A&S in the News: July 29-August 4, 2018

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

UA professor of art to have exhibit in MontgomeryWNCF-ABC (Montgomery) – July 29

We also have an amazing show that’s very different from anything we’ve done in the past, and it’s basically an immersive video and music environment that was created by an artist named Jane Cassidy, who has been living and teaching at The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa …Because we think one of the earliest shows that she’s put together is a show that she’s done with Jennifer and the Montgomery museum of fine arts.

Famous Alumni

30 famous people who attended The University of AlabamaAl.com – July 29

Famous people who attended the University of Alabama include football players, Olympians, actors, a Tony Award-winner, a renowned physicist, governors and more. Did you know about all of these?

Summer Commencement

UA to hold summer graduation exercisesTuscaloosa News – Aug. 1

The University of Alabama will award degrees to 1,450 students Saturday during summer commencement exercises. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at Coleman Coliseum on the UA campus. Undergraduate and graduate students from all colleges and schools will participate in the ceremony, which should last about two hours.
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Aug. 4
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Aug. 4

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Andrew Martin to perform at Edinburgh festivalThe Irmo News (South Carolina) – Aug. 1

The Yonder Contemporary Dance Company, a collective in The University of Alabama’s department of theatre and dance, will present a 50-minute concert titled “IRL” during the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. The performances will run August 4-10. Among the students in the company is Andrew Martin of Irmo … Yonder’s “IRL” involves 15 dance majors, overseen by Sarah M. Barry, associate professor of dance. They are collaborating with five student composers from UA’s School of Music, who are overseen by Dr. Amir Zaheri, assistant professor of composition.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Approval for Attorney General Sessions has tanked amid Trump’s attacks, poll suggestsYellowhammer – Aug. 1

Once so popular that he ran unopposed for re-election to the Senate in both the Republican primary and in the general election, Attorney General Jeff Sessions now finds himself under fire from all sides. Democrats across the country never much cared for him, and now Republicans hold him in low standing, as well … William Stewart, a political scientist at The University of Alabama, said he is not surprised by the poll results. “I can imagine, because the president hasn’t spoken very favorably about his attorney general,” he said.

Parkinson’s Disease

Researchers examining Parkinson’s resilienceMedical Xpress – Aug. 2

Diseases have a spectrum of risk, even those partially embedded in genes such as Parkinson’s disease. Less than 10 percent of those with Parkinson’s can pinpoint their genes as the only culprit, while scores of others with some genetic markers are diagnosed with the disease. Still others have markers to develop Parkinson’s, but do not. Why? Research underway at The University of Alabama, supported by the National Institutes of Health, hopes to identify factors and methods through which individuals are either resilient or susceptible to the neurodegeneration in the brain as part of the disease.

Hearing Loss

Positive social interaction and hearing loss in older adults living in rural and urban communitiesASHA.org – Aug. 2

Purpose: This study explored the extent to which hearing loss affected positive social interactions in older adults living in rural and urban communities … The first author would like to thank the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama, which provided funding for this project.

Ambassadors of the Future

‘Ambassadors of the Future’ visit universities in USThe Gulf Today – Aug. 3

The students participating in the “Ambassadors of the Future” program, have visited prestigious universities in the United States and Singapore, to get first hand knowledge of their academic performance, specializations, and future-oriented plans … Their visit included Harvard University, The University of Alabama, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Johns Hopkins University, which specialize in science, as well as the National University of Singapore. These universities are also influential to the future of modern sciences.
Total UAE – Aug. 3
Emirates News Agency – Aug. 2
Arab News Gazette – Aug. 2

Autism Theater

UA receives grant for Autism TheaterFox 6 (Birmingham) – Aug. 3

The University of Alabama tonight announcing a new grant to use theatre to treat autism. The million-dollar grant from the National Institute of Mental Health will fund SENSE, a theatre learning experience for 10 to 16 year-olds with autism. Classes begin Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Tuscaloosa Academy.


Sophie comes to Wexford from USA to buskWexford People (Ireland) – Aug. 4

A young girl born in Wexford and now living in America returns to her hometown every summer to visit her grandparents and also to raise money for her favorite animal charities by busking on the Main Street … The young vegetarian has busked in Ireland, New Orleans, and in Birmingham, Alabama, where she currently lives and where her mother Dr. Heidi Lynn Staples is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing in the English Department at The University of Alabama.