A&S in the News: August 1-7, 2021

Leanna Roberts

15-year-old to start classes at UA: ABC (Oklahoma City, OK) – Aug. 1

Soon to be a 15-year-old double graduate Leanna Roberts is finishing up at Central High School and Shelton State Community College then on her way to study at The University of Alabama.
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Dance Studios

More than just a studio: Dance Magazine – Aug. 2

There’s a special connection between dancers and the studios where they spend countless hours—even years—developing their craft. That’s why colleges that want to attract and nurture the very best talent invest in the very best resources—like top-quality flooring from a trusted manufacturer like Harlequin—to inspire and support their students both mentally and physically… University of Alabama. “The dance studio in Clark Hall is one of the most beautiful spaces on campus. Nicknamed,’The Dance Castle,’ due to the incredible cathedral windows, it provides a space where students can reconnect with their own bodies, the community around them, and their surroundings. The memories this studio holds are endless.” —Aidan Nettles, Professor of Dance

NASA Patents

Stellar innovation: Students turn NASA patents into practical solutions: Tuscaloosa Patch – Aug. 2

There are 40,000 burn injuries that require hospital care annually in the United States. Treatment is lengthy and expensive. What if healing could be faster, cheaper and improve patient outcomes? What if NASA technology could be used to help?

Southern Literary Trail

Southern Literary Trail highlights Alabama authors: Alabama News Center – Aug. 2

… A display about Lillian Hellman and “The Little Foxes” at the Marengo County History and Archives Museum in Demopolis. The dress, a re-creation of the lace dress worn by Bette Davis in the film version, was created by Donna Meester, director of costume design and production in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Alabama. (Marengo County History and Archives Museum)

Student Debt

UA, faculty respond to Atlantic story on student debt, tuition: Tuscaloosa Patch – Aug. 3

The University of Alabama responded following a controversial story in The Atlantic that detailed tuition and recruitment practices.

Nick’s Kids Foundation

Parade will mark renaming of street in honor of Nick’s Kids Foundation: Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 3

A parade featuring The University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band, UA cheerleaders , Nick and Terry Saban, Mayor Walt Maddox and others will proceed from the corner of Seventh Street and 28th Ave. to the parking lot of the Tuscaloosa News building, 315 28th Ave.

Olympic Student-Athletes

Silver medalist Rhyan White gets hero’s welcome on return from 2020 Tokyo Olympics: CBS (Salt Lake City, Utah) – Aug. 3

Very few people can say they’ve competed in what’s globally hailed the most prestigious athletic event in the world, but one Utahn can and she’s made her state super proud, being the Utah’s first Olympic swimmer. Rhyan White knew at the tender age of 10 that she would one day swim in the Olympics. The University of Alabama senior and 2021 SEC Swimmer of the Year said she will work over the next three years on confidence in herself and getting mentally stronger.
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Venomous Caterpillars

Soft, cute, colorful nightmares: Venomous caterpillars of Alabama: Fox 6 – Aug. 3

You might think that caterpillars are pretty cute, and some might be. But others do pack a punch with some venom. To tell us a little about what to watch out for, we have our bug expert, Dr. John Abbott from The University of Alabama Museums joining us today. Dr. Abbott, thank you so much for being with us…
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Olympic Cheerleading

Cheerleading in Olympics could end the gendered debate on if it is a sport: 19th News – Aug. 4

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized cheerleading as a sport late last month, and things are now moving faster than a tumbling pass. Jeff Webb, the head of the International Cheer Union (ICU), has made it known that he intends to do all he can to make sure cheer teams are competing at the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028. Natalie Giuce Adams, an associate professor at The University of Alabama and the co-author of “Cheerleader! An American Icon” told The 19th, said that is “absolutely” because of gender.

UA Museum Events

Five things to do this weekend in Tuscaloosa: Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 4

… The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park’s Saturday in the Park offers a glimpse into Native American culture… “The Buzz About Bees” is an exhibit at the Alabama Museum of Natural History on The University of Alabama campus focusing on the honey bee.

Fossilized Shark Teeth

Hunting 80-million-year-old shark teeth in Alabama’s Black Belt: Al.com – Aug. 5

The fossilized tooth dates back about 83 million years to a time when most of Alabama was covered by shallow seas. “This rock layer where we’re standing would have been the bottom of the ocean,” said Allie Sorlie, outreach education coordinator for the Alabama Museum of Natural History, which organized the fossil hunting trip.