A&S in the News: January 22-28, 2023

“Within the Bittersweet”

Spring SouthTalks continue ‘Race in the Classroom’ theme: Hotty Toddy – Jan. 23

… Allison Grant will host a gallery walk in the Barnard Observatory Gammill Gallery at 5 p.m. Feb. 22 for her exhibition “Within the Bittersweet,” a dark, pastoral narrative about raising children amid concerns about the impacts of climate change and environmental contamination. All the photographs in the exhibit were taken in and around Grant’s home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where dense vegetation and natural beauty intersect with industrial and fossil-fuel facilities that dot the region. Grant is an artist, writer, curator and assistant professor of photography at The University of Alabama.

Mass Shootings

‘Tragedy upon tragedy’: January brings dozens of mass shootings so far: New York Times – Jan. 24

… “Would someone like this have committed a mass shooting at a dance hall in the past?” Adam Lankford, a criminologist at The University of Alabama, said, referring to the older man believed to have been the gunman in Monterey Park. “Maybe not. You can kind of think of it as a snowball effect. The more incidents there are, the more prominent this option will be in angry people’s minds.”… But subsequent work suggests that the governing factor may be easy access to guns, not ownership of them, said Mr. Lankford, The University of Alabama criminologist, who wrote the 2015 study.
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Scientific Racism

Human geneticists apologize for past involvement in eugenics, scientific racism: Science.org – Jan. 24

… Erik Peterson, a historian of science at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, calls the report “a great first step” toward acknowledging past injustices, but he says ASHG needs to do more, such as push for including this history in all undergraduate and graduate genetics programs in the country.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

UA to host Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Life and Legacy Celebration: Fox 6 – Jan. 26

The University of Alabama says this event is going to be different from any other MLK-related events that it’s put on before. In fact, organizers tell me this one is really student driven. As you mentioned, it’s going to be happening later tonight. It starts at 7 p.m. at the Moody Music Building on The University of Alabama campus. We got a chance to sit down and talk with Dr. G. Christine Taylor. She’s the vice president and associate provost when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion at The University of Alabama. She says this will be much different than the Realizing the Dream event hosted at UA just a few weeks ago.

The Green Comet

UA astronomy professor says it’s a great time to catch a glimpse of Comet ZTF: Fox 6 – Jan. 26

Now is the time to pull out your binoculars and look up at the sky, you just might see Comet ZTF/E3, also known as the Green Comet. Dr. Jeremy Bailin, an associate professor at The University of Alabama says right now is one of the best times to catch a glimpse of it.

“Ways of Seeing”

New exhibit opens at Flint Institute of Art: Fox (Flint, Michigan) – Jan. 27

A new exhibit has opened at the Flint Institute of arts. The exhibit is called “Ways of Seeing.” It’s part of the The Paul R. Jones collection of American art from The University of Alabama. Paul Raymond. Jones, who was described by art and antiques magazine as 1 of the top art collectors in the country, donated 2000 plus pieces to the University.