A&S in the News: December 2-8, 2018

Communication Plan

Puzzling together a communication planProgressions – Dec. 3

Writing a communication plan is standard for public relations practitioners. A communication plan serves as a blueprint for how one will implement a campaign. It takes careful planning to construct and attention to detail before implementing. This is also the case when composing a puzzle. (Trenton Brasfield is a senior at The University of Alabama majoring in public relations and minoring in sociology.)

Hospice Care

How to choose Hospice careNext Avenue – Dec. 3

Making the decision to transition your loved one to hospice care (for people whose medical conditions mean they are expected to die within six months) is a time of emotional upheaval … “If you have an opportunity to go with a free-standing hospice house, jump wholeheartedly into it because the environment is created specifically to help people as they die and the family members of people as they die,” said Dr. Rebecca Allen, a geropsychologist and professor of psychology at The University of Alabama’s Research Institute on Aging.
Forbes – Dec. 4

Autism Study

UA looking for participants for theater-based Autism studyNBC 13 – Dec. 4

Right now, researchers at The University of Alabama are enrolling children ages 10 through 16 for a theater based autism spectrum disorder spectrum group. Researchers on children with and without autism spectrum disorder. If you like to find out more, contact shane Jones at the number you see on your screen right there.
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Dec. 4
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Dec. 4
WERC-FM (Birmingham) – Dec. 5


The Alt-Right’s moment has come and goneThe American Conservative – Dec. 6

The Alt-Right will continue to be the subject of books and articles for the foreseeable future. As the most effective recent manifestation of white nationalism in the United States, it warrants serious and sober analysis. (George Hawley is assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama.)

Holiday Events

Busy week for holiday events in TuscaloosaTuscaloosa News – Dec. 6

Begun in 1969 by University of Alabama School of Music professors Fred Prentice and Steve Sample, “Hilaritas” takes its name from a Greek word interpreted loosely as “to live joyfully.” Choral director Prentice and jazz studies professor Sample created new arrangements of contemporary and classical of holiday music.

‘The Nutcracker’

Dance theatre presents a ‘Huntingtonized Nutcracker’Huntington (West Virginia) – Herald Dispatch – Dec. 6

For many HDT families it is a tradition that pleasantly envelopes the whole family. The Arneson family has been involved with HDT performance of “The Nutcracker” for years.The family got involved when their daughter Emma was in middle school. Their son Ethan, now 22, has been in the production since he was 5. And father Neil, a Marshall professor, plays Santa Claus. Neil’s wife Ruth Ann said this is the first HDT performance that Emma will have missed since she began dancing in middle school. In August, she began pursuing a Ph.D. at The University of Alabama.

Wanyun Shao
Dr. Wanyun Shao

Climate Change

Can 2018’s extreme weather persuade skeptics that the climate is changing?Washington Post – Dec. 7

Many scientists have been working to determine when strange weather can be attributed to climate change. I have focused my research on examining Americans’ understanding of how strange weather and climate change are related. Here’s what I’ve found: Political orientation determines attitudes toward both climate change and extreme weather . . . Wanyun Shao is an assistant professor of geography at The University of Alabama and an early-career research fellow at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program.
World Environmental – Dec. 7

Confederate Memorial Park

Alabama’s $600,000 Confederate park carries controversial cost and messageAl.com – Dec. 7

In Alabama’s taxpayer-funded Confederate Memorial Park in Chilton County, a library promotes the message that slavery was not the cause of the Civil War. . . . Joshua Rothman, professor and chair of the Department of History at The University of Alabama, said he does not believe state and local governments should fund Confederate memorials. “To me the Confederacy was a cause that was pretty explicitly in the defense of slavery,” Rothman said. “I know that not every soldier was a slaveholder, not every soldier was in the war specifically to defend slavery, but I don’t think there’s any way to separate the cause of the Confederacy from the defense of slavery.