UA In the News — Oct. 11

Anti-Vax Message Gets Meaner on Social Media
NBCNews.com – Oct. 10
It’s getting ugly out there on social media. Anti-vaccine activists are attacking pediatricians head-to-head on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms, and they’re not hesitating to make their attacks personal. A few fed-up doctors are fighting back, both online and, more recently, in the courts … Theodore Tomeny of the psychology department of the University of Alabama and colleagues tracked Twitter activity and found more than 270,000 tweets containing anti-vaccine statements between 2009 and 2015 — half of all the tweets they found about vaccines in general.
EuroNews.com – Oct. 10
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9 Brilliant Strategies Of People Who Never Get Sick
Southern Illinoisan – Oct. 10
You probably have friends or relatives who are always proudly proclaiming that they never, ever get sick. It’s as if they have invisible shields surrounding them, helping to fend off germs. More likely, though? They’ve got some stellar, immune-boosting strategies … 1. They Get Tattoos: That full sleeve of ink? Not only is it body art, but it can also be an immune booster. According to research from the University of Alabama, receiving multiple tattoos can strengthen your immune system, making it easier for you to fight off common infections.
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UA sets time for Homecoming Parade
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Oct. 10
Saturday, the University of Alabama’s homecoming parade will be at 1:00. The parade will start in downtown Tuscaloosa and will continue on University Boulevard toward the center of campus. This year’s theme is Sweet Home Capstone.
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Oct. 10
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Valley Voice: The three parts to the mass murder puzzle in America
DesertSun.com – Oct. 10
I was barely out of my internship and working for ABC News out of Los Angeles when I got the assignment to fly to Austin, Texas, to help cover what became known as “The University of Texas Tower Shooting.” … Is it any wonder that we lead the world in this most horrible of statistics? We have arguably, more freedom, status and resources than any other nation. And when it comes to mass shootings, Adam Lankford, an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Alabama says: “It’s harder to quantify it, but I’ve been struck by research that shows that being famous is one of this generation’s most important goals.”

Beat Auburn Beat Hunger Food Drive is underway
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Oct. 10
The Alabama Auburn rivalry is fierce on the football field. But now the two universities are taking the fight off the field and competing to see who can collect the most food for a good cause, the “Beat Auburn Beat Hunger” food drive is underway at the University of AlabamaNon-perishable food items can be dropped off in red barrels on campus. The donations are sent to the food bank of west Alabama. This battle between the schools has been going on for 23 years.

Column: Deprive mass murderers of the fame they seek
Chicago Tribune – Oct. 10
On Oct. 1, a 64-year-old Nevada man opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers from a high-rise hotel in Las Vegas, killing more than 50 people and injuring hundreds. If you don’t know his name, you can easily find it online, in print or on TV. But you won’t learn it from this column … University of Alabama criminologist Adam Lankford has explained the repetition of such incidents as a product of hunger for status. “Some mass shooters succumb to terrible delusions of grandeur, and seek fame and glory through killing,” he wrote.

UA to hold Human Resources Management Conference (Live Interview)
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Oct. 10
The University of Alabama is hosting their 63rd Annual Human Resources Management Conference next week in the Magic City. They’ll offer a variety of conference and training programs that cater to nearly every industry and profession. Here to tell us everything we need to know is Vikki and Concetta, welcome! Who exactly is conference services? Conference services is a division of the College of Continuing Studies at the University of Alabama and we are dedicated to individuals and employers seeking to develop their professional profile.

UA Law Professor Joyce Vance discusses Russian bought ads on social media platforms
MSNBC – Morning Joe (Live Interview) – Oct. 10
Joining us now, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, Joyce White Vance. She was one of the first five U.S. attorneys nominated by then-President Barack Obama, unanimously confirmed by the Senate. She retired in January, hours after President Trump was sworn in to office. Joyce, welcome. We know you’re a professor at The University of Alabama, so do you want to get it out of the way? “Roll Tide, Joe.” I want to ask you Joyce about this Google story. Just another social media outlet turning up Russian backed ads, political ads. What can be done there? Is there anything that we can do to moderate what’s happening on Twitter and Facebook and Google in terms of Russia’s influence in our politics?
 
Paleontologist to deliver upcoming ALLELE lecture
Crimson White – Oct. 11
The University of Alabama’s ALLELE seminar series continues with its second lecture of the academic year. The series, which is hosted by a committee at the University called the Evolution Working Group, focuses on educational lectures on evolution that are made available to the public.

Beat Auburn Beat Hunger implementing new fundraising techniques
Crimson White – Oct. 11
In the six weeks before The University of Alabama and Auburn University compete on the football field, members of each university’s community compete in the canned food aisle. Beat Auburn Beat Hunger (BABH) is a student-run food drive competition against Auburn that strives to bring together students, Alabama fans and people in the community to collect food for the West Alabama Food Bank and raise awareness about hunger. Auburn simultaneously hosts the Beat Bama Food Drive in which they do the same for the Food Bank of East Alabama.

Santorum discusses religious freedom with students
Crimson White – Oct. 11
Students packed into a ten Hoor lecture hall Monday night to hear former senator and former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum discuss the future of religious liberty in the United States.

Student-run Instagram account celebrates women on campus
Crimson White – Oct. 10
Only one woman on campus will be crowned Homecoming queen, but Maggie Holmes wants to help ensure that senior women across campus are recognized for their hard work, whether or not they were nominated for a crown.  That’s why Holmes, a senior majoring in biology and Spanish, has been running the Instagram account Queens Without A Crown since Oct. 3. There, she asks students to nominate senior women at the University of Alabama who they feel should be recognized for their work on campus.

Homecoming Queen elections being held at UA
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Oct. 10
It’s homecoming week down at the Capstone and campaign signs for homecoming queen candidates are going up on sorority row at the University of Alabama. This year’s theme is. Sweet home Capstone. Homecoming queen elections are today. UA students have until 7 o’clock tonight to cast their ballots. The election results and the signs will be unveiled Friday night at a pep rally on the quad, the new homecoming queen will be crowned during halftime of the Alabama vs. Arkansas game on Saturday.

WALKERS TAKE TO THE STREETS TO FIGHT SUICIDE
Planet Weekly – Oct. 10
More than 1,000 people from throughout Tuscaloosa County are expected to participate in the Tuscaloosa Out of the Darkness Community Walk at 2:00pm on Sunday, October 8 at The University of Alabama. Hosted by the Counseling Center of the University of Alabama, this fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s local and national programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide 20 percent by 2025.

C-SPAN to cover Pamplin symposium live
Progress-Index (Petersburg, Virginia) – Oct. 10
Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier is hosting their annual symposium on Oct. 20-22, 2017 and will be featured on C-SPAN’s American History TV.  . . . The featured speakers are: Steve Engle of Florida Atlantic University, A. Wilson Greene, formerly of Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, John Hennessey of Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, Sam Hood from Huntington, West Virginia, Brian Jordan of Sam Houston State University, George C. Rable of the University of Alabama, Craig Symonds of the United States Naval Academy.

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