UA In the News — July 12

  • July 12th, 2016

BAMA BOOM: UA is the fastest growing flagship university in America
Yellowhammer News – July 11
According to a recent analysis performed by education experts at The Washington Post, the University of Alabama is the nation’s fastest growing flagship school. With a gargantuan growth rate of 92 percent, UA has eclipsed other expanding SEC schools such as Arkansas, Florida, LSU, and Mississippi. According to the analysts, out-of-state enrollment was a big factor for UA’s boom. Now, more than half of the school’s students are from out of state, a big change from most of the institution’s history.

Study shows stark differences in how conservatives, liberals see data
Phys.org – July 11
Conservatives are less interested than liberals in viewing novel scientific data, according to a psychology researcher at The University of Alabama. Dr. Alexa Tullett, assistant professor of psychology at UA, recently conducted the project, titled “Is ideology the enemy of inquiry? Examining the link between political orientation and lack of interest in novel data.” The article will be published in the Journal of Research and Personality in August.

Juicing and smoothie nutritional considerations
Medical Xpress – July 11
Trendy diets during hot weather are all the rage, especially when it comes to the various juicing and smoothie programs that are being advertised on the market today. Though promoted as an easy and refreshing way to lose weight and consume more vitamins and minerals, it is important to consult with your physician or other health care provider before starting any kind of juicing or smoothie program. The University of Alabama’s Sheena Quizon Gregg shares a few things to keep in mind before incorporating a juicing or smoothie regimen as part of your regular dietary intake.

Have problems at work? You can blame your parents
Daily Vector – July 12
If you’re having problems at work, there’s a chance that your parents might share some of the blame, claims Dr. Peter Harms, a University of Alabama researcher. “It seems cliché, but, once again, we end up blaming mom for everything in life,” said Harms while laughing. “It really is about both parents, but because mothers are typically the primary caregivers of the children, they usually have more influence on their children.” Harms, an assistant professor in management at UA’s Culverhouse College of Commerce, studied manager-employee relationships in the workplace and found a link between parenting styles and workplace behaviors. His new research is published in the journal Human Relations.

After Alton Sterling and Philando Castile: How the System Punishes Protesters and Protects Police
In These Times – July 11
Hundreds were arrested this weekend as demonstrators took to the streets of major U.S. cities in response to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two African-American men killed by police last week. In Baton Rouge, La., where two white police officers tackled the 37-year-old Sterling to the ground and fatally shot him outside a food mart on July 5, at least three journalists and 100 protesters were taken into custody as they marched along a major road on Saturday … Union contracts, meanwhile, often allow the destruction of police misconduct records, require the withholding of names of officers involved in shootings and grant police steep discounts on punishment even when police chiefs try to fire them, notes Stephen Rushin, a law professor at the University of Alabama who specializes in policing. “Law enforcement officer bill of rights and union contracts handcuff police chiefs and prevent them in many cases from doing adequate investigations or punishing officers engaged in misconduct,” Rushin says.

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