A&S in the News: September 11-17, 2022

Alabama GOP

Alabama’s GOP minority outreach message: ‘OK to have dark skin’ and be Republican: Al.com – Sept. 10

… Richard Fording, a political science professor at The University of Alabama, said the Republican Party’s goal of attracting more engaged Black citizens can be beneficial for the state. But he does not think an outreach initiative can significantly increase support from Black voters unless the party changes some of its stances on policy. “I think it’s a good thing that the Alabama Republican Party wants to be more inclusive and reach out to African American voters,” Fording said. “I think that’s a healthy thing. I think that’s what both parties should be trying to do especially when we’re in a two-party system.


SGA partners with Arboretum to grow vegetables for food pantry: Tuscaloosa Patch – Sept. 12

SGA President Madeline Martin said the project expands the food options available to students seeking food assistance.

Queen Elizabeth II

UA assistant professor explains changes that will happen in Great Britain after the death of Queen Elizabeth II: WVUA – Sept. 12

The death of Queen Elizabeth II marks a big transition for this country that is currently under a 10-day mourning period. “People are taking this time to think about what the monarchy actually means,” said UA assistant professor Fen Kennedy.

Art Grants

Alabama arts organizations get nearly $3.6M in grants: WVUA – Sept. 12

… In West Alabama, recipients include: University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa

Marble Bowl

New competition gathers fresh info about Alabama’s ecosystem: WVUA – Sept. 15

The University of Alabama and Auburn University are competing again, but this time it’s not about football. The two schools are in a competition for who can snap more pictures of their environments. Both universities are trying to gather research in the competition called the Marble Bowl.

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

Congress told colleges to return Native remains. What’s taking so long?: The New York Times – Sept. 15

… North Dakota is one of many colleges grappling with these issues. Through much of the 20th century, collecting Native artifacts and remains was seen by many academic institutions in this country as a legitimate pursuit, with archaeologists digging up burial sites to gather items for study and display. Harvard, the University of California, Berkeley, and The University of Alabama are among the schools that have faced criticism in recent years for their handling of returning remains and artifacts.

Hear Here Alabama

Hear Here Alabama coming to Uniontown on Sept. 29: Selma  Sun – Sept. 15

Hear Here Alabama is coming to Uniontown on Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of a study on hearing loss in rural communities throughout the state. The study being done by The University of Alabama is aimed at those who are 18 and above who believe that they may have hearing loss.

Water Infrastructure

China plans for water infrastructure projects to deal with extreme weather: Smart Water Magazine – Sept. 16

… “If you’re anticipating droughts, you want to have the highest water capacity, but in anticipation of severe floods, you want to have the lowest water level you can have”, explained David Shankman, a geographer with The University of Alabama studying China’s water resources.

Mass Shootings

Are the media making mass shootings worse?: Reason.com – Sept. 16

Yes, according to a growing body of research, says criminologist Adam Lankford… “This is learned behavior and the media coverage is leading more people to learn it and to copy it,” says University of Alabama criminologist Adam Lankford, who has studied mass killers for more than a decade. “The more victims they kill, the more fame and attention they get. They’re being incentivized by the media coverage to be as destructive as possible.”