A&S in the News: October 4-10, 2020

Native American Festival

2020 Moundville Native American Festival goes virtual: Alabama News Center – Oct. 4

The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park will conduct the 32nd annual Moundville Native American Festival online Oct. 5-10.
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Professor Rankings

UA criminal justice professor ranked No. 1 in U.S.: Fox 6 – Oct. 5

A University of Alabama criminology and criminal justice instructor is apparently making the grade. This afternoon, Douglas Klutz ranked as the No. 1 college professor in the U.S. once again. Both CEO World Magazine and Best Values Schools gave Klutz top rankings for 2020.

Immigration and Crime

UB study finds no apparent link between undocumented immigration and crime: Newswise – Oct. 5

UB study finds no apparent link between undocumented immigration and crime… Lesley Williams Reid, University of Alabama professor of criminology.
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Tide Talks

Tide Talks XXXI lifts student voices in time of isolation: Crimson White – Oct. 7

Tide Talks was founded in the spring of 2013 to provide a platform for students all over campus who wanted to share their revolutionary ideas. In a time of isolation, Tide Talks leaders hope their platform can uplift student voices and encourage a dialogue on campus that will foster new relationships and outlooks.

MRI Scanner

New MRI scanner offers more research possibilities for Alabama: WVUA – Oct. 7

A new MRI scanner purchased for The University of Alabama gives researchers the opportunity to further advance their capabilities of studying the human brain. With a price tag of $1.7 million, the state-of-the-art MRI scanner was a grant from the National Science Foundation. The scanner will help UA make strides in neuroscience research. “The University of Alabama is recognized as a top-tier research institution, and we have a growing concentration of neuroimaging and neuroscience researchers at UA,” said Dr. Russell J. Mumper, vice president for research and economic development.

Presidential Debate

Thoughts from the presidential debate: WVUA – Oct. 7

Dr. Regina Wagner, an associate political science professor at The University of Alabama, givers her take on their performances…

Race Relations

The outsized role of the President in race relations: Smithsonian Magazine – Oct. 8

A new podcast series explores how the presidency has shaped the nation’s approach to pursuing racial justice… After conversations with Hilary Green, a professor at The University of Alabama, and Nick Sacco, a park ranger at the Ulysses S. Grant National Park Service site in St. Louis, I became even more convinced that Grant’s legacy should be a central part of the national conversation about how the government can combat racism.

Election Process

We can trust the election process: Al.com – Oct. 8

Joseph Smith is associate professor of Political Science at The University of Alabama. The views expressed here are his own, and do not represent The University of Alabama.

Game Day

Tide fans roll on, but in smaller numbers: Tuscaloosa News – Oct. 8

… There was a lot to miss Saturday. In so much vast nothingness, a mind could wander, imagine a plush oasis. Or live bull elephant parade. With capacity limited to roughly a fifth of usual, no tailgating or RVs allowed — providers of 93 percent of “Yea Alabama” car horn noise noise noise noise — no Million Dollar Band on the Quad, no much of anything, actually, on the Quad or farther out on University Boulevard, nothing but a jogger dressed up to look like mid-“Forrest Gump” film Tom Hanks, jogging by in red shorts, cap, flowing hair and beard.

Museums and Galleries

UA museums and galleries re-open for in-person visits: Tuscaloosa News – Oct. 8

Visual art thrives on presence, from full dimensionality, which is one reason Daniel L. White is pleased the Paul R. Jones Museum of American Art and University of Alabama Gallery, both in downtown Tuscaloosa, have re-opened to visitors.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Rest in power, Notorious RBG: WVUA – Oct. 8

“Justice Ginsburg shaped the court in a way that is easy to see but difficult to describe,” said University of Alabama Assistant Professor of Political Science Allen Linken. “One of her lasting legacies is certainly her push for gender equality as an advocate.”

Online Teaching

‘Please wear pants’ and other new rules of pandemic college teaching: EdSurge – Oct. 8

You can take a remote college class from anywhere these days. From your backyard, your car, your bedroom—even your bed. In these casual settings, it can be easy to forget that classmates and instructors can observe you. And that means class has the potential to get … weird.  “We’ve had to create some policies to remind students this is a classroom space,” says Cassander Smith, associate professor of English at The University of Alabama. “There’s a particular decorum. You don’t want to tune into a Zoom class discussion when you’re still in your night clothes, or lying in bed.”