A&S in the News: August 6-12, 2017

Climate Change

Michael Altman
Dr. Michael Altman

How climate change became a question of faithChristian Science Monitor – Aug. 8

Every four years, the nation’s scientists from myriad federal agencies come together to release a comprehensive report synthesizing the current state of climate science … “The dispute over Darwin planted a seed, and the evolution argument set the groundwork for the current climate science argument,” says Michael Altman, professor of religious studies at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Birmingham Mayoral Debate

UA political science professor discusses Birmingham mayoral debate, U.S. Senate race (Live Interview)Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Aug. 9

Joining us this morning to break down who won and who lost and to also analyze the Senate race is former State Representative Paul Demarco and professor of political science at The University of Alabama, Dr. Allen Linken.

Gulf Research Program

Gulf Research Program announces 2017 Early-Career Research and Science Policy FellowshipsHealth Medicine Network – Aug. 9

The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today announced the recipients of its Early-Career Research Fellowships and Science Policy Fellowships for 2017 … Philip Lee, Ph.D. candidate (Biological Sciences), University of Alabama.

Campus Transformation

See The University of Alabama’s amazing campus transformation after just 10 yearsAl.com – Aug. 9

The University of Alabama recently shared photographer Duane Lamb’s before-and-after pictures to illustrate the physical transformation the campus has undergone during the last decade. Look through these very familiar spots at the Capstone to see for yourself.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

What to know about the special election for Jeff Sessions’ Senate seatABC 7 (Chicago, Illinois) – Aug. 9

Next week, Alabama voters will head to the polls for a primary election for the Senate seat previously occupied by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Seven candidates are running for the Democratic nomination, though it’s the Republican primary that has gained national prominence … According to Richard Fording, a professor of political science at The University of Alabama, this election “will continue to be influenced by Trump and that it will flat out be a referendum on his performance as president.”
ABC News Radio – Aug. 9
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Senate Race

UA political science professor discusses North Korea and Alabama Senate race (Live Interview)WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Aug. 9

North Korea’s regime and President Trump traded warnings as tensions between the two countries escalated sharply in the last few days. We are joined by Dr. Allen Linken, professor of political science at The University of Alabama to discuss the situation between the U.S. and North Korea.

Personal Space

Fruit flies, personal space under the microscopeBlackburn News – Aug. 9

Fruit flies are helping researchers at Western University to better understand the human need for personal space, and could have bigger implications for those with autism or schizophrenia … The research team, which includes collaborators from The University of Alabama, will focus their next round of research on how dopamine release is affected by social cues and what happens downstream of the dopaminergic neurons, to identify the circuitry that leads to the decision-making process.
Health Medicine Network – Aug. 9

Solar Eclipse

Team from UA to release a balloon during eclipseWLTX-CBS (Columbia, South Carolina) – Aug. 12

The University of Alabama is bringing a balloon team. They’re going to launch a balloon that goes up 100,000 feet with an imaging camera that looks back down to the Earth.

Also making headlines

UA parking spot reserved for Purple Heart recipientsTuscaloosa News – Aug. 7
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Aug. 7
WAAY-ABC (Huntsville) – Aug. 7
WYDE-AM, Radio (Birmingham) – Aug. 7
Senegal ACTU – Aug. 7

UA completes $30 million in construction projects before school startsCBS 42 (Birmingham) – Aug. 8
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Aug. 9

Move-in day brings excitement to University of Alabama campusCBS 42 (Birmingham) – Aug. 10
WAFF-NBC (Huntsville) – Aug. 10
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Aug. 10
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Aug. 10
Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 11