UA In the News — July 11

University of Alabama launches new office to serve gifted children statewide
Birmingham Business Journal – July 10
The University of Alabama wants to empower educators and parents of students who show the potential to develop beyond the benchmarks set for children at their various ages.
 
‘Come legally’: Trump shares ‘solution’ to immigration crisis as reunification deadline to be missed
F3 News – July 10
Donald Trump says the solution to the immigration crisis is simple – don’t enter the country illegally. It comes after his administration admitted it would not be meeting a deadline to reunite separated families … Trump’s Tuesday remarks have prompted reaction on social media, with University of Alabama law professor Joyce Alene stating that although Trump referred to “illegal” entry in his Tuesday remarks, “many of these folks were lawfully presenting themselves to seek asylum” in the US“So much for the rule of law,” she wrote.
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DC Blox to convert former Alabama steel mill into a data center
Datacenter Dynamics – July 10
Atlanta-based cloud and colocation provider DC Blox is building an edge data center in Birmingham, Alabama, set inside a former Trinity Steel plant … According to an analysis prepared by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama, economic impact of this project on the state is estimated to be around $99 million, more than $80 million of which will be spent in Jefferson County.

SITE Camp held at UA
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – July 10
The introduction to engineering program provides a five-day experience focusing on math, engineering, and computer science. The University of Alabama College of Engineering program accepts 40 students at a time, for week long sessions. Students can participate for a fee of $850, and can expect to gain a lot of experience.

UA hosts Camp Seale Harris
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – July 10
Diabetes has no cure, but there is a camp dedicated to making sure that children with the disease make the best of it. Camp Seale Harris is a nonprofit camp designed to teach children with diabetes how to live an exciting and successful life.

Brasfield & Gorrie Partnership with The University of Alabama Provides Hands-On Experience with Construction Technology
Alabama Construction News – July 10
Brasfield & Gorrie recently enabled a select group of graduating seniors from The University of Alabama to enter the job market armed with resumes that include hands-on experience with emerging technologies in the construction field, including assembling and operating 3D printers.

K-12 students facing increase in mental health problems
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – July 10
The psychologist I spoke with says this is not a new problem, but it is a growing concern. He says children have a harder time talking about their feelings. That’s why it is so important that parents and teachers pay extra close attention to spot those symptoms. Mental health issues are serious problems that some parents believe have been overlooked for too long. Experts confirm depression and anxiety is increasing in young students. Dr. John Burkhardt with The University of Alabama says, “We know that the rate for a child, depending on what you read, is about three to five percent, and for adolescents it goes up to about eight percent.”

DENSO Foundation Awards Nearly $1 Million in STEM Education Grants to 25 North American Colleges and Universities
Business Insider – July 10
DENSO, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers of technology and components, constantly searches for ways to increase young people’s access to technical education and help develop tomorrow’s workforce. This year’s grant recipients, which play key roles in training the future automotive workforce, include: Arkansas State University – Jonesboro; California State University Long Beach … University of Alabama Tuscaloosa.
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Alabama’s 100 Mile Challenge (live interview)
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – July 10
Brian Rushing is the director of economic initiatives with The University of Alabama. The 100 Mile Challenge, tell me what that’s all about? “… Alabama is incredibly blessed with hundreds of parks and nature preserves throughout the state, and thousands of miles of recreational trails that people can use to explore them.”

SocialWorkGuide.org Releases Ranking of Top Online Master’s in Social Work Programs
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – July 10
SocialWorkGuide.org, a leading career- and education-focused website that provides comprehensive information about social work degree programs, careers, and licensing requirements in the US, has released its ranking of the top online master’s degrees in social work … The top schools on this year’s list are: 1. Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL); 2. Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO); 3. University of Missouri (Columbia, MO); 4. University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL).
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Two students earn honors at Alabama
Weatherford College Messenger (Decatur, Texas) – July 11
A pair of Decatur residents received academic honors at the University of Alabama for the spring 2018 semester. Ethan Sij made the school’s president’s list. Anna Parks earned a spot on the dean’s list. The president’s list honors students with a 4.0 grade-point average. Students with a 3.5 or above are on the dean’s list.

Can artificial intelligence prevent shooting incidents in schools?
Dutch Cowboys – July 11
Shooting incidents at schools in the United States are not rare. On average, this occurs almost weekly. In a recent shooting in May this year at a high school in Texas, ten students and teachers died … The University of Alabama School of Continuing Education and Firma, a crisis management company, have developed a prevention program with AI, the BERTHA project. With AI they hope to find patterns in signals, such as behavior or language use of pupils, who predict possible violent behavior.

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