A&S in the News: December 11-19, 2022

Costume Design

The beauty in the stitching: Tuscaloosa Patch – Dec. 12

… A costume like the one the Lilac Fairy wore in the recent production of Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre may be constructed for the better part of the semester in The University of Alabama costume shop but may be worn for less than a total hour in performance.

Miss Alabama

UA student who survived childhood cancer aims for Miss Alabama crown: Tuscaloosa Thread – Dec. 13

A University of Alabama student and childhood cancer survivor who was recently crowned Miss Birmingham 2023 is preparing for a second run at the state title. Hannah Adams, a sophomore at the University, is double majoring in political science and public relations. The 19-year-old Birmingham native was crowned Miss Covered Bridge 2022 and placed in the Top 12 semifinalists when she competed in this year’s Miss Alabama pageant.

Tuscaloosa Tourism

My Town: Kaitlan Collins’s Spirited Tuscaloosa: Garden & Gun – Dec. 13

… We went to art shows at the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art. I covered the Kentuck Art Center & Festival when I was there; the fall festival features a breadth of crafts. Finally, Paul W. Bryant Museum on campus is awesome. It’s got historic sports paraphernalia, Joe Namath jerseys, and such. It’s totally worth going to.

Conspiracy Theories

Queensland shooting a ‘wake-up call’ for the nation: The New Daily (Australia) – Dec. 14

…Matthew Valasik, an associate professor at the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at The University of Alabama, told TND the only way someone abandons conspiracy movements is by becoming disillusioned. “You can’t force someone to do it. Even if you have family members trying to guide, debate or reason with them, it’s just not going to work. The person, unfortunately, has to get to that nexus on their own,” Dr Valasik said.

Piano Performance

Graduate student from Tbilisi hitting the right keys in the US: Tuscaloosa Patch – Dec. 14

Aslan Chikovani has been playing the piano since he was 6 years old. The first-year piano performance master’s student in The University of Alabama School of Music is already a well-known name around the Republic of Georgia, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands, where he has been winning awards and accolades for years. He was even considered by many as a virtuoso at the age of 13.

Factitious Disorder

What is Munchausen syndrome by proxy?: Newsweek – Dec. 14

… Dr Marc Feldman, a clinical professor of psychiatry and adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Alabama, is an expert in forms of medical deception. He told Newsweek that Munchausen syndrome by proxy “can be similar to torture when it is severe and the child is subjected to repeated, unwarranted surgeries based on reports from the parent.
Public News Times


Tune in to UA Info Radio for sounds of ‘Hilaritas’: Tuscaloosa Patch – Dec. 15

For the third consecutive year, “Hilaritas,” one of the longest-running performance traditions at the UA School of Music, will air on 92.5 UA Info Radio.

Comfort Gifts

Cozy gifts you can buy on Amazon for people who love comfort: BuzzFeed News – Dec. 15

… Fire may be one of the earliest sources of calm for humans, according to Christopher D. Lynn, a professor of anthropology at The University of Alabama. In a 2014 study published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, Lynn found that hearth and campfires induced relaxation, probably because they can provide a type of meditative focus by drawing our attention through all of our senses.

Huntsville Trombone Choir

Huntsville Trombone Choir to host winter concert: CBS Huntsville – Dec. 17

The choir was started by Isaiah Vasquez who was once just your typical high schooler with a passion for the trombone. He graduated in 2019 from Sparkman High School but took that passion for music to Tuscaloosa where he currently plays in The University of Alabama marching band. Before embarking on the next level, he created the Huntsville Trombone Choir with some of his friends.

HESSA Initiative

USAID conducts training for departments’ heads of educational institutions under HESSA initiative: Pakistan Observer – Dec. 18

… Facilitated by international experts Prof. Mike Barber and Prof. Stacy Harwood from University of Utah, Prof. Delores Robinson from The University of Alabama, and Prof. Sajjad Ahmad from University of Nevada, the participants during the training sessions learned how to prepare strategic plans for their respective departments and developed mission and vision statements and core values for their departments.
The Express Tribune
The News
The Nation 

Alabama Analytical Research Center

New microscopes to position University of Alabama as leader in materials characterization: Alabama Newscenter – Dec. 18

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. 

All-Day Holiday

UA Museums to host All-Day Holiday Tuesday: Tuscaloosa Patch – Dec. 19

The University of Alabama Museums are set to open their doors to the public for an All-Day Holiday Tuesday, which will feature light refreshments, activities and more.