UA In the News — Nov. 29

Teachers get training to deal with student behavior
Tuscaloosa News – Nov. 29
Officials with the Alabama State Department of Education hope to assist school districts that have issues with student suspensions and expulsions by teaching instructors the basics of intervention. More than 50 teachers from across Alabama gathered Tuesday at the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy for the last day of training from state education officials Tuesday on Positive Behavior Interventions Supports, or PBIS … Recently, the Alabama State Department of Education and the University of Alabama formed a partnership to look at what could be done. Sara McDaniel, executive director of UA’s PBIS office, has helped Dejarnett and other with telling others about the program.

This 1 Mental Habit Is Making You Tired and Grumpy (Whether or Not You Get Enough Sleep)
Inc. – Nov. 28
What’s the worst thing about being an insomniac? Believe it or not it’s the sentence: “I’m an insomniac.” That’s the counterintuitive result of new research by Kenneth Lichstein, professor of psychology at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Lichstein, who’s been studying sleep (and lack thereof) for 30 years, reviewed 12 sleep studies.
Kopitiam Bot – Nov. 28

DOTs Seeing Benefits of Using SensMetrics for Traffic Signal Performance and Retiming
The CW Lubbock (Texas) – Nov. 28
Sensys Networks, the world’s leading provider of integrated wireless traffic detection and data systems for Smart Cities, is pleased to share recent successful implementations of its flagship traffic data platform, SensMetrics. The software enables on-demand signal retiming by time-of-day, day-of-week & season and provides high-resolution data 24/7/365 before/after performance and safety metrics. In partnership with the University of Alabama, ALDOT’s focus has been on traffic signal optimization for reduced delays and more reliable travel along its corridors.
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How did Roy Moore rule on sex abuse, sodomy court cases? – Nov. 28
Roy Moore, Alabama’s U.S. Senate candidate at the center of sexual misconduct allegations, has vehemently denied the claims of the women who have stepped forward in recent weeks and called the scandal a “witch hunt” aimed at dismantling his campaign … “It’s a mixed bag,” said Jenny Carroll, a professor at the University of Alabama’s School of Law. She didn’t necessarily see a pattern of Moore siding with sexual offenders, but said he tended to make “close calls” in several cases.

Some Ways To Practically Lower The Cost Of Customer Training
e-Learning Industry – Nov. 29
Despite its importance, however, training budgets (both internal and external) are often the first place executives look when trying to trim expenses … According to a study directed by University of Alabama professor Alexander E. Ellinger, supply management firms—or those that adopted the extended enterprise concept—consistently outperformed firms that did not.

Rise in unpaid consultants conceals conflicts of interest
Core Sector Commonique – Nov. 28
Are authors of articles in leading medical journals playing down the extent of ties to drug and other for-profit companies? That appears to be the case, according to a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine by Associate Professor David Menkes and colleagues, who found a dramatic increase in the use of the term “unpaid consultant” in author disclosure statements … Co-author Alan Blum, a Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Alabama, noticed the term repeated in disclosure statements by two authors in a single issue of the highly influential Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2012.
Scoop – Nov. 28
Student designers gain practical experience with Fashion for Life
Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) – Nov. 29
University of Alabama apparel design students took center stage recently at Fashion for Life while raising awareness of metastatic breast cancer. The charitable fashion show featured the collections of 14 senior designers from the College of Human Environmental Sciences’ clothing, textiles, & interior design department, including a student from Marietta.

University Programs to host winter formal
Crimson White – Nov. 29
What: University Programs Winter Formal. The formal will be winter wonderland-themed with free food, a live DJ, and giveaways of scholarships and electronics. Students are encouraged to bring a toy for donation to the local Toys for Tots.

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