UA In the News — May 5-7

  • May 7th, 2018

87-year-old woman finishes degree at Alabama
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – May 5
Pat Cassity got burned out as a music student at the University of Alabama in 1947. That sabbatical, as she called it, lasted 70 years. When her husband died in 2017, she decided to return to school and get a degree through the Back to Bama distance-learning program. Cassity was eligible for an interdisciplinary studies degree through the College of Human and Environmental Sciences after completing the course. Cassity talked to WBRC FOX6 News about finishing what she started at the University 70 years ago.
Tuscaloosa News – May 5
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University of Alabama Spring Commencement
Tuscaloosa News – May 5
Sierra Hampton hugs her mother Wanda after she was awarded her degree from the School of Business during Spring Commencement at the University of Alabama Saturday, May 5, 2018. [Gary Cosby Jr./Staff Photo]
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – May 5
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – May 5
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – May 5

Mortar Boards Tell The Story At UA Spring Commencement
Tuscaloosa News – May 6
Graduates express their feelings about graduation and the future with the decorations atop the mortar boards during Spring Commencement at the University of Alabama Saturday, May 5, 2018. [Gary Cosby Jr./Staff Photo]

University of Alabama spring 2018 full graduate list
Tuscaloosa News – May 5
Area graduates for the University of Alabama Spring 2018 commencements.
Hundreds of veterans honored during University of Alabama graduations
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – May 5
Hundreds of veterans will get degrees from the University of Alabama during graduations ceremonies starting today. Some of them were recognized this afternoon at Tuscaloosa’s VA Medical Center. The University of Alabama Office for Veteran and Military Affairs hosted the event. In all, 399 military affiliated students are getting degrees from the University of Alabama. That includes veterans who were on active duty, served in the reserves and even their dependents. More than a dozen people from those groups were honored.
WTVM-ABC (Columbus, GA) – May 5
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – May 4
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UA student athletes to graduate
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – May 4
Big weekend around the state for student athletes receiving diplomas. At the UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA more than 100 student athletes will be honored. Two on the baseball team which means graduation is sandwiched between two games.

Law school holds graduation
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – May 6
There’s another round of graduations in Tuscaloosa. Since Friday the UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA has held five commencement ceremonies at Coleman Coliseum. This afternoon the law school honored their graduates.

UA star running back graduates decades later
ABC 33/40 – May 5
Former running back Siran Stacy is officially a graduate of The University of Alabama more than two decades after finishing his football career there. Today is a new beginning for the star player who has spent the last decade overcoming some of life’s greatest challenges, namely, losing his wife and four of his children in a car crash.
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – May 5
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – May 4
Derrick Henry explains why graduating from Alabama was so important to him
SEC Country – May 5
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry graduated from the University of Alabama on Friday and revealed how his late grandmother provided inspiration for continuing to pursue his degree in a piece for the Players’ Tribune.
USA Today – May 5
WJXT (Jacksonville, FL) – May 4

Amari Cooper, Derrick Henry, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Graduate from Alabama
Bleacher Report – May 7
Amari Cooper, Derrick Henry and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix hoisted SEC championships together. Over the weekend, they walked across the stage together as college graduates.
WVUA  (Tuscaloosa) – May 5
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Hale Hentges graduates from The University of Alabama
KMIZ-ABC (Columbia, MO) – May 6
Former Helias star Hale Hentges graduated from Alabama this weekend. In three years, Hentges has won two National championships and graduated from the UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA, not bad at all. Hentges has one year of eligibility remaining – he could very well add a third National title to his resume.

UA mechanical engineering students make car for boy with disabilities
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – May 4
A special gift was given to a student at Inverness Elementary School in Shelby County. Bailey Harris was born without arms – so, engineering students from the UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA transformed a toy ride-along car to help him get around school.
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – May 4
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – May 4

University of Alabama researcher helps to understand possible Antarctic glacier collapse
Alabama News Center – May 4
A joint research project between scientists from the United States and United Kingdom will be one of the most detailed and extensive examinations of a massive Antarctic glacier ever undertaken. The collapse of the Thwaites Glacier in west Antarctica could significantly affect global sea levels. It already drains an area roughly the size of Britain or Florida, accounting for around 4 percent of global sea-level rise — an amount that has doubled since the mid-1990s. The U.K. Natural Environment Research Council and the U.S. National Science Foundation will deploy scientists to gather the data needed to understand whether the glacier’s collapse could begin in the next few decades or centuries.

Next generation of engineers get industry experience at the university level
Planet Analog – May 6
Partnerships between electronics manufacturers and institutions of higher education are helping to prepare the next generation of engineering for real world challenges; this effort presents many benefits for both sides. While at APEC this year, I became aware that Littelfuse was working with the University of Alabama (U of A) on the development of SiC power semiconductor devices during an APEC meeting with Littelfuse and Sujit Banerjee, CEO of Monolith Semiconductor in which we discussed university partnerships with industry. University of Alabama students are getting hands-on industry training from Littelfuse.

Alabama GOP governor’s race: With Ivey in lead, will ‘negative’ campaigning follow? – May 4
Richard Fording, political science professor at the University of Alabama, said the only question remaining is whether the governor’s race can head to an anything-goes runoff election. Ivey needs just over 50 percent of the primary vote to avoid the extra primary election on July 17. . . . “The advantage she has is that there is no other candidate in the field who has broader statewide recognition, let alone statewide support,” said Fording, who predicts the governor will win without a runoff. “I think Battle is probably her most significant challenger, but the bulk of his support is concentrated in the Huntsville area. He just doesn’t have the resources to expand his base much further in this limited amount of time.”

Efforts underway to mark New Orleans sites where slaves were bought and sold
New Orleans Advocate – May 5
Amid the many celebrations and retrospectives that have accompanied the city’s 300th birthday this year, one of the less-heralded aspects of New Orleans’ history is finally getting a more official acknowledgement: its central place in the slave trade.  . . . The markers help reveal how the slave trade grew in New Orleans after the banning of the transatlantic trade, according to Joshua Rothman, a professor at the University of Alabama.
When Your iPhone Reinforces Sexism
Huffington Post – May 7
If you turn on your iPhone and say, “Siri, you’re a bitch,” the digital assistant might respond, “There’s no need for that.” If you call her a crude word for female genitalia, her reply is genteel: “Your language!” But if you then ask her to set an appointment for you or start a text message, she’ll happily comply, as if the derogatory statements never occurred. . . . Digital assistants help us with things like errands and phone calls ― stuff that’s considered women’s work, according to Miriam Sweeney, a feminist researcher and an assistant professor at the University of Alabama. “Service work, domestic labor, health care, office assistants — these are all industries which are heavily feminized and also often low paid and low status, with precarious work conditions,” she told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. last year. “We’re seeing the same with digital labor online.”

University Autism Study Pairs Theater With Peer Mentoring
Associated Press – May 6
Researchers at the University of Alabama are preparing for a four-year study that pairs theater and peer mentoring to help improve social skills of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. “It is really good and healthy experience for the non-autistic peers to be a part of that,” said Susan White, principal investigator for the project at UA. “It is good on that side. It is really good for those kids who have autism to be part of something that is not just therapy.” The heart of the theater exercise is helping adolescents with autism disorders pay attention and understand facial expressions and other nonverbal cues.
Athens Courier – May 5

Opinion: Seeing addiction through a new lens – May 4
Some of us have experienced the devastating effects of heroin and opioid addiction and overdoses firsthand, while others have been viewing this epidemic from the sidelines through news reports. Regardless of your perch, opinions are formed about drug users and the different ways government and law enforcement should deal with overdoses. And there’s no shortage of strong views on the controversial topic of administering the overdose-reversing treatment, Narcan. . . . Carly Dries is a Cincinnati native and student at The University of Alabama.

Proposal for SGA Diversity Officer
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – May 6
There is a new push to make the University of Alabama campus more diverse. Price Mcgiffert is only a few weeks into his tenure as president of the Student Government Association at UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA but he’s already tackling a major project by creating a diversity officer within SGA.

E.O. Wilson on C-Span’s Book TV
CSPAN2 (National) – May 5
And then went to the UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA as the first member of my family to go to college having learned a great deal now on my own, which I figured would be enough to get me through the freshman year of my, of my student career at the UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA. And I found, lo and behold, I had more than enough to get me through my freshman year. And I just stayed with entomology and with a wonderful faculty there that gave me the kind of personal attention as a student, as they did to any other student who seemed to flourish by it.

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