A&S in the News: January 23-29, 2022

Russian Tensions

UA professor of Russian history speaks about possibility of Ukraine invasion: WVUA – Jan. 24

Today, we spoke with Dr. Margaret Peacock, a professor of Russian history here at The University of Alabama. She told us that any Russian expansion is based on the effort to create geographic buffer zones to protect Russia from future invasions, something the Russians have dealt with before. She told us today the idea of sending American troops to Ukraine is a very bad idea.
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It’s a good time to be in the roadbuilding business: Aggregates and Mining Today – Jan. 25

… Eric Courchesne, the geospatial services manager in the Department of Geography at The University of Alabama, has been working with the school’s Alabama Transportation Institute (ATI) on a software product that uses aerial imagery and artificial intelligence to identify and map out urban streets that could best be adapted to bike lanes.

ARCS Foundation Alumni Hall of Fame

Computational chemist David A. Dixon, PhD named to ARCS Foundation Alumni Hall of Fame: The Longview Journal – Jan. 25

… Dr. Dixon currently holds the position of Robert Ramsay Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Alabama. Known as a world leader in the application of numerical simulation methods, especially, the use of computational chemistry, to solve problems, his career includes outstanding research and leadership at DuPont Central Research and Development and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory before moving to The University of Alabama in 2004.

Faculty and Staff Accolades

Faculty and staff accolades for Jan. 26, 2022: Tuscaloosa Patch – Jan. 26

Allison Grant, assistant professor, department of art and art history, was one of 47 early-career photographers included on the 2022 Silver List…

AAAS Fellows

Life research director selected as National Fellow: Tuscaloosa Patch – Jan. 26

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals, elected Dr. Sharlene Newman from The University of Alabama to the newest class of AAAS Fellows, among the most distinct honors within the scientific community.

Books for the Alabama Black Belt

UA collecting book donations for schools in the Black Belt: Tuscaloosa Patch – Jan. 27

The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, or UACED, will launch the 16th annual Books for the Alabama Black Belt campaign Jan. 31 that encourages UA students, faculty, staff and local residents to donate K-12 books for students in the region.

Joe Manchin

Manchin’s self-proclaimed “principled” acts mean shunning his constituents: The Washington Post – Jan. 27

… By Ashley Steenson. Ashley Steenson is a PhD student in American intellectual and political history at The University of Alabama, where her research considers the connections between political ideologies in the South and Northeast during the early 20th century.
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Vaccine Education

CDC partners with UA art department to promote COVID-19 vaccine education: WVUA – Jan. 28

The CDC is partnering with The University of Alabama’s art department to promote COVID-19 vaccine education and acceptance in the Black Belt. The Art and Art History Department is given funding to create a series of five posters, that will be educational and engaging for any age. The posters will be targeted for the rural west Alabama counties of Greene, Hale, Marengo, and Sumter, where vaccinations range between 41 and 53 percent.


Explore an ancient civilization at Moundville Archaeological Park: Yellowhammer News – Jan. 29

Fourteen miles from The University of Alabama’s bustling college campus lies the site of another thriving community.