UA In the News — June 2-4

  • June 4th, 2018

UA professor studies how emergency messages are being delivered during hurricanes
National Public Radio (National) – June 1
In Florida, the biggest concern is storm surge. Disaster experts say rapidly rising water poses a much greater threat to property and lives than high winds. But in Hurricane Irma, researcher Jason Senkbeil says many evacuees held a different view…Senkbeil, a meteorologist at the UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA studies how emergency managers communicate risk in hurricanes. During the Irma evacuation, he interviewed people at rest stops on Florida’s interstates. Many said when they made the decision to evacuate, Irma was a category four or five hurricane…
American Cancer Society advises colorectal screens at 45, not 50
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – June 1
The American Cancer Society is out with new screening guidelines for colorectal cancer. The organization now recommends that you be screened for colon cancer starting at age 45 instead of 50. . . . Dr. Drake Lavender, a physician and professor at the University of Alabama, agrees there’s been an increase of colon cancer in people younger than 50 years of age and it’s risen 1 percent each year over the last decade. – June 3
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – June 1

For Alabama Democrats, calling out Trump a tough choice
Anniston Star – June 3
Adia McClellan Winfrey believes Congress should keep up the probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election —  and she says impeachment of President Donald Trump would be a “viable response” if collusion did happen. “This is an issue too big to drop, and it has long-term implications that could affect future elections,” wrote Winfrey, a Democratic candidate for Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District seat, in an email to The Star. . . . While Rogers has become increasingly vocal in his support of President Donald Trump in recent weeks — calling, among other things, for an end to the Russia probe — talking about Trump and Russia is altogether trickier for Alabama Democrats, political science experts say. “You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see that Donald Trump has a following in Alabama,” said Stephen Borrelli, a professor of political science at the University of Alabama. “Attacking him is probably not going to be a winning strategy in a general election.”

Is the Alabama attorney general primary race heading toward runoff? – June 1
It’s been called the “under the radar” Alabama political race this year, but the run for state attorney general still drew six candidates, heated rhetoric and millions in contributions from powerful state interests. . . . “It seems like this has been a fairly under the radar kind of race,” University of Alabama Political Science Department Chairman Dr. Joseph Smith said this week. “To the extent the state races have gotten any publicity, it’s been the governor’s race. So, I would guess what’s going to be important, what’s going to influence voters is name recognition and incumbency.” “Marshall certainly wins on incumbency, and I think he’s got the most advertising going on,” Smith said. “You would think Troy King would have pretty good name recognition, since he was the former attorney general, but I don’t know if that has faded from people’s heads in the last few years.”
Demonstration in Moundville to feature Choctaw crafts
Tuscaloosa News – June 1
A demonstration of Choctaw crafts kicks off this year’s Saturday in the Park series. Held at Moundville Archaeological Park, the series highlights aspects of Native American archaeology, natural history, sustainable gardening and more.
College News
Tuscaloosa New – June 3
U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) announced that Mason Joyner, daughter of Walley and Kelly Joyner of Madison, Mississippi, Darry Elizabeth Freeman of Montgomery, and Bebe Wheeles of Birmingham, completed internships this summer in his Washington office.  Joyner is a rising sophomore at the University of Alabama, pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering. She is also a part of the STEM Path to MBA program at UA. Joyner served as a Junior Panhellenic Delegate for Chi Omega sorority during her freshman year and is a Greek Ambassador for the University. In addition, she is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the Alpha Lambda Delta and Lambda Sigma Honor Societies. . . . Anna Claire Toxey, a native of Tuscaloosa, has received a grant from the Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation to work with Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy organization. A senior at The University of Alabama,
Local students named to dean’s lists for fall 2017
Herald News (Joliet, Illinois) – June 3
The University of Alabama Bolingbrook: Amira Aquino Channahon: Jacob Swank, Nathaniel Vaught of Channahon Crest Hill: Kathryn Shay, Madeline Shay Elwood: Benjamin Hallihan Frankfort: Kelsey Bailey, Gehrig Batson, Collin Berry, Allyson Chavez, Abby Christensen, Alexandra Doyle, Kenichi Haynie, Jessica Helwig, Ashley Just, Alyssa Kandow, Riley Maloney, Riley Murphy, Austin Pearson, Cynthia Rozak, Alyssa Ruvoli, Joel Seielstad , Cassidy Spacek, Melanie Weller, Logan Winkler
Cullman Sense – June 2
Nearly 250 University of Alabama students are receiving hands-on educational experience with dozens of companies and organizations across the United States through UA’s Cooperative Education Program for summer 2018. Among the students: Zachary Holt, of Cleveland, will work at M.J. Harris in Birmingham. Ryder Jones, of Cullman, will work at Saiia Construction in Birmingham. Mitchell Naler, of Cullman, will work at Rheem Water Heaters in Montgomery. Justin Richardson, of Blountsville, will work at Alabama Power in Birmingham.
Primary primer: Alabama courts of Civil and Criminal Appeals
Montgomery Advertiser – June 2
Twelve candidates will vie for judgeships in the Alabama courts of civil and criminal appeals during next week’s primary elections.  While the positions aren’t as high profile as elections for governor or Supreme Court justices, legal experts say these courts impact Alabama’s legal system.  “Their decisions really make a difference,” said Jenny Carroll, law professor at the University of Alabama. “Cases are all about interpretation, about making the decisions about which aspects of the law apply and which don’t. We research about who our next senator or govern
UA’s SummerTide Theater performs Pump Boys and Dinettes in Gulf Shores
WALA-Fox (Mobile) June 1-2
If you’re heading down to the beach, the UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA’S Theater Department is kicking off its new summer show. Summertide theatre is presenting “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the musical, the pump boys of the local gas station and their neighbors from the local diner come together for a night of lively country Western music. The show is running at the George c. Meyer performing arts center in gulf shores tonight through June 29.

Tuscaloosa population now 100,000
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – June 1, 2
For the first time, Tuscaloosa has 100-thousand people thanks in large part to the growth of the UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA. According to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, 38,563 students are enrolled in UA as of 2017.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – June 1

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