A&S in the News: January 16-22, 2022

Slavery’s Influence

1,700 racist lawmakers highlight the pervasiveness of slavery in Congress: NBC News – Jan. 16

… Joshua D. Rothman is a professor of history and chair of the history department at The University of Alabama. He is the author, most recently, of “The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America”.
YRT News

Realizing the Dream

Grammy-winning singer performs in Tuscaloosa for Realizing the Dream week: WVUA – Jan. 17

The Jan. 16 concert was held at The University of Alabama’s Moody Music Building Concert Hall.

Uncivil Religion

What role did religion play in the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol?: Alabama Public Radio – Jan. 18

The University of Alabama is teaming up with the Smithsonian to examine the role of faith in the January 6th Capitol riots. The digital project is called “Uncivil Religion.” It showcases videos, photos and academic essays that highlight religion’s role in the insurrection. Much of the website’s media came from outlets like Twitter and Facebook. Dr. Michael Altman directed the project at the University of Alabama. He says diverse spiritual traditions were represented at the riot.

President’s List

Dean’s List students named for UA Fall 2021 term: Tuscaloosa Patch – Jan. 18

A total of 11,979 students enrolled during the fall 2021 term at The University of Alabama were named to the dean’s list with an academic record of 3.5 (or above) or the president’s list with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s).

Sea Creatures

Phantom eel? Diver encounters ghostly transparent sea creature that moves like a ‘dancing ribbon’ – and its identity has experts divided: The Daily Mail (U.K.) – Jan. 20

… But Kevin Kocot, an associate professor at The University of Alabama specializing in invertebrate zoology, believes it’s actually a ‘very unusual’ type of jelly. He said: ‘Some baby eels have larvae called leptocephalus larvae that look superficially very similar. ‘But if you look closely, they have a head and mouth at one end whereas this animal’s mouth is in the middle of the body. ‘This is a cestum veneris, a very unusual comb jelly or ctenophore.
UK Time News

Infant Mortality

UA part of research into racial disparity in infant mortality: Tuscaloosa Patch – Jan. 20

Researchers at The University of Alabama are partners in a statewide effort to tackle racial disparity in infant mortality in Alabama.

Tuscaloosa Riverwalk

University of Alabama student plans new sculpture for Tuscaloosa Riverwalk: Tuscaloosa News – Jan. 22

The latest piece is coming from Molly Lay, a second-year graduate student at The University of Alabama studying sculpture, who is planning a pair of bronze feet with the inscription “Be at Peace.”