UAH launches new tool to simplify accrediting and reporting


The Office of Academic Affairs at UAH is excited to announce the implementation of "Digital Measures Activity Insight," a new online tool designed to organize and report on teaching, research, and service activities.

According to Academic Affairs, curating information for accreditation and reporting purposes in the past has been a more manual, labor-intensive process. But given that Activity Insight is a fully customizable product, the process will now be simpler for everyone.

The software, which is compatible with Banner, was already tested in a small-scale rollout that allowed Academic Affairs to make changes based on feedback about problems encountered. It is now being implemented campus-wide.


UAH’s ICE Lab to co-host informational workshop for new food entrepreneurs

Starting Up a Food Business

The Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Lab of the College of Business Administration at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and Rosita's Farm are pleased to announce a workshop targeting new food entrepreneurs on Tuesday, March 4, in downtown Huntsville. "Starting Up a Food Business" will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the second floor of Amendment XXI, 123 Northside Square. Admission is $20 for adults; children are free.

Two food startup professionals from the Shoals Culinary Center, Executive Director Giles McDaniel and chef Kevin Kilburn, will give the feature presentation, including tips to help new food businesses get off the ground, understand regulations for production and packaging, and market themselves.

Karen Wynne, the workshop's organizer, says she was inspired by her own need for information as a food business entrepreneur. "My husband makes a mean chimichurri and we sell it at the farmers market," she explains, "but I'd like to know what's involved in processing and packaging it for a larger market."


UAH’s College of Liberal Arts teams with Downtown Huntsville Inc. for LIT

LIT Art Demo

Attention, Rocket City residents! The College of Liberal Arts at UAH and Downtown Huntsville Inc. is pleased to present LIGHT + INNOVATION + TECHNOLOGY (LIT), a mesmerizing projection art demonstration that will take place on Saturday, March 8, from 7 – 11 p.m. on the Courthouse Square.

"LIT is the integration of art and modern technology, blending music with timed visuals," says Aaron Sexton, Director of Video Productions for the College of Liberal Arts and a UAH alumnus. "In this case, we'll be using two 10,000-lumen projectors to project animated visuals from the top of the Courthouse onto the eight-story building."

The evening, which is free and open to the public, will also include an LED light display on the old State Bank of Alabama building, music courtesy of UAH student DJ Papa Rooster, LED hula-hoop entertainers, and complimentary glowsticks to the first 200 guests. And beginning at 7 p.m., the city's Arts & Entertainment District will be in full swing, with attendees able to purchase adult beverages from local venders and mingle throughout the festivities.



2014 Hope Campaign kicks off with "Capturing Hope"

Hope Campaign

This year's Hope Campaign at UAH has officially kicked off! Sponsored by the Counseling Center, the campaign seeks to educate students on suicide prevention measures and provide messages of hope, health, and wellness to the campus community.

"This is actually year two that we have received the Garrett Lee Smith Foundation Suicide Prevention Grant, which is funded by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association," says Kelly Cothran, a counselor at the center. "And our first event of this year was Capturing Hope, which was held on campus last week."

Capturing Hope invited students, staff, and faculty to stop by the Charger Union lobby to have their photograph taken while holding a blank sign. Participants were then asked to select or write their own positive messages of hope, which were added to the signs in postproduction.


UAH's College of Business Administration presents forum on climate change featuring noted scientists Kerry Emanuel and John Christy

Climate Change

"A Conversation on Climate Change," will be presented on  Monday, March 3, by UAH College of Business Administration's Distinguished Lecture Series.

Well-known economist Russ Roberts of Stanford University's Hoover Institute, and host of EconTalk will moderate a conversation between climate scientists Dr. Kerry Emanuel of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Dr. John Christy, of UAH. The lecture will be presented at 5:30 p.m., in the Chan Auditorium of the College of Business Administration Building. A reception will immediately follow the forum. This event is free and open to the public. To confirm your attendance, please RSVP at:

Where do scientists agree and disagree on climate change? What evidence might bridge the gaps of disagreement? How can the average citizen navigate complex issues of science, economic impact, and public policy? Professors Emanuel and Christy will examine and discuss these and other climate change questions during the forum.


UAH’s ICE Lab to co-host workshop on building the city’s electric-vehicle-charging infrastructure

Nexcus Energy Center

The Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Lab of the College of Business Administration of UAH and Nexus Energy Center are pleased to announce a workshop open to the public to launch a dialogue on how to engage the community in building the electric-vehicle-charging infrastructure in Huntsville. This public forum will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, at Nexus Energy Center, 6767 Old Madison Pike NW. Admission is free to all Nexus Energy Center members; otherwise, admission is $10 for adults (includes one friend) and free for children.

UAH's Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership, Dr. John R. Whitman, will open the discussion by presenting a successful case study of how sustainable products and services can enter the market both through supply- and demand-side innovations.


UAH alumnus Thomas Spain to give Honors College lecture on improving healthcare

Dr. Thomas Spain

The opportunity to "learn under" nationally recognized faculty and participate in leading edge research at UAH spiked Thomas K. Spain's ('06 BS Physics) curiosity and his drive to think outside the box.
 The UAH alumnus returns to the university on Thursday, Feb. 13, as a guest lecturer for Honors College. Spain's lecture "All Hands on Deck: The Healthcare Ship is Sinking and We Need You on the Team," will be presented at 11:10 a.m., in the Shelby Center for Science and Technology room 107. The talk is free and open to the public.

He earned his doctor of medicine degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he is completing combined residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics.

Spain grew up in Huntsville and has been familiar with UAH since he was young boy. Both of his parents attended the university, and his dad, Dr. Thomas "Kenny" Spain worked here for 25 years, as a senior research associate. During his tenure at UAH, Kenny Spain conducted research on various energy programs at the Alabama Solar Energy Center, Johnson Research Center, and the Earth System Science Center.


HPE offering new credit certificate in Sports Coaching and Athletic Performance

Health and Physical Education

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

Charger Village

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."