UA In the News — Dec. 1

Elected officials should solve gun problems, not ignore facts
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania) – Nov. 30
We all know our country is suffering from a relentless, unending number of mass shootings in particular and gun deaths in general. What is perplexing to me is that despite the overwhelming evidence, some refuse to look for solutions based on the evidence … The Times reported that a study by a University of Alabama professor shows there is a direct correlation between access to guns and gun deaths.

UA students collect iPods for Alzheimer’s patients
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Nov. 30
Some University of Alabama students are helping some elderly patients who suffer with Alzheimer’s disease the students are collecting Apple iPods this week on campus at the Ferguson center. The Alzheimer’s advocacy group is called “Music and Memory.” The goal to the program is to bring personalized music into the lives of Alzheimer’s patients by listening to their favorite songs that could help with their illness. According to research, music could help patients recall memories.

UA research shows fires can lower your blood pressure
The Doctors (Syndicated show that airs on stations across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, Sweden and Finland) – Nov. 30
It’s important to find quiet moments during the holiday season. One way to do it, cozy up by the fire. A study from The University of Alabama found it could lower your blood pressure. If you don’t have a fireplace, research shows watching a video of a roaring fire with a crackling sound, does the trick.

UA completes 2017 United Way Campaign
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Nov. 30
The United Way of West Alabama received a major boost in its funding today thanks to the University of Alabama. UA employees and staff from the United Way of West Alabama gathered this afternoon at the UA medical center library the celebration that marked the end of the university’s fund-raising drive. The university presented the organization with a check for $454,929.

Trump’s Claims Don’t Add Up
FactCheck.org – Nov. 30
In touting Republican tax bills, President Donald Trump made several claims that don’t add up … But this rationale wasn’t convincing to the seven environmental experts PolitiFact interviewed in October 2015, when Sen. Marco Rubio made a similar claim. For example, William L. Andreen, an environmental law professor at the University of Alabama said, “There are no cases on point because the agencies have never asserted jurisdiction in such fantastical situations,” adding, “It is an absurd assertion.”

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