Feb 28, 2019 Applications are open for the second annual McMahon/Pleiad Prize. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2019. Honoring Trustee Emeritus John J. McMahon, Jr. and recognizing his family’s contributions to The University of Alabama System and our state, the prize of $75,000 will be awarded to faculty or staff of UA, UAB, UAH, and UAB Medicine to fund collaborative projects that advance the integrity and excellence of the UA System, incentivize innovation, and promote unity among the UA System and its institutions. For the application and details about the prize and the process: http://uasystem.edu/about/areas-of-collaboration/the-mcmahon-pleiad-prize/. The inaugural McMahon/Pleiad Prize was awarded in 2018 to a System-wide proposal for a Public Art Trail, involving students and faculty of UA, UAB, and UAH. The McMahon-Pleiad Public Art Trail initiative is led by visual arts faculty members Stacey Holloway (UAB), Chris Taylor (UAH) and Craig Wedderspoon (UA), who are working side-by-side with student teams. Each group is designing and creating a durable, well-crafted public sculpture that enhances the visual aesthetic of each System campus. The three outdoor pieces will rotate every two years, then return to their originating campus for permanent installation. Each team plans to unveil their work before June 2019.