Dr. Mark Elliott, Dr. Patrick Kung and Ben Bickerstaff

Volume XIV, Number 22
December 2, 2015

A method of cleaning drinking water with light is being tested and developed at The University of Alabama with the hope of creating a product available for homes and businesses. Cleaning drinking water from a faucet with ultraviolet light, along with standard filters, could not only remove chemicals but potentially harmful viruses and bacteria. Commercially-available filters for homes and businesses use activated carbon and other minerals to remove contaminants, but they do not disinfect the water from pathogens. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/11/ua-affiliated-technology-aims-to-improve-drinking-water/

UA PHYSICISTS SHARE 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 $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recently in California. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/11/ua-physicists-share-in-breakthrough-prize-for-neutrino-research/

UA AMONG THOSE FUNDED FOR CHILD MALTREATMENT PREVENTION PROGRAMS — UA’s Child Development Resources is one of five Tuscaloosa organizations to receive more than $379,000, combined, to help fund community programs committed to the prevention of child maltreatment. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/11/ua-program-among-those-funded-for-child-maltreatment-prevention-programs/

UA ‘INNOVATION DAY’ TO FEATURE NEW TECHNOLOGIES, GUIDANCE FOR ENTREPRENEURS — UA students will showcase a concussion detection system and cellular signal strengthening technology, and entrepreneurs will detail the ins and outs of starting and running a successful business during the third Office for Research and Economic Development “Innovation Day” to be held on campus Dec. 2. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/11/ua-innovation-day-to-feature-new-technologies-guidance-for-entrepreneurs/

WELLS FARGO SCHOLARS RECOGNIZED — Thirteen UA students were honored as Wells Fargo First Generation Scholars during a recent campus luncheon. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/11/wells-fargo-scholars-recognized-at-ua-luncheon/

Dr. Thang Dao and Dr. Sriram Aaleti

Volume XIV, Number 21
November 11, 2015

University of Alabama researchers are leading an effort that could lead to the construction of taller and sturdier wood-framed buildings in earthquake-prone areas. Dr. Thang Dao, UA assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, hopes to combine two methods of constructing tall-wood buildings to yield a new system that could lead to wood-framed buildings reaching eight to 12 stories that withstand earthquakes better than current methods that top out at seven stories.http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/11/building-taller-sturdier-wood-buildings-the-goal-of-ua-research/

UA RESEARCHER HOPES TO CHANGE HEALTH OUTCOMES ONE COMMUNITY AT A TIME — Dr. Debra Whisenant, assistant professor in UA’s Capstone College of Nursing, has received a one-year, $7,500 grant from the Southern Nurses Research Society to launch a health promotion program in multiple communities in Jefferson, Walker and Blount Counties.http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/11/ua-researcher-hopes-to-change-health-outcomes-one-community-at-a-time/

CROSSINGPOINTS TO BEGIN $2.5 MILLION EXPANSION PROGRAM ON UA CAMPUS — CrossingPoints, a student transition program on the UA campus, is growing in both size and reach through a $2.5 million grant to help create a bridge to higher education for those with intellectual disabilities. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/11/crossingpoints-to-begin-2-5-million-expansion-program-on-ua-campus/

UA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CENTER SEEKS TO BOOST AREA TOURISM — The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development has aided West Alabama groups in the production of two brochures and an appearance at a key tourism showcase in an effort to sell the area to visitors and boost economic development. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/11/ua-economic-development-center-seeks-to-boost-west-alabama-tourism/

BISSELL TO RECEIVE 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.http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/11/bissell-to-receive-blackmon-moody-award/

Emergency Management Accreditation Program logo

Volume XIV, Number 20
October 28, 2015

The Emergency Management Accreditation Program has awarded The University of Alabama accreditation for its emergency preparedness and response activities. The designation is the only accreditation process for emergency management programs and is sought by federal and state agencies, counties, cities and universities. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/10/ua-earns-emergency-management-accreditation/

UA ENGINEERING STUDENTS, ATHLETICS WORK TOGETHER FOR MEDICAL TENT — A collapsible tent designed to limit distractions during medical evaluations while providing better privacy for student athletes at UA has been introduced this football season. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/10/ua-engineering-students-athletics-work-together-for-medical-tent/

GRANT’S WORK TO BE PERFORMED AT CARNEGIE HALL — A composition by Tyler Grant, a student in UA’s School of Music, will be showcased at Carnegie Hall in New York City in April. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/10/ua-music-students-composition-to-be-performed-at-carnegie-hall/

UA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HONORS FOUR FACULTY MEMBERS WITH AWARDS — UA’s National Alumni Association has announced the 2015 recipients of the University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching – the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Awards. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/10/ua-alumni-association-honors-four-faculty-members-with-teaching-awards-2/

WOOD-BASED ALTERNATIVES IN CHEMISTRY FUEL UA SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATION — Researchers at UA, in collaboration with colleagues in Germany, have developed a new way to use wood or other kinds of biomass to make chemical materials without relying on the usual non-renewable petrochemical starting materials. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/10/wood-based-alternatives-in-chemistry-fuel-ua-scientific-collaboration/
STUDENTS WIN IN NATIONAL DATA ANALYTICS COMPETITION — Matt Collins, of Greensboro, and Taylor Larkin, of Tuscaloosa, both in UA’s Culverhouse College of Commerce, are two of only six winners in the national 2015 SAS Analytics Student Poster competition. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/10/ua-students-win-big-in-sas-data-analytics-competition/

Denny Chimes

Volume XIV, Number 19
October 14, 2015

The University of Alabama’s College of Education is strengthening its international ties through a collaborative effort with Shanghai Normal University Tianhua College in China. Four education professors from Shanghai Normal University Tianhua College were recently in Tuscaloosa to observe and study pedagogy, classroom interaction, and implementation of curriculum at UA and in the Tuscaloosa-area elementary schools. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/10/ua-shanghai-normal-university-begin-elementary-ed-partnership/

INNOVATIVE PROGRAM PAIRS UA MED STUDENTS WITH LOCAL PHYSICIANS — Several UA medical students have paired with community physicians as part of an innovative medical education program promoting deeper connections with patients and stronger student-teacher relationships. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/10/innovative-program-pairs-ua-med-students-with-local-physicians/

UA FACULTY MEMBERS NAMED SEC ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT FELLOWS — Four faculty members at UA were selected as 2015 – 2016 Academic Leadership Development Program fellows by the Southeastern Conference.http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/10/ua-faculty-members-named-sec-academic-leadership-development-fellows/

UA TO DEDICATE CUBA CENTER; ANALYST TO DISCUSS U.S.-CUBA RELATIONS — A dedication ceremony for UA’s new Center for Cuba Collaboration and Scholarship will be held Thursday, Oct. 15 at Capital Hall on UA’s Bryce campus.http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/10/ua-to-dedicate-cuba-center-analyst-to-discuss-u-s-cuba-relations/

FORDING 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.” http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/10/uas-fording-wins-book-award/

BONNIN NAMED UA 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. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/10/bonnin-named-ua-vice-president-for-strategic-communications/

The Quad facing Lloyd Hall

Volume XIV, Number 18
September 30, 2015

The University of Alabama is a founding member in a national effort to support minority women and girls interested in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, the White House announced. The National Academic STEM Collaborative is a consortium of 19 institutions of higher education and nonprofit partners committed to identify and scale effective, evidence-based strategies to improve STEM diversity in the nation’s colleges and universities with a special focus on women and girls of color from under-represented communities. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/09/ua-part-of-national-stem-initiative/

UA’S CULVERHOUSE TEAM PLACES IN TOP 10 PERCENT IN GOOGLE CHALLENGE — Five UA students in the Culverhouse College of Commerce’s masters of marketing program placed in the top 10 percent of the more than 1,500 participants competing in the 2015 Google Online Marketing Challenge. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/09/uas-culverhouse-team-places-in-top-10-percent-in-google-challenge/

DOCTORAL STUDENT SELECTED FOR GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIAL WORK AWARD — Yugi Guo, a doctoral student in the School of Social Work at UA, has been selected to receive the 2015 Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work Pre-Dissertation Initiative Award. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/09/doctoral-student-selected-for-gerontological-social-work-award/

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR KICKS OFF UA’S LATIN AMERICAN, CARIBBEAN AND LATINO STUDIES MINOR WITH LECTURE — Historian and award-winning author Dr. Ann Twinam will present “Purchasing Whiteness: Pardos, Mulattoes and the Quest for Social Mobility in the Spanish Indies” on Thursday, Oct. 1 at the first lecture of UA’s new Latin American, Caribbean and Latino studies minor. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/09/award-winning-author-kicks-off-uas-latin-american-caribbean-and-latino-studies-minor-with-lecture/

‘FOREVER CRIMSON’ THEME OF 2015 UA HOMECOMING — UA’s annual Homecoming celebration runs Oct. 4-10 with the theme “Forever Crimson: Faithful, Loyal, Firm and True.” http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/09/forever-crimson-theme-of-2015-ua-homecoming/

Gorgas Library

Volume XIV, Number 17
September 16, 2015

K-12 math and special education teachers in Tuscaloosa County and West Alabama will build stronger working relationships and teaching skills through a new research and service project at The University of Alabama. Researchers in UA’s College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education were recently awarded a $1 million grant to implement three years of professional development activities with teachers in the Tuscaloosa area. The grant is from the Math-Science Partnership through the United States Department of Education and Alabama Department of Education. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/09/ua-to-help-strengthen-k-12-special-education-math-teachers/

UA ENROLLMENT TOPS 37,000 — Enrollment at UA reached a record 37,100 students this fall, and it includes another academically talented freshman class. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/09/ua-enrollment-tops-37000/

UA’S MBA PROGRAM MOVES UP SEVEN SPOTS IN FORBES 2015 RANKINGS — UA’s MBA program at the Manderson Graduate School of Business moved up seven spots from last year to number 49 in the Forbes 2015 MBA rankings.http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/09/uas-mba-program-moves-up-seven-spots-in-forbes-2015-rankings/

UA STUDYING HOW TO MAKE LONGER, MORE DURABLE BRIDGE GIRDERS — Engineering researchers at UA are testing massive concrete girders in a campus laboratory to find ways for bridges to span longer distances with fewer supports underneath.http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/09/ua-studying-how-to-make-longer-more-durable-bridge-girders/

ALBRIGHT SELECTED TO RECEIVE AWARD FROM FLORIDA STATE — Dr. David L. Albright, associate professor in the UA School of Social Work, has been selected to receive the Florida State University College of Social Work 2015 Distinguished Young Alumni Award. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/09/ua-social-work-professor-selected-to-receive-distinguished-young-alumni-award-from-florida-state/

Denny Chimes above the tree line

Volume XIV, Number 16
Sept. 2, 2015

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security recently designated The University of Alabama a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research. UA joins about 60 universities nationwide that have earned this designation, which is valid for five years. Housed under the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, UA’s Cyber Institute launched in April 2014. The new distinction, among other things, means access to potential grant, research and student-support funding for which only designated universities can apply. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/08/nsa-dhs-bestow-distinction-on-ua-cyber-defense-program/

UA’S DANCE PROGRAM RANKED 15TH IN THE NATION — A new ranking of college and university dance programs ranks UA 15th in the nation among public and private universities. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/08/uas-dance-program-ranked-15th-in-the-nation/

UA SECONDARY MATH EDUCATON PROGRAM EARNS DESIGNATION — The secondary math education program in the College of Education at UA has received recognition from the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics.http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/08/ua-secondary-math-education-program-earns-designation/

BARA HONORED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO CHEMICAL ENGINEERING — Dr. Jason E. Bara, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering, will be recognized with the FRI/John G. Kunesh award at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, in November. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/08/ua-professor-honored-for-contributions-to-chemical-engineering/

PIERCE NAMED VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADVANCEMENT — UA President Stuart R. Bell has named Robert D. Pierce II, who has served as vice president for advancement at the University of Southern Mississippi since 2010, as vice president for advancement at UA. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/08/pierce-named-vice-president-for-advancement-at-ua/

Two students help clean up a grassy area.

Volume XIV, Number 15
August 19, 2015

The University of Alabama’s Center for Service and Leadership is giving students a chance to meet fellow students before classes start while giving back to the community. The center is partnering with University Programs, alongside faculty and staff, to host Ripple Effect, its annual day of service. Volunteer opportunities include sprucing up local public schools, helping families receive new homes, getting local gardens ready for new life and spending time with local veterans. In 2014, more than 26,000 students participated in more than 1 million hours of community service via UA.http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/08/ripple-effect-sends-ua-students-into-community-for-service/

UA HONORS COLLEGE FRESHMEN ARRIVE EARLY FOR WEEK OF SERVICE — More than 250 UA Honors College freshmen and upper-class leaders began the fall semester with community service projects through Alabama Action, Outdoor Action and Black Belt Action. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/08/honors-college-freshmen-arrive-early-for-week-of-service/

UA’S MOBILE HEARING CENTER UNVEILED — Dr. Marcia Hay-McCutcheon, UA associate professor of communicative disorders, will lead the new Hear Here Alabama project as she drives a mobile hearing center—a large, motorcoach-like vehicle—into areas of West Alabama to test patients’ hearing, at no cost to the patients.http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/08/uas-mobile-hearing-center-unveiled/

FLOODING’S IMPACT ON WETLANDS MEASURABLE VIA LOW-COST APPROACH, UA-LED RESEARCH SHOWS— Scientists designed a new, on-site method for studying potential impacts rising sea levels can have on vital wetlands, said a UA researcher who led a study publishing today describing the modifiable apparatuses.http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/08/floodings-impact-on-wetlands-measurable-via-low-cost-approach-ua-led-research-shows/

UA’S CHILD DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES HOSTS CONFERENCE — UA’s Child Development Resources is hosting its first Early Learning Child Development Conference “Building a Good Foundation” Aug. 28 at the Bryant Conference Center.http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/08/uas-child-development-resources-hosts-conference/

the Hear Here Alabama vehicle

Volume XIV, Number 14
August 5, 2015

Dr. Marcia Hay-McCutcheon, University of Alabama associate professor of communicative disorders, will lead the new Hear Here Alabama project as she drives a mobile hearing center—a large, motorcoach-like vehicle—into areas of West Alabama to test patients’ hearing, at no cost to the patients. The Hear Here Alabama vehicle is large enough to incorporate a space for physical examinations of the ear, as well as two sound booths to test hearing. The outreach program will help an underserved segment of Alabama’s population. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/08/uas-mobile-hearing-center-unveiled/

AREA TEENS COMPLETE SOCIAL WORK CAMP AT UA — The National Social Work Enrichment Workshop, funded by the Department of Human Resources, returned to UA this year to host its annual summer camp, a program designed to introduce high-school students to social work as a potential college major and career choice. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/07/area-teens-complete-social-work-camp-at-ua/

UA FILM STUDENTS SELECTED FOR INTERNSHIPS — UA was one of only two schools in the nation with multiple students who earned internships in 2015 through the Television Academy Foundation’s highly competitive internship program.http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/07/ua-film-students-selected-for-prestigious-internships/

BOOK COVER DESIGNS OF FACULTY AUTHORS ON DISPLAY — Cover designs of books by 34 faculty authors in UA’s College of Arts and Sciences are on display Aug. 3-28 at the UA Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/08/book-cover-designs-of-faculty-authors-on-display-at-ua-gallery/

UA’S RISE GRADUATION CELEBRATES PERSEVERANCE, STRENGTH — Twenty-one students recently graduated from the RISE program, a part of the UA College of Human Environmental Sciences that serves children with disabilities and their typically developing peers, from ages 8 weeks to 5 years. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/07/uas-rise-graduation-celebrates-perseverance-strength/

Dr. Kyung-Ku Choi and Dr. Carl A. Pinkert shake hands following the signing of a new UA-TDK cooperative research agreement.

Volume XIV, Number 13
July 22, 2015

Electronics giant TDK Corp. and The University of Alabama have signed a two-pronged research agreement to address challenges associated with the growing electric-energy movement and the miniaturization of electronic components. The newly signed agreement between TDK and UA’s Center for Materials for Information Technology, or MINT, will, among other things, bring TDK engineers to campus while researching long-term solutions to some of the biggest challenges faced by the industry today.http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/07/tdk-ua-sign-research-agreement-related-to-green-energy-electronics/

GILPIN TO EXPLORE IMAGINATIVE PLAY, LINKS TO COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT — Dr. Ansley Gilpin, assistant professor of psychology and lead researcher at UA’s “Knowledge in Development Lab,” has received a $200,000 grant from the Imagination Institute to advance the measurement and improvement of fantasy orientation and imaginative play in children.http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/07/ua-researchers-to-explore-imaginative-play-links-to-cognitive-development/

UA RESEARCHERS RECEIVE GRANTS FOR WORK ON SUSTAINABILITY COMMUNICATIONS — Three researchers in UA’s College of Communication and Information Sciences received research grants from the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/07/ua-researchers-receive-grants-for-work-on-sustainability-communications/

UA-HOUSED APR NAMED BEST NEWS OPERATION IN ALABAMA — For the fourth consecutive year, the Alabama Associated Press honored Alabama Public Radio, housed in UA’s Digital Media Center, as “Most Outstanding News Operation” in the state. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/07/ua-housed-apr-named-best-news-operation-in-alabama/

WILMARTH RECEIVES EMERGING SCHOLAR AWARD — Dr. Melissa Wilmarth, an assistant professor in UA’s College of Human Environmental Sciences, received the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal Emerging Scholar Award for 2014.http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/07/ua-researcher-receives-emerging-scholar-award-for-research/

UA SCHOLASTIC MEDIA DIRECTOR WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR BLOG — Meredith Cummings’ “Up Beat” outlook on life has earned her a national award from the National Federation of Press Women. http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/07/ua-scholastic-media-director-wins-national-award-for-blog/