Bham Now BOLD speaker Jim McClintock to make his 24th and 25th journey to Antarctica in 2017

This past month’s Bham Now BOLD speaker and UAB Polar and Marine Biology Professor Jim McClintock was featured in al.com yesterday, detailing his upcoming 24th and 25th journeys to Antarctica in 2017

Written by al.com’s environmental reporter Dennis Pillion, the profile describes McClintock’s future research efforts in Antarctica which may prove useful for people suffering from cancer to antibiotic resistant infections.

The article also recognizes fellow polar researchers Chuck Amsler, a marine algae and seaweed specialist at UAB, and Bill Baker, a chemist from the University of South Florida. McClintock called himself and his fellow researchers the “Three Musketeers.”

Check out the al.com article below:

UAB researchers look to Antarctica for the next big drug discovery

For more about information Dr. Jim McClintock and his remarkable work, visit the following Bham Now links:

What Do Roosevelt (TR), Lindbergh, Armstrong and UAB’s McClintock Have in Common?

Bham Now Live Interview with BOLD Speaker Jim McClintock -discussing climate change, drought, President -elect Trump & Hand in Paw

A simple mailbox. Sharing Christmas joy at St. John A.M.E. Church in Birmingham

On Friday, Bham Now visited several churches in town, and took pictures of Christmas greenery, altars and nativity scenes.

“Loving kindness” – Preparing for Christmas in Birmingham (a photo essay)

During the visit with Rev. Mashod Evans, the pastor at St. John A.M.E. Church, we came upon this mailbox.

St. John A.M.E Church in Birmingham – Christmas mailbox

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Besides the Cahaba Lily, what else is on the new Cahaba River Society tag?

The Cahaba River Society (CRS) was one of the first organizations to secure a “personalized” Alabama specialty car tag nearly two decades ago.

Here is a photo of one of their original tag designs back in 2001.

Cahaba River Society – 2001 Alabama specialty tag

 

The other day, while we were in a meeting with Beth Stewart, the longtime Executive Director of Cahaba River Society, she pointed out another item on the new specialty tag besides the iconic cahaba lily and the blue “river-like” background.

Can you spot it?

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Christmas bird & salamander counts – an old and new Birmingham Audubon tradition

“Hats off” to the great work of the Birmingham Audubon Society

Now, Birmingham Audubon Society has two great traditions during the Christmas season.

Along with the Birmingham Audubon Society’s (BAS) 81st Annual Christmas Bird Count, the organization held it’s first Christmas Salamander Count on the same day – December 23rd – at Ruffner Mountain.

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“Loving kindness” – Preparing for Christmas in Birmingham (a photo essay)

Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood

“Welcome!”

That was the response I received all day yesterday at churches throughout Birmingham as I walked up unannounced and asked to take pictures of the greenery, poinsettias, altars and creches.

Some folks were joyful, catching their second wind after a full day preparing their church for Christmas Eve. Others were focused at the task at hand, arranging flowers, the creche or the altar – but for a moment, they dropped everything and guided me.

ALL the churches I visited welcomed this stranger.  In the midst of volunteering or doing their job for the church, every person I met had this openness about them, loving -kindness… Christmas spirit.

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Goodbye autumn in Alabama. Hello winter! (12 photos)

Leaving Fall behind in Alabama
Goodbye Autumn in Alabama

The autumn of 2016 in Alabama will be known as the “fall it did not rain.”

Throughout Alabama, consecutive days without rain records were shattered. Birmingham’s rainless streak ended at 61 days.

In mid-November, the clouds finally appeared, rain fell from the sky, and for the past month we have received some significant rainfall, filling our dry creek beds and giving us a glimpse of fall colors.

This morning winter arrives.

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A Birmingham tradition: Don’t miss “Singing Santa” at Brookwood Village

Singing Santa at Brookwood Mall in Homewood, Alabama
Singing Santa at Brookwood Village

One of Birmingham’s special holiday traditions is “Singing Santa.”

This year, Singing Santa is back at Brookwood Village, joyfully belting out Christmas carols and listening carefully to children, so he can make his list and journey later this week.

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Common Sense Innovation: Solar poles and benches installed at the JSU Little River Canyon Center

Birmingham Alabama - Sun Charge
Sun Charge Systems

From our friends at the JSU Little River Canyon Center, below is a press release about Sun Charge Systems, an Alabama company that has installed  solar pole and bench charging stations at the Canyon Center.  This item is simple and perfect for universities, downtowns, business centers, parks and ball fields. Before you read the press release from JSU, check out the Sun Charge video describing this innovative common sense way to re-charge everyday electronics while you recreate or relax outdoors.

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Connect to Your Coast on Wednesday at Avondale Brewing Company

Connect to Your Coast at Avondale Brewing Company  - Wednesday 4:00 to 7:00
Connect to Your Coast at Avondale Brewing Company – Wednesday 4:00 to 7:00

This Wednesday, December 21st, may be the Winter Solstice, but we’ll be thinking warm, sunny thoughts and taking a much needed break from holiday shopping at the Alabama Coastal Foundation’s free Connect To Your Coast Birmingham event at Avondale Brewing Company!

Drop by anytime between 4-7 p.m. to learn how you can protect Alabama’s coastal environment. Anyone wanting to purchase a pint glass in advance can visit: http://www.joinacf.org/donate

Car crashes into Virginia Samford Theatre entrance this morning

Scene this morning at the front entrance of the Historic Virginia Samford Theatre
Scene this morning at the front entrance of the Historic Virginia Samford Theatre

This morning someone drove through the front entrance of the Historic Virginia Samford Theatre on Southside.  The crash shattered the glass, knocking over the entrance light fixture and the Christmas tree inside.  The force of the crash deployed the car’s air bags.

We were unable to obtain additional details about the driver or how the accident occurred.

Additional photo:

Scene this morning at the front entrance of the Historic Virginia Samford Theatre