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  • Cranes across campus illustrate continued UAB expansion, 2002

    UAB campus continues to expand, 2002
    March 2024 Image of the Month

    Cranes across campus illustrate continued UAB expansion in 2002.

    A crane on 20th Street (left center) marks the construction of the medical school's Faculty Office Tower, which was built on top of the existing parking deck located between 5th and 6th Avenues.  The building was completed in 2003 and in 2023 was renamed as the Lyons Harrison Faculty Office Tower.  Two other cranes (right background) mark the construction of the North Pavilion addition to the University Hospital complex.  The 11-story North Pavilion was completed in 2004 as the largest building ever constructed at UAB.  The multi-story white building (lower center) was the Parliament House Hotel, a landmark on Birmingham's Southside neighborhood for decades.  The Parliament House was opened in 1963 and was demolished by UAB in 2008 for continued campus expansion.

    Image ID: P17.1.28, #0123

  • Welcoming Students Back to the UAB Campus, 2007

    President's Ice Cream Social, 2007
    August 2023 Image of the Month

    To welcome UAB students back to campus for the new school year,President Carol Z. Garrison (left foreground) hosted an ice cream social at the Commons on the Green on August 21, 2007.  Attendees received ice cream, beverages, and a UAB tee-shirt.  Dr. Garrison served as UAB president from 2002 until 2012.  She was the second UAB president to have graduated from the university, having earned a master's degree in nursing.

    Image ID: A2018-13P

  • Visiting a patient at the Birmingham Zoo, 2001

    Examining a hippopotamus at the Birmingham Zootamus at the Birmingham Zoo
    July 2023 Image of the Month

    UAB's Dr. Steven J. Filler became a volunteer dentist for the Birmingham Zoo in 1983; his first patient was a polar bear with a bad tooth.  Over the years, Filler let UAB dental students accompany him on his zoo rounds on a regular basis.  Filler worked with the zoo while serving as a member of the dental school faculty and as one of the school's assistant deans.

    Image ID: P7.3.13, #1155

  • Gurney Derby at Homecoming, 2007

    UAB Homecoming Gurney Derby, 2007
    October 2022 Image of the Month

    The Gurney Derby has been part of the UAB Homecoming Week festivities since 1994.  Four-member teams decorate and then race a hospital gurney down 13th Street South from the Mervyn H. Sterne Library to the UAB Mini Park and back.  In addition to the award for the team with the best race time, an award is presented to the team with the worst race time (the Dead Last Award).

    Image ID: A2018-06P

  • Blazer Softball begins, 2000

    UAB Women's Softball begins competition, 2000
    February 2022 Image of the Month
    UAB's new Division I softball team defeated Samford University 2-0 in its inaugural home game, held at George Ward Park on February 12, 2000.  Twenty-three student-athletes comprised the new team which was coached by UAB alumna Marla Townsend.  UAB President W. Ann Reynolds threw out the first pitch and several hundred fans turned out to watch the Blazer’s newest NCAA-level team.

    Image ID: A2004-03P

  • UAB outdoor sculpture, circa 2000

    UAB outdoor sculpture, circa 2000
    June 2021 Image of the Month
    Installed in front of UAB's Bell Theatre, Central Axis, a cast iron, concrete, and steel piece by artist Harold "Skip" Van Houten, was acquired for the university's permanent collection as part of the 1996-1997 Samuel B. Barker Outdoor Sculpture Competition.  The competition was named in honor of arts patron and benefactor Dr. Samuel B. Barker, inaugural dean of the UAB Graduate School and a member of the university faculty for more than thirty years.  Dr. Barker, who acquired many art works for UAB, thought that a university should place art where students would experience it on a regular basis.

    Image ID:P7.3.13

  • Women’s Synchronized Swimming team, circa 2000

    UAB Women’s Synchronized Swimming team, circa 2000
    November 2020 Image of the Month
    In 1999 UAB became one of just a handful of academic institutions to sponsor an intercollegiate synchronized swimming team, and the new team debuted in an exhibition at the aquatic center in the Bell Gymon November 18, 1999.  In 2002 the Blazers finished third in the Collegiate Nationals competition – the team’s highest national ranking.  In 2008 UAB administration announced that the team would be eliminated at the end of the 2009 academic year.

    Image ID: A2007-11P

  • UAB Blazers celebrate victory over the LSU Tigers, 2000

    UAB defeats LSU on homecoming 2000
    September 2020 Image of the Month

    On September 23, 2000, the UAB Blazers shocked the LSU Tigers by defeating the Tigers 13-10 in their homecoming game in Baton Rouge.  The Blazers, who never trailed during the game, won on a last-second field goal by Rhett Gallego; it was UAB’s first ever win over a team from the Southeastern Conference (SEC).  The Blazers ended the 2000 season with an overall record of 7-4.

    The UAB Blazers began this unprecedented 2020 football season on Thursday, September 3, as one of the nation’s first two FBS games.  UAB defeated Central Arkansas 45-35 in a game at Legion Field before 12,000 fans.  Go Blazers!!

    Image ID: A2018-06P

  • UAB Campus Recreation Center opens, May 2005

    UAB Campus Recreation Center opens, 2005
    May 2020 Image of the Month
    President Carol Z. Garrison (left) guides visitors through the university's new Campus Recreation Center as it opened to the UAB community on May 1, 2005.  A formal opening ceremony was held later in the summer.  The Campus Recreation Center houses an indoor pool, climbing wall, indoor track, court space, and a fitness center and anchors the northeastern corner of the UAB Campus Green.

    Image ID: A2018-13P

  • Groundbreaking ceremony for UAB's next advance in health care, July 14, 2000

    Groundbreaking ceremony for UAB's next advance in health care, July 14, 2000
    July 2019 Image of the Month
    Breaking ground for the North Pavilion, a major expansion for University Hospital, were numerous university and system officials including (front row, second from left) Dr. W. Ann Reynolds, UAB president, and (front row, second from right) Dr. Thomas C. Meredith, chancellor of the three-campus University of Alabama System.  The 11-story North Pavilion, which occupies almost an entire city block, was completed in 2004.  The facility's emergency department is the size of a football field.

    Image ID: A2018-13P

  • Students on the UAB campus, 2000

    Students on the UAB campus
    August 2018 Image of the Month

    Students enjoy a class outside on a summer afternoon, 2000.  Total enrollment at UAB in 2000 was 15,921 with 10,331 undergraduate students.  As of the fall of 2017, total enrollment at UAB was 20.902 students, a record high for the university, with a 6.18 percent increase in undergraduate students, 10.51 percent increase in graduate students, and 4.36 percent increase in doctoral and professional students.  The incoming freshman class of 2017 was also a record high of 2,299.

    Image ID: P7.3.13

  • Hugh Kaul Human Genetics Building, 2001

    Hugh Kaul Human Genetics Building, 2001
    May 2018 Image of the Month

    The Kaul Human Genetics Building was constructed on the site of UAB's Tidwell Hall and it was dedicated on May 21, 2001.  The new eight-story Kaul Building was home to the genetics department as well as the new Howell and Elizabeth Ann Heflin Center for Human Genetics and the Finley Conference Center.  The Finley Conference Center was named in honor of Drs. Wayne H. and Sara C. Finley, long-time UAB faculty who established the first genetics laboratory in the Southeastern United States.

    Image ID:  P7.3.13

  • The dedication of the new SHRP building, April 24, 2002

    A man addresses a crowd at the new School of Health Professions building
    April 2016 Image of the Month

    Dean Harold P. Jones speaks to those assembled, including UAB President W. Ann Reynolds, for the dedication of the first campus facility — visible in the background — constructed solely for the School of Health Related Professions (SHRP). In April of 2006 the school was renamed as the School of Health Professions (SHP), and in 2013 a two-story addition was completed on the school's building.

    Image ID: P23.2

  • UAB's Olympian Vonetta Flowers in Bartow Arena, February 27, 2002

    Vionetta Flowers smiles as she signs autographs
    February 2010 Image of the Month

    Earlier in the month at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, Flowers and team-mate Jill Bakken won the inaugural Women's Bobsled event.  Upon return to Birmingham, a public celebration was held in Bartow Arena for Flowers, an assistant coach of the UAB track team and an alumna of the university.

    Image ID: P7.3.13, #1232

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Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences

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801 Building

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Birmingham, AL

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J. Ellis Sparks Medical Library

301 Governors Drive SE - 3rd Floor
Huntsville, AL 35801

(256) 551-4405

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