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FEBRUARY 2016

 

UA ‘INNOVATION DAY’ FEATURED NEW TECHNOLOGIES, GUIDANCE FOR ENTREPRENEURS

UA students showcased a concussion detection system and cellular signal strengthening technology, and entrepreneurs detailed the ins and outs of starting and running a successful business during the third Office for Research and Economic Development “Innovation Day.” Created to give student and faculty researchers and startups a platform to showcase new technologies and to provide valuable information about business licensing, intellectual property and funding, the tech showcase kicked off Innovation Day. In addition to the tech showcase, the day featured four information sessions and eight guest speakers on topics ranging from leveraging social media and growth-hacking, to crowd funding and protecting your business.

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UA’S PROJECT FAITHH CONFERENCE FEATURED SEVERAL HIV/AIDS ACTIVISTS

Five nationally known HIV/AIDS activists were featured speakers at UA’s Project FAITHH conference in Montgomery. The Ministers Dissemination Conference was sponsored by UA’s College of Community Health Sciences’ Project FAITHH, or Faith-based Anti-stigma Initiative Towards Healing HIV/AIDS. Project FAITHH is a four-year study developed to examine the role that African-American congregations can play in reducing HIV/AIDS-related stigma in rural Alabama. It was funded in 2012 by a $530,368 grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Minority AIDS Research Initiative. The project was developed because of the disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS for African Americans living in rural Alabama.

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UA INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK HIGHLIGHTED GLOBAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

UA’s Capstone International Center sponsored International Education Week to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The initiative, which is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States. The program consisted of events such as film screenings, discussion panels, featured speakers and educational lunch and coffee gatherings. The Capstone International Center initiates, promotes and supports UA’s international efforts on campus, throughout the state and around the world.

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UA OFFERED THREE MINUTE THESIS COMPETITION

The UA Graduate School hosted the third annual Three Minute Thesis competition, which challenges graduate students to demonstrate their research and presentation skills concisely for cash prizes and travel grants. Alabama Public Television provided full coverage of the event finals. The 3MT competition helps students master creating a “pitch” or “elevator speech” for their ideas, as it is often called in the business world. Students learn how to present themselves and their research to interviewers and potential employers. The 3MT competition originated at The University of Queensland in Australia. More than 20 universities in the southeastern United States are active in the competition, which does not separate competitors by fields.

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HISTORIAN PRESENTED LECTURE AT UA ON CHRISTIANITY AND DINOSAURS

Dr. Ron Numbers, a historian and professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, presented a lecture at UA on how evidence of dinosaurs has been reconciled with Christian fundamentalism. The lecture, “Baptizing Dinosaurs: How Once-Suspect Evidence of Evolution Came to Support the Biblical Narrative,” was a part of the Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution lecture series at UA. Numbers is a well-known historian of science and medicine. He is the author of “The Creationists” and “Darwinism Comes to America” and has edited other works. In the early 20th century, many conservative North American Christians took a skeptical view of the existence of dinosaurs, viewing them as satanic tricks or as myths that never existed. Since then, some creationists have come to embrace dinosaurs as having co-existed with humans.

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UA LAW SCHOOL HOSTED E-DISCOVERY AND TECHNOLOGY LAW SYMPOSIUM

The UA School of Law and The Journal of the Legal Profession co-sponsored a symposium on Legal Ethics Surrounding E-Discovery and Technology Law. Three speakers presented their perspective. They were Allison Skinner, owner of Skinner Neutral Services and an adjunct professor on E-Discovery at The University of Alabama School of Law; Ronald Hedges, a former U.S. magistrate judge and adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law and an advisory board member for The Sedona Conference; and Marc Jenkins, an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt Law School, associate general counsel and executive vice president of knowledge strategy for Cicayda, and a member of The Sedona Conference. The Journal of the Legal Profession was the nation’s first periodical exploring legal ethics and problems confronting the profession.

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AUTHOR, RESEARCHER SPOKE ON K-12 ISSUES IN UA’S LAIBLE LECTURE

Dr. Kevin K. Kumashiro, dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco, delivered the annual Julie C. Laible Memorial Lecture on Anti-Racist Scholarship, Education, and Social Activism at UA. Kumashiro, the founding director of the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education, is a leading expert on educational policy, school reform, teacher preparation, and educational equity and social justice. His lecture was titled “Bad Teacher! How blaming teachers distorts the bigger picture.” Kumashiro discussed some of the reforms currently trending in education and how the rhetoric sounds promising, but is actually hurting education. He also detailed how special interest groups who are steering particular reforms are not using data to back what is becoming common sense to people.

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PAINTING OF UA’S FIRST CAMPUS UNVEILED

A painting of UA’s 1831-32 campus by artist and historian Dean Mosher was unveiled at the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library in the Pearce Grand Foyer. The epic 6’x14’9” canvas puts viewers near the center of the present-day Quad to recreate in near-perfect detail what they would have seen in the early 1830s. Mosher worked for more than a year with leading authorities. The painting “The Birth of Alabama’s First Great University: The University of Alabama’s First Campus Circa 1831-32” was dedicated by Mosher in honor of Dr. Judy Bonner, who served as president of The University of Alabama from 2012-2015. Also on display were eight scaled models which included the President’s Mansion, the Rotunda, the Lyceum, faculty residences, dormitories and the Gorgas House.

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NAMIBIAN CRAFT CULTURE EXHIBITED AT UA GALLERY

An exhibit exploring Namibian craft culture through photographs, a documentary and physical objects collected during a UA student’s visit to the African country were on display at the University Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa. The exhibit was titled “Namibian Craft: The Unknown and the Outsiders.” Becky Beamer, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in book arts at UA, explores indigenous craft and humanitarian policy though her work. Works on display at the UA Gallery are informed by first-hand accounts and personal stories of Namibian master craftspersons, humanitarian experts and Beamer’s own experiences in Namibia. Examples of weaving, leather making, traditional garb/ornamentation, steel bead production, pottery and paper making are included in the exhibit.

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UA CONFERENCE EXPLORED HOLOGRAPHY AND UNIVERSE AFTER THE BIG BANG

An international research work-shop and “summer school” on the wide field of holography was held on the UA campus. The workshop, titled “Holography Near and Far – From Equilibrium” was co-sponsored by UA’s department of physics and astronomy, the Office for Academic Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences. About two dozen participants, speakers and lecturers hailed from the United States, Canada and Europe and included UA graduate students and faculty. The workshop marked the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The workshop explored physics at the beginning of time – or, more precisely, the state of the universe right after the big bang.

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UAB SYMPOSIUM TO DISCUSS ISSUES SURROUNDING DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR VETERANS

The Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety, part of the UAB School of Public Health, hosted Disability Benefits for Veterans: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on November 6, at Lakeshore Foundation. The symposium examined the expectations of veterans who are disabled, appropriate responses to those expectations and strategies for treatment. Representatives from private and nongovernmental sectors discussed approaches to meeting veterans’ needs and share lessons learned with attendees. Panel discussions were led by representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as from the medical, nonprofit and legal communities.

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SUSTAINABILITY SYMPOSIUM HOSTED BY UAB CONSIDERS WAYS TO REVITALIZE METRO AREA

More than 200 people filled the UAB Alumni House on October 1 to learn from experts from around the world on matters concerning urban sustainability and development at the 2015 Sustainable Smart Cities Symposium. The symposium, organized by the UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center, is an annual event that focuses on the innovations – such as big data, renewable energy and smart
mobility – being used to help make Birmingham and other cities around the world smarter, safer and more livable.

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UAH ACCOUNTING PROFESSOR PRESENTS PAPER

Tingting Que, UAH Assistant Professor, presented her paper “Union Concessions Following Asset Sales and Takeovers” at the 2015 Financial Management Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.

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UAH PROFESSOR PRESENTS PAPER

Yeqing Bao, Professor of Marketing, attended and presented a paper “Board External Directorship and R&D Strategy: Evidence from an Emerging Economy” at the 2015 International Conference of Asian Marketing Associations (ICAMA), in Tokyo, Japan, hosted by Waseda University.

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UAH PROFESSOR PRESENTS RESEARCH

Laird Burns, Assistant Professor of Management Science, presented his research, “An Extended Framework for Supply Risk Management” in the session, “Research-Supply Networks: Managing Risks in Strategic Sourcing and Supply Networks” at the Decision Sciences Institute Annual Conference in Seattle, WA.

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UAH ACCOUNTING PROFESSOR PRESENTS PAPER

Hank Alewine, Assistant Professor of Accounting, presented his research paper, “Evaluation Mode Considerations on Decisions Using Environmental Accounting Information When Benchmark Data Give Unclear Signals,” at the 2015 Accounting, Behavior and Organizations Section Midyear Meeting in Nashville, TN.

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UAH CMER TO ORGANIZE STATE’S FIRST LEAN SIX SIGMA CONFERENCE

UAH College of Business Administration’s Center for Management & Economic Research organized and was a key sponsor for the Lean Six Sigma conference at Adtran in Huntsville. The conference theme was “Sustaining a Data-Driven Management Approach in Today’s Business Environment – in your plant, company, industry, and supply chain.”

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UAH ASSOCIATE DEAN AND PROFESSOR CHAIRS PANEL

Jatinder Gupta, Associate Dean, Eminent Scholar, and Professor of Information Systems, chaired a special panel on “Rigor and Relevance in Decision Sciences” at the Annual Conference of the Decision Sciences Institute, Seattle, WA. Dr. Gupta also participated in a panel on “Publishing in Top Journals,” served as a member of the Ellwood Buffa Dissertation Awards presentation, and served as a member of the Best Paper Award committee.

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UAH ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR SPEAKS AT SOUTH KOREAN UNIVERSITY

Jae Park, Associate Professor of Information Systems/Cybersecurity, gave an invited talk on “Secure Provenance-Aware Systems” at Ajou University in South Korea. The topic is a partial result of a NSF funded research project (2011 – 2016).

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UAH COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING PARTICIPATES IN IIE CONFERENCE

The ISEEM Department of the College of Engineering was strongly represented at the Institute of Industrial Engineers Conference in Nashville, TN, in June. Taylan Topcu, a masters student in systems engineering advised by Assistant Professor Dr. Bryan Mesmer, presented their paper titled “Commercial and Government Value Functions for Electric Vehicle System Design.” Associate Professor Sherri Messimer made a presentation titled “Simulation Decision Support for Intensive Care Unit Expansion.” Professor Paul Collopy presented his paper, “A Formal Representation of Systems Engineering Activities Post PDR.”

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UAH COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING PROFESSOR KEYNOTES WORKSHOP

Paul Collopy, chair of the ISEEM Department, provided the keynote address at the Third Federated and Fractionated Satellite Systems Workshop at Cornell University in August. He also led a panel discussion on “The Theory of Systems Engineering” at the INCOSE Symposium in Seattle, WA, in July.

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COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING PHD STUDENTS EARN TOP HONORS FOR POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Three Engineering Ph.D. students won top honors for their poster presentations at the 2015 Science and Technology Open House held in Montgomery. Mr. Abubaker Tareki won first prize for his poster “Enhancing Nano/Bio Sensors in the Terahertz Regime Using Liquid Crystals,” Mr. Seyed Mirshafieyan won second prize for his poster “Optical Colors and Perfect Light Absorption in Silicon Nanostructures,” and Mr. William Gaillard won third prize for his poster “Microfluidic Reactor Development of Oligonucleotide Synthesis.”

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UAH SYSTEMS CENTER RESEARCHERS PARTICIPATE IN NASA SYSTEMS ENGINEERING MEETING

Helen Conover and Manil Maskey attended the 2015 Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) System Engineering Technical Interchange Meeting held November 3-5 at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Maskey presented “Meta-data Curation – identifying relevant datasets and data variables” in the “Getting the Most out of Software” track; and Conover served as rapporteur for the “Focus on Process Topics” track.