A&S in the News: September 9-15, 2018

Art Night

Woods Quad Art Night livens up campus cultureCrimson White – Sept. 10

Artists and art enthusiasts gathered together for Art Night at Woods Quad on Thursday, where several graduate students unveiled their work and discussed their muses. Amber Glenn, a first-year graduate student studying photography at The University of Alabama, introduced onlookers at Sella-Granata Gallery to her series of six photos titled “Black Beauty.” The photos, black and white portraits of young black women, are from Glenn’s undergraduate portfolio.

Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence may be breaking recordsWVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Sept. 10

We’re only halfway through the 2018 hurricane season, but Hurricane Florence heading for the Carolinas and Virginia could be a record-breaker. Hurricane season runs June 1 to Nov. 30, and so far there haven’t been any major hurricane events. Category 4 Hurricane Florence is poised to strike the Carolinas as early as late Wednesday or early Thursday … University of Alabama associate professor of geography Jason Senkbeil said this hurricane may be a record-breaker. “This one may eclipse rainfall records,” he said. “Over North Carolina it may dump 12 to 24 inches of rainfall.”
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Sept. 12

Girl Scouts

I love a Thin Mint, but Girl Scouts is way more than cookies – I’m proofKnoxville News (Tennessee) – Sept. 12

“Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” Girl Scouts’ mission emphasizes a key component that seemed to be missed by a recent article, “Girls in Cub Scouts? Knox County packs recruiting, moving toward co-ed Boy Scouts.” Let me introduce myself. I’m a 20-year-old Girl Scout lifetime member. (Sydney Gabrielson is a native of Knoxville, currently studying finance and mathematics at The University of Alabama.)

Scholarship Study

Study questions if Alabama scholarship program shows gainsU.S. News – Sept. 13

A new study found that Alabama children attending private schools on a taxpayer-backed scholarship program are not showing significant improvement on standardized tests scores … Scholarship students also were not likely to boost their own test scores, the study by the Institute for Social Science Research at The University of Alabama found.
Bristol Herald-Courier (Virginia) – Sept. 12
My San Antonio – Sept. 12
Myrtle Beach Online – Sept. 12
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Sept. 12
Athens News-Courier – Sept. 12
WAFF 48 (Huntsville) – Sept. 12
WHNT-CBS (Huntsville) – Sept. 12

Evacuation Psychology

The life-or-death science of evacuation psychology: Medium – Sept. 14

Early Friday morning, Sept. 14, Hurricane Florence made landfall as a Category 1 storm near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Although the storm has lost some of its offshore strength, it’s still considered highly dangerous by authorities and is already causing severe flooding … When climate change enters the mix, everything becomes more complicated, said Wanyun Shao, a geographer at The University of Alabama who studies disaster risk perception in the hurricane-prone Gulf Coast.

Mass Shootings

Cincinnati shooting: Experts see mass shootings as an outgrowth of U.S. suicide epidemicCincinnati.com – Sept. 14

Mass shootings such as the Sept. 6 attack at the Fifth Third Center don’t neatly boil down just to who has access to guns. Preventing such horrors isn’t as simple as who has access to mental health care, or who is mentally ill … Adam Lankford, a University of Alabama criminologist, said blaming mass shootings on “mental illness” obscures the fact that the mentally ill are far more likely to be crime victims than perpetrators. The blame also hardens the social stigma of mental illness.

Natural Resources

Conference held at UA to discuss protecting natural resourcesWVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Sept. 14

Coal mining is shrinking in Alabama, and so is the water supply. That was the message today at The University of Alabama. Geologists and engineers are taking a closer look at how to use the state’s natural resources.