A&S in the News: May 15-21, 2022

Mass Shootings

Experts warn ‘copycat’ mass shootings becoming deadlier after New York attack: Reuters – May 15

… Adam Lankford, a criminology professor at The University of Alabama, has studied trends in mass shootings over time. His 2020 study analyzing victim data showed that the “deadliest” shootings – where more than eight people are killed – had doubled in number since 2010, compared to the previous 40 years. “It’s clearly not just random. They are not people dreaming this up on their own. They are learning it from each other,” Lankford said.
Asia One
Yahoo! News
South China Morning Post
… and many more


Where do University of Alabama graduates go?: The Crimson White – May 16

The weekend of May 6 marked the commencement of more than 6,000 University of Alabama students, as announced by University President Stuart Bell in a campus wide email on May 2.


Training of higher education leadership ends on high note: The News International – May 16

… The workshop was part of a series of training sessions integrated with HESSA’s three focal areas for improving graduate employability. It saw an ideal mix of 48 male and female leaders comprising a cross-section of heads of departments, deans, and chairpersons. Aside from Dr. Michael Barber, the sessions were conducted by Dr. Delores Robinson from The University of Alabama, and Dr. Sajjad Ahmed from the University of Nevada.

Voter Registration

UA students helping with voter registration: Fox 6 – May 16

… “We are very excited to be launching today in collaboration with The University of Alabama, Dr. Richard Fording and students from The University of Alabama, many of whom participate in the Daniels Scholars Program and Vote Everywhere Program…”

Montpelier Foundation

Montpelier Foundation appoints 11 nominees from Madison Descendants Committee: The News & Advance – May 16

The embattled Montpelier Foundation Board of Directors on Monday took a step toward structural parity in electing 11 new members from a list of 20 nominees submitted last month by the Montpelier Descendants Committee… The new board members are:… Dr. Joshua D. Rothman, an American historian and chair of the history dept. at The University of Alabama…
The Roanoke Times
The Daily Progress
Bristol Herald Courier
Richmond Times Dispatch
History News Network
…and more

Factitious Disorder

Mom accused of medically abusing toddler in Fort Worth sentenced to community service: Fort Worth Star-Telegram – May 17

… Dr. Marc Feldman, an expert in factitious disorders, reviewed the arrest warrant for Carroll in March 2021 at the request of the Star-Telegram. Based on the warrant’s information, he agreed with the DFPS diagnosis. “The conclusions seemed inescapable to me that this was a case of medical child abuse,” Feldman, a clinical professor of psychiatry and adjunct professor of psychology at The University of Alabama, said at the time.

Fulbright Program

University of Alabama students receive U.S. Fulbright program awards for 2022-2023: Tuscaloosa Patch – May 19

Five UA students received Fulbright Student Research Awards and 10 won Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Awards. In addition, three students won Fulbright Summer Study Awards to Canada.

Pro Wrestling

‘Sunny days’ 25 years later: How one night in Mobile clouded pro wrestling, sparked a rivalry and ignited WWE: Al.com – May 19

…“The change has been dramatic,” said Michael Altman, a professor of religious studies at The University of Alabama who is working on a book project titled, “Wrestling with Religion” that will include a look at how women have been portrayed within the industry.


How deep-rooted White fear throughout America’s history allows massacres like Buffalo to happen: CNN – May 20

… “From the late 1910s through the 1920s, Klansmen carried out hundreds of beatings and whippings, and dozens of murders,” The University of Alabama historian Joshua Rothman wrote for The Atlantic in 2016.

Gubernatorial Race

Lew in 22? How a longshot Alabama governor’s candidate is making a push at the well-funded frontrunners: Al.com – May 20

… Regina Warner, an assistant professor of political sciences at The University of Alabama, said that part of that connectivity for Burdette is because of his focus on issues not being discussed by the frontrunners – education, prison reform, mental health, safety, and healthcare. “Lew Burdette is interesting because he seems to be running a campaign explicitly trying to avoid nationalization,” said Warner. “If that propelled him enough to make a runoff, that would certainly tell us something about voters’ appetite for a focus on local issues.”