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NOVEMBER 2015

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UA DOCTORAL STUDENT SELECTED FOR GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIAL WORK AWARD

Yugi Guo, a doctoral student in the School of Social Work at UA, has been selected to receive the 2015 Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work Pre-Dissertation Initiative Award. The Association, along with support from the Gerontological Society of America and the New York Community Trust, will provide support for a cohort of 12 social work doctoral students who have completed their first year of doctoral studies. The goal of this program is to provide students with support for their dissertation process and to prepare them for an academic career in gerontological social work research and education. As part of the award, Guo, a native of China, will receive more than 10 hours of programming delivered by nationally recognized faculty who are experts in the field of gerontological social work.

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UA FACULTY MEMBERS HONORED AT ENGAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIP CONFERENCE

Dr. Samory T. Pruitt, vice president for the Division of Community Affairs, and Dr. Cassandra E. Simon, associate professor of social work, were honored at the 16th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference in State College, PA. Pruitt was named as a nominee to be the next president of the ESC Board of Directors and was inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship. Simon received an award at a reception in appreciation of her leadership, dedication to excellence and commitment to engagement scholarship as founding editor of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship. Twenty-five UA faculty, staff and students represented UA at the conference and related programs hosted by Penn State University and ESC’s East Region.

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UA’S CULVERHOUSE TEAM PLACED IN TOP 10 PERCENT IN GOOGLE CHALLENGE

Five UA students in the Culverhouse College of Commerce’s masters of marketing program placed in the top 10 percent of the more than 1,500 participants competing in the 2015 Google Online Marketing Challenge. This is the first time students from Susan Fant’s advanced digital and social media marketing class have participated in the competition. Fant is an instructor in digital and social media at Culverhouse. The team included masters students Amber Bara, team leader, Cleveland, OH; Quintin Howze, Birmingham; Raphaela Petermann, Brazil; Shweta Gamble, Birmingham; and Siddik Bozkurt, Turkey. Teams of four to five students had just three weeks and a $250 budget to work with their live client to create and launch an online Google AdWords marketing campaign.

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MORTAR BOARD AT UA NAMED GOLD TORCH AWARD RECIPIENT

The Hypatia chapter of Mortar Board at UA was among the outstanding Mortar Board chapters to be recognized at the 2015 Mortar Board National Conference. The UA chapter received the Gold Torch Award, presented for exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. Gold Torch Award recipients are selected based on a review of national records, requiring that the chapter exceed all of the national minimum standards and deadlines. Jenny Lamberth, chapter president; Susan Caples, senior chapter adviser and former national president; and Nathan Cordle, chapter alumnus and former member, accepted the UA chapter’s award at the national conference held recently in Chicago. Mortar Board is the premier national honor society recognizing college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service.

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UA SOCIAL WORK PROFESSOR SELECTED TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD FROM FLORIDA STATE

Dr. David L. Albright, associate professor in the UA School of Social Work, has been selected to receive the Florida State University College of Social Work 2015 Distinguished Young Alumni Award. Albright received both his master’s and doctoral degrees from Florida State University. The award goes to an alumnus who graduated less than 10 years ago and has demonstrated outstanding leadership and exceptional contributions to social work. Albright joined the UA faculty in August 2015 as the Hill Crest Foundation Endowed Chair in Mental Health. His scholarship focuses on health promotion and behavioral change among military personnel, veterans, their families and communities, and the organizations that support them.

 

UA PROFESSOR EMERITUS SELECTED TO LEAD NATIONAL ENGINEERING GROUP

Dr. Daniel Turner, professor emeritus at UA, was recently elected as president-elect for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. Turner spent more than 30 years working for UA, eventually becoming head of the civil engineering department and director of the University Transportation Center for Alabama. He was elected at the NCEES 94th annual meeting, held in August in Williamsburg, VA. He will serve as president-elect during the 2015-16 term and as president the following year. Founded in 1920, NCEE is a non-profit organization made up of engineering and surveying licensure boards from all U.S. states and territories and the District of Columbia. NCEE works to advance licensure for engineers and surveyors.

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UA PROFESSOR TO BE HONORED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

Dr. Jason E. Bara, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering, will be recognized with the FRI/John G. Kunesh award at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, in November. This award is presented by the AIChE Separations Division and acknowledges separations scientists under the age of 40 with outstanding contributions to the academic, scientific, technological, industrial or service areas involving separations technologies. Bara’s research focuses on improving the carbon capture process by developing new solvents for safely scrubbing CO2 emissions. In 2008, Bara helped to found ION Engineering, a start-up company based in Boulder, CO, which is commercializing new solvent-based gas treating technologies.

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UA CIVIL ENGINEERING STUDENT AWARDED EISENHOWER FELLOWSHIP

The Federal Highway Administration awarded an Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship to Nathan Klenke, a UA graduate student in civil engineering, as part of the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program. Klenke, a native of Lebanon, OH, is interested in the study of concrete. In the past he has worked closely with Dr. Eric Giannini, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, to test the reaction of alkali-silica reaction in concrete. Since then he has worked on several additional projects under Giannini’s supervision. Most recently, he worked on a project sponsored by the Southeastern region of the Portland Cement Association in which he researched the use of carbonate coarse aggregates in concrete pavements.

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UAB ROTC CADET RANKED SEVENTH NATIONALLY

Joseph Green, a cadet in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Army ROTC battalion, has been selected as the seventh-ranked cadet nationally on the Order of Merit List. A political science major from Pinson, AL, Green received the ranking out of more than 5,000 cadets across the United States. This is the first time a cadet from UAB has ranked this highly.

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UAB NURSING STUDENT RECEIVES JANAC ARTICLE OF THE YEAR HONOR

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing doctoral candidate Natalie Wilson, DNP, has received the Article of the Year award from the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Wilson’s paper, “Connecting the Dots: Could Microbial Translocation Explain Commonly Reported Symptoms in HIV Disease?” presents a conceptual framework and rationale to investigate the link between microbial translocation and symptoms in patients with HIV. Wilson’s mentor is Associate Professor Mirjam-Colette Kempf, Ph.D. Wilson is the co-author of the paper with Kempf and others in the School of Nursing.

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UAB STUDENT STARTING STRONG IN SCIENCE

Priya Shah was looking for a science project. She found much more –an award-winning study, one-on-one mentoring from a veteran researcher and a leading role in a project that could eventually affect millions – all before graduating from high school. Shah, now a freshman at UAB and a member of the UAB Honors College’s Science and Technology Honors program, has spent the past year and a half developing a cutting-edge idea in the lab of Joel Berry, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (a joint department of the schools of Engineering and Medicine). Working with Jillian Richter, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anesthesiology and Peri-operative Medicine, the team is creating a revolutionary bioreactor – a little black box designed to accelerate the drug development process for treating atherosclerosis, the most common cause of heart disease.

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UAB PROGRAM WORKS TO END STUDENT HUNGER, ONE MEAL AT A TIME

University of Alabama at Birmingham students now have the opportunity to help peers in need. Student organization Donor to Diner is working with UAB administration, campus restaurants, and the Office of Student Advocacy, Rights and Conduct to initiate a program that will allow meal donations to be converted to vouchers that UAB case managers can distribute to students who do not have access to food on a regular basis. Donor to Diner, organized by UAB student Supraja Sridhar, is a service-oriented organization that seeks to provide easy access to food and other commodities to economically disadvantaged students.

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UAB NURSING PROFESSOR RECEIVES MENTORSHIP AWARD

Patricia A. Patrician, Ph.D., the Donna Brown Endowed Professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, has been selected as the recipient of the Academy Health Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues 2015 Mentorship Award recipient. The honor recognizes the contributions of a senior scientist to the career development of young investigators who are engaged in interdisciplinary health services research on nursing issues.

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UAB PROFESSOR RECOGNIZED FOR ONLINE EDUCATION

The Shikkhok.com project developed by University of Alabama at Birmingham Assistant Professor Ragib Hasan, Ph.D., took home the prestigious 2015 mBillionth Award for its excellence in mobile learning and mobile education in South Asia. Hasan, assistant professor of computer and information sciences and director of the UAB SECure and Trustworthy Computing Lab, designed this project specifically to help educate Bengali-speaking rural and disadvantaged students of South Asia. Shikkhok offers mobile classes in mathematics, biology, statistics, computer science, photography, culinary arts and more from the middle school level all the way to graduate-level courses.

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UAH COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS ENGLISH PROFESSOR PUBLISHED IN SHAKESPEARE BULLETIN

Dr. Chad Thomas, Assistant Professor of English, published an article, “Queer Shakespeare at the Citizens Theatre,” in the Shakespeare Bulletin.

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UAH ENGLISH LECTURER WINS POETRY AWARD

Ms. Anna Weber, English Lecturer, received second prize in the 2015 Southern Writers Symposium Poetry Contest for her poem My Grandfather, Dying of Alzheimer’s, Finds a Rifle in the Closet and Fires a Shot through the Bedroom Wall. Now One Is Hurt.

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UAH ART PROFESSOR’S WORK FEATURED IN EXHIBITIONS

Ms. K. Jill Johnson, Associate Professor of Art, had work in the exhibition “Precarious, the Dangerous Practice of Uncertainty,” at the UAH Union Grove Gallery (Invitational: Alabama Women’s Caucus of Art) and in the exhibition “Who Might I Be?” at the Navel Annex in Somerville, MA (Juror: Mara Brod).

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UAH ART PROFESSOR’S WORK FEATURED IN BOOK AND EXHIBITIONS

The work of printmaker Katie Baldwin, Assistant Professor of Art, was featured in Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Art of Mokuhanga by April Vollmer (Watson-Guptill, 2015). Baldwin’s work was also featured in the exhibit “Then & Now” at the Castle Gallery in New Rochelle, NY; “wood+paper+box” at Wonderfair, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; and “Precarious, the Dangerous Practice of Uncertainty,” at the UAH Union Grove Gallery (Invitational: Alabama Women’s Caucus of Art).

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GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDENT AT UAH WINS AWARD

UAH Art student Amanda Carson won an award for the student entry at the Middle Tennessee State University “Still Life: The Art of Moonshine Art Show” for her digital watercolor piece, “Still.”

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UAH SCIENCE STUDENT WINS SUMMER INTERNSHIP

Steven Doyle, an undergraduate minoring in biology and chemistry, won a summer internship at the University of Virginia School of Medicine where he conducted research on cancer cell radiosensitivity.

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UAH CHEMISTRY STUDENTS ATTEND NATIONAL CHEMICAL ENGINEERING CONFERENCE

Samuel Nkruma-Agyeefi and Geordan Burkes received an Advancing Science Travel Award and presented their research at the meeting of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) in Orlando, FL.

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UAH SYSTEM DIRECTOR SERVES AS PHD COMMITTEE EXTERNAL MEMBER

Dr. Tommy Morris, Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education (CCRE) served as the external committee member for newly minted PhD Patric Nader of the University of Technology of Troyes in France. Dr. Morris was invited to serve after providing Dr. Nader industrial control system cybersecurity datasets to support his research. The datasets include log file information from cyber-attacks against a gas pipeline control system.