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JUNE 2015

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UA HONORED FACULTY, STUDENTS AND RESIDENTS AT EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARDS LUNCHEON

The UA Council on Community-Based Partnerships honored leaders in community service at the ninth annual Excellence in Community Engagement awards luncheon. The council also celebrated UA’s 2015 Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification as an engaged institution. Among those being recognized were UA President Judy Bonner; longtime Tuscaloosa community and university leader and volunteer Star Bloom; Dr. Philip W. Johnson, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering; Dr. Pauline D. Johnson, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering; educational psychology doctoral student Adriane Sheffield; and undergraduate student Adam Bonertz, a junior in the Capstone College of Nursing from Fort Collins, CO.

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UA HELD CHILD MALTREATMENT CONFERENCE

Child maltreatment cost the state of Alabama $2.3 billion in 2013, and experts believe prevention efforts could reduce the need for much of what we spend on the child welfare system, juvenile delinquency and mental health care. The figures released in the recent Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention report show a strong correlation between the nearly 9,000 children in the state who become victims of abuse or neglect and the services needed to serve and support them, and though it isn’t typical to consider child abuse and neglect an economic issue, it should be, according to Dr. Debra Nelson-Gardell, associate professor of social work at UA. She was an organizer of “A Blue Ribbon Event: Leading the Way in Protecting our Children – An Alabama Legacy of Innovation and Leadership,” a mini-conference held at UA’s Child Development Research Center.

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UA MUSEUM’S INNOVATION FAIR LOOKS TO THE FUTURE

The West Alabama community was invited to explore the future of technology and innovation during the first Innovation Fair at the Alabama Museum of Natural History on UA’s campus. The event was the final installment of the museum’s Science Sunday year-round program. Visitors from campus and the community shared their advances and showed some of the research and innovations they have been working on, providing community members a great opportunity to learn about, and become acquainted with, up-and-coming research. Event attendees learned about 3D printers and scanners, 3D imaging and modeling software, computer modeling for waterways and technology being used in archaeology and anthropology.

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UA’S 57 MILES INITIATIVE OFFERED CREATIVE OUTLET FOR BLACK BELT TEENS

UA’s Honors College offered a Young Voices Conference for about 50 high-school students from Francis Marion, Pickens and Greensboro high schools. The high-school students shared their poetry, engaged in poetry workshops, attended admissions workshops and took a campus tour. The event was part of Outlet, a new program within UA’s 57 Miles initiative. In Outlet, teams of carefully selected students lead classes in schools in West Alabama. The students use poetry to promote literacy and to develop safe spaces for youth in the Black Belt. The use of poetry gives students the opportunity to take ownership of their own narratives and identities. The students in attendance at the conference participated in Outlet this year, and this event served to showcase their work.

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ENTREPRENEURS COMPETED AT UA’S AIME DAY

Nineteen entrepreneurial teams, composed of UA faculty and students, competed for approximately $100,000 in start-up funding and in-kind services during UA’s annual AIME Day. Hosted by UA’s Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs Center, or AIME, the competition gives innovators a forum to pitch their technologies, inventions and ideas to potential investors. The event also gives members of the investment and business communities an opportunity to hear presentations about specific UA-based technologies and entrepreneurial activities underway on campus. AIME, a part of UA’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, focuses on bringing concepts from UA researchers and creating testable prototypes to demonstrate the value the ideas bring to the marketplace.

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UA HOSTED ROBOTICS COMPETITION

Students from across Alabama, from third graders to seniors in high school, participated in the Alabama Robotics Competitions at UA. The competition, which is in its fifth year, was 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. Unlike other robotics competitions, students were not judged on building the robot, but rather how the robot performs in obstacle courses. This year’s contest had more than 60 teams from 44 schools across the state bringing about 700 students, teachers, volunteers and family members. More than $6,000 in prizes was awarded.

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ETHICAL DILEMMAS IN LEGAL PROFESSION FOCUS OF UA SYMPOSIUM

William H. Simon, a professor at Columbia University School of Law, delivered the keynote address for “Imagining a More Just World: The Place of Moral and Political Commitment in the Work of Judges and Lawyers Symposium” at The University of Alabama School of Law. Simon is an expert in professional responsibility and social policy, and he has written extensively about the ethical practices of lawyers. Along with Simon, the nation’s foremost experts on professional responsibility and legal ethics discussed ethical and moral dilemmas in the legal profession during a one-day symposium co-sponsored by The Journal of the Legal Profession and CLE Alabama.

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UA HOSTED STATEWIDE HIGH SCHOOL PERSONAL FINANCE CHALLENGE

The UA College of Human Environmental Sciences department of consumer sciences hosted the Alabama Personal Finance Challenge. Sponsored by the Alabama Council on Economic Education, the challenge tests high-school students on their knowledge of income and money management, spending and credit, and saving and investing. The top 20 teams from across Alabama were invited to the final competition, which includes a comprehensive test and a quiz bowl. In the month leading up to the statewide competition, the four-member student teams were required to complete an online 30-question, rapid fire exam. The top online high school teams were invited to the state championship where teams complete three rounds of written tests. Test topics include earning in-come, protecting and insuring, spending, credit, saving and investing.

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DIVERSITY EXPERT SPOKE AT UA

Dr. Damon A. Williams, an expert on diversity who has spoken on more than 250 college campuses, delivered a talk titled “Higher Education Diversity and the 21st Century Global Economy: A Perfect Storm” at UA. Williams’ talk was part of a two-day series of talks and workshops on diversity. Williams serves as executive vice president for education and outreach for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He previously worked as vice provost and chief diversity officer for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a member of the faculty of the department of educational leadership and policy analysis.

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UA’S HONORS COLLEGE HOSTS ONE-MAN THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE

The UA Honors College presented Jhino “The Piper” Ferreira in his one-man play Cops and Robbers. Ferreira, a rapper as well as a Bay Area police officer, plays 17 different characters in the play, which centers on a police shooting. The play is inspired by actual events that Piper witnessed growing up in Oakland, CA. Each character represents a different facet of society during times of crisis. The production deals with race relations, media bias and violence.

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UAB MHRC HEALTH DISPARITIES RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM EXAMINES THE SCIENCE OF HEALTH DISPARITIES

The UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) hosted the 2015 UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium, “The Science of Health Disparities: From Social Causes to Personalized Medicine,” on March 17-18. In its 10th year, the symposium highlights work by undergraduate, graduate and faculty researchers in the field of health disparities.

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UAB CENTER FOR AIDS RESEARCH BRINGS EXPERTS TOGETHER TO TACKLE DEEP SOUTH EPIDEMIC

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for AIDS Research hosted a dialogue of regional and national partners to help build and strengthen a Southern Consortium focused on the implementation of a continuum of HIV prevention, treatment and care in alignment with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the Continuum of Care Initiative.

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UAB HOSTS NATIONAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PREVENTIVE ONCOLOGY

UAB hosted the 39th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Preventive Oncology from March 14-17. ASPO is a multidisciplinary society that, through a variety of professional education activities, is committed primarily to serving as an advocate for cancer-prevention and -control research.

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UAB HOSTS INTERNATIONAL HEALTH CARE INNOVATION EDUCATION CONFERENCE

UAB in collaboration with Harvard University and Duke University, hosted the Global Educators Network for Health Care Innovation Education Conference from May 6-8. The international conference drew senior leadership from health care institutions and companies along with top academicians in health care innovation.

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UAH STUDENTS REPRESENT COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AT CONFERENCE

UAH students Morgan Gilley and Austin Mordecai promoted the College of Business at the 2015 DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, FL. This conference attracted 18,000 high school students from around the country interested in pursuing a career in marketing, finance, hospitality, or management.

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CMER CENTER DIRECTOR PARTICIPATES IN AEROSPACE EVENT

Jeff Thompson, Director of the Center for Management and Economic Research (CMER), participated in the Alabama Aerospace Industry Week in Montgomery in association with the Alabama Aerospace Industry Association.

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UAH REPRESENTED AT THE ALABAMA AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURERS EVENT

Jeff Thompson, Director of the Center for Management and Economic Research (CMER), and Lynsey Delane, CMER Research Associate, supported the Alabama Automobile Manufacturers Association with its business-to-business event held April 14-15 in Montgomery. The event’s purpose was to introduce Alabama suppliers with automotive company procurement officers to encourage new business relationships.

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UAH COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING PARTICIPATES IN IEEE SYSTEMS CONFERENCE

Andrew Gilbert, a doctoral student in systems engineering advised by Bryan Mesmer, a first year Assistant Professor in the ISEEM Department, presented a paper titled “Exergy Analysis of Rocket Systems” at the IEEE Systems Conference in Vancouver in April. Dr. Paul Collopy, Professor and Chair of ISEEM, also presented a paper titled “Systems Engineering Theory: What Needs to Be Done” at the conference to lead off a special session in systems engineering theory.

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UAH ENGINEERING PROFESSOR LEADS CONFERENCE SESSION

Paul Collopy, chair of the ISEEM Department, led a standing-room-only session discussing development of a theory of systems engineering at the Conference on Systems Engineering Research in Hoboken, NJ, in March.

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UAH ENGINEERING PROFESSOR PRESENTS PAPER AT CONFERENCE

Paul Collopy, chair of the ISEEM Department, presented a paper titled “Technical Risk Management” at the IEEE Aerospace Conference in Big Sky, MT, in March.

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UAH DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES HOSTS SOUND STUDIES SYMPOSIUM

The UAH Department of Foreign Languages hosted the Sound Studies Symposium, “Sound and Beyond: Acoustics, Visuality, and Culture in the Digital Media Age” in April. Appealing to Huntsville’s centrality in science and technology, the symposium welcomed a group of internationally renowned scholars to discuss the historical and cultural contexts of sound (re-) production through technological media, tracing the global differences in sound perception across national boundaries, ethnic identities, and political systems in our digital age.

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UAH ENGLISH DEPARTMENT HOSTS GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE

The UAH English Department hosted a graduate student conference, “Identity and Materialism: Reading the Space between Persons and Things,” on April 10-11 on the UAH campus. Priscilla Wald, Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Duke University and editor of the journal American Literature, was the keynote speaker at the event. The conference brought in 39 participants from 10 states and provinces, representing 18 different schools.

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UAH NURSING DEAN GIVES CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Dean Marsha Adams presented “Nurse Education: Purpose, power, and passion” at the Wisconsin League of Nursing Annual Conference in Madison, WI, and also at the National Student Nurses Association 63rd Annual Convention in Phoenix, AZ, in April.

UAH CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR GIVES PRESENTATION AT SYMPOSIUM

Susan Alexander, Clinical Asso-ciate Professor of Nursing, presented “Diabetes and the Transplant Patient” at the 10th Annual Transplant Nurse Practitioner Symposium in Nashville, TN.

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UAH CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR GIVES PRESENTATION AT LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

Melissa Baginski, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, presented “Increase Your Job Security through Professionalism” at the 1st Annual Student Nurses Leadership Summit in Phoenix, AZ.

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UAH CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR CO-PRESENTS WORKSHOPS

Lori Lioce, Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing, co-presented two workshops, “Using Simulation in Creative and Unique Areas of Learning” and “Creating Better Simulations for All Your Learners – Here’s How” at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare on January 12 in New Orleans, LA.

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OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (OVPRED) AT UAH

Dr. Gary Zank organized the 14th Annual International Astrophysics Conference held April 19-24 in Tampa, FL. The theme of the meeting was, “Linear and Nonlinear Particle Ener-gization Throughout the Heliosphere and Beyond.” Approximately 80 scientists participated in the week-long meeting, of whom nearly 45% were international.

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UAH RESEARCH SCIENTIST PRESENTS AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Manil Maskey, Research Scientist in the UAH Information Technology and Systems Center (ITSC), was invited to give a talk at VISAPP 2015, the 10th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging, and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications in Berlin, Germany. Mr. Maskey presented research in computer vision theory and applications at the conference held March 11-14.

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UAH SPACE SCIENCE ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AND CSPAR PI HOSTS COLLABORATIVE MEETINGS

Dr. Qiang Hu of the Department of Space Science and CSPAR hosted a visit by Dr. Mark Linton of the Naval Research Lab during March. Dr. Linton is leading a Focus Science Topic (FST) team funded by NASA in which Dr. Hu is a Co-Investigator. During the visit, they discussed collaborative research on magnetic flux ropes and Dr. Linton also gave a seminar talk during the UAH Space Science Seminar series.

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UAH DIRECTOR OF ITSC PRESENTS RESEARCH AT CYBER SECURITY CONFERENCE

Dr. Sara James Graves, director of the UAH Information Technology and Systems Center (ITSC), presented a paper on additive manufacturing at the Cyber and Information Security Research (CISR) conference held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in April. The conference brings together researchers, practitioners, decision makers, and others with interests in critical issues related to cyber security. Conference proceedings are published by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).

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UAH SCIENCE ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AND CSPAR RESEARCHER PRESENTS PAPER

Dr. Qiang Hu of the Department of Space Science and CSPAR Researcher presented a talk entitled “Magnetic Field-line Twist and Length Distributions inside Interplanetary Magnetic Flux Ropes” at the Triennial Earth-Sun Summit meeting in Indianapolis, IN, during April. The American Astronomical Society and the American Geophysical Union jointly organized the meeting. Dr. Hu also co-authored a presentation given by Dr. Chaowei Jiang of CSPAR, entitled “Large-scale and Long-duration Simulation of a Multi-stage Eruptive Solar Event.”

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UAH SPACE SCIENCE ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR PRESENTS PAPERS AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Dr. Gang Li, Associate Professor in the department of Space Science presented a paper titled “Particle acceleration and transport in Co-rotating Interaction Regions” at the 14th Annual International Astrophysics Conference in Tampa, FL.