The University of Alabama

UA in the News: Sept. 25, 2013

New culinary lab allows student testing
Crimson White – Sept. 25
Students walking through Doster Hall may notice enticing aromas wafting from one of The University of Alabama’s newest laboratories. This semester, the College of Human Environmental Sciences opened its doors to a state-of-the-art culinary lab designed to allow students the opportunity to experiment with different chemicals and cooking materials in a way that teaches practical cooking and food-prep experience. Kristi Crowe, a food chemist, dietitian and assistant professor in the department of nutrition at the University, teaches the courses offered in the food lab. Crowe said the new and improved food lab paved the way for broader discussion, experimentation and observation related to food and the food industry that is typically found only in the workplace…Crowe said an example of the dynamic way that the food lab enables education and the real world to collide is the impressive grant of $1.5 million the University received from Nestle to use the food lab to test the company’s products. “Nestle wanted to fortify their soups with protein so that they could market them to long-term care facilities,” she said.

University of Alabama homecoming parade starts early this year
Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 24
Fans who want to attend the University of Alabama’s homecoming parade on Oct. 5 had better be sure their alarm clock is working. The parade will begin at 7 a.m., UA announced Tuesday. The early parade is tied to an early kickoff, 11:21 a.m., against the Georgia State University Panthers at Bryant-Denny Stadium. “I think this is the first time it’s ever been this early,” said Ashley Hayes, the executive director of parade events. “Since the kickoff is around 11 (a.m.), we usually do the parade five hours before, but that would be around 6 a.m. We tried to do it as late as possible, but still early enough so we wouldn’t interfere with game-day traffic.” The parade will begin on University Boulevard on campus, moving westward toward downtown Tuscaloosa, UA announced Tuesday.

Southern oral history is latest focus of University center
Crimson White – Sept. 25
Preserving Southern voices is the idea behind the upcoming event for the Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South. The center will be presenting an academic talk titled “Southern Voices, Digital Spaces” Thursday in the Alabama Institute for Manufacturing Excellence building…Joshua Rothman, professor of history and African-American studies, is the director of the center and plans many events dedicated to the history of the South. “Basically, the center exists to further research on the South and bring programming showing as many aspects of the Southern past and present as possible,” Rothman said. The center has paired up with the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to bring awareness to preserving oral history. UNC’s program dedicates itself to recording interviews of people’s accounts of Southern historical events and immortalizing them on the Internet.

UA alumnus to speak on Middle Eastern studies
Crimson White – Sept. 25
University of Alabama alumnus Richard Chambers will discuss the development of the field of Middle Eastern studies when he returns to the University to give a lecture titled, “Middle Eastern Studies Then and Now: An Insider View.” The lecture, sponsored by the department of religious studies, will take place on Thursday at 4 p.m. in Room 205 of Gorgas Library. “Given that we’ve just hired a scholar of Islam who teaches for both religious studies and history, it is especially exciting to see professor Chambers coming to Tuscaloosa to speak on the important field of Middle Eastern studies,” said Russell McCutcheon, chair of the department of religious studies. Chambers has written, organized and presented papers at more than 50 conferences, workshops, seminars and congresses, both domestically and internationally, throughout his professional career.

Student teaches, leads community
Crimson White – Sept. 25
Classmates say that when senior David Phelps enters a room, he brings an energy unlike any other. Phelps has played in the African Drum Corp, visited Ghana, attended Well College Ministry and joined Honors College Assembly. When he arrived at The University of Alabama, he joined The SOURCE, where he learned how student organizations develop. “I’ve been incredibly blessed from freshman year with people who mentored me, and they put me on the right track to go help other people, so it’s fulfilling to see that legacy of assistance continuing,” Phelps said … Phelps is best known for founding Tide Talks. Katerina Peña, who serves as vice president, remembers the very moment Phelps helped start the campus discussion forum, which they hoped to be “less lectures, more student series.” … Phelps is not just known for Tide Talks. He said he deeply cares about social issues, especially those dealing with education. This prompted him to begin the campus organization Unlocked to help low-income students get through college and improve local K-12 education.

Raising Tastier Sea Urchins For Foodies And The Environment
NPR – Sept. 23
Sea urchins are considered a culinary delicacy in many parts of the world, including Japan and the United States. The market for this “foie gras of the sea” is growing rapidly — so fast that supply can’t keep up with demand. But a scientist in Birmingham, Ala., says he’s found a solution: He’s built a sea urchin farm in his lab and has even developed a food for them to make them taste better. Now, he wants to take his tasty urchins out of his farm and into restaurants across the country. Deep in a basement at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, biology professor Stephen Watts opens a door into a large, wet room that smells — well, fishy. Inside, hundreds of spiny sea urchins sit in large blue tanks. Each urchin lives in a small cage that’s about 3 inches high with different colored tags attached…But Glenn Richey, a member of the state’s seafood marketing commission who also teaches at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, warns that the feed Watts created for his urchins could potentially hurt him with consumers who have become increasingly wary of foods that have been altered or changed. The fact that the sea urchins are lab grown, not wild caught, Richey notes, might also prove to be an issue.

Trussville will get a new football stadium
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Sept. 24
The City of Trussville will break ground on a new stadium Wednesday. The Hewitt-Trussville Stadium & Husky Field will hold 4,500 people on the home side and 1,000 on the visitor side. Some parents complained that the visitor seating wasn’t enough, but superintendent Dr. Patti Neill says they’ll be able to expand should more seating be needed. “We had to be very patient with site preparation. And we worked very well with the University of Alabama and the archeological dig. It was a delay but a worthwhile delay. We were very sensitive to the fact that there was an Indian settlement here.”

Nichols appointed to leadership board at UA
Atmore News – Sept. 25
Melissa Nichols has been appointed to serve on the Leadership Board of the College of Human Environmental Sciences at The University of Alabama. The Dean of the College of Human Environmental Sciences appoints individuals on the recommendation of the Vice President for University Advancement, Assistant Vice President for Development, senior University administrators and current and former board members of the Leadership Board. The purpose of the Leadership Board is to affect a close working relationship between leaders in the human sciences field and the faculty and students in the College of Human Environmental Sciences and to influence development and advancement activities for the College. Melissa graduated from the College of Human Environmental Sciences at The University of Alabama with a degree in Human Development and a specialization in Child Life Activity.

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