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JUNE 2016


UA Hosted Chemical Engineering Conference, Car Contest

UA hosted the regional conference for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. About 375 students and professors from 20 institutions were on campus for the AIChE Southern Regional Conference. At the conference were research paper and poster competitions, professional development, tours of nearby industry and the Chem E Car Competition, in which students design and construct a miniature car that will start and stop solely on chemical reactions. The Chem E Car contest was the largest event of the conference, with 17 cars competing from 13 different universities. The vehicles were judged on the completion of a defined task and creativity of design. Students used knowledge on chemical reactions and chemical engineering gained in the classroom and applied them to the car.


UA’s Living History Festival Brought Historical Figures to Life
The West Alabama community was invited to meet historical figures from UA’s past and make connections to the present during the second Living History Festival at UA. Hosted by UA Museums and the department of history, the event allowed visitors to experience the African-American history of UA as guides led walking tours around the sites of the antebellum campus. Sites included Gorgas House, the Round House, slave quarters at the President’s Mansion, Nott Hall and the slave cemetery. While waiting for the tour, visitors had an opportunity to interact with characters including Amelia Gayle Gorgas; Josiah Gorgas; Anne Kavanaugh, the Gorgas family nanny and housekeeper; Dr. Eugene Allen Smith; Autherine Lucy; and Winnie McGlamery. They discovered how these people shaped history and played roles in the story of the Tuscaloosa community.

UA’s Documenting Justice Course Screened Films at Bama Theatre
The UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility and the UA department of telecommunication & film hosted the 10th Annual Documenting Justice film screening. The five short documentaries were 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, 10 under-graduate and graduate students produced the documentaries as part of a two-semester course taught by an award-winning group of filmmakers. Documenting Justice is a signature initiative of the UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility, which established university-wide programming supporting the development of projects that nurture social responsibility and reflective, thoughtful citizenship.


UA Hosted Patient-Centered Outcomes Workshop for Health Professionals
UA’s Capstone College of Nursing hosted a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute workshop to encourage community engagement for health initiatives and research. The workshop, “Funding Opportunities and How to Submit a Successful Application,” was free and open to the public. It included talks by institute personnel and UA psychology faculty who have received PCORI funding for service and research programs in Alabama. PCORI is a non-profit, non-governmental organization in Washington, D.C. The institute has awarded more than $40 million in research funds since 2010. The institute’s research addresses the “questions and concerns most relevant to patients, and we involve patients, caregivers, clinicians and other healthcare stakeholders,” according to its website.


UA’s Rural Health Conference Focused on Integrative Medicine
Many people use a combination of conventional medicine and non-mainstream practices, like all-natural products or mind and body practices, for a whole person approach to their health care. The 17th annual Rural Health Conference, hosted by the Institute for Rural Health Research at the UA College of Community Health Sciences, sought to educate community members and health care providers in rural areas about how this works. This year’s conference, which was titled “Complementary and Integrative Medicine: A Whole Person Approach to Health Care,” was held at the Bryant Conference Center on UA’s Campus. The conference looked at complementary care, which is non-mainstream health care used alongside conventional medicine, and examined how the two types of care work together, which is known as integrative medicine.


Entrepreneurs Pitched Business Plans, Demonstrated Technologies at UA AIME Day

Entrepreneurial teams at UA competed for funds to build prototypes, and advanced startups demonstrated their innovations during AIME Day, an annual showcase of burgeoning technologies and business plan competitions on the UA campus. Students from the Culverhouse College of Commerce also competed for a cash prize during the Edward K. Aldag, Jr. Business Plan Competition, which was held at the Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs building at UA. The event also provided a platform for students and faculty members of UA-based startups to promote their products to members of the investment and business communities. A group of out-side entrepreneurial experts selected winners from among the day’s participants.


U.S. Senator Richard Shelby Spoke at UA Water Policy  Summit

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby spoke at UA’s 2016 Water Policy Summit at the National Water Center on UA’s campus. The National Water Center at UA allows the nation to better predict and manage various water-related issues while fostering nationwide collaboration on water matters, said Shelby. The 2016 Water Policy Summit was created in response to changing water management policies and the need to protect the interests of businesses and individuals. This summit brought together nationally recognized experts to engage in a dialogue to facilitate data-driven policymaking. According to the Water Summit website, managing groundwater and maintaining safe water for a wide range of stakeholders is a current issue that needs a forum.


UA Engineering Students Hosted 2016 Rocket Contest at Nearby School

Student volunteers from the UA College of Engineering hosted the Tuscaloosa Rocketry Challenge at Hillcrest High School’s football field. The challenge was part of an outreach program by the Alabama Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, or AL SEDS, the local affiliate of SEDS, a national nonprofit organization that aims to educate students in space exploration. The rocketry challenge was co-founded last year by Cassidy McCool, a junior in mechanical engineering at UA who serves as vice president and executive outreach coordinator for AL SEDS. To prepare for the contest, UA students assisted sixth-grade science teachers at Duncan-ville, Echols and Hillcrest middle schools in Tuscaloosa County by leading a three-day lecture series at each school.


UA Hosted Robotics Competition

Students across Alabama, from third graders to seniors in high school, were at UA recently programming robots and hoping their instructions are good enough to win the Alabama Robotics Competition. The competition, which is in its sixth year, is hosted by the UA College of Engineering’s department of computer science. The goal is to spur interest in computer science among the state’s primary and secondary education students, said Dr. Jeff Gray, UA professor of computer science. A keynote talk was by Dr. Nan Boden, director of engineering at Google who graduated from UA with a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics. Unlike other robotics competitions, students were not judged on building the robot, rather how the robot performed in obstacle courses. Students programmed the robots at a computer before watching the robots autonomously carry out their instructions on the playing field.


UA’s Capstone Leadership Academy Hosted Top High School Sophomores

One hundred outstanding high school sophomores who had shown an interest in leadership through service were selected to participate in the Capstone Leadership Academy at UA. The sophomores participated in a recent two-day leadership and fellowship activities, sponsored by UA’s Honors College. The Honors College selected the sophomores from more than 200 nominated by their schools. The students participated in talks and discussions focusing on values, vision and voice. The Capstone Council, which is made up of former Crimson Girls, Capstone Men and campus leaders from the 1970s, hosts the Capstone Leadership Academy. The academy’s purpose is to give the tools and training to apply to leadership opportunities in their communities for the chosen outstanding high-school sophomores in Alabama.


UAB Department of Ophthalmology Hosts 2016 Clinical and Research Symposium

The UAB School of Medicine and Department of Ophthalmology hosted the 2016 Annual Clinical and Research Symposium on May 13-14 at the Westin Birmingham. Participants were able to identify approaches to common oculoplastics problems encoun-tered by most comprehensive ophthalmologists, understand the advantages and disadvantages of various treatment approaches to glaucoma, and more.


UAB Holds 11th annual MHRC Health Disparities Symposium

The UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) hosted the 11th annual UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium, The Science of Health Disparities: From Discovery to Delivery, on April 21 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. The symposium highlights work by academic investigators, students and community partners in basic science, clinical research, social and behavioral science, community-based, and health outcomes research the field of health disparities. The 2016 conference was co-sponsored by two national centers for health disparities research: the Mid-South Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center and the Gulf States Health Policy Center.


UAH Art Lecturer Attends Eighteenth Century Studies Conference

Ms. Karissa Bushman, art lecturer, presented the paper “Ferocious to Friendly Felines in Goya’s Works” for the 2016 Annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies in Pittsburgh, PA.


UAH Business Deans Participate in Leadership Summit

Dr. Robert Scherer, Interim Dean, and Dr. William MacKenzie, Interim Associate Dean, participated in the first Alabama A&M University Business School “Leadership Summit” held on the AA&MU campus.


UAH Associate Professor has Manuscript Accepted for Presentation

Dr. Sophia Marinova, Associate Professor of Management, had a paper accepted for presentation in an integrative symposium on the topic of organizational citizenship behaviors. The title of the symposium is “Traditional predictors of OCB: Reviews and recommendations for future research.”


UAH Associate Professor Presents Paper

Dr. Wafa Orman, Associate Professor of Economics, presented her paper, “Religiosity and Financial Crises in the United States” at the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture annual conference at Chapman University in Orange, CA.

UAH College of Education Assistant Professor Presents at Education Conference

Dr. Sandra Lampley, a first-year Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, presented her research “Exploring Pedagogical Content Knowledge of Graduate Teaching Assistants Through Their Participation in Lesson Study” to the Society for College Science Teachers (SCST) at the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) conference in Nashville, TN.


UAH College of Education Team Present at National Education Conference

Department of Curriculum and Instruction Associate Professor Dr. Monica Dillihunt and her student, Claudia Mesnil-Baez, presented “It takes a Village: Can Faith Based Organizations Help in Closing the Achievement Gap of Black and Brown Males” at the American Education Research Association (AERA) annual conference in Washington, DC in April.


UAH College of Education Assistant Professor Presents Research

First-year Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Dr. Jeremy Elliott, gave two poster presentations at the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) national conference. The first presentation was titled, “The MeBTough (MeBT-Ad) for adolescents: Development and validation” and the second was titled, “Exceptional adaptability in collegiate coaching.”

UAH ISEEM Host Systems Engineering Conference

About 300 national and international systems engineering researchers attended the 14th Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER 2016) hosted by UAH Faculty Drs. Paul Collopy and Dale Thomas of the Industrial & Systems Engineering and Engineering Management (ISEEM) Department.


UAH Podium Presentations by Nursing Faculty

  • Dr. Azita Amiri, Assistant Professor of Nursing at UAH, presented “Electronic cigarettes: Safety and health effects” for the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) at Huntsville Hospital.
  • Lindsay Bridges, Clinical Instructor of Nursing at UAH, presented “Charge On!” at the Alabama Association of Nursing Students Leadership Summit in Tuscaloosa.
  • Nancy Reedy, Clinical Instructor of Nursing at UAH, presented “Promoting assertiveness, self-esteem and boundary setting” for Continuing Education at WellStone Behavioral Health in Huntsville.
  • Dr. Rita Ferguson, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at UAH, presented “Nursing Students Learning to Provide End-of-Life Care through Simulation” at the Nursing Education Research Conference for the National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International in Washington, DC.
  • Assistant Professor, Dr. Yeow Chye Ng & Clinical Instructor, Jennifer Palmer, presented “Let’s Bridge the
    Gap: Integrating HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) content and know-ledge in clinical setting” at The Elizabeth A. Morris Clinical Education Sessions – FACES 1-Day CE Feast, Alabama State Nurses Association in Montgomery.
  • Clinical Assistant Professors, Dr. Mark Reynolds & Dr. Kristen Herrin, presented “Transforming Nexters into Leaders” at the Alabama Association of Nursing Annual Leadership Summit in Tuscaloosa.
  • Dr. Ann Bianchi, Associate Professor of Nursing at UAH, Co-presented “Current Intimate Partner Violence Screening Practices of Maternity Nurses in a Hospital Setting. Research and Creative Experience
    for Undergraduate Students” at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.
  • Dr. Pam O’Neal, Associate Professor of Nursing at UAH, Co-presented “Positive and Negative Pressure Produced by a Blue Bulb Syringe in a Simulated Engineering Lab Model” At AlaSim International Conference in Huntsville.
  • Dr. Marlena Primeau, Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing at UAH, Co-presented “Development of a Non-Religious Medical Mission Program” at the University of Alabama in Huntsville College of Nursing Faculty Organization in Huntsville.
  • Dr. Mark Reynolds, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at UAH, presented “Evaluation of Cultural and Programmatic Influences of Health Literacy Knowledge in Pre-Licensure Nursing Students” at the Joint Doctor of Nursing Practice Intensive in Huntsville.
  • Dr. Maria Steele, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at UAH, presented “Application of the SEIPS Model to Analyze Medication Safety in a Crisis Residential Center” at the Joint Doctor of Nursing Practice Intensive Conference in Huntsville.


UAH College of Science Professor Presents at Conference

Dr. Ramazan Aygun and graduate student Samyam Acharya presented talks at the Frontiers in Structural Biology of Membrane Protein & Pittsburgh Diffraction Conference. Presentations were titled “Real-Time Scoring of Protein Crystallization Trial Images” and “Associate Experimental Design and Genetic Algorithm for the Optimization of Protein Crystallization Screening” respectively.


UAH College of Science Professor Gives Invited Talks at International Science Meetings

Dr. Nikolai Pogorelov gave an invited talk at the 15th Annual International Astrophysics Conference in Cape Coral, Fl, “The Heliosphere and its Effect on the Local Interstellar Medium.”


UAH Eminent Scholar Presents Inaugural Lecture

Dr. Dale Thomas, UAH Eminent Scholar of Systems Engineering and Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, presented an Inaugural Lecture titled “An Intersection of Needs, Trends, and Methods in Cyber- Physical Systems Engineering,” at the Charger Union Theater.  This lecture laid out his vision for establishing new academic and research strategies for systems engineering in university, government, and industry.


UAH PRC Undergraduate Design Team Takes Third Place at Student Conference

Students in MAE 493 Senior Design placed third in the team design division at the 2016 AIAA Student Conference in Huntsville for their paper titled “Reaction Control System for the Nanolaunch Orbital Rocket.” The team designed a cold gas reaction control system (RCS) and evaluated it on a spherical air bearing for the NASA Nanolaunch project. Working in conjunction with AMES Research Center, the RCS was used as a test platform for the Affordable Vehicle Avionics (AVA) package.


UAH’s PRC Graduate Student Wins Best Student Paper at Student Conference

PRC Graduate Research Assistant was honored at the 2016 Amit Patel AIAA Region II Student Conference, hosted by the UAH AIAA Student Chapter April 4-5, 2016 at the Huntsville Marriott. Patel’s paper, “Magnetically Levitating  Low-Friction Test Stand for the Measurement of Micro-Thruster Performance Characteristics,” won Best Student Paper in the Master’s Student division. As part of the award, Amit has been invited to present his work at the AIAA SciTech 2017 forum next January in Grapevine, TX.


UAH College of Science Professor Participates in Collaborative Meeting

Assistant Professor of Space Science, Dr. Qiang Hu, visited Predictive Science, Inc. and discussed collaborative research in San Diego, CA. This is part of a team effort in studying the magnetic flux ropes in space environment that is currently supported by NASA’s Living with a Star program.


UAH Center Presents Technical Data to Support FAA’s Micro-UAS Advisory Committee

Mr. David Arterburn, Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center Director, was one of 10 technical experts requested to brief the Micro-UAS Advisory Rulemaking Committee on the establishment of rules for flight of commercial and Government platforms over people in the national Airspace System in March 2016. Mr. Arterburn specifically discussed ground collision severity of UAS platforms due to UAH’s work with the FAA UAS Center of Excellence on Ground Collision Severity research


UAH College of Science Graduate Student Presents in the 15th AIAC Conference

The Department of Space Science Ph.D. graduated student, Jinlei Zheng, presented a talk entitled “Observations and Analysis of Small-scale Magnetic Flux Ropes in the Solar Wind” at the 15th Annual International Astrophysical Conference in Cape Coral, FL.


UAH Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center Sponsors ADD Meeting

SESC sponsored the US Army Aviation Development Directorate’s Home on Home meeting with critical science and technology stakeholders in Army Aviation and the Department of Defense. Topics included both rotorcraft and unmanned systems science and technology needs and technology gaps for the coming FY17-25 funding cycle.

UAH Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center Sponsors MBSE Symposium

UAH Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center sponsored the NoMagic Incorporated on Model based Systems Engineering symposium for the local community during a two-day symposium at the Shelby Center.


UAH College of Science Professor Gives Invited Talk at International Science Meeting

Dr. Nikolai Pogorelov gave an invited talk at the 15th Annual International Astrophysics Conference in Cape Coral, FL, “The Heliosphere and its Effect on the Local Interstellar Medium.”


UAH Information Technology and Systems Center Researcher Presents in NASA Webinar Series

ITSC Research Scientist Manil Maskey presented his new “Field Campaign Information Explorer” tool as part of the NASA Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) project webinar series. This tool is particularly suited for exploring and visualizing data associated with events, field campaigns, and airborne missions.