Conferences / Symposia / Programs
UAH COLLEGE OF BUSINESS PROFESSORS PRESENT PAPER AT
INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS SPONSORED BY THE JOURNAL OF THE
AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
In September, Eric Fong, associate professor of management; and Al Wilhite, professor of economics, presented “Honorary Authorship and Coercive Citation in Medical Research” at the 7th International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication, sponsored by the Journal of the American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal, in Chicago, IL.
UAH COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ACCOUNTING PRESENTS PAPER
Dr. Hank Alewine, CPA, presented the research paper, “How Loss Aversion Influences Performance Evaluations of Environmental Strategic Objectives Using Balanced Scorecards,” (with coauthor Tim Miller of Xavier University) at the 2013 American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA, on August 6.
UAH COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MARKETING PRESENTS PAPER
Assistant Professor of Marketing, Dr. Liwu Hsu, presented the research paper, “Online World-of-Mouth During a Product Recall Crisis: A Shareholder Value Perspective,” with Coauthor Dr. Shuba Srinivasan, at the Marketing Strategy Meets Wall Street III Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on July 9, 2013 and at the 35th ISMS Marketing Science Conference 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey, on July 12, 2013.
UAH ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MARKETING DELIVERS KEYNOTE SPEECH
Dr. Yeqing Bao, associate professor of marketing, was on the organizing committee for the 2013 China Marketing International Conference, held July 12-15, 2013, in Xuzhou, China. The conference was a great success, attracting more than 200 attendants from 10 different countries and/or regions. Dr. Bao delivered a keynote speech on Promoting China’s Products in the Developed Markets at the conference.
UAH PHYSICIST GIVES PRESENTATIONS AT CONFERENCES
Dr. Ken Nishikawa gave three talks in September. Two were at the Aspen Physics Workshop on Astrophysical Mechanisms of Particle Acceleration. The 3rd talk was given at the conference on Explosive Transients as Lighthouses of the Universe in Santorini, Greece.
UAH ATMOSPHERIC SCIENTIST IS PRINCIPAL SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE IN INDIA
Professor Dr. Udaysankar Nair was one of the principal speakers at a recent workshop on “crowd sourcing” data to monitor environmental change in India. Organized by the Kerala State Biodiversity Board (Kerala is near the southernmost tip of mainland India) and UAH, the workshop looked at the use of smart phones for environmental research and monitoring, starting in Kerala’s Western Ghats mountain range, a bio diverse region that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
UAH CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR ATTENDS DELIVERY OF CHARGERSAT-1
Professor John Gregory, director of the Alabama Space Grant program and Alabama NASA EPSCoR program, attended the delivery of the UAH student-designed and built, picosatellite ChargerSat-1 to Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM, for installation on the Air Force Minotaur-1 payload section. This will be launched into orbit in November 2013 out of Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops, VA. The completion of this project has been a goal of Alabama Space Grant and UAH for 5 years.
CENTER FOR APPLIED OPTICS AT UAH
Dr. Patrick J. Reardon (UAH-CAO) co-authored two papers presented at the SPIE Annual Meeting this past August. The first paper presented, in part, the design and fabrication of a complex-shaped optical component which will improve the efficiency of a sensitive gamma-ray detector. The design and fabrication was funded through an internal OVPR effort led by Dr. Michael Briggs, UAH-CSPAR. From the developments gained in this design and fabrication effort, UAH-CAO has been garnering interest in solar energy efforts teaming with local industry on two STTR and one BAA proposal. The second paper, co-authored by Ken Pitalo (UAH-CAO) and Drs. Spann, Stahl and Randall Hodgson of NASA-MSFC, presented a new space-based Earth observing telescope concept. This paper emerged from a funded effort from NASA-MSFC to investigate the re-purposing of telescopes donated to NASA from the NSA.
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AT UAH
- Dr. Rolf Goebel, professor of german and chair of the department of foreign languages and literatures, was invited to give one of three keynote lectures, titled “From Postcoloniality to Global Media Culture: Reflections on Metropolitan Topography,” at the international conference Re-inventing the Postcolonial (in the) Metropolis, sponsored by GNEL/ASNEL, Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz, 10 May 2013.
- Dr. Whitney Meade has been invited to present three full-day presentations at the Alabama State Department of Education Mega Conference on special education topics of interest.
- Four UAH students accompanied Dr. Whitney Meade to the National Council for Exceptional Children Conference in San Antonio, TX. Two students obtained invitations to interview with schools in other states after meeting with school representatives at the conference.
- Dr. Jason O’Brien presented “Learning in a 1:1 Environment: How to help your English learners” and “Advocacy and English Learners” as Professional Development for 2013 Huntsville City Schools as a component of a U.S. Department of Education Professional Development Grant Project HAPPENS (Helping Academic Profes-sionals Prepare ELLs for Newfound Success).
- Dr. Jason O’Brien presented “Using children’s literature to teach AP U.S. History” as part of a panel presentation titled America’s Spanish Heritage. Annual College Board AP Conference. Las Vegas, NV.
- Dr. Pavica Sheldon won the Top Paper Award at the AEJMC (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) conference held August 8-11, 2013, in Washington. Her paper explored motivations for studying Facebook games.
- Dr. Clarke Rountree. “Toward the Next Phase in Pentadic Scholarship: Theorizing, Applying, and Extending Burke’s Grammar of Motives” (with John Rountree). Paper presented at the conference on Rhetoric as Equipment for Living, Ghent, Belgium, May, 2013.
Kimberly Dyer received the Top Paper Award at the Alabama Communication Association conference, held July 27, 2013 at the University of Montevallo. She presented her paper about college students’ use of social media.
UA GRADUATE SCHOOL HOSTED AFRICAN-AMERICAN GRADUATE EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM
The UA Graduate School hosted a symposium titled “Opening the (Graduate) Schoolhouse Door at UA” in the Ferguson Center Theatre on campus. The panel discussion focused on national leadership in African-American graduate education in the 21st century and featured two early African-American graduate students. They include the first to earn a doctorate, along with current students and several faculty members. The goal of the event was to offer a perspective on how far the UA system has come in the 50 years since integration and how far it will go in years to come. The symposium was part of “Through the Doors,” a year-long series of activities and events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of UA in 1963.
UA’S MOUNDVILLE NATIVE AMERICAN FESTIVAL AIMED TO EDUCATE, ENTERTAIN
Visitors to the UA Museums’ Moundville Archaeological Park explored life through the eyes of Southeastern Native Americans. Through storytelling, a variety of arts and crafts demonstrations, living history enactments and musical performances, the park’s annual Native American Festival brings to life the Southeastern Indian culture, a culture that is markedly different from the tribes found elsewhere in the Americas. Ranked as one of the finest and most comprehensive events of its kind, the festival featured storytellers, singers, dancing and musicians. This National Historic Landmark, part of UA Museums, contains 320 acres with more than 20 preserved prehistoric Indian mounds, campgrounds, picnic areas, boardwalk nature trail, theater, Riverbend Lodge and a museum containing some of the finest Mississippian-era artifacts in North America.
UA OBSERVED CONSTITUTION DAY WITH DEBATE AMONG STUDENT GROUPS
The UA College of Arts and Sciences and the department of political science hosted a debate to mark Constitution Day Tuesday, September 17. Three campus political groups — the College Democrats, Young Americans for Liberty, and College Republicans and Young Conservatives for America (two groups combined into one for the purposes of this debate) — participated in the discussion of four constitutional issues. The debate focused on the president’s constitutional authority in launching a war, the states’ versus the national government’s responses to immigration, same-sex marriage legality among states, and the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act and Congress’s authority to require Americans to have health insurance. Constitution Day commemorates the adoption of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787.
UA’S GLADNEY LECTURE OFFERED FEMALE PERSPECTIVE OF CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Civil Rights leaders Constance Curry and Doris Derby served as speakers at the 2013 Rose Gladney Lecture for Justice and Social Change at UA. Curry and Derby shared stories from the book, Hand on the Freedom Plow, which details the struggles, failures and triumphs of 52 women associated with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the Civil Rights Movement. The women —whose stories cross the boundaries of age, race and region — detail how they risked their lives to protest and support other protestors. The Rose Gladney Lecture for Justice and Social Change is sponsored by the UA department of American studies and co-sponsored by the departments of gender and race studies, religious studies, history and New College.
UA SCREENED AWARD-WINNING INDIE FILM
Director James Ponsoldt, a native of Athens, GA, discussed his independent film The Spectacular Now with Dr. Rachel Raimist, assistant professor of telecommunication and film and co-director of Creative Campus, following a screening of the movie at UA. Ponsoldt shot the movie in his hometown. It won the Special Jury Award for Acting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Bringing independent films that do not make it to Tusca-loosa’s local movie theater helps to expose UA students to the kinds of independent film work being celebrated at film festivals and in theaters across the nation, Raimist said. The screening of the film and the discussion that follows it is a collaborative effort between the University’s Honors College, Creative Campus and the department of telecommunication and film.
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 gave prospective students a closer look at the College of Engineering, and participants received a realistic view of how engineering skills are used in everyday life, according to Dr. Kevin Whitaker, associate dean of academic programs. All interested high-school students, college transfer students, counselors, teachers and parents were invited. 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.
UA’S DAY LECTURE EXAMINED INTERSECTION OF RELIGION, POP CULTURE
Religion and pop culture intersect and intertwine in a number of interesting ways, and a new lecture series at UA examined that trend in its inaugural Zachary Daniel Day Memorial Lecture. Dr. Monica Miller, a professor at Lehigh University, discussed how religion mixes into and affects hip-hop culture. Miller focuses on the study of religion, popular culture, youth subcultures and various dimensions of material culture. The Day Lecture is named for a UA alumnus, Zach Day, who died unexpectedly in 2011 at 26. Day’s father and stepmother, Charles Day and Nancy Campbell, established the annual lectureship in Zach’s honor. Zach Day was a religious studies major who graduated in 2008, while minoring in anthropology. He had an ongoing interest in the intersection of religion with music, art, videos, gaming and literature.
U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE PRESENTED FALL 2013 ALBRITTON LECTURE AT UA
Elena Kagan, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, visited the UA School of Law to deliver the Fall 2013 Albritton Lecture. Justice Kagan was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama in 2010. Before joining the Court, she served as associate counsel and deputy assistant for domestic policy to President Bill Clinton, as the dean of Harvard Law School and as solicitor general of the United States. Named for Judge William Harold Albritton III, the Albritton Lecture Series counts 10 U.S. Supreme Court Justices among its past participants. Albritton is a 1960 UA School of Law graduate and U.S. District Court Judge for the Middle District of Alabama nominated by President George H.W. Bush.
PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING COLUMNIST LEONARD PITTS JR. DELIVERED LECTURE AT UA
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald columnist and 2004 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary, delivered a lecture, “If This is America …” at UA. The lecture was part of the School of Social Work’s Colloquium Series that brings speakers to campus to share expertise with UA faculty, staff, students and guests. Pitts was originally hired by the Miami Herald to critique music, but, within a few years, he received his own column in which he dealt extensively with race, politics and culture. He is the author of six books, including Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood. The program was co-sponsored by New College in the College of Arts and Sciences and the department of journalism in the College of Communication and Information Sciences and was part of the yearlong “Through the Doors” series.
UAB, OTHERS PRESENT ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME INTERNATIONAL ENGINEERING SYMPOSIUM
Some of the world’s most prolific engineering researchers, professionals and educators converged September 8-11 for a symposium to explore emerging technology, trends and research in agile ground vehicle dynamics, energy efficiency and performance in severe environments. The Agile Ground Vehicle Dynamics Energy Efficiency and Performance in Severe Environments International Engineering Symposium, hosted by the UAB School of Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering, Barber Motorsports, Southern Company, the Birmingham Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the International Society for Terrain Vehicle Systems, was held in the Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park Hotel.
CIVIL RIGHTS ICON ANDREW YOUNG SPEAKS AT UAB
Andrew Young, a civil rights legend and former ambassador to the United Nations, gave a lecture at UAB on August 29. This lecture was one of several events in the yearlong UAB and city of Birmingham partnership, 50 Years Forward, an ongoing commemoration of the seminal events of the U.S. civil rights movement. As a young ordained minister, Young worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to fight for civil and human rights. He was a key strategist and negotiator during the civil rights campaigns in Birmingham and Selma that resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In 1972, Young was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, the first African-American from the Deep South since Reconstruction.
SOLEDAD O’BRIEN SPEAKS AT UAB
Critically acclaimed broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien gave a lecture as part of UAB’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on September 23. O’Brien spoke on “Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes and In Our Lives.” O’Brien, the former anchor of CNN’s “Starting Point,” created the documentary series “Black in America” and “Latino in America,” which are among the network’s most successful domestic and international franchises. In 2011, she won an Emmy for her coverage of Haitian orphanages in the wake of a devastating earthquake. She also earned Peabody awards for her reporting on Hurricane Katrina and the BP Gulf Coast oil spill.
UAB MUSIC PRESENTS LECTURE ON FAIR USE AND COPYRIGHT ABUSE
E. Michael Harrington, DMA, presented the lecture “Fair Use and Copyright Abuse: How Business and Litigation Are Changing Music Copyright Law and Business Practices” at UAB on August 28. Harrington, who teaches entrepreneurship at the Berklee College of Music, is on the advisory board of the Future of Music Coalition and owner of www.EMichaelMusic.com. He was the 1995 Jemison Professor of the Humanities at UAB.
HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE IS FOCUS OF UAB ANNUAL AARP ALABAMA POLICY CONFERENCE
The sixth annual UAB AARP Aging Policy Conference was held October 2 at the Edge of Chaos on UAB’s campus. This year’s theme was “The Health Insurance Marketplace and Beyond.” The conference was sponsored by AARP, the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy and the UAB Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging. Speakers included David J. Becker, Ph.D., a health economist in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at UAB; Michael A. Morrisey, director of the UAB Lister Hill Center for Health Policy; Nicole Duritz, vice president for Health and Family at AARP in Washington, D.C.; Jim Carnes, communications director for Alabama Arise; and Teresa Coughlin, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.
UAB TO PRESENT ENGAGING LECTURES FOR ITS HADDIN FORUM SERIES
The UAB College of Arts and Sciences has announced its lineup for the Theodore Haddin Arts and Sciences Forum 2013-14. Distinguished faculty throughout the college will present topical lectures on issues that range from cinema to math to racial disparities. This year’s theme is “Lunch . . . Ideas . . . Conversation.”
UAB LIVER CENTER HOSTS NINTH BIENNIAL CONFERENCE
The UAB Liver Center hosted the “Update in Hepatobiliary Disease” conference featuring world renowned liver experts reviewing recent developments in the field of liver disease. The September conference included an extensive review on viral hepatitis, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and liver cancer. Michael Charlton, M.D., director of the Division of Hepatology at the Mayo Clinic, presented the keynote address.
UAB’S COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES PRESENTS FREE‘50 YEARS FORWARD’ EVENTS
The UAB College of Arts and Sciences continued its yearlong commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. civil rights movement with a month of free events and shows in September. Among the events were lectures, a screening of student films inspired by civil rights movement leaders and an exhibition of photographs by Bob Adelman.
UAB HOSTS A DAY OF EVENTS IN HONOR OF HISTORIC MARCH
On August 28, UAB marked the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech with several events, including The Dream Project, an opportunity for the UAB community, in the spirit of the speech, to share their own dreams, hopes and aspirations on film, as well as a screening of Building the Dream, a documentary on the challenges organizers faced in creating the King Memorial in Washington, D.C.