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News Article | February 16, 2017
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham will partner with Proton International to bring proton therapy, one of the most technically advanced forms of cancer-killing radiation, to Alabama. Proton therapy delivers a more precise dose of radiation to a tumor BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The University of Alabama at Birmingham will partner with Proton International to bring proton therapy, one of the most technically advanced forms of cancer-killing radiation, to Alabama. Proton therapy delivers a more precise dose of radiation to a tumor and can avoid damage to healthy surrounding tissue better than conventional X-ray radiation. "This is a significant step forward in cancer treatment for residents of Alabama and surrounding areas," said Will Ferniany, Ph.D., CEO of the UAB Health System. "Proton therapy is an extremely advanced cancer-fighting radiation technology. Coupled with the skill, experience and resources of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UAB Proton Therapy Center will be a life-changing resource for thousands of cancer patients throughout our region." Proton International, one of the world's leading developers of proton radiation facilities, will build the UAB Proton Center on the current site of parking lot 55, at 20th Street and Fifth Avenue. UAB physicians and staff will operate the center. "Proton therapy will allow us to treat deep-seeded cancers and minimize the radiation dose delivered to surrounding normal structures," said James A. Bonner, M.D., the Merle M. Salter Endowed Professor, Chairman of the UAB School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology and president of the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation. "This will be the first proton therapy center in Alabama, and we are excited to offer this cutting-edge approach for patients and families in Birmingham, across Alabama and beyond." There are 25 active proton therapy centers in the United States, most affiliated with major cancer centers. The roughly $50 million project has been approved by an administrative law judge appointed by the Alabama State Health Planning and Development Agency. Groundbreaking is expected in the summer of 2017, and construction and testing will take about two years before the building is clinically operational. "Proton therapy is already having a tremendous impact on the health of people around the world," said Chris Chandler, CEO of Proton International. "Experts conservatively estimate that about 250,000 cancer patients in the United States alone could benefit from proton therapy. We are excited to partner with UAB and put this outstanding tool into the hands of the best oncologists in Alabama." Proton therapy uses an aimed beam of protons directed at the tumor site. The beam is configured to deliver the majority of its energy precisely at the tumor location. Healthy tissue in front of the tumor receives a minimal amount of energy, and tissue behind the tumor receives very little. This reduces the damage to healthy tissue that is common in the use of conventional X-ray radiation and is the cause of most side effects. "Recent advances in imaging have made proton therapy much more viable," said John Fiveash, M.D., professor in the UAB Department of Radiation Oncology. "It uses sophisticated imaging to create a 3-D image of the tumor. It then delivers a focused beam of radiation, custom-sized and -shaped, so that it paints the tumor site while leaving surrounding tissue generally untouched, reducing collateral damage." Proton therapy is appropriate for many solid cancer tumors, including tumors of the brain and central nervous system, eye, gastrointestinal tract, head and neck, liver, lung, prostate, spine, and some breast tumors. It can be very efficacious for single-site tumors. In some cases, proton therapy may be useful in treating cancer that has metastasized, or spread into surrounding tissue, due to its focused dose advantages. "Proton therapy is particularly beneficial for children, as they are especially vulnerable to damage from radiation," said Alyssa Reddy, M.D., professor of hematology/oncology in the UAB Department of Pediatrics. "Conventional radiation can help cure a child's cancer, but it carries an increased risk of damage to surrounding tissue. In children, tissue damage, particularly in still-developing organs such as the brain, can leave the child susceptible to myriad health issues that may not emerge for years. Proton therapy offers the opportunity to successfully treat pediatric tumors and minimize the risk for side effects later in life. This will improve the health and quality of life of pediatric cancer survivors, most of whom we expect to live long and productive lives." The UAB Proton Center will consist of a three-story building to house the proton therapy system, manufactured by Varian Medical Systems, a longtime partner with UAB in the delivery of radiation therapy. UAB will lease the property to Proton International, which will build and own the facility. Planning and pre-treatment will continue to be done at UAB's Hazelrig-Salter Radiation Oncology Center. The medical staff, including radiation oncologists, cancer physicians, medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapy technologists and nurses, will be exclusively from UAB. UAB will also be involved in clinical research studies on the use of proton therapy, to discover the full utility of the therapy and produce best practice parameters on its use.


News Article | February 27, 2017
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The National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO), a national non-profit that enables providers to become more effective and efficient in delivering services to veterans and military families is celebrating two years since its establishment. During this time NAVSO has served over 20,000 professionals via online tools, webinars and sector-specific summits that helped organizations improve how they serve, invest in or employ members of the military community. NAVSO has a unique capacity to convene the right individuals to drive transformational change in the veteran services marketplace including its own influential team. As such, NAVSO is pleased to announce the following additions to the NAVSO Board of Directors for their extraordinary expertise in serving the military community: Brandon Shelton – Brandon is Managing Partner of Task Force X Capital Management (TFX), a veteran-led advisory and venture capital firm. A US Army veteran, Brandon and his organization focus on growing seed and early-stage veteran businesses and startups. Rosemary Williams – Rosemary is a military family and veteran advocate having most recently served as Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Prior to her service at VA, Rosemary served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The following specialists have been added to NAVSO’s Board of Advisors: Dr. David Albright, PhD, MSW – David is the Hill Crest Foundation Endowed Chair in Mental Health at The University of Alabama. He is a military veteran and former research fellow with both the Department of Veterans Affairs and the RAND Corporation’s Center for Military Health Policy Research. Nate Smith – Nate is the Chief Operating Officer for Hire Heroes USA. A decorated Marine Corps veteran, Nate is a nationally recognized expert on military transition and veteran employment with many national media appearances. John Williams – John is founder and principal of Powell Strategies, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business providing full-service communications and management consulting for the federal government, non-profits and private sector companies. John is a retired Marine and a mentor to young veteran entrepreneurs. “We are very excited about the additions to our leadership team,” said Chris Ford, NAVSO Founder and CEO. “Their superior expertise and genuine advocacy for our Nation’s veterans and military families will elevate NAVSO’s success in our mission to serve those who serve the military community.” “We pride ourselves in being able to bring the right people to the table to drive positive change in services for the military community,” Ford continues. “This includes our own team and we are thrilled to have the expertise that our new Board Members and Advisors bring to NAVSO. We know they will help successfully guide and challenge us through the next stage of our growth.” “While we’re excited to welcome new members to our team, it’s important to acknowledge NAVSO could not have achieved the tremendous growth over the past two years without the strategic insights of the original Board members and Advisors whose terms have ended,” added Ford. “We are grateful to Board Members Shalimar Cabrera and Snejana Daily, as well as our many Advisors: Anthony Hassan, Tony Forbes, Randy Howard, Ralph Ibson, RJ Naugle, Christian Rahn, Jon Sherin and Lisa Stern for their stalwart dedication to both NAVSO and the broader military community.” About NAVSO: NAVSO is the only organization in the nation focused exclusively on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of veteran services across the public and private sector. Its web-based platform (http://www.navso.org) with best practice sharing and consolidated information empowers service providers with a safe place to connect, collaborate and coordinate efforts with like-minded professionals from around the nation. NAVSO is motivated to serve the nation’s veterans and military families’ best interests, and ensure the continuance of the all-volunteer force as a matter of national security. NAVSO is a GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant. GuideStar USA, Inc. is an information service specializing in reporting on 1.9 million U.S. nonprofit companies.


News Article | November 27, 2016
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Colleges with the Best Online Social Work Degree Programs are being honored in a new ranking released by leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org. The 2016-2017 list pinpoints 43 schools with social work degree programs online that offer the best overall combination of quality and value for students. Schools at the top of the list include the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alabama, Goodwin College, Northern Arizona University, Washburn University and Washington State University. "Aspiring social work students have more options than ever when it comes to finding the right school,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “These colleges are offering students added flexibility by taking their social work programs online, and are the best in the nation when it comes to affordability, quality and overall student success.” To qualify for a spot on the AffordableCollegesOnline.org ranking, schools must meet several specific baseline quality standards. All schools chosen are accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions, and each must offer in-state tuition at or below $25,000 or less annually to qualify. All eligible colleges are scored based on more than a dozen unique data points and statistics, including financial aid offerings and graduation rates. Each school’s ranking is determined based on their final school-specific score. All schools recognized on the 2016-2017 Best Online Social Work Degrees ranking can be found listed alphabetically below. Full details on school scores and the data and methodology used to rank colleges are available at: The Best Colleges to earn an Online Social Work Degree for 2016-2017: Amridge University Bemidji State University Brandman University Brescia University Brigham Young University - Idaho California State University - East Bay Colorado State University - Fort Collins Goodwin College Hannibal-LaGrange University Indiana Wesleyan University Mayville State University Mercy College Metropolitan State University of Denver Mid-Atlantic Christian University Missouri State University - Springfield North Dakota State University - Main Campus Northern Arizona University Oregon State University Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Pennsylvania State University - Brandywine Pennsylvania State University - Shenango Pennsylvania State University - Worthington Scranton Pennsylvania State University - York Prairie View A & M University Presentation College Salisbury University Spring Arbor University The University of Alabama The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Thomas University Union Institute & University University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Arizona University of North Alabama University of Utah University of Wisconsin - Stout Utah State University Viterbo University Washburn University Washington State University Wayne State University Western New Mexico University 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.


News Article | November 16, 2016
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leader in higher education resources at AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org, has released the 2016-2017 list of Best Online Vocational Schools in the nation. Analyzing more than a dozen unique data points, the site scored and ranked schools offering vocational training programs online to determine the Best, with the following scoring highest: Washburn University, Weber State University, Siena Heights University, University of Southern Mississippi and Champlain College for four-year schools; East Mississippi Community College, Crowder College, Hutchinson Community College, State Fair Community College and Tulsa Community College for two-year schools. “Vocational occupations have been growing rapidly since 2000, with some industries showing much higher than average job growth projections through 2024,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “Schools on our list are seizing this opportunity, offering top-notch vocational training programs online to help more students prepare to work in fast-growing fields like construction management, medical assisting and other technical or health care positions.” The Community for Accredited Online Schools requires colleges to meet several qualifying standards before they can be considered for the Best Online Vocational Schools ranking. Each school must hold regional accreditation and be a public or private not-for-profit institutions. Schools are also required to provide students career placement services to be eligible. Comparing thousands of eligible programs nationwide, the site scores and ranks each based on statistics such as student-teacher ratios and graduation rates. A full description of the data and methodology used to score and rank the Best Online Vocational Schools, as well as a full list of programs with scores is published at: Top 50 Two-Year Schools recognized on the Best Online Vocational Programs listed alphabetically: Atlanta Technical College Barton County Community College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Bramson ORT College Central Georgia Technical College Central Piedmont Community College Central Texas College Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Collin College Columbus State Community College Crowder College East Mississippi Community College Fayetteville Technical Community College Gateway Community and Technical College Georgia Northwestern Technical College Georgia Piedmont Technical College Grayson College Great Falls College Montana State University Hutchinson Community College Indian Hills Community College Lakeshore Technical College Madisonville Community College Metropolitan Community College Minnesota State Community and Technical College Moraine Park Technical College New Mexico Junior College North Dakota State College of Science Northeast Iowa Community College - Calmar Ozarks Technical Community College Pamlico Community College Panola College Pitt Community College San Antonio College San Juan College Seward County Community College and Area Technical School Shoreline Community College Sinclair College Southwest Virginia Community College Southwestern Oregon Community College Spokane Community College St. Philip's College State Fair Community College Three Rivers Community College Tulsa Community College Tyler Junior College Volunteer State Community College Wallace State Community College - Hanceville West Kentucky Community and Technical College Western Nebraska Community College Westmoreland County Community College Top 50 Four-Year Schools recognized on the Best Online Vocational Programs listed alphabetically: Buena Vista University California State University - East Bay Champlain College Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clayton State University College of Southern Nevada East Carolina University Ferris State University Florida International University Fort Hays State University Granite State College Hampton University Hodges University Indiana State University Liberty University MCPHS University Misericordia University North Carolina Central University Northern Arizona University Northern State University Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Old Dominion University Oregon Institute of Technology Pennsylvania College of Technology Roger Williams University Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Siena Heights University South Dakota State University Southern Polytechnic State University St. Petersburg College SUNY College of Technology at Canton The University of Alabama The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Tiffin University University of Bridgeport University of Hartford University of Massachusetts - Amherst University of Massachusetts - Lowell University of Michigan - Ann Arbor University of Mississippi University of North Carolina at Charlotte University of North Dakota University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center University of Southern Mississippi Utah Valley University Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology Washburn University Weber State University Western Carolina University Western Kentucky University About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable 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. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.


A new collection devoted to neuroscience projects from 2016 Brainhack events has been launched in the open access journal Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO). At current count, the "Brainhack 2016 Project Reports" collection features eight Project Reports, whose authors are applying open science and collaborative research to advance our understanding of the brain. Seeking to provide a forum for open, collaborative projects in brain science the Brainhack organization has found a like-minded partner in the innovative open science journal RIO. The editor of the series is Dr. R. Cameron Craddock, Computational Neuroimaging Lab, Child Mind Institute and Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, USA. He is joined by co-editors Dr. Pierre Bellec, Unité de neuroimagerie fonctionnelle, Centre de recherche de l'institut de gériatrie de Montréal, Canada, Dr. Daniel S. Margulies, Max Planck Research Group "Neuroanatomy & Connectivity", Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Dr. Nolan Nichols, Genetech, USA, and Dr. Jörg Pfannmöller, University of Greifswald, Germany. The first project description published in the collection is a Software Management Plan presenting a comprehensive set of neuroscientific software packages demonstrating the huge potential of Gentoo Linux in neuroscience. The team of Horea-Ioan Ioanas, Dr. Bechara John Saab and Prof. Dr. Markus Rudin, affiliated with ETH and University of Zürich, Switzerland, make use of the flexibility of Gentoo's environment to address many of the challenges in neuroscience software management, including system replicability, system documentation, data analysis reproducibility, fine-grained dependency management, easy control over compilation options, and seamless access to cutting-edge software release. The packages are available for the wide family of Gentoo distributions and derivatives. "Via Gentoo-prefix, these neuroscientific software packages are, in fact, also accessible to users of many other operating systems," explain the researchers. While quantifying lesions in a robust manner is fundamental for studying the effects of neuroanatomical changes in the post-stroke brain while recovering, manual lesion segmentation has been found to be a challenging and often subjective process. This is where the Semi-automated Robust Quantification of Lesions (SRQL) Toolbox comes in. Developed at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, it optimizes quantification of lesions across research sites. "Specifically, this toolbox improves the performance of statistical analysis on lesions through standardizing lesion masks with white matter adjustment, reporting descriptive lesion statistics, and normalizing adjusted lesion masks to standard space," explain scientists Kaori L. Ito, Julia M. Anglin, and Dr. Sook-Lei Liew. Called Mindcontrol, an open-source web-based dashboard application lets users collaboratively quality control and curate neuroimaging data. Developed by the team of Anisha Keshavan and Esha Datta, both of University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Christopher R. Madan, Boston College, and Dr. Ian M. McDonough, The University of Alabama, Mindcontrol provides an easy-to-use interface, and allows the users to annotate points and curves on the volume, edit voxels, and assign tasks to other users. "We hope to build an active open-source community around Mindcontrol to add new features to the platform and make brain quality control more efficient and collaborative," note the researchers. At University of California, San Francisco, Anisha Keshavan, Dr. Arno Klein, and Dr. Ben Cipollini, created the open-source Mindboggle package, which serves to improve the labeling and morphometry estimates of brain imaging data. Using inspirations and feedback from a Brainhack hackathon, they built-up on Mindboggle to develop a web-based, interactive, brain shape 3D visualization of its outputs. Now, they are looking to expand the visualization, so that it covers other data besides shape information and enables the visual evaluation of thousands of brains. Processing neuroimaging data on the cortical surface traditionally requires dedicated heavy-weight software suites. However, a team from Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Free University Berlin, and the NeuroSpin Research Institute, France, have come up with an alternative. Operating within the neuroimaging data processing toolbox Nilearn, their Python package allows loading and plotting functions for different surface data formats with minimal dependencies, along with examples of their application. "The functions are easy to use, flexibly adapt to different use cases," explain authors Julia M. Huntenburg, Alexandre Abraham, Joao Loula, Dr. Franziskus Liem, and Dr. Gaël Varoquaux. "While multiple features remain to be added and improved, this work presents a first step towards the support of cortical surface data in Nilearn." To further address the increasing necessity for tools specialised to process huge high-resolution brain imaging data in their anatomical detail, Julia M. Huntenburg gathers a separate team to work on another Python-based software. Being a user-friendly standalone package, this subset of CBSTools requires no additional installations, and allows for interactive data exploration at each processing stage. Developed at the University of California, San Francisco, Cluster-viz is a web application that provides a platform for cluster-based interactive quality control of tractography algorithm outputs, explain the team of Kesshi M. Jordan, Anisha Keshavan, Dr. Maria Luisa Mandelli, and Dr. Roland G. Henry. It. A project from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, aims to extend the functionalities of the FSL neuroimaging software package in order to generate and report peak and cluster tables for voxel-wise inference. Dr. Camille Maumet and Prof. Thomas E. Nichols believe that the resulting extension "will be useful in the development of standardized exports of task-based fMRI results." More 2016 Brainhack projects are to be added to the collection. The purpose of Brainhack is to bridge the data science and neuroscience research communities by bringing them together to collaborate on a multitude of projects. Brainhack is a unique conference that convenes researchers from across the globe and a myriad of disciplines to work together on innovative projects related to neuroscience. Year after year, global Brainhack events have brought together researchers to participate in open collaboration, and regional Brainhack events keep the momentum going throughout the year. These collaborative workshops combine elements of Hackathons and Unconferences, with a variety of educational activities, to accelerate the adaptation of data science and computational methods in Neuroscience. Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) Journal publishes all outputs of the research cycle, including: project proposals, data, methods, workflows, software, project reports and research articles together on a single collaborative platform offering one of the most transparent, open and public peer-review processes. Its scope encompasses all areas of academic research, including science, technology, the humanities and the social sciences.


News Article | December 20, 2016
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Portfolium, a cloud-based platform empowering students with lifelong opportunities to capture, curate, and convert skills into job offers, announced today that The University of Alabama, the flagship university of the state of Alabama’s higher education system with an enrollment of over 37,000 students, has selected Portfolium to serve the ePortfolio needs of its student body. Since its founding in 1831 as Alabama’s first public college, The University of Alabama has dedicated itself to pursuing excellence in teaching, research, and service. With students engaged in a wide variety of academic programs and a broad range of career interests, the university has chosen Portfolium to shine a light on the accomplishments of their student body and drive their ability to connect with future employers. “Portfolium is a great way to connect students with employers,” said Amanda Ingram, Director of Operations at the University of Alabama Career Center. “From engineering to education, nursing to natural resources management, the Portfolium platform is a great way for students of any major to showcase their skills and achievements.” “In the current digital age, students need a way to showcase their distinct achievements and skills in ways that maximize the effectiveness of presentation,” explains Troy Markowitz, VP University Partnerships. “Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, students can leverage the ePortfolio platform of Portfolium to spotlight their abilities and accomplishments in a way that will be instantly attractive to employers.” Portfolium will also be used to support the university’s initiative to highlight one of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) competencies each month. The NACE competencies, which include critical thinking and problem solving, information technology application, and leadership among others, will be spotlighted on different University of Alabama channels including social media campaigns, videos, and more. Cultivating these competencies will bolster student preparedness in order to stand out in their career searches and excel in the workplace. ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA: The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity. ABOUT PORTFOLIUM: Portfolium partners with colleges & universities to help students transform learning into opportunity. Our ePortfolio network helps millions of students and alumni from over 150 partner institutions manage their skills and launch their careers. Portfolium’s cloud-based platform empowers students with lifelong opportunities to capture, curate, and convert skills into job offers, while giving learning institutions and employers the tools they need to assess competencies and recruit talent. Media Contact: Sarah Pease or Edgar Rodriguez Portfolium, Inc. 917.974.4729 or press@portfolium.com


News Article | March 1, 2017
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RJ Young, the third largest independent office equipment dealer in the Southeast, is pleased to announce the promotion of Harris Delchamps to Director of Integrated Solution Sales. Harris has been with RJ Young for over five years where he previously served as the Director of Managed Print Services. Harris will lead sales for the IT Services and Software divisions. He will also continue to oversee Managed Print Services. “Assembling the three divisions under the Integrated Solution Sales umbrella is a company first for RJ Young “said Mike Noffsinger, Vice President of Sales. "It is also a pleasure to promote dedicated employees within our organization. I look forward to seeing where Harris will lead his all-encompassing teams. He brings a strong energy and is results driven, which are the perfect combination for this new role at RJ Young." Harris is a graduate of The University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce & Business Administration. He earned a place in the RJ Young President’s Club for leading sales In 2013-2015. He has volunteered and been part of local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Young Leader Council and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. About RJ Young RJ Young is one of the largest independent office equipment dealers in the country, specializing in document management solutions, managed print services, IT services and office imaging. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, RJ Young has been in business for 61 years and has over 500 employees in over 20 sales and service locations across six states. Under the corporate tagline “Your productivity is our mission,” RJ Young helps modern professionals become more successful in their businesses with solutions to securely manage paper and digital information, maintain vital information technology systems and empower businesses with leading printing technologies. You can visit RJ Young online at: http://www.rjyoung.com.


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 | February 28, 2017
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Kyle Parkway Dentistry is a modern dental practice that provides comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages. Dr. Mahesh Dholariya is proud to welcome his newest team member, Dr. Jake Duong, an experienced general dentist who specializes in oral surgery and wisdom teeth removal. Dr. Duong shares the mission of Kyle Parkway Dentistry, which is to provide state-of-the-art dentistry in an environment that is comfortable and relaxing. Dr. Jake Duong earned both his bachelor’s degree and his dental degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. While there, he completed a one-year residency, receiving specialized training in soft tissue management and implant placement. While Dr. Duong is proficient in all areas of general dentistry, his passion lies in oral surgery. He will be able to provide in-house surgical services, including wisdom teeth removal and IV sedation dentistry, to patients at Kyle Parkway Dentistry. Along with his certification in oral surgery and IV sedation dentistry, he has also received implant certification from the University of Miami School of Medicine’s Implant Dentistry Continuum. Dr. Duong is committed to pursuing ongoing professional development through continuing education. He also maintains current memberships in many prestigious dental organizations, including Texas Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Society Of Anesthesiology, American Dental Association and more. “I’m thrilled to bring my oral surgery expertise to such a highly respected dental practice. With an additional dentist and expanded services, Kyle Parkway Dentistry can truly maximize patient care and convenience,” says Dr. Duong. Kyle Parkway Dentistry offers an expansive menu of dental services, including general and restorative dentistry as well as periodontal care and cosmetic dental procedures. The practice mission is to provide state-of the-art dentistry while adhering to each patient’s need for comfort and convenience. They offer a number of relaxing office amenities and provide flexible scheduling such as family block appointments and Saturday hours. Oral and IV Sedation dentistry are also now offered at Kyle Parkway Dentistry. For more information about Dr. Jake Duong from Kyle Parkway Dentistry, visit the practice website at kyleparkwaydentistry.com or call (512) 256-0105.


News Article | March 1, 2017
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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Alabama is presenting “A Special Night with Doug Phillips.” Dr. Phillips will talk about, and present, a special showing of Discovering Alabama’s latest program entitled, “Alabama’s Private Forests.” Dr. Doug Phillips is creator, host, and executive producer of “Discovering Alabama” an Emmy Award-winning PBS show, The event takes place at the Bryant Conference Center at 6:30 on March 2nd. This will be a free event but to attend please call 205-348-3000 and register in advance. Phillips has spent more than three decades describing the natural wonders and unique diversity of Alabama. He has pioneered many other important Alabama initiatives for education and conservation in Alabama, including an acclaimed school curriculum, and the nationally recognized wild lands conservation model, the Alabama Forever Wild Program. “Discovering Alabama” won two Emmy-Awards in 2011 for episodes highlighting the effects on humans, animals and the state’s ecosystems by the BP Deepwater Horizons Oil Spill. Additionally, the show received another Emmy-Award for an in-depth look at space science at Marshall Space Flight Center. Phillips is the coordinator for Environmental Information and Education with the Alabama Museum of Natural History at The University of Alabama. He has authored numerous publications including award-winning books, “Discovering Alabama Wetlands” and “Discovering Alabama Forests.” Dr. Doug will be available to sign books or answer questions. OLLI offers a unique opportunity for adults 50 and over to select from a wide variety of noncredit classes, discussions, social events, and travel specifically designed to fit their lifestyle and interests. For more information or to register, phone 205-348-3000. Visit www.DiscoveringAlabama.org and sign up to receive news alerts about upcoming shows and more! CONTACT DR. DOUG PHILLIPS AT DRDOUG@DISCOVERINGALABAMA.ORG. LET DOUG KNOW THAT DISCOVERING ALABAMA IS APPRECIATED. THANKS! For more information, please visit http://www.discoveringalabama.org

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