In its story about Jefferson County's emergence from bankruptcy, Forbes magazine awarded the lion's share of credit for the area's economic rebound to UAB's research enterprise, high-tech business development, investment in the community and local partnerships.
"We have all realized that we must align our efforts together, draw on our strengths, get rid of redundancies and focus on our top strategic priorities and opportunities," President Ray Watts is quoted as saying. "If no one worries about who gets the credit for great things, wonderful things can happen."
A congenital eye disease called optic atrophy kept UAB graduate Dustin Jones from getting his driver's license at age 16. But with the aid of a bioptic telescope and the UAB Department of Ophthalmology's Driving Assessment Clinic, Jones now has his ticket to ride.
Driving rehabilitation specialists at the UAB clinic teach people with impaired vision how to use the bioptic telescope, preparing them to pass the usual state driving exam. "Being mobile opens a lot more doors for you," said Jones. "With a driver's license, I can be my own person, and an entire individual."