UA In the News — May 17

New UA dorm scheduled to be completed by August 2018
Tuscaloosa News – May 16
A new residence hall at the University of Alabama remains on pace for completion next year near Lakeside Dining on the north side of campus. The 166,989-square-foot, $51.2 million project is still scheduled to be completed by August 2018, said Tim Leopard, associate vice president for Construction Administration. Work is under way at the site, which is at the former location of Palmer and Somerville halls. The 494-bed dorm will be co-ed with men and women on separate floors. The floors include common areas, laundries and meeting rooms. The double occupancy rooms feature private bathrooms.

CAPS keeps close watch on Ransomware Cybersecurity attack
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – May 16
The international ransomware cyberattack has created serious problems in over 150 countries because of the threat. The University of Alabama has been keeping a close watch to make sure its network is safe. Experts at The Center for Advanced Public Safety have been scanning all of their servers to make sure the cyberattack has not infected any systems or software on campus. The school has not had any reports of any viruses so far. Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety develops software for state and federal agencies.

Math-Science Partnership between UA and Tuscaloosa County Schools
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – May 16
The University of Alabama has teamed up with the Tuscaloosa County School System to help students succeed. It’s all part of the Math-Science partnership with the goal to improve student achievement through co-teaching, and special education teachers working together in the classroom. However, the $1 million grant from both the federal and state education departments comes to a close today.

Things To Do If Arthritis Meds Don’t Work
Public – May 16
As more and more Americans transition into their golden years, the number of people suffering from chronic arthritis increases along with them. But it doesn’t end there. Many of those who experience the painful effects of osteoarthritis know that often times medication prescribed by doctors doesn’t completely relieve them of pain … Beverly Thorn, PhD, is a psychologist at the University of Alabama who helps seniors and others dealing with chronic pain think differently about it. She says the brain funnels pain signals throughout our bodies, with our thoughts and emotions playing a part. Your brain can increase or decrease these signals and eventually become more sensitive to milder pain signals.

Jemison Elementary explores careers
Clanton Advertiser – May 16
Jemison Elementary students spent the day exploring possible careers during the annual career day on May 15. Guidance Counselors Kara Cleckley and Teresa Knott start scheduling speakers about a month and a half before the event … Allie Sorlie, Alabama Museum of Natural History at the University of Alabama, showed students the fossils she gets to work with. “My job at the museum is called education outreach coordinator, which means I go to schools and visit … sometimes schools come to have field trips and I help give tours and I give programs [to students],” Sorlie said.

Sculpture honors memory of former Alabama, NFL player
Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, California) – May 16
A new sculpture of the late Crimson Tide and NFL fullback Kevin Turner crafted by a friend and teammate is now on display in Tuscaloosa. The piece titled “Open Field” is on display at the Paul W. Bryant Museum at the University of Alabama, The Tuscaloosa News reported. The sculpture was donated by Halo and Arrow Zappa is on display in the “Tide Through Time” exhibit, the newspaper reported. It was created by artist and former running back David Grieco. “I created the sculpture of Kevin Turner as a loving memorial in art to my close friend and former teammate,” Grieco said. “I loved football, but my heart was calling me to follow this passion in sculpting. Kevin provided huge encouragement to me in my decision to end my football career in order to follow my dream of being an artist.”
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – May 16
UA Grad is mentor to neighborhood kids
WPMI-NBC (Mobile) – May 16
A decade after being shot seven times and left for dead, a Mobile man crossed the stage at The University of Alabama to receive his diploma…During the summer months this is where you will find Dequel Robinson, the track field, coaching youth runners for the Mobile Park and Recreation Department.

Nonprofit Colleges Online Releases 2017 Ranking of Best Online Master’s in Mechanical Engineering Degree Programs
NBC 3 (Louisville, Kentucky) – May 16
Nonprofit Colleges Online, a website dedicated to putting students before profits has published a ranking of Best Online Master’s in Mechanical Engineering Degree Programs highlighting schools that put education before their bottom line … The University of Alabama placed first in this ranking for its Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree. The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and has an estimated tuition cost of $11,010.

Men’s Health – May 16
How many sick days have you used this year? We’re willing to bet the answer’s “not enough”, as new science from Aviva finds that a massive 70% of us plough on with work despite suffering a case of the sniffles … If you require a push to finally go under the needle, research into the human immune response has got your back. Or arm, or chest, or wherever. A study by the University of Alabama has discovered a link between people sporting tattoos and a higher concentration of immunoglobin-A, your body’s vanguard against infection.

APR’s ‘Bookmark’ host named winner of Governor’s Arts Award
Montgomery Advertiser – May 17
Don Noble, a New York native, has spent nearly 30 years promoting Alabama writers on public radio and TV. He has interviewed Alabama authors like Winston Groom, Rick Bragg, Fannie Flagg and Sena Jeter Naslund. But now, it’s the retired University of Alabama English professor’s time to be honored. On May 24, the Alabama State Council on the Arts will honor Noble with the Governor’s Arts Award at the “Celebration of the Arts” awards ceremony at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery at 7:30 p.m.

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