UA In the News — March 29

University of Alabama English professor receives 2018 SEC Faculty Achievement Award
Tuscaloosa News – March 28
A University of Alabama English professor has been named one of the recipients of the 2018 SEC Faculty Achievement Awards. Trudier Harris, a distinguished research professor in the UA English department, earned the honor Wednesday. The awards, now in their seventh year, honor one person from each SEC university who has excelled in teaching and research. “The SEC Faculty Achievement Awards continue to provide us with a unique opportunity to celebrate faculty from our conference who have demonstrated a commitment to our students while also making meaningful contributions in their fields,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. “Although we have chosen to honor 14, we know they are truly representative of all SEC faculty members.”
BRProud – March 28
 
UA theater group engineers a Maine attraction
Tuscaloosa News – March 28
Set in a winter landscape illuminated by the northern lights, “Almost, Maine” explores aspects of love through vignettes spread throughout the town of the title, each ending in a “magical moment.” That’s how playwright John Cariani describes the surprising conclusions of the 11 scenes, all happening simultaneously one deep night in the tiny town of Almost, a fictional composite of three tiny northern Maine towns. “It’s a very sweet play, it’s fun, it’s romantic,” said Allison Mollenkamp, a senior at the University of Alabama and advertising chair for College of Engineering Does Radical Theatre (CDA). “We’ve tossed around ‘Almost, Maine’ as a show and we finally found a director that could do it.” CDA will perform “Almost Maine” Saturday in the Ferguson Theatre on the UA campus.
 
Sculpture, prints on display in graduate exhibits
Crimson White – March 29
Tobias Layman and Checa Baldarelli each seek to express a message through their art. Over the past several days, both third year graduate students have been presenting their master of fine arts thesis exhibitions. Layman’s artwork has been featured at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, while Baldarelli’s still life is being shown at the Sella-Granata Art Gallery. Layman, whose exhibit is a kinetic sculpture – meaning it has movement – majored in ceramics at Jacksonville State University and then came to the University to pursue a master of fine arts in sculpture. “Both mediums, ceramics and sculpture, are fascinating to me,” Layman said. “They offer a lot of possibilities for creating art pieces and they have a lot of technical aspects as well. So, there is always something new to explore and experiment with and that curiosity keeps my interest and passion going.”
 
Films showcase the power of women
Tuscaloosa News – March 29
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the University of Alabama Women and Gender Resource Center will again sponsor the traveling Lunafest series of short films by, for and about women, Thursday night at the Bama Theatre. “It’s just an interesting and fun way to recognize women during this month,” said Paige Miller, the center’s Lunafest coordinator. The festival was created by Luna, the company that makes Luna Bars, in 2000. Showings raise funds for local causes, and for Chicken & Egg Pictures, an organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers. Tuscaloosa’s Lunafest will raise funds for the Women and Gender Resource Center, which offers counseling and services for victims of violence, and programs that promote and address social justice issues at the University of Alabama and surrounding community.
 
UA sends grounds crew to help clean up at JSU
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – March 27
More help is coming to Jacksonville as the community cleans up after last week’s EF-3 tornado. The University of Alabama says a team of 13 facilities and grounds crew members are heading to JSU tomorrow to help clean the campus. And they plan to stay over-night to help as much as possible.

UA Grounds crew helping JSU clean up
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – March 28 
Students will return to the Jacksonville State University campuin less than two weeks, but damaged trees are still a major safety concern. 13 team members of the University of Alabama’s Facilities and Grounds department are putting in long hours at JSU this week to remove the debris caused by last week’s tornado. Tuesday alone, they worked on 100 trees. Today, workers were outside Martin hall, the school of science, and at the Stone Center Amphitheater.
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UA researcher discusses ransomware attack on city of Atlanta
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – March 23
A ransomware cyber-attack on city computers is causing big problems in Atlanta. And now the FBI is involved. The hackers are demanding bitcoin worth about $50,000. We spoke with an expert who says transaction history shows this particular group has received nearly $600,000 in paid ransom since January. You’ll remember a similar situation happened a few years back in Montgomery. The county ended up paying the ransom, but the FBI does not recommend it.

UA College of Engineering uses drones to analyze damage at JSU
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – March 27
Drones have become a popular item and now the University of Alabama’s engineering department has found a new way to put them to use. The UA’s Remote Sensing Center used its drones to help Jacksonville state university assess damage to campus buildings after they were hit by a tornado last week now that JSU has what they need to analyze the damage from the tornado, they can proceed with repairs to the buildings that were damaged.

Young dancers to visit campus for student-led workshops
Crimson White – March 28
Dance students at The University of Alabama often have the chance to perform in the spotlight for an audience. Very seldom, however, do they have the chance to teach an audience their craft. On Saturday, March 31, the third annual University of Alabama Dance Festival will take place. Throughout the day, collegiate dance students will mentor and teach middle and high school dancers through a series of workshops and activities.

Gov. Ivey awards 8 Alabama companies for exporting success
Alabama News Center – March 28
Gov. Kay Ivey recognized eight Alabama companies for success in selling their goods and services in countries around the globe. Winners of the 2018 Governor’s Trade Excellence Awards represent a diverse swath of the state’s business landscape, including high-tech manufacturers, innovative software developers and a craft beer brewer … Hosted at the University of Alabama, the Alabama SBDC partners with eight other universities in Alabama, in a network that leverages university expertise from the respective colleges of business to provide management and technical assistance to small businesses.

Adapted Athletics holds sports expo
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – March 28
The University of Alabama’s wheelchair basketball teams have been using the recreation facility for years with cramped facility rooms, and common showers. So when UA finally opened up the new $10 million Stran-Hardin arena, players were excited for their new facilities. “Just because our athletes use a wheelchair for competition, doesn’t mean they’re not athletes.”

Health Matters: Breast Feeding
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – March 28
In today’s American society we have not fully embraced the benefits of breastfeeding. Benefits that accrue to both the mother as well as the baby. This is a very important topic for not just pregnant women to think about but for all families because we need to support women who want to breastfeed. Let’s listen to this conversation with Dr. Connie Leeper, a family physician obstetrician with us here at University Medical Center.

Look Who made the Dean’s, President’s List or Graduated
The Vindicator (Liberty, Texas) – March 28
Look Who made the Dean’s List … Look Who made the President’s List – University of Alabama: James Pezent, of Anahuac.
Doylestown (Pennsylvania) Intelligencer – March 29

See the University of Alabama spring blooms before they go
AL.com – March 29
The University of Alabama campus looks gorgeous with its spring flowers in full bloom. Before the rain hits this week, we wanted to take at least one last look at the plants covering the Capstone. See the azaleas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, tulips and more that give the campus such a beautiful backdrop this spring semester.

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