A&S in the News: December 4-10, 2022

Alabama Analytical Research Center

New microscopes to position UA as leader in materials characterization: Tuscaloosa Patch – Dec. 5

A suite of new instruments focused on understanding materials will give The University of Alabama an elite platform to offer solutions to perplexing challenges while expanding opportunities for students to participate in cutting-edge research and enhanced classroom instruction.

Climate Change

Contentious as US politics, climate change doomsday debate divides science community: Cowboy State Daily – Dec. 5

… Dr. Matthew Wielicki, an assistant professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at The University of Alabama, also is trying to communicate that the best science on climate change doesn’t predict the apocalypse… Wielicki, an assistant professor at The University of Alabama, became concerned about the impact of catastrophic climate change alarmism while asking his students about their future plans. “It was very eye opening that the vast majority of my students, particularly female students, were no longer even considering raising a family. And I can see how demoralized they were. And that’s really what kind of opened my eyes to the fact that we have a real mental health crisis on our hands,” Wielicki said.

Art of Attention

The Art of Attention: Jill Christman’s If This Were Fiction: A Love Story in Essays: The Rumpus – Dec. 6

Reviewed by Brooke Champagne…Brooke Champagne was born and raised in New Orleans, LA, and now writes and teaches in Tuscaloosa at The University of Alabama.

Hallowed Ground

Episode 057 Hilary Green, The Hallowed Ground Project: The Alabama History Podcast – Dec. 6

Our guest today is Dr. Hillary Green, a full professor at Davidson College, who has recently been an associate professor of history in the department of Gender and Race Studies at The University of Alabama. She’s the author of Educational Reconstruction, African American Schools in the Urban South 1865 to 1890, published by Fordham University Press in 2016, and is the series editor of Reconstruction Reconsidered by the University of South Carolina Press. But our interest today with Dr. Green is the project she has conducted at The University of Alabama called the Hallowed Grounds Project.

Street Gangs

Researcher: Boisterous armed white supremist street gang out maneuvered Columbus police: The Columbus Dispatch – Dec. 7

Matthew Valasik Guest Columnist… Ohio native and former Ohio State University student Matthew Valasik is an associate professor in The University of Alabama Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He co-authored “Alt-Right Gangs: A Hazy Shade of White” by University of California Press. It examines the rise of alt-right groups through the lens of street gang research.

Boren Scholarship

UA Student Receives Boren Scholarship To Study In Brazil: Tuscaloosa Patch – Dec. 7

University of Alabama student Sean Atchison has received a Boren Scholarship for the study of languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

Conspiracy Theories

Is the matrix real? Conspiracy theory explained: DailyNationToday – Dec. 7

… “When it was released, ‘The Matrix’ may have been the most compelling and popular illustration of the idea because it capitalized on new CGI technology and special effects that were not available to filmmakers in the past,” Adam Lankford, a criminal justice professor at The University of Alabama, explained to Oxygen.com.

Factitious Disorder

The ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ liar confesses it all: The Ankler – Dec. 7

… “This sounds like a classic case of factitious disorder,” says Dr. Marc D. Feldman, a professor of psychiatry and adjunct professor of psychology at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa and the author of Dying to be Ill: True Stories of Medical Deception.
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Fall Commencement

University of Alabama to award around 1,700 degrees at Fall graduation: Tuscaloosa News – Dec. 8The University of Alabama will hold fall commencement exercises on Saturday morning at Coleman Coliseum. UA expects to award nearly 1,700 degrees in two separate ceremonies, one set to begin at 8:30 a.m. and the second scheduled to start at noon.
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