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TIPS TO AVOID OVERINDULGING ON HOLIDAY TREATS — One of the many pastimes of the holiday season is coming together with family and friends to share a meal with all kinds of savory foods and treats. Dr. Maria Azrad, assistant professor in the department of human nutrition and hospitality management at UA, has several healthy eating tips to keep in mind as you prepare to feast on your favorite foods. 

5 TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS — The art of making, and ultimately sticking to, New Year’s resolutions focused on health and wellness can seem like a tall task for some. “The new year often brings excitement for a fresh start and new opportunities for personal goals and self-improvement,” said Sheena Gregg, assistant director of the department of health promotion and wellness and a registered dietitian. “However, New Year’s resolutions can often serve as a point of discouragement when we don’t meet our expectations with our goals.” Gregg provides tips to keep in mind when creating your 2023 resolutions. 

UA STUDENT RECEIVES BOREN SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDY IN BRAZIL — University of Alabama student Sean Atchison has received a Boren Scholarship for the study of languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Atchison, of Chatom, will study Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with an emphasis on Brazilian culture, history and politics. Atchison is a junior majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a depth study in Latin American studies and a minor in Spanish. He’s part of the UA Honors College, Blackburn Institute and Alabama International Relations Club. For more information, contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at 

A COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AGENT’S GENDER DOES MATTER – TO THE SELLER — Does gender matter in commercial real estate transactions? Not in the outcome of the sale, but gender plays a role because of a common affinity bias among property owners, according to a study by researchers at The University of Alabama. Properties listed by women agents sold at a significant discount compared to those marketed by men, and individual female agents were involved in far fewer property transactions, researchers from the Culverhouse College of Business found. However, when sales were adjusted for property attributes, there was no significant difference between male and female real estate agents in price or a property’s time on the market, according to the study recently published in the Journal of Real Estate Research. The study is the first empirical investigation of gender inequities within commercial real estate transactions. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA Strategic Communications, at 


UA MUSEUMS PRESENTS ALL-DAY HOLIDAY — Celebrate the holiday season at the Alabama Museum of Natural History, Gorgas House Museum, Paul W. Bryant Museum and Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum Tuesday, Dec. 20. Each museum will offer special holiday activities and light refreshments during regular operating hours. Parking will be available on campus. Admission to the Alabama Museum of Natural History, Gorgas House Museum and Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum is free. Admission to the Paul W. Bryant Museum is $5 for adults; $3 for children in grades kindergarten through 12; and free for museum members, children under 5, and UA faculty/staff and students. 

UA INFO RADIO PRESENTS SOUNDS OF ‘HILARITAS’ — For the third consecutive year, “Hilaritas,” one of the longest-running performance traditions at the UA School of Music, will air on 92.5 FM UA Info Radio. The program, which includes such holiday favorites as “It’s the Most Wonderful TIme of the Year,” “Feliz Navidad,” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” will air Friday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24, at 5 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 25, at 8 and 10 a.m., noon, and 3, 5, 7 and 10 p.m. 

OLLI TO HOLD OPEN HOUSES — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Alabama is hosting three open houses across central Alabama in January. The open houses will allow older adults to learn about the more than 100 in-person and online courses, field trips, social events and programs OLLI provides its members each semester. The OLLI Gadsden Chapter will host its open house on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, at the Gadsden Center from 4 to 6 p.m. The Greater Birmingham Chapter will host its open house on Monday, Jan.9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverchase United Methodist Church in Hoover, and the Tuscaloosa Chapter will host its open house on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bryant Conference Center. Registration for OLLI Spring 2023 courses opened Monday, Dec. 12. For more information, visit or call 205-348-6482. 

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