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Serving the campus of the University of Alabama since 1894

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Graduate tear-gassed in Ferguson, Missouri

Graduate tear-gassed in Ferguson, Missouri

August 26, 2014

When Alan Blinder, a 2011 UA graduate now working at the Atlanta bureau of The New York Times, first met Jennifer Greer, then chair of the journalism department, he was a pre-med student.“I’m supposed...

Sharks, butterflies used to further aviation research

Sharks, butterflies used to further aviation research

August 24, 2014

Biologists have long watched and studied sharks and butterflies, but the secrets locked within their scales and wings have begun to attract researchers like Amy Lang, associate professor of aerospace engineering...

Tuscaloosa named among top college towns

Tuscaloosa named among top college towns

August 17, 2014

Livability, student-to-resident ratio, cultural offerings, school presence and large employers can help define a college town’s success. Best College Reviews, which compiled a list of “The 50 Best...

Startup extracts uranium with shells

Startup extracts uranium with shells

July 22, 2014

Uranium, a key player in the growing world of nuclear energy, is projected to be in short supply and high demand in 2017 and beyond. But if 525 Solutions, a UA-based startup, has anything to do with it,...

Mock trial brings fairy tales to the law world

July 22, 2014

A Fairy Tale Mock Trial on June 14 resulted in a hung jury for the Big Bad Wolf. Hosted by Children of the Village Network, Inc., the Sumter County Children's Policy Council and Girl Scouts of North-Central...

CAF advanced in equipment, training

CAF advanced in equipment, training

July 22, 2014

There aren’t many places where researchers can find an IMAGO Local Electrode Atom Probe. At the University, however, researchers from across the country come to the Southeast just to use it. The LEAP,...

Blood drive will feature electron microscopes

Blood drive will feature electron microscopes

July 15, 2014

Donors at the Tuscaloosa Morning Rotary Club’s Red Cross blood drive will have an opportunity to see more blood – and needles – up close. “I’ve been telling people they’re going to want to...

Hot Hundred will return to campus

Hot Hundred will return to campus

July 15, 2014

The Hot Hundred bike ride, with its Tuscaloosa roots and university connections, will return to campus Saturday with discounted tickets available to students.“Really anyone can come out to experience...

News Briefs: July 16, 2014

July 15, 2014

Rogers recognized as highly citedRobin Rogers, Robert Ramsay Chair of Chemistry, was one of over 3,000 researchers named in the Highly Cited Researchers 2014 list released by Thomson Reuters. The list...

Workshop on small business grants to be held Tuesday

July 14, 2014

A full-day workshop on submitting proposals for Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grants will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 15. The workshop, held by the...

Bond denied for alumnus charged in child death case

Bond denied for alumnus charged in child death case

July 8, 2014

Justin Ross Harris, a Tuscaloosa native, UA alumnus and former UA employee, is facing murder and child cruelty charges after the death of Cooper Harris, his 22-month-old son. The infant was left in Harris’...

Evolution of the Library

Evolution of the Library

July 8, 2014

Vincent Scalfani, the Science and Engineering librarian, is used to answering questions. But before his interview, he has one of his own.“Do you want me to fix your Wi-Fi?”A few minutes later, he has...

Griffith stresses higher education, job creation, healthcare

Griffith stresses higher education, job creation, healthcare

July 8, 2014

Parker Griffith, Democratic candidate for governor of Alabama, has a plea for voting-age students: Don’t take America for granted. “Your age group, your students are growing up in one of the most polarized,...

Students receive CMF awards

Students receive CMF awards

July 8, 2014

Matt Leddo, a senior majoring in telecommunication and film and an actor in Campus MovieFest Best Picture winner “Wieder ‘Zam’,” has a message from Campus MovieFest. “When we were out in Hollywood...

Clutch Prep targets UA in tutoring expansion

Clutch Prep targets UA in tutoring expansion

July 8, 2014

When a group of Florida International University students decided to take their successful tutoring business to the next level, they had to figure out how to preserve their key to success: relevance. “We...

Lofts life joins campus housing options

Lofts life joins campus housing options

June 24, 2014

Last summer, students driving along McFarland Boulevard encountered the sights and sounds of construction as The Lofts at City Center prepared to welcome incoming residents. Brittney Hollis, vice president...

Minimum wage to increase at local company

June 24, 2014

Students seeking employment in the state of Alabama can count on getting paid at least $7.25 an hour. An executive order signed by the president and implemented in mid-June seeks to raise the federal minimum...

News On Campus

June 17, 2014

News On Campus: Briefs for Wednesday, June 18, 2014 College Bound Pre-Collegiate Program hosts graduation lunch Twenty-seven high school students in the College Bound Pre-Collegiate Program will...

Teachers go back to school

Teachers go back to school

June 17, 2014

Teachers ask students to say a lot of things, but the ASM Materials Camp teaches teachers how to get their students to express wonder. “The philosophy of the camps is to give students a ‘Wow!’...

Nelson named dean of communications

Nelson named dean of communications

June 17, 2014

The appointment of a new dean often involves bringing in someone new to the college, someone that Jennifer Greer, interim dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences, says can ?“shake...

CMAP initiative to attract diversity to Culverhouse

June 17, 2014

Lisa McKinney, head of the Culverhouse Majors Awareness Program, worked with admissions counselors and visited 30 high schools earlier this year to seek out talented minority students. Those students...

Back in Business

Back in Business

June 17, 2014

By Samuel Yang | News EditorThree years later, businesses are still returning to Tuscaloosa.April 26, 2011, was the last Tuesday that you could drive down the heart of Tuscaloosa and see Alabama Physical...

Student solves real world problems

Student solves real world problems

June 17, 2014

There are two kinds of people in two different worlds facing two different problems. On the one hand are students looking to make a social impact but can’t find the right kind of work. On the other hand...

UA student to travel to Germany to attend Nobel meeting

UA student to travel to Germany to attend Nobel meeting

June 17, 2014

Brandon Hill has always been interested in diseases. The Mississippi native headed to Jackson State University to study the effect of certain leaf extracts on cancer cells and, after completing a bachelor's...

Bomar looks ahead as new UA Museums director

Bomar looks ahead as new UA Museums director

June 17, 2014

William Bomar spent 16 years as the director of Moundville Archaeological Park, which he calls one of the nation’s most significant ?archaeological sites. But Bomar, recently named as The University...

Growing strong: Homegrown Alabama enters 10th season

Growing strong: Homegrown Alabama enters 10th season

June 11, 2014

Finals season lasts two weeks, football season three months – and farmer’s market season for Homegrown Alabama lasts six months. And like studying for finals or tailgating, it often comes with competitions,...

UA ranked high in social media engagement report

June 11, 2014

The University of Alabama is known for throwing its weight around on the football field, in the business world and in legal circles. But according to “A Study of Social Media in Higher Education,”...

Construction continues

Construction continues

June 4, 2014

Su Gupta, associate professor of metallurgical and materials engineering, directs a campus-wide user facility called the UA Micro-Fabrication Facility. If you look for it today, you can find it in the...

Suspect arrested in student death case

June 4, 2014

A story of heroin trafficking that has seen the death of two Tuscaloosa men, including a University of Alabama student and a law enforcement sweep of North Alabama, is reaching its final chapter with the...

Cooper exhibit opens in Black Belt

May 28, 2014

Chip Cooper, artist-in-residence at the Honors College, has published a photography book about Cuba. But the same things that drew him to the guarded island nation – the mystery, for one – have also...

City sees continued reconstruction, recovery 3 years after deadly storm

April 23, 2014

There are still places you can go to see the destruction of the tornado that tore through the heart of Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011. But as the three-year anniversary of the tornado approaches, it has...

Graduates adjust to financial independence

April 22, 2014

Whether it’s Dining Dollars or student loans, money and college are never far apart, but graduation can often open a new financial door for students. When students graduate, they are often faced with...

Campuses honor Shelby’s impact on UA system

April 21, 2014

Senator Richard Shelby and his wife Annette Shelby’s names have been on Shelby Hall since 2004. This year, they lent their faces to a commemorative pillar guarding the sidewalk en route to their namesake...

Paintball event to host athletes

Paintball event to host athletes

April 17, 2014

Alabama football stars have converged on the Annual Chris Rogers’ Paintball Tournament for two years, but this year’s events will also include A-Day Giveback, an event on Friday featuring Carolina...

Lack of funding threatens to close Amtrak train station

Lack of funding threatens to close Amtrak train station

April 15, 2014

When Diane Salls, president of the Ceres Garden Club of Northport, moved to Tuscaloosa more than 50 years ago, she would pass the Greensboro Avenue train depot and think to herself that a town of Tuscaloosa’s...

Outdoor Rec partners with HERO bamboo bike sellers

April 15, 2014

When a resident of Greensboro, Ala., told Pam Dorr, executive director of Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization, that there was too much bamboo in her area, it was a complaint. And it would...

BSFL brings back annual ‘Cemetery’ protest on Quad

April 10, 2014

A portion of the Quad will turn blue and pink Friday when more than 3500 flags blanket the area around Denny Chimes. The flags are part of Bama Students for Life’s annual Cemetery of the Innocents. ...

Student studies shrinking salamanders

Student studies shrinking salamanders

April 8, 2014

When Nicholas Caruso, a graduate student in the biological science department, dissects a salamander, he cannot find its lungs. That is disconcerting, but it’s actually not terribly surprising – they...

The Way of our Water

The Way of our Water

April 7, 2014

A drop of water hoping to end up in the city of Tuscaloosa’s drinking water is first born – or reborn – in a cloud. There, it condenses and precipitates, falling as a droplet to the earth. If it...

Groups to address human trafficking

April 7, 2014

Human trafficking and sexual slavery have long been pressing issues in the international community, and a Birmingham shelter ministry will be joining with campus groups Monday to raise student awareness....

UA law review to host symposium on civil rights

April 2, 2014

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Alabama Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review, a publication based out of the School of Law, will host...

University Programs app due Friday

March 20, 2014

It might be surprising to some that the Ferguson Center Movie Series, International Expressions, Hot Topics discussion series, Discovery Series classes and On the Town with the Ferg come from the same...

Website project to map, document food insecurity

March 19, 2014

On a college campus dotted with dining halls and bookended by commercial corridors crammed with restaurants, it can be easy to forget that food insecurity and food deserts, areas where people cannot easily...

Campus balances construction with city structure

March 19, 2014

The University of Alabama campus is no stranger to ongoing construction and development. But for the University, development is about more than just expanding the edges of campus. As elements of campus...

Time management essential for college success

March 18, 2014

Between classes, tests, social events and personal hobbies, students’ calendars quickly fill up as the school year draws on. And as calenders become overloaded, so do students’ abilities to remember...

Family medicine program selects chief residents

March 13, 2014

The College of Community Health Sciences’ three-year family medicine residency program has selected three 2014-15 chief residents. Leslie Zganjar, director of communications for CCHS, said the program...

Program offers selective child care to UA parents

Program offers selective child care to UA parents

March 11, 2014

UA faculty, staff members and students who are the parents of a child between the ages of 2 months and 5 years have various options for child care services in Tuscaloosa. While some might use the child...

Weather rearranges midterms

March 4, 2014

When snow started falling in the middle of February, traffic and classes ground to a halt. Cars and courses started again, but with midterms around the corner, professors are finding their own ways to...

Growth compromises historic area

Growth compromises historic area

February 27, 2014

The landscape of downtown Tuscaloosa is changing. Over the next few years, students and citizens can expect the arrival of a new apartment complex, an Embassy Suites Hotel and a Hilton Home 2 Suites extended-stay...

SGA sponsors trip for UA students to Montgomery

February 25, 2014

As the state capital, Montgomery is Alabama’s hub of politicians and lobbyists, but on Thursday, it will experience a rush of public university students as part of Higher Education Day. Sean Ross, SGA...

Judicial override on trial: state justice system permits judges to modify sentencing

Judicial override on trial: state justice system permits judges to modify sentencing

February 20, 2014

  It’s an unexpected coda to one of America’s most iconic institutions. The jury of 12 strangers, summoned by the state, emerges into the spotlight and tensely delivers the sentence before dissolving...

Program teaches creative writing in local schools

February 19, 2014

Students in local schools are familiar with test preparation and critical thinking, but as of this year they may also be familiar with a University of Alabama graduate student who regularly comes into...

City rezoning to affect student housing

City rezoning to affect student housing

February 19, 2014

Linda Ford knows all the dogs in her neighborhood. She lives with her husband, University of Alabama clinical lecturer David Ford, in a historic house on 7th Street. Her neighborhood is, at times, home...

Graduate journalism students win research awards

February 13, 2014

When Tim Steere, a community journalism graduate student, was an undergraduate student in history at West Virginia University, he often started his research by looking at newspapers. During his history...

Bitcoin brings cash to digital era

February 13, 2014

It happens all the time – a student swipes their ACT card and walks away with their new purchase. The process seems instantaneous, secure and foolproof. Most of the time, there’s no reason to doubt...

UA designated a military-friendly university

UA designated a military-friendly university

February 4, 2014

Hard-working, driven, team players – phrases like these are often used to describe ideal applicants and employees, and they are qualities that Kelly Fodel, editor of Military Advanced Education magazine,...

Hands-on experience in UA programs ‘invaluable’

February 3, 2014

For some degree programs at The University of Alabama, completion of a degree indicates a student has spent time working in their field of study, not just studying and taking classes about their field....

Southern Exposure films showcase Alabama’s natural resources

January 27, 2014

Mountain views and coastlines draw visitors to the other 49 states, but what does Alabama have to offer? David Pope, director of the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Georgia and Alabama offices,...

Flu season: H1N1 flu strain predominately affecting younger, healthier age groups this year

January 27, 2014

This year, a familiar virus has shown up in the labs of the Alabama Department of Public Health. Sherri Davidson, an epidemiologist for ADPH, monitors the spread of influenza virus in Alabama by taking...

Program brings arts, education to prison

January 22, 2014

Kyes Stevens is an Alabama native and an Auburn graduate, so she knows what she’s talking about when she says the relationship between The University of Alabama and her alma mater can be polarizing....

UA alumni expand Two Men and a Truck

January 21, 2014

The logo for moving company Two Men and a Truck features two stick figures sitting in a truck, but three men from The University of Alabama have taken their opportunities with the company to the next level....

UA rated among worst for free speech

January 16, 2014

Students walk and talk across the Quad every day, but if they want to stop walking to host an event, The University of Alabama requires a grounds use permit. The fact that a large public university requires...

Students win analytics award

January 14, 2014

A team of University of Alabama graduate students took home top honors at the 2013 SAS Analytics and Data Mining Shootout, which tests students in their ability to wrangle and tame what Michael Adams,...

UA study finds roads more dangerous leading up to holidays

UA study finds roads more dangerous leading up to holidays

December 5, 2013

The holidays are a time for family, gifts and celebration, but car accidents can be a side effect in the days just before Christmas, according to a recent UA study. “There will be many people whose...

UA professor skeptical of EMR efficiency

UA professor skeptical of EMR efficiency

December 4, 2013

When Regina Harrell, physician and assistant professor in the College of Community Health Sciences, enters the scene of a house call, the first thing she does is pick out a spot to kneel on the floor,...

Scottsboro boys officially pardoned

December 3, 2013

In the moments right after Sheila Washington, founder and director of the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center, found out that her quest to pardon the last three Scottsboro Boys was successful,...

Alabama committed to reducing annual energy use

Alabama committed to reducing annual energy use

December 2, 2013

The University of Alabama is set to meet its goal of annually reducing energy usage by two percent per gross square footage of building space, despite pressure from facility and population growth. Greg...

Survey finds disjointed views on race relations

Survey finds disjointed views on race relations

November 18, 2013

Fifty years ago, a group of researchers at The University of Alabama conducted a study on race relations in the wake of the desegregation movement that made the doorway of Foster Auditorium a national...

City awarded $4.39 million in HUD funding

November 14, 2013

The EF-4 tornado that tore through Tuscaloosa April 27, 2011, cost the city an estimated $2.2 billion. In response to the destruction caused that day, Tuscaloosa has been awarded $43.9 million in grants...

Museum Studies class provides opportunities

November 12, 2013

Behind every displayed T. Rex fossil, Spanish fort and Apollo capsule, there is a team of museum professionals. For six years, William Bomar, interim executive director of University Museums, has taught...

News insurance center focuses on outreach, research options

News insurance center focuses on outreach, research options

November 4, 2013

The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration is set to expand after Gov. Robert Bentley signed an executive order creating the Alabama Center for Insurance...

Speck brings ‘walkability’ lecture to UA

October 29, 2013

Past generations have ridden, driven and flown into the future – but according to Jeff Speck, a city planner and architectural designer, cities that want to matter in 30 years need to focus on walking....

Students eat local at Epiphany Cafe

October 24, 2013

Students interested in locally sourced food or in eating at Epiphany Café in historic downtown Tuscaloosa will get a taste of the area as well as some live music on Thursday, Oct. 24th. Olivia Bensinger,...

Students go green for daily challenges, prize packages

October 23, 2013

Students willing to spend a month seriously considering the environmental consciousness of their daily lives are being rewarded both tangibly and intangibly through Project Green Challenge. Sponsored...

University provides business, commerce

University provides business, commerce

October 22, 2013

In the early stretches of the quiet summer in a small lot cleared by a tornado, a modest brick coffeehouse opened its doors to the residents of the Forest Lake neighborhood. A grand opening on June...

Honors thesis challenges students

October 16, 2013

Joey Gamble, a senior majoring in English, estimates that he has written somewhere around 30 papers for his major. That’s not counting his Honors thesis, a 35-page work he wrote last year about post-9/11...

Do you mine?: Public opinion serves as final factor

Do you mine?: Public opinion serves as final factor

October 9, 2013

Shepherd Bend Mine, the surface coal mine that would be situated near a Birmingham Water Works facility, does not technically exist yet. None of its land has been leased, but part of it has been permitted....

Counseling Center to hold suicide awareness walk

October 3, 2013

This summer, one of Preston Jutte’s best friends died by suicide. Next Sunday, Jutte will join hundreds of others in an awareness walk that seeks to prevent others from suffering the same fate as Jutte’s...

University ranks on rating website

University ranks on rating website

October 2, 2013

So far this year, The University of Alabama has been ranked as #86 in National Universities, according to the US News & World Report; #1 in all applicable college football polls listed on ESPN; and, more...

Cuba exchange offers rare opportunity

Cuba exchange offers rare opportunity

September 24, 2013

It was her fourth time on a plane and her first time leaving the country. After a whirlwind first semester, Caitlyn McMahan – now a sophomore majoring in religious studies and Spanish – was preparing...

ECo brings local, community-based food to dining halls

ECo brings local, community-based food to dining halls

September 10, 2013

In a world where food is measured in calories, it can be easy to forget there are other ways to measure the quality of a meal. The University of Alabama Environmental Council, or ECo, is partnering with...

Friends remember Tillery-Bailey

September 10, 2013

Many University of Alabama students knew Jan Tillery-Bailey, who passed away Sept. 1 in a Birmingham hospital after an extended illness, as the wife of former UA President Guy Bailey. For others, Tillery-Bailey...

UA oversells passes for efficiency

UA oversells passes for efficiency

September 9, 2013

Taking into consideration class times, student numbers and historical capacities, parking at The University of Alabama has become a fine science monitored by UA Parking Services. Chris D’Esposito,...

Students, HRC face initial housing shortages

September 9, 2013

Move-in ended a while ago for most students, but for a handful of others, the process feels like yesterday. Alicia Browne, director of Housing Administration, said more than 100 girls started the year...

Graduate student documents role of food culture in South

September 9, 2013

Mark Johnson, a graduate student at The University of Alabama, will research and produce a 25- to 30-page paper on barbecue in Alabama. Johnson is a cultural historian with interests and experience in...

University gun policy revised Aug. 16

University gun policy revised Aug. 16

August 28, 2013

The effects of a national movement surrounding gun control have trickled down to The University of Alabama’s bylaws in the form of a revised gun policy reinforcing a campus-wide ban on guns. The University’s...

SGA prepares new programs for upcoming year

August 22, 2013

Students at The University of Alabama are busy adjusting to a new fall semester, but executives in the Student Government Association have been preparing throughout the summer for the upcoming year. Hamilton...

University transit system provides efficient service

University transit system provides efficient service

August 22, 2013

University of Alabama students new to campus might be intimidated by the travelling coded dots on TransLoc’s transit system app, but the restless icons could just be a student’s best chance when it...

UA archivist attends Iowa leadership, training conference

June 26, 2013

Donnelly Walton, The University of Alabama’s interim archivist and curator of southern history and culture collections, arrived at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, June 16 to attend the Archives Leadership...

UA faculty brings home awards at regional Emmys

June 19, 2013

Three members of The University of Alabama’s faculty won awards for their work at the Southeast Region Emmy Awards. At the June 8 ceremony, Ben Goertz, a telecommunication and film adjunct instructor,...

Fifty years of progress: Half a century after the Universitys integration, leaders come together to celebrate courage

Fifty years of progress: Half a century after the University’s integration, leaders come together to celebrate courage

June 12, 2013

  History has a habit of colliding with the doors of Foster Auditorium, but Tuesday it passed easily through the doors and into the auditorium. Brenda Marshall remembers the determination of her brother,...

Planned City Walk connects campus, residential communities

June 12, 2013

Walking to school may seem like a thing of the past for the modern college student, but for students in the Forest Lake area, it will be a part of the future. As many campuses find ways to make campus,...

UA, Auburn students compete in hovercraft race

April 24, 2013

Students who don’t want to wait until football season to see an Alabama-Auburn matchup can catch an airborne take on the Iron Bowl Saturday. The University Hoverbowl Challenge will feature hovercraft...

University Rocket Girls excel in launch competition

April 23, 2013

At NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative competition, The University of Alabama’s Rocket Girls have eaten dinner under a rocket, heard an astronaut speak, won awards and sent a rocket of their...

Colleges trying 4-year graduation contract model

April 15, 2013

When it comes to The University of Alabama’s push to preserve the traditional four-year college completion, DegreeWorks is just one tool in its arsenal. “I think we’ve already tried, as far as...

Class to offer in-depth study of trials

April 2, 2013

When the state of Alabama executes someone, the cause of death is listed as homicide. “The perpetrator of that murder is us, the people,” Andrew Grace, a telecommunication and film professor, said....

Concrete canoe team to compete regionally in Miami

Concrete canoe team to compete regionally in Miami

March 11, 2013

In the corner of a dusty workshop at Hardaway Hall is a child’s dream come true. “This is probably going to be some kid’s dollhouse eventually,” Josh Morrison says about the brick castle front,...

‘Worm shack’ research, hovercraft leading field

March 5, 2013

Hisham Ali is coming off a long night at the Structures Lab in Hardaway Hall. Living amid a collection of wooden models, live wires and Domino’s pizza boxes, Ali, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering,...

UA engineering students encouraged to find co-op

February 21, 2013

Kayla Sinclair came to campus at 5:30 in the morning to get in line and found 300 people ahead of her. “I didn’t get to sign up until 9:30 or 10, and I was only able to sign up for one,” she said....

Free prep resources available for GRE, MCAT and LSAT

February 14, 2013

Students planning to take the GRE, LSAT or MCAT can get a preview of the exams on Saturday, Feb.16, at 9 a.m. Practice exams, offered by SGA and Kaplan Test Prep, are available to all students and will...

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