A&S in the News: September 22-28, 2019

Bama Theatre

Bama Theatre hosting free showing of ‘Forbidden Planet’: Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 22

The Bama Theatre will show a classic science fiction movie for free Monday night as part of the Shakespeare Film Series run through The University of Alabama’s Department of English. “Forbidden Planet,” starring Leslie Nielsen, Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Robby the Robot, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the theater, 600 Greensboro Ave. The 1956 movie is science fiction adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” The plot involves a starship crew that investigates the silence of a planet’s colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

Gun Control

Cruz plan keeps guns away from ‘felons and fugitives,’ but some experts say it’s not enough: Atlantic Broadband – Sept. 22

Ted Cruz is pushing his own version of gun control legislation in the Senate, but gun violence researchers said it’s unclear whether his plan will help prevent mass shootings. Adam Lankford, a professor at The University of Alabama who studies mass shootings, says Cruz’s bill would be effective in preventing mass shootings, but it wouldn’t necessarily be more effective than passing red flag laws, which allow law enforcement to intervene when someone begins to show warning signs for violence or self-harm by taking away their access to guns.
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Youth Vaping Rates

Youth vaping rates rise amid health fears: Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 22

The rate of teens using electronic cigarettes has more than doubled in two years, the largest and quickest increase in the popularity of any substance since tracking began 45 years ago. That data was published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine — months ahead of schedule — just as national health officials try to pinpoint why at least 530 people have been hospitalized and seven died after using vaping products. Most hospitalized were male and under age 35. One in six were under 18. Meanwhile, a telephone survey of 1,131 adult Alabama residents in 2017 found that 18.1% of respondents were current cigarette smokers. The Alabama Adult Tobacco Survey was conducted for the Alabama Department of Public Health by The University of Alabama’s Institute for Social Science Research.

Million Dollar Band

Million Dollar Band to perform at 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: WVUA – Sept. 23

They were chosen from over one hundred other applicants. The University made the announcement Saturday morning. “It just means we get to show everybody who the Million Dollar Band is, and represent The University of Alabama and Alabama as a whole, which is something really big that not a lot of schools can say that they went up north to go to such a big event.” The parade will be in November 2020.
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Fighting cancer with physics: Symmetry – Sept. 24

University of Alabama rising senior Sarah Deutsch once pictured scientists as cold and detached. As an expressive musical theater kid who dreamed of singing on Broadway, she couldn’t imagine herself in such a role. But meeting a physics teacher a lot like herself her junior year of high school made her reevaluate what a scientist could be. And working on a project with the CERN Summer Student Program this year, she discovered that her connections with and empathy for others are in fact valuable assets in her scientific work.

Impeachment Inquiry

UA political science professor comments on impeachment inquiry: WVUA – Sept. 24

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday the House would initiate a formal impeachment inquiry against president Donald Trump. University of Alabama political science professor Dr. Allen Linken says this is just the first step. He says Nancy Pelosi has a tough battle ahead.
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Drug Trafficking

In the Panamanian ports the new drug trafficking route: La Stampa (Italy) – Sept. 25

In the geography of drug trafficking Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Guatemala are the main coca leaf growers. Colombia has a monopoly on the processing of raw materials. The Republic of Panama is an excellent bridge between producers and consumers. “It is the consequence of the increase in controls between Mexico and the United States – explains Nicholas Magliocca, a researcher at The University of Alabama engaged in the study of drug trafficking strategies – Places change, history repeats itself: as long as there is a question, and money can be made, crime will find a new course.”

Native American Festival

Moundville Native American Festival to be held: NBC 13 – Sept. 25

The Moundville Native American Festival returning for its 31st year. The event, hosted by The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park, will feature educators, artists, and craftsmen from around the nation. All will share their knowledge of southeastern native American cultures with those in attendance. This year’s festival starts Oct. 9, and will run through the 12th.

Environmental History

Lend a Hand: Mural brings attention to Black Warrior River: Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 28

…in the spring semester Environmental History of the Americas class at the University of Alabama selected the mural’s topic and prepared the…