UA In the News — April 13

  • April 13th, 2018

Mercedes-Benz, University of Alabama partner on startup challenge – April 13
Mercedes-Benz is partnering with several entities, including the University of Alabama, to drive innovation within the state’s college and professional startup community.

Every Day Is Like Equal Pay Day for Corporate America’s CEOs
Bloomberg – April 12
The one place in corporate America where pay is more or less equal across genders is at the very top, according to new academic research at the University of Alabama.
Bloomberg – April 11

What does having Richard Shelby as Senate Appropriations chairman mean for Alabama? – April 12
The extent to how much the state will benefit by having Richard Shelby as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee will depend on how Alabama’s senior senator views the responsibilities of his new role: Does he want to continue his legacy of bringing home the bacon, or earn national praise for reining in spending? … But William Stewart, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Alabama, said it would behoove Shelby to use his power to be fiscally responsible. “He’s already gotten so much for Alabama in the past.”

Aeroprobe Corporation Commercializes Patented MELD Technology
NRV News (Virginia) – April 12
On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Aeroprobe Corporation announced MELD, its proprietary manufacturing technology, is moving into a new phase of commercialization that includes the spinout of MELD Manufacturing Corporation. These announcements come after more than a decade of research and development for the MELD process … “I was very excited the first time I saw the MELD technology,” notes Paul Allison, Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama, which already owns a MELD machine. “It was and still is obvious that MELD provides a breakthrough in manufacturing technology that overcomes the technical barriers of fusionbased processes. That innovation is why I was eager to purchase a MELD machine and to work with the MELD team to pioneer research for this technology,” stated Allison.
3D Printing Industry – April 13
Aeroprobe a measurement solutions provider known for its sensors used in aerospace, automotive, turbomachinery, wind turbine, and wind tunnel testing industries, has launched a new metal 3D printing subsidiary … In January 2018, the University of Alabama became the first client to receive MELD’s B8 3D printer. Mechanical engineering researcher Paul Allison has been investigating how the technology can be used to recycle waste military equipment.

Virginia company launches with novel 3D printing technology
Roanoke News and Advance (Virginia) – April 13
Montgomery County’s newest tech startup was launched on Thursday after scientists here have spent more than a decade designing what they say is a bigger and better 3D printer. MELD Manufacturing Corporation is a new subsidiary of 20-year-old tech firm Aeroprobe … The University of Alabama was the first to receive MELD’s machine in January. Mechanical engineering researcher Paul Allison said a team there has been experimenting with ways the printers could recycle old military equipment, like damaged armor, into usable parts.

Chelsea receives update on Alabama Communities of Excellence progress
280 Living – April 12
The city of Chelsea is looking toward a time of change. Just what that change might look like was the topic at hand during April Chelsea Business Association luncheon … “This is really good timing for Chelsea to be involved in this. You’ve got good leadership. It amazes me how many people in the community are involved in making a difference,” said Nisa Miranda, the director of the University of Alabama’s Center for Economic Development and a member of Chelsea’s ACE team.

Study: Experience of Black Doctoral Students Shows Need to Increase Diversity in STEM Fields
Utah Business – April 12
Salt Lake City—The danger and risk of riding out a storm is symbolic of the decision black men make to pursue a graduate degree in engineering. They do so knowing they will face challenges, but the barriers described by black men who shared their experiences as part of a six-year study show how race was a greater obstacle than they expected … Burt and co-authors Krystal Williams, University of Alabama; and William Smith, University of Utah, interviewed 21 black men pursuing engineering graduate degrees at a research university.

Here’s your guide to managing final exam stress
Crimson White – April 12
Well, here we are again — it’s back to the sleepless nights, sweaty palms and increased coffee intake of exam season. If you find yourself slipping into unhealthy habits while trying to maintain that ideal GPA, consider stepping out of the library and taking a little bit of time to de-stress. Here are some ideas for a quick study break between cramming sessions. .. . . Sometimes, all you need is a little peace and quiet to relax away life’s many stresses. Luckily, the University offers free yoga classes through the Rec Center.

Five things to do in Tuscaloosa this weekend
Tuscaloosa News – April 12
No. 1: The Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday … No. 3: The University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance presents “I Gelosi,” a play about an Italian acting troupe that rose to fame in Europe in the 1500s.

UNA hosting reception Friday for art exhibit
Florence Times Daily – April 12
The University of North Alabama’s College of Arts and Sciences will host a reception celebrating an exhibition of the Paul R. Jones Collection of Art on Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the University Art Gallery … Jones, a former language professor at UNA, donated a portion of his extensive collection of African-American art to the University of Alabama in 2008. With more than 1,700 pieces, the college at the University of Alabama is one of the largest compilations of African-American art in the world.

Congrats … Zackery Dailey
Anniston Star – April 13
Zackery Dailey of Lineville recently exhibited in the University of Alabama’s “EXIT 2018” senior art show. The art and art history department presented the show which ran in the Sella-granata Art Gallery.

Actors take on Shakespearean challenge
Tuscaloosa News – April 13
Five years ago, the College of Engineering Does Amateur Radical Theater considered producing “Much Ado About Nothing,” but rejected it as being too tough for an amateur group. Recently, the group’s co-director Allison Mollenkamp had other ideas.  “This was sort of a ‘prove everyone wrong,’ ” said Mollenkamp. “We wanted to challenge ourselves.” Her co-director Jonathan Holle is a self-proclaimed Shakespeare nerd. The directors have put a spin on the play by changing some genders: Two of the main characters, the patriarch of the family, Leonato, and the villain, Don John, are being played as women, by women.

CrimsonHacks to spend weekend hosting hacking marathon
Crimson White—April 13
The CrimsonHacks event brings together hackers from all over the South for a 24-hour hacking marathon, or “hackathon.” Teams or individuals attend workshops, competitions and other activities based around legal, fun hacking. Attendees stay overnight in the Ferguson Center Ballroom and have food provided for them throughout the weekend. Bailey McIntosh, Executive Director of CrimsonHacks, said this event provides a place for computer science majors and students in related fields a way to share and communicate.


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