Three UA Faculty Members Named Endowed Elmore Professors

In honor of Marilyn Williams Elmore and her husband John Durr Elmore, The University of Alabama Board of Trustees recently approved the establishment of The Marilyn Williams Elmore and John Durr Elmore Endowed Professorship in the College of Arts and Sciences. The professorship, which is funded by the couple’s estate gift in excess of $300,000,… Read more »

New Steps for Performing Arts Academic Center

From the November 2016 Desktop News | For decades, The University of Alabama’s theatre and dance department has produced world-class performances, actors and dancers. Without a doubt, it’s been a top-notch academic program in the Southeast with award-winning professors sharing a wealth of knowledge and expertise with their students. But the department’s facilities in Rowand-Johnson Hall have… Read more »

Virtual Reality Sandbox

From the November 2016 Desktop News | The newest interactive exhibit at the Alabama Museum of Natural History  is part sandbox, part Xbox, and it’s teaching students of all ages about topography, flood hazards, and watersheds. “With Google maps and other applications, people aren’t used to reading paper maps anymore,” Dr. Sagy Cohen, a professor in… Read more »

Digitizing Social Justice

From the November 2016 Desktop News | Margaret Sasser, a 2014 alumna, spent one summer during her Master’s program digging through archives at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, Alabama. She had been hired by Dr. Ellen Spears, an associate professor in New College and the Department of American Studies, to sort through roughly… Read more »

New Performing Arts Center to Be Built

The Bryce Hospital property is getting a make over. The space will be transformed into a performing arts center. The project was greenlit recently by the Board of Trustees and promises to be the world-class facility the University deserves. The planning process had started and stopped over the years, but now the center is officially… Read more »

Mills Lecturer at UA to Speak on Art, Technology Entrepreneurship

UPDATE: Watch the 2016 Mills Lecture on Vimeo. Doug McCraw, art collector and founder of the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, arts district FATVillage, will discuss “The Creative Entrepreneur: The Nexus of Art and Technology” during the Helen Crow Mills and John Carroll Mills Lecture at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in room 3111 of the Ferguson Center on The University… Read more »

Researchers Bring HIV Education to Parolees and Probationers

From the September 2016 Desktop News | Due to overcrowding in Alabama prisons, the state recently began diverting felons with lesser charges into parole and probation programs. One unexpected outcome, however, was that these convicted offenders, who fall in a higher risk bracket for HIV, no longer had access to the HIV education classes routinely offered in… Read more »

UA Appoints New Summersell Chair and Director of Hudson Strode Program

From the September 2016 Desktop News | The College of Arts and Sciences welcomes the new Charles Grayson Summersell Endowed Chair of Southern History and the new director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies. Charles Grayson Summersell Endowed Chair of Southern History Dr. Lesley Jill Gordon, former professor of history at the University of Akron,… Read more »

Recent Graduate Bikes across America for Culmination of Senior Project

From the September 2016 Desktop News | After 76 days and 4,505 miles, recent New College graduate Julie Gyurgyik finally arrived in Astoria, Oregon—completing one of the longest coast-to-coast trails in the United States. Her trek across the TransAmerica trail was planned as a part of her holistic health and wellness senior project, with the intent to… Read more »

Traveling to the Ocean Floor: Professor Studies Deep-Sea Mollusks

From the September 2016 Desktop News | While the unique environment of the deep ocean would likely prove nightmarish and panic-inducing for many people, it’s just another day of fieldwork for Department of Biological Sciences’ assistant professor Dr. Kevin Kocot. This July, Kocot submerged to oceanic depths for the ninth time, joining 21 other marine scientists from… Read more »