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Dr. Linda Harris Young, Motlow Professor,
Receives Honor from UAB

December 6, 2011
Dr. Linda Harris Young

Dr. Linda Harris Young, professor at Motlow College, has been named Alumna of the Year by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health. Young recently attended a scholarship luncheon at UAB where Dr. Max Michael, dean of the school, presented her with the award. Michael said, "This annual award is presented to a member of our alumni who has been exemplary in promoting UAB's mission to develop, teach, and apply knowledge to promote health and prevent disease."

Young was the recipient of a scholarship to UAB that allowed her to work on her doctorate in environmental health while serving on the faculty at Jacksonville State University 1984-1992. Shortly after joining Motlow's faculty in 1993, she received a Ph.D. from UAB. Young said, "I am quite honored to receive this award and I feel I owe a large part of my professional success to the School of Public Health and generosity that was shown to me years ago." She added, "There is no way I could have continued my education at that time without the scholarship I received."

Her professional career has included medical technology and shellfish quality research at both the Environmental Protection Agency in Ohio and the Food and Drug Administration on Dauphin Island, Ala. Her research focused on pathogenic bacteria in raw oysters. Young has served on health-related committees including the Middle Tennessee HIV Prevention Committee and the Coffee County Health Council. She has received several environmental grants including: Learn and Serve America, Eisenhower Teaching Grant and National Marine Fisheries. She has served as a National Science Foundation grant reviewer two different times and has served on the Board of Directors for the Hands-on Science Center in Tullahoma for eight years.

Young has combined her research background and educational experience with her passion for teaching students entering the medical and environmental fields. She teaches microbiology, biology and environmental science at Motlow, where she has received the Motlow College Faculty Excellence Award two times and has been nominated three times. She and husband, Dr. Ronald Young, a retired NASA scientist, raise beef cattle on a farm in Moore County.