A&S in the News: July 23-29, 2023

Sustainable Agriculture

Viewpoint: ‘Think globally, act locally’? It’s a buzzy environmentalist catchphrase, but it may not be the best way to address climate change and conservation challenges: Genetic Literacy Project – July 24

… Patricia Mathu is a graduate student at The University of Alabama where she studies how archaeology can inform understandings of food systems and climate change. Patricia has recently started her own regenerative farm with friends and was a Breakthrough Generation Fellow in 2022.

School Shooters

Nashville school shooter’s writings reignite debate over releasing material written by mass killers: Associated Press – July 24

… Adam Lankford, a professor of criminology at The University of Alabama who studies mass shootings, said he thinks there is a way to make a killer’s writings public without inspiring copycats. The biggest problem is killers are sometimes made into celebrities, with their names and photos splashed across news reports for weeks, he said. “I don’t think a manifesto in isolation is likely to inspire an attack if you can’t see who that person is and start to identify with them,” he said. “But if you’re already obsessed with that individual, then, you know, that obsession can extend to obsessing about that person’s words.”
CBS News Detroit
U.S. News & World Report
… and many more

ComEd EV Rally

45 young women prepare to race electric vehicles in ComEd’s EV Rally on July 29: Oil and Gas Press – July 24

… Teegan Mathey, a rising junior at the University of Alabama studying environmental science, participated in the 2019 Icebox Derby. Following her time in the program, she has also attended the Exelon STEM Academy, received the 2021 Exelon STEM Leadership Academy Scholarship and held three internships with ComEd. “During the ComEd Icebox Derby, I was able to build connections, make meaningful friendships and use those connections to land my first internship at ComEd,” said Mathey. “My ComEd internships have helped me learn about the energy industry and shown me that I can have a future in the industry as a woman in a male-dominated field.”’

Blount Scholars Program

New UA campus project + more million-dollar-plus building permits approved: Bama Buzz – July 25

This week, 13 building permits were approved for projects statewide exceeding $1 million. Among those multi-million-dollar permits is a renovation project at Oliver-Bernard and Tuomey halls on The University of Alabama campus… The Project proposes an initial renovation of Oliver-Barnard, home of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Blount Scholars Program, which has experienced significant growth and is currently at its maximum student capacity.

Red Mountain Theatre

Ultra-talented cast, youth ensembles help close RMT’s ‘Season of Big Dreams’: The Birmingham Times – July 26

… “It’s an extravaganza,” says Director and Choreographer Stacy Alley, who serves as Head of Musical Theatre and Professor of Musical Theatre/Dance at The University of Alabama. “It’s non-stop music and dance from our ultra-talented cast and Youth Ensembles. Eye-popping sets and costumes. And at the heart of it is this timeless message about family and forgiveness. It’s been a joy to direct on so many levels.”
Broadway World

Artificial Intelligence

University professors in Alabama face growing reality of AI in the classroom: Alabama Public Radio – July 27

Alabama Public Radio spoke with professors at The University of Alabama who gave their thoughts on changes that could be on the way for classrooms across the state. Amy Dayton is an associate professor of English at The University of Alabama. She said AI isn’t causing the crisis some think it is. She noted the technology isn’t quite as intelligent as the public might think, despite the name.

UA Autism Clinic

Back to School Bash: UA Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic: WVUA – July 29

Families traveled to butler field today for a fun-filled back-to- school bash. The University of Alabama Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic threw its back-to-school bash where they gave out school supplies and backpacks. Kids who attended were treated to bounce houses, face painting, and other activities. The event’s goal was to provide support to families that are all in similar situations.