- Published: 16 September 2011
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The Baba Budha Eminent Scholar Chair in Global Understanding, with specialization in Indian studies, is the first part of a dual-chair concept, originating at UAHuntsville. The second part is the Baba Deep Eminent Scholar chair in Global Understanding, with specialization in American Studies, to be established at Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, India.
The position was approved today by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama during the group's meeting in Tuscaloosa.
"We are especially pleased with Dr. Sandhu's commitment to UAHuntsville to assist in enhancing global understanding," said Dr. Malcolm Portera, President of The University of Alabama in Huntsville and Chancellor of the University of Alabama System. "This gift provides more validation of the fact that we are an international community. The Eminent Scholar will be located in the College of Liberal Arts."
India, the world's largest democracy with1 billion people, is viewed as one of the three economic powers of the 21st century, the other two being the U.S. and China.
"The objective of this initiative is to educate students in a global business curriculum and ultimately to improve business, trade, and cultural relationships between the U.S. and India," Dr. Sandhu said.
Aside from Sigmatech's $1 million corporate contribution to the academic environment, the dual-chair concept also plays an academic ambassadorial role, which has special significance. The University of Alabama in Huntsville and Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar will benefit from two eminent scholars working together for future cooperation between theiracademic programs.
The City of Huntsville and the City of Amritsar will benefit from joint venture industrial programs. The State of Punjab is the agriculture state of the world's "green" revolution, which produces nearly 40 percent of India's reserve food supply. The state of Alabama will benefit from joint agricultural research programs in cooperation with its counterpart state, Punjab.
Dr. Gurmej Sandhu, the Chairman of Sigmatech, initiated the dual-chair concept. Having established the Chair at UAHuntsville, he is now following through with the establishment of the Baba Deep Eminent Scholar Chair in Amritsar, India.
Dr. Sandhu is a 1979 electrical engineering graduate from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. He was inducted into the Distinguished Engineering Academy of The University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2001 and was a recipient of the distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2004 for his contribution to system science and signal processing.
Dr. Sandhu said he strongly supports corporate contributions to develop the future workforce through the university environment.
"We are extremely grateful to Dr. Sandhu and Sigmatech for establishing this eminent scholar chair," said UAHuntsville Provost Vistasp Karbhari. "This will not only add strength to our already strong program in political science, but will also enable us to increase the awareness and understanding of the interconnectedness of the global community in which we live."
Dr. Karbhari added that UAHuntsville has a distinguished record of global partnerships in science and technology, and this chair will allow additional cross- and trans-disciplinary scholarship, while simultaneously working to meld hearts and minds across national, socio-political and cultural borders.
"We look forward to working together with friends and alumni as to take UAHuntsville to ever greater heights of excellence," Dr. Karbhari said.
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- Published: 13 September 2011
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But it's backed by hard-boiled rules that eventually will make the difference in safely putting satellites in orbit, or humans on Mars.
Welcome to CanSat as students from The University of Alabama in Huntsville prepare for their fourth year going up against national and international university teams.
CanSat is a growing national college competition that challenges students to design, build, and fly a small rocket payload, about the size of a can of Pringle's potato chips, to loft a raw egg 1.1km (more than a half mile) high and safely return it to the ground.
"CanSat gets people familiar with high-speed design processes," said Eric Becnel, president of the UAHuntsville team. "Skills you develop in CanSat are very valuable. Everything you learn is useful."
The annual competition - organized by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), supported by the Naval Research Laboratory, NASA, and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp - is held each June on a farm at Cross Plains, Texas, near Abilene.
"We placed second and third in recent years and fourth this summer," said Dr. John Gregory, director of the Alabama Space Grant Consortium at UAHuntsville. "We have been in contention every year we have competed. The field usually includes 15 to 20 teams a year, some of them high-power universities, like the University of Maryland and the University of California at San Diego. This year's prominence of Turkey, which took first place, and India is a new phenomenon."
As the name suggests, the payload has to fit into a volume approximately that of a can of potato chips or of tennis balls. Its purpose is to move beyond paper design competitions and put young space engineers through a miniature version of what they will face with larger projects.
"CanSat is one of a portfolio of programs that all have the same general purpose," said Gregory. "We are teaching young scientists and engineers to tackle questions for which the answer is not in the back of the book, or for which there are multiple answers."
Teams comprise up to 10 students, usually undergraduates, with a smaller limit on the number of graduate students who can be involved. They propose the mission, design, document, review, build, test and fly. And they have to fit it atop someone else's rocket, just like the real world. Teams are scored on schedules, design reviews, and the flight itself.
"We use real space missions as a template," Gregory explained. "The students must go through each of the stages as on a real mission, from proposal to post-flight report. And they learn to work with other people. It's been very successful."
"It's a very tightly controlled system," Becnel said. "A lot of systems have to work within these guidelines. The mechanical guy has to work with the electrical guy, and it all has to come together just right."
Indeed, with a 27-page instruction manual, one might wonder how original the teams can be.
"You have a lot of room for flexibility," Becnel assured. "It was amazing to see the differences between the various designs on the flight line in Texas."
Differences include various resources available at their respective schools. The UAHuntsville team, for example, used rapid prototyping equipment to build a container for their egg. They also came up with a conical fitting to soften impact (retrorockets and other neat touches are not allowed). Like other teams, they had to develop their own sensor to measure the rate of descent, and use a particular type of radio for tracking. And the price tag has to be less than $1,000.
A priceless aspect they are allowed is tapping the expertise of UAHuntsville and NASA scientists and engineers, but only to answer very specific questions.
Whatever the teams produce, it has to fit inside the volume of a can, 72mm (3 in) diameter by 280mm (11 in) long -larger than a soda can - and weigh no more than a half-kilogram (1.1 pound). The rocket lofts it 1.1km high, and parachutes have to deploy and slow the package to certain speeds. Onboard sensors control release of the payload and deployment of parachutes. Competitors may install a camera or impact recorder. Telemetry has to be broadcast during the flight.
This year UAHuntsville came in fourth because of two simple errors. The electronic crystal that times the flight sequence had a bit of contamination, so the payload never realized it had left the ground. Then the parachute failed when its ties to the payload pulled loose. The payload hit the ground at nearly 110km/h (68 mph) but stayed in one piece.
Scrambling the payload did not mean finishing last, though. Five teams lost their payloads altogether, whereas UAHuntsville was able to calculate their impact point to within 60 feet of where they landed, one of the performance criteria.
Both of the flight problems had a common cause and thus a big lesson: the UAHuntsville team started later than they should have and did not allow enough time to test it properly.
"You can't wait until the last minute to build these things," Becnel said. "You have to do a full system test to see if it's going to work." And indeed the sequencer worked fine, after the fact, when cleaned and reassembled properly.
The UAHuntsville team is avoiding that problem for the 2012 competition. Recruiting has started, and already there is enough interest that two teams may be formed with enthusiasm like Becnel's helping fuel the next launch to one kilometer and, eventually, Mars.
"I love it," Becnel said. "We work every single day, even in the summer, with no class credit. We're really enabled to come up with our own designs."
- Published: 12 September 2011
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Sept. 12, 2011) - The work of composer David Maslanka will be featured at the fourth annual "Something Old, Something New" concert later this month.
Maslanka is composer-in-residence and The University of Alabama in Huntsville Eminent Scholar in the Humanities.
The concert is organized by the Huntsville Community Chorus Chamber Chorale and the Huntsville Chamber Winds. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the First Baptist Church of Huntsville on Friday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m.
The program includes a pair of songs from "A Litany for Courage and the Seasons" based on the poetry of Richard Beale for chorus, clarinet and vibraphone, featuring Randolph's Adam Bernick and the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra's Ozzy Molina.
Also on the program is Dr. Maslanka's newest work - a stunning double concerto, "O Earth, O Stars" for flute and cello, featuring Huntsville Symphony Orchestra's principal flutist, Evelyn Loehrlein and Louisville-based cellist, Paul York, recently hailed by The New York Times for his "warm-toned" performance of Lutosławski's Grave (Metamorphoses).
Other conductors for the evening concert include Billy Orton and David Ragsdale along with musicians from the UAHuntsville music faculty, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, and the greater Huntsville community.
More information may be found on the web at www.uah.edu/music.
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- Published: 09 September 2011
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A variety of events have been planned throughout the week for students, alumni, and the UAHuntsville community including a live performance by Comedy Central on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m., in Spragins Hall.
UAHuntsville ChargerFest 2011 activities include:
For more information, please contact Kacey Schaum at 256.824.5420 or Kacey.Schaum@uah.edu">Kacey.Schaum@uah.edu or visit the Main homecoming website:
http://uah.edu/homecoming or Schedule page:
UAHuntsville faculty and students participate in College First advanced placement enrichment program
- Published: 08 September 2011
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala (August 9, 2011) - Students from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) recently participated in CollegeFirst, a unique summer enrichment program designed to prepare the state's high school students for the challenge of college-level advanced placement courses in math and science.
More than 200 high school students from across the state participated in the summer program. College student mentors from five Alabama campuses mentored the high school students.
"This initiative provides successful college students as both tutors and mentors, helping increase the number of Alabama students who will be ready, not only to attend college, but to excel in college," said Stephen Black, director of the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility. "The experience benefits university students as well because, in order to teach a concept, one must not only grasp it intuitively, but fully understand the reasoning."
Superintendents from Alabama districts participating in A+ College Ready summer program were each given $1,000 to present a scholarship to an outstanding student from their district. Scholarship winners in North Alabama included: Spencer Baer, of Madison County Schools, and Lisa Hernandez, of Huntsville City Schools.
The A+ CollegeFirst service-learning course was developed by the UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility in partnership with Impact Alabama and A+ College Ready.
- Published: 01 September 2011
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- Published: 31 August 2011
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- Published: 25 August 2011
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- Pokrywka is assistant professor of medicine, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and is one of a handful of doctors in the United States double certified in lipidology and menopause. Clinical lipidology is the study of fats stored in blood. He specializes in heart disease in menopausal and postmenopausal women. Pokrywkaparticipates enthusiastically in the Go Red for Women and WomenHeart campaigns to fight heart disease in women.
- Wright is a family nurse practitioner working fulltime in a practice, which she founded and owns, Wright & Associates Family Healthcare. The clinic is owned and operated by nurse practitioners. She is the senior lecturer for Fitzgerald Health Education Associates. Wright is an author of the Physical Assessment and Health History Cue Card Series. She is widely published and has produced a number of videos and audiotapes. Wright has served as an expert witness in several medical malpractice cases and is frequently retained by attorneys for case review and consultation. In addition, she is an expert on "Medscape's Ask the Expert Nurse Practitioner" web site, and is an editorial board member for Medscape's E-Journal. Wright is editor in chief of APC Today, a website designed for the advanced practice clinician.
For the complete NANPA Symposium schedule and registration information, please visit http://northalabamanpa.enpnetwork.com/nurse-practitioner-events/2355-2011-nanpa-annual-clinical-symposium .
- Published: 25 August 2011
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Huntsville, Ala. (August 25, 2011) - The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) fall Coffeehouse Writers series begins Friday, September 9, at 4 p.m. with "Express-Men."
The program will feature writing by Huntsville Times columnist and humorist Ricky Thomason, work by prose-poet David Allen Lambert, original songs by singer-songwriter Tom McClellan, and creative works by poet, musician and visual artist, Jake Berry of Florence.
All Coffeehouse programs are held at the Louis Salmon Library art gallery, on the ground floor just past the reference desk, near Jazzman's Cafe. Admission is free, and Jazzman's Café will be open before the readings.
The UAHuntsville Women's Studies Program and the Louis Salmon Library sponsor the Coffeehouse Writers Series. This series is open to the public, and most programs last about an hour. For more information, please call Marylyn Coffey, at 256-824-6114.
- Published: 23 August 2011
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Huntsville, Ala. (August 22, 2011) - Andres Lara, nationally known speaker, and former president of Inspiration Time Magazine will be the keynote speaker for The University of Alabama in Huntsville's (UAHuntsville) Hispanic Heritage Celebration next month.
He will give two talks on Thursday, Sept. 29 and both events are free and open to the public. Lara will address UAHuntsville Honors Forum students at 11 a.m., in Frank Franz Hall room 138. At 7:30 p.m., Lara will give the talk "How to Turn Setbacks into Comebacks: Challenging the Status Quo," in the University Center Exhibit Hall.
Also recognized as "The Cuban Guy," Lara is the author of international bestsellers, Inspire the Sleeping Giant Within, How to Stay Motivated During Difficult Times and The Finish Line. He is currently the CEO of A. Success Training, Inc.
But what inspires his audiences the most is that he accomplished all this by age 24. Lara escaped from Cuba at 16, arriving in America penniless and alone. He spoke no English, but managed to survive his worst nightmare - living on the street. Lara shares how he was able to turn his life around and live his dream.
He graduated with honors from Montclair State University with a major in speech communication and a minor in creative writing. Lara's inspirational messages reach millions every week in 33 countries around the globe through his site at http://www.TheCubanGuy.com.
The UAHuntsville offices and departments of Multicultural Affairs, Diversity, International Sponsored Programs, Honors Forum, and Latino Studies and Development Club jointly sponsor Lara's visit.