A&S in the News: February 14-20, 2021

Family Member Incarceration

Family member incarceration in childhood linked to diabetes: Mad in America – Feb. 16

A new study, published in SAGE Open Medicine, explores whether exposure to family member incarceration (FMIC) during childhood leads to diabetes in adulthood. Researchers found a link between experiencing FMIC in childhood and diabetes for men. They call for further research investigating negative long-term health impacts of exposure to FMIC in childhood for men and identify structural changes that may alleviate some of these long-term adverse effects. The researchers, led by Dr. Bradley A. White of The University of Alabama, write: “A growing literature supports the link between FMIC and both psychosocial and physical health outcomes. Recent investigations suggest that FMIC predicts a variety of health concerns related to inflammation, such as asthma, elevated cholesterol, and myocardial infarction.”

Social Justice

UNCP to host social justice symposium: Laurinburg Exchange – Feb. 18

…from the College of Charleston, Associate Professor of History Dr. Hilary Green from the University of Alabama and Emil Little 3-3:55 p.m.: …
The National

Miss Alabama

Miss Alabama Tiara Pennington to perform virtual concert, Q&A at Wallace State: Cullman Times – Feb. 18

Wallace State Community College’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee announces it will host a virtual concert featuring Miss Alabama 2019 Tiara Pennington. The concert will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 9:30 a.m., and can be accessed at bit.ly/missalabama-wscc. Pennington will also participate in a Q&A session. Her appearance is part of Black History Month events offered at Wallace State. Pennington, of Helena, finished in the top 7 at the 2020 Miss America competition. Before being named Miss Alabama, she was the first African American winner of the Miss University of Alabama competition.

Hallowed Grounds Tour

Tour highlights University of Alabama’s history with slavery: Alabama Political Reporter – Feb. 19

UA associate professor Hilary Green’s tours shed light on the university’s slave history and how it’s remembered, erased.

Mayoral Debate

Elevate Tuscaloosa plan challenged during Tuscaloosa mayoral debate: Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 19

Incumbent Walt Maddox and those challenging his bid at a fifth term in the mayoral seat – local pastor and businessman Martin Houston and University of Alabama professor Serena Fortenberry – remained cordial during the debate as accusations and defenses flew among topics that varied from the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic to recruiting and retaining businesses and industries as well as the workforce to support them. But among the most contentious of topics was Elevate Tuscaloosa.

Black History Scholar Bowl

Students’ knowledge on Black History tested in inaugural Scholar Bowl: WVUA 23 – Feb. 19

College students from across Alabama will gather at The University of Alabama’s Bryant Conference Center Feb. 27 for the first-ever Dr. Trudier Harris Intercollegiate Black History Scholar Bowl.

Life with Zoom

Life with Zoom according to Rick Bragg: Southern Living – Feb. 20

Oh, Lord, will someone please help me? My big head is trapped in my computer, and I cannot pry it out. I’ve been a prisoner in the land of Zoom for about nine months now. Not a day goes by that I don’t squeeze and flatten my face into the tiny screen and send it, through the magic of the worldwide interweb, to some poor fool in Tuscaloosa or Chicago or Mars. … Maybe I ought to explain. I teach writing at The University of Alabama, and due to the pandemic, I have been doing it mostly remotely, which is just a more dignified way of saying that I’m Zooming into the world of higher education.