- Published January 13, 2014
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You've probably seen Charger Blue at the games, cheering on the crowd and inspiring the home team. Or walking around campus, spreading school spirit and giving out high-fives. But have you ever wondered about the person behind that giant blue horse head? Just who is the mascot for UAH?
Generally, says Nikki Goode, director of Student Activities at UAH, Charger Blue is an upperclassman who is selected for his or her infectious enthusiasm - and willingness to take on such a, well, furry mantle. But while there is typically an audition process during cheerleading tryouts each April, that wasn't the case for former Charger Blue Zak Bandy.
"I was the only candidate!" Bandy says of his one-year stint. Nor did he have any experience beyond a high school career spent "decked out in face paint and cheering my team on to win." But that was enough to land him the gig he calls "nothing less than a positive experience."
- Published January 10, 2014
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When Soufrière Hills volcano erupted in August of 1995, it was a major event that rendered half of the island of Montserrat unlivable. But for then 19-year-old University of Montevallo student Julie Falkner, its significance didn't register until nearly 20 years later.
That's when Falkner, now a sixth-grade science teacher at Simmons Middle School in Hoover, Ala., learned from a colleague that she was eligible to apply for a travel grant from the Success Through Academic Research (STAR) project.
"I've always wanted to visit a place that had at least one area that we study in our curriculum, but with limited money, it just wasn't feasible," says Falkner. "So when I heard about the STAR grant, I was ecstatic."
- Published January 03, 2014
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Growing up in Iowa, Dr. Eric Mendenhall says biology always "came really easily" to him. But other than becoming a doctor, which he wasn't interested in, he didn't know what to do with a degree in the field. That is, until he landed a job at a human genome lab as an undergraduate.
"I was just looking to see if research would interest me," he says. "But to see people analyze blood samples from patients with birth defects and figure out what genetic mutations they had - that seemed very proactive."
So Dr. Mendenhall became, in his words, a "lab rat." And once he completed his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa, he decided to continue on, earning a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Minnesota.
- Published December 19, 2013
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It may seem like the government has never been less effective and less able to cooperate for the greater good of the people. But a new book by Dr. John F. Kvach shows that the political gridlock currently plaguing the nation has done so since its earliest days.
De Bow's Review: The Antebellum Vision of a New South - set during a time when the country was even more divided - reopens the debate on sectionalism and secession in the years leading up to the Civil War. But it does so through the eyes of one of the South's most controversial figures: journal editor and fire-eater James Dunwoody Brownson (J. D. B.) DeBow.
"I argue that De Bow was the most influential editor in the Antebellum South," says Dr. Kvach, professor of history at The University of Alabama in Huntsville and co-author of Images of America: Huntsville. "As early as the 1840s, he uses his journal to tell Southerners that they need to embrace commerce and industry."
- Published December 11, 2013
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In his recent receipt of the National Role Model Faculty Mentor Award from Minority Access Inc., Dr. Emanuel Waddell sees a steady line of continuity and responsibility that spans high and low points in the campus history of The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). "Wilson Hall here on campus is named after Dr. Harold Wilson, who is deceased and was the dean of the College of Science," said Dr. Waddell, an associate professor of chemistry. "He mentored Dr. Adriel Johnson, and Adriel mentored me." Dr. Johnson, whose minority outreach efforts were well-known and prodigious, was one of three faculty members who lost their lives in a 2010 campus shooting.
- Published December 10, 2013
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Robby Renz enjoys the rush of a challenge. UAH senior mechanical engineering student has "always enjoyed building things and taking things apart," from Legos as a youngster to cars and electronic devices as a teenager.
It wasn't only the dismantling and the reassembling of things that excited Renz - the why of how something worked sparked his imagination much more. "I have always enjoyed inventing products as well. I was originally interested in being an architect, which prompted me to do drafting in high school and college. I was not attracted to the low statistics of just being able to design modern type houses. This led me to a drafting job with a mechanical engineering consultant group in Huntsville. I immediately knew from the experience at that job, that this was what I wanted to do," Renz said.
- Published December 04, 2013
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Ross Compher knows a thing or two about serving. The Huntsville native previously served in the U.S. Army, complete with a tour of duty in Iraq. And he continues to serve today as part of the Army National Guard. "It's my duty and my privilege," he says.
But that's not all. Since becoming a senior at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), Compher has served as president of UAH's Veterans Network, a student-run organization that assists and advocates for the university's student veterans and their dependents. "We reach out to veterans as well as educate students and faculty about what it's like to serve," he says.
Compher is actually one of the group's original founders, having experienced for himself the challenges of being a student veteran. "By the time I got to UAH, all of my friends had already graduated," he says, "so that made the transition to campus life a little more difficult."
But he soon realized he wasn't alone; UAH has around 700 veteran students, a much higher percentage than most other schools thanks to the proximity of Redstone Arsenal. So to meet the needs of this special demographic, the Veterans Network holds bi-monthly meetings and provides career development assistance.
- Published November 28, 2013
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A clear idea for a better future is how Tiffany Webb ('13 B.S. Earth System Science), a recent graduate of UAH, and social entrepreneur describes her educational interests and personal motivation to change environmental issues.
A native of Birmingham, Webb witnessed the extreme pollution caused by the old iron and steel smoke stacks now at a standstill in the city. "You can still see them (smoke stacks) from the interstate," she said. "I never realized the extent of the pollution until I moved away, but the area remains effected, particularly with soil and air contamination in the northern part of Birmingham."
A graduate of Locust Fork High School, Webb heard about UAH from one of her "more influential high school teachers." With her heart and mind set on a career in engineering at UAH, Webb left the small town of Locust Fork, Ala., right after graduation.
- Published November 27, 2013
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If you ask Taylor Bono what she wants to accomplish in life, she will tentatively respond that she hopes to become a surgeon - possibly even a neurosurgeon. But the junior biology major at UAH knows that it's a calling that comes with high demands.
Great surgeons, after all, have to possess a lot of the same characteristics that great leaders do. In the tense milieu of the operating room, they have to be confident and capable of making time-sensitive and often unilateral decisions for their patients.
- Published November 26, 2013
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A new book in the American Chemical Society (ACS) series entitled "Tailored Polymer Architectures for Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Applications" has been co-edited by UAH chemistry professor Dr. Carmen Scholz.
The book is the fifth ACS book Dr. Scholz has edited. It contains chapters contributed by top researchers in the biomedical polymer field, including Dr. Holger Frey, professor at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz; Dr. Kathyrn Uhich, dean of mathematical and physical sciences and professor of chemistry, Rutgers; Dr. Harm Anton Klok, professor of materials and chemical sciences, ETH Lausanne; Dr. Kazunori Kataoka, professor of chemistry, The University of Tokyo; Dr. Buddy Ratner, Michael L. & Myrna Darland endowed chair and professor of bioengineering and chemical engineering, University of Washington; and 14 others.