A&S in the News: September 19-25, 2021

Flash Flooding

Buildings on UA’s campus damaged from flash flooding: CBS 42 – Sept. 19

About 22 buildings at The University of Alabama were affected by flooding on Saturday. According to the University there were some limited electric or network service interruptions today due to the water. All buildings on campus are now open, though some rooms are inaccessible.
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Climate Change

How climate change and invasive species work in tandem to destabilize the environment: The Crimson White – Sept. 19

… UA associate professor of biological sciences Jennifer Howeth specializes in community and spatial ecology, and invasion and conservation biology. Howeth said that because a large portion of species in international trade originate from the tropics, the number of invasives in the United States originating from tropical regions will grow. There is a greater chance of a regional climatic match in the presence of warming from climate change.

Vaccine Mandates

Alabama political science experts: COVID vaccine mandate is constitutional: WVUA – Sept. 20

The University of Alabama’s Department of Political Science hosted a discussion on President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan Friday, Sept. 17.

National Voter Registration Day

Helping campus register to vote on National Voter Registration Day: Tuscaloosa Patch – Sept. 21

National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 28 and UA Vote Everywhere is setting up tables at key locations across campus to help people register.

Miss University of Alabama

New Miss UA crowned: WVUA – Sept. 21

Lindsay Fincher was crowned as Miss University of Alabama 2021 at the Bama Theatre last Saturday. She’s a senior studying theatre and dance. She will now go on to compete for the title of Miss Alabama. Lindsay stopped by our studio to tell us why this year will be so special.
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Critical Race Theory

Educators: Critical race theory was never taught in Alabama public schools: Yahoo News – Sept. 22

… Kari Frederickson, a history professor at The University of Alabama, said that while her department does not teach critical race theory, she and her fellow educators have always covered themes from the theory.

French Knighthood

Faculty and staff accolades for Sept. 22, 2021: Tuscaloosa Patch – Sept. 22

Dr. Cheryl Toman, professor and chair of the French department, was formally recognized by the French government for her 30+ year career …

Learning From the Past

Goal of presentation is historic truth: The Natchez Democrat – Sept. 22

… The first of those events will feature Dr. Joshua D. Rothman, chairman of the History Department at the University of Alabama, who will be discussing his new book, The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America.

Tuscaloosa History

‘An important part of the history’: How Tuscaloosa’s history is shaping UA’s future: The Crimson White – Sept. 22

The city of Tuscaloosa is, like most cities in America, built on Native American land. The University of Alabama, with its constant development and economic growth, is continuously lost in a forest of newness. Native American students, faculty members, staff and scholars are trying to get the University to remember where it is.

Resilient Frogs

UA in study of frogs’ ability to rebound from infectious disease: Tuscaloosa Patch – Sept. 23

A national team of researchers that includes The University of Alabama will examine whether frogs’ ability to survive certain infections helps enhance understanding of human responses.

Souls Grown Deep

Saving the artwork of the South: Deep investment, and a drone: The New York Times – Sept. 24

This summer, with $45,000 in funding from Souls Grown Deep, The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa used advanced geographic technology — designed to map rivers in three dimensions — to document every square foot of “African Village in America,” a survey that will enable people to experience the installation in virtual reality. “We’re treating this as an archaeological site,” said Eric Courchesne, the university’s geospatial services manager, who has overseen drone flights capturing its dimensions — top-down; a view from within the space; and how the installation relates to the neighborhood.
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