A&S in the News: October 7-13, 2018

Stacy Alley
Stacy Alley

Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Awards

College News: October 7, 2018Tuscaloosa News – Oct. 7

The University of Alabama National Alumni Association has announced the 2018 recipients of the University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching – the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Awards.

Native American Festival

Moundville Native American Festival celebrates heritageCrimson White – Oct. 8

Tents and pavilions sprung up across the grasses of Moundville Archaeological Park last Wednesday. The 30th annual Moundville Native American Festival, which lasted through Saturday, brought members of diverse southeastern communities to the Tuscaloosa area. Many vendors and performers made appearances at the festival, and several nations were represented among the participants, selling their goods to local visitors.


UA homecoming features bonfire, pep rally and paradeTuscaloosa News – Oct. 8

The University of Alabama will roll out the crimson carpet for students, alumni and fans during homecoming week. Activities began Sunday with the 30th annual Roll Tide Run and a kickoff party on the lawn outside the Ferguson Center. The week will culminate Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium as UA faces the University of Missouri in the annual homecoming football game.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Oct. 8
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Oct. 9
Al.com – Oct. 9
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Oct. 11

Mother of Alabama Art Photography

Dual exhibits honor mother of Alabama photography Gay BurkeWVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Oct. 8

Students, colleagues and friends impacted by their larger than life teacher and fellow artist reminisced Friday at opening night for a pair of exhibits highlighting her life. Gay Burke, considered the mother of Alabama photography, died last year, but her work lives on through her own art and that of her many students …Burke had the honor of being the first female professor working at The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History, and spent more than 40 years as a teacher.
Crimson White – Oct. 9

Michael Martone

Michael Martone keeps us the good workNUVO – Oct. 9

Michael Martone is an Indiana-born essayist, and fiction writer who likes to play with our notions of both time and history. Martone published two books in 2018, including the book of essays Broodings and the just released The Moon Over Wapakoneta: Fictions and Science Fictions from Indiana and Beyond … Even his science fiction has a strong sense of place. Lately Martone, who teaches fiction writing at The University of Alabama, has been inspired to take a stab at this genre.

Earth Sciences

Using Information Theory in Earth SciencesEarth and Space Science News – Oct. 9

Information theory provides a powerful conceptual framework for learning, model building, and prediction in the Earth sciences … also at Bristol University, U.K.; Uwe Ehret, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany; and Grey Nearing, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

All-State Choir

Twenty-four GMS students make all-state choirGlasgow Daily Times (Kentucky) – Oct. 9

Glasgow Middle School recently had 24 students accepted into the Kentucky American Choral Directors Association (KYACDA) all-state choir, which is more than any other school in the state, said Matt Shepherd, choir and strings instructor at GMS … The sixth-grade group will be conducted by Amir Zaheri, associate director of the School of Music at The University of Alabama.

Actor’s Charitable Theatre

Actor’s Charitable Theatre debuts black-box theaterCrimson White – Oct. 11

The theater community in Tuscaloosa continues to grow as those who once performed on stage as kids are now leading a younger generation into the spirit of acting. This weekend, the community grew a little more as The Actor’s Charitable Theatre (ACT) performed its first show at a new theater in Northport over the weekend. “I have been indirectly involved since the third grade, with my first role in one of their shows being an ensemble role in ‘Into the Woods,’” said Will Henson, a sophomore majoring in theater. “[The ACT] had a huge role in my progression into theater.

Hurricane Michael

Panama City weather brown of Hurricane Michael’s destructive powerVAAJU – Oct. 11

When Hurricane Michael threatened Florida Panhandle with shining winds and dangerous surf, residents who went out in the storm in the popular Panama City Beach resort were aware of how much Videos on social media showed 155 mph winds ripping tarps of ceilings and new homes on the beach collapse in the intrusive waves … “This will definitely ruin Panama City Beach,” said Jason Senkbeil, The University of Alabama, a professor of geography who has investigated hurricane escape.
Fox 25 (Gulfport, Mississippi) – Oct. 10
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Oct. 9

Leroy Wilson

‘I wasn’t going anywhere’: On land of former slaves, a sturdy home gives shelter from the stormWashington Post – Oct. 11

The modest one-story brick house on Old U.S. Road meant more to Leroy Wilson and his family than a roof over their heads. . . . . “We live on the land where our ancestors were once chattel,” said his son, Lamar, who has traced their ancestry to the 1840s . “That’s why they won’t leave. They elected to stay largely because of that lineage.” . . . Lamar, an assistant professor at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, said he dismissed class around 5 p.m. Wednesday after getting a text from his sister describing the devastation in his hometown and he began making frantic telephone calls to his relatives. He knew they would not leave their land.

Obama’s Endorsement

Obama stays away, as his endorsement is ‘kryptonite’ in AlabamaAl.com – Oct. 12

Former President Barack Obama’s endorsements so far this campaign season include Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor in Florida and Georgia and about a half dozen congressional hopefuls in Texas … “Like the national Democratic Party, I suspect that Obama would prefer not to waste his endorsements on candidates that have virtually no chance of winning,” said Richard Fording, a political science professor at The University of Alabama.


Second NASA space telescope is disabled after unexplained problemThe Independent – Oct. 13

NASA & # 39; s Chandra Space Telescope has turned itself off just a few days after a similar problem hit the Hubble Space Telescope. The cause of the latter problem is unclear and investigations are being continued, according to the space agency … “Both Hubble and Chandra in extended safe modes,” wrote William Keel of The University of Alabama on Twitter, saying that we should now anticipate “galactic supernova”, an “extraterrestrial fleet”, “disruption of the comet / impact with a of gigantic planets “or a series of other phenomena.
Archy News Nety – Oct. 13
Yahoo! – Oct. 13

Million Dollar Band

95-year-old Million Dollar Band alumnus returns to UAWVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Oct. 13

Harold Thropp looks like your normal Alabama fan going to the game today, but a lot has changed since he graduated from the Capstone in the 1940’s.