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News: Aslibekyan honored for excellence in teaching

July 24, 2018
UAB Reporter

Twelve faculty have been selected to receive the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, which honors those who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in teaching. They will be recognized during the annual Faculty Convocation to be held 4 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Doubletree Hotel.

The 2018 honorees represent each school, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Honors College and the Joint Health Sciences departments.

Stella Aslibekyan

Stella Aslibekyan
Honors College

Associate Professor Stella Aslibekyan, Ph.D., is a cardiovascular epidemiologist with training in statistical genetics and epigenetics. She directs the doctoral program for the Department of Epidemiology, and her research interests include study design and integration of epigenetic data with other -omic and phenotypic data in the context of chronic disease. 

Students and seminar attendees remember her as compelling and absorbing. During a University Honors Program seminar in fall 2017, Aslibekyan delivered lectures with titles such as “To Boldly Go Where No Scientist Has Gone Before,” addressing emergence theory in “Star Trek.” For those, she received the program’s Outstanding Instructor award. 

“No teacher has ever shaped my thoughts as significantly as Dr. Aslibekyan did in one semester,” one student said. “Not only did she excel as an educator, but she surpassed all others as a role model and provided an invaluable example of a logically minded woman’s success as an academic and person.”