Traveling by Innate GPS-like Signals

From the April 2014 Desktop News | One of the most captivating mysteries in biology is the long-distance migrations of animals, particularly young animals that travel more than thousands of kilometers to specific, uncharted locations without older, more experienced migrants to guide them along the way. A College of Arts and Sciences alumnus is changing […]

Watkins Appointed UA Arboretum Director

From the March 2014 Desktop News | Monica Watkins, a 2002 College of Arts and Sciences graduate and the University’s first-ever Udall Scholar, has returned to her alma mater as the director of the UA Arboretum. Watkins, who began her new position in January, has focused on assessing the Arboretum’s facilities and planning for upgrades. […]

‘The Help’ Author Returns to UA

University of Alabama alumna and New York Times best-selling novelist Kathryn Stockett will let readers behind the curtain Friday, Feb. 28, when she shares the story behind her novel, “The Help.” Stockett, whose 2009 novel became the basis for a hit movie starring Emma Stone, based the book—at least in part—on some of her own […]

UA’s Art Galleries Open Exhibits

From the January 2014 Desktop News | The University of Alabama’s two art galleries in downtown Tuscaloosa will kick off the new year with exhibitions of historic photographs and modern art. The Paul R. Jones Gallery will hold its first exhibit Jan.10-Feb. 21, featuring photographs on loan from the Morgan County Archives that document the […]

College to Host Edward O. Wilson Symposium

From the January 2014 Desktop News | International biodiversity experts will join University of Alabama and College of Arts and Sciences alumnus Dr. Edward O. Wilson for the Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Symposium, three days of research presentations and forums on the state and future of biodiversity on our planet. The symposium will be held […]

Medical Examiner Headlines McCollough Forum

From the January 2014 Desktop News | Larry D. Dixon, executive director of the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners (ASBME), will be the featured speaker for the 12th annual Susan and Gaylon McCollough Medical Scholars Forum Feb. 7-8 in the Shelby Hall rotunda on The University of Alabama campus. The forum was established by UA alumni […]

Stackman Establishes Marine Science Scholarship in Honor of Professor

Harvey Stackman of Cottondale has contributed $20,000 to establish The Bishop-Stackman Marine Science Endowed Scholarship. Named in honor of Dr. Everett L. Bishop Jr., a long-time faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences, the fund will be used to support scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students studying marine science.  Stackman earned his bachelor’s, master’s, […]

Merkles Contribute Nearly $60,000 for Art Scholarships

Drs. Carol and Arthur Merkle of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. have contributed nearly $60,000 to establish The Carol B. Merkle Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will provide scholarships in the Department of Art and Art History. Nearly half of the Merkle’s gift was also matched in 2009 as part of a challenge grant by the Windgate […]

Art Support Fund Established by Jack Drake

Russell J. “Jack” Drake of Birmingham has contributed $10,000 to establish The Russell J. Drake Endowed Support Fund, which will be used to support operating expenses in the Department of Art and Art History. Drake is a 1969 graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law. He serves on both the Paul Jones Advisory […]

Former Montgomery Circuit Judge Sally Greenhaw Establishes Scholarship

Sally Greenhaw of Montgomery has pledged $20,000 to establish The Sally and Wayne Greenhaw Endowed Scholarship in the College of Arts and Sciences. The fund will support scholarships for incoming students from Montgomery or Crenshaw counties. Greenhaw is a former Montgomery County circuit judge and a 1964 graduate of The University of Alabama. Her late […]