UA In the News — Nov. 14, 2017

UCAR : UA added as member of University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
4-Traders – Nov. 13
The University of Alabama was recently accepted into a nonprofit consortium of more than 100 North American universities focused on research and training in the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences. UA was one of six new member institutions added in October to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, or UCAR.

UA Law School receives $1.5 million gift
WAAY-ABC (Huntsville) – Nov. 13
The University of Alabama received a $1.5 million gift to fund a constitutional law chair. The gift was given by a Florida attorney and investor. The money will establish the Hugh F. Culverhouse Chair in Constitutional Law.
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Nov. 13

UA Political Science professor Joseph Smith says it doesn’t look like Roy Moore will drop out of Senate Race over allegations
WGKA-AM (Atlanta, Georgia) – Nov. 13
Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell says Moore should drop out after a Washington Post report alleging Moore had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl, and pursued romantic relationships with other teens decades ago. McConnell says Moore should step aside for another GOP candidate. But University of Alabama political scientist Joseph Smith doesn’t see that happening.
WGUL-AM (Tampa, Florida) – Nov. 13
Aired nationally on SRN News and TownHallNews.com – Nov. 13

Crossing one off the bucket list
Tuscaloosa News – Nov. 13
Six residents from the Capstone Village went canoeing Monday on Lake Nicol in Tuscaloosa. The activity was part of the retirement community’s Active Aging Week, designed to allow residents to check an item off their bucket list. “The goal of the activity is to provide an opportunity for our residents to partake in a more ‘extreme’ type activity as a means of showing them that they can still take an active part in life and not let life pass them by,” said Troy Cannaday, executive director of Capstone Village.

Senator Cory Gardner Leads Call for Roy Moore to Be Expelled If He Wins
Weekly Standard – Nov. 13
While the allegations of sexual misconduct and assault against Roy Moore have seriously cast the viability of his Senate candidacy in doubt, some Republicans are now calling for his expulsion if he still wins the Senate race in deep-red Alabama … Just how quickly could Moore be expelled? University of Alabama law professor Ronald J. Krotoszynski writes in the New York Times Monday that if Moore wins, the Senate has the power to expel Moore “immediately” because “he lacks the character and fitness to serve.”

UA Law professor doesn’t see why Moore should be elected if the Senate won’t let him serve
KDKA-AM (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) – Nov. 13
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore to quit his race. This amid allegations Moore had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl decades ago. University of Alabama Law Professor Ronald Krotosynski says a 1969 court case blocks the Senate from refusing to seat Moore if he wins, but he adds, the same case gives Senators the option of expelling him once he’s seated. “I’m not sure what benefit there would be for Roy Moore to contest and win an election of two-thirds of the Senate signal that although they may be required to swear him in, they’re not prepared to let him serve.”
(This story aired on radio stations across the U.S. that carry the CBS News Radio Network)

Thanksgiving traffic can be deadly
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Nov. 13

In 2016, there were 22 fatal crashes, which was a 40 percent increase from two years ago. The University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety conducted the research to get this data in hopes that these numbers will help keep drivers on the road safer this year. Associate director with caps, Rhonda Stricklin, says drivers traveling need to first and foremost, slow down.

Study: U.S. leads the nations in mass shootings
ABC 12 (San Antonio, Texas) – Nov. 13
An international study shows the United States leads 171 countries in mass shootings, according to noted criminologist professor Adam Lankford of the University of Alabama.

UA political science professor Allen Linken talks about timing of allegations against Roy Moore
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Nov. 13
Dr. Allen Linken is an attorney and political science professor. He says while some voters may find the timing of allegations suspect, it’s the national spotlight on state politics that exposes allegations like these. “The timing is certainly interesting, but the other is Judge Moore has never run for a national office. Everyone in Alabama knows him going back 15 or 20 years. But on a national stage, he hasn’t’ been there before so there’s a lot of attention focused on Alabama.”

One Possible Ending to the Roy Moore Saga—Expulsion
Washington Monthly – Nov. 14
A watertight Washington Post report last Thursday charged that, in 1979, Judge Roy Moore—the Republican candidate in the Alabama’s December 12 special election for the U.S. Senate—had, as a 32-year-old assistant district attorney, made sexual advances on a girl who was then 14 … According to state law, Ivey would have to call for yet another special election—Ronald Krotoszynski, a law professor at the  University of Alabama, said that would likely come in the November 2018 general election, the date originally set by Gov. Robert Bentley before he resigned in disgrace this past April.
Washington Examiner – Nov. 13

Margaret Atwood returns to Tuscaloosa
Crimson White – Nov. 13
In 1985, Margaret Atwood was teaching at the University of Alabama as the Honorary Chair of the Masters of Fine Arts program. During her time here, she finished one of her most famous novels, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which was recently adapted into an Emmy-winning television show on Hulu.

Trump’s war on the mass media helps maintain Moore in play
Viral Today – Nov. 13
Donald Trump is trying to keep his alternatives open on Roy Moore, but the president has already helped him in a single significant way: His two-year plan against the mainstream media – in cases like this The Washington Post – appears to be the key to Moore’s survival strategy … “It’s tougher for an average Alabamian to believe the Washington Post than it is to believe the Gadsden Times or perhaps the Birmingham Media,” stated Chris Roberts, a professor at the University of Alabama’s university of journalism who worked for practically two decades as a reporter in the condition.
Politico – Nov. 13

A Summary of Techonomy 2017: Will Machines Serve Man or Man Serve Machines?
Techonomy – Nov. 13
Inspiration was tempered by deep concern throughout Techonomy 2017, our annual retreat with business leaders, policy makers, and advocates that took place in early November in Half Moon Bay, California … In the Sunday afternoon panel discussion “Reckoning with the New Hegemonists,” RBC Capital Markets security analyst Mark Mahaney, Simulmedia CEO Dave Morgan, and University of Alabama law professor Joyce Vance debated the prospect and wisdom of restraining these tech titans.

Are evangelical voters giving a ‘blank check’ to Roy Moore?
Gears of Biz – Nov. 14
Roy Moore has been a darling among the Protestant evangelical voter ever since his first social crusade in refusing to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery … The “evangelical voter” is a “nebulous term” that can include Southern Baptists, but also includes Pentecostal or the Holiness side of American Protestantism, according to Michael Altman, a religious studies professor at the University of Alabama.

How Victory Could Trick Democrats
MSN.com – Nov. 13
Virginia. New Jersey. Washington. Maine. In all of those states, progressives celebrated election victories last week, and deservedly so. The wins were important. But do you know what else those states have in common? Hillary Clinton won them last fall, and her coalition obviously wasn’t large enough to win the White House … In The Times“Mitch McConnell and other Senate leaders have the constitutional authority to prevent Mr. Moore from actually serving if he is elected,” argues Ronald Krotoszynski, a University of Alabama law professor. “The real question is whether the party’s leadership is prepared to use this authority.”
News 2 Read – Nov. 13

The University of Alabama Recycling with Big Al 2017
Seven Vote – Nov. 13
Follow the Tide at https www.ua.edu. Welcome to the official YouTube channel of The University of Alabama Subscribe now to be updated on the latest videos.

Letter to the editor: Take action on guns
Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) – Nov. 14
Mass shooting events seems to be taking place more and more often. We are almost numb to the special report that flashes on the television screen or comes across the radio waves these days. While these attacks are occurring with more frequency, the truth is they have been happening for many years. From 1966 to 2012, 35 percent of the mass shootings worldwide were American, according to a 2015 study by Adam Lankford, a professor at the University of Alabama.

Do not Believe Elementary Children Already Watching Porn Videos? This is the proof!
OkeZone (Indonesia) – Nov. 14
Pornography is a serious topic that sparks controversy. For couples watching porn is considered normal because it can help the intimacy of marriage … Jennings Bryant and Dolf Zillman of the University of Alabama, studied the effects of pornography and media for more than 30 years. They found that over time, many consumers of pornographic videos tend to disrespect monogamy and marriage, and tend to develop a distorted perception of sexuality.
Skanaa.com (Indonesia) – Nov. 14

University of Alabama Concert Band (video)
Seven Vote – Nov. 13
The University of Alabama Moody School of Music is proud to present the Concert Band directed by Johnny Heath Nails Thank you for joining us for tonight.

Zeigler’s folly no match for Joseph’s faith
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee) – Nov. 14
I live in Alabama, but I was raised in Memphis where my father worked for the Southern Baptist Convention. We attended church every time the doors were open and often when they were not. After I married, we raised our three sons in the same church and the Christmas story was an integral part of our lives. (Dr. Dianne Bragg, a native Memphian, is an assistant professor in the College of Communication and Information Sciences at the University of Alabama.)

Life with diabetes stinks, but I have to write about it anyway
Al.com – Nov. 14
Today is World Diabetes Day. Frankly, it’s hard for me to care, even though I’ve had Type 1 diabetes for 31 years. I don’t lobby politicians for diabetes funding. I don’t participate in online threads or forums about diabetes. I don’t even particularly care about it, except that it affects my ability to live … I’ve perhaps just sidestepped the grasp of a life-threatening low or high blood sugar. When I’m teaching journalism classes at The University of Alabama, I may also be calculating insulin doses in the back of my brain, or wondering if I might pass out in front of a class.

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.