They hypothesize that increased sea ice cover along the region from north to south plays an important role in decreasing light available to the macroalgal communities. Skip to navigation Skip … Ashleigh Johnson . Ghanta is a fantastic professor. Even so, she recalls UAB feeling like a breath of fresh air after spending four years in Vanderbilt’s high-pressure environment. Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk will begin her new duties as Associate Dean on August 12, 2019. RC: Yes, I did. A&S: What made you decide to make a gift to the College of Arts and Sciences? var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; Later that year, Janice accepted a position as an instructor in the Biology Department at Jefferson State Community College (known then as Jefferson State Junior College). Activists and policymakers might draw lessons from this history to improve policing and ensure accountability in the present day. var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; Honors Counselor II. 0. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. After starting a career in finance and marketing, Gere co-founded a graphic design firm in Knoxville in 1998. And that’s a question of representation and visibility, of different histories, of different cultures, different waves of immigration. Scott Phillips, Ph.D., director of the UAB Center for Teaching and Learning and associate professor of Music Technology, received the 2018 Sam Brown Bridge Builder Award for his deep and abiding commitment to collaborating across campus that enhances the research and teaching activities of the University. Now an acclaimed bioethics scholar, Dr. Pence's research and teaching interests include cloning and assisted reproduction. Rebecca Osborn Freeman. I can speak, however, to what I would like to see happen in the next decade. Honors College > Specialized Programs; Specialized Programs. While serving as an English professor, I co-founded Birmingham Poetry Review with Randy Blythe, Ph.D., and directed the creative writing program for almost ten years. Ashleigh Johnson . She has collaborated with people across campus to gather the most effective resources for her students. Gere comes to UAB from the Department of Art & Design at Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi. Nancy and her husband Tom currently enjoy a calm life in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Watch Queue Queue Baer studied the Civil Rights Movement early in his career, but over time he began to focus on cities in the northern United States, including Chicago. Gere has served on many national and international art boards and juries and appeared on a wide range of conference panels and councils. Selections were made based on merit from 24 applicant cores. addy15f6ad34f9baf00047e294f9667a18ae = addy15f6ad34f9baf00047e294f9667a18ae + 'uab' + '.' + 'edu'; He will begin his new position on August 15, 2019. The documentary, which tells the story of lesbian families in Alabama, was an official selection at the prestigious Frameline 41 San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival; Out on Film Atlanta LGBT Film Festival, and NewFest, New York's LGBT Film Festival, where it also received the Grand Jury Award. Not all Honors College students choose a personalized pathway — some find a perfect academic fit in one of our three specialized honors programs. Exemplary classroom instruction as evidenced by student and peer evaluation. As a lecturer, artist, and co-investigator, he has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including funding from the Rauschenberg Foundation and a multimillion-dollar grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) which currently supports his research on integrating the visual arts as pedagogy into the nursing curriculum. Since retiring, I have published two volumes of poetry, Naming the Dead (FutureCycle Press, 2012) and Drinking with the Second Shift (Word Tech, 2017). As we near the end of the year, we are thankful for our honors students who made a significant impact this semester through their commitment to helping the community flourish. She co-founded the Media Studies program in 2003. “One of the biggest rewards is when you receive an email from a student telling you what they have done or become. var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '=';  /  205-934-3228, I am glad I chose UAB Honors because through it In 2018, she gave the world, European, and Canadian premieres of Lori Laitman’s The Secret Exit, composed for her and clarinetist Denise Gainey. Second, I wanted to express my gratitude for the position I held in the English Department at UAB, which gave me the opportunity “to pursue my talents in the direction of excellence” as John F. Kennedy, one of my heroes, observed when asked why he wanted to be president. On a more concrete level, the survivors of police torture in Chicago continue to suffer the effects of their abuse.”. This award is presented annually to a full-time regular UAB faculty member who, throughout his/her career at UAB, has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to teaching. In August 1971, Janice Roberts became the second woman to graduate with a master’s degree from UAB’s Department of Biology. “Every professor hopes their students will be successful, no matter what they do,” said Verstraet. More than 50 of his students have been awarded scholarships to medical school, and six have entered Harvard Medical School. UAB Honors College @HonorsUAB. Upon graduating from nearby Judson College, Janice Roberts took a research position at Birmingham’s Southern Research Institute. var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; RC: So many physical changes have taken place on campus in the ten years since I retired that I hesitate to say anything about what might happen in the next ten, let alone fifty. She will contribute to the intellectual life of the Honors College and the University as an active faculty member, continuing to teach and engage in scholarly activity through the Department of Music. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. var addy_text15f6ad34f9baf00047e294f9667a18ae = 'sthonors' + '@' + 'uab' + '.' + 'edu';document.getElementById('cloak15f6ad34f9baf00047e294f9667a18ae').innerHTML += ''+addy_text15f6ad34f9baf00047e294f9667a18ae+'<\/a>'; Fifty years? Her interdisciplinary research and teaching, as well as her compassion, thoughtfulness, and organizational skills, will be a true asset for the Honors College as we continue to support a rapidly growing number of outstanding students in their journey to achieve their academic and leadership goals.”, Dr. Patrick Evans, Chair of the Department of Music, notes that Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk "brings a great deal of artistic, pedagogical, and administrative experience to the role, as well as those qualities of heart and mind that make her such a student-centered professor. var addy9f1dfc02f82cb647bca80919c2008369 = 'honorsprogram' + '@'; She consistently makes herself available for questions and goes out of her way to ensure students understand the material if they approach her. Danny Siegel (English), Renato Camata (Physics), and Jason Linville (Criminal Justice). She has cherished her time at UAB and says she is appreciative to have worked in a unified department with colleagues who were always supportive, respectful, friendly, and caring. UAB Honors College students have access to benefits, creature comforts, and opportunities available only to individuals who are up to the challenge. UAB Honors College / @HonorsUAB Don't forget to tune in for the 2020 Fall Expo keynote speech by Honors alumna, Ariel D. Smith! From 2006 to 2013, Rich was professor and founding chairperson of print media, as well a director in the School of Fine Arts for SCAD's new Atlanta campus. from UAB in 2009. 3. Nancy Love, a Gadsden, Ala. native, arrived at UAB in spring 1968. It's scary and there’s fear in the process but once you overcome that fear there’s a whole world that’s waiting for you.”. Photo: Edgar De La GarzaRich Gere has been named chair of the Department of Art and Art History. addy2752bd6472451ce9f1f652cfe7d3852c = addy2752bd6472451ce9f1f652cfe7d3852c + 'uab' + '.' + 'edu'; Confident in her desire to pursue a career in research, she enrolled in graduate school at the Extension Center for the University of Alabama (soon to become UAB) researching ribosomes under Dr. Donald Fattig’s mentorship. From left: Dr. Renato Camata, Dr. Danny Siegel, and Dr. Jason Linville. The team will use satellite data to choose study sites where variation in light due to differences in annual sea ice cover will be a major environmental variable. Important updates to UAB's COVID-19 health and safety policies, © 2020 The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Shannon L. Blanton, Ph.D., Dean of the UAB Honors College, announced today that after a university-wide search Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, DMA, will be the new Associate Dean of the college. “I had a student who told me in French this semester, ‘I’m so scared to speak French, I’m still a nestling, I’m still a little bird.’ The fear of flying is part of the process of flying. When her professor, Dr. Charles Crispens, saw her struggling, he stepped in to offer support—something Mary says she will never forget. Third, and most importantly, I wanted to honor and express my gratitude to my parents John and Veronica Collins for the way in which they stressed the importance of education, especially higher education, which they rightly believed to be the key to a better life. The UAB Graduate Dean's Excellence in Mentorship Award recognizes full-time regular UAB faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments as mentors of graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows. Our honors courses are designed to prepare students to communicate effectively in written and oral form, demonstrate critical thinking skills, integrate knowledge across domains, participate effectively in team endeavors, and function as ethical citizens of communities.UAB Honors College students can either pursue our Personalized Pathway or choose one … Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, DMA, associate professor of voice and director of Opera in the College of Arts and Sciences, will be the first to hold the role of associate dean of the UAB Honors College. Dr. Pence served as chair of the Department of Philosophy from 2012-2018. They will accept their awards at the national meeting of NASPAA, which will be held in October in Los Angeles. This week's Peer-to-Peer Advice comes from Tori Lathrop, a sophomore majoring in nursing with a Spanish minor. from the College of William and Mary, then received his M.A. After graduating from Birmingham’s Samuel Ullman High School (known today as UAB’s Ullman-Bell Complex), Mary Shepherd packed up her belongings and headed to Tuskegee University to pursue a degree in the sciences. On June 5, 1971, Nancy became the first woman to receive a master’s degree from the Department of Biology. Three faculty members in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Dr. Nevbahar Ertas, Dr. Akhlaque Haque and Dr. Wendy Gunther-Canada, received organization-wide awards from NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration). Many of our donors give to the College as a way of showing their appreciation for the people who inspired and guided them to academic and professional success. Ability to infuse students with a commitment to life-long learning and professional development. var addy2752bd6472451ce9f1f652cfe7d3852c = 'gclhonors' + '@'; As a lay member of the Board of the American Pulmonology Medicine Institute, she helps promote scholarship programs for medical students. “While this book focuses on Chicago from the 1970s to the present, these issues are timeless, and I hope my arguments are transportable to other contexts. Many of our donors give to the College as a way of showing their appreciation for the people who inspired and guided them to academic and professional success. Award winners Scott Phillips, Ph.D., Cassandra Ellis, Ph.D., and Michael Sloane, Ph.D., with Robert Palazzo, Ph.D., dean of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences. I attended Xavier University in Cincinnati on a presidential scholarship. She is known and beloved by many students, going above and beyond to help them grow—not just as students, but as people. #SetYourWorldOnFire. 0. Haque and Gunther-Canada will be honored for co-authoring the 2019 Article of the Year in the Journal of Public Affairs Education (JPAE). As Associate Dean, Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk will help lead the teaching and engagement mission of the UAB Honors College and facilitate the recruitment and academic success of a diverse student body. The American Journal of French Studies is based in Louisiana and began in 2019. Being one of only a few African-American women in the program, she felt isolated and excluded, a far cry from her experience at Tuskegee. var addy15f6ad34f9baf00047e294f9667a18ae = 'sthonors' + '@'; Dr. Paul Baker, researcher in the Department of Physics, is the director with co-director Dr. Vinoy Thomas from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Both my department chair, Patrick Evans, and Honors colleagues have been very supportive, and for that I am very grateful.”. var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; Her research will allow her to see if there are changes between time points (which was also associated with several degrees Celsius temp increase) and along the French Atlantic coastline as they have spatial sampling in 2008 and 2018. Read the profile in Harvard University's alumni magazine. All of these factors play into that,” said Verstraet. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Charly Verstraet, Ph.D., an assistant professor of French in the. H onors Col l ege An n ual Rep ort. programs in print and digital media. Charly Verstraet, Ph.D., an assistant professor of French, was recently awarded “Best University Professor” by the American Journal of French Studies for his mentorship and dedication to his students. Learn more about the 15 cores. Communications and Events Specialist. 2,029 … She spent thirteen years at the University of Maryland, eventually transitioning into an administrative role where she served as the Assistant Provost of Behavioral and Social Sciences and later as the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies. Prior to joining the Department of Biology, Dr. Ghanta worked in the Department of Microbiology for 15 years as a postdoctoral fellow and an Assistant Professor researching immunology and cancer in mouse models. JPAE is the flagship journal of NASPAA and is and is widely considered a top journal of pedagogy and program administration within the field. This mission is not one that the Honors College faculty and staff take lightly. Donor support is invaluable in ensuring that our students receive the quality education that, regardless of their course of study, will set them on the path to success. Dean, UAB Honors College Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration. In addition, for many years Dr. Pence coached the UAB Ethics Bowl Team, which won the national championship in 2010.  /  205-996-5701, This email address is being protected from spambots. Forman graduated from Harvard with a B.A. UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. Associate Director, Science … In 1983, Janice received her doctorate from UAB’s Department of Biology (only the second woman to do so) and then returned to her teaching career at JSCC. In 1986, Dr. Vithal Ghanta joined the Department of Biology as an Associate Professor, making her the department’s first female tenured faculty member. Under Dr. Patrick Dagg’s mentorship, Nancy joined the UAB Department of Biology graduate program and began research on early developmental events of mouse embryos. In that role, he was responsible for developing the B.F.A, M.A., and M.F.A. He received his B.F.A. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We look forward to working with Rich. The Global and Community Leadership Honors Program, Science and Technology Honors Program, and University Honors Program lay out a curriculum of courses and experiences to … Dean, UAB Honors College Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration. During her time at JSCC, Janice received many local, regional, and national accolades, including a Fulbright Teacher Exchange Fellowship in England, as well as the state of Alabama’s first ever Outstanding Junior College Faculty Award. Congratulations to Dr. Pence on this achievement. His recent conference activity includes presentations at SGCI (Southern Graphics Council International Conference); Southeastern College Arts Association Conference (SECAC); the College Arts Association Conference (CAA); and the Mid America Print Council (MAPC). UAB Department of Biology professors Dr. Charles Amsler and Dr. Jim McClintock, along with co-PIs Dr. Katrin Iken (University of Alaska, Fairbanks), Dr. Aaron Galloway (University of Oregon), and Dr. Andrew Klein (Texas A&M University), secured a $880,000 NSF grant to investigate brown macroalgae in the northern portion of the western Antarctic Peninsula region. Robert Collins: I have been retired from the Department of English for almost a decade. Andrew S. Baer, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of History, has published a new book entitled, “Beyond the Usual Beating: The Jon Burge Police Torture Scandal and Social Movements for Police Accountability in Chicago,” (University of Chicago Press). The 2018 Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Service Learning goes to Dr. Laurel Hitchcock, Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work. Forman is the immediate past-president of Birmingham's Sidewalk Film Festival, where she remains an advisory board member. A CD is under negotiation and is forthcoming. In 2000, with her first grandchild on the way, Mary retired so that she could focus on her family. The UAB Honors College has been declared Corporate Volunteer Partner of the Year for exemplary service and contributions to the community by the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. I have found my friends, my family and my biggest supporters. document.getElementById('cloak2752bd6472451ce9f1f652cfe7d3852c').innerHTML = ''; The program provides academically talented and motivated students an opportunity to participate in stimulating and challenging courses, seminars and colloquia during their time at Dean. Shannon L. Blanton, Ph.D., Dean of the UAB Honors College, announced today that after a university-wide search Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, DMA, will be the new Associate Dean of the college. Ertas won the NASPAA Award for Outstanding Service, specifically for her role as Chapter Advisor of Pi Alpha Alpha, the honors organization in the area of professional public administration. Rebecca Osborn Freeman. Contact the Associate Dean of the Honors College, Dr. Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, at khw@uab.edu. © 2020 The University of Alabama at Birmingham. She teaches applied voice to music majors, minors, and musical theater majors, and has served as stage director and musical director for UAB Opera, which has won three awards through the National Opera Association under her direction. The initiatives of the Honors College Recruitment and Admissions team … Outside of work, Dr. Ghanta can be found tending to her garden and spending time with her husband of 43 years, Dr. Subbarao Vadlamudi. The colleagues I worked with during my 30 years at UAB were the smartest and hardest working people I knew. Forman is well-known for a number of short films and documentaries, including Alabama Bound, which she produced in 2017. “She has already made important contributions to Honors education as both a professor of honors courses and as an Honors Faculty Fellow. “It’s very similar for languages or learning other cultures. On June 5, 1971, Nancy Love became the first woman to receive a master’s degree from the Department of Biology. Adapting to UAB’s environment and academic requirements proved challenging. Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk is an Associate Professor of Voice, and Director of Opera, in the Department of Music in the College of Arts and Sciences. Michael Sloane, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the University Honors Program, is the recipient of the 2018 Ellen Gregg Ingalls/UAB National Alumni Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching. Arts and Humanities: Dr. Danny Siegel, Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of English, Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Dr. Renato Camata, Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Physics, Social and Behavioral Sciences: Dr. Jason Linville, Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice. The strength of UAB is its people. She was happy to be back at UAB among the close-knit group of graduate students. Once you’ve applied to UAB and been accepted, there are two paths to joining the Honors College.. 1. He joined the faculty at UAB in 1976 and has not only been instrumental in developing our bioethics program within the Department of Philosophy, but also taught, for three decades, a required bioethics course to all UAB School of Medicine students. Verstraet uses his experience publishing in a second language to advise his students. During her junior year of college, she found out she was eligible to attend a state-supported school due to her husband’s status as a disabled veteran. We are grateful she will still be teaching some voice students in the Department of Music during her tenure as Associate Dean, and look forward to supporting her in this new and exciting role in every way we can. It requires a concerted effort from each team, department and program within Honors. “The Chicago police torture cases remain relevant for both abstract and concrete reasons. Communications and Events Specialist. Nineteen years later, she and her husband are the proud grandparents of 10 grandkids. The UAB Honors College brings together intellectually curious students from all majors to form a close-knit community of emerging scholars. Important updates to UAB's COVID-19 health and safety policies, French professor wins national award for mentorship, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Abby Garver received third place for her personal essay, Advanced Materials Characterization research core selected by IRCP, Honoring the 2020 winners of Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Collins Family Scholarship in Creative Writing, gifts to the College of Arts and Sciences, Political Science and Public Administration faculty win national awards, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Hurst-Wajszczuk named new associate dean of UAB Honors College, Dr. Gregory Pence wins 2019 Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction, Rich Gere named new chair of the Department of Art and Art History, Amsler, Kempin Reuter receive mentorship award, Pioneering Women in UAB Biology: Nancy Love, Pioneering Women in UAB Biology: Janice Roberts, Pioneering Women in UAB Biology: Dr. Vithal Ghanta, Pioneering Women in UAB Biology: Mary Shepherd, Michele Forman profiled in Harvard alumni magazine, Read the profile in Harvard University's alumni magazine, Biology Faculty Secure NSF Grant to Investigate Dwindling Macroalgae Community, Faculty honored at 2018 Fall Awards Convocation, Center for Community Outreach Development, Laurel Hitchcock receives Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Service Learning, Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Service Learning, Keeping Halloween safe: Tips from UAB experts, Dr. Stacy Krueger-Hadfield named Norma J. 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