UA to Celebrate Research, Creative Activity by UA Faculty

  • April 10th, 2019

Members of The University of Alabama faculty will be honored for their research and creative contributions at the upcoming Faculty Research Day.

As part of the celebration, eight members of the faculty will be recognized as recipients of the President’s Faculty Research Award during a ceremony at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, in the Bryant Conference Center on the UA campus.

Sponsored by the offices of the President and Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the award goes to outstanding faculty researchers from across UA’s colleges and schools.

The winners come from each of three groupings: physical and biological sciences, mathematics and engineering; social and behavioral sciences; and arts and humanities. In each grouping, nominations were solicited for a senior, mid-career and emerging scholar to be honored.

“It is important to recognize the vital research and creative contributions our faculty make to expand our knowledge, to enrich the lives of others and to enhance the educational experiences of our students,” said Dr. Russell J. Mumper, UA vice president for Research and Economic Development.

Faculty Research Day highlights and celebrates excellence in research, creativity and scholarship by bringing together faculty from across campus. The event is also intended to increase awareness and generate enthusiasm for scholarship among faculty as the University advances its research enterprise and its impact.

In addition to remarks by UA President Stuart R. Bell and Mumper, National Academy of Inventors inductees will also be recognized.

A networking opportunity begins at 4 p.m., and there will be a reception after the ceremony concludes.

The 2019 Faculty Research Award recipients are:

Emerging Scholars

Physical and Biological Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering

  • Carla Atkinson, Biological Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Sara McDaniel, Special Education and Multiple Abilities

Mid-Career Scholars

Arts and Humanities

  • Stacy Latham Alley, Theatre and Dance

Physical and Biological Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering

  • Zheng O’Neill, Mechanical Engineering

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Safiya George, Nursing

Senior Scholars

Arts and Humanities

  • Paul Houghtaling, Music

Physical and Biological Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering

  • David Dixon, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Rebecca S. Allen, Psychology

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.