Why Sharks Matter: Free Lecture and Book Signing September 16

Join The University of Alabama Museums for a FREE and all-ages program with Award-Winning Marine Biologist, Dr. David Shiffman.  For the inaugural John S. Steiner Endowed Lecture, Dr. Shiffman is visiting The University of Alabama’s Math and Science Education Building (Room 1001) on September 16, 2023 at 11:00 am to give a free presentation on “Why Sharks Matter: The Science and Policy of Saving Sharks” and sign copies of his book, Why Sharks Matter: A Deep Dive with the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator.  While this event is free of charge, register in […]

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Richard Newton

Distinguished Teaching with Technology Fellow 2023-2026 Richard Newton, PhD, has served as Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama since Fall 2022. Newton earned his PhD from the School of Religion at Claremont Graduate University in 2014. In addition to publications in top-tier and internationally renowned journals, he is the author of Identifying Roots: Alex Haley and the Anthropology of Scriptures (Equinox 2020). co-editor of Fieldnotes in the Critical Study of Religion: Revisiting Classical Theorists (Bloomsbury 2023), and editor […]

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Lisa Beck

Distinguished Teaching Fellow 2023-2026 Dr. Lisa Beck is an Assistant Professor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychology at The University of Alabama. She also serves as the Director for Undergraduate Advising for Psychology as well as the Associate Director of Clinical Training for the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. After completing her degrees at Arkansas Tech University, Mississippi State University, and The University of Alabama, Dr. Beck worked as a Senior Staff Psychologist and the Safe Zone Coordinator […]

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Katherine L. Chiou

Distinguished Teaching Fellow 2023-2026 Katherine L. Chiou is an archaeologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Her areas of interest include foodways in the past and present, plant domestication, social inequality, Geographic Information Systems, data visualization, and responsible conduct of research. She received her BA from New York University and MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2017, Dr. Chiou has overseen the Ancient People and Plants Laboratory which trains undergraduate and graduate students in archaeobotanical […]

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Laura Reed

Distinguished Teaching Fellow 2021-2024 Laura Reed is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, having joined the University of Alabama in 2010. Her research focuses on understanding how evolutionary, genetic, and environmental factors interact to shape complex metabolic traits, including diseases like obesity and type-2 diabetes. Dr. Reed’s academic training prior to coming to Tuscaloosa included a BS in biology from the University of Oregon, followed by a PhD in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Arizona, and […]

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Sergei Gleyzer

Distinguished Teaching Fellow 2022–2025 Sergei Gleyzer is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Teaching Philosophy My goal is to inspire and encourage my students to think critically about the world around them and use science and technology as means of understanding it. This requires critical thinking and use of scientific methodology with real-world examples. I strive to teach students how to analyze the world around us and use modern tools, such as machine learning, to acquire new […]

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Lawrence Cappello

Distinguished Teaching Fellow 2022–2025 Lawrence Cappello is an assistant professor in the Department of History. His focus is U.S. Legal & Constitutional History — particularly the right to privacy. He is the founder and director of UA’s Legal History Concentration, and author of None of Your Damn Business: Privacy in the United States from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age (University of Chicago Press). Among his course offerings are U.S. Constitutional History I & II, the Right to Privacy, and the Great […]

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Kaleb Heinrich

Distinguished Teaching Fellow 2022–2025 Kaleb Heinrich is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. His areas of research include biology education, active learning, and outreach in STEM, biology graduate student professional development, and freshwater ecology. At UA, he teaches Principles of Biology I and II, Biology Outreach, General Ecology Lab, and Pedagogy in the Biological Sciences. Teaching Philosophy Typical science courses emphasize memorizing facts when learning is actually driven by being observant, thinking, linking concepts, and asking good questions. […]

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Natalie Adams

Distinguished Teaching Fellow 2021-2024 Natalie Guice Adams is a professor in New College with a joint appointment in Social and Cultural Studies in Education in the College of Education. Her research focuses on the intersection of extracurricular activities in school, gender, race, and sexual identity, and popular culture. Dr. Adams formerly served as the Director of New College and the Assistant Director of UA’s Graduate School. She is serving her second term as the Chair of the Board of Directors for […]

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