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.

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.

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.

UNIVERSITIES INITIATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR EXECUTIVES — Led by UA, four universities have united to form a new economic development leadership executive education program.

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.

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.

Computer rendering of the Performing Arts Academic Center.

Volume XVI, Number 22
Dec. 20, 2017

We hope you and your family have a joyous and blessed holiday season.
As a reminder, the University will be closed Dec. 21 until Jan. 3.

The University of Alabama has launched a campaign to raise $15 million in private donations to support the construction of a new Performing Arts Academic Center on the former Bryce Hospital property. Former UA Athletic Director Bill Battle and his wife, Mary, are co-chairing the campaign cabinet that is leading the fundraising effort, which has raised more than $6.3 million in booked and verbal gift commitments to date.

UA STUDY TO TAKE ‘DEEP DIVE’ INTO RISK FACTORS FOR VETERANS, SUICIDES — UA researchers, America’s Warrior Partnership and The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation have partnered on a four-year, $2.9 million study to explore risk factors that contribute to suicides, early mortality and self-harm among military veterans.

MATT FAJACK NAMED UA’S VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCIAL AFFAIRS — Matthew M. Fajack will join UA as vice president for financial affairs beginning Feb. 15, 2018, pending approval by the UA System Board of Trustees.

UA’S ADVERTISING, PR PROGRAM IN TOP FIVE AGAIN — For the eighth time in 10 years, UA’s advertising and public relations department has been named a top-five finalist for Outstanding Education Program in the 2018 PRWeek Awards.

A RAW DEAL: UA RESEARCHER EXAMINES THE PREVALENCE OF UNTREATED SEWAGE IN RURAL ALABAMA — Dr. Mark Elliott is leading a project to get a grasp on how much raw wastewater, and the diseases it can spawn, flow into the water of Alabama’s Black Belt.

DANNY GLOVER, MARY MARY HEADLINE 2018 REALIZING THE DREAM WEEKEND — Jan. 12-14, 2018, promises to be a star-studded weekend as UA welcomes celebrities Mary Mary and Danny Glover to campus as part of the annual Realizing the Dream celebration.

Denny Chimes.

Volume XVI, Number 21
Dec. 6, 2017

Recent additions to The University of Alabama’s Cyber Institute along with refocusing research and academic priorities should help it respond to the challenges and opportunities for cyber to change the human condition nationally and in the state.

FACULTY AWARDED NOAA GRANT TO IMPROVE TORNADO WARNINGS FOR DEAF — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded a grant of $251,850 to UA’s Drs. Jason C. Senkbeil and Darrin Griffin to study how tornado warnings could be improved in their accessibility and comprehension by members of the Deaf, Blind and Deaf-Blind communities.

UA LAW RECEIVES GRANT TO HELP INCREASE DIVERSITY IN LEGAL PROFESSION — The UA School of Law has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Law School Admission Council to create the Alabama Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program to help prepare students for the law school admission process, success in law school and careers in the legal profession.

CW SELECTED AS NATION’S TOP COLLEGE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER—The College Media Association named the Crimson White, UA’s student-run newspaper, the national Four-Year Weekly Newspaper of the Year at its Pinnacle Awards competition recently in Dallas.

UA SCIENTIST HELPS SHOW HOW EARTH STOPS TINY PARTICLES IN THEIR TRACKS — An international group of researchers, including several from UA, measured the interaction between tiny particles that travel the cosmos, called neutrinos, and Earth. The findings, which carry implications for our understanding of physics and Earth’s core, were published in the journal Nature.

UA CHEMIST’S WORK IN UNDERSTANDING NEW MATERIALS GETS BOOST — Dr. Jared Allred, assistant professor of chemistry at UA, was awarded a grant from the 2017 Early Career Research Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy to investigate properties of novel metal compounds and develop a new way to analyze certain aspects of these materials.

Thank you lettering.

Volume XVI, Number 19
Nov. 8, 2017

Thanks to the generosity of more than 58,000 donors, The University of Alabama set a new record for gifts and pledges received during a single fiscal year, raising more than $120 million in the 2016-17 fiscal year. The record, which occurred during Bell’s second full year as University president, eclipses the previous mark of $116.4 million set in 2012, as well as the University’s average of $102 million for the previous five fiscal years by 18 percent.

UA LAW RECEIVES $1.5 MILLION GIFT FOR ENDOWED — The UA School of Law received a $1.5 million gift from Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr., a trial attorney, investor and land owner in Sarasota, Florida, to establish the Hugh F. Culverhouse, Jr. Chair in Constitutional Law. It will serve as a foundation for a center for constitutional studies.

FOX SPORTS U SELECTS UA STUDENTS’ CAMPAIGN TO AIR NATIONALLY — UA advertising and public relations students had their advertising campaign selected to air nationally by Fox Sports U. The campaign, titled, “Fox Sports Supports PCA,” is a commercial created in conjunction with Fox Sports’ and the Positive Coaching Alliance’s national campaign to promote positive coaching and a relaxed atmosphere for youth sports.

GRANT FUNDS UA PROGRAMS HELPING ALABAMA’S CHILDREN — Child Development Resources at UA was among groups receiving a portion of $1,134,400 in funding awarded by the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention. The funding is aimed at educating communities about child abuse and neglect and implementing innovative approaches to prevent it.

CAPSTONE AGENCY AND CAMPUS PRSSA CHAPTER WIN NATIONAL HONORS — UA’s Capstone Agency was awarded Best Campaign and Best Tactic in the 2017 Public Relations Student Society of America Student-Run Firm Awards. Also, UA’s PRSSA chapter won a national award for university service for its members’ work with the Campus Veterans Association and Beat Auburn Beat Hunger.

Social Work Building.

Volume XVI, Number 18
Oct. 25, 2017

The University of Alabama’s School of Social Work has been awarded a $1.35 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to improve outcomes of Alabama youths who are victims of human sex trafficking. The Juvenile Victims of Human Trafficking in Alabama Project will help strengthen the state’s working relationships between treatment services, law enforcement and prosecutors, and develop a statewide multidisciplinary system of screening and training.

SHELTER FROM THE STORM: UA RESEARCHERS USE INNOVATIVE LAB TO STUDY STORM SHELTER DESIGNS — Could homeowners have protection from high winds at a more affordable price than traditional storm shelters provide? Answering that question is the goal of research inside an innovative UA lab designed to help the construction and insurance industries.

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HONORS FOUR WITH TEACHING AWARDS — The UA National Alumni Association has announced the 2017 recipients of the University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching – the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Awards.

UA, ALDOT LAY GROUNDWORK FOR FUTURE SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES — Advanced technology used to make traveling safer and more efficient is the focus of a new project led by UA and the Alabama Department of Transportation. Tuscaloosa is the first city in Alabama to install the technology that will collect data for research used to decrease travel time, reduce vehicle crashes and lay the groundwork for future self-driving vehicles.

UA RESEARCHER ON TEAM EXPLORING POTENTIAL LUNAR HABITATS FOR HUMANS — Dr. Rohan Sood, UA assistant professor of aerospace engineering and mechanics at UA, is part of a project garnering international attention to potential sites for future habitats on the moon.

UA STUDENTS TO PERFORM SERVICE PROJECT IN HOUSTON ON FALL — UA’s Division of Student Life and the Center for Service and Leadership are sending more than 100 UA students, along with four staff members, to help in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Houston Oct. 25-28.

Denny Chimes.

Volume XVI, Number 17
Oct. 11, 2017

New and expanded graduate education programs at The University of Alabama – including doctoral programs in geography and nursing practice as well as cross-disciplinary master’s degrees, concentrations and certificates – are transforming the campus and fueling UA’s mission to take on a more innovative and influential role in American higher education. UA’s growing graduate degree programs fulfill a mandate in the University’s Strategic Plan to create opportunities for a premier education and bolster productivity in research and scholarship.

MBA STUDENTS WIN NATIONAL CASE COMPETITION — MBA students in UA’s Manderson Graduate School of Business beat out 41 teams from some of the country’s top business schools to earned the grand prize of $25,000 in scholarships at the 2017 National Black MBA Association/FCA US National Graduate Student Case Competition in Philadelphia.

FORBES ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS UA PROFESSOR AS BEST IN THE NATION — In a nationwide poll conducted last month, college students voted for their favorite professors on Out of the 1.7 million professors from more than 7,500 colleges on the site, one stood above all the rest: Douglas Klutz, the internship and advising director and a full-time criminal justice instructor at UA.

IN ICELAND STREAM, POSSIBLE GLIMPSE OF WARMING FUTURE — When a normally cold stream in Iceland was warmed, the make-up of life inside changed as larger organisms thrived while smaller ones struggled, according to two papers published by researchers from UA.

SABANS NAMED HONORARY UA ALUMNI — UA Football Head Coach Nick Saban and his wife, Terry Saban, have been name honorary alumni of UA by the UA National Alumni Association.

UA President Stuart R. Bell, left, Dr. Kay Palan, middle, dean of Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, and Marillyn A. Hewson stand outside a data analytics lab.

Volume XVI, Number 16
Sept. 27, 2017

The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration recently celebrated a generous $5 million gift from Marillyn A. Hewson, chairman, president and CEO of Lockheed Martin. The gift will support Culverhouse’s education and research in business-data intelligence and cybersecurity, specifically supporting a high-tech lab, two named faculty endowments, an endowed undergraduate scholarship and a graduate assistantship.

UA RESEARCHERS HELP FIND NEW PATH TO PROMISING PARKINSON’S TREATMENT — Three researchers at UA are part of work that is leading to a new direction for drug discovery in the quest to treat Parkinson’s disease.

HISTORIC MARKER HONORS CIVIL RIGHTS HERO — UA unveiled the Autherine Lucy Foster Historic Marker at Graves Hall in honor of the first African-American student to enroll at the University. Lucy, who was in attendance for the ceremony, registered as a student in the College of Education on Feb. 1, 1956.

FRUIT FLIES MAY HELP UNDERSTAND HOW SOME SPECIES EAT POISON — With nearly $1 million in support from the National Science Foundation, two UA researchers will study certain species of fruit flies to sort out how they adapted to eat a poisonous fungus and how that adaption has influenced the lineage of the species.

UA DOCTORAL STUDENT NAMED ONE OF THE BEST HORN PLAYERS IN THE WORLD — Joshua Williams, a 25-year-old Tuscaloosa native, will have to get used to being called the “best of the best” after winning first place in the professional division of the International Horn Competition of America.

UA RESEARCHERS SET OUT TO UNDERSTAND THE ROLE OF GROUNDWATER IN MOBILE BAY — Initial research by a team of UA marine scientists hints groundwater contributes contaminants into Mobile Bay, a situation that could worsen as rising sea levels awaken contaminants dormant in the sediment.