A&S in the News: October 13-19, 2019

Outstanding Commitment to Teaching

College News: Tuscaloosa News – Oct. 13

The University of Alabama National Alumni Association announced the 2019 recipients of the University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching — the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Awards.

Native American Festival

Moundville festival showcases Tuscaloosa’s native history: Crimson White – Oct. 14

The usually quiet, empty grounds of the Moundville Archaeological Park saw dozens of vendors, thousands of visitors and decades of stories told last week. The Native American Festival, which lasted from Wednesday to Saturday, is an event that is looked forward to all year by staff and tourists. Alex Benitez, park director and University of Alabama museum studies instructor, looks forward to this event each year.

Miss America

Miss America 2020: Meet the 51 ladies competing for the crown: International Business Times – Oct. 14

The Miss America 2020 pageant is getting a new home and date this year, but women from all 50 states, as well as Washington D.C., are still getting ready to compete for the national title and take the crown. Miss Alabama- Tiarra Pennington. College: University of Alabama. Major: Political Science. Social Impact Initiative: National Psoriasis Foundation and Psoriasis. Take Action Alabama. Twitter: @MissAmericaAL

Diabetes Management

Physics professors granted patent for new device that could revolutionize diabetes management: News Medical Life Sciences – Oct. 14

“We sort of joke he’s the brains and I’m the brawn behind the operation, because he’s the theorist and I’m the experimentalist. I bring the technique into the experiment,” said Ouzts, who earned her Ph.D. in physics from The University of Alabama.

‘History of Us’

‘History of Us’ course transforms classroom experience at Central High: Crimson White – Oct. 17

African American history in high schools across the nation is often reduced to one month: Black History Month. Every February, students learn about influential figures such as Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., but most students are taught little about the African American history in their own communities. This year, Central High School in Tuscaloosa has teamed up with over a dozen community partners, including The University of Alabama associate professor of history and African American studies, John M. Giggie, to answer this question. “History of Us” is a year-long course created in hopes of getting students engaged in learning about African American history and understanding civic engagement.

The Truth About Slavery

Want the real truth about slavery? Try these books, movies for kids, adults and teachers: USA Today – Oct. 17

Slavery defined our nation’s past and still affects its present. Many Americans don’t realize that, experts say. We want to help you learn the real truth about slavery. So we asked African-American history experts and education professors for their recommendations for how Americans like you can learn more about slavery. For educators, University of Alabama historian Joshua Rothman has one major tip: Don’t do reenactments or turn slavery into a game.