UA In the News — July 7-9

  • July 9th, 2018

School shooters leave clues. Could AI spot the next one before it’s too late?
Yahoo! – July 9
In the light of recent deadly school shootings in the United States, educators, parents, and security experts are looking to technology to help solve the problem. At the forefront is the use of artificial intelligence. “Our goal is to make sure a kid never wants to bring a gun to school,” Suzy Loughlin, co-founder and chief council of Firestorm, a crisis management firm, said. Toward that end, in partnership with the University of Alabama School of Continuing Education, the company has developed a prevention program that looks for early warning signs in kids who may be at risk of committing future violent acts.
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University of Alabama student team selected for magnetic antenna contest
Alabama News Center – July 7
For the second straight year, a team of engineering students at the University of Alabama is one of six finalists in an international contest to design an antenna system to sound wireless channels and locate radio signals.

UA astronomer aids discovery of rare mid-sized black hole
Tuscaloosa News – July 6
A University of Alabama astronomer is part of an international team of researchers who found a rare mid-sized black hole. “It’s a class of black of hole that we don’t have a lot of data evidence they exist,” said Jimmy Irwin, UA associate professor of astronomy and physics, in a news release. “If we understand how intermediate-mass black holes form, we can understand how large black holes form.” The finding, which demonstrates an effective method to detect the intermediate class of black holes, was announced in the journal Nature Astronomy in June.

University of Alabama launches Gifted Education, Talent Development Office
Alabama News Center – July 8
The University of Alabama’s College of Education will help strengthen the state of Alabama’s gifted education programs through the recent launch of the Gifted Education and Talent Development Office. The office will consolidate all the college’s gifted education research, teaching, service and programming, and offer more professional development for educators and outreach to parents.
Tuscaloosa News – July 9
Black Panther exhibit opens at University of Alabama
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – July 6
A special Black Panther art collection is opening at the University of Alabama. The exhibition features 30 works of art inside the Paul R. Jones museum it’s called “Bam! Black Panther and the black arts movement.” The works include sculptures in wood and stone and photographs.
Tuscaloosa News – July 7

Protecting people who save animals from hot cars
WAFF-NBC (Huntsville) – July 6
England says originally a group of students from the University of Alabama and Holt High helped him with the bill and asked him to sponsor it.

Baseless attacks on Robert Mueller must end to protect our democracy
The Hill – July 8
The argument du jour in partisan circles today goes like this: Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation should end because of the alleged bias of FBI agents who resented candidate Donald Trump. (Joyce Vance served as the United States attorney for the North District of Alabama from 2009 to 2017. Barbara McQuade served as the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan from 2010 to 2017. They now teach at the University of Alabama and University of Michigan law schools.)

GSCC Fine Arts Department Presents Summer Art Exhibition “Immigrant Life”
WEIS (Centre) – July 9
Gadsden State Community College’s Fine Arts Department presents its summer art exhibition “Immigrant Life” by Juan Lopez-Bautista, an artist and University of Alabama biology professor. The show is in the Pierce Cain Learning Resource Center at the Ayers Campus through Aug. 10.

Campus News
Cleveland Daily Banner (Tennessee) – July 7
A total of 11,347 students enrolled during the 2018 spring semester at The University of Alabama were named to the Dean’s List with an academic record of 3.5 or above or the President’s List with an academic record of 4.0.
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UA Swimmer warms up with Beyonce dance
WTMJ-NBC (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – July 7
A University of Alabama swimmer took his love for Beyonce to a new level. Christian Strycker jammed out to the “Everybody Mad” performance by Beyonce from Cochella as a warmup for his race. Strycker got recognition by the U.S. Olympic team and celebrities.
WJCL-ABC (Savannah, Georgia) – July 7
Yonder Dance Company takes ‘IRL’ to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Dance Informa – July 8
Born from professors and dancers at The University of Alabama (UA), Yonder Dance Company is a contemporary dance company from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, that tours locally, regionally and internationally on a biannual basis. Part of its mission is to encourage and seek out collaboration with artists, composers, creative thinkers and makers. Created by Artistic Director Sarah M. Barry and her husband, Creative Director Mark Barry, in 2016, Yonder Dance Company is composed of UA dance majors, and collaborates with UA students and professors of different expertise.  Yonder Dance Company’s most recent work, IRL, and its dancers are headed to Scotland to perform at the esteemed Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a week of performances in early August. Before the company heads to Scotland, it had the opportunity to tour the Southeast to showcase its piece, IRL.

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