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Articles featured in Desktop News, a monthly e-newsletter of the College of Arts and Sciences


HudsonAlpha Director, College Alumnus, to Discuss Pathobiology in Next ALLELE Lecture

Dr. Richard Myers, president and director of the HudsonAlpha Institute for biotechnology and a College alumnus, will present the next ALLELE Lecture, “Large-scale Genomic Analyses to Study Biology and Pathobiology” on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Biology Building Auditorium. The Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution Series is an interdisciplinary lecture series organized by the Evolution Working Group at The University of Alabama, and all lectures are free and open to the public. Myers, who also serves as […]

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Art Professor’s Works Featured in New York Gallery

The work of Pete Schulte, an assistant professor of drawing in the College’s Department of Art and Art History, is being showcased in the exhibit “Pardon Up Here,” at the Luise Ross Gallery in New York City through January 12, 2013. Schulte is known for his nuanced pencil and pigment drawings on paper. This is Schulte’s first solo exhibition at Luise Ross Gallery, where he was part of a group exhibition in July 2011. His recent solo exhibitions include The […]

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Spanish Professor Receives Award from State Foreign Language Teachers Association

Dr. William Worden, a professor of Spanish and director of the Spanish program in the College’s Department of Modern Languages and Classics, has been named the winner of the 2013 Post-Secondary Award by the Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers. The award recognizes a top instructor of foreign language in the state. Worden will be honored this spring at the organizations’ annual conference. Worden earned his Ph. D. from Brown University and has been a faculty member in the Department […]

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Multiple Grant Opportunities Aimed at Expanding Physics Education for Future High School Teachers

A new partnership between the College’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and faculty in UA’s College of Education is aimed at improving the training of high school physics teachers in Alabama. The partnership is the result of two funding opportunities: a five-year $8 million Alliance for Physics Excellence Program (APEX) grant from the National Science Foundation and a three-year $300,000 grant from the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC). According to Dr. J.W. Harrell, a professor in the Department of Physics […]

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Geography Professor Recognized for Dedication to Anti-Racism Scholarship

The Association of American Geographers (AAG) recently named Dr. Bobby Wilson, a professor in the College’s Department of Geography, the winner of the 2012 AAG Presidential Achievement Award for his career-long dedication to anti-racist scholarship in geography. AAG is the predominant national scholarly organization in geography. In announcing the award, the AAG stated, “For four decades, Bobby Wilson has been devoted to empirically rich, politically engaged, and theoretically sophisticated scholarship ranging from issues of housing, urban revitalization, economic development, and […]

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ALLELE Lecturer to Discuss Ancient Man’s Relationship with Evolution

Dr. John Hawks, a paleoanthropologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will visit The University of Alabama campus to give a lecture titled, “Neandertime: How Ancient Genomes are Transforming Our Past and Present” on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 127 of the Biology Building. The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture is part of the Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution (ALLELE) lecture series. Hawks studies ancient humans as found in fossil evidence around the world. […]

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Chemistry Professor’s Discovery Still Has Impact 20 Years Later

Dr. Anthony J. Arduengo, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, made a discovery more than 20 years ago that changed the way chemists understand highly reactive substances known as carbenes. As he continues his research, Arduengo’s breakthrough continues to influence some of the most cutting edge research being done today. Chemists once viewed carbenes as highly reactive, transient species that were important intermediates in some reactions. Prior to Arduengo’s discovery of an isolable carbine known as N-heterocyclic (NHC), scientists […]

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Sobecky Honored for Contributions to Environmental Microbiology

Biology professor Dr. Patty Sobecki was recognized recently for her contributions to microbiology.Dr. Patty Sobecky, professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, was recently awarded the James C. Freeley Award from the Southeastern Branch of the American Society for Microbiology in recognition of her contributions to environmental microbiology. Environmental biology is the study of the composition and physiology of microbial communities in a specific environment, and is just one of the specialized areas of biology that is represented […]

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Art Program Brings College Students and Elementary Students Together with Creativity

A new program known as Arts Renaissance in Tuscaloosa Schools (ARTS), is being spearheaded by faculty and students in the College and aims to share the creative resources generated at The University of Alabama with Tuscaloosa elementary schools. ARTS, which involves a multitude of arts-related workshops, is led by Dr. Marysia Galbraith, an associate professor in New College and the Department of Anthropology. Currently, the program is offered at Woodland Forest Elementary School and Matthews Elementary School. Volunteers from the […]

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College Physicist Collaborates with UA Scientists to Seek New Source of Magnetism as World Supply Ebbs

Dr. Patrick LeClair, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and fellow researchers in UA’s Center for Materials for Information Technology (MINT), have been researching alternative materials to produce magnets. Their research is a response to the growing concern in the scientific community that the supply of naturally magnetic materials will not keep up with demand. Magnets are used in nearly all electronic devices such as computers, cellphones, and medical appliances. And although these appliances are in […]

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