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APRIL 2014

 

OBAMA HONORED OUTSTANDING YOUNG SCIENTISTS, INCLUDING

UA RESEARCHER

President Barack Obama named a UA geologist among the 102 researchers receiving the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The winners, including Dr. Samantha Hansen, a UA assistant professor of geological sciences, received their awards at a Washington, D.C.-ceremony. Hansen is using energy signals from earthquakes occurring worldwide to image the Transantarctic Mountains in attempts to better understand how the mountain range formed some 55 million years ago across Antarctica. Much of the mountain range is covered in deep layers of snow and ice.

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UA FACULTY, STUDENTS WON NATIONAL BEA AWARDS

Students from UA won a national award for an interactive media project, and faculty members from UA’s department of telecommunication and film brought home three top paper awards from the recent national Broadcast Education Association annual conference. Miller Coop and Anne Tyler Bushman, both 2013 alumni of UA, won first place in the student inter-active multimedia competition. Dr. Michael Bruce, assistant professor, co-wrote the top paper in the international division and was awarded Best of Festival in the faculty sports division. Dr. Yonghwan Kim, assistant professor, received the top award in the BEA research division. Dr. Andrew Billings, professor and Ronald Reagan Chair of Broadcasting, won the top paper in the gender studies category. Chandra Clark, instructor, won an award of excellence in the faculty promotional video category.

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UA STUDENT EARNED EXCHANGE STUDENT AWARD FROM U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT

It’s not every day a student at UA can legitimately claim he or she is “one in a million.” Junior secondary education major Aaron Brazelton recently earned that distinction from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, whose Alumni Affairs division honored the Huntsville native with the International Exchange Alumni Award for the month of February. The department awards one exchange alumnus – of more than one million across the United States – with the honor each month. Brazelton spearheaded the creation of The Serbia Fellowship Experience, an educational and social partnership between the UA Honors College, The University of Novi Sad and the municipality of Blace, Serbia. Brazelton said the collaborative effort is the first student-led initiative in Serbia, which he first visited as an exchange student in high school.

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UA PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR EARNED DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

UA’s Dr. John Lochman is the 2014 recipient of the American Board of Professional Psychology’s Distinguished Service Award, given annually to a certified specialist who has made outstanding contributions to the science and profession of psychology throughout his or her career. Lochman, professor and Doddridge Saxon Chair of Clinical Psychology, joined the UA faculty in 1998. He is also the director of the Center for Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems at UA where he is actively involved in grant-funded intervention research. He will receive the award at the ABPP annual convocation August 9 in Washington, DC. Additionally, Lochman will deliver an address at the 2015 Convocation in Toronto, Canada.

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UA STUDENT CHOSEN FOR NATIONAL ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AWARD

A student studying electrical engineering at UA was one of seven students in North America selected for a national scholarship. Samantha McPeak, a senior from Key Largo, FL, was recognized by the Power and Energy Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, as a John W. Estey Outstanding PES Scholar for 2013-14. The scholarship recognizes undergraduate students studying in electrical and computer engineering who are high achievers with a strong GPA, distinctive extracurricular commitments and a commitment to exploring a career in the power and energy field. Along with the scholarship, McPeak receives a travel honorarium to attend the IEEE PES Annual Meeting this summer in Maryland.

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UA COOPERATIVE EDUCATION DIRECTOR HONORED WITH NATIONAL AWARD

Roy Gregg, director of the UA Cooperative Education and Professional Practice Program, received national recognition for his contributions to the field. He was honored by the American Society for Engineering Education’s Cooperative Education and Experiential Education Division with its annual Alvah K. Borman award, given to members who made exceptional contributions to the advancement of engineering cooperative education. Throughout his career, Gregg has placed thousands of UA co-op students in positions nationwide, expanded the co-op office to include the professional practice option and mentored numerous professionals to pursue careers in cooperative education. He has contributed significantly to growth of cooperative education in engineering and technology.

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UA SENIOR NAMED SOUTHEASTERN COLLEGE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

UA journalism senior and The Crimson White culture editor Abbey Crain was named 2013 College Journalist of the Year, and the newspaper won the Best Public Service award in the Southeastern Journalism Conference’s annual “Best of the South” contest, at the recent SEJC convention in Lafayette, LA. Overall, students from The Crimson White won four first place awards and placed in 12 other categories in the SEJC’s contest. Crain, from Huntsville, was honored for her reporting on a series of articles, most notably her work on the “The Final Barrier,” a story detailing allegations of racism within the sorority recruitment process at The University of Alabama. “The Final Barrier” and the newspaper’s follow-up stories also earned The Crimson White staff first place in the Best Public Service Journalism category.

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FIVE STUDENTS RECEIVED UA AWAY SCHOLARSHIPS

The UA Division of Student Affairs has named five students as recipients of spring 2014 UA Away scholarships, as part of a scholarship initiative that supports learning opportunities for students to work, serve or study away. Recipients are Karis Dison, of Birmingham, a senior studying nursing who will travel to Costa Rica to volunteer on a medical service trip; Lindsay Ghiroli, of Branford, CT, a junior studying nursing who will travel to the Dominican Republic on an Alternative Spring Break; Luckie Milad, of Auburn, a junior studying biology who will spend the spring semester taking courses in Antibes, France; Kinsley Fowler, of Centreville, a senior studying nursing who will travel to Costa Rica to volunteer on a medical service trip; and Anna Woods, of Cement City, MI, a senior studying French who will spend the spring semester taking international relations courses in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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UA SCHOLASTIC MEDIA DIRECTOR WON NATIONAL AWARD

Meredith Cummings, director of scholastic media at UA, has been named the 2014 James Frederick Paschal Award recipient. The national award, given by the Columbia Scholastic Press Advisers Association, or CSPAA, honors state or regional school press association officials who have distinguished themselves in the field. Cummings has served as director of ASPA since 2008 and also serves as director of the National Elementary Schools Press Association. She is also an instructor in the department of journalism, where ASPA and NESPA are housed. Cummings received the award at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s annual convention in March.

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UAB PHYSICIAN, NURSE PRACTITIONER ARE FINALISTS FOR AWARDS AT CARDIOLOGY 2014

Hayden Zaccagni, M.D., UAB assistant professor of pediatric cardiology and critical care medicine, and Ashley Moellinger, nurse practitioner of  cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, are finalists for major awards at this year’s Cardiology 2014 conference. Zaccagni, who joined UAB as a pediatric cardiac critical care medicine fellow in 2012, and subsequently as faculty in 2013, is one of eight finalists for the Outstanding Investigator Award for physicians. He will give an oral presentation on his research involving the use of acetaminophen to reduce lipid peroxidation in children under-going CPB and its impact on post-CPB kidney injury. Moellinger, a UAB alumna, is a finalist for the Nursing Scientist Award. She will present her research Postoperative Feeding Protocol Improves Outcomes After Arterial Switch Operation. Other UAB instructors to present at Cardiology 2014 include Franco Diaz, M.D., pediatric critical care medicine fellow, and Joey Timpa, ECMO coordinator and cardio-vascular perfusionist in perioperative services. Their poster presentations were selected from more than 150 abstracts submitted.

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UAB ASSOCIATE DEAN PICKS UP NEW HONORS IN 2014

David Allison, Ph.D., associate dean for science in the UAB School of Public Health, has already accrued many new honors in 2014. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has awarded Endocrine Disruptors and Obesity: An Examination of Selected Persistent Organic Pollutants in the NHANES 1999-2002 Data, a study on which Allison was senior author, first prize for the journal’s Best Paper Award 2014. Allison has also been selected as the 2014 W.O. Atwater Lecturer by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service. The lecture will be presented during Experimental Biology 2014 in San Diego, CA, on April 26-30. Allison has also been invited to serve as a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science board-appointed Committee on Science and Technology Engagement with the Public for a three-year term.

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RENOWNED HIV PIONEER WRITES BOOK ABOUT TREATING AIDS SINCE ITS BEGINNING

In 1981, as the first cases of AIDS were being described in Los Angeles and New York City, Michael Saag, M.D., found his way to his specialty in infectious diseases because of an interest in solving medical mysteries. In the more than three decades since, the director of the UAB Center for AIDS Research has become an internationally renowned expert in HIV and in treating patients with AIDS and is widely recognized for helping turn the most deadly virus in human history into a manageable chronic disease. To both chronicle his journey and shine a light on a broken health care system, Saag is releasing his first book, Positive.

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UAB STUDENTS, FACULTY WIN BIG AT BIRMINGHAM AMERICAN ADVERTISING AWARDS

UAB students and faculty were big winners at the Birmingham American Advertising Awards. UAB Digital Media fellows and interns won the Gold Addy in the category of Integrated Campaigns for the TEDx Birmingham promo. UAB Department of Art and Art History Professor of Graphic Design Erin Wright, MFA, won a Gold Addy in the Advertising for the Arts & Sciences category for his “50 Years: Civil Rights Movement” poster and a Silver Addy for his “Gender Equity” poster. Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Doug Barrett and Cayenne Creative won the Gold Addy in Book Design and the Gold Addy in the POP or POS Materials (Other than Posters) category for All Along the Way – Cahaba River Blueway Book. Barrett and Cayenne Creative also won a Silver Addy in the Illustration Campaign category for All Along the Way – Cahaba River Blueway Book illustrations.

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THEATRE UAB’S BIG LOVE ONE OF FOUR PRODUCTIONS CHOSEN FOR COMPETITION

The UAB Department of Theatre has been invited to perform its production of Charles Mee’s Big Love as a select participating production, the highest level of competition, at the Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Theatre UAB’s production was one of 180 entered from across the festival’s 10-state Region IV.

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UAB RESEARCHER, ENTREPRENEUR AMONG TOP 10 INFLUENCERS IN BANKING INFORMATION SECURITY

BankInfo Security has named UAB researcher Gary Warner one of the Top 10 influencers in banking information security. The list acknowledges the roles key individuals are playing in the fight against cyberthreats to information security and privacy. Warner is an expert in phishing attacks and international cybersecurity fraud and directs the UAB Computer Forensics Research Laboratory. He is also chief technologist for Malcovery, a public-private partnership based on research conducted at UAB’s Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research.

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UAB FACULTY MENTOR, STUDENT LEADER ATTEND A2RU EMERGING CREATIVES CONFERENCE

UAB Assistant Professor of Art Doug Barrett, MFA, and senior Betsy Cates, who is majoring in studio art graphic design, were chosen to attend the a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Conference at Stanford University in California on January 30-February 1, 2014. a2ru is the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities, of which UAB is a founding member. The a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Conference is for students of all disciplines who are interested in crossing creative boundaries and actualizing collaborative projects. The conference focused on providing the inspiration and tools needed to help emerging creative professionals develop, execute and sustain new interdisciplinary collaborative endeavors, according to the a2ru website.

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UAH EMINENT SCHOLAR AND PROFESSOR EARNS DISTINGUISHED SERVICES AWARD FOR WORK IN INDIA

Dr. Jatinder (Jeet) Gupta received the Distinguished Services Award by the Indian Subcontinent Decision Sciences Institute (ISDSI) at a ceremony recently held in Delhi, India. The award was in recognition of Dr. Gupta’s long-term contributions to the continued growth of the ISDSI.

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UAH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MANAGEMENT WINS 2014 NEW FACULTY RESEARCH GRANT

First year Assistant Professor Yeolan Lee won a NFR (New Faculty Research) grant for her proposal titled “Do entrepreneurial start-ups outlast diversifying entrants?”

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UAH COLLEGE OF BUSINESS STUDENT RETURNS FROM A SEMESTER LONG INTERNSHIP WITH DISNEY

Morgan Gilley, marketing major, spent last semester fulfilling a lifetime dream of working at Disney. Morgan worked between 30 and 45 hours per week greeting/assisting guests and operating the rides at Peter Pan’s Flight and It’s a Small World. Her ultimate dream is to have a career with Disney, and the internship has brought her closer to that dream.

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UAH COLLEGE OF BUSINESS STUDENTS VOLUNTEER TO PREPARE TAX RETURNS

College of Business Students volunteered their time to prepare tax returns for the community through the SaveFirst Initiative sponsored by United Way of Madison County and Impact Alabama.

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UAH PROFESSOR OF FINANCE RETIRES AFTER 22 YEARS OF SERVICE

Dorla Evans, Professor of Finance retired after many years of excellent service to the university. Tingting Que of Henry B. Tippie College of Business has accepted a position with the college as Assistant Professor of Finance.

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UAH SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER DIRECTOR ATTENDS NAITA MEETINGS

Foster Perry, UAH SBDC Director and Senior Consultant, attends regular meetings with the North Alabama International Trade Association. This non-profit membership organization is committed to increasing the knowledge, interest, and activity of international trade in North Alabama. Perry attends representing the UAH SBDC/PTAC and its role in assisting small businesses wanting to do business with the US Army in Foreign Military Sales and commercial export/import actives.

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UAH SBDC DIRECTOR ATTENDS HUNTSVILLE AEROSPACE MARKETING ASSOCIATION MEETINGS

Foster Perry, UAH SBDC Director and Senior Consultant, attends regular meetings at the Huntsville Aerospace Marketing Association (HAMA). This non-profit organization is for Aerospace Business Development Professionals in the Tennessee Valley. It provides an area for networking, gaining knowledge, and promoting activities on important issues of common interest. Perry attends representing the UAH PTAC and its role in assisting small businesses wanting to do business in the aerospace industry.

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UAH SBDC DIRECTOR SELECTED AS THE FACULTY ADVISOR TO THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLUB

Foster Perry counsels students interested in establishing a small business focusing on Government Contracting as well as commercial activities, E-Club Competitions, and interacting with the local community of entrepreneurs.

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COLLEGE OF NURSING AT UAH

- Dr. Susan Alexander was elected president of the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama.

- Dr. Lori Lioce, Simulation Coordinator and Lecturer, was selected to serve as the International Chair for the development of the “Simulation Design Standard of Best Practice” for the Standards Committee of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning on January 15, 2014. She was also selected to serve on the International Chapter Development Task Force for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning on December 5, 2013.

- Doctor of Nursing Practice student Deidra Fortenberry Carter won first place for her poster presentation at the 6th Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium sponsored by the American Astronautical Society on October 9, 2013 in Huntsville. Her poster was entitled “Promoting Human Health through Manned Space Flight.”

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UAH CHEMIST WINS NATIONAL MENTORING AWARD

Associate Professor Emanuel Waddell received the National Role Model Faculty Mentor Award from Minority Access, Inc. in December 2013.

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UAH MUSIC PROFESSOR FEATURED ON NEW CD RELEASED

Dr. Aaron Cain of the UAH Music Department appears on a new recording released by Cappella Romana, an acclaimed vocal ensemble based in Portland, OR. This is the first recording of an ambitious work by the prominent American composer Robert Kyr. A Time for Life: An Environmental Oratorio is a composition for chamber ensemble and soloists that explores the urgent issues of ecological crisis through texts from the Greek Orthodox Service of the Environment, the Bible, and Native American songs, chants and prayers.

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UAH HISTORY PROFESSOR EARNS PRESTIGIOUS DAR AWARD AND MEDAL

Dr. John Kvach, professor of history at UAH, was recently awarded both the Historic Preservation Award and the Historic Preservation Medal by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

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UAH ALUMNA NOMINATED TO THE 2014 U.S. PARALYMPIC TEAM

Megan Harmon (’11 BS Mechanical Engineering), aka “Pistol,” was nominated to the U.S. Paralympic Team to compete in the inaugural snowboard cross competition at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in March. She is one of two girls on the ParaSnow Boarding team. The UAH alumna acquired the nickname “Pistol” when she started college because of her competitive spirit. In 2009, while riding her motorcycle, Harmon was hit by a car and lost her left leg. Living up to her nickname, Harmon was walking unassisted with her first prosthetic leg within two weeks of the accident. Six months later, she returned to UAH and was back on the slopes snowboarding.