UA in the News: November 8, 2011
November 8, 2011 - Filed under: UA in the News
UA studies tornado effects
Crimson White – Nov. 8
UA Professor James Hamilton is conducting a study called the “Silver Lining Project,” which aims to study the prolonged psychological effects of the April 27 tornado. The first part of the study, examining the effects six months after the storm, has just begun. Hamilton, a professor in the department of psychology, is conducting the study in order to study how the effects of the storm affect the overall adjustment of the students afterwards.
New student group at UA helps freshmen and transfer students
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Nov. 7
A new student group formed at the University of Alabama is accepting applications for membership. This is the first year of Ignite UA. The program is designed to help freshmen and transfer students build the foundation needed for a successful career at the Capstone. The goal is to help them form relationships with students, faculty and the university community.
Crimson White – Nov. 8
UA hosts discussion on race and sports
Tuscaloosa News – Nov. 8
In 1969, then Crimson Tide basketball coach Charles Martin “C.M.” Newton awarded the University of Alabama’s first athletic scholarship to a black player, Wendell Hudson. “I’ve been given credit for integrating the program and having all these social mores,” Newton said. “I was a basketball coach who was trying to keep his job, and I saw a wealth of black talent that was going out of state.” Newton and Hudson, now UA’s women’s basketball coach, were among several panelists Friday at UA’s “Black and White in Crimson: A Symposium on Race and Sports” at the Bryant Conference Center.
Astrophile: Attack of the mystery green blobs
New Scientist – Nov. 4
Imagine making a night-time trek to a remote stretch of desert, far from any sign of civilisation. You crest a hill and are astonished to find a building ablaze with artificial lighting. That is a little like the puzzlement that greeted the discovery of Hanny’s Voorwerp, a curious gas cloud found floating in intergalactic space in 2007. It is brighter than 30,000 suns but has no obvious power source. Now, 19 similar clouds have been discovered, all glowing apparently without internal power. . . . Intrigued, the researchers scheduled new telescopic observations of the object. “It became clear quickly just how special it was,” says William Keel of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, a member of the observation team….
Were Atlanta’s tactics similar to Bull Connor?
Politifact Georgia – Nov. 8
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has spoken frequently about his goal of making this a city that is not too busy to love. But some say the mayor has been downright mean to Occupy Atlanta movement supporters, some of whom were recently arrested by Atlanta police for refusing to leave a city park. How mean? Some made comparisons between Reed, who is black, and one of the most infamous names from the civil rights era: Bull Connor. . . . John Giggie, who teaches a course on Southern African-American history at the University of Alabama, also did not find any similarities. “Connor practiced racial hatred that seemed absolutely absent in this incident,” Giggie told us. “I think [Fort] is painting history with a very broad brush.”
Civil War historian discusses religious dimension to the conflict
West Virginia Public Broadcasting – Nov. 8
There was a religious dimension to the American Civil War that historians and scholars have never really considered. Dr. George Rable has. A professor of southern history at the University of Alabama, Dr. Rable has examined the civil war through sermons, official statements of various churches, denominational papers, letters, diaries and newspaper articles and written his book “God’s Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War.”
TV anchor to lecture on diversity
Crimson White – Nov. 8
Award winning journalist and anchor Soledad O’Brien will speak to students Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Ballroom. O’Brien’s talk, “Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes and In Our Lives,” will touch on her experiences as a multi-racial professional working in the journalism field.
Quidditch on the Quad tournament begins this week at UA
AL.com – Nov. 8
Quidditch returns to the University of Alabama this week as student teams prepare to move on to the Quidditch on the Quad championship event Sunday. UA’s Creative Campus and University Recreation are hosting the university’s second annual tournament for the game modified from the fictional sport described in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. More than 930 University of Alabama students representing 82 teams, including the UA School of Law, the Japan Club, the Academic Honor Council and the Million Dollar Band teams, will compete in the World Cup tournament.
UA ranks high in fitness poll
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Nov. 7
The University of Alabama finds out they are ranked high in a new poll, and it’s not football. Despite being the flagship university of a state known for obesity issues, UA has been ranked among the top 25 fittest campuses in the nation. The ranking is from Men’s Fitness magazine.
HES holds annual fashion show
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Nov. 7
The runway was lit up, the make-up and hair were glamorous, and models were donning the newest fashions at Bryant Conference Center on Tuesday to display works from designs close to the heart of the Capstone. The College of Human Environmental Science department of clothing and textile design at the University of Alabama held its annual fashion show, to display the seniors’ clothing collection.
Senior showcases art in solo show, reception Thursday
Crimson White – Nov. 8
Amber Jones, a senior majoring in studio art, cherishes her southern perspective, and she doesn’t hesitate to incorporate it into her art. Since Monday, her southern-inspired artwork has been on display at the Sella-Granata Art Gallery in Woods Hall as part of her senior BFA exhibition. There will be an opening reception for her exhibit, titled “Hot Steams,” this Thursday, Nov. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Record setting weekend in Tuscaloosa
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – Nov. 7
The University of Alabama campus played host to its largest crowd ever. Conservative estimates guess about 160,000 people were in Tuscaloosa. With that type of crowd students said the time before and after the game has been an emotional roller coaster. UA Freshman Taylor Leonard said, “Since we had a weekend off we were all kind of expecting to win this game and the hype was all about winning. No one really expected us to lose then we did and it’s just a big disappointment in Tuscaloosa.”
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