Al-Hamdani Named Editor of Alabama Academy of Science Journal
State University Professor of Biology Safaa Al-Hamdani has been named
editor of the Alabama Academy of Science Journal, which publishes
significant research of interest to a wide audience of scientists in
Al-Hamdani, recent recipient of JSU's Outstanding Community Education
and Service Award (the Cleo and Carla Thomas award), has been teaching
biology at JSU since 1992. He received a Ph.D. in botany from Oklahoma
State University in 1988 and a master's in plant and soil science from
Tuskegee University in 1983. He received his undergraduate degree in
agronomy in 1977 at Baghdad University. Dr. Al-Hamdani was selected
as a Fulbright Scholar for the 2001-2002 academic year and conducted
research and taught at Yarmouk University, Jordan, as part of his Fulbright
activities. In the area of public service, Dr. Al-Hamdani founded the
Books for Baghdad project, which resulted in the collection of several
tons of current college textbooks and supplies that were shipped this
year to his alma mater, which was destroyed during the war in Iraq.
His previous honors at JSU include receiving Faculty Research Awards
from 1992-200, the College of Arts and Sciences' Distinguished Research
Award for the 1996-1997 academic year, the Dean's Award for Institutional
Service for 1995-1996, and the Faculty Scholar Lecturer Award for 1998-1999.
Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science began as an annual
publication in 1930 and became a quarterly in 1958. The Journal
is fully refereed and publishes scientific papers reporting original
research in any of the eleven discipline sections of the Academy. Each
manuscript receives at least two simultaneous peer reviews. Timely review
articles of exceptional quality and general readership interest are
also considered. Invited articles dealing with science activities in
Alabama are occasionally published. Book reviews of Alabama authors
are also accepted. The Journal is administered by an editor and
an editorial board. All members of the Academy receive the Journal.
Alabama Academy of Science was organized in Mobile in 1924 with 40 charter
members representing academic and governmental interests in science.
In 2001 the membership consisted of more than 600 persons from all parts
of the state. As science and technology have developed over the years,
the Academy has broadened its activities and its influence, especially
in research and education. In 1933 it established the Alabama Junior
Academy of Science. In 1946 it started a scholarship program, and in
1954 the Academy undertook to sponsor several regional science fairs.
A new visiting scientist program for high schools started in 1985, in
1989 a Science Teacher Fellowship was launched, and in 1990 the Science
Olympiad began. Since 1927 the Academy has been affiliated with the
American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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