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NOVEMBER 2014

 

UA’S AVERY RECEIVED HEALTH POLICY LEADERSHIP AWARD

UA’s Dr. Daniel Avery was nationally recognized for his work in the medical field and for
the dedication he has shown to his students over the years. Avery, professor and chair of the UA College of Community Health Sciences’ department of obstetrics and gynecology, is the 2014 recipient of the Louis W. Sullivan, MD, Health Policy Leadership Award, recently presented by the American Board of Physicians Specialists. The award, named for
Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, the former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the George H. W. Bush administration (1989-1993) and the founding dean of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, is presented to a physician who has served as a champion of major health policy changes and an advocate for health policy improvements.

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STRUCTURAL EXPERT NAMED DRUMMOND CHAIR IN CIVIL ENGINEERING AT UA

With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Michael E. Kreger recently joined the faculty at UA as the Garry Neil Drummond Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering. He is recognized internationally as a leader in reinforced concrete structures and earthquake engineering, and will also serve as the director of the Large-Scale Structures Laboratory, or LSSL. Also, Kreger is associate director of the UA Center for Sustainable Infrastructure, established to be a focal point for research and development of sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including mitigating the effects of natural hazards. Kreger’s research, which has resulted in more than 150 technical publications, has focused on earthquake resistance and rehabilitation of structural concrete buildings, behavior of pre- and post-tensioned concrete bridge structures and durability of structural concrete.

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UA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HONORED FOUR OUTSTANDING TEACHERS WITH 2014 AWARDS

The UA National Alumni Association announced the 2014 recipients of the University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching – the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Awards. This year’s recipients are: Dr. Viola L. Acoff, head of the department of metallurgical & materials engineering; Dr. Robert Brooks, professor of finance and Wallace D. Malone Jr. endowed chair of financial management;
Dr. Kathryn S. Oths, professor of anthropology; and Dr. James Hall, former professor and director in UA’s New College. Established in 1976, the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award recognizes dedication to the teaching profession and the positive impact outstanding teachers have on their students.

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UA PROFESSOR NAMED FELLOW BY MANUFACTURING SOCIETY

Dr. Yuebin Guo, a professor of mechanical engineering at UA, was elected a Fellow by the Society for Manufacturing Engineers, or
SME, one of two elected Fellows in this year’s class from American universities. SME Fellows are recognized by their peers and the manufacturing community for outstanding contributions to the social, technological and educational aspects of the manufacturing profession. This honor can be earned after 20 or more years of dedication and service. Nine fellows from across the world were chosen
in 2014. Guo was cited by SME for seminal contributions to the development, understanding and control of process − surface integrity − functionality relationships in a broad range of manufacturing processes.

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UA’S INDUCTS TWO NEW MEMBERS INTO SOCIAL WORK HALL OF FAME

Two familiar faces to UA’s School of Social Work were inducted into the Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame recently. Dr. Lucinda Roff, who served as dean of the school from 1988-2000 and as interim dean from 2010-2014, retired from the University this year. She, along with Phyllis Alston, former instructor and site coordinator of the Montgomery distance education Master of Social Work Program at UA, were honored. Roff began her career in academia in 1974, when she joined the School of Social Work’s faculty as a lecturer. Alston earned her Master of Social Work from UA in 1971 before embarking on a 32-year career at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she served as a staff social worker, coordinator of social work internships, social work supervisor, and assistant chief of social work.

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NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NAMED AT UA CYBER INSTITUTE

Reginald D. Hyde, former deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security in the U.S. Department of Defense, was named executive director of the Cyber Institute at UA. Hyde, who retired from government last year, heads the new institute which will facilitate interdisciplinary research and educational programs related to cyber security and cyber-related technologies like Big Data, Digital Forensics and Embedded Systems. At the Department of Defense, Hyde was the civilian equivalent of a three-star general. He was responsible for a vast portfolio that included oversight and policy guidance for core areas of the Defense Intelligence Enterprise (the uniformed service components and agencies that make up Military Intelligence).   Hyde’s tenure at the Department of Defense concluded
a three-decade career as a CIA operations officer.

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UA’S SPEARS NAMED WINNER OF PUBLIC HEALTH AWARD

Dr. Ellen Spears, assistant professor in New College and the department of American studies at UA, was chosen as the recipient of 2014 Arthur J. Viseltear Prize for Outstanding Contributions in the History of Public Health for her recent book, published in April by the University of North Carolina Press. Spears’ book, Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town, chronicles the link between chemical contamination – particularly polychlorinated biphenyls – and the civil rights history in the city of Anniston. The Viseltear Prize is awarded for outstanding contribution to public health history through a recent book or for distinguished, lifelong contribution to history and public health scholarship. The award is presented at the Medical Care Section at the annual American Public Health Association meeting.

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SOCIETY OF WOMEN ENGINEERS HONORED TWO UA STUDENTS

Two UA students were selected for nationally competitive awards by the Society of Women Engineers. Recent engineering graduates Grace Guin and Alexandra “Lexi” Romine were honored as 2014 Outstanding Collegiate Members at the WE 2014 conference in Los Angeles, CA. Since 2009 seven UA students have been selected for the honor, the most from any university during that time. Recognition as Outstanding Collegiate Member honors those with at least two years of SWE membership who have made significant contributions to SWE, the engineering community and their campus. Guin, formerly Grace Hoover, is from Dallas, TX, and graduated with a degree in chemical engineering this year. Romine, from Collierville, TN, graduated this year with a degree in chemical engineering.

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UA SOCIAL WORK GRADUATE STUDENT RECEIVED SOGIE AWARD

Sarah Young, a doctoral student in the UA School of Social Work, was named a winner of the 2014 CSWE Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression Scholarship Award. Young won the award following the acceptance of her paper, “LGBTQ Organizing Beyond ‘Low-Hanging Fruit’: A Qualitative Examination of Safe Schools Coalitions in the South” by the Annual Program Meeting. The SOGIE Scholarship Award, working in collaboration with the Council on Social Work Education, honors excellence in scholarship that contributes to knowledge about sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, including individual and systemic issues, curriculum materials, faculty growth opportunities, and the experiences of individuals who are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, and/or two-spirit.

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UA SOCIAL WORK GRADUATE STUDENT WON NATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD

Ning Tang, a doctoral student in UA’s School of Social Work, was named the winner of the 2014 Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work Student Award for Leadership and Services for her efforts to enhance mutual understanding and cooperation between Chinese and American social workers. Among her efforts, Tang established the International Association of Chinese Social Workers, a non-profit professional global network for social workers of Chinese descent. More than 400 Chinese social workers have become members. Since her arrival in the United States four years ago, Tang’s research has helped social work students in China learn about social work education in the United States.

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UAB SOCIOLOGY DOCTORAL STUDENT EARNS FELLOWSHIP GRANT FROM NIH

Kristi L. Stringer, a doctoral candidate in the UAB Department of Sociology, was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship grant through the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which enables promising pre-doctoral students to obtain individualized research training while conducting their dissertation research.

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UAB ASSISTANT PROFESSOR SELECTED FOR HIGHLY COMPETITIVE NATIONAL NURSE FELLOWSHIP

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has named Joy P. Deupree, Ph.D., one of 20 executive nurse fellows for 2014. Deupree, an assistant professor in the UAB School of Nursing, joins a select group of nurses from across the country chosen to participate in the final cohort of this world-class, three-year leadership development program designed to enhance the effectiveness of nurse leaders working to improve the U.S. health care system.

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UAB SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY LOOKS TO EXPAND OUTREACH THROUGHOUT ALABAMA

Allen Conan Davis, DMD, a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Schools of Dentistry and Public Health, was recently appointed assistant dean for Community Collaborations and Public Health in the School of Dentistry. The appointment, made by dentistry Dean Michael Reddy, DMD, D.M.Sc., will enable the school to improve oral health through community-based education, research and service.

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UAB OBSTETRICS, GYNECOLOGY RESEARCHERS RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

The American Urogynecologic Society and the International Urogynecological Association have honored UAB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for work in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development-sponsored Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, with the 2014 Best Paper in Basic Science award. The award is given annually and was presented at the AUGS/IUGA Scientific Meeting.

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UAB MITOCHONDRIA EXPERT INVITED TO NIH STRATEGIC WORKSHOP

Keshav K. Singh, Ph.D., a University of Alabama at Birmingham expert on the roles of mitochondria in cancer, mitochondrial disease and aging, was one of 12 extramural researchers invited to a National Cancer Institute Mitochondrial Information Transfer Strategic Workshop. Singh is director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Cancer Genetics Program and a Joy and Bill Harbert Endowed Chair and professor in the Department of Genetics.

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FOUR FROM UAB SCHOOL OF NURSING NAMED ACADEMY FELLOWS

One faculty member and three alumnae from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing have been named fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, joining more than 60 other fellows affiliated with the UAB School of Nursing. This year’s inductees are: Cynthia S. Selleck, Ph.D., associate dean for Clinical and Global Partnerships in the UAB School of Nursing; and alumnae Marsha Howell Adams, Ph.D., dean of the University of Alabama in Huntsville College of Nursing; Diane Von Ah, Ph.D., associate professor in the Indiana University School of Nursing; and Marietta P. Stanton, Ph.D., professor in the University of Alabama, Capstone College of Nursing.

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UAH CHEMISTRY GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDED YOUNG SCIENTIST REGISTRATION FELLOWSHIP

Bhuwan K. Chhetri, an M.S. Graduate student in Chemistry, was awarded a Young Scientist Registration Fellowship for his oral presentation, “Chemical compositions, biological activities and molecular docking studies on some aromatic medicinal plants from Yemen”, at the 45th International Symposium on Essential Oils, held in Istanbul, Turkey, September 7-11.

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UAH COMPUTER SCIENCE PHD CANDIDATE NOMINATED FOR BEST PAPER AT 2014 SAI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

A paper by Vineetha Bettaiah, a Ph.D. candidate student in CS, was nominated for the best paper award at the 2014 SAI International conference in London. “An Effective Subsequence-to-Subsequence Time Series Matching Approach” was one of only 5 out of more than 150 papers that were nominated for the award. Vineethas’s research has made a significant contribution to the area of Time Series Data Mining.

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UAH PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR PUBLISHED IN ESSAY COLLECTION AND JOURNAL

Dr. Andrew Cling, Professor in the UAH Philosophy Department, contributed a chapter entitled “Reasons Require Reasons” for Ad Infinitum: New Essays on Epistemological Infinitism, edited by John Turri and Peter D. Klein and published by Oxford University Press. Cling’s essay, “The Epistemic Regress Problem, the Problem of Criterion, and the Value of Reasons,” was in the journal Metaphilosophy.

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UAH ART STUDENT CREATES APP FOR FOOD TRUCK LOVERS

Amanda Blanton, a senior in the UAH Art Department, created Foodie Radar, a new app that offers smartphone users real-time information on local mobile food vendors and their menu options. Exclusive to the Huntsville market, Foodie Radar will be available to iOS and Android users in the next couple of months.

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UAH COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION STUDENTS ATTEND ROCKET CITY GOVCON CONFERENCE

Amanda Archambeau, William Hayne, Cora Suggs, and Michael Feld, students in the College of Business Administration, were selected to participate in the Rocket City GovCon Conference. The event focused on bringing together government contracting professionals and executives with business experts to discuss key factors in growing government contracting opportunities.

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UAH COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION’S SBDC PROCUREMENT SPECIALIST RECEIVES HONOR

Procurement Counselor, Mary Jane Fleming, with the UAH Small Business Development Center and Procurement Technical Assistance Center, was awarded the 2014 Small Business Advocate Award for Excellence by the Huntsville Association of Small Businesses in Advanced Technology (HASBAT) at the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County Small Business Awards Celebration on September 4, 2014.

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UAH STUDENT CLUB COMPETES IN CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS WEEK

UAH Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security Club competed in NYU Polytechnic’s Cyber Security Awareness Week “Capture the Flag” hacking competition, finishing in 21st place out of 2,741 teams.

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UAH VISITING PROFESSOR OFFERS ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOPS

Dr. John Whitman, College of Business visiting professor and interim director of the ICE Lab, expanded the free Competitive Coaching Clinics to help students and others hone their business plans and pitches. Dr. Whitman, in cooperation with the Small Business Development Center, also launched an ongoing series of workshops designed to strengthen the startup skills of aspiring entrepreneurs.

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UAH VISITING PROFESSOR APPOINTED TO MAYORAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

Dr. John Whitman, College of Business visiting professor and interim director of the ICE Lab, has been appointed to the Mayor of Huntsville’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisory Council.

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SCIENTIST AND FACULTY ACHIEVEMENTS AT CENTER FOR SPACE PLASMA AND AERONOMIC RESEARCH (CSPAR) AT UAH

- Robert Preece, joined the Science Team for the POET (Polarimeters for Energetic Transients) Mission, to be proposed in the upcoming NASA Small Explorer mission opportunity.

- A figure and small note that Michael Briggs provided to GSFC publicity was included on the GSFC webpage about Tropical Storm Jullio (now Hurricane), i.e., that Fermi GBM detected a TGF from that storm.