UA students perform service work on flower beds in 2016 at the Perry County Courthouse in Marion.

Volume XVI, Number 7
May 24, 2017

The University of Alabama’s University Fellows are working and learning during May in Marion as part of the annual Black Belt Experience. Students travel across the Black Belt region to learn about the history and cultural richness of the area and to speak with community members, businesses and organizations.

USING 3-D PRINTER, ENGINEERING STUDENT CREATES PROSTHETICS FOR CHILDREN—What began as simply tinkering with a 3-D printer the summer before Valerie Levine’s junior year ended with children receiving prosthetic hands.

UA RESEARCHERS COMPLETE CO-TEACHING TRAINING WITH AREA EDUCATORS—Since 2015, UA education and math researchers have worked with nearly 30 teachers from eight Tuscaloosa County elementary schools to help implement some of the foundations of co-teaching into their classrooms.

RESEARCHERS TO BUILD UNIQUE RADAR TO STUDY GLACIERS, RISING SEA LEVEL—Engineering researchers at UA will develop a radar that should provide an accurate image of what occurs at the base of the North East Greenland Ice Stream to help better predict rising sea levels.

UA STUDENTS WIN ONE CLUB’S BRONZE PENCIL AWARD—A team of students from UA’s College of Communication and Information Sciences won a Bronze Pencil in the One Club’s Young Ones College Competition and were selected for Honorable Mention in the Young Ones Client Pitch Competition.

UA STUDENT EARNS CRITICAL LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDY CHINESE—Erin Behland, a junior at UA, has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Chinese in Dalian, China, during the summer of 2017.

Three UA engineering professors lead efforts to realize sustainable electrified vehicles under a project through the National Science Foundation. The team includes, from left, Dr. Hwan-Sik Yoon, Dr. Yang-Ki Hong and Dr. Tim Haskew.

Volume XVI, Number 6
May 10, 2017

Five University of Alabama students have received Boren Scholarships for the study of languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in such regions as Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

UA STUDENTS TAKE A LOOK BACK—Recent graduates offer tips for success to UA freshmen.

UA STUDENTS SELECTED FOR NATIONAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE—Two juniors at UA were selected to work this summer at one of the nation’s premiere research institutions for the physical and engineering sciences.

UA STUDENTS BUILD LIGHTWEIGHT, STRONG HOOD FOR CHEVY CAMARO—Tasked with reducing the weight of a Chevrolet Camaro transforming into a hybrid electric vehicle, engineering students at UA successfully fabricated a lighter hood, proving a cutting-edge material can work on a consumer car.

UA’S ELECTRIC VEHICLE FOCUS PART OF NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION COLLABORATION—UA is one of four universities selected by the National Science Foundation to team together with government agencies and private companies to tackle challenges facing technological advances in automobiles.

Student Katelyn Isbell, left, is part of a team of engineering students designing a small antenna for an international contest. Dr. Yank-ki Hong, center, is the team’s adviser.

Volume XVI, Number 5
April 25, 2017

For the 2017–2018 competition period, 14 University of Alabama students have been selected for Fulbright Awards. This year’s total sets a record number of awardees for UA in the international exchange program. The highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study and research projects or for English-teaching assistantships. More than 11,000 applicants compete for approximately 1,500 awards each year. Sponsored by the U.S. State Department, Fulbright is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering opportunity for students, scholars and professionals.

FOUR UA STUDENTS NAMED GOLDWATER SCHOLARS—The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program has selected four UA students as Goldwater Scholars for 2017-2018.

UA RECOGNIZES COCA-COLA SCHOLARS—UA welcomed 12 students for its most recent cohort of Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars, a program that has existed at UA since 2006.

ANTARCTIC MOUNTAIN RANGE FORMED FROM HEAT BELOW, UA STUDY FINDS—Work by geologists from UA shows that a layer of heated earth just below portions of Antarctica is pushing the Transantarctic Mountains up from the ground.

BRUCE TO BE NAMED PRESIDENT OF BEA—Dr. Michael Bruce, associate professor of journalism and creative media at UA, has been elected president for the Broadcast Education Association.

NAIDOO ELECTED PRESIDENT OF ALSC—Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo, the Foster-EBSCO Professor at the UA School of Library and Information Studies, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children.

Alabama Forensics Council students pose on campus at the University of West Florida

Volume XVI, Number 3
March 23, 2017

The University of Alabama recently broke ground on a $10 million Adapted Athletics facility, which is located along the south façade of the UA Rec Center. The two-story facility will include a NCAA regulation game venue for wheelchair basketball, locker rooms, workout/training room, strength and conditioning room, team meeting rooms and study halls. Construction is scheduled to finish in late Fall 2017.

ALABAMA FORENSICS COUNCIL WINS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP—The Alabama Forensics Council has captured its 21st overall speech and debate national championship at the Novice National Championship.

UA ANNOUNCES 2017 PREMIER AWARDS—The UA Division of Student Life has announced the recipients of the 2017 Premier Awards – the top individual honors for scholarship, leadership and service.

UA RESEARCHER HELPS IDENTIFY MASSIVE BLACK HOLE, TIDAL DISRUPTION—A UA professor contributed to a study finding a black hole a million times as massive as our sun in the midst of eating a large star with a mass twice that of our sun.

UA WINS WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL NATIONAL TITLE—The UA women’s wheelchair basketball team won its fifth national championship by defeating the University of Texas at Arlington.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES DEPARTMENT MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY—UA’s department of religious studies is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a showcase of its accomplishments by students, graduates and faculty.

UADM raises money and awareness for children and families being treated at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham. The group’s efforts culminate in a 12-hour fun-packed event on Feb. 11 at the Ferguson Student Center.

Volume XVI, Number 2
Feb. 23, 2017

The University of Alabama Dance Marathon is more than just a dance party. It is a celebration for those with childhood diseases who are defying the odds, and it gives UA students an opportunity to dance for those who can’t. The 12-hour, no sitting event, held earlier this month, raised $340,000 for Children’s of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham.

UA STUDENTS ADMITTED TO MULTICULTURAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM — Kyndal Hinton of Trussville and Kennedy Studdard of Mobile each secured a placement with high-level advertising and public relations agencies through 4A’s Multicultural Advertising Internship Program.

A CRIMSON CONNECTION — When a UA football player with an injured arm instinctively stiff-armed a defender in the 2015 Southeastern Conference Championship Game, he was able to do so thanks to doctors, athletic trainers, engineering students, professors and a 3-D printer.

UA’S SCHOOL OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES NAMES NEW DIRECTOR — The School of Library and Information Studies has named Dr. James K. Elmborg its new director.

UA PROFESSOR ELECTED FELLOW TO AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOCIETY — Dr. Andreas Piepke, a professor in UA’s department of physics and astronomy, was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his work in defining the nature of neutrinos, neutral subatomic particles and fundamental constituents of matter.

UA President Stuart R. Bell, fourth from left, and United Way of West Alabama President and CEO Jackie Wuska hold the ceremonial check that was presented to Wuska during the Dec. 8 celebration of another successful UA United Way campaign. With them are, from left, Craig Edelbrock, dean of the College of Continuing Studies, and campaign co-chairs Robert Prescott, Bill Elrod and Dixie MacNeil.

Volume XVI, Number 1
Jan. 11, 2017

The University of Alabama has, for the 17th year, exceeded its United Way campaign goal. The 2016 goal was $365,000, or $1,000 per day for each day of the year. The total pledged — $431,715.73 — was announced at a Dec. 8 celebration held at the Bryant Conference Center. The College of Continuing Studies hosted this year’s campaign. United Way of West Alabama has 26 partner agencies and covers Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties.

WHITAKER NAMED UA EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, PROVOST — Dr. Kevin Whitaker, a veteran UA administrator and faculty member, has been named executive vice president and provost.

PRWEEK NAMES UA’S ADVERTISING, PR PROGRAM AMONG TOP FIVE — UA’s advertising and public relations program, a department within the College of Communication and Information Sciences, has been named a top-five finalist for Outstanding Education Program in the 2017 PRWeek Awards.

WINTER 2016 GRADUATES ANNOUNCED AT UA — UA awarded some 2,270 degrees during winter commencement Saturday, Dec. 10.

FRANKLIN HEADLINES REALIZING THE DREAM CONCERT AT UA — Legendary gospel artist Kirk Franklin will headline the 2017 Realizing the Dream Concert at The University of Alabama’s Moody Music Concert Hall Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Both concert and the preceding banquet are sold out.