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  • July 12th, 2021

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UMC TO HOST COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC AT CHURCH FOOD BANK – University Medical Center will host a community COVID-19 vaccine clinic in conjunction with the monthly food bank at Grace Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa July 13. UMC will use its mobile outreach unit and team of nurses and resident physicians to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to those who wish to receive the vaccine from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. UMC will provide the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to those 18 and older. For more information, contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at bryant.welbourne@ua.edu

UA RECEIVES STUDY ABROAD AWARD TO STUDY WATER ACCESS, QUALITY – UA is part of a collaboration to study water access and quality in Alabama and internationally while supporting study abroad exchange throughout the Americas. UA, along with Tuskegee University and the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia, will investigate water quality, access, expansion and cultural diversity in Alabama and Barranquilla, Colombia. The collaboration was one of 10 that received funding through the 100K Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund competition sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and Colombian Institute of Educational Loans and Studies Abroad, or ICETEX. For more information, contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at bryant.welbourne@ua.edu.

UA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY HOSTS “SHARK MONTH” LEADING HUNTS FOR ANCIENT ALABAMA SHARK TEETH The landlocked Alabama Black Belt isn’t where someone would expect to find fossilized shark teeth, but that’s where Alabama Museum of Natural History shark hunters are leading the state’s only day-long, public, shark teeth excursions from July 10 to Aug. 6. With Discovery’s 33rd annual Shark Week starting July 11, UA’s timing in celebrating Alabama’s own fascinating shark history couldn’t be better. But what are ancient shark teeth doing in central and west Alabama? Dr. John Friel, director of the Alabama Museum of Natural History, said hunts for the fossilized teeth of extinct shark species are possible because this part of Alabama was underwater during the Cretaceous Period when global sea levels reached their highest point in the entire geological record – more than 850 feet above present-day levels. For more information, contact Jamon Smith, UA Strategic Communications, at jamon.smith@ua.edu.

MOUNDVILLE’S SATURDAY IN THE PARK RETURNS – UA’s Moundville Archaeological Park’s Saturday in the Park returns this summer to provide a series of demonstrations and presentations related to Native American culture, archaeology, natural history, sustainable gardening and more. The July 17 event will feature a Native American plants and garden tour with Rosa Hall. Saturday in the Park takes place each Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit the Moundville Archaeological Park website. 

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