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State Tipoffs Involving Alabama Newsletter for Sunday June 14, 2020 ( 39 items )  

'Essentials of Modern Neuroscience' Written by University of Alabama Birmingham Professors, Bridges Gap Between Basic, Clinical Neuroscience
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 12 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: A group of University of Alabama at Birmingham professors have written an "authoritative guide to neuroscience," designed for medical, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as health professionals. "Essentials of Modern Neuroscience" was created by Franklin R. Amthor, Ph.D., professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences; Anne B. Theibert, Ph.D., professor of neurobiology  more

Alabama Power Names Peoples Executive Vice President of Customer and Employee Services
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 9 -- Alabama Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co., issued the following news release: Alabama Power has named Jeff Peoples executive vice president of Customer and Employee Services, effective immediately. In this expanded role, Peoples will oversee customer services, marketing and economic development strategy and operations, as well as the company's six geographic business divisions. He will continue leading the company's labor relations, human resources products and  more

Alabama State University: A Message From President Ross
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, June 10 -- Alabama State University issued the following statement by President Quinton T. Ross: Over the past few weeks, I have had discussions with the President of the Alabama State University Board of Trustees, Mr. Darrell Hudson, about events surrounding the murder of George Floyd, Greg Gunn (who attended ASU) and other black men and women across the country. The establishment of the Floyd/Gunn scholarship was one initiative that the University could undertake to show   more

Arora Works to Bring Solutions for Reusable Personal Protective Equipment to University of Alabama Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 13 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: As the novel coronavirus began to spread across the United States, shortages of personal protective equipment started to become a major concern for hospitals and health care professionals. In response to these potential shortages, Nitin Arora, M.D., assistant professor in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, began to search for solutions for alternative PPE   more

Auburn Professor and Team Receive Nearly $500,000 Grant for Innovative Study on Impact of Wetlands at Watershed Scale
AUBURN, Alabama, June 13 -- Auburn University issued the following news article: Latif Kalin, a professor and hydrologist in Auburn University's the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, is the program director of an innovative environmental study that has received a $499,968 grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, or NIFA. The research, "Coupling Swat and Wetqual for Improved N, P, and C Processing in Wetland Dominated Agricultural Watersheds," aims to provide a ma  more

Auburn Professor Nell Named South Arts State Fellow, Southern Prize Finalist Winner
AUBURN, Alabama, June 12 -- Auburn University issued the following news article: Auburn University Professor Carlton "Corky" Nell recently received $15,000 in awards after being named a South Arts State Fellow and Southern Prize Finalist winner by South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization dedicated to advancing Southern vitality through the arts. Nell--who teaches drawing and illustration in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction's School of Industrial and Graphic Design  more

Auburn University Montgomery Names Burks Interim Chief Diversity Officer
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, June 11 -- Auburn University Montgomery campus issued the following news release: Auburn University at Montgomery has made a pair of administrative appointments, including the creation of an Interim Chief Diversity Officer position. Dr. Brooke A. Burks, associate professor and head of the College of Education's Department of Curriculum Instruction and Technology, will serve as AUM's Interim Chief Diversity Officer. Dr. Leon Higdon, Senior Director of Auxiliary Services, wi  more

Calhoun Partners With NextFlex for Shark-Tank Style Student Competition
DECATUR, Alabama, June 10 -- Calhoun Community College issued the following news release: Calhoun Community College, The CAP and GOWN Project and Boeing have teamed up with NextFlex to kick-off their virtual version of the FlexFactor student competition. FlexFactor is a learning program designed to inform, inspire, attract, and recruit students into the STEM sector through a project-based learning platform designed to immerse student audiences into the blended worlds of technology and entrepre  more

Department of Physics Uses New Telescopes to Capture Images of Supernova
AUBURN, Alabama, June 12 -- Auburn University issued the following campus notice: The Department of Physics used new telescopes at the Leach Science Center to take photos of recently discovered Supernova 2020jfo, which exists 52 million light years away in the M61 Galaxy. Images were captured from the rooftop telescope terrace on the Leach Science Center. The telescopes are the latest addition to the 62,500 square-foot facility that opened last June to provide students an opportunity to opera  more

Enlisting Big Data to Accelerate the COVID-19 Fight
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 12 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: The Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has joined a nationwide collaboration of clinicians, informaticians and other biomedical researchers aimed at turning data from hundreds of thousands of medical records of coronavirus patients into effective treatments and predictive analytical tools that could help lessen or end the global pandemic.   more

Four AUM Honors Students Research Peer Pressure to Send Message to Class of 2024
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, June 9 -- Auburn University Montgomery campus issued the following news release: By her own admission, Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) junior Sarah Staton is not the best at choosing who she lets in her circle. "I've had bad friends after bad friends," said Staton, a University Honors Program student majoring in marketing. "We have to be honest here, part of your peer group is your friends, who you want to be around. I have a long history of being influenced by who I  more

Four University of North Alabama Students Offered Fulbright Grants
FLORENCE, Alabama, June 12 -- The University of North Alabama issued the following news release: Four University of North Alabama students have been offered Fulbright grants for the upcoming 2020-2021 year. The Fulbright Program is the United States government's flagship international education exchange program and is designed to build lasting connections between people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made b  more

Michigan State: College of Osteopathic Medicine Names Associate Dean of Diversity, Campus Inclusion
EAST LANSING, Michigan, June 13 -- Michigan State University issued the following news release: The College of Osteopathic Medicine has named Marita Gilbert as the associate dean of diversity and campus inclusion. Gilbert's passion for diversity, equity and inclusion work in education began as a very young person. As a teenager, she traveled to Selma, Alabama to a demonstration protesting an educational system called tracking, where young students were placed in different career "tracks." M  more

Nicholls State University: Management Professor Earns Two APS Research Awards
THIBODAUX, Louisiana, June 9 -- Nicholls State University issued the following news release: A Nicholls State University management instructor received two research awards from the Association for Psychological Science. Harvey Peltier Endowed Professor Melanie Boudreaux earned the APS graduate student and overall award. She competed in the "2020 Psychological Science and Entrepreneurship Poster" category. Boudreaux is enrolled in a Ph.D. program for business management at the University of Sou  more

Samford Announces New Task Force, Affirms Commitment to Racial Diversity
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 12 -- Samford University issued the following news release: In an email to the campus community (https://www.samford.edu/departments/president/messages/2020-06-08-Message-to-the-Samford-Community) on June 8, Samford University President Andrew Westmoreland was clear. "We will do more. We must do more," he wrote as he outlined a number of initiatives intended to immediately contribute to greater racial diversity on campus. Initiatives include required diversity training  more

Samford University: Ida Moffett School of Nursing Receives $2 Million Grant for Nurse Educators
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 9 -- Samford University issued the following news release: Samford University's Ida Moffett School of Nursing has received more than $2 million to help make graduate nursing education more affordable for current nurse educators or practicing nurses committed to careers in nursing education. Samford's $2,040,607 Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is the large  more

Samford University: Mary Thompson's Latest Book Deals With George Washington and Slavery
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 10 -- Samford University issued the following news release: Samford history graduate Mary V. Thompson has been on the staff at Mount Vernon, George Washington's home, since 1980, advancing from tour guide to manager of the curatorial collection to serving as staff historian. She has written widely on the first president, producing books, articles and chapters in books written by others. Her latest book, her third, published in 2019, is "The Only Unavoidable Subject of  more

Spring Hill College Announces Its New Center for Online Learning
MOBILE, Alabama, June 11 -- Spring Hill College issued the following news: Spring Hill College announces its Center for Online Learning, a new division of the College, developed to provide on-demand certificate programs as well as degree-completions for online adult learners. The Center will launch with a professional certificates focus, providing a dynamic assortment of specialized learning and skills desired by industry. The certificates' content is delivered through a variety of delivery me  more

Spring Hill Receives $3.2 Million Grant for Nursing Scholarships
MOBILE, Alabama, June 12 -- Spring Hill College issued the following news: Spring Hill College President E. Joseph Lee II, PhD announced today that the College is being awarded a $3.2 million U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) Grant, a scholarship program through Health and Human Services. This will provide scholarship support for up to 45 nursing majors per year for five years, beginning in July 2020, and allows Spring Hill Co  more

Springing Into Action: The Urgent COVID-19 Research Fund at University of Alabama Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 10 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: Chad Petit, Ph.D., spent the last five days of March working late into the night after his children, Amelia and Elijah, 12 and 9, had gone to sleep. Across metro Birmingham, 51 other University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers faced the same time crunch -- create a COVID-19 research proposal in just five days, to compete for emergency COVID-19 funding raised through UAB and generous busine  more

Story of Jailed 17th-century Iberian 'Mulatto Pilgrim' Told in New Book by Moore
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 12 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: A new book tells the story of a man jailed for impersonating a priest in 1693 Spain, when he was likely trying to escape racial persecution. It gives readers a fascinating look at a centuries-old legal case against a man on pilgrimage and shows how Iberians of black-African ancestry faced discrimination and mistreatment. The book is "Mulatto - Outlaw - Pilgrim - Priest: The Legal Case of Jos  more

Students Complete Journalism Project Despite Obstacles Presented by COVID-19
AUBURN, Alabama, June 8 -- Auburn University issued the following campus notice: When the spring semester started, feature writing students in Nan Fairley's class were excited to write stories about economic and community development in Chambers County, Alabama. Fairley, an associate professor of journalism in the School of Communication and Journalism, had her students participating in the Alabama Community Capacity Network, or ACCN, which is a coalition of faculty, students and community org  more

Summer 2020 Enrichment Program Turns Virtual to Continue Strengthening Students for Tuskegee University Veterinary Curriculum
TUSKEGEE, Alabama, June 10 -- The Tuskegee University issued the following news: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many spring and summer plans for the university have been revamped including the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine's Summer Enrichment and Reinforcement Program, known as SERP. Under the leadership of Dean Ruby L. Perry, students will still have the opportunity to strengthen their skillset through virtual sessions for the upcoming veterinary curriculum and their fut  more

University of Alabama Birmingham and AKU Join Hands on Global Education and Research Initiatives
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 12 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Aga Khan University have entered into an agreement to develop collaborative academic, cultural exchange and research programs that will enable faculty and students to explore new ideas in the classroom, laboratory, studio and clinic. The initiative will leverage their shared strengths in research and scholarship to generate knowledge that can help ad  more

University of Alabama Birmingham Collaboration in Non-Thermal Plasma Processing Shows Promise
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 13 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has developed a new method designed to improve the surface characteristics of Teflon, or polytetrafluorethylene. PTFE is a fluoropolymer that is widely used as a vascular graft substitute in cardiovascular and dialysis applications. This method has the potential to address challenges associated with PTFE for th  more

University of Alabama Birmingham Hosts 'Policing, Citizen Activism and Human Rights' on Facebook Live, June 11
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 9 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host a Facebook live panel discussion on "Policing, Citizen Activism and Human Rights in Times of Distrust" at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 11. Panelists will discuss the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other African Americans, explore the challenges of protesting and activism d  more

University of Alabama Birmingham Names Dionne-Odom Associate Director of Global Health
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 13 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: Jodie Dionne-Odom, M.D., assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Infectious Diseases, has been named associate director of Global Health in the UAB Center for Women's Reproductive Health. She will join the CWRH leadership team in growing the center's collaborative global health portfolio involving UAB investigators and partners at global health hubs. This p  more

University of Alabama Birmingham Screening for Two Web-Based Healthy Lifestyle Trials
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 9 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: The University of Alabama at Birmingham is now recruiting cancer survivors in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee for two new, web-based healthy lifestyle trials. The AiM Plan and act on LIFestYles, or AMPLIFY, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, aims to test the impact of diet and exercise interventions on change in health behaviors, physical performance, body weight, m  more

University of Alabama Birmingham Sleuths Finds Drug Candidate Against COVID-19
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 11 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: The medical detectives at the Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute at the University of Alabama at Birmingham helped find a potential drug to treat COVID-19. Degarelix, a Food and Drug Administration-approved drug for prostate cancer, is now undergoing a clinical trial to see if it can prevent the SARS-CoV-2 virus from entering lung tissue. The double-blind randomized controlled trial of de  more

University of Alabama Birmingham Women & Infants Center Enhances Safety, Patient Experience in Wake of COVID-19
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 9 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: For women across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty and confusion about safety when accessing care, in carrying and delivering a baby, during surgical or oncology visits, and more. At UAB Medicine's Women and Infants Center, providers, nurses and staff have taken all necessary precautions to foster an environment where continued care is as safe as possible for all  more

University of Alabama Birmingham: Caring for Your Loved Ones With COVID-19 at Home
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 12 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: Much has been reported about some of the most severe cases of COVID-19, but what about those who may be experiencing mild or lesser symptoms and are not in situations where they have to be hospitalized? How can spouses, parents or families take care of their loved ones at home? Turner Overton, M.D., professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at B  more

University of Alabama Birmingham: Dionne-Odom Receives $2 Million R01 Grant to Study Hepatitis B Transmission to Newborns
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 12 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: Jodie Dionne-Odom, M.D., associate director of Global Health in the Center for Women's Reproductive Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been awarded a $2 million, five-year R01 grant from The NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study hepatitis B viral transmission from mother to baby. The grant will fund the REVERT-B (Redu  more

University of Alabama Birmingham: Genetic Rescue of SHANK3 is Potential Therapy in Rare Forms of Autism Spectrum Disorder
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 13 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: A mouse study by Craig Powell, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues suggests that early genetic rescue may be a potential therapy in autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. Powell looked at one gene called SHANK3, whose alteration is seen in about 0.5 percent of ASD patients. The study is published in eNeuro and was highlighted on the ASD news site Spectrum. Powell is professor and chair of the Department   more

University of Alabama Birmingham: Retinitis Pigmentosa Research Probes Role of the Enzyme DHDDS in This Genetic Disease
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, June 11 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: Researchers who made a knock-in mouse-model of the genetic disorder retinitis pigmentosa 59, or RP59, expected to see retinal degeneration and retinal thinning. As reported in the journal Cells, they surprisingly found none, calling into question the commonly accepted -- though never proved -- mechanism for RP59. "Our findings bring into question the current concept that RP59 is a member of   more

University of Alabama-Huntsville: Dr. Shery Welsh Accepts Position as Director, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama, June 10 -- The University of Alabama's Huntsville campus issued the following news on June 9: University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) alumna, Dr. Shery Welsh, who earned her PhD in Materials Sciences, has been tapped as Director, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Welsh will oversee a staff of 200 scientists, engineers and administrators, not only in the U.S., but also foreign technology offices in London, Tokyo, and Santiago, Chi  more

University of Alabama-Huntsville: Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Research Wins Graduate Student AAS Molly Macauley Award
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama, June 11 -- The University of Alabama's Huntsville campus issued the following news: Research on seeded hydrogen in nuclear thermal rocket engines has won a graduate research assistant at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) one of two 2020 American Astronautical Society (AAS) Molly Macauley Awards for Science and Engineering and the opportunity to present orally at the AAS John Glenn Memorial Symposium. Dennis Nikitaev, a doctoral student studying aerospace system  more

University of North Alabama Agile Strategy Lab Offering Course on Building An Agile Economy
FLORENCE, Alabama, June 11 -- The University of North Alabama issued the following news release: UNA's Agile Strategy Lab is offering an online course, Building an Agile Economy to assist participants by teaching agile ways to build an economy. This 3-week online course will advance their knowledge and skills to take on new factors in an ever-changing economy. The online course will run from June 15 to July 3 at a cost of $245 per student. "Over the past 30 years, we've seen economies transfo  more

University of South Alabama Earns Alabama Broadcasters Association Scholarship
MOBILE, Alabama, June 10 -- The University of South Alabama issued the following news release: The University of South Alabama has received the 2020 Alabama Broadcasters Association endowed scholarship of $25,000. The ABA chose South from the eight Alabama universities that offer TV, radio and broadcast journalism programs. "It is a real honor for our department to have been selected as the recipient of the Alabama Broadcasters Association annual scholarship. This very generous endowment will   more

University of South Alabama: Prospective Students Get to Know USA Virtually
MOBILE, Alabama, June 13 -- The University of South Alabama issued the following news release: The University of South Alabama is preparing for students to return to campus this fall, but while the COVID-19 pandemic continues, prospective students interested in South are visiting the campus online, instead of in person. The USA Office of Enrollment Services is now offering a new virtual campus visit option as a way for interested prospective students and their families to explore the campus an  more