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UAHuntsville’s Propulsion Research Center gains national acclaim, again – Popular Science

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (August 28, 2011) — The Propulsion Research Center at The University of Alabama in Huntsville has again gained national acclaim by being named the third "Most Awesome Lab in 2011" by Popular Science magazine as part of its "Best Places to Pursue Science" feature.

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It was the second straight year UAHuntsville had received this honor from the national science magazine. The thrust of the university receiving this commendation revolves around UAHuntsville's University Student Launch Initiative.

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UAHuntsville laboratory should improve reliability of aerospace and defense systems

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (November 9, 2011) - The Reliability and Failure Analysis Laboratory (RFAL) marked its grand opening today and will enable research to reduce the cost of ownership of defense and aerospace systems.

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RFAL focuses on expanding the body of knowledge in the reliability engineering discipline, according to lab director Chris Sautter. The lab investigates possible failure mechanisms through math modeling and physical testing.

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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.

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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.

AGENDA:

Thursday:

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

Friday:

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

Saturday:

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. 

 
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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.

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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
 256.824.6397 
(256.UAH.NEWS) 
ray.garner@uah.edu

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 astronautical.org.

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 http://theater.uah.edu/.

 

For more information 
Joyce Anderson-Maples 
256.824.2101
maplesj@uah.edu">maplesj@uah.edu

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:

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

Dr. Shankar Mahalingam
Dean. College of Engineering
Professor, MAE
Shankar.Mahalingam@uah.edu

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University

Workshop Participants

Auburn

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Dr. Roy Hartsfield
Walt and Virginia Woltosz Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Auburn University
rjh@eng.auburn.edu

Georgia Tech

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

Georgia Tech

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Prof. Mitchell Walker
Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
mitchell.walker@ae.gatech.edu

NASA Ames
Research Center

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Dr. V. N. Smelyanskiy
Principal Research Scientist, Group Leader
NASA Ames Research Center
vadim.n.smelyanskiy@nasa.gov

Purdue University

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 Dr. William Anderson

Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Director of Global Engineering Program
Purdue University
wanderso@purdue.edu

University of Illinois

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Dr. Mark Brandyberry
Senior Research Scientist
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
mdbrandy@illinois.edu

University of Maryland

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Dr. Kenneth Yu 
Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering
University of Maryland
yu@umd.edu

For more information and workshop registration, please contact co-chairpersons Shankar.Mahalingam@uah.edu or 
Robert.Frederick@uah.edu

For more information 
Joyce Anderson Maples 
256.824.2101 
maplesj@uah.edu">maplesj@uah.edu