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  • May 14th, 2018



METASTATIC BREAST CANCER CAN BE DORMANT OR ACTIVE, BUT WHY? – Metastatic breast cancer cells lodging in the brain may rest in a sleep mode before awakened to wreak havoc, but the reasons why the cells stay dormant and later become active is not fully understood. With funding from a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a pioneering bioengineering project led by UA’s Dr. Shreyas S. Rao will engineer environments that mimic conditions in the brain to gain insight into this process. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA communications, at 205-348-4328 or


UA OFFERS NUMEROUS SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES – UA will offer a wide variety of activities for all ages throughout the summer. From outdoor explorations to computer camps, UA’s summer programs cover the spectrum of common and unique interests. Activities and camps will be hosted by UA’s Museum of Natural History, School of Music and the athletics department, among others. Watch for a news release with more details, or for more information, contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at 205-348-8325 or

FULBRIGHTS AND OTHERS – UA continues to be a leading campus for involvement in the Fulbright program. Fifteen UA graduates have received funds to teach and study abroad, and three UA faculty members will head oversees – two to Namibia and one to Greece. In addition, a UA student has received a NOAA Hollings Scholarship and another undergraduate received a Boren Scholarship for language study. For more information, contact Richard LeComte in communications, at 205-348-3782 or


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PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES — SummerTide, UA’s professional summer theater, presents the musical comedy “Pump Boys and Dinettes” in June at the George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center in Gulf Shores. The “‘Pump Boys” sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country. The “Dinettes” — Prudie and Rhetta Cupp — run the Double Cupp diner next door. Together, they fashion an evening of country-western songs that received raves on and off-Broadway. With heartbreak and hilarity, they perform on guitars, piano, bass and kitchen utensils. The production will run from June 1 to 29 at the theater in Gulf Shores. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. For more information, visit For more information, contact Richard LeComte, UA communications, at 205-348-3782 or

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