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Crimson Spotlight offers a closer look at people, events, activities and initiatives that illustrate The University of Alabama's impact on our state and our world.
A senior says her "UA family" inspired her along the way to a Paralympic Gold Medal.
Alexandra Franklin has been enchanted by the written word for as long as she remembers.
Ryan Martin has cheered on several championship-winning sports teams as a member of UA's varsity cheerleading squad, and now has a blossoming career in sports journalism.
UA's Summer 2012 graduates received their diplomas August 4, and you can relive this once-in-a-lifetime moment with your graduate by watching the replay of our live webcast.
A high-school athlete who could not touch her toes transformed into 'Yoga Jess' and found a career path along the way.
To see one of John Canada's plans unfolding, you'll have to be an early riser and willing to peer through the fog lifting off the Black Warrior River.
In combining her two passions - helping people and dogs - UA student Catherine Postell examines ways service animals make a difference.
On April 21, UA remembers the April 27, 2011 tornado by bringing UA and the community together to serve others.
When Mackenzie Soldan first arrived at UA, she thought her wheelchair tennis career was over; in reality, it had only just begun.
An exemplary student and world champion water skier, Caroline Hensley is a force on the water and in the classroom.
From children's book author to fashion show coordinator, Abigail Hardin uses her interest in fashion to promote good in her community.
For the 31st consecutive year, UA's Office of Media Relations offers predictions from faculty experts for the coming year.
The UA tradition culminated for Fall 2011 graduates when they received their diplomas Saturday, December 17.
One of four talented siblings who make up the Lamb Family Violin ensemble, Kiemel Lamb started playing as a 4-year-old who was inspired by her older sister.
Shelby Cochran's life has been inundated with aerospace engineering since she was a little girl.
Lindsay Lindsey is an artist with a scientific bent, except when she's a scientist with an artistic bent.
A former UA linebacker, Drew Bullard now sees his senior engineering design project contributing on the practice field.
In the days following the late April tornado, University of Alabama student Ashley Getwan experienced her own epiphany: “if we tweet it, they will bring it.”
The UA tradition culminates for UA's Spring & Summer 2011 graduates when they receive their diplomas Friday - Saturday, August 5 - 6.
A 10,000-year-old weather report? That’s the untold story that caves on a South Pacific island are expected to reveal to a group of University of Alabama geologists beginning this week.
In the aftermath of the storm of April 27, 2011, The University of Alabama's spirit of kindness shone through in countless ways in our community. Students, faculty and staff took action collectively and independently to come to the aid of neighbors in need and to reach out to a community that is so closely intertwined with our university.
If, in about 2,400 years, tomorrow’s archaeologists are inspired by an approach taken by Dr. Lisa LeCount, they might be tempted to learn about the long ago lives of Prince William and Kate Middleton by looking a bit further down the hierarchal chain.
Helping people has always been a passion for Dr. Lowell Davis, assistant dean of students. Davis has found multiple ways to do just that.
Considering her last name, perhaps it’s no wonder journalism graduate student Allyson Angle loves finding just the right slant for each sports story she writes.
The continued collaboration between the City of Tuscaloosa and The University of Alabama allowed the city to reach out to UA in the aftermath of April’s tornado. UA employee Rachel Edington was able to put her skills gained as assistant director of UA’s Community Service Center to use, to service the needs of those in the Tuscaloosa community affected by last month’s tornado.
As a child, Zack Coppens used paper clips to make door holders. Today, he prefers focusing on rockets and energy research.
Wimba Live Classroom software allows faculty and students to share virtual space in real time, including audio, video, applications, and more.
Visions of higher education often conjure up students furiously writing down notes while a professor lectures.
Simple requests can sometimes be worthy of spontaneous celebration at The University of Alabama's Brewer Porch Children's Center.
Not everyone is lucky enough to build a major around their hobby. Burgin, a junior from Columbus, Miss., did just that through New College at UA.
Mike Spooner and his exterior envelope team have been working steadily to bring older UA buildings back to "their glory days."
During Honors Week 2011, hundreds of students will be inducted into more than 50 honor societies, dozens of scholarship and award winners will be named, and outstanding faculty, staff and alumni will be recognized.
Three research projects, funded with nearly $13 million, involve University of Alabama scientists studying the feasibility of pumping carbon dioxide into the ground as an alternative to releasing the greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the Afro-American Gospel Choir has now become one of the most recognized student musical organizations on campus.
UA students have a network of resources to help them when life feels overwhelming. One resource is the Counseling Center, located in the South Lawn Office Building off Paul Bryant Drive.
When something has always been there, it can easily be overlooked by those who see it daily. Such a part of everyday life, we look past it, registering its presence only subconsciously. The Gorgas House, a two-story cottage in the University’s historic district, sometimes falls victim to being so overlooked.
“It’s almost like having a conversation.” That’s how Dr. Arthur Allaway described the campus master plan update survey that he and a team of marketing graduate students devised.
Robert Maxwell's love for the game of chess developed at a young age, but not until his senior year of college did Maxwell have the opportunity to share his passion.
Astronomers are turning in increasing numbers to “citizen scientists,” members of the general public who often have zero formal training but who show both a willingness and an aptitude to contribute.
The best-looking and most popular officer at The University of Alabama Police Department cannot shoot a target two inches in front of his face.
Watch exclusive in-depth features on research being conducted at UA spanning archaeology, astronomy, biology and environmental studies.
More than 300 students participated in the 2010 conference, and 2011 conference planners hope to see an increase in participation.
Cybersecurity is not just the concern of University employees dealing with confidential data, but of every UA employee with a computer.
Lisa Elizondo has given names and faces to the history of the farm workers movement in Washington state in the 1960s and 1970s.
“Reduce, reuse and recycle” seems to be the repeated mantra for green living. What about improving the energy sources we already use on a daily basis?
In a state with high rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity, Alabama’s health care providers have their hands full at the best of times. Now is not the best of times.
In the 30th edition of “Educated Guesses,” UA's Office of Media Relations offers predictions from faculty experts for the coming year.
Caroline Beard says UA has provided her a “world of opportunities.” And she has taken that adage to heart, from exploring the world to saving it.
The holiday season can be as challenging for some as it is uplifting for others. UA faculty experts offer advice on how to enjoy the holidays and survive with your waist, sanity and wallet in better shape than last year.
University of Alabama student David Bailey has an idea that is too good to fail, and it involves Alabama entrepreneurs seen as too small to succeed.
The University of Alabama paid tribute to Autherine Lucy Foster, James Hood and the late Vivian Malone Jones, the three African-American students whose enrollment represented UA’s first steps toward desegregation, at the dedication of the Malone-Hood Plaza and Autherine Lucy Clock Tower at Foster Auditorium on Nov. 3.
When Nikki Wheelus was a child she would gaze at the stars and wonder what was up there. The beauty of space amazed her.
University of Alabama student Sean Hudson could have been a statistic – instead he’s a success story.
When Tiara Dees picked up a video-game controller at the age of 2, she didn’t know the pastime would become a passion.
Students Jon Lauer and Elyse Love could not imagine living in a town without a hospital – until they began a research project revealing the plight of expectant mothers in rural parts of the state.
Watch video postcards from UA students as they share personal experiences on campus and in the community, including Black Belt Action.
Dara Warren will walk across the stage at commencement Aug. 7, completing an almost seven-year personal mission that took her to Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, Germany and back home.
The University of Alabama tradition culminates for UA's Summer 2010 graduates when they receive their diplomas Saturday, August 7 in Coleman Coliseum.
A high-tech version of a basic principle used 8,000 years ago in reducing unwanted materials is at the heart of an effort by UA scientists to lessen the Gulf oil spill’s impact on fragile coastal marshes.
It may be 2010, but some things about "back to school" time haven’t changed much over the years.
A 30-minute tour of The University of Alabama in 2006 changed Jessica Hetherington’s life.
One ride could be the difference between life and death. That’s the lesson recent UA graduate Daniel Marbury learned by studying ambulance response times in Alabama.
If you brushed your teeth this morning, poured dressing on your salad at lunch, or licked the cold sweetness of ice cream from your lips this afternoon, you’ve likely had a close encounter with algae.
At a two-day meeting of the British Cabinet in late 1862, the most powerful men in the United Kingdom were on the brink of intervening in the Civil War raging in America.
UA students explore opportunities across the globe for academic, personal and career enrichment.
May graduate Katy Montalto finished in the top eight of Country Music Television’s music video contest.
The University of Alabama tradition culminates for UA's Spring 2010 graduates when they receive their diplomas Saturday, May 8 in Coleman Coliseum.
A UA Army ROTC Cadet whose performance score ranks third among nearly 5,000 undergraduate cadets, nationally, credits his achievement to those surrounding him.
Super models in glossy fashion magazines may be role models to some teenagers, but senior Jackie Parks has made it her mission to help area teens have a more realistic and healthier concept of their own beauty.
Weeds win over basketball in this lot in a low-income neighborhood surveyed by UA’s John Bolland and college interns.
Asia Mushtaq took an approximate 30-hour plane trip by herself so she could spend six months in Tuscaloosa to learn about Coping Power, a program co-developed by Dr. John Lochman.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and Mark Lent can prove it, having spent half of his college career researching the thought-provoking effects of photography.
Research Magazine Extras include video features on a new cold-tolerant spray for plants, the implications of internal fighting among board members of companies, and ties between classroom humor and student performance.
The sheer mention of a stereotypical college dorm room is enough to make any student homesick. Beth Eubanks says she’s helping ensure this stereotype will not exist at UA.
When University of Alabama student Courtney Thompson walked into a highway rest area in Louisiana, she had no idea it would change her future.
For many, the holiday season is about family and traditions, parties and eggnog, cooking and traveling. UA faculty experts offer their advice on these various holiday-related topics.
UA senior Sarah Pitts draws from her music-therapy training in comforting patients receiving hospice care.
UA Mobile Web delivers content, services, and features that allow you to access and interact with The University of Alabama on the go using your iPhone, Blackberry, PDA, or other Smartphone.
When Elizabeth Junkin, a junior majoring in chemical and biological engineering, thinks of a football field, she envisions fitting it in a teaspoon.
A University of Alabama researcher examines boardroom disputes and their impact on the stock market.
The lights, applause and thrill of the stage inspire Russell Stephens, a sophomore at The University of Alabama and self-proclaimed “theater geek.”
Mae and Lige were a young couple going through the everyday ups and downs of any relationship. Now, 90 years later, their old-fashioned courtship has been saved in their collection of letters, brought to life by University of Alabama honors student Daniel Bush.
With a record enrollment of 28,807 this fall, The University of Alabama continues to grow in size and quality.
Watch video postcards from University of Alabama students as they share their experiences on campus and in the community, including Get on Board Day, Alabama Action, Outdoor Action, and Move-In Day.
Watch video features from University of Alabama employees as they describe their unique roles and share what it's like to work at UA.
Little did Kayla Terry know that her class project tribute to her older brother, born with Down syndrome, would leave her with more than a good grade.
Cullen Millsap had all the qualities of a student leader before ever enrolling in his first class on The University of Alabama campus. Now, the UA senior is president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, sharing his leadership skills for the benefit of others.
Sophomore Alan Blinder directs the new UA Pediatric Stroke Initiative, focused on education, advocacy and research.
UA experts offer advice on "Tween" topics including school transition, making friends, attitudes/behaviors, and shopping.
There was a time when writing meant using a pencil or pen to place words on a page and going to a meeting required some form of travel. Today, communication involves “tweeting,” “Skyping” and posting on something called a “wiki.” So how does one make sense of the new World Wide Web and how to use it?
Not every 20-year-old can say they have premiered a film at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Nor can many say they are fluent in six languages. Laura Godorecci, a recent University of Alabama graduate, can.
Experience our beautiful campus for yourself through UA's new immersive and interactive virtual campus tour, which allows you to see campus as if you were actually here.
Some counties in Alabama have infant mortality rates higher than those in some Third World counties. For a UA researcher, this gives added significance to recent findings that low blood zinc levels in expectant mothers can increase by eight times the risk of delivering low birth-weight babies.
Goldie, the sculpture that looks like a rusty, prone robot, lies mute on Woods Quad. Curious, delighted visitors drawn to the enchanting novelty of a dead or sleeping robot hanging out on the grass in the middle of the University stand next to it and pose for pictures.
UA faculty offers fun ideas for teaching your children the real meaning of Independence Day.
While you are busy doing your thing this summer, don't forget that summer is a great time to get in shape. “Warm weather brings more opportunities to be outside and that means more opportunities to increase your physical activity,” says George Brown, executive director of University Recreation at The University of Alabama.
The Grinch isn’t known for inspiration, but recreating and designing makeup to transform herself into the Grinch for a class project convinced Stesha Ross she had found her calling.
One rite of summer, college students returning home, can sometimes mean rocky times for parents and the students when trying to adjust to living under one roof again.
For a member of UA's nationally acclaimed Alabama Forensics Council, there seems to be no better quality than a love of words – besides, perhaps, enthusiasm.
UA Matters is a bi-weekly column that offers information and tips on consumer issues facing Alabamians. This week's edition provides some mother advice as Mother's Day approaches.
The University of Alabama tradition culminates for UA's Spring 2009 graduates when they receive their diplomas Saturday, May 9 in Coleman Coliseum.
When Kyle Scott began his college search, he treated it like any engineer might – as a problem-solving challenge. Only this time he was on a quest to find an engineering program that perfectly matched his expectations.
This year marks the 39th anniversary of Earth Day, a worldwide movement to protect our planet, our children and our future. Dr. Keith Woodbury, professor of mechanical engineering, recommends numerous ways for people to make their homes more energy efficient.
A group of Honors College students is training to run the Country Music Half-Marathon, and they have found a supportive community and a passion for running in the process.
When Mary Allison Milford made the decision to attend The University of Alabama, she wasn’t just thinking about Tuscaloosa – she was also thinking about Beijing.
Whether or not you have met Dana Lewis, if you are a member of The University of Alabama community, she’s probably changed the way you eat lunch.
You’ve been accepted to college, assigned your dorm space, and lined up your course of study. So, it’s time to coast through your last semester of high school, right? You might want to rethink that.
With the warmer days of late winter upon us and the early flowers in bloom, it’s time to plan for the gardening season in Alabama. Tips from UA Matters can help with your planting.
Most people have a distinct preference for one type of thinking: they are left-brained or they are right-brained. Frank Barber, a senior double major in dance and biology at The University of Alabama, commands both.
UA Matters is a weekly column that offers information and tips on consumer issues facing Alabamians. This week's edition gives parents tips for dealing with their kids' "puppy love."
Students interested in The University of Alabama now have an exciting new way to "tour" campus – through an online "world," known as Second Life.
UA researchers are working to develop systems to reduce harmful emissions, produce new ways to harness energy, improve efficiency and increase fuel flexibility.
A University of Alabama student brings fellowship and health care together with a project she views as inspiration for a healthier Tuscaloosa.
For the 28th consecutive year, UA's Office of Media Relations offers predictions from faculty experts for the coming year on the economy, state and national affairs, and other topics.
The first time Ynhi Thai set foot on the Capstone’s campus, she felt at home. Culture has led Ynhi Thai to a new passion at UA – utilizing what she’s learned to help others.
Staff member Rick Smith, the facility manager for the Glass Blowing Facility at UA, creates custom glassware for use in research projects in a shop he designed himself.
The holiday season can be hectic, from gift shopping and traveling to eating too much and spending too much money. UA experts hope to save you time, money and stress this year.
There’s easy access, and then there’s easy access. From remote monitoring of truckers’ vitals to mental health consultations via video, researchers extend care through technology.
These days, the web is largely about creating community and connecting people with each other. UA's new Facebook and YouTube channels allow users to do that, and more.
Michelle Hawthorne is not your average UA student. One thing important to Hawthorne has also become her passion – the study of parental alienation syndrome or PAS.
For Phillips Thomas, service-learning projects are not just resume-fillers. For her, she says, they are about leading by example and impacting people’s lives in a hands-on, personal way.
With the 2008 Presidential Election entering the home stretch, professors from The University of Alabama offer insights into the political process.
It may be hard to imagine most 19-year-olds as veterans of their chosen profession, but Matt Wilson is a vice president for production for HSTV Southeast.
Gustave Hahn-Powell entered UA looking for exotic topics. What he found was a strong interest in the language, music and philosophy of Japan, some 7,000 miles from Tuscaloosa.
The University of Alabama is again ranked among the top 50 public universities in the nation, ranking 37th according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings for 2008.
In this special back to school feature, UA experts discuss hot education-related topics and trends including bus safety, cyberbullying, social groups, testing trends, and more.
Questions about language and culture formed the spark for Jamie Lee McReynolds to research, while an undergraduate, the way we speak and how it sounds.
A remote spot within the Talladega National Forest could serve as one of 20 locations nationally that will detect the ecological impacts of climate change.
Josh Hamilton’s dedication to those less fortunate is inspiring, and he has extended the sense of caring he says he found at UA to regions far from the campus’ borders.
There were times, Lynnette Moats says, when quitting work to pursue a nursing degree seemed like a 4-year poverty sentence for her entire household, including her daughter and the two nieces she’s homeschooled throughout her college career.
Andrea Mabry was always catching her friends in the act. But her photo albums and scrapbooks aren’t filled with the usual “say cheese” pictures.
Two of Aldrich Callins’ passions are foreign travel and collecting information about the economies of foreign countries. Another passion is helping people.
The focus of our students and alumni extends beyond academic achievement and research. There is an entrepreneurial spirit that wraps itself around all phases of the UA experience.
Winter has broken in Tuscaloosa, and the spring season brings new life and excitement to the UA campus, and a flurry of outdoor activities for students and visitors.
Junior Allison Garstecki unearthed a key sandstone artifact, some 800 years old, during the final days of an archaeological expedition in which she and classmates participated.
The UA campus is home to millions of leaves, perhaps most prominent in the new growth emerging each spring from the majestic oaks and on the azaleas preparing to dazzle.
As a little girl growing up in Florence, S.C., Martha Addison knew she wanted to be an aerospace engineer. When the time came to choose a college, Addison wanted a school that offered her everything she deserved.
Making actors comfortable on stage is a big part of senior Peyton Blankenship’s role as a costume designer in The University of Alabama’s theatre and dance department.
A 65-year-old research study, an HBO documentary, and his own research have helped solidify Phillip Jordan’s life-long passion to aid inner-city African-American children with issues such as self-esteem and expectations.
In 2008, seven students from The University of Alabama were named to the USA Today All-USA College Academic Team, more than any other school in the nation.
UA is celebrating African-American Heritage Month in February with the theme “Creating History Every Day” to recognize the range and diversity of contributions of African-Americans.
Researchers are developing a new compact acoustic sensor that will enable users to accurately locate a sound source, utilizing UA’s new hemi-anechoic chamber.
We’ve all been through them, either on the receiving or giving end. They are second only to firing an employee as the task managers say they dislike the most. So, why do them?