UA In the News — May 12-14

  • May 14th, 2018

A look at construction activity on University of Alabama campus
Birmingham Business Journal – May 13
Several construction projects are underway at the University of Alabama, many of which are slated to be complete in time for the fall semester. Here’s a look at some of the crane activity on the school’s campus.

‘Not ready for that’: How Alabama Republicans thwarted marijuana decriminalization – May 13
Nine states and Washington, D.C., allow for the recreational use of marijuana. Another 22 states have decriminalized the drug, and public opinion suggests legalization is supported by more than 60 percent of Americans … Jennifer Kenney, assistant professor at the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama, said she doesn’t believe if Alabama decriminalized low amounts of marijuana possession, there will be a “huge drop” in the state’s overcrowded prisons.

Study says Alabama’s bioscience industry is thriving
Tuscaloosa News – May 13
University of Alabama researchers say the state’s bioscience industry generates nearly $7.3 billion in economic activity annually. The study was conducted by a team at the Center for Business and Economic Research at UA’s Culverhouse College of Business in conjunction with BioAlabama, an industry trade group. Those conducting the study defined the bioscience sector as a combination of research institutions, medical labs, startups, international pharmaceutical manufacturers and more, encompassing around 780 companies and nearly 48,000 jobs in Alabama.

‘All of Us’ Research Program bus stops at UA
WAFF-NBC (Huntsville) – May 11
It’s called the ” All of Us” research program. The benefits could be huge and so is the commitment, at least 10 years. Researchers at the University of Alabama want you if you’re willing to share information about your health. They want to find ways to offer better individualized care, prevention, and treatment for people.

Trying for fifth title, University of Alabama robotics team tackles new challenge
Alabama News Center – May 13
NASA’s annual robotics challenge presents a new problem for college students to solve, and students at the University of Alabama hope their solution can win the contest for a fourth straight year. Made up of about 65 students from across eight disciplines including engineering and computer science, Alabama Astrobotics is the only team to win more than once in the eight-year history of the NASA Robotic Mining Competition, placing first in 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bragg to visit Calloway County Public Library
Murray Ledger and Times (Kentucky) – May 12
The Calloway County Public Library and Friends of the Calloway County Public Library will welcome award-winning author Rick Bragg from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Bragg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, journalist and author of two bestselling memoirs, “All Over But the Shoutin’” and “Ava’s Man.” He teaches writing at the University of Alabama and pens a monthly column for the “Southern Living.” His newest book, “The Best Cook in the World: Tales From My Momma’s Table,” was released in April.
Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle – May 13
Seven dead, including four children, in Australia’s worst mass shooting in decades
ABC News Radio – May 11
Seven people, including four children, were found dead from gunshot wounds early Friday at a property in southwest Australia, near the popular tourist town of Margaret River, police said … The United States also has had the highest number of public mass shootings, defined as those that occur in relatively public places, according to a 2015 study conducted by University of Alabama criminology professor Adam Lankford.
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University of Alabama’s Chloe West: People with POTS are not alone
Yellowhammer – May 11
People have a reasonable expectation when visiting a physician: a diagnosis. Then, there’s a prognosis and, hopefully, a plan for recovery. Two years passed before University of Alabama student Chloe West learned why she’d been experiencing chronic fatigue and foggy brain: dysautonomia, a condition in which the nervous system doesn’t function properly. West was later diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), a disease that features dysautonomia and can cause rapid fluctuations of heart rate.
NATIONAL NURSES WEEK: Chief nursing officer looks back over 28-year career
Athens News Courier – May 12
Traci Collins started her nursing journey convinced nursing was something she would never want to do. She was an 18-year-old clerical employee at Athens-Limestone Hospital, but looking back now, after almost 30 years in the hospital, she knows that was just part of the youth package … Alongside her work, Collins continued her education in nursing. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing, and she’ll graduate in August with her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama.

Experience of black doctoral students underscores need for diversity in STEM
Info Sur Hoy – May 12
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.

LEND A HAND: Work begins to ‘Raise the Roof for Sonya’ on Habitat home
Tuscaloosa News – May 12
The big day for Sonya Kemp of Tuscaloosa finally came on Thursday when construction on her new Habitat for Humanity home began in earnest … University of Alabama students, including the UA Habitat Campus Chapter, a Culverhouse College of Commerce Master of Marketing project group, and a group from the College of Communication and Information Sciences, teamed up to raise much of the funding necessary to build the house through their “Raise the Roof for Sonya” campaign.

Limited Liability Companies taking a growing role in real estate market
WLS-AM (ABC Radio) (Chicago, Illinois) – May 13
Susan Pace Hamil, a law professor at the University of Alabamatold the Times that there should be a way to keep the liability and tax benefits of LLCs without all the secrecy.

UA’s Phi Beta Kappa inducts Waters into society
The Daily Times (Maryville, Tennessee) – May 13
Chelsea Waters, of Maryville, has been inducted into the University of Alabama’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The society has chapters at 286 colleges and has noteworthy members such as 17 U.S. presidents and 39 Supreme Court justices.

COLLEGE NEWS: May 13, 2018
Tuscaloosa News – May 13
University of Alabama – Adeline Grace Turner of Gordo received a bachelor of science in nursing degree on May 5 at the University of Alabama.

Campus news
Marietta (Georgia) Daily Journal – May 13
University of Alabama student Daniel Fobes of Kennesaw will play Jackson in the summer 2018 SummerTide production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” in June at the George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Green for Green
High Beam Research – May 12
The University of Alabama issued the following news release: Renewable energy is clean, ecologically responsible and sustainable, unlike energy dependent on fossil fuels. But, for companies in the United States, renewable energy needs to also be a viable business venture. Fortunately, it is, according to a study by Dr. Alexander Ellinger, a business professor at The University of Alabama.
Nursing school takes first steps to institute student-centric goals, raise research profile
The George Washington Hatchet – May 14
The School of Nursing is taking the first steps to raise its research profile and institute a “students-first” program as part of initiatives in its strategic plan outlined earlier this year … Joshua Eyer, an assistant professor at the Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama, said the interest groups and survey were both steps in the right direction to ensure that students’ needs are taken into account – but that it’s ultimately up to the administration to “actually do something with it in a meaningful way.”

Congrats … Jalen Drummond of Wedowee
Anniston Star – May 11
University of Alabama student Jalen Drummond of Wedowee recently received recognition at the 41st American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament Championships in Colorado Springs, Co.
What initiatives foodservice directors are tackling this summer
Food Service Director – May 11
While students are able to get some rest during the summer break, the work doesn’t end for operators. They instead get to spend the next few months making improvements to the menu and their facilities to prepare for students to return to school in the fall. Read on to see what they’re working on … This summer, when not supplying meals for orientation and various summer camps, the dining team at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa will be focusing on its Lakeside Dining Center renovation.

The Plank Center Sponsors and Joins Largest Study Worldwide Across 80 Countries
Agility PR – May 11
In the ever-changing world of artificial intelligence, big data and “fake news,” The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations seeks to better understand the rapid changes in the communication industry. The Center will sponsor the North American Communication Monitor (NACM), the first survey of its kind in North America, to explore the status quo, qualities and trends of communication management in North America.

MAY 24TH 2018
The Visualist – May 11
Please join Filter Photo Thursday, May 24th for a book launch and signing with Barbara Diener … “Phantom Power” includes insightful texts by Allison Grant, assistant professor of photography, Department of Art and Art History, University of Alabama, and former assistant curator of education and exhibitions, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago, and Gregory Harris, an assistant curator of photography at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.
Greensboro Symphony Guild announces debutantes for December ball (North Carolina) – May 13
The Greensboro Symphony Guild has revealed the names of the 23 young women who will debut at the 41st annual Symphony Presentation Ball on Dec. 28 … Margaret Lillian Paul, daughter of Amy and Mitchell Paul, University of Alabama.


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