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NOVEMBER 2015

 

UA HONORS COLLEGE’S 57 MILES INITIATIVE OFFERED PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBIT IN MARION

The UA Honors College hosted a photography exhibit featuring a number of works from Visions of the Black Belt: A Cultural Survey of the Heart of Alabama, a coffee table book by author Valerie Pope Burns and photographer Robin McDonald. The book offers a look at the Black Belt’s towns, architecture, citizens, artists and craftspeople. The works on display also were part of the 10th anniversary gala of the Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center. The author, photographer and a number of artists featured within the book were on hand for a signing. The event also featured southern cuisine, music from Marengo County musician Toney Nixon and a program to honor the center’s contributors.

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EXPERT LECTURED AT UA LAW SCHOOL ON LEGAL RESPONSES TO CATASTROPHES

The UA School of Law hosted Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Kenneth Feinberg, an expert in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He has handled financial claims for major crises and disasters. He lectured on “Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes: Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges.” Feinberg serves as the special master of the Federal Kline-Miller Law, where he oversees private pension plans. He has served as the special master for TARP Executive Compensation, the Federal September 11 Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 and as the administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility in 2010 for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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UA’S SPORT MANAGEMENT LECTURE SERIES KICKED OFF

The 2015 UA Distinguished Lectures in Sport Management series offers the community talks ranging from ethics, integrity and the anti-doping movement to discussion of the World Games 2021. Presented by the College of Human Environmental Sciences’ sport management program, each lecture is designed to discuss various aspects of sports administration and management. The series kicked off with Jessie Gardner who presented “Leadership & Career Development.” Gardner has more than 10 years of experience in collegiate athletics, currently serving as director of UA’s Athletics Student-Athlete Enhancement. In this role, she oversees the “D.R.I.V.E. For Success” Career and Leadership program and the Life Skills and Community Outreach program, both of which support the development of student-athletes beyond their career at Alabama.

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BILL NYE THE “SCIENCE GUY” SPOKE AT UA

Bill Nye, a popular scientist, engineer, author, inventor and comedian, spoke at UA as a part of the Blount Speaker Series and the Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution, or ALLELE, series in the College of Arts and Sciences at UA. Nye was first introduced to many through his educational television show “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” in which he explained scientific concepts in a kid-friendly manner. Since the show’s conclusion in 1998, Nye has been a part of many scientific, educational and entertainment-related endeavors. At UA, Nye spoke about the importance of teaching evolution in schools. Nye has supported the cause in recent years, from his debate with creationist Ken Ham in 2014 to the release of his book on the topic, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation.

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COSTUME DESIGN PROCESS DEPICTED IN EXHIBIT AT UA GALLERY

Research, sketches, mock-ups, photographs and actual costumes curated by UA’s Donna Meester were on display at UA’s Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa. The exhibit, “The Life of a Costume: From Page to Stage,” provides a glimpse into the process and work behind developing costumes for theatrical productions. The exhibit features 15 costumes along with various accessories, including chainmail and armor that were built in the UA costume shop. Meester, associate professor and director of costume design in UA’s department of theatre and dance, designed the majority of the costumes featured, though they were built primarily by students. The exhibit also includes work by students working with Meester.

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‘NURTURING FAMILIES’ FOCUS OF UA SOCIAL WORK-SPONSORED CONFERENCE

The UA School of Social Work hosted its 14th Annual Fall Social Work Conference using the theme “Cultivating Permanency: Nurturing Successful Families Through Interprofessional Collaborations.” Among the conference speakers was Charles Wilson, senior director of the Chadwick Center for Children and Families and the Sam and Rose Stein Endowed Chair in Child Protection at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Wilson oversees a large multi-service child and family maltreatment organization providing prevention, intervention, medical assessment, and trauma treatment services along with professional education and research. He also serves as the director of the California Evidenced-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare. The Alabama Department of Human Resources co-sponsored the conference.

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GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER PHOTOS DISPLAYED AT UA’S JONES GALLERY

Renowned Alabama photographer P.H. Polk’s images of famed botanist George Washington Carver during his days at Tuskegee Institute were displayed at UA’s Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art in downtown Tuscaloosa. The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at UA includes more than 100 photographs by Prentice H. Polk, one of the largest collections of Polk photographs in the Southeast. Some were previously exhibited at the Birmingham Museum of Art. As one of Tuskegee Normal and Technical School’s first photography students, P.H. Polk became the official photo-grapher for The Tuskegee Institute, a position he held for 45 years. George Washington Carver, a faculty member at the time, became one of Polk’s most photographed subjects. These intimate scenes show Carver at work in his laboratories and greenhouses, as well as in the fields.

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UA’S CHILD DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES HOSTED CONFERENCE

UA’s Child Development Re-sources hosted its first Early Learning Child Development Conference “Building a Good Foundation.” The conference was open to UA faculty, child care providers, students and anyone who works with children. The conference featured Dr. Lillian Katz, professor emerita of early childhood education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Erin Ramsey, who spoke on behalf of Mind in the Making. Mind in the Making is a national initiative to share scientifically based research and applicable strategies for promoting the seven essential life skills based on executive functions of the brain, which include focus and self-control; perspective taking; communicating; making connections; critical thinking; taking on challenges; and self-directed, engaged learning.

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UA’S GLOBAL CAFE HOSTED FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP DISCUSSION

Recent Fulbright Scholarship winners from UA participated in a discussion panel to share their experiences and offer scholarship application tips. The panel, titled “The Fulbright Scholarship: Breaking down Cultural Barriers through Language Education,” is part of an open house for Global Café. A reception with refreshments to celebrate the center’s international community engagement programs followed. A record 14 UA graduates won Fulbright awards for 2015-16. The Fulbright Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, is the largest U.S. international exchange program. Global Café was established in spring 2014 by the Division of Community Affairs as a place for campus and community to pursue projects of mutual interest with an emphasis on international programs and projects.

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AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR KICKED OFF UA’S LATIN AMERICAN, CARIBBEAN AND LATINO STUDIES MINOR WITH LECTURE

Historian and award-winning author Dr. Ann Twinam presented “Purchasing Whiteness: Pardos, Mulattoes and the Quest for Social Mobility in the Spanish Indies” at the first lecture of UA’s new Latin American, Caribbean and Latino studies minor. Twinam, a history professor at the University of Texas at Austin, discussed the Spanish-American colonial “casta” system, a hierarchical arrangement of classification by race. The Latin American, Caribbean and Latino studies minor at UA was established in response to strong student and job market interest in the field. The minor dovetails with UA’s longtime Alabama-Cuba Initiative and UA’s new Center for Cuba Collaboration and Scholarship, established in February.

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UAB HOSTS CRITICAL CARE SYMPOSIUM

The University of Alabama at Birmingham recently hosted Huntsville Hospital emergency physician Monica Williams-Murphy, M.D., author of It’s OK To Die and expert on ethics and end-of-life decision-making, at the annual Critical Care Symposium.

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UAB OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS HOSTS RESEARCH WORKSHOP

Jason Nichols, O.D., Ph.D., assistant vice president for Industry Research Development, presented “Thriving in the Industry Research Triangle – Tips for Doing Research With Industry” on October 27 in The Edge of Chaos Atrium in Lister Hill Library. The workshop was presented by UAB’s newly formed Office of Industry Engagement, which was established to help schools, departments and investigators identify and optimize ways to engage with industry. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) provides centralized support services for negotiating, budgeting and contracting with industry-based research partners with the goal of increasing the enterprise’s industry-based research portfolio.

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UAB CENTER FOR CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE HOSTS PSDS

Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health David Redden, Ph.D., presented “Designing pilot studies” as a part of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science’s professional skills development series (PSDS). Attendees were given tips about how to design well-focused pilot studies, how to state the aims of a pilot trial and how to utilize a pilot study in the development of future studies.

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UAH ECONOMICS LECTURER PRESENTS PAPER

UAH Lecturer Richard White presented his paper “The Economic, Legal, and Other Considerations of Reaching the Retail Customer for Craft Brewers in Alabama (2009-2015)” at the 2015 Beeronomics Conference in Seattle, WA, hosted by Washington State University.

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UAH PROFESSOR PRESENTS RESEARCH RESULTS

Dr. Laird Burns, Assistant Professor of Management Science, presented the results of a NASA-funded research project at an international symposium sponsored by the Center for International Manufacturing, a research institute within the Department of Engineering in the School of Technology at the University of Cambridge, UK.

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UAH COLLEGE OF SCIENCE ASSISTANT PROFESSOR EDITS A CONFERENCE PROCEEDING

Dr. Qiang Hu of the Department of Space Science served as the lead editor among a team of scientists for a special section appearing in the American Geophysical Union publication, The Journal of Geophysical Research – Space Physics. This collection contains contributions from authors all over the world with a central theme on the Variability of the Sun and its Terrestrial Impact (VarSITI).

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UAH COLLEGE OF EDUCATION STAFF MEMBER PRESENTS AT INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT

Mr. David Kyle, Senior Associate Director of the Department of Kineiology, gave an invited presentation at the World Championships Paratriathlon Summit in Chicago, IL. The presentation was titled Paratriathlon 101.

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UAH ROTORCRAFT CENTER STAFF MEMBER PRESENTS TWO PAPERS

Dr. Konstanty Mazuruk of the Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center presented his papers on “Shape Evolution of Detached Bridgman Crystals Grown in Microgravity” and “Determination of the Contact Angle Based on the Casimir Effect” at the 20th American Conference on Crystal Growth and Epitaxy in Big Sky, MT, in August.

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UAH ROTORCRAFT CENTER DIRECTOR PRESENTS ON UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS

The Rotorcraft System Engineering and Simulation Center’s Director, Dave Arterburn, provided a presentation on Unmanned Aerial Systems to the Aviation Council of Alabama on September 21, 2015, in Montgomery.

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UAH SYSTEMS CENTER RESEARCHERS PARTICIPATE IN NASA SCIENCE TEAM MEETING

The annual Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR) Science Team meeting was held locally in September. ITSC research staff, including Helen Conover, Sherry Harrison and Dr. Hong (Amy) Lin, attended this meeting. Conover and Harrison presented status of the AMSR Science Investigator-led Processing System (SIPS) project.