College of Arts and Sciences

“We should definitely be planning for sea level rise in coastal communities, especially those on the Gulf Coast. . . . As a paleoclimatologist, I see sea level rise as the greatest threat to our society.”

Dr. Rebecca Minzoni, assistant professor of geological sciences (AL.com)

“Talking about the history of the enslaved community is one thing, but re-creating that space and trying to give it material substance takes it really to another level.”

Dr. Joshua Rothman, chair of the UA history department, discussing restoration of slave quarters at Monticello (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

“They (certain birds) don’t participate in this behavior during the breeding season because their energy is geared towards producing and raising young birds. It probably happens in the winter because there is power in numbers in terms of avoiding predators. The crazy swirling effort by thousands at dusk is likely a way to confuse any nearby predators such as hawks and owls.”

Dr. Michael K. Steinberg, associate professor in New College, discussing flocks of swirling birds at dusk (AL.com)
“I entered the gallery for a sneak peak, right after the installation of the show was complete. I was so moved, primarily because I think I forgot how beautiful and impressive they are, and also because when put together in a show and in conversation with one another around questions of freedom, these pieces take on a new and very powerful meaning.”
Dr. Michelle Robinson, assistant professor of composition and rhetoric, discussing "Freedom?" at the Paul R. Jones Gallery (Crimson White)

“I think we can certainly count on the DOJ (Department of Justice) to back down on its opposition to voter ID laws, especially given President Trump’s and Jeff Sessions’ opinions regarding the prevalence of voter fraud. This doesn’t mean these laws won’t be struck down, though. Much of the civil rights/voting rights legal work is done by nonprofit legal organizations, such as the Legal Defense Fund, the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center. The change of leadership at DOJ will put more pressure on these organizations to compensate and for federal judges to enforce the Voting Rights Act.”

Dr. Richard Fording, UA professor of political science (AL.com)