Rediscovering the Renaissance

From the November 2020 Desktop News | Most people head to the conference room to conduct business, but for actors and playwrights in Renaissance England, they headed to the bar. It has long been suspected that William Shakespeare and the playing companies he worked for did not confine their business of casting, buying plays, and […]

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Professor Receives NSF Grant for Archaeological Work in Maya Settlements

Dr. Alexandre Tokovinine, an assistant professor in UA’s Department of Anthropology, was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for his archaeological project exploring the cultural and societal changes surrounding the shifting political and cultural allegiances of an ancient Maya settlement in Guatemala. The $143,000 grant will help Tokovinine and his colleagues excavate […]

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A&S Student Services Wins Sam S. May Award

From the October 2020 Desktop News | The College of Arts and Sciences Office of Student Services was awarded the Sam S. May Award for Outstanding Customer Service for their innovative and creative approaches to serving students throughout 2020. The advisors, registrars, and administrative staff helped prospective and current students navigate their academic and co-curricular […]

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A&S Dean Raising Funds for Scholarship Through Mask Sales

From the October 2020 Desktop News | When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Dr. Lisa Dorr knew she had to do something to help her family and her community. As someone from a long line of quilters, Dorr decided to put her hands to work and create a variety of masks. “I’ve been a quilter for […]

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UA Professor Wins International Classics Award

From the October 2020 Desktop News | Dr. Kelly Shannon-Henderson, an associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics, was recently awarded the C.J. Goodwin Award of Merit for outstanding publications for her book Religion and Memory in Tacitus’ Annals. The award comes from the Society for Classical Studies, an international organization dedicated […]

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Exploring the Worlds of Work: Researchers Help Shape Career Fair for Eighth Graders

From the October 2020 Desktop News | Two Arts and Sciences researchers are working to study the future of West Alabama’s workforce through Worlds of Work, an event which helps eighth grade students in the area to explore different work fields, careers, and technical training programs through their schools. Dr. Joan Barth, a senior research […]

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A&S Grad Assisting With Saliva-Based COVID-19 Test

From the October 2020 Desktop News | When Anne Watkins started her master’s of public health at Yale University, she never thought she’d work with any sort of sports team, let alone a whole league. Now, she and her colleagues are partnered with the National Basketball Association to create a new COVID-19 testing procedure that […]

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Media and the Public Opinion of Torture

From the September 2020 Desktop News | According to Dr. Erin Kearns, an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at The University of Alabama, recent polls say that about half of adults in the United States think torture is acceptable in counterterrorism. The academic understanding is that torture is not effective, […]

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Department of Gender and Race Studies Recognized for Graduate Student Food Bank

From the September 2020 Desktop News | When COVID-19 hit the United States and temporarily closed many restaurants, bars, and stores in March, Dr. Utz McKnight realized that many graduate students in the UA community would lose their main source of income. Because of this, he wanted to find a way for faculty to give […]

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UA’s Vote Everywhere Wins Chapter of the Year

From the September 2020 Desktop News | The UA chapter of Vote Everywhere was recently awarded Chapter of the Year by the group’s parent organization, the Andrew Goodman Foundation, which advocates for young people to vote and be civically engaged with their communities. The Andrew Goodman Foundation was established in honor of Andrew Goodman, a […]

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