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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.