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MONDAY, NOV. 27 – SUNDAY, DEC. 3

RESEARCH

SCIENTISTS HELP SHOW HOW EARTH STOPS TINY PARTICLES — An international group of researchers, including several from UA, measured the interaction between tiny particles, called neutrinos, and Earth. The findings, which carry implications for the understanding of physics and Earth’s core, published recently in the journal NatureFor more information, contact Adam Jones, UA communications, 205-348-4328 or adam.jones@ua.edu.

UNDERSTANDING NEW MATERIALS GETS BOOST Dr. Jared Allred, UA assistant professor of chemistry, was recently 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. Contact Adam Jones, UA communications, 205-348-4328, adam.jones@ua.edu, for more information.

UA CYBER INSTITUTE BOLSTERS CAPABILITIES, PLOTS NEW DIRECTIONRecent additions to UA’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. Contact Adam Jones, UA communications, 205-348-4328, adam.jones@ua.edu, for more information.

BEST BETS

GALLERY DEBUTS SELECTIONS FROM BLOUNT COLLECTION OF ART — The UA Gallery will debut a selection of paintings and sculptures from the never-before-seen Blount Collection of Art starting Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa. The exhibition, titled “Multifarious: Eclectic Selections from the Blount Collection of Art,” features 27 works in a variety of mediums and genres. For more information, contact Courtney Corbridge, communications specialist, cacorbridge@ua.edu or Karen Kennedy, director of the gallery, kfkennedy@ua.edu.

TOYS FOR TOTS — The University Libraries Support Staff Association has begun its annual Toys for Tots drive for children in the community. This is the 15th year the group has supported the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve program to collect new, unwrapped gifts for local children ages 0-13. This year, the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is partnering with the association to serve as an additional collection site. Collections boxes can be found at all University Libraries locations as well as the Phi Kappa Psi house, 312 University Blvd. Monetary donations are also accepted on the Toys for Tots website. Select Alabama – Tuscaloosa as the local campaign, and funds will be designated for the local area. The drive ends Wednesday, Dec. 6. For more details, contact Richard LeComte, UA communications, rllecomte@ur.ua.edu, 205/348-3782.

LOOKING AHEAD

LIVE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH — Computer-Based Honors Live is a live, interactive broadcast of research projects (https://live.cbhp.ua.edu) conducted by students in UA’s Computer-Based Honors Program. Students will discuss the goals, outcomes and societal impact of the research they conducted during the fall 2017 semester. Presentations will be made between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. The Computer-Based Honors Program, soon to be renamed the Randall Research Scholars Program, is a nationally recognized undergraduate research program that pairs academically elite students directly with leading edge research professors and cutting edge computing technology to complete scholarly research in diverse disciplines. For more details, contact Richard LeComte, media relations, rllecomte@ur.ua.edu, 205/348-3782.

HILARITAS — The UA School of Music’s jovial, annual “Hilaritas” holiday performance will include holiday music arranged for jazz, chorus and other genres. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. Tickets are $5 and $7 for students, $10 and $15 for general admission. For more information, go to www.uamusic.tix.com or phone 205-348-7111. For more details, contact Richard LeComte, communications, rllecomte@ur.ua.edu, 205/348-3782. 

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