A&S in the News: November 28 – December 4, 2021

Native American Gravesites

‘It’s ghoulish’: Oklahoma tribes fight University of Alabama over Moundville gravesite remains: The Oklahoman – Nov. 28

At the turn of the 19th century, a new trend had taken hold for archeologists and others across the country: digging up Native American gravesites and collecting as much as they could of the human remains and funerary objects — from the sacred to the deeply personal — buried with them… Among the institutions that benefited was The University of Alabama. The university’s Jones Archeological Museum showcases dozens of objects unearthed in graves. Thousands of human remains sit in storage on campus. Tribal historians say they have seen remains spilling out of paper sacks on visits…. As Indigenous people were being pushed out, The University of Alabama opened to students in 1831.
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Changing Beliefs

Testing social scientists with replication studies shows them capable of changing their beliefs: Phys.org – Nov. 28

A team of researchers from The University of Alabama, the University of Melbourne and the University of California has found that social scientists are able to change their beliefs regarding the outcome of an experiment when given the chance. In a paper published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, the group describes how they tested the ability of scientists to change their beliefs about a scientific idea when shown evidence of replicability.

Hodges’ Meteorite

Anniversary of Hodges’ meteorite falling to earth: WVUA – Nov. 30

Abbott directed me to Dr. Julia Cartwright. Cartwright is a geology professor at The University of Alabama and is actively researching the meteorite and other meteorites to understand the formation and evolution of our solar system.

Symphony Q Academy of Dance

A new holiday tradition is born in Montgomery: SQAD presents ‘The NutQracker’ this weekend: Montgomery Advertiser – Dec. 1

… The production features staging and choreography assistance by Jerome Stigler and James Atkinson (both ASU professors of dance), lighting by Lyndell T. McDonald, a University of Alabama professor and technical supervisor, and costumes designed and prepared by Christine Prescott.

Egg Sharing

The ethics of egg freezing and egg sharing: New York Magazine – Dec. 1

… The average egg donor — as in, not the average egg freezer — is in their early 20s and typically financially motivated, says Diane Tober, a medical anthropologist and associate professor at The University of Alabama who has interviewed over 200 egg donors.
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Food Insecurity

Arboretum, SGA partner to provide fresh produce to students: The Crimson White – Dec. 1

The University of Alabama Arboretum has partnered with the Student Government Association to combat food insecurity at the University.

Holiday Spirit

Get into the holiday spirit with events throughout December: Tuscaloosa Patch – Dec. 2

As the holiday season approaches, don’t miss out on these seasonal events on campus, in Tuscaloosa and beyond. Even if you’re far from home, there are plenty of activities to brighten your spirits.

Fall 2021 Commencement

Fall 2021 degree candidates announced: Tuscaloosa Patch – Dec. 2

The University of Alabama will award some 2,382 degrees during fall 2021 commencement Dec. 10 and 11 at Coleman Coliseum.

Ancient Coal Swamps

Alabama’s ancient coal swamps were a hot, sticky mess of giant trees and massive insects: Al.com – Dec. 3

… “Thousands and thousands of fossil trackways have been found over the last 20 years or so,” said Adiel Klompmaker, curator of paleontology at the Alabama Museum of Natural History on The University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa.

Battle of Mabila

Archaeologists abuzz about Spanish artifacts uncovered in west Alabama: Alabama News Center – Dec. 3

… Also surprising was the sheer richness of the recent finds, said Jim Knight, a retired University of Alabama professor of anthropology and editor of “The Search for Mabila,” a 269-page volume about the enduring quest, published by the University of Alabama Press. The book compiles articles by scholars who gathered at the university in 2006 to compare notes and theories about Mabila’s location.

Illegal Slave Trade

The brig names Uncas: The story of an all-American slave ship: Slate – Dec. 4

The story of an all-American slave ship. By Joshua D. Rothman and Benjamin Skolnik… One of us, a professor of history at The University of Alabama, first encountered the story of the Uncas while researching a book on some of the most infamous domestic slave traders in 19th century America.