UA In the News — March 9

‘Scandal’ Is Scholarly At Emory Cinematheque
WABE (Atlanta, Georgia) – March 8
Every semester, Emory University’s Department of Film and Media Studies hosts a free weekly screening and lecture series, curated by Emory faculty. This semester’s Emory Cinematheque series is “Black Lives on the Small Screen.” The latest screening and discussion was on the ABC show “Scandal,” and “City Lights” host spoke with series curator Dr. Beretta E. Smith-Shomade and University of Alabama professor Dr. Kristen Warner.

‘Everything You Love Will Burn’ provides helpful insights into the alt-right movement
TwinCities.com (Minnesota) – March 8
A short time ago, most people ignored the furthest fringes of the radical right, secure in the knowledge that they were marginalized and sliding toward inevitable extinction. With the election of Donald Trump, and fears that white-nationalist extremists occupied the White House, the pendulum swung in the opposite direction. (Hawley is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama. His books include “Right-Wing Critics of American Conservatism” and “Making Sense of the Alt-Right.”)

UA researchers studying combating bacteria resistant to antibiotics
Fox 10 (Lake Charles, Louisiana) – March 8
University of Alabama biochemistry researchers are trying to figure out why certain bacteria in certain people don’t respond to antibiotics the same way others do. New stats show more than 20,000 people die each year from bacteria that’s resistant to antibiotics.
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Birmingham needs to be a place where firms can find steady growth
Birmingham Business Journal – March 8
It’s great that Birmingham companies are finding so much success elsewhere, but we need to create a place where they can also post steady growth here. Too often, that hasn’t been the case … Finally, as a recent University of Alabama survey suggests, we have to address our workforce challenges that are a barrier to growth for many companies.

Alabama trooper shortage is a matter of life and death — trooper advocate
Yellowhammer News – March 8
Between late 2010 and the end of 2014, the state of Alabama did not hire a single state trooper. Despite this freeze, we still had over 400 state troopers. Now we have less than 300. That leaves us over 700 men and women short of the number that we need (1000) according to the Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama.

Laramie company lands $150K grant from DOE
Wyoming Business Report – March 8
Last week the U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that that Department of Energy was going to award 179 grants totaling $30 million to 149 small businesses in 36 states. The only Wyoming small business to get a piece of the action was Laramie’s Wyonics LLC, which won a $150,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant … Kristin R. Di Bona, PhD is the CEO of Wyonics LLC, a company she founded with her husband Caleb Hill Ph.D, a professor of chemistry at the University of Wyoming), Gabriela Gurau Ph.D and CEO of 525 Solutions, and Robin Rogers Ph.D. who is also at 525 Solutions and is a Research Professor at The University of Alabama.

4 robots that aim to teach your kids to code
Pattaya Mail (Thailand) – March 8
You’ve seen apps and toys that promise to teach your child to code. Now enter the robots. At the CES electronics show in January, coding robots came out in force … But experts like Jeff Gray, a computer science professor at the University of Alabama and an adviser to the nonprofit coding education group Code.org, say kids can derive other benefits from coding robots and similar toys. They can, for instance, learn “persistence and grit” when the toys inevitably do something unintended, he says.

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH) SURVEILS SOCIAL MEDIA FOR VACCINE BELIEFS, STUDY FINDS
Collective Evolution – March 8
Would it make you feel safer to know that your government is monitoring social media for your views on vaccines? … “The volume of online anti-vaccine beliefs is alarming and may indicate shifts in public opinion, which can translate to lower vaccine coverage,” says the paper led by Theodore S. Tomeny, a psychologist at the University of Alabama.

Funds set to develop ‘carbon capture’ at Gerald Gentleman
North Platte Bulletin (Nebraska) – March 8
The Gerald Gentleman power station near Sutherland will receive $2.7 million to plan a facility that will capture carbon dioxide instead of emitting it into the air. The funds will come from the U.S. Department of Energy … NPPD partnered with ION on the initial phase of that project, along with the University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center and the University of Alabama Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Becker said.
NBC 5 (Memphis, Tennessee) – March 8

Marblehead educational achievements
Wicked Local (Massachusetts) – March 9
University of Alabama: The following residents were named to the University of Alabama dean’s or president’s list for the fall 2017 semester: Michael Blaney,president’s list; Sydney Ciulla, dean’s list; and Madison Murray,president’s list. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher. To qualify for the president’s list, students must achieve academic record of 4.0 (all A’s).

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