A&S in the News: April 18-24, 2021

House Tuscaloosa

UA students serve on board of directors of the House Tuscaloosa: WVUA – April 18

At first glance, it’s a nice, brick home where any family might enjoy living. But, it’s more than that, as two University of Alabama students can tell you…Quin Kelly and Alexus Cumbie serve on the board of directors of The House Tuscaloosa. Inside, shelves are already being filled with books, lots of books. Quin and Alexus are both graduate students at The University of Alabama. They want The House Tuscaloosa to be a special place.

Mobile Bay

The marshes of Alabama’s Mobile Bay are disappearing – fast: Outdoor Life – April 19

Mobile Bay has lost 30 percent of its important saltwater marshes from 1984 to 2019 (35 years), according to an in-depth study by The University of Alabama.

Behavioral Study

New UA study paying families to participate: Fox 6 – April 19

If you are a parent interested in having your child take part in a special behavioral study at The University of Alabama, well, they are offering some big bucks for you to participate. This new study will test a new treatment out on children, six to 11-years-old, who have emotional difficulties. Plus, families who take part in this process can get paid up to $300.

Bama Bug Fest

Bama Bug Fest features takes deep dive into world of creepy-crawlies: Tuscaloosa News – April 20

Various bug exhibits will be showcased at the Alabama Museum of Natural History, 427 Sixth Ave., on the University of Alabama campus, the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum, 1901 Jack Warner Parkway, and the Tuscaloosa Public Library.

SummerTide Theatre

UA’s SummerTide Theatre bringing love songs to the beach: Al.com – April 21

If the prospect of heading for a carefree Gulf Shores vacation just like in pre-pandemic days makes you want to sing, The University of Alabama’s Department of Theatre and Dance is about to crack open a whole songbook for you.

Houseplant Obsessions

The dark side of our succulent obsession: Cheddar News – April 21

It may come as a surprise, but a growing obsession with houseplants and gardening is endangering several plant species and pushing them to the brink of extinction. The unhealthy fascination is the driving force behind an illegal plant trading market, and with little to no oversight, stopping these illicit sales is proving to be difficult. “The unfortunate consequences of how these species have evolved in ways that may make them more susceptible to illicit trade, the fact that these species can survive long periods, for instance, oftentimes without water, makes it much easier, for instance, to remove them from the ground and put them in a box and ship around the world in a way that you couldn’t necessarily transport a much more sensitive plant,” Jared Margulies, assistant professor at The University of Alabama, told Cheddar.

“The Ledger and the Chain”

Tusk Calendar: Who’s playing and what’s happening: Tuscaloosa News – April 22

Joshua Rothman discussing his book “The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America”: 5 p.m., online, hosted by Ernest and Hadley Booksellers. Minimum $5 to attend, or free with purchase of the book. See more at their Facebook presence, or at www.ernestandhadleybooks.com. Rothman, a professor of history and chair of the Department of History at The University of Alabama, recounts the shocking story of the domestic slave trade…

Confederate Monuments

Dr. Green to provide more context into the broader movement of the removal of Confederate monuments: Crossroads Today – April 22

An Alabama professor and historian is studying how more Confederate monuments were removed in 2020 than previous years, as protests and conversations continue throughout the country about those removals.
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Black Poets

How Black poets and writers gave a voice to “Affrilachia”: The Times – April 23

Appalachia, in the popular imagination, stubbornly remains poor and white… But as Black poets and scholars living in Appalachia, we know that this simplified portrayal obscures a world that is far more complex… Amy M. Alvarez, West Virginia University and Jameka Hartley, University of Alabama…

Director of Bands

UTC lands ‘Million Dollar’ professor for director of bands: WRCB – April 23

Randall O. Coleman is taking the reigns at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as Director of Bands. No stranger to big time programs, he comes to UTC after 14 years as Associate Director of The University of Alabama Million Dollar Band. This followed a quarter century as a high school band director and supervisor in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia.

Taser Weapon System

How can police mistake a gun for a taser? ‘Rare but possible’: Al.com – April 24

“Most officers place the taser on their weak side, non-drawing hand or non-shooting hand side,” said Patrick Farris, instructor at the criminology and criminal justice department at The University of Alabama. “The taser holster is placed backwards on the weak-side allowing for a cross draw with the strong hand. This makes the taser weapon system unmistakable.”