Jessica Bradford, a senior in the UAB Department of Biology and incoming student in the UAB School of Medicine, has been named to the USA Today 2011 All-USA College Academic Second Team. The honor is based on grades, leadership, activities, and how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.
Bradford, of Ider, Ala., was honored in part because she founded Students for a Healthier Community to bring awareness of local not-for-profit organizations to her fellow students in 2010. Students for a Healthier Community supports non-profits that work with people without health insurance, have low socioeconomic status or are under-served.
“Students are often in the library or classroom or dorm and don’t have the time to recognize the health concerns affecting the community where we live,” Bradford said.
As the two-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill nears, Theatre UAB will be among a select group of theater companies in the United States and abroad to stage a reading of a new play about the disaster, “The Way of Water.”
Written by Caridad Svich, “The Way of Water” examines the aftermath of the oil spill and its effects on health and the environment in the Gulf region; the mass reading has been organized by NoPassport theatre alliance to raise awareness of those issues.
UAB Department of Theatre Chair Kelly Allison, M.F.A., says Svich asked Theatre UAB to participate, and UAB is the only Alabama venue to stage a reading. The free performance will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2012, in the Alys Stephens Center Odess Theatre, 1200 10th Ave. South.
What Dickens Tells Us at 200
It has been exactly 200 years since the birth of Charles Dickens, the Victorian novelist who wrote a bookshelf of classics, including Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, and A Christmas Carol. For the past 100 years, Dickens has been terrifying schoolchildren across the United States—at least as much for the sheer girth of his books as for the hair-raising adventures of Pip and his other hardscrabble characters.
Few Americans graduate from high school without some exposure to Dickens. Count Danny Siegel, Ph.D., UAB associate professor of English, among them, however. “I never read Dickens in high school,” he says. After he graduated, however, Siegel picked up a copy of Great Expectations, and he hasn’t been able to put Dickens down since.