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Accolades for Nov. 19, 2012

Accounting Program Jumps in Rankings

The Culverhouse School of Accountancy’s undergraduate program is ranked No. 18 in Public Accounting Report’s 2012 Annual Professors Survey.

The program was ranked No. 20 last year.

This is the 31st ranking of the nation’s university accounting programs. Public Accounting Report is a monthly newsletter covering competitive intelligence and the business side of the public accounting profession.

Among its features are the PAR Top 100, an annual ranking of the 100 largest accounting firms in the United States, and the PAR Professors Survey, an annual ranking of the best accounting programs in the United States based on the opinions of accounting professors at American universities.

“This is a testament to the hard work of our faculty and staff and the quality of our students who consistently earn positions at the nation’s most prestigious accounting firms,” said Dr. Mary Stone, head of the school.

The school’s master’s programs are ranked 18th (24th last year) and the doctoral program is ranked 22nd (not ranked last year).

“These rankings are important to our students, their parents and the professionals who support our programs,” said Dr. J. Michael Hardin, dean of the Culverhouse
College of Commerce. “My hat is off to Dr. Stone and the faculty and staff of the accounting program.”


Research Compliance Recognized with Sam S. May Award

Janelle Graham (left) and Ed Shirley (right)

Two staff members from the UA Office of Research Compliance were honored as recipients of the Sam S. May Commitment to Service Award at the fall faculty/staff meeting.

Janelle Graham and Ed Shirley, research compliance specialists, were recognized for demonstrating exceptional service, exceeding the requirements of the job, and giving tirelessly to  both students and faculty alike.

One of the key areas of responsibility for the Office of Research Compliance is oversight of the human subject research program. By identifying common errors in research projects submitted for review by the Institutional Review Board, it was determined that additional training would help researchers, and would result in a reduction in time required to get research projects approved.

Carpantato (Tanta) Myles, director and research compliance officer for the Office of Research Compliance said that Graham and Shirley enthusiastically volunteered to take on the responsibility of designing a course, developing the training material, and delivering the training twice a month.

“To say that Janelle and Ed exceed participant expectations when conducting the “How to Submit a Human Subjects Protocol” course would be an understatement. Course reviews show high ratings exceeding 96 percent, and provide excellent comments from participants,” said Myles.

“Their desire to assist researchers with submitting better applications, and to minimize the stress some individuals feel when attempting to meet the University accreditation and federal requirements for human subject research is evident. Their service far exceeds the requirement of the job and they always work with enthusiasm.”

The award, created in memory of Sam S. May, a staff member in the chemistry department who learned from professors on his lunch hours and then tutored generations of struggling students, is given annually to recognize units providing exceptional service to customers through commitment, innovation, creativity and continuous improvement in customer relations.


Faculty/Staff Notes

Bryan K. Fair

Bryan K. Fair, law, published “Change-Agents: Beating Back the Dark Caste of the Law,” 3 Faulkner Law Review 215-228 (2012).

Dr. James P. Hubner

Dr. James P. Hubner, aerospace engineering and mechanics, was named 2013 recipient of the Felix Zandman Award for exceptional contributions in the development of measurements and applications with the help of photoelastic coatings. Hubner is the first College of Engineering faculty member to win this award since Samuel C. Gambrell Jr., professor emeritus of engineering mechanics, was honored in 1997. The Zandman Award was established in 1989 by the Society of Experimental Mechanics, or SEM, an international network of scientists and engineers founded in 1943, in honor of Dr. Felix Zandman for his work with photoelastic coatings.


5 Questions: Tammy Holloway

Tammy Holloway

Tammy Holloway is assistant director for business operations at the Center for Public Television and Radio. 

Do you love, hate or endure holiday shopping?   Love the season, hate the commercialization and endure the prices!

In a survival situation, would you be calming others or needing someone to calm you?   Calming to others, I’m a doomsday prepper!

Who is your favorite movie director?   One of my favorites – Tim Burton. I’m dating myself, but he had me at “Beetlejuice.”

What are three things you think everyone should know how to do?   1) Listen. Hearing and listening are two different things. 2) Spell team.  There is no “I” in the word team. 3) Be happy. You are responsible for your own happiness.

How do you rate your cooking ability?   Since breast cancer has affected my immediate family this year, I have been on a mission to learn better of ways of cooking with fresh ingredients. It has been fun, challenging and rewarding! Number rating – 7.


Nominate a Rural Health Hero

The University of Alabama Institute for Rural Health Research is seeking nominations for its 2013 Rural Health Heroes Awards.The awards will honor rural health-care providers and others who assist in reducing or preventing obesity and promoting wellness.

Winners will be honored at the 14th Annual Rural Health Conference, which will be Feb. 20, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ferguson Center. The institute is accepting nominations in the following three categories: rural community members or organizations, health-care providers or government officials and agencies; students enrolled in Alabama colleges and universities, including undergraduate, graduate, medical students and residents; and faculty and staff of Alabama colleges and universities.

For more information about the awards or to nominate an individual or organization, contact Barbara Wright at or 348-0025. Deadline to receive nominations is Jan. 11, 2013.