A&S in the News: March 7-13, 2021

Virtual Spring Break Camp

UA Museum of Natural History offers virtual spring break camp: ABC 33/40 – March 8

Parents, if you are looking for a unique spring break activity for your child, The University of Alabama’s Museum of Natural History is offering an exploring nature, virtual spring break camp for K-12. For more information you can visit the Alabama Museum of Natural History website.

Cosmic Interaction

In detecting particle, UA researchers help prove 60-year-old theory: Alabama Patch – March 10

Two researchers from The University of Alabama are part of an international project that detected a cosmic interaction never observed before, but predicted 60 years ago. Drs. Dawn Williams and Marcos Santander, both in the UA Department of Physics and Astronomy, are co-authors on a paper published in Nature that details how a massive telescope buried in an Antarctic glacier detected the moment a high-energy particle called an electron antineutrino, hurtling to Earth from outer space at close to the speed of light, smashed into an electron and produced a particle that quickly decayed into a shower of secondary particles.

Creative Writing Workshop

Tusk Calendar: Who’s playing and what’s happening: Tuscaloosa News – March 11

Online Events: Friday: Virtual writing workshop with Robin Behn: 5-6:30 p.m., $35, on Zoom, hosted by Ernest and Hadley Booksellers. To celebrate the publication of “Once Upon a Time in the 21st Century: Unexpected Exercises in Creative Writing,” Behn, the book’s editor and University of Alabama professor of creative writing, will talk briefly about how the book emerged from an outreach program at UA, and then lead participants in several creative writing exercises from the book.

Alabama Amazon Union

Organizers confident union drive at Amazon’s Bessemer warehouse will succeed: ABC 33/40 – March 12

That the union push at the Bessemer warehouse has even gotten this far is likely due to who the organizers are, says Michael Innis-Jiménez, an associate professor at The University of Alabama. Companies typically villainize union organizers as out-of-staters who don’t know what workers want. But the retail union has an office in nearby Birmingham and many of the organizers are Black, like the workers in the Bessemer warehouse. “I think that really helps a lot,” Innis-Jiménez said. “They’re not seen as outsiders.”

Senate Race

Sewell discusses run for Senate in 2022: NBC (Huntsville) – March 12

Joseph Smith, “I think it’s not there right now, but I think it could be there 10 years from now.” The University of Alabama political expert says he would be surprised if Sewell elects to run for Senate, giving up representing the district she grew up in and her strong standing in the House. Smith says he could see Sewell taking on a facilitator role if she does not run, helping to identify strong candidates and areas where they can pick up more votes. The Alabama professor does not see a repeat of 2017 when Democrat Doug Jones beat the controversial Republican Roy Moore.