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From UA to Africa

Alumnus Uses Philosophy Degree in Peace Corps From the 2013 Celebrating Excellence | Coming from Ozark, Alabama, to Tuscaloosa to attend The University of Alabama, Korey McLeod was like many new undergraduates. He was young, ambitious, and ready to start the higher education journey. But beyond this vague notion of upward movement, he had no idea where his UA experience would take him. Today, McLeod, a 2009 graduate with a major in philosophy, is in the Northeast Wollo Region of Ethiopia where […]

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Discovering Science

Geographers, Museums Revamp Learning Lab UA’s College of Arts and Sciences has paired up with the Alabama Museum of Natural History to offer the Discovery Learning Lab to local teenagers. The lab, which was already a component of the museum, has been improved with the addition of iPads, computers, and geographic information technology provided by the Department of Geography in the hope that it will promote education and technological literacy. With these resources, students will be able to improve on […]

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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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Johnson Awarded Memorial Scholarship for Advocacy Work

From the March 2013 Desktop News | Kaylyn Johnson, a junior majoring in English and American Studies, was recently awarded the 2013 Elliot Jackson Jones Memorial Scholarship for her work as an advocate of diversity at The University of Alabama. She received the award from Capstone Alliance, UA’s affiliation group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered faculty, staff, and students and their allies. The scholarship recognizes a UA student, at any level, who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving the campus climate for […]

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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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Collaborative Work Yields Progress on Pardons for Scottsboro Boys

Sheila Washington, founder of the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center, has asked Gov. Robert Bentley to clear the names of eight of the nine defendants known as the Scottsboro boys, who were wrongly convicted of raping two white women in 1931. Washington’s plea has garnered significant support from professors, lawyers, and legislators and is the bi-product of work from of a two-year community-based research project with students and faculty in the College. The project involved doing historical research for […]

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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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