UAHuntsville-developed software can improve health care quality, timeliness

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Sept. 8, 2011) — Decisions, decisions, decisions. Wouldn't it be nice to have a computer program that could help you make work-related decisions?

That's exactly what Drs. Faye Anderson, Karen Frith, Fan Tseng, Mikel Petty and Gregory Reed have done. Together, they are a team assembled from the faculties of nursing, business and the Center for Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. The team won the Alabama Launchpad 2011 Business Plan Competition for its project, Decision Innovations.


UAHuntsville hosting Chinese educators

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Nov. 1, 2011) - The University of Alabama in Huntsville's Institute for Science Education's AMSTI program will be hosting 23 teachers and professors representing the China National Institute for Educational Research this week.

The visitors will arrive Thursday morning, November 3 and depart Sunday, November 6.

In 2005, the China National Institute for Educational Research (CHIER), the National Science Resources Center (NSRC) and Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST) signed Memorandum of Understanding for collaboratively implementing "Project on Science Education Inquiry." In order to implement the memorandum, CNIER and NSRC jointly organized 12 rounds of science teachers' training courses.

Alabama's UAHuntsville AMSTI science specialists were identified and invited to travel to China and train the CNIER master teachers on AMSTI science materials, four units per grade, first through sixth grades. The Chinese teachers and professors represent provinces throughout China.

The CNIER representatives will be visiting in the Huntsville area to learn more about the nationally and internationally recognized AMSTI program and observe classroom teaching in area AMSTI schools

These educators will learn more about the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative and visit AMSTI (Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative) classrooms in the area, according to Brenda Terry, AMSTEC's executive director at UAHuntsville.



1 p.m. UAHuntsville Institute for Science Education

CNIER Representatives will meet with AMSTI leadership: Mr. Steve Ricks, Alabama State Department of Education AMSTI Director, Ms. Carol Mueller, UAHuntsville AMSTI Director. Shelly Hollis, UNA AMSTI Director, Ms. Tonya Barnes, JSU AMSTI Director, Dr. Jim Miller, Director, UAHuntsville Institute for Science Education; Ms. Brenda Terry AMSTEC Executive Director

2:30 p.m. Tour AMSTI Materials Center and Warehouse

3:30 p.m. Tour UAHuntsville Campus


9:00 a.m. Classroom visits, Mill Creek Elementary School

11:30 a.m. Lunch

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Hudson Alpha Center for Biotechnology


9 a.m. U.S. Space & Rocket Center


UAHuntsville a StormReady University

The University of Alabama in Huntsville has earned the status of a StormReady University by the National Weather Service. UAHuntsville is one of only five universities in the state and one of 95 in the nation to gain this notification. 

Pictured, from left to right, are: Dave Nadler, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service; Kevin Bennett, Emergency Management Coordinator, UAH; Ray Pinner, Vice President for Finance and Administration; Rex Reynolds, City Administrator, City of Huntsville and Michael Snellgrove, UAH’s Chief of Police.

UAHuntsville celebrates Homecoming 2011

homecoming 2011HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (September 29, 2011) - "ChargerFest 2011," is the theme for homecoming week Oct. 10-15 at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville).
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.


Chargers athletic program to see changes following budget analysis

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (October 24, 2011) - Increasingly austere higher education budgets and disproportionate funding among sports teams will result in changes to the athletic program at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

The university has conducted an in-depth analysis of athletic operations and numerous recommendations have been suggested to strengthen the entire university athletic program.

"We're in an economic environment where universities must look at the value of every dollar we spend," said UAHuntsville President Malcolm Portera.

Dr. Portera said the operational review shows that UAHuntsville's total investment in athletics compares favorably with other Gulf South Conference schools, and is adequate to enable UAHuntsville student-athletes to compete at the Division II level.

"In assessing ways we can balance and strengthen our overall athletic program, we are reviewing a series of recommendations that include additional emphasis on compliance and student advising, realignment of the ice hockey program and a total evaluation of our athletic facilities," he said.

"This report recommends, and I concur, that Charger ice hockey will best be served by returning to its roots as a club team," Portera said. Ten of the 12 SEC teams have club hockey teams in addition to other traditional athletic powers in the southeastern United States, such as Georgia Tech, Clemson, Memphis and Florida State.

Hockey began as a club sport at UAHuntsville in 1979. Teams on the schedule in those days included Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Duke, Penn State, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Illinois.

UAHuntsville's team won three national club championships in the first six years of the club's existence. The university's program was accepted into NCAA Division II in 1985 and won two national championships at that level before the NCAA disbanded Division II hockey in 1998.

According to budget figures, the Division I Charger hockey team's travel budget is more than all of the other men's sports combined; hockey's operations cost three times as much as all other men's sports combined, and hockey accounts for 40 percent of the total student aid budget for all men's sports.

Financial difficulties have forced other universities to make similar decisions in recent years. Tight budgets and the high overhead expenses precipitated Wayne State University's decision to drop its NCAA men's and women's ice hockey teams. Findlay University in Ohio also converted to a club sport. Meanwhile, other Division I collegiate programs are currently seeking ways to reduce and control athletic and hockey budgets.

"Charger ice hockey will remain a part of the culture of this university and the city," Portera said. "However, the opportunity to save the hockey program is much improved by reverting to its original model as a club team."

The cost savings will allow the university to enhance the operating budgets of the other 15 sports on campus and provide more student aid to a greater number of student-athletes. At the same time, the university will be in a better position to increase funding for high-demand academic programs at UAHuntsville.

"We also believe this provides tremendous opportunities for the up-and-coming young hockey players in North Alabama," Portera explained. "None of the players on our 24-man roster are from Alabama, but there is a very good possibility that will change by reverting the team into a club league."

Currently, 14 players on the squad are from Canada, two from Tennessee and one each from Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, Georgia and Finland. Only three players from Alabama have been on the roster since the team went Division I in 1999.

Portera announced assistance would be provided to the student-athletes participating in the ice hockey program by continuing to honor the scholarship commitment made by the university. He said if the student-athlete chooses to transfer to another program, the university would provide help in making that relocation as seamless as possible.

Coaches will remain on the payroll through May 31, 2012. The university will assist them in their endeavors to seek future employment.


For more information, 
contact Ray Garner

UAHuntsville hosting Von Braun Memorial Symposium

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (October 24, 2011) - The campus of The University of Alabama in Huntsville will draw aerospace leaders from around the country this week for the fourth annual Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium.

"Launching the Future in Space Exploration" is the title of the symposium that begins today and goes through Wednesday. Most of the activity will take place in the Chan Auditorium of the Business Administration Building.

The symposium gets under way in earnest Tuesday morning at 8:30 with remarks by Frank Slazer, Aerospace Industries Association president, and Marshall Space Flight Center Director Robert Lightfoot. NASA Associate Administrator Chris Scolese will also report on developments from NASA headquarters at the opening session. 

Go to this link for a complete agenda

Dan Dumbacher, NASA's assistant associate administrator for human exploration capabilities, will examine the space agency's new exploration road map including the Space Launch System and Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. He will also moderate a panel on industry's role in sustainable space exploration, which will include aerospace executives.

William Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for human exploration and operations, is the luncheon speaker at UAHuntsville's University Center. Afternoon panels focus on commercial space and integrating robotic and human exploration. Tuesday's discussions will cover military space initiatives, the new National Institute of Rocket Propulsion Systems and general space policy.

The Wernher von Braun Memorial Dinner will conclude the symposium on Wednesday evening at 7 o'clock in the Davidson Center at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Bob Crippen, former astronaut and Kennedy Space Center director, will speak.

More information about the symposium is available online at

UAHuntsville Opera Theatre to present Menotti’s musical drama The Consul

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (October 12, 2011) - The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville)  Opera Theatre will present the musical drama The Consul by Gian-Carlo Menotti for three performances from October 26, 28 and 30 in the Wilson Hall Theatre at 7 p.m.

The opera production is being directed by David Harwell, assistant professor of communications at UAHuntsville and features special guest bass Eric Jordan in the role of John Sorel.

Opera companies nationwide have sought Jordan, a professional operatic performer, for his trademark "big bass and presence to match" (Opera News). His "powerful, nuanced singing and thoughtful acting" (The New York Times) add an especially sonorous quality to The Consul.

Set in a post-World War II communist country, The Consul tells the story of John and Magda Sorel. John, a political activist, has been arrested by the secret police. Magda seeks the only person she believes can help her- the Consul. However, Magda soon learns that an audience with the Consul is not easily gained, and time may run out for her family as the bureaucracy drags its feet.

"It's strikingly fluid music," Jordan said of the opera, for which Menotti won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Music and 1950 New York Drama Critics' Circle award for Best Musical.

"It's kind of eerie- there is a macabre touch to this opera that makes it perfect to perform before Halloween ," Jordan added. "If you think opera is boring, this one will prove that you're dead wrong!"

On the first dark night of The Consul , October 27 at 8 p.m., Jordan will host a benefit concert as The Opera Cowboy and the Mountain Band. The group, made up of Jordan on guitar, Mark "Mad Dog" Defeneugh on lap steel, and Scott "Scott Rock" Thornton on bass, will present Johnny Cash's entire At Folsom Prison album, as well as some extras. When asked to describe an evening with the band, Jordan said, "It's just a whole lot of fun!"

For information about tickets to the performance, please contact Donna Lamp, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., at (256) 824-6871, or in Morton Hall 342 on the UAHuntsville campus. For information about The Consul and UAHuntsville Theatre, please visit


For more information 
Joyce Anderson-Maples 

UAHuntsville to host propulsion research workshop

Huntsville, Ala. (October 10, 2011) - The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) will host a propulsion research workshop on Friday, Oct. 14.

The workshop will be held at the university's Shelby Center for Science and Technology (room 301) from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m. Co-chairpersons for the workshop are Dr. Shankar Mahalingam, dean, of the College of Engineering, and Dr. Robert Frederick, Jr., interim director of the Propulsion Research Center. Mahalingam and Frederick also hold the rank of professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

The workshop stemmed from UAHuntsville's invitation to be on the planning team for the new NASA National Institute for Rocket Propulsion Systems (NIRPS). The university accepted the task to coordinate issue identification among the academic propulsion community across the nation and provide that information to the NASA planning team.

The propulsion workshop is the first step in the planning process. Select propulsion leaders from universities around the nation will gather to discuss: the state of industry, the state of the art in academia, and the future of the industry.

Workshop presenters include:


Dr. Robert Frederick, Jr.
Int. Dir. Propulsion Research Center
Professor MAE

Dr. Shankar Mahalingam
Dean. College of Engineering
Professor, MAE



Workshop Participants



Dr. Roy Hartsfield
Walt and Virginia Woltosz Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Auburn University

Georgia Tech


Alan W. Wilhite
Langley Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Co-Director, The Center For Aerospace Systems
Engineering, Modeling and Simulation
Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech


Prof. Mitchell Walker
Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Center


Dr. V. N. Smelyanskiy
Principal Research Scientist, Group Leader
NASA Ames Research Center

Purdue University


 Dr. William Anderson

Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Director of Global Engineering Program
Purdue University

University of Illinois


Dr. Mark Brandyberry
Senior Research Scientist
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Maryland


Dr. Kenneth Yu 
Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering
University of Maryland

For more information and workshop registration, please contact co-chairpersons or

For more information 
Joyce Anderson Maples 

Space law expert to lecture at UAHuntsville

Huntsville, Ala. (October 6, 2011) - Joanne I. Gabrynowicz, director of the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law will lecture at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Her visit is sponsored by the UAHuntsville Honors Forum Lecture series. The lecture will begin at 11:10 a.m., in Frank Franz Hall room 138, and is free and open to the public.

Gabrynowicz also serves as editor-in-chief, of the Journal of Space Law. She teaches space law and remote sensing law at The University of Mississippi (UM). She was a founding faculty member of the University of North Dakota Space Studies Department. Gabrynowicz is an official observer for the International Astronautical Federation to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

UM offers the only dedicated aerospace law curriculum in the nation from an American Bar Association-accredited law school, and requires courses on U.S. space and aviation law, international space and aviation law, and remote sensing; participation in the publication of the Journal of Space Law; and independent research. The National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law was founded in 1999. The first space law certificate was awarded in spring 2008.

She also is a member of the Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing. Gabrynowicz advised the Eisenhower Institute on its study, The Future of Space-the Next Strategic Frontier. She is also a member of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote sensing International Policy Advisory Committee.

Before beginning her academic career, she was the managing attorney of a law firm in New York City. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Forum on Aviation and Space Law, the New York State Bar, the International Institute of Space Law and Women in Aerospace, among other groups.

Gabrynowicz is the recipient of the 2001 Women in Aerospace Outstanding International Award. Additionally, she was awarded a NASA/American Society of Engineering Education Summer Faculty Fellowship from Goddard Space Flight Center, where she also served as the Dean of the NASA Space Academy.

She earned her undergraduate degree at Hunter College, and a J.D., at Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law. 

For more information 
Joyce Anderson Maples 256.824.2101">

UAHuntsville to host 2011 LEAN Educator Conference

Huntsville, Ala. (September 26, 2011) - The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Engineering Management (ISEEM) will host the 2011/2012 LEAN Educator Conference Thursday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 1.

The conference begins at 7 a.m., each morning in the Shelby Center for Science and Technology. Keynote speakers for the conference are John Y. Shook, chairman and CEO of Lean Institute; and John Toussaint, president of ThedaCare's Center for Healthcare Value. To register please visit

John ShookJohn Y. Shook 
CEO of Lean Institute

John Shook is recognized as a true sensei who enthusiastically shares his knowledge and insights within the Lean Community and with those who have not yet made the lean leap.

Shook learned about lean management while working for Toyota for nearly 11 years in Japan and the U.S., helping it transfer production, engineering, and management systems from Japan to NUMMI and subsequently to other operations around the world.

He is the author of Toyota's Secret: The A3 Report Sloan Management Review, and How to Change a Culture: Lessons from NUMMISloan Management Review. Shook is a sought-after conference keynoter who has been interviewed on lean management by National Public RadioBloomberg NewsThe Wall Street Journal, and numerous trade publications.

John ToussaintDr. John Toussaint
President ThedaCare's Center for Healthcare Value

Toussaint founder and president of ThedaCare's Center for Healthcare Value, Dr. John Toussaint, has the experience and passion as a driving force in creating healthcare value. From 2000-2008, Toussaint served as president and chief executive officer of ThedaCare, Inc., a community-owned, four-hospital health system including twenty-one physician clinics, as well as home health capabilities, senior care facilities, hospice care and behavioral health. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with nearly 5,400 employees, serving an eight-county region.

For more information on the 2011/2012 LEAN Educator Conference on the UAHuntsville campus, please visit the following websites:

For more information 
Joyce Anderson Maples