A&S in the News: April 1-7, 2018

Visiting Writers Series

Visiting Writers Series to host author Matt BellCrimson White – Apr. 1

The author and teacher Matt Bell is set to be the next featured guest of the Visiting Writers Series. Bell will participate in an upcoming craft talk on Tuesday, April 3 at 12:30 p.m. in Morgan Hall 301, as well as a reading at 7 p.m. at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center.

Dark Matter

5 ways to make a galaxy with no dark matterForbes – Apr. 2

Last week, astronomers announced the discovery of NGC 1052-DF2: a galaxy without dark matter. While most galaxies have much more dark matter than normal matter, this one, found nearby a giant elliptical, has practically none … NASA, ESA, W. Keel (The University of Alabama), and the Galaxy Zoo Team.

Female Mass Shooters

Why female mass shooters – like the one at YouTube – are so extraordinarily rareFortune – Apr. 3

Hours after gunfire erupted at YouTube’s headquarters in Northern California on Tuesday, police identified the suspect as disgruntled video creator Nasim Aghdam—a woman, who died of a self-inflicted wound …  Research by University of Alabama criminal justice professor Adam Lankford, published in 2016, says that one woman was among 292 public mass shooters worldwide.
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Extreme Floods

Human-engineered changes on Mississippi River increased extreme floodsScience Newsline – Apr. 4

Matthew Therrell
Dr. Matthew Therrell

A new study has revealed for the first time the last 500-year flood history of the Mississippi River. It shows a dramatic rise in the size and frequency of extreme floods in the past century–mostly due to projects to straighten, channelize, and bound the river with artificial levees … Zhixiong Shen of Coastal Carolina University used a technique called optically-stimulated luminescence–which determines a material’s age by analyzing when it was last exposed to sunlight. Matthew Therrell of the University of Alabama used annual tree rings to reconstruct a detailed record of more recent regional flooding.
Laboratory Equipment – April 4
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Danbury News Times (Connecticut) – April 4
Greenwich Time (Connecticut) – April 4
Norwalk Hour (Connecticut) – April 4
San Francisco Gate – April 4
Stamford Advocate (Connecticut) – April 4
MRT.com (Midland, Texas) – April 4
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KALB (Alexandria, Louisiana) – April 4
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WKRN (Nashville, Tennessee) – April 4
Nola.com – April 5
Daily Reporter (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – April 5
St. Mary Now (Franklin, Louisiana) – April 5
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Paris Post-Intelligencer (Tennessee) – April 5
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas) – April 5
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Resistance Stories

A database of fugitive slave ads reveals thousands of untold resistance storiesHyper Allergic – Apr. 4

Readers of the May 24, 1796 Pennsylvania Gazette found an advertisement offering ten dollars to any person who would apprehend Oney Judge, an enslaved woman who had fled from President George Washington’s Virginia plantation, Mount Vernon … The other two historians are Joshua Rothman of The University of Alabama and Edward E. Baptist (author of the 2016 The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism) of Cornell University.
Portside – Apr. 6

Trudier Harris

UA English professor sweeps awards seasonCrimson White – Apr. 4

Born in Greene County, Trudier Harris and her family moved to Tuscaloosa after her father died when she was six, leading her to Stillman College and her lengthy, notable career in English. Harris, a University of Alabama distinguished research professor of English, majored in English and social studies at Stillman College.

Methane Emissions

Animals and methane emissionsFauna Forum – Apr. 5

An interesting scientific experiment took place last year. Two reasons.  One is because it is about the air expelled from the anuses of living beings, popularly known as farting … Hundreds of biologists, researchers, wildlife enthusiasts and laypersons have written in from all over the world. Nick Caruso, a PhD student at The University of Alabama.
Navhind Times (India) – Apr. 8
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The Island (India) – Apr. 8

Autism Spectrum Disorder

UA looks for kids with ASD to participate in a theater based studyWVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Apr. 5

The University of Alabama is looking for kids with autism to participate in a theatre-based study. The University of Alabama Center for Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems is conducting a SENSE theater intervention. The study is geared toward children ages 10-16 years old who have an autism spectrum disorder.

Dance Alabama!

‘Dance Alabama!’ to perform with special interpreters for AIDB studentsAnniston Star – Apr. 5

The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind has announced that “Dance Alabama!”  will be performing on campus for students Wednesday, April 25. According to an official press release, Dance Alabama! presents concerts that showcase work by The University of Alabama faculty and student choreographers.

Great Campus Write-In

Great Campus Write-In to help students write papersCrimson White – Apr. 6

Students who need help with their writer’s block, papers or other assignments can drop by the Great Campus Write-In on Monday. Sponsored by the University Writing Center and University Libraries, students can get help from writing tutors and librarians. Sara Whitver, associate professor and Coordinator of Library Instruction, said this event is meant to give students a space to write without feeling alone and provide stress relief, as well as provide resources for those who need assistance with their writing.

Honors Week

University of Alabama wraps up Honors WeekTuscaloosa News – Apr. 7

The University of Alabama on Friday has wrapped up Honors Week, which recognizes the achievement of outstanding students and faculty. The week culminated Friday on the Quad with the Tapping on the Mound ceremony, a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s. During the ceremony, UA honor groups Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board, the Blue Key National Honor Society and the Anderson Society inducted members.