UA In the News — Nov. 7

Businessman donates $1.5M to UA law school
Tuscaloosa News – Nov. 7
A Florida businessman and attorney has given $1.5 million to endow a chair of constitutional law at the University of Alabama School of Law. The gift is the latest by Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr., whose father, Hugh F. Culverhouse Sr., is the namesake of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and a graduate of the law school. The gift will establish the Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. Chair in Constitutional Law and serve as a foundation for a center for constitutional studies. “Mr. Culverhouse has proven himself a committed friend and supporter of the Capstone. We are incredibly grateful for his continued generosity, and we look forward to seeing the lasting impact of this gift in our students’ lives, on our campus and beyond,” UA President Stuart R. Bell said.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Nov. 6
AL.com – Nov. 7

Want to Get Better Sleep? Don’t Think of Yourself as an Insomniac
Mental Floss – Nov. 7
Around 10 percent of the population suffers from chronic insomnia, according to the Sleep Management Institute, and for many of those people, insomnia is a psychological issue. In fact, cognitive behavioral therapy is usually the first line of treatment for insomnia, not pills. A recent review of the scientific literature on insomnia in the journal Behaviour Research and Therapy (spotted by BPS Research Digest) identifies yet another piece of the psychological puzzle that could help people with insomnia. According to findings from University of Alabama psychologist Kenneth Lichstein, just identifying as an insomniac can make you feel worse than the lack of sleep does.
Medical Xpress – Nov. 7

Some question God following church shooting, professor responds
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Nov. 6
This church shooting tonight raising some difficult questions about how safe we can feel in church. A UA Religious Studies professor breaks down where some Christians may choose to go from here. Piercing images of witnesses outside of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas continue to haunt us all, leaving some questioning God. “Religious leaders have tried to figure out like terrible things happen, we believe in a God, we believe in a God that’s in control of everything but it doesn’t feel that way every time,” said University of Alabama Religious Studies professor Michael Altman.
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What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer
New York Times – Nov. 7
The top-line numbers suggest a correlation that, on further investigation, grows only clearer. Americans make up about 4.4 percent of the global population but own 42 percent of the world’s guns. From 1966 to 2012, 31 percent of the gunmen in mass shootings worldwide were American, according to a 2015 study by Adam Lankford, a professor at the University of Alabama. Adjusted for population, only Yemen has a higher rate of mass shootings among countries with more than 10 million people — a distinction Mr. Lankford urged to avoid outliers. Yemen has the world’s second-highest rate of gun ownership after the United States.

Why are US mass shootings getting more deadly?
MSN.com – Nov. 6
Three of the worst five shootings in modern US history have happened in the last 16 months. It began – more or less – with 13, the number killed in 1949 in Camden, New Jersey, one of the earliest mass shootings in the US. An army veteran, Howard Unruh, killed his neighbours … The gunman who opened fire at a Batman screening in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012 “thought a movie theatre would lead to higher fatalities”, said the University of Alabama’s Adam Lankford.
BBC News – Nov. 7
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Planet Genius – Nov. 7
 
Death And Taxes
Blue Ridge Public Radio (North Carolina) – Nov. 6
We’re talking about big tax changes proposed on Capitol Hill, and the terrible shooting rampage in Texas … Guests: Anna Edgerton, Bloomberg reporter covering tax policy and Congress … Adam Lankford, criminology professor at the University of Alabama.

UA students raise money to help Secret Meals
WVUA
(Tuscaloosa) – Nov. 6
The University of Alabama public relations students planned and executed an event at monarch espresso tonight, which also benefited secret meals for hungry children. People were given a “grown-up” lunch box. The box gave a gourmet twist on classic lunch foods, such as grilled cheese and peanut butter and jelly.

Techonomy 2017: Optimism Tempered with Concerns
Techonomy – Nov. 6
Techonomy 2017 opened Sunday with a mind-bending array of possibilities coupled with an equal number of ethical quandaries. The opening day looked at the convergence of man and machine, raising the prospect of neuro-technology that will bypass the need for language itself … “Technology has outstripped the law,” said Joyce Vance, a law professor at The University of Alabama.

Twitter a hotbed of anti-vaccine sentiment, finds CU Boulder study 
UB Media – Nov. 6
Anti-vaccine sentiment is alive and growing on social media, with California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania showing the most negative tweets of any states, according to a new five-year University of Colorado Boulder study … For the study, published in the October issue of Social Science and Medicine, Vargo and co-authors Theodore Tomeny, an autism researcher with University of Alabama, created a machine-learning algorithm to examine more than a half-million tweets from around the country between 2009 and 2015.

Jo Bonner talks about economic development memorandum (Live Interview)
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Nov. 6
Our special guest tonight is Jo Bonner, vice chancellor for economic development at the University of Alabamahere to talk to us about the economic development memorandum of agreement signed recently. Jo, how did this effort come about?

UA Theatre and Dance Department to present August: Osage County (Live Interview)
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Nov. 6
The UA Theatre and Dance department at the University of Alabama is gearing up for another performance, August: Osage county hits the stage next Tuesday, we have two of the actresses in the play, Emma Rose Wagner and Caroline Ficken here to tell us more, welcome! Tell us about yourself and your role in “August: Osage county.” Emma: I am a junior theatre major. Caroline: I am a senior theatre major and we play sisters in this play about a family coming together.

A display of students’ best choreography ensues with ‘Dance Alabama!’
Crimson White – Nov. 5
Even though McKenzie Sherman has worked with Dance Alabama! on and off since her freshman year, this week will mark her first time choreographing for the organization. Like her fellow dancers and choreographers, she’s been working on her piece since August – casting, staging and rehearsing it to make sure it’s ready.  “There are certain rehearsals that you’re standing there and you’re kind of getting frustrated or having a bad day and you’re thinking ‘this is never going to come together,’” said Sherman, a senior majoring in dance and psychology. “And finally when you see it on stage during tech or during the dress rehearsals, it’s reassuring that it’s all going to be okay and that you worked hard and that it’s paid off.” Sherman’s is just one of the pieces that will be a part of the Dance Alabama! fall showcase in Morgan Auditorium Tuesday, Nov. 7,  through Nov. 10. Dancers from across campus will perform over two dozen pieces that they’ve choreographed, staged and lit.

Do Women CEOs Face Greater Shareholder Activism Compared to Male CEOs? A Role Congruity Perspective
Harvard Law School Forum – Nov. 6
This article examines whether female CEOs face more threat of shareholder activism compared to male CEOs. Over the last two decades, there has been a gradual increase in the number of women CEOs, so that women now occupy 4.8% of CEO positions among Fortune 500 firms.  . . . Vishal Gupta is associate professor in the University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce; Sandra Mortal is associate professor University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce; Daniel B. Turban is Emma S. Hibbs/Harry Gunnison Brown Chair of Business and Economics and Professor of Management at the University of Missouri.

Winn Dixie donates Alabama Football Tickets to veterans, UA ROTC
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) — Nov. 6
There’s tremendous appreciation. And I can speak first-hand to that experience. Why not treat them to a game here at the University of Alabama, which as we all know is a super premium ticket. By the way, the Crimson Tide will take on Mercer for their next home game, that’s in two weeks at 11 A.M. We most certainly say thank you to all the veterans out there.

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