UA In the News — Nov. 30

HR professional talks ways to deal with misconduct in workplace
NBC 12 (Montgomery) – Nov. 29
Sexual harassment accusations toppled more big names this week. High-powered individuals were fired from their posts following ongoing investigations … William MacKenzie of the University of Alabama’s College of Business describes sexual misconduct in the workplace as unwelcome and unwanted. “There’s always going to be some individuals who engage in behavior that is unacceptable, and I think some individuals will have a hard time distinguishing what’s acceptable and what’s not,” MacKenzie said.
ABC 9 (Columbus, Georgia) – Nov. 29
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UA students hold iPod drive benefiting those with memory loss
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Nov. 29
University of Alabama students hosted an iPod drive for people suffering from memory loss at the University’s Ferguson Student Center. Music & Memory Tuscaloosa, a student-driven Alzheimer’s advocacy group at the University of Alabama, collected gently used iPods Wednesday.
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New business incubators to spark innovation across Alabama
Alabama News Center – Nov. 29
Alabama universities are providing new launch pads for entrepreneurs and their innovative business ideas across the state. Several new incubators have opened or are in the works, and all of the projects have the potential to help spin out new jobs and investment for local communities …At the University of Alabama, the Technology Villages program has kicked off with two partner cities – Cullman and Fairhope – and the goal of creating entrepreneurial hubs that will fuel tech business growth. The program is a “unique bend on economic development” that will be especially useful in small and rural communities that don’t have a lot of money to spend on business recruiting efforts, said Dr. Rick Swatloski, director of UA’s Office for Technology Transfer.
Yellowhammer News – Nov. 29

CAPS reports pedestrian deaths on the rise
WAAY-ABC (Huntsville) – Nov. 29
State troopers say 83 pedestrians across the state, have been killed so far this year. And the University of Alabama’s center for advanced public safety records said deadly wrecks involving pedestrians, have spiked the past two years.

Joyce Vance comments on Roy Moore (Live Interview)
MSNBC – “All In With Chris Hayes” – Nov. 29
Joyce Vance is a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, and a University of Alabama law professor. What is it like down there right now? Well, Alabama certainly is not enjoying its moment in the public spotlight.
 
National Archives Awards $2.6 Million for Historical Records Projects
Military Technologies – Nov. 30
Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero will award 31 grants totaling $2,599,400 to projects being undertaken in 27 states, pending appropriations of a final budget for FY 2018 … the University of New Orleans collaborate with Cornell University and the University of Alabama to digitize and provide online access to at least 40,000 fugitive slave advertisements.
Public Now – Nov. 29

Million Dollar Band makes crowdfunding goal in less than 2 weeks
Al.com – Nov. 29
It only took the Million Dollar Band less than two weeks to make its crowdfunding goal to purchase new, matching instruments. On Nov. 17, the University of Alabama unveiled UA Crowdfunding, an online fundraising platform, with its first project funding the band.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Nov. 29

Alabama lawmakers push for laws to open hidden sexual harassment settlements on Capitol Hill
Al.com – Nov. 29
A majority of Alabama’s U.S. House delegation appears to be on board in support of federal legislation requiring more transparency in sexual harassment settlements on Capitol Hill … “I think people are scared in Washington because it seems like every day there is someone else who is falling from a result of this,” said Richard Fording, a political science professor at the University of Alabama. “I think this movement has taken off throughout the country.”

UA Cyber Security experts keep close eye on new ransomware
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Nov. 29
Cyber security experts at the University of Alabama are keeping a watchful eye on the situation. Experts are keeping a close eye on a new strain of ransomware that is spreading at a rate of more than two million emails per hour. Cyber security experts at the University of Alabama are warning computer users not to open suspicious emails and attachments. The university is working with local law enforcement, and state and federal agencies to monitor threats like this.

Elephants and drugs among UA’s quirkiest class topics
Crimson White – Nov. 29
There are classes at The University of Alabama that allow students to step into the Birmingham Zoo to feed elephants, engage in a new movie one evening each week, and construct a sculpture for a local park.

Lawmakers to participate in forum
Tuscaloosa News – Nov. 29
The League of Women Voters of Greater Tuscaloosa has invited the area’s state lawmakers to discuss the upcoming legislative session during a public forum on Dec. 5. “Meet Your Legislators Night”, co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the University of Alabama Retirees Association, will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Rast Room of the Bryant Conference Center, 240 Paul W. Bryant Drive, on the UA campus.

Where artists and writers get published at UA
Crimson White – Nov. 29
Publishing your work, whether creative or academic, is a great way to build your resume, get your name out to the public sphere and boost your confidence as an artist or writer. For many students, the idea of getting published may seem far-fetched or too difficult to try, but The University of Alabama and Tuscaloosa offer a multitude of accessible avenues for students to get their work published. Below is our list of local outlets to which students can submit their creative works.

Health Matters: Importance of healthcare in between pregnancies
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Nov. 29
Women understand the importance of getting good health care while they’re pregnant. But perhaps overlooked is the importance of taking time and getting health care in between pregnancies to be sure that you’re health and your ability to support the next pregnancy is replenished.

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