A&S in the News- April 30-May 6, 2016

  1. Holocaust discussed at Capitol
    Montgomery Advertiser – May 3
    Gov. Robert Bentley has regularly attended the annual Holocaust remembrance program at the Capitol, but he put in a plug Tuesday for St. James students to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. … Jacobs, a professor at the University of Alabama delivered the keynote address and described the deaths of his grandparents at the hands of Nazis. “They were transported from their village and taken to the Warsaw Ghetto and then on to Treblinka where they both were murdered in 1942,” said Jacobs.
  2. University of Alabama to hold graduation this weekend
    Tuscaloosa News – May 3
    More than 5,300 diplomas will be awarded during the University of Alabama’s spring commencement exercises Friday and Saturday at Coleman Coliseum. Students from the Culverhouse College of Commerce and the College of Engineering will participate in Friday’s ceremony, which begins at 6 p.m. … Students from the Capstone College of Nursing, College of Communication & Information Sciences, College of Education and College of Human Environmental Sciences will participate in the 9 a.m. ceremony Saturday, while students from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Social Work will participate in Saturday’s 2 p.m. ceremony.
  3. UA Researcher Studies Cuba’s Coastal Forests in Anticipation of Tourism Increase
    E-Science News – May 4
    Dr. Michael Steinberg, a University of Alabama associate professor in New College and geography, is conducting a study of the coastal mangrove forests in Cuba’s Zapata Peninsula and the Jardines de la Reina Garden of the Queen Marine Reserve national parks. The study is using satellite maps of the park’s coastal mangrove forests from the past 20 years to examine the forests growth or decline during that time frame.
  4. Arts Renaissance in Tuscaloosa Schools program sparks kids’ creative juices
    Tuscaloosa News – May 5
    Arts Renaissance in Tuscaloosa Schools is one of those programs that, if fully successful, would make itself obsolete. “My dream would be that my program wouldn’t be necessary, because there’d be a dedicated arts teacher in every school,” said Marysia Galbraith, founder and chief driver behind ARTS … So about five years ago, when her son Ian was at Matthews Elementary, she concocted the ARTS. Galbraith, an associate professor at New College and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alabama, is also a potter, and as such, meets many local artists in various fields.
  5. Confederate monuments are about more than just the Confederacy
    Al.com – May 5
    It’s been called the “Hatred” Preservation Act, and it has been widely condemned for its alleged defense of the Confederacy. Officially titled the Alabama Heritage Preservation Act of 2016, the bill would prohibit the relocation, removal, alteration, or renaming of statues, monuments, memorials, and buildings on public property. After the Senate approved the bill in March, sponsor Gerald Dial proclaimed that the bill would “make sure that the true story of Alabama history is told.”(By Jackson Prather, a master’s student in the Department of History at the University of Alabama, graduate of the University of North Alabama and longtime resident of the state of Alabama)

Also making headlines: 

  • Finals Week to begin at UA – WVUA 23 (Tuscaloosa) – May 1
  • AHS musicians excel at national contest – The Tribune (Humble, Texas) – May 2 – UA Music Faculty