A&S in the News: June 9-15, 2019

Forensic Science Camp

Spots open for UA forensic science camp, which teaches crime-solving skills to middle- and high-schoolers: Tuscaloosa News – June 10

Dusting for fingerprints and examining blood splatter are some of the skills students will learn in this summer’s Forensic Science camp. Spots are still open for middle and high school students who want hands-on experience learning forensic science techniques. Two sessions of the camp run by The University of Alabama’s Office of Archaeological Research will be held in July.
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – June 10
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – June 10 (Video report)

Civil Rights History Trail

Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Trail being unveiled Monday: Tuscaloosa News – June 10

The Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Trail will officially open Monday. The Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Task Force will host an event beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, 620 Greensboro Ave., to celebrate the opening of the 18-site trail … The trail will eventually be expanded to include sites around Stillman College and The University of Alabama.
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – June 10
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – June 11

Miss Alabama

Tiara Pennington wearing the Miss Alabama crown
Tiara Pennington, political science major Photo courtesy of Al.com

Tiara Pennington wins 2019 Miss Alabama: WTVY – June 10

Tiara Pennington is now the new Miss Alabama. She won the crown Saturday night at Samford University. She competed as the 2019 Miss University of Alabama. Pennington is the first African-American to win the title of Miss University of Alabama.
WAFF 48 (Huntsville) – June 9
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – June 9
ABC 9 (Columbus, Georgia) – June 9
Trussville Tribune – June 8
WAFF-NBC (Huntsville) – June 9
WTVY-CBS (Dothan) – June 9
WTOK-ABC (Meridian, Mississippi) – June 9
WDFX-Fox (Dothan) – June 9
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – June 9
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – June 10
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – June 10
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – June 10
WTOK-ABC (Meridian, MS) – June 10
Tuscaloosa News – June 11
Al.com – June 13

The Origin of Animals

Pluripotency and the origin of animal multicellularity: Nature – June 12

A widely held—but rarely tested—hypothesis for the origin of animals is that they evolved from a unicellular ancestor, with an apical cilium surrounded by a microvillar collar, that structurally resembled modern sponge choanocytes and choanoflagellates … Affiliations: Department of Biological Sciences and Alabama Museum of Natural History, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

American Ballet Theatre

Belfast student to attend American Ballet Theatre summer program: The Free Press (Maine) – June 13

Willoe Kirkpatrick (shown), a sophomore at Belfast Area High School, has been accepted into American Ballet Theatre of New York’s intensive summer program, held at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

Highway 2 Hale

Highway 2 Hale bike ride held at Moundville Archaeological Park: WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – June 15

Bicyclists hopped on their bikes today and peddled all for a good cause. The ride began and ended at the Moundville Archaeological Park. Proceeds from the Highway 2 Hale ride fund three specific scholarships for advertising majors at The University of Alabama. For the first time, it will also benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of West Alabama.