New UAH Dept. of Space Science ‘dynamic atmosphere,’ chair says


Doctoral candidates should be graduating from the newly formed Department of Space Science at UAH in fall 2014, said its chairman, Dr. Gary Zank.

Those doctoral graduates will have been "grandfathered" into the new department because their faculty advisors have moved into the department themselves. Formed within the College of Science, the Department of Space Science drew its initial faculty from a faculty cluster in space physics formerly housed in the Department of Physics. This group of scientists also conducts research through the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR).

CSPAR and the Space Science faculty of the new department have a world-class reputation in theoretical and computational space physics, including space weather modeling, interplanetary and heliospheric physics, and have received approximately $18 million since July 2008 in grants to support these specific activities.


UAH celebrates Homecoming Oct. 14 – 19


Homecoming is a week filled with fun events that promote school spirit and tradition among the entire campus community, including students, alumni, administrators, faculty and staff! This year's homecoming will take place Monday, Oct. 14, through Saturday, Oct. 19, and will include the following:


UAH Honors lectures examine the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg address, and work-school conflict


The UAH Honors Lecture Series welcomes Mark Scherer and Lisa L. Scherer from the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) to the campus on Thursday, to deliver two public lectures.

Mark Scherer will deliver the talk "Finding Meaning in Tragedy: Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address," from 11:10 a.m., to 12:15 p.m., in the Shelby Center for Science and Technology room 107. At 6:30 p.m., Lisa L. Scherer will host the Honors Hot Topic discussion "Work-School Conflict: Some Undergraduate Research Findings," in the Honors Lounge, Morton Hall room 336. Both talks are free and open to the public.


Huntsville's past, present and future examined at UAH's OLLI speakers series

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI ) at UAH is celebrating 20 years of service through learning, leadership and community service with a speakers series. OLLI is offered through the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies.

Huntsville: Past, Present and Future will presented on Friday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m., to 11:30 a.m., in the Wilson Hall Auditorium on the UAH campus. OLLI membership is $15 per year and non-members are invited to join. For more information, please call 256.824.6183 or visit:


Fall Entrepreneurs Roundtable to take place at UAH on Oct. 17


The College of Business Administration at UAH will host their Fall Entrepreneurs Roundtable on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the Chan Auditorium, with a reception to follow.

Three leaders in Huntsville's nonprofit entrepreneurial community will discuss their organizations and share how they have overcome challenges, pursued new growth initiatives, and met the expectations of stakeholders.


Fertigation: Coming to a green space near you!


You've heard of fertilizer. You've heard of irrigation. But have you heard of "fertigation"? Probably not…until now!

"Fertigation is the process by which fertilizer is combined with an irrigation system to provide essential nutrients through a plant's leaves and roots," says Robert Redmon, Director of Grounds Management at UAH.


Charger Choices brings national Save a Life Tour to UAH campus


With funding from an NCAA grant, Charger Choices has been able to introduce several alcohol awareness initiatives to the student body at UAH over the past two years.

These include presentations from guest speakers, non-alcoholic "raves," the UAH Police Department's popular Fatal Vision program, and SafeRide, which provides students with three free cab rides per semester, says Charger Choices member and UAH's Director of Athletic Compliance, Julie Woltjen.


Two winners named in second annual E-Launch competition


The Entrepreneurship Club at UAH is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual E-Launch 48-hour business plan competition, held this past weekend on the UAH campus. In first place was team RealSearch, consisting of Matt Ashby, Melinda Kilgore, Meagan Hollaway, and Bin Chen. Their comprehensive business plan for a web-based real estate company garnered a $1,000 prize from Investor's Resource/Raymond James, 5 hours of free CPA consulting with Paul Lindgren at Seaman, Shinkunas, and Lindgren PC, and 5 hours of free legal consulting with Frank Caprio from Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLC.


Yale professor to discuss evolutionary effects of climate change on fishes


Dr. Thomas Near will be giving a presentation entitled "Evolution on ice: climate change and biodiversity of antarctic fishes" on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in room 107 of the Shelby Center. The presentation is part of the Distinguished Speaker Series at UAH and is being sponsored by UAH's Department of Biological Sciences.

Dr. Near, who is an Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, will be discussing his research on the use of phylogenetic hypotheses for studying patterns of speciation and adaptive radiation in groups of teleost fishes.


South African musician Kevin Kraak visits UAH as composer-in-residence


South African conductor, organist and keyboardist Kevin Kraak, will visit the campus of UAH in November as a composer-in-residence giving a public lecture and two musical performances, November 7-10.

Kraak's visit is sponsored by the UAH Department of Music and the Office of Diversity. His public appearances are free and open to the public.