A&S in the News: Dec. 19, 2021 – Jan. 8, 2022

Physical Activity for Life Program

Physical Activity for Life Program funded by UA Institute on Aging: Fox (Montgomery) – Dec. 23

The exercise program was made possible by a grant funded by the National institute on aging through The University of Alabama.
ABC (Montgomery)
CBS (Montgomery)

E.O. Wilson

UA mourns loss of E.O. Wilson: WVUA – Dec. 27

The University of Alabama community is mourning the loss of one of its most notable alums. Edward Osborne Wilson passed away yesterday, he was considered a pioneer and visionary for his scientific study of sociobiology, biodiversity, ecosystems, and more. Wilson earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from UA.
ABC (Huntsville)
NBC (Huntsville)

White Nationalist Trends

Ex-teacher Brant Williams hawks white nationalist homeschooling online: The Daily Beast – Dec. 27

… Richard Fording, a University of Alabama professor who tracks white-nationalist trends, said that there are more explicit “white-nationalist homeschooling groups out there, but they are normally kind of under the radar, not open to just anyone.”
Yahoo! News
The Singapore Time

Genetic Pathway

Scientists uncover the evolutionary genetic pathway that colors bumble bee stripes: SciTech Daily – Jan. 1

… “The use of high-performance computation power has made this type of research more manageable and reproducible,” said Sarthok Rahman, former doctoral student and ICDS student affiliate, Penn State and postdoctoral researcher in biological sciences, University of Alabama, and first author of the study.

Alt-Right Movement

Point Counterpoint: America built on racism, but it’s complicated: Tahlequah Daily Press – Jan. 3

… Researchers out of The University of Alabama concluded, “According to [George] Hawley, a political scientist who specializes in demography and the far right, roughly 5.64 percent of America’s 198 million non-Hispanic whites have beliefs consistent with the alt-right’s worldview.” With that figure it would seem we are not a racist society, but there are racists among us.

Drug Informants

Her son needed help. First, he had to help the police: The New Republic – Jan. 4

Working as a police informant can be deadly—and people with a history of drug use are at extra risk of relapse or overdose… Luke William Hunt, a former FBI agent who’s now an assistant professor of philosophy at The University of Alabama, told me that given the tremendous amount of leverage police have over drug informants, it’s not always clear that informants have a “real choice” when it comes to working with police. “Many are not well-versed in what they’re getting themselves into, the legal ramifications, and also the potential risks that they’re going to be subjected to,” Hunt said.

Ma’Cille’s Museum

Mark Hughes Cobb: Prince, Betty, Ma’Cille, and resolve to get caught up: Tuscaloosa News – Jan. 5

… Gay Burke, a University of Alabama photography professor, began taking students out to the museum in the ’70s. She described visiting Ma’Cille’s museum as walking around in the mind of an artist.

Uncivil Religion

University of Alabama partners with the Smithsonian to show religious aspects of the January 6th US Capitol attack: Fox 6 – Jan. 5

The University of Alabama and the Smithsonian Institute worked together to take a closer look at what happened at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. They combined those findings in one place so you can see it for yourself. The University of Alabama Religious Studies Department and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History looked at the religious dimensions of what happened at the Capitol that day. They created an online resource called Uncivil Religion: January 6, 2021. It features videos and pictures, tweets, FBI files, and other public documents from that day that related to religion.
WTVY (Dothan)

January 6th

UA political science professor comments on Jan. 6 events at U.S. Capitol: WVUA – Jan. 6

Four protestors, and five members of the Capitol police died in connection to this violent protest. Today, we spoke with Dr. Nicholas Davis, a political science professor here at The University of Alabama. He said that he watched the events on television and like most Americans was shocked by what he saw.