UA In the News — Aug. 19-21

  • August 21st, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Justice to Visit UA Law School
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Aug. 20
The University of Alabama has announced Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be in Tuscaloosa next month for an event that’s open to the public. She’s going to be speaking at the UA Law School on Sept. 12.
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Aug. 19
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Aug. 19
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Aug. 19
Houston Chronicle (Texas) – Aug. 20
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia) – Aug. 20

University of Alabama Students launching balloon during solar eclipse
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Aug. 21
On Monday afternoon, millions will have their eyes to the sky to view the total solar eclipse.  The event is especially significant for a group of University of Alabama students. Seven students plan to launch a balloon to live stream a video of the solar eclipse. The project is part of a nation-wide science project led by NASA. Student Evan Terry said the small group is learning how to apply skills learned in the classroom to a real-world problem. “The whole team, we are very excited,” Terry said. “The eclipse is a huge event and none of us have seen a total eclipse before. So, we are really looking forward to that.”
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Aug. 18
YellowHammer News – Aug. 18
Look up! It’s eclipse day
Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 21
Are there any local viewing events? The city of Tuscaloosa will host Solar-bration at Government Plaza from noon–2 p.m. Monday. Glasses will be available free for the first 500 attendees and food trucks will be on site. The University of Alabama physics and astronomy faculty and students are hosting a viewing of the eclipse. The event will be held on the Quad side of Gallalee Hall from noon-3 p.m. Monday. There will also be a general watch party on the Quad.

View upcoming solar eclipse safely
Sand Mountain Reporter – Aug. 18
A solar eclipse is expected to pass over the valley Monday, leaving citizens and school officials concerned about ocular health. University of Alabama astronomy professor Dr. William Keel said the news that vendors were selling unsafe glasses has prompted many schools to let out early or cancel class all together.
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – Aug. 18
Cullman Tribune – Aug. 20
Close to 300 University of Alabama students received hands-on educational experience at more than 60 companies and organizations through UA’s Cooperative Education Program during summer 2017.

‘Very fine people’ or white racists?: ‘Alt-right’ makes moves into the mainstream – Aug. 20
Fascination about the “alt-right” has swelled in recent days, following violence in Charlottesville, Va., and President Donald Trump’s suggestions there were some “very fine people” at the demonstration who’ve been treated poorly by the media … Two University of Alabama political science professors are on the front line of analyzing the “alt-right,” short for the “alternative right,” the same group emboldened by Trump’s statements this week in which some say the president drew a moral equivalence between the fascists and non-fascists at the “United the Right” rally in Charlottesville.

UA Students move in to Residence Halls
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Aug. 19
Students began moving in to dorms at The University of Alabama on Friday and will continue unloading this weekend. Tomorrow, students will move into the dorms from 1:00 until about 5:00. 5,000 students will arrive this weekend. Last weekend, about 3,000 students moved in.
Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 19

Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 20
Dr. Jennifer Greer, associate provost for administration at the University of Alabama, has been elected president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. While faculty from the College of Communication and Information Sciences always have had an active role in AEJMC, Greer is the first UA professor to hold the AEJMC presidency. Greer, who has a faculty appointment in the department of journalism and creative media, was sworn in as president at the AEJMC Annual Conference in Chicago on Aug. 11.

UA History Professor says Confederate Monuments don’t have much to do with history
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – Aug. 18
A University of Alabama History professor says Confederate monuments don’t have much to do with history. Dr. Joshua Rothman says many monuments were constructed years after the Civil War. He says the monuments were made to glorify what the war stood for and thinks they should be taken down and placed in a museum.

Law Enforcement try to combat drunk and distracted driving
WAAY-ABC (Huntsville) – Aug. 18
Law enforcement across state lines are teaming up once again to try and combat drunk and distracted driving. It’s part of their annual “Drunk Driving Over the Limit Under Arrest Campaign”…Fatal crashes are on the rise in Alabama according to a study done by The University of Alabama. Traffic fatalities increased by almost 25% between 2015 and 2016.

UA Law Professor comments on Confederate Monuments (Live Interview)
CNN (National) – Aug. 18
Remember, the President during the campaign said the Confederate flag should come down and be put away in a museum. He’s changed to play some politics. Let’s discuss the merits. We have Michael Eric Dyson, author of “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America” and Al Brophy., Law Professor at The University of Alabama. Professor Brophy, let’s start with you. Keep the statues up, because? “I think they are reminders of the bad-old days.”

LeAnna Croom and Alfred Brophy: The big decisions to be made about Confederate monuments
Winston-Salem Journal – Aug. 20
In the wake of the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, towns across the South are rushing to take down monuments to Confederacy. This proves again that there is nothing so powerless as an idea whose time has passed. There remains the question of what monuments could replace the Confederate statues. . . . Alfred Brophy holds the Paul and Charlene Jones Chair in Law at the University of Alabama. His most recent book is University, Court, and Slave: Proslavery Thought in Southern Colleges and Courts and the Coming of Civil War.

Commentary: Why Trump is wrong to equate George Washington with Robert E. Lee
Chicago Tribune – Aug. 20
The recent neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Va., was purportedly held to protest the municipality’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. In an alarming news conference, President Donald Trump seemed to indicate respect for the marchers’ goal, if not their tactics. (Steven Lubet is a professor of law at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Alfred Brophy is a professor of law at the University of Alabama School of Law.)

Tracing The Dark Origins Of Charlottesville’s KKK
Oregon Public Broadcast – Aug. 19
The front page of The Daily Progress, Charlottesville’s local paper, on June 28, 1921, offers a mix of local minutiae folded in with larger news. “VALUABLE DOG DEAD,” shouts one headline. “WON’T ACCEPT WAGE CUT,” says another. And then, right up near the top, bordered with teeny asterisks, is this headline: “KU KLUX KLAN ORGANIZED HERE.” … By 1925, the reconstituted Ku Klux Klan had an overall national membership of between 2 million and 5 million members, according to Joshua Rothman, a history professor at the University of Alabama. He noted in The Atlanticlast year that the Klan’s members were disproportionately middle class and that it made many of its gatherings social.
89.3 KPCC (Pasadena, California) – Aug. 19
WVRO Public Media (Oswego, New York) – Aug. 19
Northwest Public Television (Washington) – Aug. 19
NCPR (Canton, New York) – Aug. 19
Delmarva Public Radio (Salisbury, Maryland) – Aug. 19
High Plains Public Radio (Garden City, Kansas) – Aug. 19
WUTC (Tennessee) – Aug. 19
Wyoming Public Media – Aug. 19
Nevada Public Radio – Aug. 19
WKAR (Michigan) – Aug. 19
New Hampshire Public Radio – Aug. 19
Tulsa Public Radio – Aug. 19
Crumbling pipes, tainted water plague black communities
Public Integrity – Aug. 21
Deep in the winding mass of crumbling back streets in Campti, Leroy Hayes sets a glass of water from his faucet in a patch of sunlight on the railing of his porch and watches specks of sediment float to the top … Mark Elliott, a civil engineer and researcher at the University of Alabama, claims a nearby catfish farm plays a part. “They have been disposing their industrial wastewater to the Uniontown system.” “The system was not designed to take that load. Basically, … their wastewater volume is equivalent to the whole town put together,” he said.
Wisconsin Gazette – Aug. 21
Warren Buffett’s Best Advice…and Why He Doesn’t Own Gold
Barron’s – Aug. 18
Though I’ve never written an obituary, I have, for years, been assembling thoughts for what I will say when Warren Buffett leaves the scene. Because he has been a peerless figure in the worlds of business and finance for more than five decades, his departure will undoubtedly generate an avalanche of tribute. I was committed to adding a few pebbles of my own. (JOHN HEINS is the C.T. Fitzpatrick Professor of Value Investing at the University of Alabama and the editor in chief of Value Investor Insight.)
Alabama Bid Day 2017: See the photos of 2,338 women rushing to their new sororities – Aug. 19
More than 2,300 women received bids during the culmination of the University of Alabama’s sorority recruitment week, as this year’s Bid Day saw a large crowd on a sweltering Saturday at the Capstone.
Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 20

Hypothetically Speaking
Public Now – Aug. 18
A new academic study offers some insights on taxpayer preferences for pre-tax versus Roth savings – at least in certain conditions … Writ large, and pretty much across the board, the researchers – Andrew D. Cuccia, associate professor and a Grant Thornton faculty fellow at the University of Oklahoma, and Marcus M. Doxey and Shane R. Stinson, both assistant professors at the University of Alabama – found that individuals preferred Roth (back-loaded) – even in circumstances in which they thought a rational determination would favor a pre-tax option.

Many Connecticut residents traveling to view solar eclipse
WFSB 3 – Aug. 18
10 million people are expected to watch the solar eclipse on Monday, with some planning to travel great distances for the event. Channel Three’s Eva Zymaris went to Bradley International Airport with a sign in-hand to find out how far some travelers are willing to go to see the solar eclipse … “It’ll be cool!” said Alex Lapier, a student at the University of Alabama.

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