UABriefs — Diversity tours the world

By on January 10, 2014

Diversity in the Classroom
The UAB Office for Equity and Diversity proudly presents a new video online learning series entitled “World Tour” Series 1.

This enlighting video series will introduce you to interesting information, sights, sounds, and customs from around the globe – all from the comfort of your office or home. Get familiar with famous places, popular foods, and festivals around the world. Improve your general knowledge of conuntries and appreciate the beauty and differences in cultures. You might feel like a well-traveled person after completing the series.

We invite you to explore countries in Series 1: China, India, United States, and South Korea.

To recieve a certificate of completion for this course, you must watch all four countries. The course is available for self-enrollment via the Catalog tab in the Learning System ( Please use keywords (world tour) when searching the catalog.

Professors Speaking at Ted Talk
The university will have a significant presence in the TEDx Birmingham event slated for Saturday, March 1, 2014. The event, which features live talks in the spirit of the TED experience, is themed “Rediscover the Magic of Birmingham” and will take place at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South.

Sarah Parcak, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, is the co-organizer. She gave a TED talk on her archaeological work as a main stage presenter during the prestigious international conference last year. She was also recently named among the 2014 class of TED Senior Fellows.

The UAB faculty members slated to give talks at the Birmingham event include: Michele Forman, filmmaker and director of Media Studies; Andrew Keitt, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of History; Tim Townes, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics; and Gary Warner, director of research in computer forensics in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and co-founder of Malcovery Security.

Theresa Bruno, chair of the corporate board of UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center and a leader in global and local efforts pertaining to poverty and arts outreach, will also give a talk.

Two Students in Clinton Global Initiative
Two UAB freshmen, Economics major Sudhanshu Kaushik and Biomedical Engineering major Forrest Satterfield, were chosen to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University meeting at Arizona State University in March. CGI U was launched by President Bill Clinton in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.

Each year, CGI U brings together 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to address challenges with practical, innovative solutions.

The two students were chosen in the early decision round. UAB students can still apply to CGI U through the final deadline of Friday, Jan. 17

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