Dr. Ryan Earley, associate professor of biological sciences, and students from UA’s Marine Science Club have been using bottle caps to create murals that bring attention to the impact of pollution on biodiversity.
From the July 2018 Desktop News | Seth Panitch, professor of acting and head of The University of Alabama’s acting programs, was awarded a $10,000 National Endowment of the Arts grant to produce his upcoming play, Separate and Equal. He co-wrote the grant with Dominic Yeager, UA assistant professor of theatre, and developed the play with Lawrence Jackson, a choreographer and UA assistant professor of dance. The grant is typically given to those only in professional theatre, not academic theatre, but because Panitch’s Bridge Project is […]
From the July 2018 Desktop News | Interacting with law enforcement has the potential to be stressful or frustrating for anyone. But for individuals with intellectual disabilities, these situations can be inordinately difficult. However, through a project funded by the Alabama Council of Intellectual Disabilities, psychology doctoral candidate Sydnee Erickson and associate professor of psychology Karen Salekin are trying to change that. Their goal? Learn how people with intellectual disabilities understand their Miranda rights and create programs to bridge the comprehension gaps. […]
From the July 2018 Desktop News | A disease-inducing fungus in amphibians worldwide could become deadlier as different genetic variations emerge, according to research led by The University of Alabama. Biologists tested the harmfulness of a Brazilian hybrid form of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, known simply as Bd or the amphibian chytrid fungus, as well as both parent forms, on species of frogs from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. They found infections and strength of the illness increased with the hybrid form. Published […]
Allison Hetzel, associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, will debut her new one-woman play, “Step Mama Drama” in Scotland this summer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
From the June 2018 Desktop News | For the first time researchers studying a deadly virus modeled how it spreads to young trout and salmon in the waters of the Columbia River Basin, showing that migrating adult fish are the main source of exposure. The ecological modeling of the infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus, or IHNV, shows how it moves across the landscape over time, providing a crucial understanding for managers of hatchery programs attempting to protect juvenile salmon and trout. “Knowing the […]
From the June 2018 Desktop News | Dr. Memorie Gosa, an assistant professor in UA’s Department of Communicative Disorders, was recently appointed the president of the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (ABSSD). Almost six months into this new role, she is working to expand the recognition of Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. The ABSSD is a national organization that provides certification for speech-language pathologists who specialize in the identification and treatment of swallowing disorders, commonly called referred to […]
From the June 2018 Desktop News | More than a century after John Stuart Mill’s personal library was donated to an Oxford college, a University of Alabama English professor and a team of international collaborators are allowing a broader audience access to the history literally hand-written by Mill into the margins of his books. Mill, arguably the preeminent English-speaking philosopher of the 1800s, annotated extensively as he read, and, along with his father, utilitarian philosopher James Mill, may have inscribed as many as […]
Forty years ago, the musical-turned-movie Grease hit the big screen. It was 1978 and John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, the stars of the show, were in their primes. Teens flocked to showings, and overnight it became a cult classic.
Through discovering ancient floods along the Mississippi River, a group of scientists, including Dr. Matthew D. Therrell, UA professor of geography, found human-led engineering, not climate, is the largest influence on worsening floods.