UA In the News — Nov. 9

Bust honors late UA grad Mark Forester, who served in Afghanistan
Tuscaloosa News – Nov. 8
Mark Forester’s nephews played on a bench in the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs at the University of Alabama on Wednesday as a crowd that was packed into a hallway waited to see the memorial bust of their uncle, a 29-year-old Air Force Combat controller killed in combat before they were born. The boys’ father, Thad Forester, helped unveil the bust of his younger brother, a UA alumnus assigned to the Air Force’s 21st Special Tactics Squadron as a combat controller. He was killed in action on Sept. 29, 2010, while trying to aid Army special-forces medic 1st Sgt. Calvin Harrison, a teammate who also died during the mission in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.
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‘Haven’t seen this anywhere else’: Walmart rolls out digital features at Alabama store
Al.com – Nov. 8
In an example of Walmart’s evolving e-commerce strategy, a company supercenter in Mobile County is allowing customers to digitally “try on” makeup through a virtual reality system called ModiFace. “There are less than five of these in the country,” said John Wimsatt, store manager of the Tillman’s Corner Walmart, during a tour of the newly interactive store on Wednesday … “Every move Walmart makes is to compete with Amazon,” said Stacey Robinson, an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Alabama.

UA added to national science research organization
Birmingham Business Journal – Nov. 8
The University of Alabama is one of the newest members of a national organization focused on research and training in the atmospheric and Earth system sciences. UA has joined University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, or UCAR, a consortium of 117 colleges and universities across North America sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

What to Do When Antidepressants Mess with Your Sex Drive
Style Caster – Nov. 8
For some people with depression, antidepressants can be lifesaving … Norman L. Keltner, a professor at the School of Nursing at the University of Alabama, writes, “[P]atients can plan activities when drug levels are their lowest […] [such as] right before the next dose is scheduled to be taken.” Patients taking drugs with short half-lives, such as sertraline and clomipramine may find this method the most effective.

Worrying about insomnia may do more harm than poor sleep
Medical News Today – Nov. 8
Individuals who are convinced that they are insomniacs are at greater risk of fatigue, anxiety, and other health problems than people who do not view themselves so, regardless of whether they sleep well or not … So concludes a review of sleep research by Kenneth Lichstein, a professor of psychology from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, who recently reported his findings in the journal of Behaviour Research and Therapy.

Blasting Hezbollah, Riyadh accuses Lebanon of declaring war on kingdom Tribu Magazine
Tribu Magazine – Nov. 8
However, it is clear that in the absence of the current prime minister a large question mark was cast on the continued stability of the Lebanese government, which could plunge Lebanon into a state of unrest and renewed inter-ethnic struggle, mainly between the Sunnis and the Shiites … New York Times reported that from 1966 to 2012, 31 per cent of the gunmen in mass shootings worldwide were American, according to a 2015 study by Adam Lankford, a professor at the University of Alabama.

Texas church where 26 were killed in mass shooting to be permanently closed, says pastor
Independent (U.K.) – Nov. 8
The Texas church where 26 people were killed in a mass shooting will not reopen its doors, its pastor has said. Pastor Frank Pomeroy of the First Baptist of Sutherland Springs told the Wall Street Journal that services would continue as usual in a community centre down the road …But other memorials to mass shootings have proved controversial. Adam Lankford, a professor of criminology at the University of Alabama, said memorials can sometimes become a pilgrimage site for other potential mass shooters.
Cetus News – Nov. 8

UA English professor to give book talk in Montgomery (Live Interview)
WSFA-NBC (Montgomery) – Nov. 8
Tomorrow at noon, we’re having a book talk by Dr. Philip Beidler. He is a professor at The University of Alabama, and he will be telling us about his book “Beautiful War: Studies in Dreadful Fascination.” It talks about how society is concerned with war, and how sometimes we can turn that into a romanticism of the event.

When Is Someone A Terrorist? Do Journalists Get It Right?
Colorado Public Library – Nov. 9
When is violence terrorism, and when is the perpetrator a terrorist? So far that label hasn’t been applied to the suspected gunman who opened fire on a Thornton Walmart last week who killed three, or the Texas church shooter who killed 26 … Arva and University of Alabama criminologist Erin Kearns spoke to Colorado Matters about their studies on media coverage of terrorism. Arva’s research shows that the media covers terrorism differently depending on the identity of the attacker.

Competition encourages students to pitch business ideas, win monetary prize
Crimson White – Nov. 8
The River Pitch Business Idea Competition is an event for community members and students to pitch their ideas for their own business. Each pitch is given three minutes, and those who participate gain experience to improve their pitch and develop their business ideas. The winner of the competition will receive $1,000.

University forms committee to find new VP of Research
Crimson Tide – Nov. 8
The University of Alabama is commencing a national search to fill the position of vice president for research and economic development. Carl Pinkert, who has held the position for the past four years, is stepping down, effective Dec. 31.

Funding their flight: Corporate sponsors support Alabama rocketry
Crimson White – Nov. 8
The University of Alabama recently reached new heights with the Alabama Rocketry Association, the award-winning student organization that provides student with hands-on rocketry experience. Their team members find their passion by looking to the sky, but they soon found that they also needed to look in their wallets.

University to build modified housing arrangement, increase socializing
Crimson White – Nov. 8
Before he transferred to The University of Alabama, Graham Richards attended Maryville College his freshman year. He lived in a suite-style dorm on his own. All three extra rooms were empty. Richards had no roommates to interact with, and this left him feeling detached.

Cutting-edge artist gives Gorgas lecture
Crimson White – Nov. 8
Type “oil painting” in your search bar on Google and images of dusty, ancient art will fill your screen. However, Ridley Howard, a renowned painter, speaker and co-founder of an artist-run gallery in New York, is rejuvenating this age-old art form and transforming it into something that resonates with modern audiences. On Thursday evening, he will give a lecture about his fresh take on the traditional painting style.

Murder mystery dinner to transform students into detectives
Crimson White – Nov. 8
What: Live-action Clue and Murder Mystery Dinner. Who: This event is open to all University of Alabama students. It is sponsored by University Programs.

UA production of award-winning ‘August: Osage County’ opens Tuesday
Tuscaloosa News – Nov. 8
Whether for comedy or tragedy, or dark places in between, unhappy families yield the richest material. Tolstoy would agree, as would Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard, Tennessee Williams, and actor-writer Tracy Letts, Pulitzer- and Tony-winner for “August: Osage County.” …  The University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance’s production of “August: Osage County” opens Tuesday.

Health Matters: Cholesterol
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Nov. 8
Understanding what to do about cholesterol levels that may not be entirely normal can be confusing and complicated. It’s not just about what you eat, though that’s important too. It may be about your genetics. Let’s listen to Dr. Ed Geno, one of the family physicians from University Medical Center as he discusses this complicated topic.

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