Birmingham, AL, United States
Birmingham, AL, United States

Samford University is a private, coeducational university located in Homewood, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. In 1841, the university was founded as Howard College. Samford University is the 87th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford Univeristy is Alabama's top-ranked private university. The university enrolls 4,933 students from 44 states and 25 countries. Samford University has been nationally ranked for academic programs, value and affordability by Kiplinger's Personal Finance, The Princeton Review and Colleges of Distinction. Wikipedia.


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News Article | February 15, 2017
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Senior Professionals Recognized for Leadership; Brad Crawford and Doug Turner Named Principals at the Southeast-based Comprehensive Wealth Management Firm MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwired - Feb 15, 2017) - Diversified Trust, an independent comprehensive wealth management firm with over $5 billion in client assets under management, announced today the promotion of nine senior professionals: "We are pleased to recognize the promotion of nine accomplished colleagues for their dedication and commitment to our firm and our clients," said Sam Graham, CEO of Diversified Trust. "The growth of our senior staff recognizes these individuals' professional growth, advancement within the company, and unwavering commitments to our clients, and we are thrilled to reward them with well-deserved promotions." Jennifer Callaway Callaway serves as Associate Fiduciary Counsel for the firm. She works closely with the company's general counsel and senior fiduciary officer, and advises the trust and estate specialists in all of the company's offices on fiduciary administration processes and procedures. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio and a J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Tenn. She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Middle Tennessee. Brad Crawford Crawford is the Chief Operating Officer for the company's Memphis office. He is a member of the company's Wealth Strategies Team. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration, summa cum laude, from the University of Mississippi, where he was awarded the prestigious Taylor Medal, the highest academic honor bestowed upon an Ole Miss student upon graduation. He also received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and completed the New York University program in Financial Planning and holds the CFP® certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Carolyn Hicks Hicks works closely with the company's CEO and CFO and serves on the company's Business Management team. She also coordinates the company's human resources activities. Megan Mayhew Mayhew focuses on client account administration. She received a Bachelors in Business Administration from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Penn. Hadley Miller Miller provides client support to individuals, families and institutions as par to the firm's Relationship Management team. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, cum laude, from Washington & Lee University. In addition, she completed the New York University program in Financial Planning and holds the CFP® certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Jason Rich Rich serves as Senior Vice President of Information Technology and is a member of the company's Corporate Operations team. He is responsible for the management, architecture and oversight of the firm's information technology infrastructure and platforms. Rich is a veteran of the United States Navy. He received a Bachelor of Science in Management of Information Systems, summa cum laude, from American Intercontinental University. Max Rowland Rowland is a member of the Investment team at Diversified Trust. His responsibilities include financial and investment analysis, investment strategy implementation and management of client investment portfolios. Rowland received dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Business Administration from East Carolina University. He is currently a Level II CFA candidate. Lindsay Youngbauer Youngbauer focuses on portfolio management and client service for individuals. She joined Diversified Trust four years ago as an account manager in the company's Atlanta office. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Kennesaw State University, and she is currently the educational requirements for CFP® certification. Doug Turner Turner serves as the company's Director of Operations, managing the firm's Operations team and overseeing client reporting, technology administration and third-party partnership. He has more than 20 years of combined experience in the investment management and healthcare industries. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Finance from the University of Oregon. About Diversified Trust Diversified Trust is an independent comprehensive wealth management firm. Based in the Southeast, Diversified Trust is employee-owned with more than $5 billion of client assets under management. Its clients include individuals, multi-generational families, family offices, foundations, endowments and retirement plans. Diversified Trust has offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Greensboro, North Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; and Nashville, Tennessee.


News Article | November 30, 2016
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Leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org has released its list of the Best Schools with Online Nurse Practitioner Programs in the U.S. for 2016-2017. The ranking cites the top 50 colleges and universities for online nurse practitioner students based on an in-depth cost and quality comparison. Highest scores were awarded to Stony Brook University, University of Cincinnati, Ball State University, University of St. Francis and Northern Arizona University. "The U.S. Department of Labor predicts Practitioners to be among of the most in-demand nursing positions in the nation through 20214,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “Aspiring students will find the schools on our list offer the flexibility of an online education with exceptional overall quality and value compared to other nursing programs around the country.” To qualify for a spot on AffordableCollegesOnline.org’s rankings, schools to meet several minimum requirements. Each college cited is institutionally accredited and holds public or private not-for-profit standing. To maintain affordability standards, AffordableCollegesOnline.org requires schools to offer in-state tuition rates below $25,000 per year. Each qualifying school is scored based on a comparison of more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative statistics, including financial aid offerings and graduation rates by school. All eligible school scores are compared to determine the final top 50 list. For complete details on the data and methodology used to score each school and a full list of ranking colleges, visit: Top 50 Online Nurse Practitioner Programs in the Nation for 2016-2017: Ball State University Clarkson College Columbus State University Concordia University - Wisconsin Duquesne University East Tennessee State University Fitchburg State University Gardner-Webb University Georgia College and State University Graceland University - Lamoni Indiana State University Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis Indiana Wesleyan University Loyola University New Orleans Maryville University of Saint Louis McNeese State University Michigan State University New Mexico State University - Main Campus Northern Arizona University Saint Joseph's College of Maine Samford University Seton Hall University Southern Adventist University Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville Stony Brook University The University of Alabama The University of Texas Medical Branch University of Alabama in Huntsville University of Arizona University of Arkansas University of Central Florida University of Central Missouri University of Cincinnati - Main Campus University of Colorado, Colorado Springs University of Detroit Mercy University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Indianapolis University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Massachusetts - Amherst University of Memphis University of North Dakota University of Northern Colorado University of South Alabama University of Southern Indiana University of St. Francis West Virginia University Western Carolina University Western Kentucky University Winona State University Wright State University - Main Campus AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.


With an upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, Jessica L. Roberts-Becerra, RN, BSN, joins the prestigious ranks of the International Nurses Association. Jessica is a registered nurse with 12 years of experience in her field and an extensive expertise in all facets of nursing, especially critical care nursing. Jessica is currently serving patients as Assistant Nurse Manager of Surgical Oncology Nursing at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, South Carolina. Furthermore, she is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Jessica attended Samford University where she obtained her Nursing degree in 2002, and then Charleston Southern University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2004. During her tenure there, she was awarded a work study scholarship. Jessica holds several certifications, including Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Basic Life Support from the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association. Additionally, Jessica was honored the Three Performance Awards at MD Anderson. Jessica dedicates her spare time to playing the cello and running, as well as spending time with her family. Learn more about Jessica here: www.palmettohealth.org/locations-directions/hospitals/palmetto-health-richland and read her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.


News Article | February 20, 2017
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The best colleges with online programs in the state of Alabama have been ranked by The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information. Among the 19 four-year schools that made the list, Auburn University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Samford University and Judson College came in as the top five schools. Nine of the state’s two-year schools also ranked, with Wallace State Community College Hanceville, Gadsden State Community College, Bevill State Community College, Wallace Community College Selma and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College taking the top five spots. “Interest in online schools in Alabama is quickly growing,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “The schools on our list offer high-quality online options for students who not only want greater flexibility, but also the reliability of attending an accredited higher education institution.” Schools on the Best Online Schools list must meet specific base requirements to be included: each must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit. Each college was also scored based on additional criteria such as the availability of post-graduation job resources, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and financial aid opportunities. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Alabama’s Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Alabama A & M University Alabama State University Amridge University Athens State University Auburn University Auburn University at Montgomery Faulkner University Jacksonville State University Judson College Samford University Spring Hill College The University of Alabama Troy University United States Sports Academy University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama in Huntsville University of North Alabama University of South Alabama University of West Alabama Alabama’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Bevill State Community College Calhoun State Community College Gadsden State Community College Jefferson State Community College Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Northwest-Shoals Community College Snead State Community College Wallace Community College - Selma Wallace State Community College - Hanceville ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.


News Article | December 28, 2016
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Co-authors, Rahassan A. Arman and Tyran T. Laws, new book, The Round Table: A Christian’s Conversation with Marginal Beliefs Affecting the Black Church Experience, ($11.99, paperback, 978-1-49-847217-3; $5.99, e-book, 978-1-49-847219-7) is meant to equip millennials with a stronger faith. The authors’ aim is to help the younger generation of believers gain confidence, not only in the word of God, but also in their personal relationships with God as well. “This book examines and discusses six major ideologies which threaten a faithful Christian doctrine and practice. Some subtly synchronistic, others blatantly anti-Christian, each one is personified and engaged with in a fictional character to demonstrate how these beliefs impact and interact with the faith of our fathers,” states Laws. “We also hope that it will spark a revolution in recruiting more ‘knights of the round table’; to start asking the hard questions about faith; but doing so with the hard work of giving biblically sound and intellectually apt answers.” Rahsaan Armand matriculated through Northwestern University of Evanston IL and received his formal training for ministry at Trinity International Seminary in Deerfield, IL. In December 2015, Armand was awarded the Doctorate of Ministry degree after defending his doctoral dissertation on “The Mandate for Biological Ecclesiastical Design” at St. Thomas Christian University. Tyran Laws matriculated through Samford University in Birmingham, AL and is a graduate of Wheaton College's Biblical Exegesis program. He also presented an exegetical paper on Exodus 4:24-26 at the ETS Midwest Regional Conference, at Moody Bible Institute, in 2012. Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 12,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order The Round Table: A Christian’s Conversation with Marginal Beliefs Affecting the Black Church Experience through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.


News Article | November 29, 2016
Site: www.technologyreview.com

Privacy advocates and legal scholars are worried about the consequences of making it easier for investigators to obtain warrants for devices they don’t have in custody. Unless Congress steps in before Thursday, the FBI is about to get a lot more authority to hack into computers during criminal investigations. Investigators can already get a warrant to remotely access information on the device of a suspect in a criminal case. But the warrant has to come from a judge located in the same district as the target device. If the agents don’t know the location and guess wrong—which can happen if the suspects use tools like the anonymizing service Tor—they could have evidence thrown out. That’s happened in a number of cases stemming from a 2014 investigation into hundreds of individuals involved with a child pornography site. Under new rules set to take effect Thursday, a federal judge will be able to issue a warrant to remotely access, search, and seize or copy data from a computer outside the district if that computer’s location has been “concealed by technological means.” A similar rule change will also make it easier to investigate botnets like the one that caused a massive Internet outage last month. Investigators will be able to ask a judge to issue a single warrant to remotely search computers that are in five or more jurisdictions and have been “damaged without authorization.” The U.S. Department of Justice says the changes—which are being made to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure—are necessary for law enforcement to keep up with the kinds of crimes that are being committed online and do little more than streamline the warrant process. In a November 18 letter to Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, assistant attorney general Peter Kadzik said the amendments “would not authorize the government to undertake any search and seizure or use any remote search technique … that is not already permitted under current law.” But advocates for privacy and civil liberties, technology companies including Google, and opponents in Congress say the amendments open the door to a dangerous expansion of the government’s authority to conduct surveillance. They say the broad language in the amendments could apply to circumstances far beyond the ones the government describes. “Major policy decisions” like this should have to go through Congress, argues Wyden. For example, concealing one’s location “by technological means” could refer to a wide range of technologies and behaviors, like using a virtual private network, using ad-blocking software that conceals geolocation, or even changing the location setting on a social-media profile. The language of the new rules suggests that if you do one of those things, and a judge deems your device relevant to a crime, law enforcement could get permission to access it. “If this rule is not stopped, anyone who is using any technological means to safeguard their location privacy could find themselves suddenly in the jurisdiction of a prosecutor-friendly or technically naive judge, anywhere in the country,” argues Rainey Reitman, activism director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The other rule change is raising concerns about the Fourth Amendment rights of innocent people whose computers have been co-opted into a botnet, which can be composed of millions of computers located all around the world. Orin Kerr, a law professor at George Washington University who specializes in criminal procedure and computer crime—and who was part of the committee that proposed the rule changes—says Congress should consider what the government owes those machines’ owners. “Should the government do nothing, leaving the victim computers infected? Or should the government take steps to patch those computers, or to encourage others to patch them? And if so, how?” Given such unanswered questions, opponents of the changes say Congress needs more time to deliberate; last week, a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation that would delay action for six months. Whether Congress decides to allow the changes to take effect this week or delays them will help set the stage for debates over online privacy and cybersecurity policy under the Trump administration. Woodrow Hartzog, a law professor at Samford University who specializes in privacy law, says the history of computer crime law shows that vague language can lead to unintended consequences as technology evolves. “Even slight vagaries or miscalculations can result in dramatic expansions of power,” he says, citing language in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, passed in 1986, that has created “an incredible amount of confusion” over what constitutes a crime. Given the stakes, Hartzog says, the changes to Rule 41 “would seem to require more deliberation and probably some sort of legislative corrective.”


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Transforming Undergrad Bio Ed | Award Amount: 240.00K | Year: 2013

A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Sites award has been made to Samford University that will provide research training for 12 students, for 9 weeks during the summers of 2013-2014. The program focuses on multidisciplinary research to study interactions in complex systems ranging from the molecular to the landscape scale in a diverse Appalachian ridge and valley ecosystem at Oak Mountain State Park (OMSP) near Birmingham, AL. There are a wide range of potential student projects, involving both field and laboratory research, to address questions in ecology, population biology, botany, geography, plant chemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and pathogenesis. Mentors are from the Departments of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Geography, and Pharmacy at Samford University. REU students have access to a wide array of individual labs, core facilities (e.g., electron microscopy, LC-MS, cell culture), and the unique OMSP research facility. Students are expected to perform full-time research and to participate in weekly workshops on ethical conduct in research, data analysis, professional communication skills, career opportunities, and the graduate school application process. In addition to the research process, students will participate in professional development activities, and field trips. Discussions with mentors, experts, and fellow students will help participants compare complex biological and biochemical interactions across research topics. Students are selected based on academic record, professional goals, and potential for outstanding research. Outstanding undergraduate students who have limited opportunities to participate in research at their home institutions and students from underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Students are tracked to determine their continued interest in their academic field of study, their career paths, and the lasting influences of the research experience. Information about the program will be assessed by various means, including an REU common assessment tool. More information is available by visiting www.Samford.edu/REU, or by contacting the PI (Dr. Malia Fincher at rmfinche@samford.edu) or the co-PI (Dr. Betsy Dobbins at egdobbin@samford.edu).


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Transforming Undergrad Bio Ed | Award Amount: 240.00K | Year: 2012

A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Sites award has been made to Samford University that will provide research training for 12 students, for 9 weeks during the summers of 2013-2014. The program focuses on multidisciplinary research to study interactions in complex systems ranging from the molecular to the landscape scale in a diverse Appalachian ridge and valley ecosystem at Oak Mountain State Park (OMSP) near Birmingham, AL. There are a wide range of potential student projects, involving both field and laboratory research, to address questions in ecology, population biology, botany, geography, plant chemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and pathogenesis. Mentors are from the Departments of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Geography, and Pharmacy at Samford University. REU students have access to a wide array of individual labs, core facilities (e.g., electron microscopy, LC-MS, cell culture), and the unique OMSP research facility. Students are expected to perform full-time research and to participate in weekly workshops on ethical conduct in research, data analysis, professional communication skills, career opportunities, and the graduate school application process. In addition to the research process, students will participate in professional development activities, and field trips. Discussions with mentors, experts, and fellow students will help participants compare complex biological and biochemical interactions across research topics. Students are selected based on academic record, professional goals, and potential for outstanding research. Outstanding undergraduate students who have limited opportunities to participate in research at their home institutions and students from underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Students are tracked to determine their continued interest in their academic field of study, their career paths, and the lasting influences of the research experience. Information about the program will be assessed by various means, including an REU common assessment tool. More information is available by visiting www.Samford.edu/REU, or by contacting the PI (Dr. Malia Fincher at rmfinche@samford.edu) or the co-PI (Dr. Betsy Dobbins at egdobbin@samford.edu).


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 620.52K | Year: 2015

Scholarships for academically strong STEM students, who may not otherwise be able to afford college, have an impact on the number of STEM graduates prepared to help regional and local companies compete and innovate in the global economy. This project will increase the number of academically talented, economically disadvantaged STEM transfer students who complete baccalaureate degrees in biology and chemistry at Samford University in order to develop the STEM workforce in Central Alabama. Approximately 40 scholars will participate in a two-year program, designed to maximize academic success, social support, and career development. The project will build on partnerships that were initiated with two nearby 2-year colleges (Lawson and Jefferson State Community Colleges) during a prior NSF-REU award. The institutions will conduct joint research symposia, seminars, professional society meetings, and STEM recruitment events and establish faculty exchanges.

Recognizing that providing transitional support structures is critical in promoting academic success and retaining transfer students, the project team will utilize a variety of high- impact practices including learning communities, academic tracking, and close advising. Moreover, the scholars will participate in a four-day Transfer Success Seminar to orient them to academic life at a 4-year institution and cultivate a group identity within the cohort. The findings from the project evaluation will help to contribute evidence that will improve our understanding of best practices for supporting STEM community college transfer students through to graduation. Formative evaluation will address the students satisfaction and identification as scientists (SALG) and faculty assessment of the students progress (rubrics). Summative evaluation will consist of an analysis of how well the project components align with successful attainment of the retention targets. In addition, internship employers will be surveyed. Dissemination of the results of evaluation will be done through websites, national meetings (the University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute Mentoring Conference, the Ecological Society of America, the American Chemical Society and the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, and relevant journals (the Journal of Research in Science Teaching and the Journal of Chemical Education).


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: RSCH EXPER FOR UNDERGRAD SITES | Award Amount: 329.77K | Year: 2015

This REU Site award to Samford University, located in Birmingham, AL, will provide research training for 12 students, for 9 weeks during the summers of 2015-2017. The program focuses on multidisciplinary research to study biological and biochemical interactions ranging from the molecular to the landscape scale in a diverse Appalachian ridge and valley ecosystem at Oak Mountain State Park (OMSP) near Birmingham, AL. There are a wide range of potential student projects, involving both field and laboratory research, to address questions in ecology, population biology, botany, geography, plant chemistry, molecular biology, neuroscience, biochemistry, cell biology and pathogenesis. Mentors are from the Departments of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Geography, and Pharmacy at Samford University and Birmingham Southern College. Students are selected based on academic record, professional goals, and potential for outstanding research. Outstanding undergraduate students who have limited opportunities to participate in research at their home institutions and students from underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

It is anticipated that a total of 36 students will be trained in the program. Students will learn how research is conducted, and many will present the results of their work at scientific conferences. In addition to research, students will participate in weekly workshops on ethical conduct in research, data analysis, professional communication skills, professional development activities, and the graduate school application process. Discussions and seminars with mentors, experts, and fellow students will help participants integrate their knowledge about complex biological and biochemical interactions across research topics.

A common web-based assessment tool used by all REU programs funded by the Division of Biological Infrastructure (Directorate for Biological Sciences) will be used to determine the effectiveness of the training program. Students are required to be tracked after the program and must respond to an automatic email sent via the NSF reporting system to determine their continued interest in their academic field of study, their career paths, and the lasting influences of their research experience. More information is available by visiting www.samford.edu/REU, or by contacting the PI (Dr. Malia Fincher at rmfinche@samford.edu) or the co-PI (Dr. Betsy Dobbins at egdobbin@samford.edu).

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