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UAH students co-author book showcasing Huntsville’s public history

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It's common, if not required, to be a published author as a college professor. But as a student, it's a rare accomplishment. And yet two undergraduates at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) can make that claim: Charity Ethridge and Michelle Hopkins.

The students, along with UAH history professor Dr. John Kvach and UAH alumna Susanna Leberman, are coauthors of Images of America: Huntsville. Published by Arcadia, the book is a pictorial history of the city dating back to the early 1800s.

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UAH student interns at Lockheed Martin, receives highest honor

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Brent DeSilva, a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering at UAH, recently received Lockheed Martin's top award for his end-of-assignment presentation as an intern with the company's Huntsville office this summer.

"The purpose of the presentation was to show what I learned and how it's going to benefit me through my academic and career," says DeSilva, who was assigned to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) program.

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Anderson is first to finish UAH Earth System Science graduate program

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Eric Anderson was a research scientist in Central America studying natural disasters (and how to reduce their impacts) when he was introduced to UAH.

UAH's Atmospheric Science Department was working with Anderson's employer - a research and education center in Panama - to set up a summer study abroad program for students, so he had a chance to meet and work with several members of UAH's atmospheric science faculty.

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Engineering student takes different path toward marketability

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Taylor Presley thought he spoke pretty good French. After all, the junior at UAH had been taking it since high school. But when he stepped off the plane in Paris this past June for a summer semester abroad, he found out otherwise.

"I was way worse than I thought when I got there!" says the Nashville, Tenn., native. "I hadn't spoken nearly enough to be confident." And while the adults were usually very helpful as he struggled to speak their language, the kids were another story all together.

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UAH biology student receives third annual Gopi Podila Memorial Scholarship

Caitlin Lynch, UAH senior, is the 2013 recipient of the Gopi Podila Memorial Scholarship sponsored by PBR.

At a reception and check presentation held at the Shelby Center yesterday afternoon, the third annual Gopi Podila Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Caitlin Lynch, a senior majoring in biology at UAH.

Named for the late Dr. Gopi Podila, the $1000 scholarship is sponsored by the Partnership for Biotechnology Research (PBR), of which Dr. Podila was a founding member. It is awarded annually to an undergraduate student in the biological sciences who meets the scholarship's three criteria: academic performance, service to the department, and a demonstrated interest in biological research.

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New UAH Music Department faculty to perform for Huntsville community

Dr. Aaron Cain, Billy Orton, and Dr. David Ragsdale (l-r), with Dr. Melody Ng (seated), will perform on Sept. 19 at the First Baptist Church.

The Department of Music at UAH is pleased to announce the first public performance in Huntsville of new faculty members Dr. Melody Ng and Dr. Aaron Cain. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, 600 Governors Drive.

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UAH Alumni Association names Alumni of Achievement Honorees

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UAH Alumni Association named the four honorees of the 2013 Alumni of Achievement Awards during the Alumni Association's annual meeting on Thursday, August 22. The Alumni of Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by the UAH Alumni Association. Each of the recipients have distinguished themselves through personal and professional accomplishments and exemplify high standards of UAH. The four honorees were: Ray Cronise (BS Chemistry '88); Chanda Davis(BS Biological Sciences '97); Patricia McCay (BSBA Marketing '81); and Phil Williams (BA Foreign Language and International Trade '83).

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UAH professor survives earthquake, seeks to make structures safer

Dr. Ying-Cheng Lin, an Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering in UAH’s College of Engineering, studies the behavior, seismic performance-based design, and reliability of steel structures.

When Dr. Ying-Cheng Lin was an undergraduate majoring structural engineering in Taiwan, he knew that his studies would one day help him land a good job. But he never realized they would also save his life. "In the 1999, a very big earthquake hit Taiwan," says Dr. Lin, an Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering at UAH. At the moment of impact, Lin was home with his girlfriend - now wife - and their dog.

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UAH professor examines Violence Against Women in the Americas

Dr. Anne Marie Choup, UAH associate professor of Political Science, at the Commission for Women of the Organization of American States Biennial Delegates’ Assembly last October.

The United States, which often presents itself as a political model for newer democracies in the Americas, cannot make the same claims when it comes to preventing gender based violence, according to UAH political science professor, Dr. Anne Marie Choup. "The United States is actually behind in terms of legislation on Gender-Based Violence, and participation in international agreements on the subject," Choup noted. "For instance, we have not signed onto the 1994 Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence Against Women - all other countries in the Western Hemisphere have signed on, except for Canada and Cuba. This is a shame, because our rule of law - our strong judicial system and security services - could implement a lot of the measures that the Convention calls for really well. But the political will is lacking. In this comparative context, we as inpiduals have much to learn from other countries," she explained.

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UAH Salsa Club brings dance, cultural awareness to community

Members of the UAH Salsa Club who performed at the Las Vegas Salsa Congress.

Much of the appeal of student-run organizations at UAH is that they bring together students with similar interests. But that doesn't mean the students themselves are similar, says Erick Ordoñez, who has been teaching the members of the UAH Salsa Club for the last couple of years.

"On our salsa team we've got head-bangers, swing dancers, jocks, and nerds. I have someone who doesn't even dance because we don't have enough ladies to partner with him, so he's an alternate!" he says. "But we just come together, and for those hours, we practice. It's a family."

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