A&S in the News: March 13-19, 2022

Youth Voting Rights

In Selma, foot soldier’s kin boosts youth vote rights role: South Florida Times – March 15

… “The most popular memory today of the movement is one that’s largely led by older Black intellectuals and activists, and that’s a convenient memory, but it’s not fully accurate,” said John Giggie, an associate professor of history at The University of Alabama and director of the Summersell Center for the Study of the South.

Howard Jones

‘Unfailingly courteous man’: Renowned professor at University of Alabama, Howard Jones, dies at 81: Tuscaloosa News – March 16

Even through almost 40 years teaching and researching history at the University of Alabama, with more than a dozen best-selling and awarded books…

Defense Spending

Rise in defense spending means smaller increase for science in new U.S. budget: Science – March 16

… The 2741-page spending package also features the return of more than 4000 earmarks—projects proposed by individual lawmakers that agencies have not requested. Academic institutions typically seek earmarks for new buildings and equipment. But this year Shelby, a master earmarker, also won $50 million for The University of Alabama (UA) to create “a permanent endowment to support the recruitment and retention of exceptional faculty in science and engineering.” The money will enable UA to offer more competitive startup packages to top scientists, says a senior administrator who requested anonymity.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Yellowhammer News
Times Higher Education

Divisive Concepts

Alabama House passes ‘divisive concepts’ bill despite pushback from parents, educators: Al.com – March 17

… A group of professors from Auburn and The University of Alabama said they agreed with some parts of the bill, but called it a “distraction” that has “unnecessarily taken time and attention away from pressing issues facing public education in the state.”

Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Empty Bowls Fundraiser benefits Tuscaloosa’s Grace Presbyterian Food Pantry: Nick 97.5 – March 18

… According to the press release, “for a suggested donation of $15.00, attendees can select a hand-crafted bowl created by local artisans and UA ceramics students, and will receive a meal of soup, bread, and water.” …Grace Presbyterian Church gives a special thanks to Professor Wade McDonald and the ceramics students at the University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History.
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