A&S in the News: May 3-9, 2020


Birmingham family celebrates graduate with drive by ceremony: WBRC-Fox 6 – May 4

The family of Alexis Cumbie set up this drive by graduation celebration. Her mother created this as Alexis graduated magna cum laude from The University of Alabama with dual degrees in political science and business management.

Moody Music Building

Repairs start on Moody Music Building: ABC 33/40 – May 6

Repairs have begun for The University of Alabama Moody Music Building according to our partner at the Tuscaloosa News. The building was damaged by a fire after lightning hit it during a thunderstorm last month. Firefighters were able to save most of the Million Dollars Band’s equipment.
CBS 42 – May 8


Asian murder hornets arrive in U.S. (Live Interview): WBRC Fox 6 – May 6

For more perspective on how big a problem the Asian murder hornets could become in the states, we are joined on Zoom by University of Alabama chief curator and director of museum research Dr. John Abbott. Dr. Abbott, great to see you this morning. We appreciate you spending some time with us.

Mass Public Shootings

U.S. outlier in mass public shooting events, or singular mass shooters?: Before It’s News – May 6

In 2016 Adam Lankford of The University of Alabama, published a paper examining the distribution of mass shooting/mass shooters around the world. The published result concluded the United States had a disproportionate number of these rare events.  Lankford’s study showed the United States had 5% of the world’s population, but 31% of the mass shootings/mass shooters, as defined by Lankford.

Mentoring and Academic Partnership

Sumona Gupta
Sumona Gupta

UA students help youth on a path to GED diploma: WVUA – May 7

Graduating University of Alabama senior Sumona Gupta and rising Junior Marian Bolin, founded a community program called mentoring and academic partnership or “MAP”, in an effort to help these youths. In the program, UA students volunteer as tutors, to help participants regain valuable learning time.

Summer Courses on Coronavirus

University of Alabama offering educational courses on coronavirus: WAFF (Huntsville) – May 8

Three courses offered this summer to all students at The University of Alabama will allow students to understand issues stemming from the coronavirus pandemic while exploring solutions to a shortage of personal protective equipment. Two courses focus on understanding and tackling challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, one offered during Interim term on the shortage of PPE and the other during the summer semester on broader societal and organizational challenges. A third, seminar-style course over the summer term will explore the pandemic through guest speakers with diverse expertise.