'Women of the Tide: 125 Years of Women at The University of Alabama' will open to the public on June 29.

Volume XVII, Number 12
June 27, 2018

‘WOMEN OF THE TIDE’ EXHIBIT CELEBRATES 125 YEARS OF UA WOMEN — The University of Alabama Museums will showcase the contributions and achievements women have made at the Capstone through “Women of the Tide: 125 Years of Women at The University of Alabama,” an exhibit that opens June 29 at the Gorgas House Museum. The exhibit will highlight numerous individuals and organizations that have left a lasting legacy at the University. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/06/women-of-the-tide-exhibit-celebrates-125-years-of-ua-women/

UA ASTRONOMER HELPS DISCOVER ELUSIVE BLACK HOLE — Dr. Jimmy Irwin, associate professor of astronomy and physics, is part of an international team of researchers who found a mid-sized black hole, a cosmic oddity in observations of the universe. The finding, which demonstrate an effective method to detect this class of black holes, was announced in the journal Nature Astronomy. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/06/ua-astronomer-helps-discover-elusive-black-hole/

UA PROFESSOR TO DIRECT EPISODE OF ‘QUEEN SUGAR’ — Dr. Rachel Raimist, professor of journalism and creative media, will direct an episode of “Queen Sugar” in New Orleans in June. The invitation came from Ava DuVernay, who directed “Selma,” “13th” and “A Wrinkle in Time.” Directing this episode will place Raimist in the Directors Guild of America, which represents 17,000 members worldwide. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/06/ua-professor-to-direct-episode-of-queen-sugar/

UA ANNOUNCES NEW MASTER’S DEGREE IN PUBLIC HEALTH — As health promotion, education and the health care industry rapidly evolve, the College of Human Environmental Sciences is changing to meet new needs by adding a Master of Public Health, which will be offered both on campus and by distance. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/06/ua-announces-new-masters-degree-in-public-health/

APR WINS NATIONAL EDWARD R. MURROW AWARD — The Radio Television Digital News Association has awarded Alabama Public Radio, also known as APR, a National Edward R. Murrow Award for best news series in the small market radio category for its series, titled “Alabama Rural Health Care.” https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/06/apr-wins-national-edward-r-murrow-award/

This artist’s rendering shows a view of the 2nd Avenue Overpass from the Coleman Coliseum parking lot looking south.

Volume XVII, Number 11
June 14, 2018

UA AWARDED $6 MILLION DOT GRANT FOR RAIL LINE OVERPASS — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded The University of Alabama a $6,025,657 Infrastructure For Rebuilding America, or INFRA, grant. This funding will assist with the construction of a $22,608,175 overpass that will correct a transportation barrier in Tuscaloosa. Also, it will provide an alternative route for approximately 80,000 vehicles per day, reducing conflicts with the train and other vehicle-pedestrian traffic for those traveling on and off campus. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/06/ua-awarded-6-million-dot-grant-for-rail-line-overpass/

UA STUDENTS WIN REGIONAL ROBOTICS COMPETITION — The University of Alabama Robotics team became the first UA robotics team in school history to win the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers SoutheastCon Hardware Competition. The UA team competed against 50 teams from across the southeast region. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/06/ua-students-win-regional-robotics-competition/

USDAN NAMED DEAN OF UA’S HUMAN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES — Dr. Stuart Usdan, who helped the UA College of Human Environmental Sciences make significant gains in research funding, infrastructure and impact and who has been honored for teaching excellence, has been named dean of the College. His appointment is effective July 1. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/06/usdan-named-dean-of-uas-human-environmental-sciences/

PREDICTING VIEW: PROJECT CREATES HIGHER QUALITY IMMERSIVE INTERNET VIDEOS WITHOUT LAG IN STREAMING — Of all the internet has brought, 360-degree videos that let users see around a fixed point are among the coolest, but it is difficult at the rate data travels for all of a high-quality, 360-video to arrive at the end user perfectly from the start. A University of Alabama researcher is developing a method to smooth the associated lag. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/06/predicting-view/

COMPUTER TABLETS PROVIDE POSITIVE DISTRACTION FOR SOME CHILDREN — Dr. Sherwood Burns-Nader was honored recently with the Association of Child Life Professionals’ 2018 Professional Research Recognition Award for directing a study that found computer tablets provide a distraction that reduces pain and anxiety in pediatric burn patients undergoing hydrotherapy. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/05/computer-tablets-provide-positive-distraction-for-some-children/

2017-18 YEAR IN REVIEW VIDEO — Celebrate another outstanding year with this video compilation of UA highlights for 2017-18. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/06/2017-18-year-in-review-video/

CCHS is accepting applications for the master’s degree in population health sciences program.

Volume XVII, Number 10
May 30, 2018

The University of Alabama’s College of Community Health Sciences will offer a new degree program designed to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice beginning in the fall. The Master of Science in population health sciences degree will address the changing landscape of health care by observing health outcomes and patterns of health determinants, as well as the policies and interventions that link them both. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/05/ua-introduces-masters-degree-in-population-health-sciences/

FOUR IN A ROW FOR UA ROBOTICS TEAM — For the fourth consecutive year, Alabama Astrobotics took the top prize at the NASA Robotic Mining Competition, besting student teams from more than 50 other institutions in the challenge to build a robot capable of navigating and excavating simulated Martian soil. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/05/four-in-a-row-for-ua-robotics-team/

RESEARCHER WINS NSF AWARD TO STUDY DORMANCY IN METASTATIC CANCER — With funding from a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a pioneering bioengineering project at UA will engineer environments that mimic conditions in the brain to gain insight into this process in metastatic breast cancer. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/05/researcher-wins-nsf-award-to-study-dormancy-in-metastatic-cancer/

UA’S ALPINE LIVING WINS SPJ NATIONAL MARK OF EXCELLENCE — UA student-produced magazine, Alpine Living has been awarded a national Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists in the category of Best Affiliated Website. This is the seventh national honor for the latest edition of Alpine Living. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/05/uas-alpine-living-wins-spj-national-mark-of-excellence/

PROFESSOR RECEIVES YOUNG INVESTIGATOR PROGRAM AWARD FROM U.S. NAVY — Dr. Andrew Lemmon, UA assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is one of 31 recipients of the 2018 Young Investigator Award. He received the award from the U.S. Navy in hopes of advancing the future of Naval ships. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/05/professor-receives-young-investigator-program-award-from-u-s-navy/

TWO UA ENGINEERING PROJECTS SELECTED FOR EPA PROGRAM — Two student-led research teams from UA are part of a federal program to develop sustainable technologies to solve current environmental and public health challenges. UA was the only institution with multiple teams selected. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/05/two-ua-engineering-projects-selected-for-epa-program/

Donors from 48 states contributed gifts to various projects across campus during the inaugural Bama Blitz fundraising campaign.

Volume XVII, Number 7
April 18, 2018

The University of Alabama announced that the inaugural Bama Blitz raised more than $1.8 million in gifts from 1,810 supporters. Bama Blitz has a primary focus on building support for a series of unique and big-impact projects that might otherwise go without funding. Donors from 48 states pledged $1,810,269 to areas across the campus, capping one day, eight hours and 31 minutes of giving – a timeframe that celebrated UA's founding year, 1831. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/04/first-bama-blitz-raises-1-8-million-sets-new-tradition/

NEW NAME FOR UA'S CULVERHOUSE BUSINESS SCHOOL — The business college at UA has a new name: Culverhouse College of Business. The change was approved by the UA Board of Trustees and other parties, including the Culverhouse family that has been a longtime supporter of the College. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/04/new-name-for-uas-culverhouse-business-school/

LIGHT THERAPY: RESEARCHERS STUDYING LIGHT-ACTIVATED CANCER KILLER — Grief for a young colleague and natural intellectual curiosity launched Dr. Elizabeth T. Papish on a path toward using metal, light and acidity to battle cancer cells. Trials and treatments may still be far in the future, but Papish's research has, at least, pointed in a potentially beneficial direction. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/04/light-therapy/

UA WINS 2018 SEC CYBER CHALLENGE COMPETITION — The 2018 SEC Academic Conference, titled "Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility," featured a contest that highlighted a real-world cyber security problem presented by Equifax, and teams had 48 hours to develop a solution. A team of four students from UA won first place. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/04/university-of-alabama-wins-2018-sec-student-cyber-challenge-competition/

MORE THAN CLIMATE, ENGINEERING WORSENING FLOODING ALONG MISSISSIPPI — Through discovering ancient floods along the Mississippi River, a group of scientists, including a UA professor, found human-led engineering, not climate, is the largest influence on worsening floods. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/04/more-than-climate-engineering-worsening-flooding-along-mississippi/

UA's College of Human Environmental Sciences is accepting applications for the new doctorate in human nutrition program.

Volume XVII, Number 6
April 4, 2018

The University of Alabama’s College of Human Environmental Sciences will expand its menu of graduate programs in the fall with a new doctoral program in human nutrition. The goal of the program is to provide students with the skills needed to perform bench-to-bedside-to-community research that advances the field of nutrition to improve human health. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/03/ua-grows-number-of-doctoral-programs-with-ph-d-in-human-nutrition/

STANTON RECEIVES BURNUM AWARD — Dr. Marietta Stanton, a dedicated nurse, decorated veteran, nurse educator, researcher and administrator, is the recipient of the 2017-18 Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award, one of the highest honors bestowed on professors at UA. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/04/ua-capstone-college-of-nursing-professor-receives-burnum-award/

HARRIS WINS NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP, SEC FACULTY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD — Dr. Trudier Harris, a UA distinguished research professor of English, has been selected as a recipient of the 2018 SEC Faculty Achievement Award and has been named a 2018-19 Fellow of the National Humanities Center. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/03/harris-wins-national-fellowship-sec-faculty-achievement-award/

PRWEEK NAMES UA JUNIOR STUDENT OF THE YEAR – PRWeek has named University of Alabama junior Maret Montanari, of Beaumont, Texas, its Public Relations Student of the Year. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/03/prweek-names-ua-junior-student-of-the-year/

SIMULATOR PROVIDES EXCEPTIONAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES TO STUDENTS — UA’s Capstone College of Nursing recently welcomed Juno, a low fidelity simulator to the College that provides numerous learning experiences to undergraduate and nurse practitioner students in the classroom as they prepare for careers in the field. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/03/juno-provides-exceptional-learning-experiences-to-nursing-students/

UA FURTHERS RESEARCH, EDUCATIONAL MISSION WITH PARTNERSHIP — UA’s partnership with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research will benefit students, the state and the nation. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/03/ua-furthers-research-educational-mission-with-partnership/

UA HONORS WEEK TO CULMINATE WITH TAPPING ON THE MOUND — UA will recognize the achievement of outstanding students and faculty this week, culminating Friday, April 6, with the Tapping on the Mound ceremony, a tradition since the early 1900s. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/04/ua-honors-week-culminates-with-tapping-on-the-mound/

Jonathan Lovorn and his teammates celebrate.

Volume XVII, Number 5
March 21, 2018

University of Alabama hockey player Jonathan Lovorn wears the number “26” on his jersey and stickers with names on the back of his helmet during games. Twenty-six is the number of people murdered by a mass school shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012. Lovorn was a senior at Newtown High School at the time, and he wears the number and names so the people who died that day will not be forgotten. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/03/twenty-six-playing-for-newtown/

UA NAMES 2018 PREMIER AWARDS RECIPIENTS — UA has announced the recipients of the 2018 Premier Awards – the top individual honors for scholarship, leadership and service who will be recognized at a dinner March 22, as well as during Honors Week. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/03/ua-names-2018-premier-awards-recipients/

SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS RETURN TO D.C. FOR POLICY, ADVOCACY ‘FLY-IN’—More than 45 UA social work students met with 30 U.S. Congress members March 20-21 to advocate for legislation regarding opioid abuse, children in foster care and human trafficking. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/03/social-work-students-return-to-d-c-for-policy-advocacy-fly-in/

TWEAKING THERAPY FOR DISADVANTAGED PATIENTS IMPROVES CHRONIC PAIN — Adapting cognitive behavioral therapy and group pain education for disadvantaged patients improved their chronic pain, according to a study led by psychologists at UA. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/02/tweaking-therapy-for-disadvantaged-patients-improves-chronic-pain/

UA STUDENT TEAM READY FOR FINALS OF NATIONAL VEHICLE PROGRAM — The UA team in the EcoCAR 3 program, a competition among North American universities to design and construct an advanced, energy-efficient vehicle, will fine tune its redesigned Camaro before heading to the program’s finale in June. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/03/ua-student-team-ready-for-finals-of-national-vehicle-program/

STUDYING ARMS RACE BETWEEN BACTERIA, VIRUSES BRINGS CAREER AWARD — Researchers at UA hope to better understand how bacteria and viruses battle each other and, in the process, devise new strategies to combat antibiotic-resistant infections. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/02/studying-arms-race-between-bacteria-viruses-brings-career-award/

CELEBRATING UA WOMEN: HONORS COLLEGE STUDENT TAKES RESEARCH ABROAD — Alex Huechteman arrived at UA with an idea of what she wanted to study, but the Honors College student soon discovered a path that would take her to Nicaragua to study a segment of rural population for the first time. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/03/ua-honors-college-student-takes-research-abroad/

Fulbright U.S. Student Awards, top producer graphic

Volume XVII, Number 3
Feb. 21, 2018

The University of Alabama has once again been recognized as a top producing institution for Fulbright U.S. Student Awards, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Fifteen of 47 UA applicants received the award for 2017–2018, one of the highest winning percentages in the nation. This is the second time in the past three years UA has been recognized as a top Fulbright U.S. Student Program producer. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/02/ua-named-a-top-producing-institution-for-fulbright-students/

STUDYING ARMS RACE BETWEEN BACTERIA, VIRUSES BRINGS CAREER AWARD — Dr. Asma Hatoum-Aslan, UA assistant professor of biological sciences, was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to continue her work in discovering how bacterial immune systems ward off bacteriophages, or viruses that specifically attack bacteria. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/02/studying-arms-race-between-bacteria-viruses-brings-career-award/

UA GRANTED PATENT FOR SIDELINE PRIVACY TENT — UA was recently awarded a patent for a medical privacy tent developed by engineering students and Crimson Tide Athletics, firmly protecting the tent’s unique capability to easily expand or collapse on the sideline of a football field. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/02/ua-granted-patent-for-sideline-privacy-tent/

UA PROFESSOR’S FILM TO DEBUT ACROSS MULTIPLE ON-DEMAND PLATFORMS — When “Service to Man,” a film by UA professor of acting Seth Panitch, is released across nearly every major digital platform this week, viewers may recognize some familiar faces, places and names in the end credits. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/02/ua-professors-film-to-debut-across-multiple-on-demand-platforms/

STUDENT ORGANIZATION RAISES MORE THAN $340,000 FOR CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK — The UA Dance Marathon, a student-led organization, raised $341,000 over the past year for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital at Children’s of Alabama. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/02/uadm-raises-more-than-340000-for-childrens-miracle-network/

Freedom and Fire! A Civil War Story

Volume XVII, Number 1
Jan. 24, 2018

The University of Alabama’s Opera Theatre won second place in the National Opera Association’s Opera Production Competition for its earlier world-premiere chamber opera production “Freedom and Fire! A Civil War Story.” The opera is many stories in one — that of the very young, hungry UA student cadets, of an escaped slave who has become a Union scout, of UA’s President Garland who leads the cadets into battle and then retreat, of Mrs. Garland who keeps the mansion from being burned to the ground and of her slave who toils in that same mansion. https://www.ua.edu/news/2017/12/civil-war-opera-lands-national-recognition/

UA PROFESSOR NAMED TO NATIONAL COMMITTEE — Dr. Robin D. Rogers was appointed to a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to review alternative technologies to efficiently clean federal nuclear waste sites. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/01/ua-professor-named-to-national-committee/

PARTNERSHIP BRINGS UA, PAKISTAN RESEARCHERS TOGETHER — Dr. Delores Robinson, UA professor of geological sciences, is part of an international team performing geological research in northeast Pakistan aimed at understanding where possible oil and gas deposits reside beneath the surface. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/01/partnership-brings-ua-pakistan-researchers-together/

UNIVERSITIES INITIATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR EXECUTIVES — Led by UA, four universities have united to form a new economic development leadership executive education program. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/01/universities-initiate-economic-development-program-for-executives/

UA BOOK HELPS SOLVE 87-YEAR-OLD MYSTERY — The 2016 UA Press book, “Footprints in Stone: Fossil Traces of Coal-Age Tetrapods,” helped solve a mystery at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/01/ua-book-helps-solve-87-year-old-fossil-mystery/

UA, TUSCALOOSA FIRE, RESCUE PARTNER TO EXPAND SERVICES —Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service partnered with UA’s University Medical Center to develop ACTION, a program that responds to the less critical needs of the community and reduces costly hospital emergency room transports and care. The program is the first of its kind in Alabama. https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/01/ua-tuscaloosa-fire-rescue-partner-to-expand-services/