UA In the News — July 13

2017 Harper Lee Prize awarded to Boies Schiller lawyer’s novel ‘Gone Again’
ABA Journal – July 12
A Boies Schiller lawyer has won the seventh annual Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. James Grippando won the award for his book Gone Again, the 12th in the Jack Swyteck series, about the adventures of a Miami criminal defense attorney. The novel opens with Swyteck being approached to help stop the execution of a convicted murderer—by the mother of the purported victim, who believes her daughter may still be alive. . . . Grippando will receive his award Sept. 14 on the University of Alabama School of Law campus in Tuscaloosa. He will also receive a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird signed by Lee, who earned her law degree at the school.

Six Points of Perspective on Larsen C’s Huge New Iceberg
EOS.org – July 12
Sometime between 10 and 12 July, Antarctica lost 1 trillion metric tons of ice, when a section of the Antarctic Peninsula’s Larsen C ice shelf broke free. Scientists have been watching the Delaware-sized slab of ice in West Antarctica for more than a decade, after the Larsen A ice shelf collapsed in 1995 and Larsen B collapsed in 2002. This January, May, and June, scientists reported rapid advances of the rift. By July, the shelf appeared to be hanging on by a thread … If Larsen C’s huge iceberg becomes the first of many events that lead to the ice shelf’s collapse, more worrisome events may follow. “Once you lose the ice shelf, you lose the continental ice,” noted Rebecca Minzoni, a paleoclimatologist from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and the lead researcher on this study.
 
Children with diabetes learning to live with disease at special camp
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – July 12
Children with diabetes are learning to better live with the disease during a special camp at the University of Alabama. More than 20 kids are taking part in the Seale Harris day camp. Kids have activities like dancing and rock climbing, but they’re also learning how to check their own blood glucose levels and other skills that make it easier for them to live with diabetes.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – July 12
 
Montgomery tops state in business confidence report
Montgomery Advertiser – July 12
A poll monitoring economic expectations for cities across Alabama has put Montgomery ahead of its rivals across the state and predicted a strong third quarter for the city. Montgomery earned a score of 62.4 narrowly outpacing Huntsville (62.3) as well as Mobile (61.9) and Birmingham-Hoover (59.1), according to the Alabama Business Confidence Index (ABCI) Third Quarter Report published by the University of Alabama Center for Business and Economic Research.
NBC 12 (Montgomery) – July 12

Caroline Morrison awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
Vestavia Voice – July 12
Caroline Morrison, a senior from Vestavia Hills, was recently awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, the highest honor given to a University of Alabama student in recognition of excellence in character and service to humanity.

UA anthropologists take part in search for missing woman
WAAY-ABC (Huntsville) – July 12
Some new developments in a nine-year-old cold case. Some items were recovered today after a search began for remains of Jennifer Powers. She was reported missing by her husband exactly nine years ago today … Anthropologists from The University of Alabama along with the FBI response team from Birmingham were part of today’s search.

DCH board and Tuscaloosa city council meet
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – July 12
Tuscaloosa City councilors and members of the DCH Health System Board of Directors are open to doing more projects together between the hospital and the city. “Maybe we can work with DCH as far as trying to keep repeat patients from coming to DCH,” City Councilman Eddie Pugh explained … Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue will expand its alternative response unit to include medical personnel from the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences in the Fall.

On campus
Kendall County Noew (Yorkville, Illinois) – July 12
Alexander Pool of Oswego has been named to the President’s List for the spring semester at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. The President’s List recognizes students who earn a 4.0 grade point average on at least 12 hours of course work.

Shelby Congratulates Alabama’s Fulbright Scholars, Commends Hard Work
Public – July 12
U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that 25 students from Alabama have been selected as U.S. Fulbright Program awards recipients for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Fulbright Program is one of the most sought-after exchange programs and highlights outstanding individuals annually from each state … University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa: Ms. Anna Brainerd, Harvest.

Bama Bound brings excitement to new students
Crimson White – July 12
Every summer, the incoming first-year students participate in what is known as Bama Bound. Almost everyone at this University went through this process before their first semester began, and the number of people attending Bama Bound grows every year. Bama Bound is designed to be an interactive experience that introduces students to their fellow peers while also providing the students with advice and college tips. The event is also when most students sign up for their first classes of college. Bama Bound is an event that is supposed to benefit the students tremendously, however, many parents benefit from attending their portion of Bama Bound as well.

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