Tag: Department of Geography


Couple Gives $25,000 for Veterans Scholarship

From the June 2017 Desktop News | Dr. Matthew Therrell, an associate professor of geography, and his wife Meganne Warner recently gave more than $25,000 to the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama in order to honor the memory of Warner’s father, H. William Warner III, and enhance the educational opportunities of students who are veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The gift will fund the H. William Warner III Veterans Scholarship in the College of Arts and Sciences. “My […]

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Students Win SEC Campus Water Matters Challenge

Students win SEC Campus Water Matters Challenge

From the May 2017 Desktop News | The first SEC Campus Water Matters Challenge was held at Mississippi State University in March, and an interdisciplinary team of University of Alabama students took home the gold. The Campus Water Matters Challenge was created to encourage students to create solutions to water sustainability problems by using campus infrastructure projects to explore possible ways of enabling positive water use. Seven teams competed, including the University of Georgia, the University of Florida, and Auburn University, which came […]

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Preserving Cuban History

From the March 2017 Desktop News | Dr. Matthew LaFevor and his brother David are in a race against the clock as they seek to preserve Cuban archival records of births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials that date from the island’s early colonial period (16th century) through the modern era. “The sources are decaying rapidly because of unfavorable weather, moisture and mold, insects, and other factors,” said LaFevor, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography. “Some books are too far gone […]

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Drought Continues in Alabama

Dr. Sagy Cohen predicts drought using hydrology map

From the January 2017 Desktop News |  According to Dr. Sagy Cohen, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography, drought doesn’t end at the first sign of rain or even heavy downpour. “When we got that downpour the first week of December, people thought the drought was over,” Cohen said. “But that’s not true.” In fact, though the National Weather Service predicted a wetter-than-average December in the Southeast, there has not been enough rain to make up for the deficit […]

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A&S in the News – Nov. 19-25

GEORGE HAWLEY: Win or lose, Trump’s candidacy will have lasting impact on conservatism Missourian – Nov. 8 Hours before polls closed on Tuesday, George Hawley, assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama, joked that he was analyzing the future of the American Right “three or four hours too early.” Hawley, whose research interests include conservative movements and electoral behavior, presented Tuesday afternoon as the second half of a National Endowment for the Humanities push to bring influential […]

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A&S in the News – Nov. 12–18

University of Alabama students to present dance show Tuscaloosa News – Nov. 12 The University of Alabama department of theater and dance will present a show next week featuring more than 20 student-choreographed works. “Dance Alabama!” is scheduled to run at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-17 and at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the auditorium at Morgan Hall. Tickets are $14 for UA students, $17 for seniors and UA employees, and $20 for adults. Tickets are available in Rowand-Johnson Hall at […]

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Virtual Reality Sandbox

Dr. Sagy Cohen doing a demonstration in the sandbox.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZUAFNVx2-w] From the November 2016 Desktop News | The newest interactive exhibit at the Alabama Museum of Natural History  is part sandbox, part Xbox, and it’s teaching students of all ages about topography, flood hazards, and watersheds. “With Google maps and other applications, people aren’t used to reading paper maps anymore,” Dr. Sagy Cohen, a professor in the Department of Geography, said. “But in my field—and even for people who like hiking or hunting—reading topographical maps is still a very […]

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A&S in the News – Oct. 21- 28

Stars Exhibit Mysterious Behavior ITech Post – Oct. 22 The universe has many mysteries that astronomers are still trying to figure out. As new discoveries are made, new questions are being raised as well. Many stars are still a mystery, and some stars do have peculiar behavior, such as those that have been found to have conditions that should have destroyed them yet are instead building them up. Dr. Jimmy Irwin is an astronomer from the University of Alabama an […]

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A&S in the News – Oct. 14-20

Cuba Week starts Monday at the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa News – Oct. 14 The University of Alabama’s Cuba Week, a showcase of the collaborations between the university and Cuban partners, begins Oct. 24. The week-long program, which kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at Bryant-Jordan Hall, will feature cultural events and presentations by UA staff and more than 20 Cuban artists, musicians, writers, doctors and scholars covering topics that range from engineering, science and health science to history, film, theatre, […]

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A&S in the News – Sept. 30-October 6

Goldie 1971 – The Fallen Robot Atlas Obscura – Sept. 30 When the Sloss Blast Furnaces closed in 1971 the site had been an anchor of Birmingham’s industrial life for nine decades. As one of the South’s largest manufacturers of pig iron, the obsolete hulk that was left behind was an inspiration for then-graduate student Joe McCreary, who created a rusting giant for the University of Alabama campus. Called “Goldie 1971,” the creature has stopped to rest in the sculpture […]

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