Community Outreach

UAH Rise School in national competition to win "Lily LightAide" teaching device for special needs children

May 04 2015

"Lily" has visited families across the United States and in Canada. She has met many new friends, but now she wants to go to school.


UAH in partnership to develop Army Reserve cyber warriors

Apr 22 2015

UAH has partnered with seven other universities and 20 defense contractors nationally to work with the federal government and the U.S. Army Reserve to develop America's future cyber warriors.


Alabama Science & Engineering Fair returns to UAH for 20th anniversary

Apr 02 2015

Students still want to know how various household chemicals affect plant growth, or whether video games make them and their friends smarter.

These and about 200 other student experiments will be on display Friday, April 3, when the Alabama Science & Engineering Fair returns for its 20th anniversary at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

Students also are testing the effects of temperature change on magnets, or developing a low-cost laser scatterometer that might be used as an inexpensive household air-quality monitor. Spenser Willard, an eighth grader at Grace Lutheran School in Huntsville, tested a sensor that measures movement to see if it might be used to detect when someone falls. (It can.)


UAH’s nursing outreach program a benefit to all

Mar 12 2015

When a patient is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge because they failed to receive adequate care, it's known as an avoidable readmission. And unfortunately it happens more frequently than it should, particularly among medically underserved populations like the elderly and those who live in rural areas.

"Many of these patients are eligible for transition services, but if the referral is not made prior to discharge, they don't even know to ask about them," says Maria Steele, a clinical assistant professor in the College of Nursing at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). "Then they fall through the cracks and have to manage on their own, and it's not the optimal outcome."

So to combat the trend, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently launched a new initiative under the Affordable Care Act called the Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP). Its goal is to facilitate the coordination of community partners to improve the care patients receive as they transition from the hospital to their homes.


UAH, CCI sponsor Be The Match® drives in memory of Leslie Vallely

Mar 10 2015

To those who have been lucky enough to find one, a bone marrow match has been compared to winning the lottery. The statistics of finding a match break down like this: every four minutes in the U.S., someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer, that's 360 people a day and 15 people each hour, making the chance of finding a near perfect match one in 1000.


Parachute team just one of many highlights from Girls Science and Engineering Day

Nov 04 2014

Girls Science and Engineering Day, held this past Saturday at UAH, was attended by more than 400 third through fifth grade girls from across Madison County.

Participants enjoyed an educational program consisting of 40-minute workshops on a variety of topics from the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields. They were also treated to a special performance by the U.S. Army's Golden Knights aerial demonstration team - four of whom are women - who parachuted in over the Shelby Science Center and fielded questions from the students.


UAH’s iSystems Club helps non-profit through iGiveBack program

Oct 03 2014

What does a non-profit organization like the Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center do when it needs a major overhaul of its gym membership system but has neither the budget nor the time to enact one? Call the iSystems Club at UAH. Through their iGiveBack program, the student-run organization has already helped several local non-profits, providing information systems solutions in return for nothing more than the hands-on experience that the projects afford.

"It's a positive thing all around for everyone involved," says Alex Sims, a senior information systems major and the current president of the iSystems Club. "You're making connections with people in the community and with local businesses and you're getting valuable experience. There are lots of benefits!"

This particular project challenged the iSystems students with converting a handwritten sign-in process for the senior center's gym, Studio 60, to an electronic tracking system that could keep track of attendees. "Those numbers are really important to us," says Carolyn Rhodes, the center's Fitness Coordinator. "We need to know how many people we serve to be able to apply for grants."


Sustainable Natural Fertilizer Initiative makes UAH campus greener

Sep 15 2014

Sweet tea might be a favorite among Southerners, but among gardeners, it's compost tea. An all-natural alternative to commercial fertilizers, compost tea is safer for the environment and yields healthier, more productive plants. And that's exactly why Michael Marshall plans to brew his own.

Marshall is a senior biology major at UAH. He's also the manager of the university's community garden, founded in 2011 to provide UAH students with a space to practice sustainable gardening techniques and to gain an understanding of plant and soil biology. So when it was discovered last semester that the garden's soil was lacking in necessary nutrients, it fell to him to come up with a solution.

For help, Marshall turned to Dr. Leland Cseke, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the garden's faculty advisor. And together they came up with the Sustainable Natural Fertilizer Initiative, a solar power and rainwater fueled composting system that would allow students to brew their own compost tea for use as fertilizer.


UAH’s first Tech Trek an unqualified success

Aug 27 2014

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This July, UAH hosted its first-ever Tech Trek, a weeklong residential camp to promote interest in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields among rising eighth-grade girls. And by every measure, says Camp Director Dr. Rhonda Gaede, it proved to be an unqualified success.

"On Sunday, the girls were names on forms to me; by Friday, they were friends that I hated to see go," says Dr. Gaede, who also serves as an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UAH. "On more than one occasion, parents used the words 'life changing' and 'once in a lifetime' about the camp."

That's because Tech Trek offered students the freedom to be creative - a freedom missing from most middle school curriculums. "The girls said that, at school, it was about getting the right answers. But at Tech Trek, it was about exploring possibilities and understanding that failure is part of the process," she says. "The process is so much more important than any answer, because the questions are going to change during the course of a forty-year career."


UAH College of Nursing hosts 29th Annual Let's Pretend Hospital

Mar 10 2014

"Life is Sweet," adapted from the CANDY LAND board game is the 2014 theme for the 29th Annual Let's Pretend Hospital, sponsored by The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) College of Nursing and Huntsville Hospital.

The simulated hospital will "admit" 2,700 Madison County first graders beginning Monday, March 17 through Friday, March 21, from 8:30 a.m., to 2 p.m., in the university's College of Nursing Building. UAH junior and senior nursing students will have the opportunity for hands-on-interaction with "sick" first-graders when they conduct Let's Pretend Hospital (LPH) this year. The nursing students have decorated the "pretend hospital" to look like the CANDY LAND board game.

The purpose of the role-playing project is to teach children what they can expect during a hospital visit and to minimize fear and anxiety associated with hospitalization. This project also allows UAH nursing students an opportunity to apply developmental theory in teaching children about nursing and health care.


Weather Channel's Dr. Forbes at Weather Fest event this week

Feb 17 2014

Dr. Greg Forbes, severe weather expert at The Weather Channel joins Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., and Bob Baron, president and CEO of Baron Services Inc. to headline the fourth Rocket City Weather Fest on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The trio will join other local, regional and national weather experts at the free event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The University of Alabama in Huntsville's Shelby Center for Technology. The festival is open to weather enthusiasts of all ages.

"The purpose of the event is to bring the community together to learn about weather and weather preparedness," says Elise Schultz, Weather Fest co-chair and president of the Huntsville Area Professional Chapter of the American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association (AMS/NWA), which is assisting with the event and hopes to become a joint sponsor in future years.