Police and the Polls: Student Receives First-Ever Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at Brown University

Brandon Davis, a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science, recently received a paid pre-doctoral fellowship from Brown University to study how negative experiences with the criminal justice system keep people from voting—and hinder political involvement in general. While research has shown how incarceration negatively impacts political participation, Davis looks more closely at how… Read more »

Racing in Rio

When recent graduate and first-time Olympian Alex Amankwah moved to the United State as an eight-year-old, he said that he expected to see futuristic marvels like flying cars and hoverboards. He had grown up in a poor part of Ghana, and his mother brought him to Los Angeles, California, so he and his family could… Read more »

Countess of Storyville Photo Gallery

On its way to Broadway, the seductive history of New Orleans’ red light district, The Countess of Storyville, came to life on stage at The University of Alabama. Margot Astrachan, the 2014 Tony Award-winning producer for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, produced the show, which will ran Feb. 16–20 at the Marian Gallaway Theatre. The… Read more »

The Great Pringles Challenge

What is the shape of a Pringles potato chip? According to UA professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics, Dr. David Cruz-Uribe, it looks like a hyperbolic paraboloid. In fact the two look so similar that many math professors refer to the chip when describing a hyperbolic paraboloid to their students, but Cruz-Uribe says… Read more »

Bringing Math Education Home

In high school, David Dai finished every math test first—or pretty close to it. He was the salutatorian and president of his senior class, and academia just came easy. But that didn’t mean that paying for college would be as simple. “My parents shuck oysters for a living,” Dai said. “They usually work from 4… Read more »