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DISCOVERER OF HOMO NALEDI SPEAKS MONDAY – Dr. Lee Berger, a  paleoanthropologist, will present “Almost Human: The Discovery of Homo naledi” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the UA Biology Building auditorium. Berger is best known for his discovery of Homo naledi, as well as the excavation of Rising Star Cave. Admission is free, and seating will be first-come, first-serve. He will be available for media interviews at 11 a.m. in Smith Hall. Contact: Kim Eaton, UA media relations, at 808/640-5912 or

T-TIME FASHION SHOW – The College of Human Environmental Sciences’ annual T-Time Fashion Show is slated for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, on the front lawn of Doster Hall. Contact: Kim Eaton, UA media relations, at 808/640-5912 or

DO YOU HAVE THE NEXT BIG BUSINESS IDEA? – Local residents and UA students will have an opportunity to bring their ideas to life as Startup Weekend returns to UA’s campus April 22-24. The 54-hour fast-paced event begins with pitching ideas and moves on to business model creation, design and development. The Culverhouse College of Commerce’s STEM Path to the MBA program is hosting the third annual Startup Weekend Tuscaloosa at the South Engineering Research Center on campus. Contact: Edith Parten, UA media relations, 205/348-8318, or Pam Hill, UA marketing instructor, 205/348-2634,


UA MATTERS: TIPS FOR MOMS, DADS IN DEVELOPING INFANT ATTACHMENT BONDS – From learning to read your baby’s cues to not being afraid of spoiling your infant, UA’s Dr. Mary Elizabeth Curtner-Smith provides some tips on how to develop this important attachment between parents and baby in this week’s UA Matters. Contact: Kim Eaton, UA media relations, at 808/640-5912 or

UA MATTERS: WAYS TO HELP FATHERS BOND WITH BABY — A father is protector, teacher, moral leader, problem-solver and encourager for his child. There are many commonalities between a mother’s influence and a father’s influence on a child. But how can a father bond with his baby? Infants develop stronger bonds to fathers who are responsive and sensitive to the baby’s needs, and who engage them in joyful interactions. UA’s Dr. Mary Elizabeth Curtner-Smith offers some suggested activities. Contact: Kim Eaton, UA media relations, at 808/640-5912 or


HUXFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, UA SINGERS PRESENT ‘ELIJAH’ – The story of Elijah, one of the Bible’s greatest prophets, will be told through the conjoined sound of song and classical instruments as the Huxford Symphony Orchestra and University Singers present “Elijah” April 21, 7:30 p.m. at UA’s Moody Music Concert Hall. Contact: Jamon Smith, UA media relations, at 205/348-4956 or

FORMER FBI AGENT TO TALK CRIME, FRAUD, CORRUPTION – Alton Sizemore, a retired FBI agent, will speak at this year’s Culverhouse College of Commerce J. Craig Smith Business Ethics Lecture at 7 pm. Monday, April 18, in Alston 10. Sizemore retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation with 25 years experience and has worked numerous high-profile cases, including the HealthSouth fraud and the Eric Robert Rudolph case. Contact: Edith Parten, UA media relations, 205-348-8318, or Dr. Todd DeZoort, the Durr-Fillauer Chair in Business Ethics and UA professor of accounting,

NURSING LECTURE: UA’s Capstone College of Nursing will host the Joe Burrage Memorial Lectureship featuring New York nursing leader Timothy Shi at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Capstone College of Nursing auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. Contact: Kim Eaton, UA media relations, at 808/640-5912 or

MINI MEDICAL SCHOOL CONTINUES WITH WEEKLY LECTURE SERIES – Dr. Harriet Myers, a psychologist and associate professor in the departments of psychiatry and behavioral medicine and family medicine in the College of Community Health Sciences, will present “Stress and Sickness” at noon Tuesday, April 19, as part of a lecture series for UA’s OLLI program. The lecture and discussion, which takes place at the Bryant Conference Center, will explore the physiology of stress and its underpinning as a component of many chronic illnesses, and include practice with methods to reduce our harmful responses to stress. Contact: Kim Eaton, UA media relations, at 808/640-5912 or

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