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FEBRUARY 2016

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UA ENGINEERING STUDENT SELECTED AS MERCEDES-BENZ DOCTORAL FELLOW

Eric Schulz, a Parker, CO, native who studied mechanical engineering and German at UA, was selected for a doctoral fellowship that will partner his studies with research for Mercedes-Benz. The fellowship was jointly set up by Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc., a Mercedes-Benz automobile manufacturing unit about 20 miles from the UA campus, and the UA College of Engineering with support from Mercedes-Benz Research and Development in Stuttgart, Germany. Schulz, who recently graduated with his bachelor’s degree, will spend four semesters doing his doctoral course work at UA. Afterward, Schulz will work on his dissertation at Mercedes-Benz’ Research and Development’s advanced manufacturing labs in Stuttgart for another four semesters before returning to UA to finish his dissertation.

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UA GILMAN SCHOLAR TO STUDY IN SOUTH KOREA

Linnet Kabachia, a student at UA, has been selected to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad during the spring 2016 academic term. Gilman Scholars are selected by the Institute of International Education through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State. Recipients receive up to $5,000 to apply toward study abroad or internship program costs, giving them the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies. Kabachia, a junior from Homewood who is majoring in accounting with a specialization in global business, will spend the semester in South Korea. Originally from Kenya, Kabachia hopes to one day return there and apply the skills she garners from this experience to helping Kenya realize economic growth.

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UA PHYSICISTS SHARED IN BREAKTHROUGH PRIZE FOR NEUTRINO RESEARCH

A team of UA physicists has received recognition for making key contributions to a landmark study of neutrinos that won the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recently in California. The $3 million prize celebrates a series of experiments involving physicists and labs around the world. They investigated neutrino oscillation and mass. The experiments showed that neutrinos have mass and that they change character as they travel through space. Before this work, neutrinos were believed to be massless. The landmark study to which the UA team contributed is called the KamLAND experiment. The Breakthrough Price selection committee cited KamLAND “for the fundamental discovery and exploration of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the standard model of particle physics.”

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UA ENGINEERING STUDENTS, ATHLETICS WORKED TOGETHER FOR MEDICAL TENT

A collapsible tent designed to limit distractions during medical evaluations while providing better privacy for student athletes at UA was introduced during the 2015 football season. The tent resulted from a collaboration between Crimson Tide Athletics and UA’s College of Engineering. A provisional patent has been filed for the innovative design developed by Jeff Allen, director of sports medicine at UA, and four senior mechanical engineering students. The Office for Technology Transfer is assisting in protecting and promoting the intellectual property covered in the pending patent. The tent can be set up on any sideline and does not block the view of fans. Most of the game, the tent is collapsed onto the ground, but if an injured player needs an evaluation by the medical staff, it quickly expands over the examination table.

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UA PROFESSOR RECEIVED BLACKMON-MOODY AWARD

Dr. Kim Bissell, a professor in UA’s College of Communication and Information Sciences, is the recipient of the 2015 Blackmon-Moody Outstanding Professor Award. Bissell was nominated for her research on child nutrition and development of the Track My Plate smartphone app. The development of the iPad app was a culmination of Bissell’s research on the use of new media technologies for teaching children how to become more proactive in their own health. The goal of the app is to educate children about the foods they eat each day in an effort to make children more health literate. The Frederick Moody Blackmon and Sarah McCorkle Moody Outstanding Professor Award is one of the highest awards given by UA. It is based on a specific accomplishment that is innovative, creative and useful or that captures the imagination.

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UA STUDENT RECEIVED KILLAM FELLOWSHIP FOR STUDY IN CANADA

Fulbright Canada has awarded Jordan Sandy, a student at UA, a Killam Fellowship to study at The University of British Columbia during the 2015-2016 academic year. At UBC, Sandy hopes to augment his experiences through the Center for Transportation Studies and Vancouver International Airport. Sandy, a Chicago native who is double majoring in economics and English, plans to pursue a career in brand and route development within the commercial aviation industry. The Killam Fellowships Program is a competitive program providing an opportunity for exceptional under-graduate students from universities in Canada and the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the United States or Canada.

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UA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HONORED FOUR FACULTY MEMBERS WITH TEACHING AWARDS

The UA National Alumni Association announced the 2015 recipients of the University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching – the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Awards. This year’s honorees were Dr. Mark E. Barkey, professor in the department of aerospace engineering and mechanics in the College of Engineering; Kimberly K. Boone, director of the Legal Writing Program and legal writing lecturer in UA’s School of Law; Dr. Paul Houghtaling, associate professor of voice and director of UA’s Opera Theatre in the College of Arts and Sciences; and Dr. Timothy S. Snowden, associate professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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UA NAMES VICE PRESIDENT FOR STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS

Linda Bonnin, a communications and marketing professional with 19 years of experience in higher education, has been named vice president for strategic communications at UA. Bonnin served as vice president for strategic communications at Louisiana State University. Prior to joining LSU in 2014, she served as vice president for communications, public relations and marketing at the University of Memphis, where she worked for 17 years. Bonnin reports directly to UA President Stuart Bell and serves as his chief communications adviser. She leads UA’s communications, marketing, media relations and related functions, as well as overseeing institutional branding.

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UA NAMES DEAN OF UA LIBRARIES

Dr. Donald L. Gilstrap, former dean and professor of University Libraries at Wichita State University, has been named dean of the University Libraries at UA. Gilstrap has 20 years of experience in academic libraries, including the University of Oklahoma, the University of Connecticut, Southwestern Oklahoma State University and the Connecticut Community College System. In his new role at UA, Gilstrap oversees the Angelo Bruno Business Library, the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, the McLure Education Library and the Eric and Sarah Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering, as well as the A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, the Alabama Digital Humanities Center and the Sanford Media Center.

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UA PROFESSOR WINS BOOK AWARD

Dr. Richard C. Fording, professor and chair of political science at UA, received the Herbert Simon Book Award for Disciplining the Poor. The recognition was from the Public Administration Section of the American Political Science Association. It marked the third time Fording and co-authors Joe Soss and Sanford F. Schram have been recognized for their work on the 2011 study of poverty governance in the U.S. over the past four decades. The book previously won the Michael Harrington Award from the APSA, as well as the Oliver Cox Cromwell Award from the American Sociological Association. The book takes an unflinching look at the welfare policies and reforms in the U.S. post-World War II.

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UAB ANTHROPOLOGY PROFESSOR NAMED 2016 TED PRIZE WINNER

TED has announced Sarah Parcak as the winner of the 2016 TED Prize. Often described as an modern day Indiana Jones, Parcak uses infrared imagery from satellites to uncover ancient archaeological sites. A pioneer of space archaeology, she has earned acclaim for being among the first to apply satellite imaging to locate archaeological sites in Egypt. Each year, TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, awards the TED Prize to one exceptional individual and gives him or her the chance to conceive and launch a high-impact project – “a wish” offered to him or her without restriction. Parcak will receive $1 million from TED to launch her wish, and the opportunity to call on TED’s global community of innovators, entrepreneurs and TEDx organizers to participate in fulfilling the wish.

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UAB STUDENT EARNS PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL HONOR

University of Alabama at Birmingham student Ophelia Johnson has been selected to take part in the highly esteemed Marshall Scholarship program. Johnson is UAB’s second Marshall Scholarship recipient. British Consul General Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford says the Marshall Scholarship is the British Government’s most prestigious award for young Americans. It was established by Act of Parliament 60 years ago as a mark of thanks to the American people for Marshall Aid to Great Britain after World War II. Marshall Scholarships finance up to 40 young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in any field of study in the United Kingdom. Through this scholarship, Johnson will spend a year studying medical device design and entrepreneurship at Imperial College London. She will begin her studies in October of 2016.

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UAB’S PIANO PROFESSOR TO PERFORM AS SOLOIST WITH RUSSIAN ORCHESTRA

University of Alabama at Birmingham Professor of Piano Yakov Kasman, DMA, will be a soloist with Saratov Philharmonic Orchestra in the performance of Nikolai Medtner’s Piano Concerto No. 2 op. 50. Kasman is a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Music. Saratov is a major Russian city located on the Volga River, about 500 miles southeast of Moscow. The city is well-known for its long musical traditions, including having one of the first music conservatories in Russia.

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UAB PROFESSOR ELECTED FELLOW OF THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

David B. Allison, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor in the School of Public Health and Quetelet Endowed Professor of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been elected as a fellow of the American Heart Association, Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health. Election as a fellow of the AHA recognizes an individual’s scientific and professional accomplishments and volunteer leadership and service. Fellowship is open to scientists, physicians, clinical professionals and academicians with a major and productive interest in nutrition, physical activity, obesity or diabetes.

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TWO UAB NURSING STUDENTS SELECTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS RWJF AWARD

UAB School of Nursing students Jacqueline Bui and Anna Hoenig are among 46 nurses around the country this year to receive a prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program award to support their doctoral studies. The RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars program promotes leadership and is designed to increase the number of nurses holding Ph.D.s in Alabama and around the country. More PhD-prepared nurses are needed to increase the number of nurse leaders, conduct nurse-led science and discovery, and educate the next generation of nurses, according to the National Institute of Medicine.

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UAB SENIOR FIRST-ROUND FINALIST FOR HIGHLY COMPETITIVE HERTZ FELLOWSHIP

University of Alabama at Birmingham senior Luke McClintock has been selected as a first-round finalist for the Hertz Fellowship. The Hertz Fellowship provides financial support toward graduate education to exceptionally talented students in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. Through a rigorous application and interview process, the Hertz Foundation seeks to identify young scientists and engineers with the potential to change the world for the better, and support their research endeavors from an early stage. McClintock is UAB’s first finalist for this award in nearly a decade.

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UAH MARKETING ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR SELECTED TO SERVE ON REVIEW BOARD

Associate Professor of Marketing Yongchuan Bao has been selected to serve on the Editorial Review Board of Journal of Business Research, an interdisciplinary journal typically ranked high among academic business journals.

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UAH BUSINESS STUDENTS PLACE FIRST IN BUSINESS COMPETITION

College of Business students, Oliver Coates and Chris Scrip, placed first in the Capsim annual Foundation Challenge event, an online business simulation competition. They competed against over 100 other student teams.

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UAH RESEARCH PROFESSOR SUBMITS ESSAY

Richard Rhoades, Management Research Professor, submitted an essay, “What Factors Determine Success in Defense Acquisition Programs,” for a forthcoming UAH book.

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UAH PROFESSOR PUBLISHES FIRST BOOK IN RHETORIC, LAW, & THE HUMANITIES SERIES

Communication Arts Professor Dr. Clarke Rountree, is the editor of a new book series, Rhetoric, Law, & the Humanities and recently published the first book in the series, Drone Warfare and Lawfare in a Post-Heroic Age by Marouf A. Hasian, Jr. The book series, created last year by The University of Alabama Press, seeks to publish scholarship that examines law through a rhetorical lens.

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UAH POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR HAS ARTICLE CITED

Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Shuang Zhao had an article cited in a publication of the European Union’s European Parliament: Granting Market Economy Status to China (Fall 2015).

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UAH ART PROFESSOR SERVES AS JUROR FOR ART EXHIBITION

Ms. Katie Baldwin, Assistant Professor in Art, Art History, & Design, currently serves as a juror for the exhibit “Anthology: Visual Narratives from Nashville’s Print Community” at the Frist Center’s Conte Community Arts Gallery. The exhibit, spotlighting the diverse talent in Nashville’s expanding print community and including nearly 30 works by 24 artists, runs through February 7, 2016.

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UAH ART PROFESSOR HAS WORK FEATURED IN SEVERAL JURIED EXHIBITIONS

Ms. K. Jill Johnson, Associate Professor in Art, Art History, & Design, had her work featured in several juried exhibitions this fall, including the Center for Contemporary Art 2015 International Juried Exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ; Mixing Your Media at the Core New Art Space in Denver, CO; Old Enough to Know Better at the Crane Gallery in Philadelphia, PA; Intersections at the Reline Gallery in Denver, CO; and Telling Tales at the TEJAS Gallery in Dayton, OH.

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UAH DEAN OF NURSING ELECTED TO ADVOCACY CENTER BOARD

Dr. Marsha H. Adams, Dean of the College of Nursing, was elected to the Board of the National Children’s Advocacy Center.

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UAH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF NURSING RECEIVES FACULTY AWARD

Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Azita Amiri received the UAH New Faculty Research award for “The Effect of an Educational Intervention for Second Hand Smoke on Pregnancy Outcomes.”

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UAH CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR RECEIVES AWARD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing Angela Caires was awarded Outstanding Advanced Practice Nurse by the North Alabama Nurse Practitioner Association.

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UAH NURSING FACULTY RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL GRANT AWARD

Drs. Karen Frith, Susan Alexander, and Amy Hunter received the Sigma Theta Tau International Grant Award for the “Effect of Comprehensive Fall Prevention Program on Gait, Balance, and Falls of Community Dwelling Elders.”

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UAH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR RECEIVES AWARD

Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Yeow Chye Ng was awarded the Outstanding Regional Registered Nurse Practice Award for the North Alabama Nurse Practitioner Association.

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UAH SCIENCE GRADUATE STUDENT WINS FIRST PLACE AT RESEARCH COMPETITION

Chemistry graduate student Samuel Nkrumah-Agyeefi won first place at the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) 2-Minute Drill Research Pitch with his presentation on the novel functionalization of MCL-polyhydroxy-alkanoates via “click chemistry.”

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UAH SCIENCE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT WINS FIRST PLACE AT POSTER COMPETITION

Earth System Science under-graduate student, Adam Clayton, mentored by Lecturer Ryan Wade and Ph.D candidate Anthony Lyza, won first place in the Physical and Liberal Sciences undergraduate student competition at the eighth Werner von Braun Memorial Symposium Student Poster Competition with his poster titled “Analysis of a Complex Mesovortex Evolution during the Second 30 June – 1 July 2014 Derecho Event.”

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UAH SCIENCE GRADUATE STUDENT SELECTED FOR AWARD

Atmospheric Science graduate student Aaron Kaulfus mentored by Associate Professor Dr. Udaysankar Nair, was selected to receive an EPRI Environment Sector Technology Transfer Award for his Leadership in Refining Air Dispersion Models.

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UAH SCIENCE STUDENT WINS NASA DEVELOP SCHOLARSHIP

Earth System Science student Sara Amirazodi was awarded one of three $1,000 NASA DEVELOP scholarships for work using high-resolution satellite imaging to locate South American villages.

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UAH SCIENCE STUDENT WINS NASA DEVELOP VIRTUAL POSTER CONTEST

Earth System Science student, Daryl Ann Winstead, was part of a team that won top prize in a virtual poster competition for their research using Landsat and satellite spectroradiometer instruments to study the habitat of ocelots in the southern portions of Texas and Arizona.

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UAH SCIENCE PROFESSOR RECEIVES CROSS-COLLEGE FACULTY RESEARCH AWARD

Department of Biological Science Professor Dr. Joseph Ng received the Internal UAH Cross-College Faculty Research (CCFR) Program Award ($5,000) for “Effects of Piano Instruction in Reducing Stress Levels and Anxiety for Autistic Children.”

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UAH BIOTECHNOLOGY PHD STUDENT WINS THREE MINUTE THESIS COMPETITION

Samuel Nkrumah-Agyeefi took the top spot at this fall’s Three Minute Thesis and Dissertation (3MT) competition at UAH with his three-minute summary of his biopolymers for biomedical applications research. He was also recently awarded the top honor at the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) 2-Minute Drill Research Pitch competition on the same topic.

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UAH LIGHTNING IMAGING SENSOR (LIS) POISED FOR LAUNCH TO SPACE STATION IN JUNE 2016

In October, STP-H5, with LIS integrated on it, was shipped from Johnson Space Center to Langley Research Center for Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) testing. STP-H5 successfully completed TVAC testing, and was shipped to Kennedy Space Center in early November. In early December, STP-H5 successfully completed Payload Rack Check-out Unit (PRCU) testing, which verified the interfaces to the International Space Station. While performing PRCU testing, the LIS team was able to receive data and send commands at its Payload Operations Command Center (POCC) here in Huntsville at the NSSTC building. The LIS payload has completed all necessary functional testing to verify it is ready for the June 2016 launch.