UA In the News — Oct. 26

UA students to spend Fall Break helping Houston
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Oct. 25
Fall break starts tomorrow for The UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA, and some students have decided to spend their break in Houston. A group of students left for Texas today to help aid Houston in hurricane Harvey relief. Busses departed from the Ferguson center this afternoon and will return on Sunday. While there, students and staff will help those affected get back on their feet.
WSFA-NBC (Montgomery) – Oct. 25
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Oct. 25

Peach Bowl video will feature Tuscaloosa Magnet students, exercise
Tuscaloosa News – Oct. 26
Some students from Tuscaloosa Magnet Middle School, a couple of Crimson Tide football players and Big Al will take center stage in a video that will be shown at the Peach Bowl. On Tuesday, film crews associated with Lions Clubs International visited the school to capture students exercising, joined by University of Alabama offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher, defensive end Da’Shawn Hand, Big Al and the Chick-fil-A cow mascot. Jerome Thompson, former Lions Club International director who is based in Alabama, said the video is about highlighting healthy living. One of the group’s longtime issues it advocates is bringing awareness about diabetes and how, if untreated, it can lead to blindness.

Why 700 Alabama Voters Might End Up In Jail
Bustle – Oct. 25
A recent law against crossover voting in the state of Alabama may become a source of legal tension for voters in the future. Reports indicate that the Republican Secretary of State John Merrill wants almost 700 Alabama citizens to be charged with voter fraud, a Class C felony, for crossing party lines in this year’s primary and runoff elections. But voting experts say Merrill’s move could hurt Alabama voters in the long run. Merrill’s office reportedly intends on giving the list of 674 citizens that it found in violation of the state’s crossover law to local prosecutors. The law was just signed in May this year, and it prohibits crossing party lines. This means that Alabamians who voted for one party in the primary are not allowed to vote for another party in the runoff election. Joyce White Vance, a law professor at the University of Alabama, tells Bustle that people aren’t necessarily aware of the state’s new rule, which she believes is a significant problem for officials to look into.

UA, ALDOT laying driverless car groundwork in Tuscaloosa
Birmingham Business Journal – Oct. 25
A new project with the University of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Transportation is looking into using self-driving cars to make traveling safer and more efficient.  Tuscaloosa will be the first city in Alabama to install the technology that will collect data for research. The data will be used to ultimately be used for research used to reduce vehicle crashes, decrease travel time and ultimately lay the groundwork for future self-driving cars. The information gathered will allow faculty, staff and students to study signal phase and timing data which will intend to lead to greater interaction between vehicles and traffic signals to communicate information such as changing signals or road conditions.

University of Alabama Huntsville Dean Marsha Adams Inducted into Nursing Hall of Fame
Daily Nurse – Oct 25
Dr. Marsha Howell Adams, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, Dean of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) College of Nursing, was recently inducted into the University of Alabama (UA) Nursing Hall of Fame. Adams is highly respected throughout the state of Alabama for her contributions to nursing and nursing education.

Alabama Cheerleader Explores New Heights
Yellowhammer News – Oct. 25
The University of Alabama typically makes sports news for its huge linemen, towering receivers, and thundering running backs. However, one small Alabama student has taken the internet by storm. Isabella Donahue, a University of Alabama cheerleader, posted a picture of her and Rachel Kramer, a volleyball player from Florida, that has the entire internet laughing. Donahue originally posted the picture with the caption “If you’re wondering how big a 2 foot distance is.” Many were startled at how high Kramer towered over her. According to, Donahue is 4 feet 8 inches tall, while Kramer is 6 feet 8 inches.

Social media can be used as a weapon in the war against anti-vaxxers
Verdict – Oct. 25
A recent psychologist study, led by Theodore Tomeny of the University of Alabama, aimed to develop a better understanding of who is most likely to harbour negative attitudes about vaccines through monitoring online activity, so that these misconceptions could be addressed in a more targeted fashion. During the study, 500,000 vaccine-related tweets made between 2009 and 2015 across the US were analysed and identified by keywords commonly associated with negative opinions of vaccines — “ineffective,” “unsafe,” and “autism”. Interestingly, geographic areas with a disproportionate level of anti-vaccine beliefs were associated with larger, more affluent populations that had higher concentrations of new mothers.

Health Matters: Importance of Prenatal Care
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Oct. 25
Every pregnant woman cares a great deal about the health of her developing baby. The importance of prenatal care is something that not just the woman, but the whole family needs to understand. Let’s spend a few minutes talking with Dr. Cathy Skinner, one of our family physician obstertricians at University Medical Center.

UA School of Social Work receives grant from DOJ to help fight human trafficking
WAFF-NBC (Huntsville) – Oct. 25
An Alabama university has been awarded a grant to help victims of human trafficking. The U.S. Department of Justice gave The University of Alabama’s School of Social Work a $1.35 million grant that will go toward a new project called The Juvenile Victims of Human Trafficking in Alabama Project. The goal is to strengthen the state’s relationships between treatment services, law enforcement and prosecutors, while making a statewide system of screening and training. The project will last at least three years.

University of Alabama fall break begins Thursday
Tuscaloosa News – Oct. 26
No classes will be held Thursday and Friday during the University of Alabama’s fall break. All UA offices will remain open. Classes will resume Monday. The mid-semester break usually coincides with the UA football team’s open date. UA returns to action at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 with a home game against LSU.

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