A&S in the News: April 29-May 5, 2018

Autism Study

UA autism study pairs theater with peer mentoringTuscaloosa News – Apr. 30

Researchers at The University of Alabama are preparing for a four-year study that pairs theater and peer mentoring to help improve social skills of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. “It is really good and healthy experience for the non-autistic peers to be a part of that,” said Susan White, principal investigator for the project at UA. “It is good on that side. It is really good for those kids who have autism to be part of something that is not just therapy.”
Athens Courier – May 5
Associated Press – May 6

John Stuart Mill

Albert Pionke
Dr. Albert Pionke

JS Mill scribbles reveal he was far from a chilly Victorian intellectual: The Guardian (U.K.) – Apr. 30

Despite writing a shelf-full of books, including his own autobiography, the great Victorian intellectual John Stuart Mill remains a man of mystery to scholars. However, a new side of Mill has now come to light, hidden in the margins of his library … Albert Pionke, a professor of Victorian culture at The University of Alabama, has been leading the effort to identify and record Mill’s marginalia since 2014, a painstaking effort that is not even halfway through.
The Conversation – April 30
Indilens News Times – April 30
Republish – Apr. 30
Fire News Feed – Apr. 30
Poets and Writers – May 1
BBC – May 1

Glacier Behavior

What can past glacier behavior tell us about future sea level rise?Science Magazine – Apr. 30

Researchers from the University of Houston will join colleagues from the United Kingdom and elsewhere in the United States to study the Thwaites Glacier, an Antarctic glacier long considered to be the “weak underbelly” of the ice sheet and capable of significant contributions to global sea-level rise. Thwaites melting already accounts for about 4 percent of global sea-level rise, an amount that is double that of a few decades ago … Other participating U.S. universities in the THOR project are Rice University, The University of Alabama and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University.
Energi News – Apr. 30
Guidry News (Houston, Texas) – Apr. 30
EurekAlert – May 1
Revo Science – May 2
Alabama News Center – May 4

UA Gallery

Langstaff is unWrapt at UAFlorence Courier Journal – Apr. 30

University of Alabama student, Samuel Langstaff, of Florence is participating in “(un)Wrapt: New Arts Research by Creative Campus Fellows.” The installation will open at the UA Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa Friday, May 4, from 5-8pm and will remain at the gallery through May 15.

Marine Science Club

UA Marine Science Club donates recycled art to DISLPress Release Point – May 2

The University of Alabama Marine Science Club used bottle caps to illustrate the impact plastic debris can have on marine life. “Bottle caps are a particularly poignant medium to work with, because they are everyday objects that we’re all familiar with. Yet, very few of them are able to be recycled due to inconsistencies with plastic type,” Blair Morrison, president of the UA Marine Science Club, explained.


UA to hold commencement ceremoniesWVUA (Tuscaloosa) – May 3

Expect to run into some extra traffic this weekend. The University of Alabama, Stillman College, and Shelton State are all holding commencement ceremonies. Shelton’s started earlier today. The University’s starts tomorrow. And, Stillman on Saturday. You can find out more about UA ‘s commencement, and even watch it live, online at UA.edu/commencement.
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – May 5
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – May 5
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – May 5
Tuscaloosa News – May 5

Phi Beta Kappa

Bellaire’s Kyle Robinson named to Bama’s Phi Beta KappaBellaire Patch (Texas) – May 3

From The University of Alabama: Kyle Robinson of Bellaire, TX (77401), has been inducted into The University of Alabama’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

UA Professors in Greece

Delegation of professors at The University of Alabama at AUThERSA News (Greece) – May 4

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the University of Alabama have long and close scientific cooperation. Within the framework of the existing agreement, a nine-member Delegation of Professors of The University of Alabama … Then, Professors of the Aristotle University and The University of Alabama will present current and future research-academic cooperation.
SELEO (Greece) – May 4
Thestival (Greece) – May 4
Palo (Greece) – May 4

Most Diverse Cities

The 10 most diverse cities in America (and the 10 least diverse)Black News Zone – May 4

If you live in one of these places, you live in three of the most diverse cities in America: Jersey City, NJ; Houston, and New York. … “Job opportunities,” was one of the benefits cited by Hilary Green, an associate professor of history in the department of gender and race studies, at The University of Alabama.

Gubernatorial Race

Alabama GOP governor’s race: With Ivey in lead, will ‘negative’ campaigning follow?: Al.com – May 4

Richard Fording, political science professor at The University of Alabama, said the only question remaining is whether the governor’s race can head to an anything-goes runoff election. Ivey needs just over 50 percent of the primary vote to avoid the extra primary election on July 17. . . . “The advantage she has is that there is no other candidate in the field who has broader statewide recognition, let alone statewide support,” said Fording, who predicts the governor will win without a runoff. “I think Battle is probably her most significant challenger, but the bulk of his support is concentrated in the Huntsville area. He just doesn’t have the resources to expand his base much further in this limited amount of time.”

Slave Trade Sites

Efforts underway to mark New Orleans sites where slaves were bought and sold: New Orleans Advocate – May 5

Amid the many celebrations and retrospectives that have accompanied the city’s 300th birthday this year, one of the less-heralded aspects of New Orleans’ history is finally getting a more official acknowledgement: its central place in the slave trade.  . . . The markers help reveal how the slave trade grew in New Orleans after the banning of the transatlantic trade, according to Joshua Rothman, a professor at The University of Alabama.

E.O. Wilson

E.O. Wilson on C-Span’s Book TV: CSPAN2 (National) – May 5

And then went to The University of Alabama as the first member of my family to go to college having learned a great deal now on my own, which I figured would be enough to get me through the freshman year of my, of my student career at The University of Alabama. And I found, lo and behold, I had more than enough to get me through my freshman year. And I just stayed with entomology and with a wonderful faculty there that gave me the kind of personal attention as a student, as they did to any other student who seemed to flourish by it.