A&S in the News: October 1-7, 2023

AMP Student Representation

Opinion | AMP students interested in SGA deserve more flexibility: The Crimson White – Oct. 1

… Recognizing AMP students’ unique status would also help them advocate for solutions to the unique problems they face. Marie Winchester, who graduated with her Master of Arts in political science this past May, recounted how being an AMP student made it harder to get a decently paying job. “If I hadn’t graduated, I couldn’t have had two of my jobs at all, and I would’ve been paid less in the third,” she said.

Crime Rates

Violent crime drops 20% in New Orleans, exceeding national trends: ‘Obviously, it’s good.”: NOLA.com – Oct. 1

… Michael Barton, a University of Alabama criminology professor, suspects a natural pullback after years of COVID-19 shutdowns disrupted school and work schedules and sparked employment struggles that affected youth and their exposure to violence. “Now we’re seeing the return of more stable work and school schedules, and that would be at least part of the reason I suspect we are seeing some of this regression to the mean,” Barton said.

Map of Stone

Guntersville man crafts map of United States using stone: ABC Huntsville – Oct. 2

… To make the map, Morrison paid a small fee to The University of Alabama’s Department of Geography and they sent a full-scale map of the United States. Morrison got to work, carefully using a saw to shape each stone to look like all 50 states.

“Hidden in Plain Sight”

“Hidden” images reveal the legacy of slavery in American art: NPR Northwest Arkansas – Oct. 3

In the new book “Hidden in Plain Sight: Concealing Enslavement in American Visual Culture,” Rachel Stephens reveals the ways enslaved people were depicted – or obscured – in antebellum art and propaganda and how that has impacted art, culture and society today. Stephens is an associate professor of art history at The University of Alabama and was a 2018 Tyson Scholar at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. “Hidden in Plain Sight” is out now from the University of Arkansas Press.

Voter Registration

Alabama voter registration climbs, but turnout lags behind rest of nation: Tuscaloosa News – Oct. 4

… Richard Fording, a professor of political science at The University of Alabama, said “the numbers aren’t bad.”… “Alabama was classified as a state with a traditionalistic political culture,” Fording said. “That means a few different things, but with respect to the orientation of government participation, it is an elitist orientation.”

Heart Health

Major grant for Univ. of Ala. to tackle poor health in west Alabama: WBRC Fox 6 – Oct. 4

Alabama ranks at the bottom when it comes to some health studies, but now they’re getting a big boost to improve those numbers and improve heart health for folks in west Alabama. It’s all thanks to a major grant – the largest of its kind for the Alabama Life Research Institute at the University of Alabama. The funding will help nine counties. Univ. of Ala. leaders say the grant is worth around $6 million and it’ll be spread over 5 years. The mission? Reduce cardiovascular disease in west Alabama. Dr. Sharlene Newman, the Executive Director for the Alabama Life Research Institute, applied for the grant because she knew there was an opportunity to make a difference in nine west Alabama counties when it comes to heart health.

Center for Global Black Studies

Black Miami artists take center stage: Black News – Oct. 5

… One of the first presenters was Sharony Green, an associate professor of History at The University of Alabama, former journalist and a University of Miami alumna. Green spoke about her new book, which focuses on the end of writer Zora Neale Hurston’s life. It was a time when the esteemed Harlem Renaissance author of “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” was struggling financially and emotionally, so she escaped to Honduras.


University Of Alabama announces 2023 Homecoming Court: Tuscaloosa Patch – Oct. 6

The University of Alabama this week officially announced its 2023 Homecoming Court.

Astronomy Specializations

Interested in space? Here are the degrees you can get in astronomy: Astronomy – Oct. 6

… University of Alabama astronomy students discovered the first evidence for giant black holes in dwarf galaxies on a collision course with the help of NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Credit: NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.