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JUNE 2015

 

UA FACULTY MEMBER NAMED UNIVERSITY DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH PROFESSOR BY BOT

Dr. Trudier Harris, professor of English at UA, has been named a University Distinguished Research Professor by the UA Board of Trustees. This designation recognizes UA faculty who have achieved international accomplishments in their field and have been given extensive peer recognition for their scholarly contributions and noteworthy academic service. An Alabama native, Harris is one of the nation’s top scholars in African-American and Southern literature and cultural theory. She has 10 single authored, original monographs; five edited books; nine co-edited works; and nearly 100 articles and essays in journals or books. Harris was formerly the J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the Augustus Baldwin Longstreet Professor of American Literature at Emory University.

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UA ECONOMICS PROFESSOR RECEIVED BURNUM AWARD

Dr. Walt Enders, professor of economics in UA’s Culverhouse College of Commerce and a pioneer and leading scholar in the field of the political economy of terrorism, is the 2015 recipient of one of the highest honors the University bestows on its faculty – the Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award. Enders was presented the award on at an April 21 event where he made a presentation on his research. Enders has been with the University for 14 years and holds the Bidgood Chair of Economics and Finance.

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PROFESSOR RECEIVED UA ENGINEERING’S HACKNEY LEADERSHIP AWARD

The UA College of Engineering’s Dr. Jay K. Lindly, professor of civil engineering and director of the University Transportation Center for Alabama, is the 2015 T. Morris Hackney Endowed Faculty Leadership award recipient. The T. Morris Hackney Endowed Faculty Leadership Award honors a faculty member who exemplifies the constant guidance and leadership necessary to make the College of Engineering exceptional. Lindly began his academic career at UA in 1987 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1992 and professor in 2006, and he was named director of the University Transportation Center for Alabama in 2009. His research interests coincide with UTCA’s research theme of management and safety of transportation systems.

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UA SENIOR’S FILM SELECTED FOR SCREENING AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

UA telecommunication and film student Michael Thomas will enjoy an international spotlight when his short film Traces screens at the Cannes Film Festival this summer. Thomas, a senior from Birmingham, originally created the film for UA’s Campus MovieFest, where it won a Jury Award. The film tells the story of a young boy searching for his mother after a storm.

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UA DEPARTMENT CHAIR NAMED FELLOW OF AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ADVERTISING

Dr. Joseph Phelps, department chair for UA’s advertising and public relations department, has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Advertising. The award recognizes an individual’s lifetime achievement in the advancement of advertising scholarship, education and service to the discipline. Phelps became the first active UA faculty member to receive the national distinction. Faculty scholars from various universities recommended Phelps for the honor, which was then approved by AAA’s nominating committee and shared with the entire international AAA membership for voting. Fellows must be approved by two-thirds of the voting members.

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UA COMMUNICATION PROFESSOR RECEIVED BUFORD PEACE AWARD

Dr. Mary Meares, associate professor of communication studies and graduate program director in the College of Communication and Information Studies at UA, has been selected the winner of the 2015 Lahoma Adams Buford Peace Award. Established in 2002 by UA Social Work alumnus Tony D. Walker to honor Lahoma Adams Buford, it is given annually to a faculty member at UA who, in his or her teaching, research, professional practice and personal life, has demonstrated exceptional levels of involvement in mediating human disputes, helping overcome prejudice, promoting justice and establishing peace. Growing up in the Carolinas, Meares observed racial, economic and gender differences between groups and the way stereo-typing, discrimination and differential treatment limited members of some groups.

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UA CULVERHOUSE PROFESSOR NAMED TO POETS & QUANTS’ TOP 40 UNDER 40

Dr. Burcu Keskin, an associate professor at UA’s Culverhouse College of Commerce, has been named a Top 40 Under 40 Professor by Poets & Quants. Keskin teaches supply chain management and business analytics in the information systems, statistics and management science department at Culverhouse. Poets & Quants is a web-site that reports on business schools and is considered an authoritative source in the field of business schools and rankings. More than 100 professors were nominated before Poets & Quants narrowed the pool to the top 40, basing the final list upon excellence in research, the ability to inspire students and world-class teaching prowess.

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UA GRAD STUDENT PURSUING LOVE OF SPORT WITH SUMMER PROGRAM

UA graduate student Gennelle Chatman has one passion in life –athletics. She has played almost every competitive sport there is and can’t imagine doing anything other than building on that passion. This summer, she will be one step closer to realizing that goal. The 23-year-old Orlando native was recently selected to participate in the United States Olympic Committee’s FLAME program. FLAME (Finding Leaders Amongst Minorities Everywhere) is a highly selective program that provides diverse college and graduate-level students with a unique look into the world of elite sport. This eight-day program offers a rigorous curriculum designed to increase knowledge of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements. Accepted students participate in personal and professional development workshops in preparation for a career in sports.

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UA HISTORY PROFESSOR HONORED AS 2015 ‘LAST LECTURE’ SPEAKER

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” That maxim comes from Spanish writer and philosopher George Santayana, but the idea would fit right in with Dr. John F. Beeler, professor of history at UA. Beeler offered his thoughts on why history matters in the modern world at the 2015 Last Lecture Series. In a world where information – often dubious – is only a click away, Beeler said that knowing real history can help keep people grounded. Beeler was nominated to be the 2015 honoree for the lecture series by one of his students, Katherine Ott, a junior history major from Prattville.

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UA PROFESSOR WINS GENDER SCHOLAR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Dr. Jason Black has been named the recipient of the 2015 Southern States Communication Association Gender Scholar of the Year Award. Black is an associate professor of rhetoric and public discourse and an affiliate professor of gender and race studies at UA. His research interests include LGBTQ topics, Native American issues and general masculinity topics. Black is the first man to win the award in its 28-year history. He has published a number of gender- and diversity-related articles, as well as the books An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk’s Speeches and Writings and the recently released American Indians and the Rhetoric of Removal and Allotment.

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WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION TAPS UAB GRADUATE TO EVALUATE GLOBAL EBOLA RESPONSE

UAB graduate Faisal Shuaib, M.D., Dr.P.H., head of the National Ebola Emergency Operations Center in Nigeria and a 2010 graduate of UAB, who led successful Ebola containment efforts in Nigeria, has been appointed to a six-person independent expert committee to evaluate the global response to the Ebola outbreak.

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UAB PROFESSOR HONORED BY NATIONAL GROUP FOR EBOLA COMMUNICATIONS WORK

David C. Pigott, M.D., a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UAB, was honored by the American College of Emergency Physicians as its 2015 Spokesperson of the Year. Pigott, became ACEP’s point person for speaking with the news media about the Ebola crisis in the fall of 2014.

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UAB NURSING PROFESSOR RECEIVES INAUGURAL CNL EDUCATOR VANGUARD AWARD

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Professor Linda Roussel, Ph.D., has been named the inaugural winner of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Commission on Nurse Certification Clinical Nurse Leader Educator Vanguard Award. She was recently presented the award at the annual CNL Summit. This national award recognizes a CNL faculty member or program director for innovative and outstanding preparation and advocacy of clinical nurse leaders.

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UAB PROFESSOR NAMED FELLOW OF AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION

Janelle M. Chiasera, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been selected as one of 47 emerging college and university leaders for the 2015-16 class of the American Council on Education. Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program – the longest-running leadership-development program in the United States – focuses on identifying and preparing the next generation of senior leadership for the nation’s colleges and universities.

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UAB TOPS HUNDREDS OF UNIVERSITIES IN INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENTS COMPETITION

A team from UAB took home second place in a futures trading competition. UAB was up against more than 500 teams from 226 universities representing 37 countries, besting teams from schools worldwide, including Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Georgetown University and the London School of Economics.

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UAB STUDENTS WIN TWO OF NATION’S 15 PRESTIGIOUS UNCF/MERCK SCHOLARSHIPS

UAB honors students Brittney Coleman and Nathan Oluwagbemiga Larinde, have been selected to receive the UNCF/Merck Science Initiative scholarship. The prestigious award is given to only 15 undergraduate students nationally each year, and UAB has had 14 winners since 2008.

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UAB HONORS STUDENT WINS HUMANITY IN ACTION FELLOWSHIP

UAB honors student Sadhvi Batra is one of only 40 winners nationwide for the Humanity in Action Fellowship, which supports original research concerning intolerance and democratic values. Batra will study in Paris.

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UAB HONORS STUDENT AWARDED FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDY IN GERMANY

Bliss Chang, a senior majoring in biochemistry and biology within the College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a 2015 Fulbright scholarship to conduct research in Germany for a year.

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TWO UAB FACULTY HONORED BY THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NUTRITION

Two faculty members in the Department of Nutrition Sciences are among 23 recipients of the 2015 Scientist, Clinician, Educator/Mentor & Young Investigator Awards given by the American Society of Nutrition. Barbara A. Gower, Ph.D., has received the Dannon Institute Mentorship Award, supported by the Dannon Institute and Daniel L. Smith Jr., Ph.D., has received the Bio-Serv Award in Experimental Animal Nutrition, supported by Bio-Serv Inc.

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UAB ENGINEERING PROFESSOR RECEIVES NATIONAL INDUSTRY AWARD

Robert W. Peters, Ph.D., a professor in the department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, recently received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

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UAB ASSOCIATE DEAN RECEIVES F1000 FACULTY MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD

David B. Allison, Ph.D., associate dean for science in School of Public Health, has been awarded the F1000 Faculty Member of the Year Award 2014 for the Diabetes and Endocrinology Faculty. F1000 comprises more than 10,000 leading biomedical experts who help scientists discover, discuss and publish biology and medicine research worldwide.

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UAH CAPITAL MANAGEMENT GROUP PRESENTS FINANCIAL RESULTS

The UAH Capital Management Group (CMG), a student investment management team, attended the CFA Society of Alabama 2015 Forecast Dinner in Birmingham. This past year, the group managed two investment funds yielding an average growth of 4.75%. The group presented the investment results to its advisory board in April.

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UAH COMMUNICATION ARTS PROFESSOR CHOSEN BY SSCA FOR EARLY CAREER RESEARCH AWARD

The Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) named Dr. Pavica Sheldon, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts, as the recipient of the 2015 Janice Hocker Rushing Earling Career Research Award, honoring SSCA members who have demonstrated exceptional scholarly ability through research and publication early in their academic years.

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UAH AAUW REPRESENTATIVE COORDINATES SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS

Dr. Molly Johnson, Associate Professor of History, Director of the UAH Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and one of UAH’s two institutional representatives to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), assisted six female UAH students in receiving national scholarships to attend AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. Three students are from the College of Liberal Arts, one is from the College of Science, and two are from the College of Engineering.

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UAH DOUBLE MAJOR STUDENT HONORED BY TWO COLLEGES

Erin Looney, a UAH student with a double major in history and mechanical engineering, was recognized on UAH Honors Day as the recipient of the Highest Academic Achievement Award for both the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Engineering. Looney drew from both of her fields of study for her senior capstone project on Climategate for the College of Liberal Arts and her thesis on enzymatic fuel cells for the Honors College.

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UAH COLLEGE OF NURSING CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR RECEIVES TWO APPOINTMENTS

Susan Alexander, Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing, was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Improving Health Care in Alabama and also to the Alabama Board of Nursing Advanced Practice Nurses Advisory Council.

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UAH CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR RECEIVES MENTOR AWARD

Susan Alexander, Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing, was awarded the 2015 Suzanne B. Smith Mentoring Award from the International Academy of Nursing Editors.

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UAH CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR RECEIVES FACULTY AWARD

On April 14, Melissa Baginski, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, received the Student Government Association Faculty Appreciation Award.

UAH CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN SCHOLAR’S PROGRAM

Rita Ferguson, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, was selected to participate in the 2015/2016 UAB Geriatric Education Center’s Faculty Scholars Program.

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UAH CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ACKNOWLEDGED BY STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER

Lori Lioce, Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing, and Executive Director of the Learning and Technology Resource Center, was acknowledged as a steering committee member contributor that significantly revised the American Nurses Association’s Nursing: Code of Ethics.

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UAH CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR NAMED AS AMBASSADOR

Casey Norris, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, was named Ambassador to the National League for Nursing.

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UAH SCIENCE STUDENT ACCEPTED TO YALE PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY GRADUATE PROGRAM

Honors chemistry student Clayton Craft graduated summa cum laude and was admitted to the Physical Chemistry Graduate Program at Yale University.

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UAH SCIENCE STUDENT WINS ACS ORGANIC CHEMISTRY STUDENT OF THE YEAR

Undergraduate honors researcher Kelly Marie Steinberg was awarded the American Chemical Society organic student of the year.

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UAH SCIENCE STUDENTS WIN RESEARCH HORIZONS DAY COMPETITION

Earth System Science Graduate students Susan Malaso Kotikot and Tony Cole won first and second place, respectively, in the College of Science Research Horizons Day poster contest.

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UAH SCIENCE STUDENT PLACES SECOND AT REGIONAL COMPETITION

At the Regional Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition biology graduate student Aleksandra Pivovarova placed second.

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UAH SCIENCE STUDENT ACCEPTED INTO MAYO CLINIC SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Biology and Chemistry Honors student Maria Torres was accepted into the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.

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UAH COLLEGE OF SCIENCE ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR WINS TEACHING AWARD

Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Robert McFeeters received the UAH College of Science Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.

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UAH COLLEGE OF SCIENCE PROFESSOR GRANTED TENURE

Atmospheric Science professor Dr. Udaysankar Nair was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and has been granted tenure effective in the new 2015-2016 academic year.

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UAH COLLEGE OF SCIENCE PROFESSOR RECEIVES MENTOR AWARD

Atmospheric Science Assistant Professor Dr. Robert Griffin was selected as the recipient of the 2015 Research and Creative Activity Mentor Award.

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UAH COLLEGE OF SCIENCE PROFESSOR WINS RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARD

Professor Gang Li of the Department of Space Science was selected for the Faculty Research Excellence Award in the College of Science.

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CSPAR PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR SELECTED AS 2015 RESEARCHER OF THE YEAR AT UAH

Dr. Michael Briggs, CSPAR PI, was selected as the recipient of The University of Alabama in Huntsville 2015 Researcher of the Year Award. This award is a competitive and prestigious award competed for by researchers university-wide.

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UAH SPACE SCIENCE PROFESSOR RECEIVES FACULTY AWARD

Professor Gang Li of the Department of Space Science and CSPAR PI was selected for the Faculty Research Excellence Award in the College of Science. This award is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in leading edge research as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, proposals, and mentoring of graduate students.

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CSPAR PI RECEIVES FACULTY AWARD AT UAH

Dr. Vladimir Kolobov was selected as the winner of the IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Engineer Award. This award is given for distinctive contributions to plasma science through advances in theory and through the development of computational tools.