Prominent literary theorist and New York Times columnist Stanley Fish to lecture at UAH


American literary theorist, legal scholar, author, and distinguished professor, Stanley E. Fish will give two public talks at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) next month.

Fish's visit to campus on Friday, April 11, is sponsored by the UAH Humanities Center, and co-sponsored by the UAH Department of Communication Arts. The talks are free and open to the public.

"Dr. Fish is the most important scholar in the humanities we’ve ever hosted at UAH. His work on literary interpretation and legal rhetoric is legendary. His take on the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on the Second Amendment in 2008 should be quite enlightening," said Dr. Clarke Rountree, chair and professor of Communication Arts.


UAH’s College of Liberal Arts and Downtown Huntsville Inc. light up downtown Huntsville


This past weekend, the College of Liberal Arts at UAH and Downtown Huntsville Inc. drew a crowd of thousands to the courthouse square with the first annual LIGHT + INNOVATION + TECHNOLOGY (L.I.T.), a mesmerizing projection art demonstration.

The family-friendly evening, which was free and open to the public, included music courtesy of UAH student DJ Papa Rooster, LED hula-hoop entertainers, and complimentary glowsticks. The crowd was also able to partake in food and drink - and consume beverages outdoors - from the many restaurants that comprise the city's Arts & Entertainment District.


UAH College of Business Administration to host intellectual property law seminar

Intellectual Property Law Seminar

The College of Business Administration of UAH is hosting the eleventh annual Intellectual Property Law Seminar on March 13 and 14 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. This is the first time the annual gathering has taken place outside of Washington, D.C.

"We are delighted to be here in Huntsville," says Lateef Mtima, Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law, founder of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, and organizer of the event. "Not only does this city have a long legacy of innovation, but it also lies almost equidistant from other important centers of innovation in the South, including Birmingham, Chattanooga, and Nashville, with Atlanta not much further away."

Practicing attorneys and judges from around the country will be attending the two-day seminar, which offers Continuing Legal Education credits in patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, among others; all are essential instruments for building asset value, particularly in high-technology and high-growth business enterprises.

"We are honored to host this important national event here in Huntsville," says Dr. Caron St. John, Dean of UAH's College of Business Administration, "because of all the exciting work going on in Huntsville at the intersection of government-funded innovation and the commercialization of such innovation through business entrepreneurship."


UAH’s College of Business Administration sponsors city’s first co-working space

Co-Working Space

The College of Business Administration at UAH is proud to be named exclusive presenting sponsor of the Downtown Huntsville Co-Working Space, a shared working environment managed by BizTech that will debut on Northside Square this spring.

"You look at peer cities across the country, and the ability for entrepreneurs and innovators to have a temporary space they can use is an increasingly popular choice among the creative class," says Chad Emerson, CEO of Downtown Huntsville Inc. "So this will be Huntsville's first downtown co-working space where entrepreneurs, innovators, and creative types of all kinds can sign daily, monthly, or yearly memberships."

As the exclusive presenting sponsor, UAH will receive 10 free memberships in addition to use of the space on evenings and weekends for UAH-related events. That's great news for Dr. John Whitman, visiting assistant professor of entrepreneurship and leadership at the College of Business Administration and interim director of the Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship Lab (ICE Lab). He's already got big plans for the space.



UAH College of Nursing hosts 29th Annual Let's Pretend Hospital


"Life is Sweet," adapted from the CANDY LAND board game is the 2014 theme for the 29th Annual Let's Pretend Hospital, sponsored by The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) College of Nursing and Huntsville Hospital.

The simulated hospital will "admit" 2,700 Madison County first graders beginning Monday, March 17 through Friday, March 21, from 8:30 a.m., to 2 p.m., in the university's College of Nursing Building. UAH junior and senior nursing students will have the opportunity for hands-on-interaction with "sick" first-graders when they conduct Let's Pretend Hospital (LPH) this year. The nursing students have decorated the "pretend hospital" to look like the CANDY LAND board game.

The purpose of the role-playing project is to teach children what they can expect during a hospital visit and to minimize fear and anxiety associated with hospitalization. This project also allows UAH nursing students an opportunity to apply developmental theory in teaching children about nursing and health care.


UAH’s iSystems Club debuts new app for Android

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Though it's one of the newest student-run organizations on campus, the iSystems Club at UAH is already one of the most productive.

Over the past year, members have donated their time to helping local non-profits like the United Way of Madison County and the Huntsville Community Chorus Association redesign their websites. And now, the club is the first on campus to have its own app.

Available through the Google Play store for free, the iSystems Club app presents all the content of the iSystems Club website in a mobile friendly format. But more than that, it's testament to the creativity and expertise that the club's members possess.

The project actually began last semester, when the College of Business Administration's Director of Network Support and club faculty advisor, Chakri Deverapalli, learned that one of his students had the skills necessary to help the club realize its goal of developing an app.


Lilly Ledbetter, women's fair pay activist to headline ALA-WSL conference at UAH


Lilly Ledbetter's crusade for equal pay didn't start out as a public or political fight: it was strictly personal. But that soon changed after Ledbetter's legal battle for pay equity against a national tire company was eventually reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court and overturned on a technicality. That's when the Alabama native began her real battle to end pay discrimination. Ledbetter didn't stop until the legislation that bears her name, "The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act of 2009," was signed into law by President Barack Obama — his first piece of legislation after taking office.

Ledbetter will give the keynote address at the Alabama Women Student Leaders Conference (ALA-WSL pronounced "ala-whistle") at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) on Friday, April 4, at 5 p.m. The conference is organized by the AAUW-Huntsville Branch and is sponsored by the UAH Office of Diversity and the Women's Studies Program. Additional sponsors for Ledbetter's appearance include the UAH College of Business Administration, College of Engineering, and the Women's Economic Development Council.


Registration for SAIC’s 2014 Case Competition closes Friday


Team registration for the 2014 SAIC Case Competition closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. Undergraduates in any major who have a graduation date after May 2014 are eligible to participate in this annual event, and each team must comprise a minimum of three students with at least one from the College of Engineering or Science. Entry forms can be found here.

This year's theme, entitled "The Shifting Paradigm of Education in the 21st Century," challenges teams to consider what systemic changes can be made to education in America to produce the best-trained workforce possible and what role technology will play. Details of the case can be found here.


UAH offering free, massive open online course in chemical engineering

Chemical Engineering

Registration is now openfor "Chemical Engineering: Review of Enabling Sciences Through Problem Solving," a free, 9-week, online course offered by the College of Engineering at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). Those familiar with chemical engineering and those interested in learning more about the topic are encouraged to enroll.

UAH professor Dr. Krishnan Chittur, who will teach the course, says that the objective of "Chemical Engineering" is to review essential concepts from the four key enabling sciences that impact chemical engineering education: chemistry, mathematics, physics, and biology.

"By introducing problems that chemical engineers are asked to solve and exploring the reasons why the enabling sciences are required to solve them," he says, "participants will gain a better understanding of the underlying disciplines supporting the work in chemical engineering."



UAH one of 15 public universities to join rally at Higher Education Day

Higher Education Day

Over 150 students from UAH will join thousands of their peers in the annual Higher Education Day rally, which will kick off at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, in front of the Alabama State House in Montgomery, Ala.

"Each year funding from the federal government for higher education is cut, and those costs are then passed on to students in the form of tuition increases," says Nandish Dayal, a student in the College of Nursing and the president of UAH's Student Government Association. "So the rally allows students from Alabama's 15 public universities to gather together and present a united front in asking for increased federal funding from our elected leaders."

To facilitate the effort, the SGA provides free breakfast and transportation to and from the event, and each student receives a class excusal from the Provost's Office. "They will also get a free t-shirt and are eligible to win an iPad," says Dayal. "And the student organization with the most participants wins a trophy!"