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Student Receives Killam Fellowship for Study in Canada

From the January 2016 Desktop News | Fulbright Canada has awarded Jordan Sandy, a senior majoring in English and economics, a Killam Fellowship to study at the University of British Columbia during the 2015–2016 academic year. The Killam Fellowships Program is a competitive program providing an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in Canada… 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 »

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 »

Wood-Based Alternatives Fuel Scientific Collaboration

From the November 2015 Desktop News | Researchers in the Department of Chemistry, in collaboration with researchers in Germany, have developed a new way to use wood and other kinds of biomass to make chemical materials without relying on the usual non-renewable petrochemical starting materials. The idea, the researchers said, is to produce everyday products… Read more »

Faculty Selected for 2016 Alabama-Greece Partnership

From the November 2015 Desktop News | Seven faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences will travel to Thessaloniki, Greece, in May as part of an academic partnership with faculty members at Aristotle University. The UA faculty members have proposed projects that they will complete in partnership with Aristotle University faculty members. Dr…. Read more »

Associate Dean Named SEC Fellow

From the November 2015 Desktop News | Dr. Tricia A. McElroy, associate dean of humanities and fine arts in the College of Arts and Sciences, is among 50 Southeastern Conference faculty and administrators selected as Academic Leadership Development Program fellows by the SEC this year. The professional development program seeks to prepare academic leaders for… Read more »

The Power of Music

It’s not uncommon for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, at DCH Regional Medical Center to weigh less than three pounds, or little more than a bottle of water. With infants less than 28 weeks of age, their lungs aren’t fully developed, and the very thing keeping them alive—breathing machines that force… Read more »

Two Roads Converged

Dr. Eric Weisbard knows first-hand that the 1990s were a great decade to be writing about popular music. After all, he worked as a rock critic for New York City’s Spin magazine and The Village Voice in the years following the rock band Nirvana’s surge in popularity, which paved the way for hundreds of alternative… 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 »