboration between MSU and UAH to win an NSF grant that would help to establish a new NSF I/UCRC research center for ACTV. The ideas presented were related to improvement of low-temperature cryo-tanks and non-destructive evaluation of composite laminates. MSU and UAH will submit their joint proposal to NSF in September.

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UAH RSESC ASSOCIATE RESEARCH PROFESSOR PRESENTS PAPERS

Professor William Kaukler presented two papers at the 61st JANNAF (Joint Army Navy NASA Air Force) Propulsion Meeting held May 19-22, 2014, in Charleston, SC. The first paper was given at the Innovative Nozzle Materials Session of the 29th Rocket Nozzle Technology Symposium entitled “Ionic Liquid Process for Rayon Based Carbon Fiber.” The authors of that paper were William Kaukler of RSESC, Greg Doud and Hunter Bray of Research Institute. The second paper was presented at the Industry Briefings Meeting of the JANNAF Programmatic Industrial Base Subcommittee by Professor Kaukler and Greg Doud. The paper was entitled “Critical Carbon Fibers for Rockets and Missiles.” The work presented was funded by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), and the work was performed in the Reliability and Failure Analysis Laboratory of the Research Institute.

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UAH SPACE SCIENCE PROFESSORS PRESENT TALKS AT ASTRONUM-2014

Drs. Nikolai Pogorelov and Gary P. Zank gave talks at Astronum-2014, the 9th Annual International Conference on Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows that took place in Long Beach, CA, on June 23-27, 2014. They also served in the Program Committee of the conference. The conference attracted about 70 participants from all over the world.

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UAH RESEARCH SCIENTIST ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

Vladimir Kolobov attended the 29th International Symposium on Rarefied Gas Dynamics, July 13-18, 2014, in Xi’an, China. He presented an invited talk “Solving kinetic equations with adaptive mesh in phase space for rarefied gas dynamics and plasma physics” by Vladimir Kolobov, Robert Arslanbekov, and Anna Frolova. He also chaired a Session “Numerical Kinetics” on July 16.

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GOOGLE GRANT HELPED UA PROFESSOR OFFER ONLINE TRAINING TO TEACHERS NATIONWIDE

Dr. Jeff Gray, professor of computer science at UA, led a free, online course this summer to train high-school teachers in a new computer-science course and future College Board AP exam. More than 700 teachers from across the United States signed up for the course, including several teachers on military bases in other countries. The course, CSP4HS, began as Gray continued efforts to reach teachers in Alabama by training 50 teachers this summer, but Google provided a grant to broaden the reach through a web-based delivery method known as a Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC. With support from the Google program and the National Science Foundation, Gray led the six-week course that offered instruction to educators interested in learning more about CS Principles, a new Advanced Placement Course under development by the College Board.

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UA HOSTED LEADING RESEARCHERS AT MENTAL HEALTH, AGING CONFERENCE

Aging successfully begins much earlier than when most people begin preparing for retirement. The decisions one makes during their 20s and 30s can impact quality of life in their 70s, even if significant lifestyle changes are made when a person enters their 50s. And while people should strive to age successfully for their own health benefits, the goal is two-fold, as nearly one in four Americans cares for an older adult. The UA Center for Mental Health and Aging and the College of Continuing Studies hosted “Successful Aging Across the Lifespan,” a day-long conference of workshops for professionals, community providers and care-givers. Special emphasis was given to aging successfully from birth, Alzheimer’s/dementia care and healthy lifestyles.

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UA HOSTED WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE FUELS

Nationally-recognized experts in energy spoke as part of a workshop on sustainable fuels at UA. The day-long technical workshop, “Sustainable Fuels: Production and Combustion,” was sponsored by the UA College of Engineering, its department of mechanical engineering and the Institute for Sustainable Energy. The workshop focused on research on production, processing and combustion of biofuels and opportunity fuels. The Institute for Sustainable Energy at UA is a group campus. The institute is supported by focused to promote energy research on UA’s the U.S. Department of Energy. Researchers in ISE conduct innovative science and technology research to utilize the complex mix of conventional, alternate and opportunity fuels in an energy efficient and environmentally sound manner.

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UA HEALTH SCIENCES HOSTED PATIENT-CENTERED MEDICAL HOME CONFERENCE

UA’s College of Community Health Sciences hosted a conference that focused on the Patient-Centered Medical Home and ways physicians and other health-care providers can incorporate this model of care into their medical practices. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Patient-Centered Medical Home, or PCMH, is a model of primary care delivery that is patient-centered, comprehensive, coordinated, accessible, and that focuses on quality and safety. Among the conference keynote speakers was Dr. Paul Grundy, director of Global Healthcare Transformation for IBM and founding president of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. In his role at IBM, Grundy develops strategies to shift health-care delivery toward consumer-focused, primary-care based systems.

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DRUID CITY OPERA WORKSHOP HELD AT UA

UA’s Opera Theatre hosted the fifth annual performance of the Druid City Opera Workshop on the UA campus. The 22 workshop performers include undergraduates, graduate students, and young and seasoned professional singers and pianists from across the country. These individuals were chosen from 100 applicants to attend the weeklong intensive, which is under the leadership of Paul Houghtaling, director of opera theatre at UA. Throughout the week, the students learned various performance techniques such as acting, dance movement, stage combat, improvisation and music business from a faculty of well-known artists, teachers and scholars from around the United States. More than 70 students have participated in this pre-professional program and have been accepted into prominent graduate school programs and excelled in professional endeavors.

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ORLANDO MAGIC OFFICIAL SPOKE AT FOSTER YOUTH PROGRAM LUNCHEON AT UA

Lucas Boyce, director of business development and legislative affairs for the Orlando Magic basketball team, spoke to participants of the nsoro College Bound Pre-Collegiate Program at UA. The program is a weeklong residential pre-collegiate experience that introduces high school age foster youth to college. Now in its fourth year, the program is a collaboration between the nsoro Foundation and UA. The Alabama REACH office is the recognized University partner for the program. The 2014 program had 27 student participants. During the week, nsoro College Bound students participated in academic talks and class observation and took a practice ACT exam. Boyce spoke about his own personal experience with the child welfare system.

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AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY GIRLS STATE HELD AT UA

The American Legion Auxiliary 2014 Girls State took place on the UA campus. A number of guest speakers addressed the participants during the week, including Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, Lt. Col. Shannon Juby of the U.S. Air Force, and Alabama State Treasurer Young Boozer. American Legion Auxiliary Girls State is a nonpartisan program that teaches young women responsible citizenship and love for God and Country, according to the group’s website. Since the program’s start in 1937, nearly one million young people have had the opportunity to learn first-hand how their state and local government works. During the week, more than 350 participants conducted mock elections and learned about civic processes.

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AMERICAN LEGION ALABAMA BOYS STATE MET AT UA

More than 500 Alabama high school seniors tried their hands at politics and community service during the 2014 American Legion Alabama Boys State convention on the UA campus. During the week, students conducted mock elections and learned about civic processes as well as participated in community service projects. Alabama Boys State is a leadership and government training program. It is among the highest honors granted to high school senior boys. Students from around the state were chosen based on their demonstration of leadership, hard work, strong morals and motivation in school and community activities. Delegates had the opportunity to join interest groups that focused on their individual areas of interest, including law and law enforcement, aerospace, local government and the environment.

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UA EQUESTRIAN TEAM OFFERED SUMMER RIDING LESSONS, CAMP

The UA Equestrian Team invited young equestrians to participate in either an elite camp or horse riding lessons this summer. An Elite Equitation Prep Camp gave riders a glimpse of what it is like to compete as a college hunt-seat equestrian team member. In addition to riding lessons that covered both IHSA and NCEA competition formats, campers experienced an intense week of classroom instruction, athletic rider training, video performance reviews and a mock competition at week’s end. The program included housing in UA residence halls, three daily meals from campus dining, transportation to and from the equestrian facility and the lease of UA horses and equipment for the duration of the camp. UA Equestrian Team coach Heather McCall also taught hunt seat riding lessons to equestrians ages 12 and older.

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UA’S HONORS COLLEGE HOSTED OPENING OF PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY IN MARION

UA’s Honors College hosted a gallery opening in the Smith Building, 301 Washington St., Marion, as part of its 57 Miles partnership with Perry County. The gallery featured the exhibit “The Black Belt: Photography of Chip Cooper.” Cooper serves as the artist-in-residence at the Honors College. The exhibit featured works drawn from Cooper’s travels across the Black Belt.

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UAB SUSTAINABILITY EXPERTS CONSIDER WAYS TO REVITALIZE METRO AREA

The UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center brought in experts from around the world for the third annual Sustainable Smart Cities Symposium on June 12. The event focused on lessons learned in sustainability and innovative solutions to make Birmingham a smarter and more livable city. The UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Symposium is a forum designed to keep stakeholders in the Birmingham community – and UAB scientists and other academics across the region – at the forefront of urban sustainability and development. The symposium works with other programs at UAB and partner institutions, including the U.S. Depart-ment of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration and the National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management, to encourage investigators to advance the science of cities.

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UAB HOSTS STEM INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS

The UAB School of Engineering hosted the 38th Annual Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering Summer Institute and sponsored the SECME National Student Engineering Competition Finals, in partnership with the UAB Office for Equity and Diversity. SECME is a professional development institute dedicated to focusing on equity in science, technology, engineering and math initiatives by bringing together K-12 educators, university faculty, and industry and government representatives to share the best in their fields of expertise. Students are able to participate in the institute through the engineering competition finals. The SECME Summer Institute saw 120 K-12 educators from around the nation reside on campus for a week of professional development workshops in STEM to enhance student achievement and interest in these subjects.

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UAB HOSTS ANNUAL NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM FOR HEALTH CARE EXECUTIVES

UAB hosted the 34th National Symposium for Healthcare Executives from August 6-8 at the Sandestin Resort in Destin, FL. The symposium was sponsored by the Department of Health Services Administration and the Center for Healthcare Management and Leader-ship in the School of Health Professions. The overall topic was “Maintaining the Bottom Line in the Era of Quality and Safety.” The symposium provided an ideal learning environment for health care leaders, including executives, medical professionals and health decision-makers. More than 4,000 individuals from 38 states and several foreign countries have attended one or more of the annual symposia.

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UAB HOSTS FIFTH ANNUAL DIABETES RESEARCH DAY

The UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center hosted UAB Diabetes Research Day on May 23. Its members are conducting cutting-edge research into the causes and mechanisms of diabetes, working on novel disease-altering therapies, training future generations of diabetes researchers and clinicians, and providing the highest-quality innovative care to diabetes patients.

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BRAIN RESEARCH IN RETT SYNDROME TOPIC OF UAB COMMUNITY TALK

The UAB Research Civitan Club hosted a lecture on brain research to better attendees’ understanding of Rett syndrome as part of its ongoing Science, Communication and Innovation talks. Lucas Pozzo-Miller, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Neurobiology, gave the lecture May 20. Rett syndrome is a neuro-developmental disorder that almost exclusively affects girls. It is characterized by normal early growth and development followed by a slowing of development, loss of purposeful use of the hands, slowed brain and head growth, distinctive hand movements, seizures, intellectual disability, and problems with walking.

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UAB HOSTS HIGH SCHOOL COMPUTER PROGRAMMING CONTEST

The State of Alabama High School Programming Contest brought talented students from across the state to UAB on May 17 for a contest that tested computer programming skills. Participants in the event competed as individuals or teams to demonstrate their programming prowess and problem-solving abilities. The contest-ants attempted to solve six programming problems within a three-hour period. All solutions to the problems had to be coded in Java or C++.