Conferences / Symposia / Programs
UAH COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEAN MODERATES PANEL AT THE GEO-ENERGY-CYBER HUNTSVILLE SUMMIT
Dr. Caron St. John, Dean, moderated the “Nurturing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for GEO-Energy-Cyber Technologies” panel at the conference held on November 14, 2013. The conference incorporated three technology initiatives important to the growth of Huntsville: geospatial technology, energy management, and cybersecurity.
UAH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MANAGEMENT PRESENTS PAPERS
Assistant Professor of Management, Dr. William I. MacKenzie, Jr., presented the research paper, “The Reduction of Product Development Cycle Time: Building Dynamic Capabilities through HR Practices,” with Coauthors Dan Sherman and Eric Fong, at the 2013 Academy of Management Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL, on August 12, 2013. Dr. MacKenzie also presented the research paper, “Effects of Communication Media, Trust, Accuracy and Completeness on Organizational Commitment,” with Coauthors Malayka Klimchak, Dan Sherman and Anna Katherine Ward, at the 2013 Academy of Management Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL, on August 11, 2013.
UAH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MANAGEMENT PARTICIPATES AS A PANELIST
Assistant Professor of Management, Dr. William I. MacKenzie, Jr., was a panelist in a Professional Development Workshop entitled “Career choices: What should I be doing now to prepare for the job market and my future career?” at the 2013 Academy of Management Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL, on August 10, 2013.
UAH CMER STAFF ATTENDS SOUTHEASTERN AUTOMOTIVE CONFERENCE
Nic Loyd, Jeff Siniard, and Karen Yarbrough participated in the Southeastern Automotive Conference held in Mississippi on October 3-4. Automotive companies from Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee participated in the sessions on Workforce, Procurement, and Sustainability in the southern automotive industry. Alabama will host the 2014 conference in October.
UAH COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ICE LAB INTERIM DIRECTOR GIVES TALK
UAH College of Business Administration visiting professor and interim director for the ICE Lab Dr. John R. Whitman gave a talk on Nonprofit Management at the Leadership in Social Services Entrepreneurship Panel as part of the Leadership Huntsville/Madison County organization.
UAH COLLEGE OF BUSINESS VISITING PROFESSOR ATTENDS ALABAMA LAUNCHPAD
UAH College of Business Administration visiting professor and interim director for the ICE Lab Dr. John R. Whitman attended the Alabama Launchpad final business plan competition in preparation for grooming future competitive teams from UAH.
UAH ALABAMA TECHNOLOGY NETWORK (ATN) HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING
The Alabama Technology Network (ATN) held an annual statewide meeting in October. The agenda included updates on the assistance programs, technology infrastructure, and strategic goals. Nic Loyd (UAH-ATN program director), Karen Yarbrough, and Jeff Thompson participated in the two-day conference.
UAH CENTER FOR MANAGEMENT & ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CMER) PROVIDES INNOVATION LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
UAH-CMER provided an innovation leadership program for the Leadership Huntsville-Madison County Alumni in October. The activity-based program highlighted the benefits of purposeful innovation processes and participation of talent across organizations. Karen Yarbrough organized the session with the Leadership team. Mitch Hamm of the ATN-Bevill Center and Jeff Thompson assisted with the innovation exercises.
UAH CMER INTERIM DIRECTOR PARTICIPATES IN CONFERENCE
Jeff Thompson, interim director of Center for Management & Economic Research (CMER) participated in the Alabama Department of Transportation’s Small Business Opportunities Conference in Mobile in October. The conference was organized by ALDOT to promote contract opportunities for small businesses with the State of Alabama as well as with major industries in Alabama like automotive manufacturing and aerospace. Jeff presented an aerospace overview emphasizing near-term and longer-term opportunities for small manufacturing companies.
UAH FACULTY MEMBER IN COLLEGE OF SCIENCE WINS BEST TUTORIAL AWARD
Computer Science Professor Mikel Petty’s tutorial “Model Verifi-cation and Validation Methods”, presented at the 2013 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), was selected by the conference organizers as this year’s “Best Tutorial.” I/ITSEC is the largest conference of the year in modeling and simulation. Over 16,000 people attended the 2012 I/ITSEC conference.
UAH SPACE SCIENTIST PRESENTS PAPER AT AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION MEETING
Among the numerous papers presented by UAH space scientists at the AGU meeting, Professor Jacob Heerikhuisen modeled the unexpected “ribbon” of energetic neutral atom flux seen in the IBEX all-sky maps. The ribbon appears to be very circular when viewed in the right projection. A number of global heliospheric simulations were performed to compare the observed ribbon with those predicted by our model for different interstellar conditions.
Gary Zank gave an invited talk entitled “Modeling the Heliosphere” at the “Wind Bubbles, Astrospheres and the Heliosphere: Environments and Cosmic Rays” Conference, held in Bochum, Germany, November 2013. Zank also gave the keynote talk on “High-Performance Computational Science: Plasma Physics”, at a Workshop for “Institute for High-Performance Computational Science with Structured Meshes and Particles” (HPCS-SMP),” held in Denver, CO, November 2013. He also gave an invited talk entitled “Structure and modelling of the heliosphere,” at the “Astrospheres: From the Sun to Red Super Giants” Conference, that was held in Leiden, Holland in December 2013. As part of that conference, he was also asked to give the “Workshop Summary.”
CENTER FOR APPLIED OPTICS AT UAH
Research developed by Dr. Yongbin Lin, a Research Scientist at UAH-CAO, was presented at the NanoBio Summit, October 17-19, 2013, in Montgomery, AL. The paper, “Optical fiber tip LSPR biological nanosensors,” presented recent results in a transformational optical sensor Dr. Lin has developed.
COLLEGE OF NURSING AT UAH
- Ellise Adams presented with Ramani Gadokoyya “BSN students Belief Related to Birth and the Role of the Intrapartum Nurse” at the NAHEC in Cullman, AL, in August, 2013.
- Azita Amiri from UAH along with Lydia Adams and Kelly Vasquez, presented “Formaldehyde, Styrene, Toluene, and Perchloroethylene, as Common Indoor Air Pollutants in Office and Residential Building: Health Effects and Steps to Reduce Exposure” at the Beta Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in Huntsville, AL, October 30, 2013.
- Azita Amiri presented “Formal-dehyde Exposure Levels During Pregnancy” at the EPA meeting entitled “Protecting Children’s Health for a Lifetime: Environmental Health Research Meets Clinical Practice and Public Policy” in Washington, DC, on October 29-30, 2013.
- Ann Bianchi presented “Inter-section of Poverty and Abuse. A descriptive analysis of entry Data from a 7 year study at the 42nd Biennial convention in Indianapolis, IN, on November 20, 2013.
- Sheree Carter and Rita Ferguson, presented “Transformational Leadership in Nursing Education” as part of the Initiatives to Develop Nurse Leaders at the Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, IN, on November 20, 2013.
- Peggy Hays presented “Using Continuous Improvement to improve Patient Satisfaction” at the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare in Montreal, Canada in October, 2013.
- Yeow Chye Ng presented a paper at the 26th Annual Association of Nurses in Aids Care, in Atlanta, GA.
- Pamela O’Neal presented “Leading change in healthcare and Pulmonary suctioning: Quality process and performance indicators.” in Las Vegas, NV, in December 2013.
- Lenora Smith presented “A Dimensional Analysis of the Concept of Suffering in People with Dementia at End of Life.” at the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, IN, in November, 2013.
- Lori Lioce was invited to speak and serve as Course Director for Challenges in Curriculum Integration, an Expert Panel being held during the General Session of the Second Annual Asia Pacific International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare in Shanghai in October, 2013.
EXHIBITION, FILM ABOUT LANDMARK SMOKING REPORT FEATURED AT UA
“The Surgeon General vs. The Marlboro Man: Who Really Won?” That was the provocative question posed by an original exhibition at UA’s Gorgas Library to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the landmark 1964 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. A reception was held in conjunction with the exhibition to honor the memory of Dr. Luther Terry, an Alabamian who was the country’s Surgeon General when the 1964 report was released. The reception featured the premier screening of the short documentary Blowing Smoke: The Lost Legacy of the Surgeon General’s Report, by exhibit curator Dr. Alan Blum, the Gerald Leon Wallace MD Endowed Chair in Family Medicine at UA’s College of Community Health Sciences; his son, Samuel Blum; and UA alumnus Jake Buettner. Following the film, an open discussion was held to consider future efforts to counter smoking and its promotion.
UA PROFESSORS DISCUSSED SPORTS AND NATIVE AMERICAN MASCULINITY
UA’s Women’s Resource Center and the Alabama Program in Sports Communication at UA co-hosted a panel discussion titled “Being Brave: Sports and Native American Masculinity.” The discussion was moderated by Dr. Andrew Billings, director of the Alabama Program in Sports Communication, and featured Dr. George Daniels, assistant dean for administration of the College of Communication and Information Sciences and associate professor of journalism; Dr. Utz McKnight, chair and associate professor of gender and race studies; Dr. Rich Megraw, associate professor of American studies; and Dr. Harold Selesky, associate professor of history. The group explored a number of topics centered on Native Americans and sport, including recent controversy over sporting teams’ mascot names.
UA PRESENTED DOCUMENTARY CELEBRATING CHINESE CULTURE
UA’s Center for Community-Based Partnerships hosted a viewing of The Dialogue, an hour-long documentary championing international culture. The Dialogue follows four American and four Chinese university students as they travel together through Hong Kong and Southwest China. It captures their shared travel adventures, emotions of culture shock, honest confrontations and discoveries. The event, part of International Education Week, was free and open to the public. A reception and discussion followed the viewing. Partners for the program included the Capstone International Center, the Heart Touch pen-pal project for U.S. and Chinese elementary school students and the Student Enrichment Experience Team.
UA’S PHILOSOPHY SERIES CONTINUED WITH TALK ON INATTENTIONAL BLINDNESS
Dr. Ned Block, a leading philosopher of mind, delivered the lecture “Do We See Less Than We Think We See?” as part of the 2013-2014 Philosophy Today Series. Block is the Silver Professor of Philosophy, Psychology and Neural Science at New York University. He has published extensively in philosophy of mind, as well as foundations of neuroscience and cognitive science. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received numerous distinctions in philosophy, including delivering the 2011-12 John Locke Lectures at Oxford. In his lecture at UA, Block discussed inattentional blindness, or selective attention, which is the failure to notice something in one’s visual field while performing attention-demanding tasks.
UA RESEARCH OFFICE HOSTED INNOVATION DAY
From a student-run company offering small-loans to fellow entrepreneurs to a faculty member’s approach to lowering replacement costs for electric vehicle batteries, a variety of innovative approaches were outlined during UA’s first Innovation Day. Attendees networked with others and asked questions during panel discussions and breaks. The event was co-sponsored by UA’s Office for Technology Transfer, along with UA’s Bama Technology Incubator and the Culverhouse College of Commerce. Finalists in a UA Culverhouse College of Commerce Concept Pitch Competition also presented, and winners were announced.
UA EDUCATION POLICY CENTER HOSTED HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING FORUM
The UA College of Education hosted the president of the Southern Regional Education Board during a forum in which post-recession higher education improvements were discussed. David Spence, who has served as president of the SREB since 2005, was the featured speaker for “After the Recession: Higher Education Access and Finance in the South.” Topics discussed at the forum included the policies and practices needed to create a “college going” ethic among students and families, what can be done to ameliorate rising tuition costs and “sticker shock” among parents and students, and business and industry’s investment in education.
UA HONORED VETERANS, ACTIVE MILITARY WITH EVENTS
UA honored students and individuals who served in the armed forces with a series of activities in November including a Veterans Day ceremony. UA’s Office for Veteran and Military Affairs organized the event. The Veterans Day ceremony was on the UA Quad in front of Gorgas Library and featured an event naming UA a Purple Heart University. Other events included honoring the 6,740 fallen veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with an illuminated Walk of Champions event outside the north end of Bryant-Denny Stadium, a roll call of all the fallen Alabama heroes and speeches from veterans and organizations, and a Battle of the Branches athletic event.
SYMPOSIUM EXAMINED STUDENT PERCEPTIONS OF RACE RELATIONS AT UA
UA took a timely look at the history of race relations on campus with a symposium on student perceptions of race relations, featuring historical and contemporary perspectives. Speakers detailed student responses to questions of race dating back to the turbulent 1960s, when the University became an integrated campus. The symposium presented and examined the results of a recent survey of the racial attitudes and behavior of more than 4,000 UA students conducted in January 2013. This survey was the latest in a series of similar surveys that have been conducted on campus beginning as early as 1963, when UA was first integrated. These surveys were replicated periodically on campus until the late 1980s.
UA GALLERY IN CULTURAL ARTS CENTER UNVEILED WASH EXHIBITION
The UA Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center featured “Wash by Margaret Wrinkle: Seeing Across the Divide,” a series of photographs taken by Wrinkle at slavery-related sites throughout the South while researching her critically acclaimed novel Wash. The event and exhibition were sponsored by UA’s Summersell Center for the Study of the South, and co-sponsored by UA’s departments of American studies, art and art history, English, and gender and race studies. Published by Grove/Atlantic, Wrinkle’s novel Wash reexamines American slavery in ways that challenge many contemporary assumptions about race, power, history and healing as it carries the reader from the American South to West Africa and deep into the ancestral stories that reside in the soul.
AUTHOR EXPLAINED WHAT UA’S GRIDIRON SUCCESS MEANS FOR THE SOUTH
An old joke says college football fans want a university that its football team can be proud of. But things are different at UA: there have been times, a historian said, when the success of the Crimson Tide really has been a touchstone for those in the South who felt downtrodden or overlooked. The University’s historical (and current) achievements on the gridiron were the subject of a talk by Dr. Randy Roberts, an American historian. “Five Reasons Why Alabama Football Matters to History” explored the Crimson Tide’s success during bleak economic and political climates in the South, and why those on-the-field victories were so important to Southern culture. It’s not as easy to understand now, but – especially in the 1920s – Alabama really was “Dixie’s football pride,” said Roberts, who serves as distinguished professor of history at Purdue University.
UAB TO COMMEMORATE PROUST’S CENTENNIAL WORK
UAB commemorated the centennial of Swann’s Way, the first volume of renowned French writer Marcel Proust’s classic In Search of Lost Time, with a special exhibition. UAB houses one of the top three Proust collections in the world and is also home to the world’s foremost Proust expert, William Carter, Ph.D., distinguished professor emeritus of French. The exhibition, titled “Marcel Proust: A Centennial Exhibition Swann’s Way 1913-2013,” included autographed works, volumes of books by and about Proust, journals, manuscripts, and original letters and images, as well as copies of objects from the University of Illinois-Urbana’s collection.
UAB COLLAT SCHOOL OF BUSINESS CELEBRATES RETAIL DAY
The UAB Collat School of Business marked Retail Day with an event that celebrated the state’s top retailers and allowed UAB business students to hear the leaders’ advice and success stories. Twelve retail businesses with operations in 72 Alabama cities and 31 states were recognized as Retailers of the Year at a luncheon at The Club. A list of winners is available online.
HEALTH EDUCATION WEEK KICKED OFF AT UAB IN OCTOBER
The UAB School of Education Department of Human Studies celebrated Health Education Week on October 21-25 with a series of events including a day of service at Jones Valley Teaching Farms to raise awareness about healthy foods.
UAB HOSTED LINCOLN WEEK
UAB commemorated the life and legacy of 16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln with a week of events held November 15-21. On November 19, 1863, Lincoln gave his historic “Gettysburg Address.” As the nation reflected, UAB hosted “Abraham Lincoln: Image and Reality,” a week featuring lectures, a musical performance and a film screening, and then culminating with a talk by one of this country’s most prominent historians, Eric Foner, Ph.D., the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University.
UAB CONFERENCE BRINGS TOGETHER SOCIAL MEDIA AND WELLNESS EXPERTS
To help cultivate more informed consumers in either the social media world or the health world – or both – UAB Wellness hosted the second annual Innovations in Wellness Conference on November 19-20. The conference featured two days with separate focuses. The first day was all about social media, with some of the best users in Birmingham teaching the intricacies of the various online communication channels through case studies.