UA In the News — June 7

Grant aids UA bridge project on Second Avenue
Tuscaloosa News – June 6
A $6.025 million grant has been awarded to the University of Alabama for the construction of a vehicle and pedestrian bridge over the railroad crossing of Second Avenue. The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant, announced Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, will go toward the completion of the overall $22.61 million project that’s expected to improve and realign Second Avenue between Paul W. Bryant Drive and 15th Street.
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – June 6
RT&S – June 6
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Fox 6 (Birmingham) – June 6
 
College of Human Environmental Sciences names new Dean
Crimson White – June 6
Professor Stuart Usdan has been named the new Dean of the College of Human Environmental Sciences at The University of Alabama, according to an email sent by Executive Vice President and Provost Kevin Whitaker on June 5. Usdan succeeds Milla Boschung, who retired after serving as Dean for the past 15 years.

UA offers pilot program to allow students to checkout textbooks at UA libraries
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – June 6
A pilot program making textbooks more affordable for University of Alabama students. 177 textbooks will be available for students to access for free at campus libraries through this summer semester. This past semester, 837 textbooks were available to students.
 
“College First” Courses Begin
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – June 6
College First is a partnership of the UA Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, A+ College Ready, and Americorps. Students say this will help prepare them for later classes.
Tuscaloosa News – June 7
 
Queen Sugar – All Women Directing Remaining Season
 The Jasmine Brand – June 6
“Queen Sugar,” the critically acclaimed OWN drama series from Academy award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay (“Wrinkle in Time,” “13th,” “Selma”), executive producer Oprah Winfrey and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, announced today the remaining directors to complete the season three all-female directorial line-up … The Rachel Raimist Feminist Media Center was named in her honor in 2009. Currently she is a tenured professor of media production at the University of Alabama. “Queen Sugar” marks her directorial debut for television.

Preparing for hurricanes
WCBD-NBC (Charleston, South Carolina) – June 6
According to a study from the University of Alabama, homes with fortified roofs had a 70 percent higher appraisal value.

Shelby County student earns $1,000 Alfa Foundation Scholarship
Shelby County Reporter – June 6
The tuition bill for a local college student will be a little lower in August thanks to a scholarship awarded through the Alfa Foundation … Scholarship recipient Jacob Odom of Birmingham is a Briarwood Christian High School graduate and a freshman at the University of Alabama studying civil engineering.

School news
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette – June 7
The following information is now available on the website of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, nwaonline.com … University of Alabama: Matthew Shultz of Fort Smith, a student at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, will participate in the school’s cooperative education program this summer. Shultz will be working at New Flyer of America in Anniston, Ala.

Local residents Engle, Johnson to participate in summer job program
Decatur Daily – June 6
Adam Engle of Decatur and Ethan Johnson of Hartselle will receive hands-on educational experience this summer through the University of Alabama’s Cooperative Education Program.

College news for the week of June 8
Sun This Week (Minnesota) – June 6
Jarod Robinson, of Lakeville, is part of The University of Alabama robotics team that won first prize in a NASA contest. Alabama Astrobotics took the top prize at the NASA Robotic Mining Competition, besting student teams from more than 50 other institutions in the challenge to build a robot capable of navigating and excavating simulated Martian soil, or regolith. The team has won the top honor four years in a row.

Apple Brings Student ID to iPhones and Watches for Six Colleges
Teen Vogue – June 6
When you’re a college student, your student ID card is your entire lifeline. It allows you to get into your residence hall, it grants you access to buildings including the fitness center, it’s what you use to pay for your meals, and, at many schools, it can even work as a key to your actual dorm room … The initiative is going to start out at six different college campuses: Duke, Johns Hopkins, Santa Clara University, Temple University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Oklahoma.
Ed Scoop – June 6
WMAR-ABC (Baltimore, Maryland) – June 6
 
Health Matters: Family Medicine Residency Program at UMC
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – June 6

A lot of people in the Tuscaloosa area aren’t even aware that we have one of the country’s oldest and largest family medicine training programs right here in Tuscaloosa. We’ve been doing this for over 45 years.

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