UA In the News — Oct. 18

UA receives DOJ Grant to help human trafficking victims
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Oct. 17
The University of Alabama is teaming up with the department of justice to help human trafficking victims. Social work professor Dr. Javonda Williams says a DOJ grant will help them improve response protocols for victims by launching a statewide program to better coordinate together to provide services. They want to create a database where people and agencies working to combat human trafficking in Alabama can easily be found.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Oct. 17
 
UA student project supplies children with 3D printed prosthetic limbs
Al.com – Oct. 17
A group of University of Alabama students plan to continue a program that supplies children in need with customized prosthetic limbs made using a 3-D printer. The Alabama Prosthetic Project was begun two years ago by Valerie Levine, a student in the Computer-Based Honors Program at UA. Earlier this year, the group outfitted four children in Georgia with prosthetic devices.
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Birmingham may not land Amazon HQ2, but trying could pay off
Al.com – Oct. 17
If Birmingham really wants Amazon’s second headquarters, it’s going to need a lot more than giant cardboard boxes on the sidewalk. Nearly every city in North America that meets the population requirement – and even many that don’t -are fighting for the project that will eventually employ 50,000 people. Proposals are due Thursday … It’s hard to compare how good one city is at offering incentives compared to another, said Amanda Ross, an Assistant Professor of economics, finance and legal studies at the Culverhouse College of Commerce at the University of Alabama.

Homegrown Alabama to hold last farmers market Thursday
Tuscaloosa News – Oct. 17
Tuscaloosa is losing one of its oldest farmers markets at the end of this season. Thursday will be the last day for Homegrown Alabama, a University of Alabama student-led market held on the lawn at Canterbury Chapel Episcopal Church for the last 11 years. Homegrown Alabama was started in 2006 on the UA campus and soon moved to the church property. The program’s goal was to educate students about the value of local produce, as well as to foster partnerships between local farmers and the university.

First black, tenured professor honored
Newport Daily Press – Oct. 17
Trudier Harris was the first black tenured faculty member at the College of William and Mary. She came back to the college on Sept. 28 for a lecture, and to receive an award recognizing her as an integral part of the college’s history … Harris later taught at the University of North Carolina, and currently is a professor at the University of Alabama.

Students produce video to help combat drunk driving
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Oct. 17
Students at Spain Park High School in Hoover have produced a video that illustrates the dangers of drunk driving. “I really wanted to do something that would influence my peers more directly. Like seeing people they know in this accident without actually having the devastating effects of it,” said Senior Kathryn King … In Alabama from 2012 to 2016, 165 people ages 13 to 19 have been killed in DUI wrecks. That is according to the University of Alabama Center for Advance Public Safety. One of the two teenagers that are killed in the video is King.  The people seeing her body is her real life dad and mom. “She (King’s mom) said afterwards that she had no idea it would be that hard and realistic,” said King.
WTVM 9 (Columbus, Georgia) – Oct. 17

Industrial board needs overhaul
Decatur Daily – Oct. 17
It’s no secret the Decatur Industrial Development Board has for years rubber-stamped every request for a tax cut from a new or expanding industry. The board approves every abatement request it receives. It approves them if they create no jobs … Local officials seem to agree that this, at the very least, creates an appearance of impropriety. According to a University of Alabama law professor who teaches ethics, “It’s a classic conflict of interest. Look, the only person I see paying him is the client that wants to get out of paying taxes.”

Will the Dow be adjusted? UA expert weighs in
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Oct. 17
The Dow could see some correction according to a finance professor that I talked with. However, he does not predict that the bubble will full burst … Kevin Mullally teaches finance at The University of Alabama. He believes the market may continue to increase if President Trump cuts taxes and federal regulations like he’s proposed.

Students make major changes in career plans
Crimson White – Oct. 17
From aerospace engineering to telecommunications, there is a wide variety of majors for students to choose from. The University of Alabama offers 72 undergraduate degree programs made up of 12 colleges and allows for students to combine multiple majors or add minors to existing majors.

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.