UA In the News — Sept. 8

U.S. Supreme Court Justice to Speak at UA School of Law
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Sept. 6
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will speak at The University of Alabama’s Law School next week. She’ll participate in a discussion with Dean Mark Brandon and U.S. Distrcit Judge Harold Albritton, III.
 
LACK OF SLEEP MAY CAUSE DEPRESSION, ANXIETY
Newsweek – Sept. 7
Researchers in the U.K. have found that difficulty sleeping can cause or worsen depression, anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations. But there’s a silver lining: Treating those sleep problems can quickly and significantly improve mental health disorders … And it certainly doesn’t stop with Georgetown or Oxford students: The University of Alabama’s “Sleep Research Project” in 2014 found that 60 percent of college students nationwide don’t get enough sleep, while the same was true for only 33 percent of adults.
 
Did Dianne Feinstein accuse a judicial nominee of being too Christian?
Washington Post – Sept. 7
For the second time in recent months, a senator on the left is drawing criticism for suggesting that a Trump administration nominee’s interpretation of their Christian faith may be disqualifying … Paul Horwitz, a law professor at the University of Alabama, said at the time that senators are “free to vote against a nominee for religious reasons, just as he or she is free to do so for other reasons, including racism or sexism. … It may be atrocious, but it’s not unconstitutional.”

UA Student creates Self-defense Jewelry (Live Interview)
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Sept. 7
Lauren Gwin is a student at The University of Alabama. She has designed a line of jewelry that women can use as a weapon if they are ever attacked. She started designing the jewelry after learning of the number of sexual assault cases on college campuses that go unreported.

University professor, students went to Texas to study Harvey
Crimson White – Sept. 8
After monitoring Hurricane Harvey’s strength on Aug. 24, Jason Senkbeil, noticed it would be a lot stronger than expected. Senkbeil, an assistant professor in the geography department at the University, along with two University of Alabama students loaded up a car and headed out to Texas to advance their research by experiencing Hurricane Harvey firsthand.

UA engineers study wind loads
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Sept. 7
Engineers with The University of Alabama have been studying wind loads and their effects on structures long before Hurricanes Harvey and Irma formed in the Gulf. The School of Engineering has used this wind tunnel for three years. Instructors use it along with a structures lab to test how wind loads affect buildings.

UA students collect supplies for Hurricane Harvey victims
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Sept. 7
Students at the University are doing what they can by setting up drop off locations at the Ferguson Student Center, and placing donation bins around campus to make it easier for other students to give. The students are delivering the donations to larger organizations that will transport them to Texas.

Miss America 2018: Meet 51 women who’ll compete Sunday, including Alabama’s Jessica Procter
Al.com – Sept. 7
Jessica Procter is spending most of this week in Atlantic City, N.J., but she’s not there for the beaches, the gambling or the salt water taffy. Procter, 21, is there to represent her state. She’s Miss Alabama 2017, and one of 51 women who’ll participate in the Miss America pageant on Sept. 10. (See their portrait photos and bios in the gallery above.) Procter, a senior at the University of Alabama, majors in communications and music, but she took a break from her studies earlier this year to fulfill the responsibilities of Miss Alabama.
Crimson White – Sept. 8
 
Will you gain the dreaded ‘Freshman 15?’ Facts, myths and more college students should know
Al.com – Sept. 7
No need to sweat the dreaded “Freshman 15,” new college students. Everyone understands that your first year on campus comes with a load of stress and anxiety, which you can easily fend off with food. But does that mean this so-called “Freshman 15” is a real thing? John Jackson (associate director of fitness, research and assessment at the University of Alabama’s Student Recreation Center) says one of the most common questions that comes up on college campuses with each incoming freshman class is no longer “Will I gain weight now that I am in college?” but rather “How much weight will I actually gain while I am in college?”

How to Pack a Healthy School Lunch
Netscape – Sept. 7
Packing a school lunch has become less a matter of saving money or satisfying a finicky eater and more a matter of protecting your child’s health … Suzanne Henson, assistant professor and director of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at The University of Alabama, offers these tips on how to pack school lunches that are loaded in flavor and nutritional value that your children will really want to eat.

UA Athletics collecting hurricane relief donations Thursday – Saturday
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Sept. 7
The University of Alabama Department of Athletics will collect donations to support United Way in its efforts to assist with Hurricane Harvey recovery in the Houston area. Donations will be accepted Thursday through Saturday in the University Mall parking lot, adjacent to McFarland Boulevard. The donation site is near light pole 30, next to Veterans Memorial Park.
8 of the Most Stunning College Dorm Room Makeovers
Town and Country – Sept. 7
It might seem like there’s not a lot you can do design-wise within the small confines of a college dorm room with terrible overhead lighting. But these students have all managed revamp their cookie-cutter spaces to look like something straight out of an HGTV show. Check out these design ideas from Southern dorm rooms that have us feeling jealous we’re not in college anymore … By lining their beds up against one wall, these two University of Alabama students gave the room more open space and the atmosphere of a non-stop slumber party.

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