Awards

Dancers Awarded Summer Scholarships to Top Jazz Institution

From the April 2016 Desktop News | Three UA dance majors will spend an entire month this summer dancing in Chicago at Gus Giordano Dance—one of the best dance institutions for jazz training. “Gus Giordano is one of the oldest and largest institutions for training dancers in the professional world,” said Cornelius Carter, the director… Read more »

NSF Dissertation Grant Being Used to Conduct Research at Moundville

From the April 2016 Desktop News | Despite the extensive excavations that have been done at the Moundville Archaeological Park since 1939, Moundville’s decline—and its social organization—are largely shrouded in mystery. But with the help of a $9,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, University of Alabama doctoral student Erik Porth and his dissertation adviser,… Read more »

Professor Knighted by French Government

From the March 2016 Desktop News | Dr. Michael Picone, a professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics, didn’t get a white horse or a suit of armor, and no one tapped him on the shoulder with a sword, but on January 29, he was officially decorated with the Palmes Académiques distinction by the French… Read more »

UA Alumna and Artist Receives International Awards

From the March 2016 Desktop News | Susan McCollough, an internationally recognized artist and alumna from The University of Alabama, recently won one of Florence, Italy’s most prestigious art awards and has been invited to participate in several international exhibitions. Her prize, the International Prize Leonardo Da Vinci—The Universal Artist, was awarded in January at the… Read more »

Alumnus Awarded for Contributions to Southern Literature

From the March 2016 Desktop News | Due to the large contributions historian and alumnus Dr. Harvey Jackson III has made to the literature of the South, The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences, along with the journalism department, recently honored him with the 2016 Clarence Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing. “I grew… Read more »

UA Physicists Share in Breakthrough Prize

From the January 2016 Desktop News | A team of University of Alabama physicists recently received recognition for making key contributions to a landmark study of neutrinos that won the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. The $3 million prize, which was divided between five international teams, celebrates a series of experiments demonstrating that neutrinos—neutral… Read more »

Good News for Female Political Candidates

From the January 2016 Desktop News | When it comes to politics, research suggests that stereotypes often put women at a disadvantage. Female candidates—more than their male counterparts—must appear to be tough leaders without sacrificing their image as nurturers in order to win over voters: If they come off too strong, they lose votes. And… Read more »

Biologist, alumnus receives 2016 Harper Lee Award

Noted biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson has been selected to receive the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2016. The award is made to a living, nationally recognized Alabama writer who has made a significant, lifelong contribution to Alabama letters. Wilson will receive the honor during… Read more »

Faculty Recognized for Outstanding Teaching

From the November 2015 Desktop News | Two professors in the College of Arts and Sciences, Drs. Paul Houghtaling and Timothy Snowden, received Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Awards from The University of Alabama’s National Alumni Association. These awards are the University’s highest honor recognizing excellence in teaching. Houghtaling is an associate professor of voice in… Read more »

Public Administration Book Recognized

From the October 2015 Desktop News | Dr. Richard C. Fording, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, received the Herbert Simon Book Award from the public administration section of the American Political Science Association for his book, Disciplining the Poor. This is the third time Fording and co-authors Joe Soss and Sanford… Read more »