Category: News

Articles about news in the College, from student and faculty accomplishments to research advances, new academic programs, and the impact of giving.


Levine Earns Sussex Theory Prize

From the August 2013 Desktop News | Recovering International Relations: the Promise of Sustainable Critique authored by Dr. Daniel Levine, assistant professor of political science, has been awarded the 2013 Sussex International Theory Prize. The award is given each year for the best piece of innovative theoretical research published in the field of international relations. Levine joined the College’s Department of Political Science in 2012, and his research primarily focuses on political theory and international relations theory, as well as Israeli-Palestinian politics. […]

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Undergrads Co-Author Research Methodology Book

From the August 2013 Desktop News | Three undergraduate students in the College can now add “published author” to their resumes after a recent book project with their mentor, Dr. Mark Lanier, professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. The book, Advanced Research Methods for the Social Sciences, was published by Cognella Academic Publishing this year and will be used for the first time this fall in criminal justice courses at UA and other universities such as San Diego State University. Lanier […]

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Anthropology Student Wins NSF Grant

From the August 2013 Desktop News | Martina Thomas, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, was awarded a $16,000 Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation for her work in determining the social factors that influence a person’s knowledge and behavior regarding HIV risk. She was chosen from 218 applicants nationwide. According to the NSF, fewer than 15 percent of students were awarded the prestigious grant this year. Thomas’s project, “An Anthropological Study of the Social Ecology of Health […]

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Alabama-Cuba Initiative Goes to New York City

From the July 2013 Desktop News | Actors and dancers from The University of Alabama and the Cuban El Instituto Superior de Arte are “on the road” this summer performing in “Alcestis Ascending,” written and produced by Associate Professor Seth Panitch of the Department of Theatre and Dance.  The actors are performing the play this month off-off Broadway at the Harold Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row in New York City and will subsequently take the production to the Raquel Revuelta Theatre in […]

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Summer Programs Keep Campus Buzzing

From the July 2013 Desktop News | Summertime is not downtime at the Capstone as students come to campus for enriching programs. The Department of Chemistry, the School of Music, and the creative writing program in the Department of English are just a few of many departments offering summer opportunities for students in Alabama and across the country. Whether students are looking to get an edge on getting into college, or hoping to enhance their undergraduate experience, these programs provide hands-on experience […]

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Exploring Race, Gender, and Religion in Cuba

Grad Students Study Social Topics and Publish Online Magazine From the July 2013 Desktop News | A group of students participating in Dr. Maha Marouan’s graduate seminar got the opportunity of a lifetime this summer to study race, gender, and religion in popular culture in Cuba. The course is one of the first developed exclusively for graduate students as part of the College’s Alabama-Cuba Initiative. The trip, which took place during UA’s interim term in May, was led by Marouan along with […]

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Three Students Intern at HudsonAlpha

College Undergraduates Earn Prestigious Biotechnology Internships From the July 2013 Desktop News | Three students from the College are getting hands-on experience in sophisticated biotechnology as part of the BioTran internship program at the HudsonAlpha Institute in Huntsville. College undergraduates Duncan Murdock, Anna Willis, and Abigail Shelton along with two other UA students are interning this summer as part of the highly competitive program. Only 10 percent of those that apply for the BioTran internship are selected annually for the opportunity. Since […]

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College Names New Associate Deans

From the July 2013 Desktop News | Two faculty members have been appointed associate deans for the College. Dr. Lisa L. Dorr, associate professor in the Department of History, and Dr. Roger Sidje, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, were appointed by Dr. Robert F. Olin, dean of the College. Dorr will administer the College’s social sciences division, and Sidje will manage diversity and multicultural programs. They will assume their new duties August 16. “Professors Dorr and Sidje bring to the […]

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Chemistry Grads Visit Nobel Laureates

Two graduate students participate in Lindau Meetings in Germany From the July 2013 Desktop News | This month 35 Nobel Laureates congregated at Lake Constance in Germany to meet the next generation of leading scientists and researchers, including two UA graduate students from the Department of Chemistry. Steven Kelley, a native of Olive Branch, Miss., and Michele Stover, a native of Moselle, Miss., attended the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting along with more than 600 young researchers from nearly 80 countries. Kelley […]

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Nath Earns Top Humanities Award

Philosophy Professor Wins Whetstone/Seamon Faculty Development Award Dr. Rekha Nath, a professor in the Department of Philosophy, was awarded the Whetstone/Seaman Faculty Development Award by the Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF). The AHF and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life will host a symposium June 26 to recognize Nath’s achievement as well as engage the public on issues of civic life. Nath won the top award by submitting an essay to the AHF’s biennial essay competition open to all non-tenured […]

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