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APRIL 2014

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UAH COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEAN ATTENDS CONFERENCE

Caron St. John, Dean, recently attended the AACSB Deans Conference in San Francisco. She is the co-chair of the Entrepreneurship Programs Affinity Group within AACSB.

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UAH SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SBDC) DIRECTOR GIVES PRESENTATION TO VETERANS

Foster Perry, Director and Senior Consultant, made an outreach presentation on the PTAC and SBDC services for veterans. Sixteen veterans that are enrolled in the HUD/VASH (Partnership Program between the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing) attended the presentation and one veteran has already made an appointment to come in for counseling on government contracting.

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UAH SBDC DIRECTOR AND STAFF MEMBERS ATTEND HUNTSVILLE SMALL BUSINESS FORUM

Foster Perry, Director and Senior Consultant, Mary Jane Fleming, Procurement Counselor, and Holly DeGroat, Junior Procurement Counselor, attended the USACE-Huntsville Small Business Forum at the UAH University Center. This event gave small businesses an opportunity to network with the different divisions of the USACE-Huntsville. There were presentations on future solicitations and a look back on FY13. The UAH PTAC participated as panelists with the USACE Small Business Office, and the SBA PCR.

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UAH SBDC DIRECTOR ATTENDS ILS CONNECT HUNTSVILLE EVENT

Foster Perry, Director and Senior Consultant, attended the ILS Connect Huntsville 2013. This event consisted of networking and learning sessions dedicated to commercial and defense aviation industries.

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UAH SBDC MEMBERS ATTEND GEOENERGYCYBER SUMMIT

Foster Perry, Director and Senior Consultant, and Mary Jane Fleming, Procurement Counselor, attended the Geo Energy Cyber Summit of 2013. This event hosted corporations and government agencies to demonstrate emerging technologies and to support job growth and new economic development opportunities in Huntsville and the surrounding region.

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COLLEGE OF NURSING AT UAH

Dr. Lori Lioce, Simulation Coordinator and Lecturer, presented “Getting Connected: Empower your Faculty and Facilitators through Implementation of INACSL’s Standards of Best Practice: Simulation” at the 14th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare on January 27, 2014 in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Lioce was also selected to present a 4 hour pre-conference workshop “Simulation Magic: Adopting INACSL Simulation Standards as the Secret Formula for Success” for the 2014 International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference June 19-21 in Orlando, FL. Additionally, Dr. Lioce was selected for a poster presentation “Presto! Transforming Undergraduate Simulations to Graduate Simulation Experiences” at the 2014 International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference June 19-21 in Orlando, FL.

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UAH’S EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE CENTER PRESENTS RESEARCH ON LIGHTNING

Several oral presentations and a poster on related lightning research in UAH’s Earth System Science Center were presented during the American Meteorological Society’s annual meeting at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta during February. This research suggests that a “lightning jump,” or sudden increase in lightning strikes inside a thunderstorm, might give warning of violent weather before radar can.

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UAH HAS MAJOR PRESENCE AT AMS MEETING

Fifty UAH faculty, students and researchers from the Department of Atmospheric Science and Earth System Science Center presented research and exhibited the Mobile Integrated Profiling System (MIPS) at the 2014 American Meteorological Society (AMS) annual meeting held in Atlanta from February 1-6, 2014.

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UAH SPACE SCIENCE PROFESSOR GIVES INVITED TALKS AT EUROPEAN CONFERENCES

Professor Gary Zank presented invited talks at the Astrospheres Conference in Leiden, Holland, and the Physics of the Heliopause Conference in Bern, Switzerland.

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UAH SPACE SCIENCE FACULTY AND STUDENTS PRESENT PAPERS AT AGU CONFERENCE

Five Space Science faculty members and five students presented papers and posters and organized scientific sessions at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

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UA CLUB HOSTED MODEL UN FOR HIGH SCHOOLS

About 150 high school students from 10 high schools in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee participated in the sixth Alabama Model United Nations Conference at UA. UA’s Alabama International Relations Club was the sponsor, and about 25 UA students ran the conference. Dr. Mark Conversino, dean of the Air War College in Montgomery, was the featured speaker. He addressed the unrest in the Ukraine. The conference strives to provide delegates of all experience levels with debate that stimulates students intellectually and brings attention to international issues. In the model UN conference, high school groups represent and play the parts of UN-member nations. This year’s model UN also featured a Hunger Games component, in which students represented the 12 “districts” as depicted in the young-adult novel and feature film.

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AUTHOR OF THE HELP RETURNED TO SPEAK AT HER UA ALMA MATER

UA alumna and New York Times best-selling novelist Kathryn Stockett let readers behind the curtain when she shared the story behind her novel The Help. Stockett, whose 2009 novel became the basis for a hit movie starring Emma Stone, based the book – at least in part – on some of her own experiences growing up in neighboring Mississippi. The novel tells the story of increasing racial interactions and tensions in the 1960s between high society Caucasians in Jackson, MS, and their African-American servants – the titular “help.” Stockett graduated from UA with a degree in English and creative writing. The Help has sold more than 10 million copies, and it spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list.

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STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN SCIENCE OLYMPIAD AT UA

More than 400 students participated in the 2014 regional Science Olympiad competition at UA. Science Olympiad is an international non-profit organization founded in 1982 that promotes teamwork in the disciplines of life science, earth and space science, physical science, chemistry, technology and engineering among elementary-, middle- and high-school students. The regional competition for middle- and high-school students, hosted by UA, is just one of many across the country. Winners advance to compete in state and national competitions. More than 12,000 schools from all 50 states participate in Science Olympiad each year. Events included competitions in anatomy, entomology, experimental design, heredity, helicopters, disease detectives, forensics, geologic mapping, technical problem solving, compound machines, and experimental design.

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UCLA PHILOSOPHER PRESENTED LECTURE AT UA ON FREE WILL, MORAL RESPONSIBILITY

Dr. Pamela Hieronymi, professor of philosophy at the University of California Los Angeles, presented the lecture “The Problem of Free Will and Moral Responsibility,” at UA. The lecture was part of the Philosophy Today lectures series in UA’s College of Arts and Sciences. Hieronymi discussed the different ways people come to worry about whether they are free and responsible and the possibility of their worries being calmed. She explored the intuitive worry about freedom that results from the responsibility for actions. Lectures in the Philosophy Today series are geared toward a general audience and are of interest to those in any profession or academic discipline. The series is sponsored by UA’s College of Arts and Sciences department of philosophy, a grant from Louis W. Perry and other alumni and friends of the department.

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UA’S ALABAMA LAW REVIEW HOSTED NEW YORK TIMES VS. SULLIVAN SYMPOSIUM

The Alabama Law Review hosted a symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of New York Times vs. Sullivan at the UA School of Law. New York Times vs. Sullivan is one of the most important cases in the history of First Amendment jurisprudence. Famously described by a noted First Amendment scholar at the time as “an occasion for dancing in the streets,” the decision in New York Times vs. Sullivan constitutionalized the law of libel, recognizing a dramatic breadth of freedom to criticize public officials for their conduct; in so doing, it had a significant impact on both freedom of speech and freedom of the press, one that has been debated ever since. As a historical matter, the case was intimately connected to the history of the civil rights movement, particularly within the state of Alabama.

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UA MUSEUM CELEBRATED DARWIN DAY

UA invited the community to Darwin Day, a celebration of Charles Darwin’s 205th birthday, at UA’s Alabama Museum of Natural History in Smith Hall. The free event was a collaborative effort between the University’s Evolutionary Studies Club, biology graduate assistants, the Evolutionary Studies Working Group and the museum. Darwin Day is an opportunity for campuses and museums worldwide to celebrate Darwin’s contributions to science, according to Dr. Dana Ehret, the museum’s curator of paleontology. In addition to several evolution lectures, the event also included interactive exhibits, evolution trivia, K-12 poster exhibit, movie night, pictures with Darwin (or graduate students dressed up as Darwin) and a cake competition.

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UA CELEBRATED 2014 AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH WITH TOURS, EVENTS

The UA Crossroads Community Center invited the UA campus and community to participate in African-American Heritage Month events throughout February. This year’s campus celebration promoted recog-nition of the contributions of African-American culture to area communities and the nation. It highlighted moments in African-American history and the ongoing impact of the African-American experience. Events at UA included the A.L. Tour: Honoring the Legacy of Autherine Lucy, a presentation and question and answer session with journalists Frank Sikora and Nathan Turner Jr., as well as exhibits and lectures on various topics throughout the month.

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UA BUSINESS ANALYTICS SYMPOSIUM INCLUDED EXPERTS FROM ESPN, NIELSON

World-renowned analytics experts presented innovative case studies at UA’s 2014 Institute of Business Analytics annual symposium at the Hotel Capstone. The two-day event, hosted by the UA Culverhouse College of Commerce, explored the diverse landscape of analytics in business with presentations on statistics, forecasting, operations research, credit scoring, predictive modeling and data mining. Analytics experts from Culverhouse, ESPN, SAS, Nielsen, Millennial Media, Atlanta Braves, Alfa Insurance, BBVA Compass, Priorize, BNSF Railway, Webb Wheel and more provided analysis of real world case studies. A few of the presentation topics include sports analytics in developing power rankings, adapting marketing mix models for big data and how winning a national championship is a good predictor for undergraduate enrollment.

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UA PRESENTED ‘REALIZING THE DREAM’ EVENTS TO HONOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

For the 25th consecutive year, UA and its Realizing the Dream partners presented a series of events around the holiday that honors the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events included a Legacy Awards banquet, which featured former national and foreign news correspondent and UA graduate John Cochran; the Realizing the Dream program, which featured Grammy-winning artist John Legend; and participation in the annual SCLC Unity Day celebration. The partners in the Realizing the Dream events, in addition to UA, are Shelton State Community College, Stillman College and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

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UA LEADS CONFERENCE HELPED BUILD LEADERSHIP QUALITIES IN STUDENTS

UA hosted the UA LEADS conference which allowed students, faculty and staff to unite for a day of educational sessions and dialogue on leadership and diversity. UA LEADS, which stands for Leadership, Education, Action and Diversity Summit, is a leadership development program organized through the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership in the Division of Student Affairs. The program served as a platform for beginning the conversation regarding diversity initiatives and the development of a leadership identity. Students participating in the conference received tips on developing their leadership identity and competencies; exploring personal values, vision, ethics and purpose; learning how to work and lead in a diverse society; building a foundation for successful everyday leadership; and enhancing dialogue techniques for successful conversations on social justice topics.

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UAB CYBER SUMMIT EXPLORES NEW THREATS, INNOVATIVE RESPONSES

Andrew Turner, head of Global Cyber Security at Visa, was the opening keynote speaker for the UAB Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research Cyber Summit 2014 in February. The annual summit explores new and ongoing threats to cybersecurity and potential safeguards against them. Center researchers led panel discussions on new issues in cybersecurity, open-source intelligence analytics, cloud security, device security and threat intelligence.

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LEGACY OF EUGENICS SUBJECT OF 35TH ANNUAL REYNOLDS LECTURE AT UAB

The history of eugenics was the topic of the 35th annual Reynolds Historical Lecture held on February 14. Speaker Paul Lombardo, Ph.D., J.D., is the Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law at the Center for Law, Health and Society at Georgia State University. He is a lawyer and historian who serves as a senior adviser to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. He has written two books about eugenics and advised the panel that assembled the digital Image Archive on American Eugenics Movement. The Reynolds Historical Lecture is hosted by Reynolds Associates, UAB Historical Collections, the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences, the Reynolds Historical Library and UAB Archives.

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UAB HOSTS WORLD RARE DISEASE DAY SYMPOSIUM

UAB hosted a symposium for medical professionals and for the community in support of World Rare Disease Day on February 28. In the United States, there are nearly 7,000 rare diseases that affect nearly 30 million Americans. Two-thirds of those affected are children. The goal of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness of the challenges faced by those living with rare diseases. The symposium focused on genome sequencing in clinical diagnosis and featured breakout sessions in two tracks – one for lay members of the community and one for medical professionals. The community track included an advocacy panel discussion and presentations from Bruce Korf, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the UAB Department of Genetics, Maria Descartes, M.D., professor of genetics, and Emily Giles Wakefield, a UAB genetic counseling student.

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UAB PRESENTS THE 2014 IRELAND DISTINGUISHED VISITING SCHOLAR

Leon Botstein, Ph.D., was awarded the 2014 Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Distinguished Visiting Scholar Prize. While at UAB to accept the prize, Botstein conducted a special performance of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra on March 13. Botstein also lectured and met with students and faculty in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences. Botstein is president of Bard College in Annandale, NY, and musical director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. At Bard College, Botstein is also the Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in European history from Harvard. He was awarded the National Arts Club Gold Medal in 1995, the Centennial Medal of the Harvard Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences in 1996, and the Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2003.

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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-RIVERSIDE ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR KEYNOTES UAB/UA ART HISTORY SYMPOSIUM

The UAB Department of Art and Art History hosted the Art History Master of Arts Symposium, an annual daylong symposium shared with the University of Alabama, on March 7 at the UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Juried graduate student research papers were presented throughout the day. University of California-Riverside Associate Professor Jeanette Kohl, Ph.D., was the keynote speaker for the symposium, presenting her lecture Serial Patricians: Authenticity and Duplication in Renaissance Portraiture. Kohl spoke about her research, which focuses on image concepts and strategies of representation in the Italian Renais-sance, with a particular interest in portraiture and methodology. This lecture was sponsored by the John S. Jemison Fund and the UAB Department of Art and Art History.