UA In the News — Nov. 8

Alabama law school gets $1.5 million gift for endowed chair
Al.com – Nov. 7
The University of Alabama School of Law has received a $1.5 million gift to fund a Constitutional law chair and point the way to a center for constitutional studies. The gift was given by Florida attorney, land owner and investor Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. of Sarasota, Fla. His father, Hugh Culverhouse Sr., is a 1947 graduate of the law school.
WHNT-CBS (Huntsville) – Nov. 7

Alabama Unveiling Bust of Alumnus Killed in Afghanistan
U.S. News – Nov. 7
Thad Forester found it surreal to watch the profile of his younger brother, Mark, take shape in clay, a prelude to his immortalization in bronze. “It is really emotional for me. It was really emotional to work on,” Thad Forester said. The family has photos of Mark, but the bronze is a portrait they can circle and see features like the slight crookedness of his nose. Mark Forester, the youngest son of a family of six from Haleyville, felt called to serve after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The 29-year-old University of Alabama alumnus was assigned to the Air Force’s 21st Special Tactics Squadron as a combat controller.
Tuscaloosa News – Nov. 8
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What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer
MSN.com – Nov. 7
When the world looks at the United States, it sees a land of exceptions: a time-tested if noisy democracy, a crusader in foreign policy, an exporter of beloved music and film … 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.
TBO (Tampa, Florida) – Nov. 7
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People who worry about insomnia have more health problems than non-worriers, study finds
Death Rattle Sports – Nov. 7
People who worry about poor sleep have more emotional and physical problems during the day than those who do not worry, regardless of how well either sleep, according to research conducted at The University of Alabama.
DotEmirates.com – Nov. 7

UA professor studying mass shootings
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Nov. 7
A University of Alabama professor has been looking into mass shootings and the reason why they happen so much in the United States. “I thought, ‘Again? Already?’ Really, that is what I thought. It has been just five weeks since the Las Vegas shooting,” Adam Lankford said. Professor Lankford studies mass shootings over 40 years and 141 countries. What he found was there is a direct link between the amount of guns in one country and mass shootings occurring. “It’s not the suicide rates. It’s not the homicide rates. It’s really firearm ownership rates. Unfortunately, we have more than twice the amount of guns as any other country,” Lankford said.
WAFF 48 (Huntsville) – Nov. 7
 
UCAR : UA Joins Atmospheric Research Group
4-Traders – Nov. 7
The University of Alabama issued the following news: The University of Alabama was recently accepted into the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, or UCAR, a national organization focused on research and training in the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences.
 
The ABCs of winning followers on social media
Ragan.com – Nov. 7
With every witty comeback or flawless roast, a millennial consumer is won. Whether you call it “going viral” or “increasing customer engagement,” some brands just win on social media. (Grace Turner is a senior public relations student at The University of Alabama and a writer/editor for Platform Magazine.)
 
Seven resolutions are slated
Baptist Message – Nov. 7
The Resolutions Committee has finalized seven resolutions for consideration as consensus statements of the messengers to the 170th Session of the Louisiana Baptist Convention … The alt-right is described as a movement “to establish a single white nation in North America” and its members largely are “white millennial” males in college, or who have a college degree, according to political scientist George Hawley of the University of Alabama. He has written extensively regarding his findings about the alt right, noting that these individuals have “no interest in the mainstream conservative ideals of traditional family values and limited government.”

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