Tuesday, June 26, 2012

CAS Students Broaden Their Horizons

President Garrison's recent blog post talked about the impressive number of UAB students who are literally broadening their horizons this summer with studies and service abroad.  As Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences it pleases me to see how many of our students are involved in such endeavors. Their efforts, however, would not be possible without the excellent faculty and staff in the College who help guide and mentor our students.  To all of our faculty and staff, thank you.  And to our students, take advantage of all that UAB and the world has to offer.  I wish each of you safe travels and look forward to seeing you in August.

Thomas M. DiLorenzo, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

President Garrison's Summer Vocation Blog Post
As we look forward to well-deserved vacations and “staycations” of the summer months, many of our students are heeding that deeply-felt vocation to literally broaden horizons—to further their own studies and service abroad, explore other cultures, better equip themselves for their chosen fields, and establish themselves as citizens of the world.
Some of them are traveling to conduct exciting research and scholarship, others to do service-learning projects, and all of them are preparing themselves to make important and singular contributions to our local and global community.
I am always proud and amazed by the range of our students’ summer pursuits—geographically and in terms of the many disciplines and fields represented. Through Study Away, and other programs such as Outreach Abroad and the Sparkman Center for Global Health, we have more than 150 undergraduate and graduate students in 23 different countries this summer. To highlight only a few: 
  • In the UK and Ireland, five students are doing research in chemistry, biomedical engineering, and mathematics, and scholarship in literature and creative writing.
  • 27 students are studying foreign language and culture in Paris, Toledo (Spain) and throughout Japan.
  • Nine students are in Costa Rica, working and shadowing doctors in a health clinic and conducting health classes in schools.
  • Two students are in China and South Korea on highly competitive Critical Language Scholarships from the U.S. State Department.
  • 11 students are doing materials engineering research in the German cities of Stuttgart, Munich and Aachen; 11 others are studying psychology in Prague; and 13 more are researching tropical biology in the Bahamas.
  • Two students are in Zambia conducting lab-based and community-based efforts in HIV/AIDS prevention.
  • 19 students are studying foreign language and literature, as well as international relations, in Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Peru. 
  • As part of a new interdisciplinary CAS minor called “Peace, Justice and Ecology,” 11 students—from anthropology, chemistry, art history, international relations and other majors—are exploring the Indian cities of Delhi, Agra, and Dharamsala as they study non-violent social action, conflict resolution and the history of peace movements.

Through such projects, students are making great intellectual and cultural strides that benefit them personally and, in turn, enrich their community, state and nation. Having studied abroad, our students are all the better prepared to be leaders here at home, helping Alabama and the U.S. remain competitive in the global, knowledge economy.
I applaud these students, and the faculty and staff who mentor them, for answering a call this summer that will also carry them to rewarding lives and careers—to think and travel in new directions, to take a broader and richer perspective of the globe, and to strive for both success and service, in all seasons.
Carol Garrison
To view the President’s Post and archives online, please visit www.uab.edu/president/post

Monday, May 14, 2012

Book Party Photos!

Faculty Author Book Party
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Faculty author Andrew Demshuk, PhD
with his wife Rebecca Mitchell, PhD,
and Dean Thomas M. DiLorenzo
Linda_and_DickProvost Linda Lucas and Richard Marchase,
VP of Research and Economic Development
President Carol Z. Garrison speaking with
faculty author Andrew Demshuk, PhD
Guests enjoying books displayed at the event

Adam Vines, MFA and Jim McClintock, PhD
cakeeditThe incredible cake that Cliff Simon from the
Department of Theatre created for the event
Dean Thomas DiLorenzo, Denise Gainey, DMA,
Brian Krittredge, MM, and Howard Irving, PhD
Charnetta Gadling-Cole, PhD, Loretta Cormier,
PhD, Sharyn Jones. PhD, and Lisa Baker, PhD

Raymond Mohl, PhD and Bill Cockerham, PhD

Tonya Perry, PhD and Daniel Siegel, PhD

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Supporting Artistic Endeavors

The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office and Office of Research and Economic Development are helping UAB’s musicians and creative writers to make music, to write, and to publicize their arts.  Associate Dean Rebecca Bach has been working with the Music and English Departments to fund these efforts. 

Funded projects include the commissioning of a new choral and steel drum work celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.  UAB’s Choral Director, Brian Kittredge, will premiere this work next January.  One of our opera singers, Won Cho, is being funded to perform in Milan and to have his arias recorded on a CD produced there. 

Closer to home,  writer Kerry Madden will be touring Alabama libraries with her children’s book “Nothing Fancy About Charlie and Kathryn,” a book which tells a beautiful story about a friendship between an Alabama storyteller, Kathryn Tucker Windham, and Alabama folk artist, Charlie Lucas.  For more information please contact Associate Dean Rebecca Bach at rbach@uab.edu

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Latest in Research and Teaching Resources

In partnership with the Mervyn H. Sterne Library, the English Department and the Office of Research and Economic Development, the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office is thrilled to announce successes in its efforts to promote scholarship and excellent teaching in the Humanities. 

The CAS Dean’s office and the Office of Research and Economic Development have funded access to the Burney Collection of 17th and 18th Century British Newspapers for the library.  This database contains nearly one million pages of documents, including Parliamentary papers, papers from the British colonies, and London daily news.   Faculty and students can search the full-text of all documents in the database.  Highlights of the collection include news of George Washington’s election and reporting on the fall of the Bastille. 

With the help of UAB’s English Department, the CAS Dean’s office and the Office of Research and Economic Development has also funded access to the database Early English Books Online.  Again, this database is fully searchable.  It is an amazing collection of virtually everything printed in England from the advent of the printing press through the 17th century.   Although it is called Early English Books Online, it contains every type of text, including pamphlets, almanacs, and broadsides.  

Both of these databases will enable professors to open up a world of early printed materials to their students, enabling direct engagement with the past.  Please contact Associate Dean Rebecca Bach for more information about CAS support of scholarship and teaching.  Contact Sterne Library with questions about searching the Burney Collection or Early English Books Online.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Excellent Teaching in the Humanities

At UAB we believe the humanities offer insight into everything.  In these disciplines we learn to explore, to reason, to ask questions and to think creatively and critically.  We are thrilled to announce that The College of Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of Research and Economic Development is promoting excellent teaching in the humanities. 

Associate Dean Rebecca Bach has been working with UAB’s humanities departments to fund teaching enhancement projects that will strengthen the knowledge and understanding of significant topics, texts, and issues; enhance professional development; increase academic vitality; and create productive collaborations between teaching and research in the humanities.

A few of the projects slated to receive funding include Pamela Murray’s forthcoming textbook on Women and Gender in Latin America, Erika Hille Rinker, Ph.D.’s  promotion of our relationship with a premier German university, and Mr. Eugene Cuevas’s post-production work on his award-winning feature film, Awakened.  Mr. Cuevas teaches film studies in UAB’s English department, and he will now be able to lead students “to a deeper awareness of how films change in the process of production and distribution.”  These are only a few of the many important teaching enhancement projects funded through this CAS Dean’s Office initiative.   We look forward to following up with you in the coming year on these and more exciting projects promoting teaching excellence in the humanities.  Please contact Associate Dean Rebecca Bach for more information at rbach@uab.edu.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Promoting Scholarship in the Humanities

The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office has partnered with the Office of Research and Economic Development to promote scholarship in the Humanities.  Associate Dean Rebecca Bach, Ph.D. is working with disciplines in the humanities to help faculty pursue their research on a local and global level.  Some of the projects being funded include the study of Seamus Heaney’s shifting views on Catholicism by Kieran Quinlan, Ph.D.  Additional funds have been awarded to Marshall Abrams, Ph.D. to develop software that models cultural change and to Brian Steele, Ph.D. who is researching Thomas Jefferson’s beliefs about freedom of thought.    Steele’s historiography sheds light on our current debates about the founding fathers, religion, and politics.  These are only a few of the many projects being funded to promote scholarship in the humanities.  For more information please contact Associate Dean Rebecca Bach at rbach@uab.edu.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Drug Delivery Forum

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) held its second Interdisciplinary Innovation Forum on Tuesday, March 12th, 2012 at the UAB Alumni House.

The second forum was entitled “Innovations in Drug Delivery” and followed an earlier forum on “New Energy Sources and Global Demand” held in January 2012. Yogesh Vohra, Ph.D.,  Associate Dean, Interdisciplinary and Creative Innovation in CAS chaired these forums.

The innovations in drug delivery forum featured one industrial speaker and four UAB faculty speakers representing different disciplines including chemistry, materials science and engineering, medicine, and radiology.

Art Tipton, Ph.D. from Evonik Industries in Birmingham, AL gave an industrial perspective of drug delivery by pointing out that introduction of a new drug to market takes 10-15 years with a price tag of typically a billion dollars. Dr. Tipton also stressed the importance of innovative research in drug delivery methods for sustained release that can have a tremendous impact on efficacy, lower side effects, higher compliance and fewer procedures increasing the market penetration and consequent higher sales for the drug. Dr. Tipton concluded by saying that how federal and private sector investments in drug development/delivery are coupled.

Veena Antony, MD from the UAB School of Medicine and Environmental Sciences gave an overview of different drug delivery methods currently employed and about innovations in her lab in treating mesothelioma including use of biodegradable nanoparticles that are being developed to deliver drugs.

Ken Hoyt, Ph.D. from UAB radiology department discussed an innovative technology of micro bubbles which can be used to enhance contrast in ultrasound imaging of tumors but also can be used for targeting and carrying drugs to the tumor site.

Eugenia Kharlampieva, Ph.D. from the chemistry department presented results on novel polymer capsules that can be used to carry drugs and imaging agents and how these capsules can deliver drug on demand by the local chemical environment and/or spatial constraints.

Finally, Derrick Dean, Ph.D.  from the materials science and engineering department presented research in his research group on the use of surface of the nanometer sized diamond particles in carrying drugs and imaging agents especially for his targeted application of breast cancer.

The forum concluded with a panel discussion on the current barriers to commercialization and regulatory approvals and how different participants can further their technologies by forming partnerships across UAB campus.

If you would like more information or have ideas for future forums please contact Allison Crotwell, Director of Communications for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this forum a success,
Yogesh Vohra, Ph.D.,  Associate Dean, Interdisciplinary and Creative Innovation