A&S in the News: May 10-16, 2020

UA CyberSeed

Four projects receive funding from University of Alabama CyberSeed program: Alabama Newscenter – May 10

Four promising research projects received funding from The University of Alabama CyberSeed program, part of the UA Office for Research and Economic Development. The pilot seed-funding program promotes research across disciplines on campus while ensuring a stimulating and well-managed environment for high-quality research.

Mentoring and Academic Partnership

Alabama student found program helping students get their GEDs: WVUA – May 11

People who spent much of their younger years incarcerated often face a difficult time moving forward with their education. In a lot of cases, it can take an immense amount of effort attempting the GED. But graduating University of Alabama senior Sumona Gupta and rising junior Marian Bolin founded a community program designed for assisting those who need help rounding out their education.

Metabolism and Digestion

Eat rat, make new body: Easy stuff for pythons: New York Times – May 12

On a cold, gray winter day, Stephen Secor drove to the outskirts of town to catch up with some old friends. He pulled into the driveway of David and Amber Nelson, who welcomed him into their converted basement, filled with stacks of refrigerator-size, glass-doored cages. Each cage contained a massive snake. Some of the Nelsons’ pythons and boa constrictors were recent adoptions from Dr. Secor’s lab, a few miles to the west at The University of Alabama.
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Alabama Artists

Alabama artists are resilient but losing millions due to coronavirus: Al.com – May 12

The term “starving artist” was coined for a reason. People go into the art world knowing the uncertainty of the field, but with the coronavirus shutting down theaters, museums and studios, many are getting a closer look at what that means. Art historian Dr. Lucy Curzon, who is a professor at The University of Alabama and specializes in modern and contemporary art, said that there have been occasions where the stock market has gone down or the world has gone through crises but the arts have flourished.

Leave It To Us

Leave It To Us Chapter starts in Birmingham: CBS 42 – May 12

Leave It To Us was started by University of Alabama student Michael Arundel in Tuscaloosa. But the initiative is gaining traction. There are now chapters across the United States. The goal for each of chapter is to keep high-risk individuals safe during the coronavirus crisis.

Campfire Benefits

Fire good. The surprising health benefits of making a campfire: Men’s Journal – May 16

“Those groups more successful at keeping the fire going would have had an advantage over groups that didn’t,” explains Christopher D. Lynn, an anthropologist at The University of Alabama. “A strong case can be made that this created a selective evolutionary pressure for people who can chill out by a fire, which puts them in the mood and position to learn from storytelling and to act cooperatively, rather than independently.”