A&S in the News: October 2-8, 2022

October Events

‘Fall’ Aboard! Get into the spirit at October events: Tuscaloosa Patch – Oct. 3

The weather may be getting cooler, but these events are sure to keep your mind, body and spirit warm this October.

Huxford Symphony Orchestra

Huxford Symphony Orchestra performs their first concert of the season: The Crimson White – Oct. 3

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Concert Hall at the Moody Music Building opened its door for a delightful concert by the Huxford Symphony Orchestra…The Huxford Symphony Orchestra is composed of talented musicians, who don’t necessarily have to be music majors. The orchestra is open to students majoring or minoring in music in addition to students from other disciplines across the University.

Civil War

Civil War round table group meets: The Garrett Clipper – Oct. 4

The speaker will be Dr. George Rable from The University of Alabama on “Fredericksburg.”

Native American Festival

Moundville Native American Festival connects past with present: Tuscaloosa News – Oct. 4

The Native American Festival will be held Oct. 12-15 at The University of Alabama Moundville Archaeological Park, 634 Mound State Parkway.
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Alabama Fight Song

UA group wants ‘Dixie’ out of Alabama fight song, says perpetuates ‘harmful language and ideals’: Al.com – Oct. 4

A University of Alabama group wants to take “Dixie” out of “Yea, Alabama,” the popular school fight song. The Delete Dixie Initiative is “a coalition of students, faculty, and friends who wish to create a more inclusive campus culture,” according to the group’s website. “Our mission is to remove the word, ‘Dixie’, from the Alabama Fight Song (’Yea Alabama’) and replace it with a more appropriate term, such as ‘Bama.’”
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Cancer Cluster

Researchers investigate cancer cluster in Alabama town: Tech and Science Post – Oct. 5

… At her urging, an interdisciplinary team of geoscientists and sociologists from the University of Kentucky, The University of Alabama and Auburn University began collaborating to learn more about the possible cause behind the high cancer prevalence rates in Cleburne and the neighboring community of Muscadine, Alabama… “As a scientist, I am driven by the service to society. My research group uses science to inform society about environmental issues,” said Natasha Dimova, Ph.D., a hydrogeologist with expertise in radioactivity from The University of Alabama. “This project had a direct connection to a vexing social and health problem, and we were grateful to provide data to help understand the scope of the issue.”
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Mass Shootings

Mass shootings are rare outside the United States: The New York Times – Oct. 6

… From 1966 to 2012, Americans accounted for 31 percent of the gunmen in mass shootings worldwide, according to a 2016 study by Adam Lankford, a professor at The University of Alabama. The study found that among countries with more than 10 million people, only Yemen had a higher rate of mass shootings per capita. While researchers supportive of gun rights have disputed Mr. Lankford’s findings, he has responded that when it comes to cases involving lone gunmen committing random acts of violence, the United States accounts for more than six times its global share, relative to population.

Redistricting Cases

Supreme Court to hear redistricting cases: NBC (Chattanooga, TN) – Oct. 6

… “The standards for drawing districts are unfortunately not, they’re rather ambiguous.” Richard Fording is a political science professor at The University of Alabama. He’s been following a case out of the state where lawmakers are accused of diluting black voters in the state. “They drew districts that were very similar to the districts that were very similar to the ones that were already in place for the last decade.”
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Interstellar Dust

Webb, Hubble team up to trace interstellar dust – “We got more than we bargained for”: SciTech Daily – Oct. 6

… The dust analysis was led by William Keel of The University of Alabama, while the Hubble data acquisition was led by Benne Holwerda of the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

Republican Candidates

Without Trump on the ballot, copies of the Republican leader multiply: TrendNews – Oct. 7

… “The victory may not be so overwhelming given the Supreme Court’s decision to abolish the constitutional right to abort. The female vote will be mobilized, but in an interim context, this should not be enough,” says Richard Fording, professor of Political Science at The University of Alabama.

Celebrity Culture

50 old and rarely seen images of famous people, as shared on this Twitter page: Bored Panda – Oct. 7

… According to Holly Grout, an associate professor at The University of Alabama, all the essential features of celebrity culture were developed in the 19th century. “If you look at Barnum’s promotion of ‘Lindomania’ (predating Beatlemania by 100 years), the popularity of collecting and trading portraiture cards, or the celebrity endorsements of a growing number of products, from tea and mustard to cosmetics and hair creams, all accompanied by testimonials and images of recognizable public figures,” she explained in an article for Aeon.