A&S in the News: April 17-23, 2022

Women in STEM

Women find community in STEM fields at UA: The Crimson White – April 17

At The University of Alabama, women make up 20% of the faculty in the College of Engineering and 27% of the faculty in Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Dance Collection

UA’s Department of Theatre and Dance to present “Dance Collection”: ABC 33/40 – April 18

Choreography and dancing at its finest from ballet to jazz this Friday evening at The University of Alabama. It’s the “Dance Collection,” presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance spotlighting student choreographers, their work before a live audience there in Tuscaloosa.

Changing Face of Autism

Presentation on ‘Changing Face of Autism’ brings Yale psychologist to SIUE: The AlestleLive (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) – April 19

… An example of this came from the work of Susan White, a professor of psychology at The University of Alabama and a former student of Volkmar’s.

Cocaine Trafficking

Coca growing, cocaine production reach new heights in Honduras: InSight Crime – April 19

With a glut of cocaine continuing to move out of South America to Central America, supply shortages do not appear to be driving production in Honduras, said Nicholas Magliocca, a University of Alabama associate professor whose recent research analyzed cocaine trafficking trends in Central America, though not coca cultivation.

Bama Bug Fest

Bama Bug Fest highlights the importance of insects: The Crimson White – April 20

The Alabama Museum of Natural History might best be known for its 60-foot ancient whale skeleton, a wooly mammoth skull and the Hodges meteorite. But on April 9, the museum hosted a festival of dinosauric proportions in the celebration of some not-so-dinosaur-sized creatures.

Economics, Environment and Equity

The intersection of economics, environment and equity: The Crimson White – April 20

… Ellen Griffith Spears is a professor in the New College and the Department of American Studies who specializes in environmental history and ethics… Michael Price is the Dwight Harrigan Endowed Faculty Fellow in Natural Resource Economics in the Culverhouse College of Business.

Environmental Council

‘We deserve better’: Campus organizations push for a greener future: The Crimson White – April 21

With over 300 members, the UA Environmental Council is the largest environmental student organization on campus… Todd said the “extent” of environmental efforts on campus is the University’s recycling center and bins placed in classroom buildings. “That’s about it,” she said. “Recycling is better than nothing, but it’s not even that great in terms of sustainability. So things that the University could do first and foremost, they need to divest their assets from fossil fuels.


Moundville to host Birdfest: WVUA – April 21

UA’s Moundville Archaeological Park is hosting its annual Birdfest this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. At this year’s Birdest event, there will be a lot of bird watching and learning opportunities.

Philip Beidler

Philip D. Beidler, longtime Alabama professor whose experience in Vietnam influenced his writing, dies at 77: CBS 42 – April 21

Philip D. Beidler, a longtime English professor at The University of Alabama whose own experience in the Vietnam War served as the focus of several books about literature and art from the time, died Wednesday. He was 77. Beidler, known as “Phil” to those close to him, had taught at the university for over 40 years, arriving in 1974 after receiving his doctorate degree from the University of Virginia and staying until his retirement in 2019, although he remained as professor emeritus in the department.

Concert for Healing

UA School of Music holds concert for healing: WVUA – April 22

Another concert was held yesterday by the UA School of Music at the Moody Music Building. Two ensembles performed a concert for healing focusing on mental health issues, the pandemic and the Russian attack on Ukraine. The concert featured the Ukrainian National Anthem and the world premiere of a song, written by UA graduate student Christopher Lawhorn, describing life post-pandemic.

Bama Blitz

Bama Blitz raises more than $6.1 million: WVUA – April 22

The University of Alabama raised more funds than ever during its annual giving days this week. Bama Blitz showcased passion projects from UA schools including projects allowing students to study abroad, participate in job training, and create a specialized gym for youth who have experienced trauma. Alumni and supporters contributed over 1,300 gifts totaling more than $6.1 million.