Category: News

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


Southern Fried Scribes

Summer Writing Program Opens Creative Opportunity for Local Communities Inspired by UA’s creative writing program, MFA students Matt Jones and Jess Masterson looked for ways to foster appreciation and awareness for the writing craft in their own and surrounding communities. The result? The Southern Fried Scribes Initiative, which will host a series of free creative writing workshops for high school students in the Tuscaloosa area and the neighboring Black Belt region. Students enrolled in the program will participate in workshops, […]

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Elemental Ecocriticism

English Department Hosts 30th Lit Symposium The College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of English and the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies will host the 30th Alabama Symposium on English and American Literature April 25-27, 2013. This year’s symposium is titled “Elemental Ecocriticism.” Sharon O’Dair, Hudson Strode Professor of English and director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies, said the event will focus on ecocriticism, “a field of inquiry that examines literary representations of the natural world […]

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Event Showcases Faculty Research

Researchers, Scholars Will Present Work at April 23 Conference  College of Arts and Sciences faculty will present their work on a variety of research and scholarly topics at the College of Arts and Sciences 2013 Academies Conference, Tuesday, April 23, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Birmingham Room of the Bryant Conference Center, 40 Paul W Bryant Dr., adjacent to the UA campus. The presentations focus on research that has received funding from the College of Arts and Sciences Academy […]

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Breaking Alabama’s Political Glass Ceiling

Political Science Department to Host Symposium on Women in Politics Though women are becoming progressively more involved in national politics and continue to gain government positions across the nation, Alabama’s female citizens are still widely underrepresented at both the state and local levels. Alabama ranks 47th out of the 50 states when it comes to the political representation of women. The Alabama Political Science Association (AlaPSA) will examine and address this problem in a symposium, “The State of Women and […]

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Nobel Laureate to Lecture

Nobel-Winning Chemist to Lecture on Ground-Breaking Research From the April 2013 Desktop News | Dr. Robert H. Grubbs won the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his ground-breaking research in developing new compounds with commercial applications. This month, Grubbs will visit with students and faculty in the Department of Chemistry. Grubbs will give a public lecture, “Bugs, Windmills, and Victoria’s Secret: Fundamental Science to Commercial Products,” on Friday, April 19, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. in 1004 Shelby Hall on the UA campus. Grubb’s […]

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New Foundry Dedicated

Collaborative Foundry and Workshop Facilities Will Be Dedicated at April 19 Ribbon Cutting From the April 2013 Desktop News | A workshop and foundry that will be shared by the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering will be dedicated April 19 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. New state-of-the-art facilities in the Bureau of Mines Arts and Engineering Complex on the UA campus provide an environment for creativity, productivity, and collaboration among faculty and students in both colleges. “The Bureau of […]

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Jackson to Deliver Mills Lecture

CBS 42 News Anchor Will Give April 26 Lecture From the April 2013 Desktop News | Sherri Jackson, news anchor for CBS 42 in Birmingham and a member of the College’s Paul Jones Advisory Board, will be on campus this month to deliver the Helen Crow Mills and John Carroll Mills Endowed Lecture on April 26 at 11 a.m. in Farrah Hall. Her lecture, “TV or Not TV: Is that the question? Why Ethics Must Cross Platforms for Journalists,” will address the evolving […]

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Algae Research Receives NSF Funds

College Biologist Earns $2.7 Million in NSF Funding for Green Algae Research From the April 2013 Desktop News | Dr. Juan Lopez-Bautista, an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, has built a career studying algae. He is now the principal investigator in a $2.76 million National Science Foundation research project designed to discover and describe various types of green algae. Lopez and his research team hope to develop a comprehensive understanding of these microscopic organisms, including how scientists believe they fit […]

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Can Information Beat Chronic Pain?

Psychologists Say Improving Health Literacy Can Help Patients Treat, Manage Pain From the April 2013 Desktop News | Chronic pain can be managed by developing alternative ways of thinking and perceiving it through cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). But in the health care system patients with a low literacy or educational level experience a disadvantage in learning and using these techniques. Dr. Beverly E. Thorn, chair of the Department of Psychology, will work to make this type of treatment more accessible as the leader […]

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Clam Shells Tell Ancient Story

Geologist Researches Climate-Induced Downfall of Advanced Civilization From the April 2013 Desktop News | Analyses of clam shells used in ancient funeral ceremonies offer additional evidence as to how climate change may have contributed to the gradual collapse of an early South American civilization, according to Dr. Fred Andrus, an associate professor in the Department of Geological Sciences. His research, which was published online in the scientific journal Geology, indicates El Niño, a temporary, cyclical change in the Pacific Ocean’s circulation, and an […]

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