NPR Tiny Desk winner and disability rights advocate Gaelynn Lea to play UAB concert on February 8

NPR Tiny Desk winner Gaelynn Lea will be playing at UAB on Friday, February 8 at the Alys Stephens Center. Photo Credit: Richard Carter. Courtesy of UAB

In 2016, NPR held its annual Tiny Desk Contest, as part of their popular Tiny Desk Concert series, which has been viewed on You Tube more than 2 billion times, and has millions of loyal followers on radio. Out of more than 6000 contest video entries from all over the world, a jury of high profiled musicians came back with one unanimous winner – Gaelynn Lea.

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Construction on 17 story student living building in Birmingham’s Five Points South to begin

Screenshot of the rendering of the 17 story student residential building on the corner of 10th Ave. and 20th Street South. Screenshot from the Opus website

Earlier this week, The Opus Group (Opus), headquartered in Minneapolis, in partnership with The McKinney Fund & Company announced the start of construction on a new 17-story, mixed-use student living community on the edge of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) campus.

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UAB’s Greg Harber has bicycled to work everyday since 2013. See how much money he saved

Greg Harber riding through Railroad Park. Photo from the Le Tour de Ham Facebook page

According to Commute Smart records, UAB employee Greg Harber bicycled or walked everyday to work and back home in 2018.  Since 2013, he has only driven a car twice to work.

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Community leaders celebrate regional cooperation at BJCC Multi-Use Stadium groundbreaking

Groundbreaking for the BJCC Multi-Use Stadium. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Regional cooperation.

That was the most common statement used at today’s groundbreaking on the site of the new Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center (BJCC) Multi-Use Stadium.

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Don’t miss Bham Now BOLD Speaker Sarah Parcak. $20 ticket includes, Cahaba Brewery beer and Taco Mama tacos

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Dr. Sarah Parcak and GlobalXplorer° understand that local citizens who know the culture are a crucial aspect of protecting cultural heritage sites. Photo submitted

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Bham Now October BOLD  Series speaker, UAB professor Dr. Sarah Parcak made global news earlier this month, when her team of archaeological adventurers discovered 800 Egyptian tombs, at Lisht, an ancient burial ground.

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5 reasons why Birmingham is a great college town, including top-notch education and late-night eats

College students hanging out in Birmingham. Photo via Birmingham Southern College

College. The days are busy and stressful, but totally exciting and fun—especially when you attend college in Birmingham. What makes Birmingham such a hot college town? Here are a five reasons we think it’s pretty great! Continue reading “5 reasons why Birmingham is a great college town, including top-notch education and late-night eats”

Blaze means business. A sneak peek of the Blaze statue in front of the new UAB Collat School of Business building

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Blaze statue and Ken Jackson in front of the UAB Collat School of Business. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Blaze, UAB’s iconic mascot, has found a home in front of the new UAB Collat School of Business building.

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UAB School of Dentistry named one of the top dental schools in the world

UAB School of Dentistry students with John Lytle Wilson’s art work in the background at Magic City Dentistry.. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

According to the ShanghaiRanking’s 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry has been named one of the world’s top 25 dental schools.

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14 places to charge your electric vehicle in Birmingham, including UAB and Uptown

Birmingham, Alabama, Guide to Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
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Own an electric vehicle (EV), or considering purchasing one? A growing number of electric vehicle charging stations across Birmingham make it more practical than ever to go electric. Here’s where you can charge your ride in the Magic City.

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ULI Alabama meeting sparks conversations about Atlanta, Birmingham and their futures

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Atlanta’s Tim Keane (far right) speaks to the ULI Alabama meeting at UAB. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Last week, the Urban Land Institute of Alabama (ULI Alabama) held its quarterly meeting at UAB. The keynote speaker, Tim Keane, Atlanta’s Commissioner of Planning, sparked a healthy conversation among Birmingham’s urban design and economic development communities about aspiring to be what Martin Luther King, Jr. called a “beloved community.”

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Could rapid transit solve Highway 280 traffic woes? Mayor of Hoover says yes.

Birmingham, Hoover, Alabama, Highway 280 mass rapid system
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When I first moved to Birmingham from Georgia, the hit “Move” by Ludacris was big. The lyrics are about Atlanta traffic on Interstate 20, but I soon learned the tune is perfectly appropriate for Highway 280 in the Greater Birmingham area. Hoover mayor Frank Brocato wants to change that, and he thinks a rapid transit system is the answer.

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