UA Preview — Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2024


Economic Growth 

The University of Alabama was one of 18 universities from around the nation selected by the United States National Science Foundation for a four-year, $6 million cooperative agreement through the new Accelerating Research Translation, or ART, program. The first-ever investment to accelerate the translation of academic research into solutions with societal and economic impact that grow the nation’s economy. 

Hydrologic Innovation 

The Tuscaloosa County Economic Development Authority and UA are partnering with Techstars, the most active pre-seed investor in the world, to bring first-of-its-kind, hydrologic innovation-focused accelerator and pre-accelerator programs to Tuscaloosa. Techstars WaterTech and Sustainability, an accelerator program for early-stage startups, and Founder Catalyst WaterTech and Sustainability, a pre-accelerator program for idea-stage startups, will create a pathway for founders to progress through their entrepreneurial journey in building water technology companies. 

Supporting Children  

The Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention joined local and state leaders to present a check for $1,955,000 to local organizations in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. Of the 18 local organizations, UA received support for programs within Child Development Resources and the UA Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic. 

Showcasing the Alabama Experience 

The Catherine and Pettus Randall Welcome Center at UA has officially opened. The Randall Welcome Center, part of the reimagining of the Bryce Main property, provides a new front door for the University where visitors are engaged and immersed in all aspects of UA’s history and campus experiences.  

Research and Economic Development Leadership  

Dr. Bryan W. Boudouris has been named the next vice president for research and economic development at UA and will begin his tenure April 1. Boudouris will lead the Office for Research and Economic Development which oversees a variety of interdisciplinary units that collaborate with faculty, staff, students and external partners to catalyze, support and safeguard research and scholarship activity. 


Dr. Andrew Billings is available to discuss the intersection of sports and mass media.   


UA School of Music Spectrum Showcase 

Feb. 2; Moody Music Building Concert Hall 

Family Day at the Museum 

Feb. 3; Alabama Museum of Natural History 

STEM Showcase 

Feb. 3; Bryant Conference Center (Media encouraged to attend) 

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