Category: News

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


New College Alumna Makes Waves in Music Composition World

Anne LeBaron, well-known harpist, composer, and New College alumna, was recently dubbed the “grandmaster of the hyperopera” by the Los Angeles Times. On Aug. 11, the first movement of her chamber ensemble piece “Telluris Theoria Sacra” will be performed for the first time. The piece, which translates to mean “Sacred Theory of the Earth” will be performed at the University of California-Los Angeles by the 24-member experimental ensemble “wild Up.” It is just one of many works that has brought […]

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Chemistry Program Brings Next Generation of Chemists to UA

A summer program in the College, funded by the National Science Foundation, is helping train the next generation of chemists and scientific researchers. The Department of Chemistry hosted its Research Experiences for Undergraduates program this summer under the direction of Dr. John Vincent, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Stephen Woski, associate professor of chemistry. Top undergraduate students with strong backgrounds in chemistry are invited to come to the UA campus for 10 weeks during the summer to work with UA […]

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College Alumna Wins Fulbright Scholarship to Study in Spain

Seema Kumar of Shreveport, La., a recent graduate of the College, has received a Fulbright Scholarship to study abroad during the 2012-2013 school year. While at UA, Kumar majored in Spanish and biology. She will study in Santander, Spain, where she will teach various subjects to local students ages 13 to 15 and serve as a mentor for the Global Classrooms program. During her time in Spain, Kumar will also be conducting several projects that she presented to the Fulbright […]

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Washington Experience Students Meet with Scalia and Sewell

Students participating in UA’s summer political science internship, the Washington Experience, met with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and also Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL). Under the direction of Dr. Michael New, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, the Washington Experience annually brings students to Washington, D.C. to experience politics in action. Justice Scalia gave two presentations to the students on how the checks and balances system in the U.S. Constitution gives real meaning to the Bill of […]

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Music Professor Awarded Grant for Jazz Ensemble

Dr. Andrew Raffo Dewar, an assistant professor in the School of Music and New College, was awarded a New Jazz Works Commissioning and Ensemble Development Grant from Chamber Music America in the amount of $20,500. He was among 10 composers and ensembles selected for awards from a pool of 167 applicants by independent review panels of musicians and presenters. Dewar will use the grant to compose, perform and record a new book of compositions for his San Francisco Bay Area-based […]

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Horn Students Set a Record While Sweeping International Horn Contest

Five students from the School of Music’s French horn studio made history by sweeping all four competitions at the recent Southeast Horn Workshop, which is a regional workshop of the International Horn Society. This year’s competition was hosted by Tennessee Tech University. It was the first time in the workshop’s more than 30 year history that all four competitions were won by students from the same university. The winning students are Joshua Williams and Alex Morris, both of Tuscaloosa, Kaylene […]

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Two College Biology Students Selected for Hudson Alpha Internships

Two College students are doing more than imagining what a career in biotechnology is like. Through the BioTran internship program at the Hudson Alpha Institute based in Huntsville, Ala., Ben Henderson and Abigail Shelton are gaining real world experiences while enhancing their education. The internship is very competitive, and only 10 percent of those that apply are selected annually for the opportunity. Since the inception of the BioTran internship in 2009, more than 1,300 students have applied and only 88 […]

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Anthropology Student Wins Boren Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State

Lauren Marsh, a senior in the Department of Anthropology, was awarded a prestigious Boren Scholarship, given by the U.S. Department of State to provide college students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to U.S. security. Marsh, of Prattville, Ala. is a rising senior majoring in anthropology with minors in Chinese and public health. She will study in Chengdu, in the Sichuan province of China. She plans to complete the service requirement of the award by […]

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Geological Sciences Professor Wins NSF CAREER Award

Dr. Samantha Hansen, an assistant professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, was awarded a $715,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation to study a new approach to investigating the seismic velocity structure beneath Antarctica. These awards are NSF’s most prestigious recognition of top-performing young scientists beginning their careers. Hansen, who joined the College’s faculty in 2010, works in the field of earthquake seismology. Her five-year NSF grant will fund an expedition to deploy a new seismic operation in […]

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College Forges Academic Relationship with University of Ghana

The University of Ghana was recently added to the College’s list of international partner institutions to provide study abroad opportunities for students following a trip to the African country last month. Dr. Robert Olin, dean of the College, Dr. Luoheng Han, associate dean of the College, and Dr. Seth Appiah Opoku, an associate professor in the Department of Geography met with officials from the University of Ghana to discuss plans to put students from both universities together to promote academic […]

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