UA In the News — Nov. 3-5

  • November 5th, 2018

How ‘Fearless girl’ became ‘Fearful girl’ this weekend
Campaign India – Nov. 5
On Friday, the Fearless Girl statue in New York City was transformed into #FearfulGirl. Manuel Oliver, father of 17-year-old Joaquin Oliver, who was killed during the Parkland school shooting in February, draped a bulletproof vest over the bronze statue in an effort to promote sensible gun laws ahead of Tuesday’s US midterm elections … Three advertising students from the University of Alabama, MK Holladay, Emeline Earman and Mingyu Jo, originated the idea, which grew into #FearfulGirl. “Hundreds of submissions from youth around the world have been screened by the FGWF panel,” said Wenneker.
Her Campus – Nov. 3
Fox 25 (Gulfport, Mississippi) – Nov. 2
NBC 4 (New York) – Nov. 2
CBS Chicago – Nov. 2
Design Taxi – Nov. 5
 
Psychopaths may not be as useful in leadership as you think — and women are often punished for dark traits while men are rewarded
Business Insider – Oct. 25
Neuroplasticity is what makes us different to each another. It’s what separates the creatives from the accountants, and the introverts from the extroverts … “Overall, although there is no positive or negative relation to a company’s bottom line when psychopathic tendencies are present in organizational leaders, their subordinates will still hate them,” said Peter Harms, an associate professor of management at The University of Alabama.
Bryant Archway (Smithfield, Rhode Island) – Oct. 28
 
University of Alabama’s River Pitch seeks student, community entrepreneurs
Alabama News Center – Nov. 4
Do you have an idea for a new product, service or business? Can you pitch it in three minutes or less? If so, come to the Tuscaloosa River Market Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and participate in the 2018 River Pitch Business Idea Competition. The competition allows students and community members to pitch their ideas to judges for a chance to win one of eight $1,000 prizes. Not only will participants have the opportunity to win money, but they will receive valuable feedback on ideas and, potentially, meet experts who will help improve their pitch and develop their ideas into businesses.
 
UA chosen for latest round of EcoCAR challenge
Tuscaloosa News – Nov. 5
A team of University of Alabama students will spend the next four years developing an electric hybrid sport utility vehicle that is capable of some autonomy as part of the latest national advanced vehicle technology competition.
 
University of Alabama plans week of veterans events
Tuscaloosa News – Nov. 5
Beginning with a patriotic display outside Bryant-Denny Stadium  and culminating with a 5K race, the University of Alabama has a variety of events scheduled to honor veterans in advance of Veterans Day on Sunday.
 
UA to offer Bachelor of Science degree in addiction and recovery
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Nov. 2 and 4
Because of the huge demand from students interested in wanting to learn more about drug addiction, the University of Alabama is now offering a bachelor of science degree in addiction and recovery. The College of Human Environmental Sciences is preparing students to combat a wide variety of addictive disorders through this degree program. Department heads believe more people trained and qualified to help, would hopefully save lives.
WSFA-NBC (Montgomery) – Nov. 4
 
Hurricane Michael Victims Slowly Rebuilding: ‘That is Probably the Most Peace I Have Ever Felt in my Life’
CBN News – Nov. 2
Mary Everett is trying to put her life back together. More than three weeks Hurricane Michael hit the United States, Everett and many residents of Florida’s panhandle are still struggling to pick up the pieces … Recently, 40 students from the University of Alabama decided to use their autumn break to join Operation Blessing Disaster Relief teams as they canvassed Everett’s neighborhood removing debris, passing out hot meals and personal hygiene kits.

Entrepreneur Alchemy
Business Alabama – Oct. 31
Universities, with resources of raw talent and costly high-tech equipment, are the ideal venue to incubate ideas. At the University of Alabama’s AIME (Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs) Center, students and professors can take their inventions a step further by exploring the opportunity to move their intellectual property to the marketplace.

Alabama’s economy – and the nation’s – is running strong
Al.com – Nov. 2
Alabama’s economic indicators, like the nation’s, are definitely getting better – based on several numbers out over the last week … Ahmad Ijaz, executive director at the University of Alabama’s Center for Business & Economic Research, said economic forecasts usually factor in the duration of previous expansions. Around the five-year mark, they start to expect an end point approaching.
 
Plugging the Hypersonic Missile Gap — The First $1.4 Billion
Business Alabama – Oct. 15
By the time you finish reading this sentence, a hypersonic weapon could have flown from Mobile to Huntsville, where Lockheed Martin Space is researching and developing just such a device … Xiaowen Wang, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Alabama, studies the behavior of hypersonic craft and offers insight into the nature of hypersonic flight. “I am focusing on how air flows around the vehicle,” Wang says.
 
UA SENIOR ORGANIZES JOB FAIR IN HER HOME TOWN
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Nov. 4
Felecia Travis, a senior at the University of Alabama, was concerned about the job market in her home town of Greensboro and decided to do something about it. Travis, who is studying business management at Alabama, organized a job fair in Greensboro. She got 18 employers to commit to attending the event.

Auburn teams with Alabama to fight food insecurity
WAFF 48 (Huntsville) – Nov. 2
In Auburn, students are working with the Food Bank of East Alabama to help fight food insecurity. The Beat Bama Food Drive is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Beat Bama Food Drive is a service organization that brings the students, faculty, alumni, and Auburn community together to fight food insecurity for the Food Bank of East Alabama.
WTVM-ABC (Columbus, Georgia) – Nov. 2
WSFA-NBC (Montgomery) – Nov. 2

“Hatch Fairhope,” an entrepreneurial resource center, hosts grand opening
CBS 5 (Mobile) – Nov. 3
Startup companies now have a new resource center on the Eastern Shore. “Hatch Fairhope” hosted its grand opening Friday. The offices are located on the second floor of the BBVA Compass building on the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Section street … The Baldwin Community and Economic Development Foundation launched the program in partnership with the City of Fairhope, Coastal Alabama Community College and the University of Alabama.

Ok Cupid, Don’t Be Stupid: Online Dating in the Golden Years
Psychology Today – Nov. 3
Many adults seek intimacy into later life, both in person and online (Addis et al., 2006). Compared to previous generations, the rate of casual dating has ballooned among adults over 50, who now account for 1 in 4 divorces since 1990 (Brown & Lin, 2012) … (Christina Pierpaoli Parker, MA, is a fourth-year graduate student in the Clinical Geropsychology doctoral program at the University of Alabama under the co-mentorship of Drs. Forrest Scogin and Martha R. Crowther.)

UA football player sends message to girl who just received a heart transplant
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Nov. 3
Helen Abele is from Birmingham, and Mack Wilson heard she needed to have a heart transplant. So, he sent her this sweet shout out.

UA football player surprises boy with cancer with Facetime call
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – Nov. 3
Sid Hobbs got a surprise Facetime call with University of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The two chatted for a bit and then he asked if he could pray for Sid. The boy is fighting cancer for the second time.

Landmark Bridge and Highway Venture
Business Alabama – Sept. 4
With assets like bridges, the two biggest costs to consider over the asset’s life are construction and maintenance, says Sam Addy, senior research economist at the University of Alabama’s Center for Business and Economic Research … With assets like bridges, the two biggest costs to consider over the asset’s life are construction and maintenance, says Sam Addy, senior research economist at the University of Alabama’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

UA students talk about UA-LSU game and Be Positive Foundation (Live interview)
WAKA-CBS (Montgomery) – Nov. 2
We have been out here all day long and had a blast at the University of AlabamaWe have got Brandon here and Megan. And we are talking about the game on Saturday.

Roads and Politics
Business Alabama – Sept. 16
Everyone complains about Alabama roads, whether they’re backed up in interstate traffic in Birmingham and Mobile or taking a long rural detour to avoid an unsafe county bridge that should have been replaced years ago … The task force is made up of government officials and business interests. It doesn’t even have a name, but it does have committees and breakout groups. The Alabama Transportation Institute at the University of Alabama and the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M have both been involved in providing information — TTI because it has done research on similar issues facing Texas.

UA student talks about UA-LSU Game and new Lyft program (Live Interview)
WAKA-CBS (Montgomery) – Nov. 2
I’ve got Jon Bree here with me. You’re in SGA, but quickly give me some things for people that are watching that they can do to prepare for this Saturday.

COLLEGE NEWS: November 4, 2018
Tuscaloosa News – Nov. 4
University of Alabama: The Capstone Horn Quartet, also known as Tater and the Tots, is the first University of Alabama horn quartet to win the International Horn Society Summer Symposium Student Amateur Quartet Competition, which was held at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  . . . In one of the culminating events of the degree program at The University of Alabama, Bachelor of Fine Arts candidate Jennifer Gault of Northport, is featured in an exhibition titled “Raw & Unfinished Business.” Jennifer Gault’s BFA concentrations are in sculpture and ceramics, with an anthropology minor.  . . . For the second consecutive year, The University of Alabama Magnetics and Antenna team placed in the international Student Antenna Design Contest held by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Antenna and Propagation Society. One of the team members is Hoyun Won of Tuscaloosa. . . . A University of Alabama student team — Alabeama — recently placed third in the 2018 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Big Beam Competition. Among the team members are: Daniel Bridi Valentim and Gabrielle Willis of Tuscaloosa. . . . A group of University of Alabama students spent fall break in Panama City, Fla., helping with the recovery efforts following Hurricane Michael.

APPLAUSE: Recognizing good news and milestones
Ocala Star-Banner – Nov. 4
Catherine Bedore of Ocala, with a group of University of Alabama students, spent fall break in Panama City helping with recovery efforts following Hurricane Michael.

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