UA In the News — June 13

USDOT announces $2.1B of grants
Construction Dive – June 12
Dive Brief: The U.S. Department of Transportation announced two major infrastructure allocations, with almost $1.5 billion for potential, discretionary grants through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program and $677 million from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP) … The smallest project in the running for an INFRA award is construction of a bridge over an existing rail lane at the University of Alabama for approximately $6 million, and the largest is $184 million to the Georgia Department of Transportation to construct 17 miles of express lanes on Georgia State Road 400.

Newport native leads EcoCAR 3 team
Monroe News (Michigan) – June 12
Bethany Corne held a leading role on a University of Alabama team which built a $50 million sustainable vehicle. A Newport resident held a leading role on a University of Alabama team which built a $50 million sustainable vehicle.

Lake Thurlow to be lowered ahead of spillway gate replacement
Alabama News Center – June 12
Water levels on Lake Thurlow will be lowered starting at midnight Monday, June 18, ahead of a multiphase project to replace spillway gates at Thurlow Dam … Alabama Power worked with the Alabama Historical Commission and the University of Alabama to research Thurlow Dam when designing the new gates. The dam was built on the site of an early 19th-century textile mill.
 
Tryon Fine Arts Center says goodbye to summer technical staff
Tryon Daily Bulletin (North Carolina) – June 12
Interim Technical Director Sam Nelson took the reigns of TFAC’s extensive audio and lighting needs over the summer. However, he leaves in August to pursue his master’s degree at the University of Alabama.

Claim denials, not report lag, lead to rising comp costs
Business Insurance – June 12
Failing to file a workers compensation claim immediately following an injury is not causing claim costs to rise, but some experts warn employers and workers comp insurers to tread lightly when saying an employee’s injury is not compensable because of the additional expense if such determinations are later overturned … “There are a lot of things you can take away from this,” said Carin Burford, a Birmingham, Alabama-based shareholder with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C. who also teaches workers compensation law at the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa.

Fort Wayne native and noted author Michael Martone will sign copies of his latest book Saturday at Hyde Brothers, Booksellers
Ft. Wayne News Sentinel (Indiana) – June 12
When Fort Wayne native and author Michael Martone thought about Coliseum Boulevard, he realized “my life is sort of out there on that stretch of road.” … He writes along with teaching as a professor of English at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Blackboard bringing NFC student IDs to iPhone and Apple Watch with iOS 12
Phone Arena – June 12
We heard rumors last month that Apple was going to expand the NFC capabilities for iPhones and the Apple Watch with iOS 12 to enable options for hotel chains and other contactless access features. It wasn’t something that Apple mentioned on stage during WWDC, but it seems the rumors were accurate because Blackboard has announced it is coming to the iPhone … At launch when iOS 12 hits in the fall, Blackboard will be enabled for students at the University of Alabama, Duke University, and the University of Oklahoma with Johns Hopkins University, Santa Clara University, and Temple University planned to be added before the year is out.
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