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NOVEMBER 2014

UAH COLLEGE OF SCIENCE ASSISTANT PROFESSOR PRESENTS PAPER

Dr. Bruce Stallsmith of the Department of Biological Sciences presented a paper at the 6th Poeciliid Biology Conference at the University of Exeter in England on September 5. The paper, “Monogenoidean gill parasites of Brachyrhaphis species in Panamá”, reported on patterns of gill parasite infection in six species of closely-related freshwater fish in Panamá with the finding that species in highland areas suffered no infection from gill parasites while lowland species were often heavily infected. Co-authors include Dr. Luciano Matzkin, also of the UAH Department of Biological Sciences, and Kara Million, a graduate student in Dr. Stallsmith’s lab who did much of the laboratory analysis of fish brought back by Dr. Stallsmith.

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UAH CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR GIVES TALKS AT OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH

Hana McFeeters, assistant research professor of chemistry, gave two invited talks: “Probing the enzyme mechanisms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Pth 1 by high resolution neutron studies,” as part of the New Frontiers in Neutron Macromolecular Crystallography at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, July 15, 2014.

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UAH PHYSICS UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT ASTROPHYSICS WORKSHOP

Undergraduate students of Dr. Ken Nishikawa, Kyle Rattle and Qiana Hunt, presented a short workshop from June-August 2014. The workshop on kinetic study was a study of astrophysical jets with particle-in-cell code: from introduction to recent research with 3-D illustration of jets with current filaments and magnetic field lines to understanding the physics involved. short reports. The students will
also present a poster at 7th Annual Wernher Von Braun Memorial Symposium Student Poster Competition.

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UAH SPACE PHYSICS PROFESSOR ORGANIZES AND CHAIRS SESSION AT COSPAR IN MOSCOW

Vladimir Florinski, an SPA/CSPAR associate professor, organized and chaired a session at the 40th COSPAR (Committee on Space Research) Scientific Assembly meeting in Moscow, Russia, held August 1-11, 2014. The primary topic was transformation of interstellar matter in different regions of the heliosphere, from Earth all the way to the edge of interstellar space and beyond. The session brought together IBEX, Voyager, Cassini, and New Horizons observers and the theory/modeling community working on particle (both charged and neutral) acceleration and transport. The session addressed today’s outstanding issues in heliospheric physics, including the preferred particle acceleration mechanism, the origin of energetic neutral atoms, and the nature of the interface between the solar system and the interstellar space.

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UAH PHYSICS PROFESSOR GIVES PRESENTATION AT LOCAL ASTROPHYSICS OUTREACH EVENT

Dr. Richard Miller was the Invited Speaker of the Public Outreach Event ‘Astrophysics and Planetary Science’ at Bob Jones High School on September 19, 2014.

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UAH COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING CONDUCTS AN I/UCRC WORKSHOP

Dr. Gang Wang, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, organized a planning workshop this past summer to develop an Industry & University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC). The workshop was funded by a planning grant from the National Science Foundation to collaborators at Mississippi State University. The center will focus on advanced composites in transportation vehicles and would require the membership of at least six industry partners. With letters of participation from these partners secured, a full proposal to the NSF was scheduled to be submitted in September.

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UAH ENGLISH PROFESSOR LEADS DISCUSSION AS PART OF BANNED BOOKS WEEK CELEBRATION

Dr. Holly Jones, associate professor in the UAH English Department, led a discussion of Sherman Alexie’s novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, at Chatham University in Pittsburg, PA, as part of the university’s third annual Banned Books Week Celebration.

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UAH PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR PRESENTS AT CENTER FOR PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

Dr. Nick Jones, associate professor in the UAH Philosophy Department, presented a talk, “How Diagrams Fertilize Discovery,” at a lunchtime colloquium at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh on September 23.

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UAH DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC CO-HOSTS TWICKENHAM FEST

The UAH Department of Music co-hosted and performed during the Fifth Anniversary Concerts of the Twickenham Fest, Alabama’s Premiere Summer Chamber Music Festival, held from August 28-31, 2014. UAH also hosted the opening and closing concerts on campus.

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UAH THEATRE DEPARTMENT COLLABORATES WITH ARTS COUNCIL TO HOST SECOND ANNUAL LEE DEAL THEATRE SYMPOSIUM

Funded by the Lee Deal Theatre Endowment and the National Endowment for the Arts, the symposium offered an informative afternoon of workshops for actors and theatre personnel from area high school, college, and community theatres. Mark Roberts, creator and executive producer of TV’s “Mike & Molly,” and UAH Theatre director David Harwell presented workshops at the symposium.

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UAH COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION PROFESSOR PRESENTS A BEST CONFERENCE PAPER PROCEEDING

Dr. Sophia Marinova, associate professor of management, co-presented a paper, “Does it matter if leadership is about us? A meta-analysis of other-oriented leadership,” in August at the Academy of Management Conference in Philadelphia, PA. This paper was published in the best paper conference proceedings (top 10% of submissions).

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UAH BUSINESS PROFESSOR PRESENTS AT CONFERENCE

Dr. Laird Burns, assistant professor of management science, Wai Yin Mok, associate professor of information systems, and Wes N. Colley, adjunct assistant professor of management science, published “Workflow Re-engineering through Introduction of Concurrency” in the Proceedings of Science and Information Conference 2014: 974-983, August 27-29, 2014, London, UK. It was selected as a best paper to be republished in the International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications.

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UAH NURSING FACULTY GIVE PRESENTATIONS

Mark Reynolds, clinical assistant professor, and Dr. Kristen Herrin, clinical assistant professor, presented “Transforming Nexters into Leaders” at the Annual North Alabama Health Education Council Conference held in August 2014, in Huntsville. Reynolds also presented “Recognizing, Responding, and Reporting Elder Abuse” at the Hospice of the Valley CEU Saturday Event, August 2014, in Decatur, AL.

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UAH VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH DELIVERS KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Dr. Ray Vaughn delivered the keynote address “Hacking Industrial Control Systems” to attendees of the Take Down Con event on August 18, 2014.  The event focused on the latest vulnerabilities and current security threats.

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UAH RESEARCH PRESENTED AT IEEE OCEANS 2014 CONFERENCE

Research performed at the UAH Information Technology and Systems Center (ITSC) was recently presented at the Oceans 2014 MTS/IEEE Conference held in St Johns, Newfoundland. Dr. Sara Graves, director of ITSC, is a co-investigator on the DISCOVER (Distributed Information Services for Climate and Ocean Products and Visualizations for Earth Research) project, funded by the NASA/MEaSUREs program.

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UAH CSPAR SCIENTISTS AND FACULTY PRESENT/ATTEND CONFERENCES/SYMPOSIUMS

Vladimir Florinski, a SPA/CSPAR associate professor, organized and chaired a session at the 40th COSPAR (Committee on Space Research) Scientific Assembly meeting in Moscow, Russia, held between August 1-11, 2014. The primary topic was transformation of interstellar matter in different regions of the heliosphere, from Earth all the way to the edge of interstellar space and beyond. The session brought together IBEX, Voyager, Cassini, and New Horizons observers and the theory/modeling community working on particle (both charged and neutral) acceleration and transport. The session addressed today’s outstanding issues in heliospheric physics, including the preferred particle acceleration mechanism, the origin of energetic neutral atoms, and the nature of the interface between the solar system and the interstellar space.

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UA EXHIBIT COMMEMORATED 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD WAR I

Objects offering a glimpse into the lives of World War I veterans were displayed at the UA Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa. The exhibit, “Glimpses of the Great War,” opened on the same weekend veterans from across the state visited Tuscaloosa for the Alabama All Veterans and Family Reunion, a weekend-long tribute to veterans organized by the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission. UA Libraries organized the exhibit in honor of the reunion and the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. The exhibit highlights not only World War I veterans but also the families and friends they left behind. Letters, pictures, scrapbooks, uniforms and other military paraphernalia were included in the exhibit.

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UA HELD ANNUAL SOCIAL WORK CONFERENCE

The UA School of Social Work hosted its 13th Annual Fall Social Work Conference recently. The two-day conference, “Innovate, Integrate, Motivate – Child Welfare’s Future is Now,” was held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham, The Wynfrey Hotel. Among the conference speakers was Allison Black Cornelius, president of Blackfish, a consulting firm for nonprofit organizations, and education, medical and government entities. Cornelius, the principal consultant at Blackfish, makes about 150 presentations each year, training audiences in nonprofit organizations, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies how to redefine their focus, scope and vision. The conference was jointly sponsored by the UA School of Social Work and the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

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UA WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER HOSTED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH EVENTS

The Women’s Resource Center at UA recognized Domestic Violence Awareness Month by hosting a series of events to help eliminate the problem of dating and domestic violence in the Tuscaloosa area. During October, community members were asked to wear purple ribbons as part of the center’s awareness campaign. The center also joined with Verizon Wireless for the annual HopeLine drive. Community members were asked to drop off used cell phones − in working order or not − and accessories at the center or the Office of the Dean of Students. The phones were to be recycled and used to help those affected by dating and domestic violence.

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UA SCHOOL OF LAW HOSTED LAW AND LIES SYMPOSIUM

Legal scholars visited the UA School of Law to discuss deception in market transactions in a symposium at the Law School. The Law and Lies Symposium was held in the Bedsole Moot Courtroom. Lying and deception seem ubiquitous in public life − from the noble lie of Plato’s Republic to the controversy about former President Bill Clinton’s “lying” in the Monica Lewinsky case, from the use of secrecy in today’s war against terrorism to the endless spinning of political campaigns, from President John Kennedy’s behavior during the Cuban missile crisis to cover ups concerning pedophile priests in the Catholic church, from Freud’s efforts to decode the secrets beneath civilized life to contemporary exposés of the private lives of politicians.

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PULITZER-PRIZE PHOTOGRAPHER JOSE GALVEZ FEATURED IN UA LECTURE, EXHIBIT

UA’s Crossroads Community Center hosted a photography exhibit, reception and lecture featuring Jose Galvez, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning photo-journalist. The exhibit, “Al Norte al Sur: Latino Life in the South,” showcased Galvez’s images of Latinos living in the southern United States. In 1984, Galvez was on a team of reporters and photographers for the Los Angeles Times that won a Pulitzer Prize for a series on Latino life in southern California.

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FORMER NEH CHAIR KICKED OFF NEW HIDDEN HUMANITIES LECTURE SERIES AT UA

Dr. William Ferris, professor of history and senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, presented “Standing at the Crossroads: The Humanities and the American South” as part of UA’s new Hidden Humanities lecture series. Hidden Humanities is a newly founded lecture series that aims to bring nationally prominent scholars and writers to the UA campus to discuss the so-called “crisis in humanities.” Each lecturer was invited to address, head on, positive contributions of the humanities to society at large. Ferris served as the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1997-2001 and is a widely recognized leader in Southern studies and African-American music and folklore.

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WORLD-RENOWNED TRUMPETER DAVE DOUGLAS PERFORMED AT UA

Don’t tell Dave Douglas to stop tooting his own horn. Douglas, a world-renowned jazz musician, has been “blissing out” on the trumpet for so long that it is a way of life, and he came to UA for a pair of concerts and a master class during the month of October. Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer and educator from New York City. His contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland award and two Grammy nominations. Since 2005, Douglas has operated his own record label, Greenleaf Music, releasing his own recordings as well as albums by other artists in the jazz idiom.

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UA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING HOSTED OPEN HOUSE

The UA College of Engineering hosted Engineering Day, or E-Day, an open house for high-school students and their families. E-Day gives prospective students a closer look at the College of Engineering, and participants receive a realistic view of how engineering skills are used in everyday life. All interested high-school students, college transfer students, counselors, teachers and parents were invited to attend. Laboratory tours and exhibits were offered in aerospace engineering and mechanics; chemical and biological engineering; civil, construction and environmental engineering; computer science; electrical and computer engineering; mechanical engineering; and metallurgical and materials engineering. Engineering students and faculty answered questions throughout the day.

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UA MARKS HISPANIC/LATINO HERITAGE MONTH WITH EVENTS

UA’s Crossroads Community Center announced a number of events honoring Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month on the UA campus. The events, which were offered in collaboration with UA departments and groups, were free and open to the public. In addition to programming offered throughout the year to engage UA students, faculty and staff in experiences with the rich cultural diversity that surrounds them, Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month pro-vides an opportunity to focus attention on stories that have been lost and the many contributions of Hispanic/Latino Americans that have gone unrecognized, said Lane McLelland, director of UA Crossroads.

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UA HONORS COLLEGE PRESENTED FALL TOWN HALL EVENT

The UA Honors College kicked off its 2014 Fall Town Hall series with “Knowing Your Rights.” This event, which was free and open to the public, addressed Town Hall’s most requested subject: how to protect one’s rights and know what to do in difficult situations. Panel participants were John England, Tuscaloosa Circuit Judge and former Alabama Supreme Court justice; Bill Bowen, attorney and former presiding judge of the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals; and Bill Clark, attorney and past president of the Alabama Bar. The panelists introduced and commented on typical scenarios to inform students how they can best protect their rights and minimize issues.

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UAB HOSTS EVENT FOR COMMUNITY AND THOUGHT LEADERS AIMS TO BRING ACTION TO BIRMINGHAM

The Community Engagement Institute held in October addressed locally identified needs of Greater Birmingham communities and connected key stakeholders and change agents to one another for action. The institute was held by the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science’s The One Great Community Council and the UAB Center for the Study of Community Health’s Jefferson County Community Participation Board. The CEI is a half-day education and training event designed to benefit both community and academic partners.

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UAB MEDICINE’S PRESTIGIOUS BOARD OF VISITORS HOLDS INAUGURAL MEETING IN BIRMINGHAM

A small group of eminent leaders from business, academia, medicine, science and public policy, who make up the UAB School of Medicine’s inaugural Board of Visitors, held its first meeting on September 19. The Board will meet twice a year to advise Senior Vice President and Dean Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS, in support of the school’s vision to become the preferred academic medical center of the 21st century. Their goal is to serve as advocates and advisers on strategy, philanthropic initiatives and community engagement and to provide independent perspectives on School of Medicine initiatives.

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25TH ANNUAL VASCULAR BIOLOGY AND HYPERTENSION SYMPOSIUM HELD AT UAB NATIONAL ALUMNI SOCIETY HOUSE

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Vascular Biology and Hypertension Program, of the Division of Cardiovascular Disease in the Department of Medicine, held its 25th annual Vascular Biology and Hypertension Symposium on September 22-23 at the UAB National Alumni Society House. Attendees gained a better understanding of the most recent developments in the fields of clinical and basic science research in cardiovascular disease.

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UAB SCHOOL OF EDUCATION CO-PRESENTS AT AUTISM CONFERENCE FOR PARENTS AND EDUCATORS

Alabama State Department of Education Superintendent Tommy Bice, Ed.D., and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education faculty and alumni presented at the second annual “Autism: Unlocking the Mystery” conference, organized by the Autism Society of Alabama and Special Education Consultants and Conference Organizers in collaboration with the Birmingham City Schools Special Education Department.