UA In the News — June 12

U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Nearly $1.5 Billion in INFRA Grants
Informed Infrastructure – June 12
The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced nearly $1.5 billion in proposed grants through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. “These INFRA grants will empower states and communities to make significant long-term infrastructure improvements that will shape transportation and mobility for decades to come,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao … 2nd Avenue Connectivity Corridor Project, University of Alabama, $6,025,657 – to construct the 2nd Avenue Connectivity Corridor Project to build a bridge over an existing rail line.
Civil and Structural Engineer – June 11
 
ECOCAR 3 – COLLEGE STUDENTS REINVENT THE CAMARO!
Drive Tribe – June 11
For the past 30 years, the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions have exemplified co-operation between the auto industry, academia and government to provide real-world, hands-on skills specifically applicable to the auto industry … The University of Alabama’s team incorporated two electric motors in their Camaro. One was belted to the front of the car’s internal combustion engine (P1 location).

Tuscaloosa natives among first to test White House app
Tuscaloosa News – June 11
Two Tuscaloosa natives were among the first to test a new phone app that gives users an inside look into the history of the White House. Russell Cole, a sixth-grade student at Tuscaloosa Academy, and University of Alabama graduate student Malcolm Cammeron were among the first users of the White House Experience, an app presented by the White House Historical Association.
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – June 11
 
UA student crowned Miss Alabama
WPMI-NBC (Mobile) – June 11
For the second year in row Miss Tuscaloosa earned the title of Miss Alabama. Kelly Walker, a junior at the University of Alabama won the pageant Saturday night. She goes on to be in the Miss America contest this fall.
WAFF-NBC (Huntsville) – June 11
 
Joyce Vance speaks at ACLU conference
C-Span (National) – June 11
Finally, we have an experienced litigator and federal prosecutor, former UA Attorney in the northern district of Alabama and a distinguished visiting lecturer at the University of Alabama School of Law, Joyce White Vance.

The social media reaction to Apple’s announcement about Duke Student IDs
Duke Chronicle – June 12
Apple CEO Tim Cook, Fuqua ’88, announced last week that Duke would be one of six schools hosting its pilot for using the Apple Wallet App for major features of student IDs, such as payments and facilities access … Duke, the University of Alabama and the University of Oklahoma will be the first to launch the program this fall, with Johns Hopkins University, Santa Clara University and Temple University joining the program by the end of the year.
CNET – June 11
 
Girls State comes to UA
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – June 11
Girls from all over the state are gathering this week at the University of Alabama. This year )s Alabama girls state program kicked off Sunday with the arrival of the largest group of young women girls state has ever hosted. Throughout the week, the girls will campaign for government positions, and participate in workshops about government.

Civitan Club celebrates 60 years
Blue Ridge Now (North Carolina) – June 11
The Hendersonville Civitan Club celebrated its 60th anniversary Monday by looking back on its accomplishments and eyeing growth in the future. Club members and special guests gathered at The Chariot in Hendersonville for the occasion. The local club was chartered in March 1958 and originally had 33 members … The club annually supports the Civitan International Research Center at the University of Alabama, which is the culmination of more than 50 years of club members helping those with special needs.

University of Alabama names new dean for college
Birmingham Business Journal – June 11
The University of Alabama has appointed a new chief academic officer for one of its colleges. Stuart Usdan has been named dean of the College of Human Environmental Sciences. Usdan begins his responsibilities July 1. He succeeds Milla Boschung, who is retiring after serving in the role since 2003. “Stuart is a strong academic leader with a respected research record and a firm commitment to teaching and service,” said Kevin Whitaker, UA executive vice president and provost. “I’m confident he can build on the college’s many strengths while charting a bold and innovative course for the future.”

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