A&S in the News: September 23-29, 2018


University begins partnership with TurboVoteCrimson White – Sept. 24

Grover, a senior studying politics, business and social justice in the New College, helped bring the online voting support system, TurboVote, established in 2012, to the attention of student government, the Division of Student Life, and Mary Lee Caldwell, the University’s director of mentoring resilience and citizenship.

Experiments in Opera

Experiments in Opera presents “Modularias” at the Flea TheaterBroadway World – Sept. 24

Four premieres for modular synthesizer and voice by composers Jason Cady (Candy Corn), Andrew Raffo Dewar (Volver), Joan La Barbara (Virginia and the Time Machine) and Kamala Sankaram (The Wife) … Dewar is an Associate Professor in New College and the School of Music at The University of Alabama.

E-cigarette Epidemic

FDA cracks down on e-cigarette ‘epidemic’Crimson White – Sept. 24

Molly Richardson works at Royal Tobacco & Vape Outlet in Hoover, Alabama. Due to the store’s wide variety of products, Richardson, a junior majoring in psychology and criminal justice, interacts with different customers on a daily basis, including college students … “The FDA is tackling Juul because the company has clearly cultivated a youth market but also because the FDA can’t really do much about Marlboro – because cigarettes were grandfathered into the bill, signed by President Obama in 2009, that gives the FDA regulatory authority over cigarettes,” said Dr. Alan Blum, professor of family medicine and Gerald Leon Wallace M.D. Endowed Chair in Family Medicine at The University of Alabama.

Hispanic Latino Heritage Month

Club honors local Hispanic, Latino diversityCrimson White – Sept. 24

UA Spanish Club: Los Estudiantes sin Fronteras has organized celebrations all month long to fulfill the main idea behind Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month. “Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month gives people the opportunity to celebrate the multitude of cultures and colors that make up Hispanic and Latinx culture,” said Club President Resha Swanson, a senior majoring in Spanish. “Although everyone should be able and free to celebrate their culture on a daily basis, this heritage month creates a national platform for cultural awareness and allows people of non-Latin descent to share in the rich culture and activities.”

Snowpack Characteristics

Researchers develop airborne radars to gauge US snowpack characteristics for water modelsScience Mag – Sept. 26

Next spring, researchers and students from the University of Kansas will participate in a project using a new ultra-wideband radar soaring on a plane above the Continental Divide to measure the depth and density of snowpack … The lead institution is the University of Alabama, and the project is led by Prasad Gogineni, a former KU professor. Also participating in this project are researchers from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.
Phys.org – Sept. 26
EurekAlert! – Sept. 26
US Ag Net – Sept. 26
Kansas Ag Connection – Sept. 27

“The Christians”

UA Theatre and Dance continues to feature national piecesCrimson White – Sept. 27

The play opened on a set uncannily similar to the scene that greets many churchgoers each Sunday morning in Tuscaloosa. Contemporary geometric patterns made up the wooden proscenium, with projector screens and modern worship music playing as the audience entered.

Ten Commandments

Alabama will vote to display the Ten Commandments on state propertyWNYC Radio – Sept. 27

Midterms are quickly approaching, and in Alabama, a ballot measure is being put forth that is causing a stir. Dean Young, former chief strategist to Roy Moore has been leading the charge to pass a ballot measure that would allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed on state property, such as courts and schools. The Takeaway reached out to Dean Young with a request for comment, but he did not respond. The Ten Commandments ballot measure has a long history behind it, and if it passes, it could be challenged all the way up to the Supreme Court. Brian Lyman is a State Government Reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser. Richard Newton is a religious studies professor at The University of Alabama. They both joined us on the show to discuss the history behind this ballot measure and what it could mean as a political strategy.

Slave Market Tour App

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Dr. Joshua Rothman

New Orleans publicly unveiling slave market tour appAssociated Press – Sept. 27

The city of New Orleans has unveiled a smartphone app tour of sites involved in the slave trade during the 18th and 19th centuries, including the pre-Civil War years during which the city was the nation’s largest slave market. . . . The city’s Tricentennial Commission reached out to Erin Greenwald, then curator at the Historic New Orleans Commission, and historian Joshua Rothman of The University of Alabama, after they wrote an opinion piece in 2016 “calling out New Orleans for being behind other southern cities” in recognizing “difficult history,” Greenwald said.
NPR – Sept. 27
ATT.net – Sept. 27
Quad City Times (Iowa) – Sept. 27
Edge Media Network – Sept. 29

Organ Recital

Organist Christopher Henley to perform at Judson CollegeAl.com – Sept. 29

The Judson College Music Department will host a recital by organist Christopher Henley October 11. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Alumnae Auditorium on the Judson College campus in Marion, Ala. The public is invited to attend, and there will be no charge for admission. . . . Henley is currently a degree candidate for the Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance at The University of Alabama, where he studied organ under the tutelage of Dr. Faythe Freese.