UA In the News — Dec. 8

University of Alabama Researchers to Develop Improved Tornado Warnings for Deaf, Blind, and Deaf-Blind Communities
The Hearing Review – Dec. 7
The University of Alabama’s Drs Jason C. Senkbeil and Darrin Griffin have been awarded a grant of $251,850 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study how tornado warnings could be improved in their accessibility and comprehension by members of the deaf, blind, and deaf-blind communities, the University announced on its website.
Birmingham Business Journal – Dec. 8

The Trump Administration Is Scuttling a Rule That Would Save People From Dying of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Pro Publica – Dec. 6
In the short term, adopting the labels had one positive effect — at least for the manufacturers: It staved off stricter regulation for several years. Unfortunately, it was a different matter for consumers. The labels had no apparent effect. The number of carbon monoxide deaths and injuries caused by generators did not decline … With the voluntary standard going nowhere, the CPSC decided it needed to conduct the manufacturers’ research and development for them. It sent out a proposal asking for engineers to try to solve the problem. The University of Alabama answered, and came up with a prototype for a safer generator. In October 2012, the CPSC gave a technology demonstration to the industry showing the new engine could lower emissions by more than 90 percent.

President Trump’s visit to Pensacola: What you need to know; Roy Moore in attendance?
AL.com – Dec. 8
Richard Fording, a political science professor at the University of Alabama, believes the president will talk about national security and how he is “dealing” with North Korea. The latest North Korean concern, raised by the Trump administration and highlighted in a Washington Post piece on Thursday, is whether U.S. should send athletes to South Korea for the Feb. 9 Winter Olympics that will take place in a mountainous region about 50 miles from the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.

UA researchers studying motion sensors to cut back on HVAC energy
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Dec. 7
Researchers at the University of Alabama are studying ways to help cut back on energy that heat and cools our buildings. This is how 1.5 million-dollar project will work. UA Engineering researchers think new and improved motion sensors could help reduce energy used for HVAC systems.
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UA Law professor comments on FBI (Live Interview)
MSNBC (National) Meet The Press Daily – Dec. 7
Joining me now is Joyce Vance. You have seen her quite a bit lately. She is a former U.S. Attorney and a professor at The University of Alabama Law School, and lucky for us she just happened to be in Washington today. Let me ask about this. It’s not new for a prosecutor, when you are doing a public corruption case, that they are going to fight back very publically. How much of an impact can that have on the prosecutors?
 
UA student remembers shooting in New Town
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Dec. 7
University of Alabama senior Pauline Fitzgerald won’t forget almost five years ago when more than two-dozen people were murdered in an elementary school in her hometown.

Tuscaloosa remembers Sandy Hook victims
Tuscaloosa News – Dec. 7
The group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America held a candlelight commemoration for the victims of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Massachusetts, at First United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa on Thursday. Representatives from the Tuscaloosa Police Department, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and University of Alabama Police took part in the ceremony to remember the victims.

College Student to Dress as Christmas Tree Over Twitter Challenge
Legal Insurrection – Dec. 7
This is actually a funny story. The student said she’d dress as a Christmas tree if she got over 1,000 re-tweets and Twitter obliged … brave Student Takes On Very Public Christmas Tree Challenge … Not everybody feels like a winner at the University of Alabama today. Kelsey Hall is an undergrad student at Bama and recently tweeted out a photo of herself in a Christmas tree costume to get into the holiday spirit.
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Study shows Guadalupe devotion lessens health issues caused by stress
Georgia Bulletin – Dec. 7
A good talk with your mother every day could improve your health. At least, that’s what’s happened for immigrants in one Mississippi community. A study out of the University of Alabama exploring the link between faith and health demonstrated that those with a devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe had fewer negative health issues related to stress.

In Alabama Senate race, African-American Christians may hold the key
Religion News – Dec. 7
For much of the rest of the country, Alabama’s Senate race hinges on whether voters will elect an accused predator of young women — Republican Roy Moore. But many African-Americans in this state are less concerned with Moore’s sexual misconduct, which he denies, and more with countering a former judge they think is bent on returning the state to its segregationist past … “The question in this election is, what is the turnout among African-American vote?” said Joseph Smith, chairman of the political science department at the University of Alabama.
Sight Magazine – Dec. 7
 
Million Dollar Band raises more than $40,000 for new instruments
Tuscaloosa News – Dec. 7
With more than a week to spare, the University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Marching Band has reached its goal of raising $40,000 to help fund the purchase of new equipment. As of Thursday, the band’s campaign on UA Crowdfunding had raised $41,126. The campaign officially ends Dec. 15 at midnight. The band’s campaign was launched last month with the goal of funding an entire section of new instruments. The band’s campaign served as the launch of UA Crowdfunding, an online fundraising platform to support projects created by members of the UA community. Supporters can use the platform to make donations and track the overall progress of campaigns, which will typically run for 30 days.

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