Student / Faculty Achievements
TEACH FOR AMERICA SELECTED TWO UA STUDENTS FOR FELLOWSHIP
Teach for America has selected two students from UA for its Rising Leaders Fellowship, which is designed to mobilize a diverse cohort of student leaders in direct action to address educational inequity. The students, Aaron Brazelton, a sophomore from Madison, AL, and Lena Oshinskie, a senior from Highland Park, NJ, were among 100 students selected from some 60 colleges and universities nationwide for the 12 month fellowship. Selection was based on students’ outstanding leadership potential and a desire to expand educational opportunity. The fellowship, now in its second year, aims to build fellows’ understanding of educational inequity and support their direct impact on the issue. Each fellow designs and leads a project that will measurably impact educational opportunities in their community or on their campus.
UA PROFESSOR EMERITUS SELECTED TO NATIONAL POST
Dr. Daniel Turner, professor emeritus at UA, was elected as a vice president for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Survey-ing. As vice president, Turner will serve on the NCEES board of directors and as the zone’s administrative officer through 2015. NCEES, the national oversight organization for licensure of engineers and surveyors, is a nonprofit organization made up of engineering and surveying licensing boards from all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since its founding in 1920, NCEES has been committed to advancing licensure for engineers and surveyors in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the American public. Turner also is the 2013 board chair for the Alabama State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors.
UA EMERITUS ENGINEERING PROFESSOR RECOGNIZED FOR ACHIEVEMENT
Dr. Richard C. Bradt, professor emeritus at UA, was recognized for his lifetime achievements in ceramic science and engineering. The American Ceramic Society selected Bradt for the W. David Kingery Award, which recognizes distinguished, lifelong achievements involving multi-disciplinary and global contributions to ceramic technology, science, education and art. The award is open to all people worldwide. It is the highest award of recognition by the American Ceramic Society. Bradt joined the faculty at the UA College of Engineering in 1994 as head of the department of metallurgical and materials engineering. In 2003, he was named the Alton N. Scott Professor of Materials Engineering. He retired in 2009, but he has remained an active researcher, speaker and educator.
UA ENGINEERING STUDENT SELECTED FOR U.N. CONFERENCE
Emily Bloomquist, a sophomore chemical engineering major at UA from Tucker, GA, was selected to attend a United Nations climate change conference this fall. Bloomquist was chosen by the American Chemical Society Committee on Environmental Improvement to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 19th Conference of the Parties in Warsaw, Poland, November 16-22. She is one of only six students chosen nationally to represent ACS at the conference. Students were chosen under the criteria of demonstrating academic prepared-ness, awareness and enthusiasm in representing ACS.
UA SOCIAL WORK STUDENT ATTENDED WHITE HOUSE ROUNDTABLE
Sarah Young, a doctoral student from the UA School of Social Work, was invited to the White House for a roundtable discussion about issues facing the bisexual community at an event coinciding with international Bisexual Visibility Day. This is the second time Young, a McGraw, N.Y. native, has visited the White House. Last year, she attended a dinner with Vice President Joe Biden honoring the nation’s emerging LGBT leaders. Young co-founded the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition during her time as New Voices Fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi. She is also an instructor at Mississippi State University and is on the board for Equality Alabama. In 2011, Young was selected as a Point Foundation Scholar, one of 16 graduate students in the nation and the first at UA.
UA PROFESSOR HOPES TO IMPROVE OPEN SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
Development of open-source software could be improved through understanding how isolated programmers collaborate, according to a research project underway by Dr. Jeffrey Carver, UA associate professor of computer science. Carver was awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant by the National Science Foundation to study mechanisms that help build trust between the developers and improve productivity. Through surveys of open-source developers, monitoring Free/Libre and Open Source Software, or FLOSS, projects and building an archive of code reviews, Carver and his students hope to model the process of impression formation among developers, measure the accuracy of their impressions of each other and observe how peer impressions affect project outcomes.
UA ADVERTISING SENIORS SELECTED FOR NATIONAL MINORITY-CENTRIC CONFERENCE
UA seniors Antwon Key and Courtney McCall were selected to attend a national conference for minority members in advertising in New York City. The “Here Are All the Black People in Advertising” conference, which calls attention to the need for greater diversity in the advertising workforce stemmed from a conversation among industry professionals pondering why the African-American presence in the advertising industry was lacking. Key said he would like to become an art director for an agency once he graduates, and McCall hopes to start a non-profit to help underprivileged students learn about branding themselves for employment opportunities.
UA PROFESSORS TURN ZOMBIES INTO TEACHING TOOLS
Dr. Matt Payne and Adam Schwartz, UA telecommunication and film professors, are each teaching a UA course this semester on zombies, cashing in on the monsters’ current popularity to provide students with culturally relevant instruction while teaching them the skills they need to succeed after college. Schwartz teaches TCF 451: Advanced Television Production, in which students will produce a television pilot episode. He said the class provides students an experience that closely mirrors real-world production work. Students will have a chance to use their audio/visual skills but also will learn about things like special-effects makeup and social media campaigns for promotion. Both Schwartz and Payne said they hope to shoot in locations across Alabama and make use of the physical and creative resources the state offers.
NEW INTERIM DEAN OF UA COLLEGE OF CONTINUING STUDIES NAMED
Rebecca J. Pow has been named interim dean of the College of Continuing Studies at UA. Pow joined the College of Continuing Studies in 1988 and most recently served as senior associate dean and director of academic outreach. In her roles as associate dean and senior associate dean, Pow was responsible for the development and delivery of distance and non-traditional academic credit programs. The College of Continuing Studies delivers more than 25 degree programs in formats that include online, videotape and videoconference as well as programs taught at off-campus sites and in evening and weekend schedules. Pow earned her bachelor’s degree in advertising and her master’s degree in higher education administration, both at UA.
UA JOURNALISM DEPARTMENT CHAIR NAMED INTERIM C&IS DEAN
Dr. Jennifer Greer, professor and journalism department chair, has been named interim dean of the UA College of Communication and Information Sciences. Before coming to UA in 2007, Greer had been an associate professor, interim associate dean, academic chair and graduate coordinator for the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada. She earned a doctorate from the University of Florida, a master’s from the University of Kansas and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Missouri. She worked as a reporter for The Kansas City Star and The Reno Gazette-Journal and as the managing editor for The Gainesville Sun’s Sun.ONE. She also worked in university relations while studying at Kansas and Florida. Her research interests include digital news and social media, gender and sport, media effects and media credibility.
UAB PROFESSOR NAMED NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FELLOW, FEATURED IN DOCUMENTARY
Sarah Parcak, Ph.D., a UAB associate professor of anthropology, has been named a National Geographic fellow. Parcak is a pioneer in the emerging field of satellite archaeology and an expert in remote-sensing. She uses satellite imagery to identify ancient sites around the world that were thought to be lost forever. Parcak’s work was the focus of a 60-minute Science Channel documentary What Lies Beneath: Roman Empire, which followed Parcak’s month’s long trek across Rome’s expansive ancient kingdom as she uncovered long buried sites she identified from space using remote-sensing technology.
UAB STUDENT NAMED A CLINTON SCHOLAR
UAB junior Yoonhee Ryder is studying Arabic culture this semester at the American University in Dubai through a prestigious William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship granted by the Clinton Presidential Foundation. Ryder, a student in the University Honors Program, is a double-major in biology and anthropology with minors in Middle Eastern studies and chemistry.
UAB SCHOOL OF NURSING PROFESSOR BEGINS TERM AS ABNS PRESIDENT
Maria Shirey, Ph.D., RN, FACHE, FAAN, assistant dean for clinical affairs and partnerships and professor in the UAB School of Nursing Department of Community Health, Outcomes and Systems, has been elected president of the American Board of Nursing Specialties for the 2013-2015 term. Shirey began serving in the role July 1 after having served as president-elect from 2011 to 2013.
UAB SCHOOL OF MEDICINE FACULTY MEMBER RECEIVES FULBRIGHT SPECIALISTS AWARD
Peter Anderson, DVM, Ph.D., director of pathology undergraduate education at the UAB School of Medicine, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project. As part of the award, Anderson will lead faculty development programs and hands-on workshops at the Tzu-Chi University College of Medicine in Taiwan for two weeks. His mission will be to help teaching faculty there improve their curriculum and to develop assessment materials for their medical students similar to those used in U.S. medical licensing examinations.
UAB PROFESSOR BECOMES FIRST NONPHYSICIAN TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
George Howard, Dr.P.H., professor in the UAB Department of Biostatistics, has been awarded the Mayo Clinic Daniel C. Gainey Named Visiting Professorship in Stroke and Related Diseases for 2013. Howard is a co-principal investigator for the REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study, a national study of a cohort of approximately 30,000 individuals to provide insights to the excess stroke mortality among African-Americans and in the Stroke Belt.
UAB EDUCATOR EARNS NATIONAL AWARD FOR WORK IN YOUTH LITERACY
Tonya Perry, Ph.D., assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the UAB School of Education, has been awarded the 2013 Richard W. Halle Award for Outstanding Middle Level Educator by the National Council for Teachers of English. Perry is co-director of The Red Mountain Writing Project and has worked in various capacities with the Alabama Council of Teachers of English.
UAB DIRECTOR OF SURGERY TAPPED TO HELP LEAD AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
James Kirklin, M.D., director of cardiothoracic surgery at UAB, has been elected to an officer position with the American Heart Association. Kirklin will serve as an officer on the AHA’s Greater Southeast Affiliate board of directors.
WORKS BY UAB PROFESSOR AT NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COMPOSERS USA CONFERENCE
Works by UAB Assistant Professor of Music William Price, DMA, were presented at the National Association of Composers USA Conference, held October 3-5. Three electroacoustic compositions, WOOSH, A Memory of Tomorrow 2.0 and Spline, were selected for inclusion in the conference. The event featured works by composers from around the country.
UAB DIRECTOR WINS GOOGLE AWARD FOR MOBILE SECURITY RESEARCH
Nitesh Saxena, Ph.D., director of the UAB Security and Privacy in Emerging Computing and Networking Systems (SPIES) research group, has received a $50,000 Google Faculty Research Award to develop his work on contextual security, improving mobile device security using contextual information gathered by device sensors. Google Research Awards are one-year, unrestricted gifts to universities to support cutting edge research in computer science, engineering and related fields. Saxena, associate professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and a core member of the Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research, previously won a Google research award in 2011 for his work centered on “playful security.”
UAB RADIOLOGY FACULTY HONORED FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN EDUCATION
Surjith Vattoth, M.D., UAB assistant professor of radiology, received the annual Radiological Society of North America Honored Educator Award presented to individuals who demonstrate their commitment to radiology education by delivering high quality content. He is a scientist in UAB’s Comprehensive Neuroscience Center.
UAB PROFESSOR RECEIVES AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN STD RESEARCH
Jane Schwebke, M.D., professor in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases, has been honored for high achievement in research and prevention by the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association. Schwebke received the ASTDA Achievement Award for her work, which includes several high-impact randomized controlled trials for STD diagnosis and treatment and numerous and authoritative contributions to the understanding of bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis.
UAH iSYSTEMS CLUB GIVES BACK TO UNITED WAY
Members of the student-run iSystems Club in the College of Business Administration agreed to create a new website for United Way of Madison County as part of their iGiveBack program. According to Wendy Kirk, Executive Officer, “Their work was even better than a professional we would have paid.” With the success of this project, the iSystems Club is already looking into who they can help next through their iGiveBack program.
UAH CBA PROFESSOR’S ARTICLE SELECTED AS ONE OF TOP FOUR PAPERS PUBLISHED
Dr. Hank Alewine’s article, “How does environmental accounting information influence attention and investment?” has been selected by the editors of Emerald (The Emerald Literati Network) as one of the top four papers published in the International Journal of Accounting and Information Management in 2012.
UAH GRADUATE STUDENT IN COLLEGE OF SCIENCE WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
Optical Science and Engineering graduate student Lin Yang has won the prestigious Graduate Student Scholar-ship Program (GRSP) Award from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. The one-year, $25,000 fellowship will support her education and research toward a Ph.D. degree at UAH. Lin Yang is currently working with Dr. Lingze Duan, associate professor of physics, on ultrafast lasers and precision frequency metrology. She has published multiple papers on leading optics journals and international conferences. This is her second year in a row to win the GRSP, which is awarded to outstanding graduate students in the field of science and engineering in the seven research universities in Alabama.
UAH MASTER’S STUDENT WINS PRIZE FOR POSTER PRESENTATION
Atmospheric Science master’s student, Anthony Lyza, won the prize for the best student poster presentation in September, at the American Meteorological Society Radar Conference in Colorado. The research looks at the evolution of a squall line that moved from Mississippi across north Alabama on April 11, 2013. The storm spun off two tornadoes separated by Huntsville Mountain. Lyza, et al, looked at how topography influenced both the storm and the power of the two Madison County tornadoes.
UAH GRADUATES FIRST EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE M.S. DEGREE RECIPIENT
The first master’s degree in Earth System Science was completed by Eric Anderson. His thesis research showed ways to use geographic information systems (GIS) and satellite remote sensing to predict better forecasts and more timely warnings of specific natural disasters such as landslides in El Salvador and, by extension, other countries in Central America. Anderson is employed as a Research Associate for SERVIR through the Earth System Science Center.
PROFESSOR AT UAH INVENTS SMART PILL BOTTLE
Dr. Emil Jovanov, a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, invented a smart pill bottle that notifies you when it’s time to take your medication and alerts you if you’ve missed a dose. Although the bottle is just going through clinical trials at Cornell University, the device has already won an award and recognition. The invention is the winner of the 2013 Healthcare Innovation World Cup and was recognized in September 2013 as one of 20 MindBlowing Medical Breakthroughs by Reader’s Digest.
ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING FACULTY AT UAH RECEIVE FUNDING
- Dr. Laurie Joiner and Dr. Robert Lindquist in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering received $199,200 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation over a two year period beginning September 1, 2013, in support of their project “Enhancing undergraduate education in signals and signal processing using UltraWideband (UBW) technology.” Their work will help bridge the gap between theoretical signal processing concepts and wireless operations via experiences in a practical laboratory environment.
- Dr. Junpeng Guo received a two year research grant, totaling $150,000, as the sole PI from the USDA to investi-gate nanophotonics technologies for biochemical sensor applications.
- Dr. Patrick J. Reardon has received a new funding increment from NASA/MSFC in the development of an advanced x-ray mirror being produced on the UAH-CAO Zeeko IRP600X free-form polisher. The Zeeko IRP600X was acquired through an NSF-MRI Award, and is capable of grinding and polishing complex optical surfaces and elements in virtually any shape or any material. Additionally, Dr. Reardon has secured funding for a graduate student in the OSE program to support NASA-MSFC efforts in hardware for x-ray science.
UAH INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR RECEIVES CONTRACT FROM AUBURN
Dr. Sherri Messimer received a $60,000 contract from Auburn University to build circuit card assemblies in her Electronics Manufacturing Systems Lab as part of a collaborative research study with Auburn ISE Department to study the reliability of unleaded solder.
UAH MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING FACULTY RECEIVE FUNDING
- Dr. Nathan Slegers, associate professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering, is co-investigator on a recently funded National Science Foundation Proposal, “Collaborative Research: The Beneficial Aerodynamic Effects of Butterfly Scales.” The lead investigator is Dr. Amy Lang, associate professor of aerospace engineering and mechanics, of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The research will involve detailed measurements of the flight characteristics of free-flying butterflies as they are tracked in three dimensions in Dr. Slegers’ Autonomous Tracking Optical Measurement (ATOM) Lab.
- A $100,000 Phase I award from the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts was awarded to Dr. Rob Adams of NASA MSFC (PI) and Dr. Jason Cassibry (Co-I) for a proposal entitled “PUlsed Fission Fusion (PUFF) Propulsion System.” The award will be a vehicle design and physics feasibility study that would enable rapid human interplanetary space travel, and the UAH portion is $50,000. Several students will be supported with the award.
- Dr. Gang Wang, assistant professor, and Dr. Ken Zuo, associate professor, both in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, have teamed with the Intelligent Fiber Optics Systems (IFOS) Corporation to win a NASA Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant entitled “Miniaturizable, High Performance, Fiber-Optic Gyroscopes for Small Satellites.” The total value of the award is $216,055.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AT UAH EARNS RALPH E. POWE JUNIOR FACULTY ENHANCEMENT AWARD
Dr. George Nelson, assistant professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering, has earned a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities, a consortium of 109 major Ph.D. granting universities. The Powe Award supports the research and professional growth of young faculty and is one of 30 awards given nationwide this year.
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AT UAH
- Julie Williams, a 2009 graduate with a Masters in English, was recognized as the Huntsville City Schools 2013 Secondary Teacher of the Year.
- Sara Beth Creel, music education student, was awarded a Research and Creative Experience for Undergraduates Program Grant for her work this past summer with Dr. Monica Dillihunt on a project titled “Involvement in Organized Church Activities and Academic Motivation: The Relationship.”