A&S in the News: June 14-20, 2020

New Horizons

NASA’s New Horizons sees a different night sky from 4 billion miles away: Forbes – June 15

NASA’s New Horizons, humanity’s first spacecraft to encounter Pluto, is more than 4.3 billion miles (7 billion km) from Earth. This color image of the nearby star Wolf 359 (bright star) shows its current position as seen from… William Keel/University of Alabama/SARA Observatory.

US-Greece College Exchange

American Ambassador extols new US-Greece college exchange program: Greek Greece Reporter – June 16

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Minister of Education and Religious Affairs Niki Kerameus and other ministry officials, along with representatives of all the Greek universities, discussed the program with the president of the Institute of International Education (IIE) Allan Goodman, Ambassador Pyatt, and representatives of the 27 American universities and colleges which collaborate on the program. The decision to launch the program was taken in September between the Greek Education Ministry and IIE. The twenty-seven US universities that will participate in the program are the following institutions: University of Alabama.
Ant 1 News (Greece)
Alpha TV (Greece)
Temp 24 (Greece)
…and many more

Removal of Confederate Monuments

Charlotte Talks: Why does America memorialize the Confederacy?: WFAE 90.7 – June 17

The nationwide uproar over police brutality and racism has led to the toppling and removal of Confederate monuments. How did these icons become part of the landscape in the first place? Guests: Hilary Green, University of Alabama, associate professor of history and co-director of the African American Studies program.

Digital Stargazing

Pandemic Public Nights allows for digital stargazing on four continents: The Demopolis Times – June 18

The UA Department of Physics and Astronomy returned access to its powerful reflecting telescope in the observatory atop Gallalee Hall through what’s been dubbed Pandemic Public Nights, a digital viewing through the telescope.
Alabama News Center – June 21
Tuscaloosa News – June 22

Virtual Black Box

UA videos bring live theater to your couch: Tuscaloosa News – June 18

While coronavirus makes live performance impossible or impractical, The University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance has begun sharing a Virtual Black Box series, videos capturing live performance that can be viewed from home, or anywhere your laptop, tablet or phone can go.

Black-Owned Businesses

Incoming University of Alabama freshman raises more than $165K for black-owned businesses damaged during rioting: Yellowhammer – June 18

An incoming freshman at The University of Alabama is standing up for black-owned businesses damaged during civil unrest that stemmed from George Floyd’s death last month in Minneapolis.  CJ Pearson, 17, is a native Georgian and longtime Bama football fan. He has announced that he will be studying political science in Tuscaloosa this fall.