UA In the News — July 4-5

  • July 5th, 2018

Global frog pandemic may become even deadlier as strains combine
MongaBay – July 3
A fungus that has decimated frog populations around the world could get even deadlier, according to new research. The study found that hybridization of different types of the fungus creates strains that can cause greater mortality in frogs. And it warns that deforestation could make this impact worse … “With globalization facilitating pathogen spread across continents, hybridization of chytrids might lead to new epidemic waves reducing amphibian biodiversity in both tropical and temperate regions,” said study coauthor Gui Becker, assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Alabama.
South Africa Today – July 4
UA Law professor Joyce Vance comments on Trump’s Supreme Court Choices (Live Interview)
MSNBC Live with Katy Tura (national) – July 4
Joyce Vance from the University of Alabama law school and MSNBC contributor … Thanks for being with us on this Fourth of July.
Do Fire-breathing Dragons Torch Their Teeth?
How Stuff Works – July 3
Fire-breathing dragons really capture the imagination — leading many writers to ponder just how such a creature might spew forth a torrent of flame. How do we square such a fantastic adaptation with real-life biology? … How did ancient humans dream up fire-breathing beasts? Theories vary, but University of Alabama biologist Stephen Secor proposes an interesting one. He wonders what might have happened if our ancestors killed a gorged python and took it back to their camp.

“Shooting And Robbery Are Frequent”: China Warns Its Citizens About Risks Of Travel To The US
Zero Hedge – July 3
The Chinese Embassy in Washington issued a security advisory last week, warning Chinese citizens traveling to the US that “shooting, robbery, and theft are frequent.” Tourists were also warned to “be alert to suspicious people around you, avoid going out alone at night.” … China may be right: according to a 2015 University of Alabama study, Yemen is the only other country in the world with a higher rate of mass shootings, adjusted for population.
ACS survey polls students’ thoughts on bullying
Shelby County Reporter – July 3
A recent anonymous survey administered to a group of Thompson Sixth Grade Center, Thompson Middle School and Thompson High School students revealed most students do not have an issue with bullying, and the school system’s Student Services Department is using the information to implement a new suicide prevention program and place more of a focus on mental health, according to school leaders … Senior and graduate level social work students from The University of Alabama, Louisiana State University and the University of Montevallo will provide mentoring and small group services to students throughout the school year.

Tri-Town News On Campus, July 4 – July 3
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala., named the following area residents to the dean’s list (3.5 GPA) and president’s list (4.0 GPA) for the 2018 spring semester: Allison Rose Kehoe of Howell, dean’s list; Vincent Scott Murphy of Howell, dean’s list; Zoe Alyse Rosenmertz of Howell, dean’s list; and Erin A. Bilder of Jackson, president’s list.
Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle – July 3
New Orleans Advocate – July 4
BCR News (Princeton, Illinois) – July 3
Gloucester Gazette-Journal (Virginia) – July 3
Wicked Local Georgetown (Massachusetts) – July 3 (Twin Falls, Idaho) – July 3
Port St. Joe Star (Florida) – July 5
Westside Eagle Observer (Arkansas) – July 4
Henrico (Virginia) Citizen – July 4
UA nutritionist talks about grilling safety
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – July 3
And in most cases, there is plenty of good food left over. But will it be safe to eat the next day? According to UA nutritionist Sheena Gregg, you need to make sure you know what the danger zone is for leaving food out.

Delone grad named Miss Pennsylvania
Gettysburg Times – July 4
Gettysburg native Kayla Repasky recently took home the Miss Pennsylvania crown. . . . Through her new role as Miss Pennsylvania, Repasky looks forward to visiting the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. She’s studying nursing at the University of Alabama but plans to take a year off to fulfill her duties as Miss Pennsylvania.

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