A&S in the News: December 13, 2020 – January 9, 2021

Blockchain Analysis

University of Alabama teams up with Chainalysis to offer crypto and blockchain training courses: Crowdfund Insider – Dec. 16

The University of Alabama is teaming up with Chainalysis, a provider of compliance and investigation software of virtual currency transactions. Through the partnership, both organizations will aim to offer “cutting-edge” education and training for students.
Bitcoin Satoshi News

Vaccine Rollout

UA part of national effort to strengthen coronavirus rollout: ABC 33/40 – Dec. 17

Five University of Alabama faculty members are helping in an effort to strengthen the vaccine rollout. Alabama is one of five states in the Communivax Initiative. The project looks at barriers that typically impact underserved communities and works to develop suggestions on how to improve.
Fox 6
NBC (Huntsville)
NBC (Montgomery)

Perception of Time

How to control your perception of time: The Bharat Express – Dec. 28

Just looking at engaging images can speed up the sense of time, as Philip Gable and Bryan Poole of The University of Alabama discovered. They showed participants images of geometric shapes (neutral elements), flowers (weak positive appeal) or delicious treats (strong positive appeal) for varying lengths of time and asked them to estimate how long each image took to appear. . Participants consistently underestimated the display time for treats.
The Telegraph

Pandemic Language

The pandemic has changed our language (live interview): WGN-AM (Chicago) – Dec. 28

On the phone here is Dr. Catherine Davies who just retired from teaching linguistics in the English department at The University of Alabama. Dr. Davies thanks so much for joining us here on Chicago’s Afternoon News. Well, hello Eric, it’s my pleasure…

Political Divides

U.S. Catholics cope with political divides among family, friends: National Catholic Reporter – Dec. 29

People on both sides agree that our current technology has intensified divisions. “The internet has a distancing phenomenon that brings out the worst in people,” says David Cruz-Uribe, a secular Franciscan, Knights of Columbus member and University of Alabama mathematics professor living in Tuscaloosa. “When my wife and I moved to Alabama from Connecticut five years ago, we joined a Facebook group for area Catholics. It was great at first, but I quickly discovered the moderator could not handle any conflict, even closing off comments when there was disagreement,” he says. “The whole ethos in the South is conflict-averse, but weighted toward certain cultural cues. And my experience has been that any attempt to discuss issues of race, unless you are with a small group of like-minded people, is very hard.”

Crime Rates

UA criminologist weighs in on rise in crime in Birmingham: CBS 42 – Dec. 30

New at 10, we reached out to a criminologist and University of Alabama adjunct professor to weigh in on the rise in crime. He says Birmingham has seen a sizable increase but it’s nothing compared to other cities. He says he and other criminologists are working to figure out why some cities are seeing such a massive increase in violence.

New Year’s Resolutions

Residents focusing on health, travel and relationships in the new year: Decatur Daily – Jan. 3

…back a little more normality to our home.” University of Alabama psychology professor Jenny Cundiff said setting New Year’s resolutions…

William Stewart

Longtime UA professor dies: WVUA – Jan. 3

Longtime University of Alabama professor Dr. William “Bill” Stewart has died. Dr. Stewart was a professor emeritus in the political science department. His research interests included Alabama, state and local government, and federalism.
Tuscaloosa News
U.S. News & World Report
Associated Press
Alabama Daily News
Decatur Daily
Alabama Today

Riots at U.S. Capitol

UA political science professor comments on riots at U.S. Capitol: WVUA – Jan. 7

We spoke with University of Alabama political science professor Allen Linken today about all he saw in those television images. Dr. Linken said it was hard to believe that such violence was happening in our country.