UA In the News — Jan. 11-14

  • January 14th, 2019

TRUMP FBI INVESTIGATION: SARAH SANDERS ONCE DESCRIBED FBI PROBE TARGETS WHO ATTACK BUREAU AS LOSERS
Newsweek – Jan. 13
A tweet in which White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said “you’re losing” when you attack the FBI while under investigation has reemerged … Joyce Alene, a University of Alabama law professor, in a tweet said Sander’s own attacks on the FBI chiefs was aptly described in her 2016 tweet.

Domestic influence campaigns borrow from Russia’s playbook
The Hill – Jan. 13
Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) is aggressively going after the individuals and groups behind newly revealed influence campaigns that targeted his special election a little more than a year ago … Joseph Smith, the chair of the political science department at the University of Alabama, said he didn’t think the two influence operations would have played a decisive role in the race given Moore’s name recognition.

California takes over Super Tuesday, stealing spotlight from Alabama and others
AL.com – Jan. 13
The national political spotlight has shined on Alabama since May 27, 2015. But now California may be crowding out Alabama. . . . Richard Fording, a political science professor at the University of Alabama, points out that Romney would not be much of a factor in Alabama against Trump, who remains popular among the state’s GOP.

Trump’s firing of Comey triggered an FBI counterintelligence investigation. Here’s what ‘counterintelligence’ entails
NBC News – Jan. 12
The authority of the FBI to conduct criminal investigations and, with United States attorneys, to prosecute lawbreakers in our nation’s federal courts, is well known. (Joyce White Vance is a law professor at the University of Alabama School of Law, a former U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Alabama, and an NBC News and MSNBC legal analyst.)
 
Middle School Students to develop an app for bullying with help from UA
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – Jan. 12 and 13
The money will help the group turn their idea into a reality with help from the University of Alabama’s Capstone Development I.T. team.

Alabama Human Trafficking Awareness Day sheds light on problem, efforts to fight it
WAFF 48 (Huntsville) – Jan. 13
From a teen being traded for sex in the Shoals, to a prostitution operation in Limestone County, there’s been several recent cases of human trafficking in North Alabama … The School of Social Work at the University of Alabama was awarded a grant from the Department of Justice to create the Alabama Uniform Integrated Human Trafficking Initiative, a comprehensive and collaborative statewide guide of best practices for public and professional agencies regarding human trafficking.

Heavy, ornate and 166 years of history: The Alabama State Bible returns for another inauguration
Al.com – Jan. 13
When Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and other state constitutional officers are sworn today, they will place a hand on an piece of history that gets its own security escort to the Capitol … Michael Altman, a religious studies professor at the University of Alabama, said that the concept of a State Bible has its roots in the Protestant revivalism that dominated the U.S. during the 1800s, especially the South.

UA study finds 5,000 human trafficking victims brought through Alabama each month
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Jan. 11
Today is human trafficking awareness day across the state. The University of Alabama study found 5,000 human trafficking victims are bought right through our state each month. I want to show you a breakdown here. According to a human trafficking group, in 2018, there were 107 calls reporting human trafficking.

NOBODY PREDICTED THIS GALAXY WOULD BE SO LONELY
Futurity – Jan. 14
When astronomers examined a galaxy called Messier 94, they discovered far fewer satellite galaxies than expected. In fact, they detected just two galaxies near M94, with very few stars each. (Smercina’s coauthors are from … the University of Washington and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope; the University of Alabama)
 
Variety show serves Deaf, hard-of-hearing audiences
Crimson White – Jan. 14
Silence isn’t typically the telltale sign of an appreciative audience, but it is for the Sunshine 2.0 theater troupe. “The applause was eerily quiet, but I think that it’s supposed to be,” said Joseph Arrigo, a senior majoring in theatre and political science. “And I mean that in a good way, especially because we were signing the applause.” Arrigo was just one of more than 50 people who lifted and waved their hands in applause at the Ferguson Center, a response to the troupe’s performance of their educational variety show that utilizes both American Sign Language (ASL) and voiced English.

Jesse Scalesi of Danbury to Participate in UA’s Cooperative Education Program
Hamlet Hub (Danbury, Connecticut) – Jan. 11
University of Alabama student Jesse Scalesi of Danbury will participate in UA’s Cooperative Education Program for spring 2019. Scalesi will be working at BASF Corporation.
 
Area students gain accolades from colleges and universities
Morris County Citizen (Whippany, New Jersey) – Jan. 11
Several area students have been recently honored by their respective schools, colleges and universities. The latest include: …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 (all A’s).

Student pair wins SEC Championship tickets in cornhole tournament
Crimson White – Jan. 14
Five hours before Alabama and Georgia clashed in one of the most memorable SEC Football Championships to date, another intense battle between the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs was brewing just a stone’s throw from Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

COLLEGE NEWS: January 13, 2019
Tuscaloosa News – Jan. 13
Ten University of Alabama students’ fashion designs hit the runway in November as part of Fashion for Life, the College of Human Environmental Sciences’ annual fashion show.

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