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Accolades for Jan. 23, 2012

Arizumi Elected to NASILP Board of Directors

Dr. Koji Arizumi

Dr. Koji Arizumi, an instructor of Japanese and Japanese literature in the department of modern languages and classics and the director of the Critical Languages Center, was elected as a member of the board of trustees for the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs (NASLIP).

NASLIP is North America’s only professional organization specifically devoted to fostering study of less commonly taught languages through self-instructional principles. UA’s Critical Languages Center is affiliated with the organization.

Arizumi has a bachelor’s degree in applied physics from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan; and a doctoral degree in music from The University of Alabama. He has been teaching Japanese for almost 20 years in the classroom and also for several years via live satellite TV broadcast while researching the educational use of technology.


Six Students Awarded Scholarships to Serve Abroad

The UA Division of Student Affairs has awarded six students with scholarships to participate in service abroad from March 10–17 in Guatemala as part of the Community Service Center’s Alternative Break program.

Froy Batsielilit of Gabon, Africa; Lisa Bochey, Carson Economy and Nicole Nealon, all of Tuscaloosa; Nicholas Kelly of Phenix City; and Kristen Pugh of Muscle Shoals will be traveling to Guatemala during the University’s spring break to participate in construction projects and mentoring local children. The students have committed their time off to a week of immersion in service.

Scholarships were awarded through the Student Affairs UA Away initiative that supports unique learning opportunities for students to study, serve or work away, and it covers all expenses related to performing the community service.

The Community Service Center’s Alternative Break is just one program that seeks to involve college students in community-based service projects.

Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost Dr. Mark Nelson, who helped establish the UA Away scholarship fund, explains the importance of the scholarships, “Maximizing student learning means we must encourage our students to become global citizens. The UA Away scholarship initiative supports students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to benefit from the unique educational opportunity that only comes from travel abroad.”

Other upcoming Alternative Breaks include a domestic Alternative Spring Break trip to Baldwin County working with Habitat for Humanity and an Alternative May Interim Break trip to the Dominican Republic focusing on medical outreach and mentoring.

Dance Professor Selected MTEA Representative

Stacy Alley

Stacy Alley, assistant professor of musical theatre/dance, recently attended the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance (MTEA) Conference in New York City. While there she was elected as the Southeastern Representative for the international organization.

At the conference Alley moderated a round-table discussion with musical theatre dance faculty members from across the country.

In September, she had the privilege of attending MTEA’s International Conference in Gothenberg, Sweden where she taught a musical theatre dance workshop to students from the Gothenburg Ballet Academy and the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg.

Alley received her MFA from The University of Alabama and her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California.


Engineering Professor Receives Grant for Eco-Friendly Construction Materials

Concrete is the most common construction material used globally, accounting for 70 percent of all construction materials, but it has major disadvantages when considering sustainability.

Dr. Jialai Wang

Dr. Jialai Wang, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, is working on a solution to concrete’s environmental problems by finding an alternative to cement use.

Wang received a $450,000 collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an inexpensive and eco-friendly construction material with fly ash, a waste product from burning coal. While the material is like cement, it eliminates many environmental issues of cement use.

Wang’s three-year study is focused on perfecting fly-ash materials and developing methods for large-scale production. Fly-ash materials tend to be strong with compression, but brittle with tension. To combat this issue, Wang is experimenting with adding carbon nanotubes to the fly ash.

Wang has partnered with Dr. Shanlin Pan, UA assistant professor of chemistry, and Dr. Xingyu Zhang, an assistant professor of fiber and textile engineering at Auburn University. Several undergraduate and graduate students are also working with the researchers.

The goal of this study is to garner information valuable for further studies in eco-friendly and durable materials. Such materials would have significant social, economic and environmental benefits for the construction industry.

Distinguished Psychiatry Fellows Named

Dr. Thaddeus P. Ulzen

Dr. Thaddeus P. Ulzen, professor and department chair of psychiatry and interim dean of the College of Community Health Sciences, and Dr. Lloyda B. Williamson, assistant professor of psychiatry, were named as Distinguished Fellows by the American Psychiatric Association. They both work with Tuscaloosa area patients through the Betty Shirley Clinic at University Medical Center.

Dr. Lloyda Broomes Williamson

In addition Dr. Lori Lynn Davis, affiliate professor in psychiatry and chief of research and development at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center was also named a  Distinguished Fellow.

Distinguished Fellow is an honorary designation recognizing physicians for dedication to the profession of psychiatry. It is the highest membership honor the APA bestows. Distinguished Fellow is awarded to outstanding psychiatrists who have made significant contributions to the psychiatric profession.

The doctors will receive the distinction in May in Philadelphia, Penn.