HPE offering new credit certificate in Sports Coaching and Athletic Performance

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The UAH Department of Health and Physical Education (HPE) is offering a credit certificate in Sports Coaching and Athletic Performance, and all classes will run regularly each semester.

"HPE has realized for several years that the field of sports coaching and athletic performance is continuing to grow and hold strong as a viable career option," said David Kyle, senior associate director of HPE. "We have been working on this specific program for about two years, but it always takes time for things to fall into place."

Kyle said all of the courses in the certificate program will be awarded UAH credit. "This is a 20-hour university certificate that will appear on student academic transcripts, and therefore valuable when seeking employment."


North Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair returns to UAH for 60th year

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Calling all students in grades five through twelve at public and private schools across North Alabama! Registration is open now through Feb. 14 for the 60th Annual North Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NARSEF). This year's NARSEF will be held March 11-14 at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

NARSEF offers an opportunity for students to showcase their independent research to the public and compete for a chance to attend the Alabama Science and Engineering Fair (ASEF), which will be held April 3-5. Winners of the ASEF will then continue on to the Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which will be held May 11-16 in Los Angeles.


UAH residence hall and greenway earn recognition for sustainability, excellence

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Charger Village, a residence hall on the campus of UAH, has achieved LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Certification through LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, requires third-party verification that a building satisfies green criteria under areas of water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and sustainable sites.

"The benefits of being LEED certified are numerous – buildings are more water- and energy-efficient, they cost less to operate, and they are healthier and safer for the occupants," says Larrell Hughes, UAH's campus architect. "Additionally, this certification is a demonstration of our commitment to reducing our environmental impact on our community and our world."


UAH College of Engineering celebrates eWeek 2014


The UAH College of Engineering will observe National Engineers Week February 16-22. The 2014 eWeek theme is "DiscoverE: Let's Make a Difference."

On Thursday, Feb. 20, the eWeek Banquet and Awards Ceremony honoring College of Engineering faculty and students will be held at the Jackson Conference Center (adjacent to HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology), located in Cummings Research Park. The coordinator of the event is Eric Grigorian (BSE EE '83, MSE EE '87), and IEEE Huntsville Section Chair. Each year one of the College of Engineering's member technical societies hosts the event. This year, IEEE will host the eWeek banquet. The purpose of eWeek is to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make.

The keynote speaker for the banquet and awards ceremony is Tim Pickens, inventor, entrepreneur and engineer. His business, Pickens Innovations specializes in commercial space, technical product development and solutions, and business consulting for technical and space companies. He previously served as commercial space advisor and chief propulsion engineer for Huntsville-based Dynectics, and team leader for the Rocket City Space Pioneers Google Lunar X PRIZE Team.


Music professors partner for “four-hand” piano recital at UAH

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Dr. Melody Ng, assistant professor at UAH, will partner with Dr. Melissa Martiros, assistant professor at Martin Methodist College, for a piano duo recital on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Recital Hall on the UAH campus.

The evening event, which is free and open to the public, will include works by Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Ravel, and Piazzolla. Dr. Ng says, "the unique two-piano arrangement of the tangos by Astor Piazzolla makes them accessible to perform by pianists and able to create a different realm of sound from the standard tangos."

Dr. Ng, a native of Hong Kong, has previously served on the faculty at Lawrence University, Piano Odyssey Summer Camp, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was the first-prize winner in numerous competitions, including Neale-Silva Young Artists' Competition, UW Beethoven Piano Competition, Irving Shain Woodwind and Piano Duo Competition, Badger Collegiate Competition, and MTNA (State & Regional) Young Artist Competition. Her appearances included broadcast performances on Wisconsin Public Radio and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Dr. Ng received her doctor of musical arts degree and master of music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a double-degree in economics and piano performance from Lawrence University.


Nominations being accepted for UAH’s first Tech Trek

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This past October, UAH, in partnership with the Huntsville branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), was named one of three new sites to host the next annual Tech Trek.

First launched in 1998 at Stanford University, TTech Trek is a weeklong residential science and math summer camp for rising eighth grade girls designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence through hands-on activities that explore the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Through Tech Trek, girls are immersed in a world that empowers and encourages them to think about themselves as future scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and computer specialists.

And now, with UAH's Tech Trek scheduled for July 20 – 25, nominations are currently being accepted from middle school science teachers across North Alabama and the state for girls with strong potential and an interest in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. (Camper selection criteria and student nomination forms can be found at


UAH hosts 2014 ASCA Scholars Bowl Competition

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UAH Honors College will host the 2014 Alabama Scholastic Competition Association (ASCA) District High School Scholars Bowl on Friday, February 7. This is the second consecutive year UAH has hosted the scholastic event.

The competition begins at 8 a.m., in the Chan Auditorium of the Business Administration Building. Nearly 20 high school teams composed of ninth through 12th grade students from North Alabama have signed up to compete in the scholastic competition. The purpose of the annual contest is to encourage high school students to compete academically with other schools in the state.

The ASCA Scholars' Bowl is a jeopardy-like game that is comprised of five rounds, that challenges students' memory and knowledge in the subjects of science, mathematics, history, arts, culture, geography and literature. When the ASCA moderator asks the questions, an individual student representing the school team must "buzz-in" to answer. Competing teams receive points for each correct answer, and the student group with the most points wins the round.


Charger Union design elements reflect UAH's traditions, values

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It turns out UAH is a lot more than just "the rocket school." At least that's what Merrilee Hertlein, Senior Associate at Mackey Mitchell Architects, found out when she was tasked with branding the campus' new $25 million Charger Union.

"We thought we'd be doing a lot of rockets and solar systems - those kinds of things," says Hertlein. "But from the students we heard, 'Yes, that's our history. But that's not what defines us.' So we had two days of focus group meetings where we spoke with different groups about what makes UAH special."

The answer? Lots of things! In fact, she says, all you have to do is look around the Charger Union and you'll see plenty of design elements that reflect the traditions and values that the university and its students hold dear.



Winners of UAH’s first Project Candy Land competition crowned


On Saturday, Jan. 11, school-age kids and parents from North Alabama gathered in the Engineering Building at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) for the first-ever Project Candy Land competition. The goal? To build a 3-D structure made out of 100% edible candy materials using the principles of science and engineering.

The contest was conceptualized and planned by two area students, Anish and Niam Abeysiriwardena, with Dr. Krishnan Chittur, professor of chemical and materials engineering at UAH, serving as the event's faculty advisor.

Ultimately, 18 aspiring young engineers rose to the challenge, presenting their creations to a panel of judges, who awarded points for stability, creativity, detail, density, and presentation. Among them were six seniors from UAH's Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering (Bryan Call, Alaine Dempsey, Ragan Haymon, Vivian Nguyen, Jonathon Savoy, and Jennifer Thomas), four professional engineers from General Electric (David Pepper, Orbin Dempsey, John Kent, and Dot Hall), and chemical engineer and Huntsville newcomer Solveig Irvine.


Breathing New Life into the Nursing Building

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When the Nursing Building was first erected on the campus of UAH in 1976, it was a state-of-the-art edifice with a contemporary look and enviable banks of floor to ceiling windows.

And some four decades later, its distinctive exterior still holds up. But its interior, says Dr. C. Fay Raines, Dean of the College of Nursing, falls further behind in meeting the needs of the university's nursing faculty and students with every passing year.

"Enrollment was expected to be 250 students when the building was constructed," says Dr. Raines. "And now we're up 1,079! So we're out of space at this point."