UA In the News — Sept. 28

UA nurses use skills during disaster simulation
Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 28
At 1 p.m. Wednesday, screams filled the Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama. Inside, dozens of Hillcrest and Tuscaloosa County high school students, wearing tattered clothes covered in fake blood, yelled for help during a disaster simulation. The exercise called for participants to pretend that a bomb had detonated in the foyer of the building.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Sept. 28
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Sept. 28
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Sept. 28

Anti-vaccine sentiment thrives on Twitter: Study
Outbreak News Today – Sept. 28
Anti-vaccine sentiment is alive and growing in social media, with California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania showing the most negative tweets of any states, according to a new five-year CU Boulder study. In Colorado, Fort Collins ranked particularly high for the prevalence of anti-vaccine tweets … For the study, published in the October issue of Social Science and Medicine, Vargo and co-author Theodore Tomeny, an autism researcher with University of Alabama, created a machine-learning algorithm to examine more than a half-million tweets from around the country between 2009 and 2015.
Denver Post – Sept. 27
The Denver Channel – Sept. 27
Boulder Patch (Colorado) – Sept. 27

BIRMINGHAM MAYOR’S RACE: WILLIAM BELL AND RANDALL WOODFIN COMBATIVE IN LEAD-UP TO OCT. 3 RUNOFF
Birmingham Times – Sept. 28
The stakes are high for the Oct. 3 run-off to the municipal elections with the question of whether William Bell will remain Birmingham’s mayor or be replaced by challenger Randall Woodfin, who came out ahead in their August contest … Will the Oct. 3 election turn on Bell’s greater experience, or Woodfin’s newer face, or some issue of character? It might be much simpler than that – a matter of numbers, according to one political observer. “It sort of falls back to turn out,” said University of Alabama political science professor Dr. Allen Linken, who noted that the run-off election is “sort of by itself out there” not linked to other candidates or other races that might increase the turn out.

Unconventional play brings Brecht to UA
Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 28
Descriptive s such as “fabled” and “legendary” can mislead. What fables are told of this person? What are these legends? It’s a bit like saying someone’s famous: If you have to explain fame, it might not exist. So while not every household would immediately recognize the name Bertoldt Brecht, the German poet, essayist, playwright and director, it’s hard to deny legendary impact when his name’s applied to a movement. … The University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance opens its production of Brecht’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle, directed by Annie G. Levy – head of UA’s MFA directing program and MFA stage management program – at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Marian Gallaway Theatre.

Scholars, journalists offer global take on privacy and free expression
Detroit Legal News – Sept. 28
Is one person’s secret another person’s news? The answer lies at the heart of a debate that reaches into courtrooms, newsrooms, and political chambers around the world … So are privacy and freedom of speech complementary or conflicting values? “That is the $60,000 question,” said University of Alabama School of Law Professor Ronald Krotoszynski. The answer is a deeply unsatisfying “yes.”

Free flu shots available to UA community
Crimson White – Sept. 27
Between classes, work and extracurricular activities, students at The University of Alabama barely have time for themselves – much less time to get the flu. Every year, The University of Alabama’s College of Community Health Sciences leads a free flu shot campaign across campus that works to keep the infection rate low on campus. The campaign runs from September until November and all that is needed to receive a flu shot is a campus ID – no insurance or money.

Free speech topic of Hamilton College event
Rome Sentinel (New York) – Sept. 27
First Amendment experts Rodney Smolla, Ari Cohn and Bryan Fair will discuss free speech on college campuses at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the chapel at Hamilton College … Fair is a law professor at the University of Alabama and board member of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

FIVE THINGS to look for in Alabama’s Senate race
The Anniston Star – Sept. 27
Voters ousted U.S. Sen. Luther Strange in a Republican runoff vote Tuesday, but the real battle for Senate may just be starting. Voters on Dec. 12 will choose between Republican firebrand and former Judge Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones in the general election to decide who will complete the term begun by former Sen. Jeff Sessions, who left the office to become U.S. attorney general … “Democratic voters finally have a decent candidate, and not just somebody who’s willing to put up the qualifying fee,” said William Stewart, an emeritus professor of political science at the University of Alabama.

Georgia-Pacific Boosts its Alabama Investments with $100M Facility in Talladega
Middle Georgia CEO – Sept. 28
GeorgiaPacific announced a new lumber production facility in Talladega, Alabama. Construction on the $100 million, 300,000-square-foot, technologically advanced plant is scheduled to begin immediately with an anticipated startup in late 2018. Once it is fully operational, the plant will employ more than 100 full-time employees and generate an estimated $5 million in annual payroll … The project will provide jobs for approximately 120 workers a day at the peak of the 12-month construction period. And according to the University of Alabama’s economic modeling, the project will have an estimated economic impact of more than $26 million on the city and county during construction.
Newnan CEO (Georgia) – Sept. 28
Albany CEO (Georgia) – Sept. 28

Orphan Train author explains her process in packed concert hall
Crimson White – Sept. 27
“Orphan Train” author Christina Baker Kline wrapped up her visit to The University of Alabama campus with a public lecture on Tuesday evening. Over 800 people were present, including Honors College students, Honors Year One interns and faculty. Kline’s visit was well-received by the University community, and those who attended her lecture particularly appreciated the extra insight into “Orphan Train” and her advice to aspiring writers.

Event connects students, faculty, research and pizza
Crimson White – Sept. 27
Students and professors gathered in Gorgas Library on Monday to munch and meet. The event, called “Pizza and Professors” connected students and professors with pizza and potential research partners. The event started with free pizza, followed by a brief two-minute introduction from each professor about his or her research. After the introductions, there was an opportunity for students to speak directly to professors about research opportunities.

Health Matters: Precautions for kids playing sports
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Sept. 27
Developing an interest in sports and physical activity is one of the most important things that we can encourage our kids to do. But, as young athletes, they bear special risks if they don’t take special precautions as they undertake sports. Let’s listen to a few words from Dr. Ray Stewart, one of our sports medicine physicians at University Medical Center.

Dr. McCollough receives prestigious Paul W. Bryant Award
Mullet Wrapper (Baldwin County) – Sept. 28
Gulf Shores Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough, received the University of Alabama’s “2017 Paul W. Bryant Alumni Athlete Award” during a halftime ceremony at the school’s first home football game. The award is presented to a former UA athlete whose accomplishments since leaving the university are outstanding. Selection is based on accomplishments in the following areas: Character; Contributions to Society; Professional Achievement and Service to Fellowman. Dr. McCollough is a globally recognized surgeon, teacher, and author. The international publication, Cosmetic Surgery Times called him a “Renaissance Man.”

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