UA In the News — Oct. 21-23

UA teams up with Cullman and Fairhope to form tech villages
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Oct. 20
The University of Alabama is teaming up with two Alabama cities to push for technology. These new technology villages the University of Alabama is helping establish in Cullman and Fairhope are supposed to be big economic drivers and using entrepreneurs to steer the wheel is the key.
WTOC 11 (Savannah, Georgia) – Oct. 20
WDAM 7 (Moselle, Mississippi) – Oct. 20
NBC 12 (Montgomery) – Oct. 20
NBC 5 (Memphis, Tennessee) – Oct. 20
WALB 10 (Albany, Georgia) – Oct. 20
WTVM 9 (Columbus, Georgia) – Oct. 20
WAFF 48 (Huntsville) – Oct. 20
 
Jobless rate drops in Calhoun County as fewer people look for work
Anniston Star – Oct. 20
Calhoun County’s jobless rate dropped sharply year-over-year in September, partly because hundreds of people left the workforce. Figures the Alabama Department of Labor released Friday show the county’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in September, down from 6.8 percent in the same month last year … Ahmad Ijaz, economist for the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama, said the statistics appear to show that the state might be reaching the upper limit of its total labor force — meaning the economy can’t sustain more job creation. “For the last two to three months, the numbers have looked like we’re getting close to full employment level,” Ijaz said.

Jobless rate drops in Talladega, St. Clair counties as fewer people look for work
Daily Home – Oct. 20
The jobless rate in Talladega and St. Clair counties dropped sharply year-over-year in September, partly because some people left the workforce. Figures the Alabama Department of Labor released Friday show Talladega County’s unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in September, down from 7.1 percent in the same month last year … Ahmad Ijaz, economist for the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama, said the statistics appear to show that the state might be reaching the upper limit of its total labor force — meaning the economy can’t sustain more job creation. “For the last two to three months, the numbers have looked like we’re getting close to full employment level,” Ijaz said.

At Vanderbilt hackathon, coding rockstars create apps both practical and preposterous
The Tennesseean – Oct. 22
Ever wonder just how many Cokes a Vanderbilt University tuition is worth? Well, there’s an app for that … Emily Huynh tapped the keyboard on her computer demonstrating what she called the “tinder for food.” An invention by her and University of Alabama teammate Steven Eastcott, the program lets you swipe left or right based on the ingredients you have in your house or want to use — then it produces a recipe for you.

Stephen Paddock’s Las Vegas hotel room won’t be rented out again, raising the question: What will happen to it?
The Independent (U.K.) – Oct. 20
The hotel room from which Stephen Paddock gunned down almost 60 people at a music festival in Las Vegas will no longer be rented out to the public, the hotel has said … Adam Lankford, a professor of criminology at the University of Alabama, said MGM had the right idea in shutting down the hotel room. “I think not renting it out is good, but I think they shouldn’t call attention to that either,” Mr Lankford told The Independent. “The best thing would be to not rent it out, [and] if people call and ask which room it was, not to answer.”
Yahoo! – Oct. 20

Republican candidate Roy Moore has longtime ally in Constitution Party
The Anniston Star – Oct. 20
In December 2016, Republican judge Roy Moore spoke to a national meeting of party leaders in Huntsville. Only it wasn’t Republicans Moore was addressing. It was the Constitution Party, the right-wing third party that has long been a staunch Moore ally … “I’d say the time for anyone to raise that issue has passed,” said William Stewart, and emeritus professor of political science at the University of Alabama. “Roy Moore now has the endorsement of every Republican in the House delegation, and the endorsement of the state Republican Party chair.”

COLLEGE NEWS: October 22
Tuscaloosa News – Oct. 21
University of Alabama – The University of Alabama National Alumni Association has announced the 2017 recipients of the University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching — the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Awards.

There’s a Scientific Explanation for Why Fires Are So Romantic
True Viral News – Oct. 22
If you want me to open up, plop me down in front of a crackling fire. When I met my boyfriend, Mo, neither of us was that eager to jump into a new relationship. We’re both reserved people by nature, each with a divorce already under our belts, and the thought of starting something new felt daunting …A 2014 University of Alabama study, for example, found that people were more social while watching a fire. They also had lower blood pressure, suggesting that they were more relaxed.
UTC Civil War Press Symposium Celebrates 25th Meeting Nov. 2-4
The Chattanoogan (Tennessee) – Oct. 21
The UTC’s twenty-fifth annual Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Nov. 2–4 … “Abolitionism, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the End of Compromise” by Dianne Bragg of the University of Alabama

Student-run group provides support to student organizations
Crimson White – Oct. 21
Filled with an array of cubicles, offices, and a welcoming lounge area, the third floor of the Ferguson Student Center holds ground to a group of students who work for their peers. Their name is often heard at Bama Bound Orientation and around campus, but not everyone is familiar with the services offered by The Source.

THE PORT RAIL: Luther and the storm that remade the world
Tuscaloosa News – Oct. 22
I encourage you to attend a celebration on Monday, Oct. 30, of the life and times of Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Reformation. The event, at the University of Alabama Moody Music Building, begins with a reception and book exhibit at 5 p.m. and follows with a program at 6 p.m. on “The Protestant Reformation, 1517-2017, 500 Years of Faith, History, and the Arts.” (Larry Clayton is a retired University of Alabama history professor. Readers can email him at larryclayton7@gmail.com.)

Doug Jones and Walt Maddox campaign on campus
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Oct. 21
Football Saturday didn’t stop democrats from campaigning for statewide races today. Thanks for joining us, I’m Leigh Garner. U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones campaigned on the University of Alabama campus today.

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