UA In the News — Jan. 11

  • January 11th, 2019

Fight Infection… Get a Tattoo
RoccoRolla – Jan. 10
Around 76% of all U.S. adults between the ages of 18-40 have at least one tattoo … According to Dr. Christopher Lynn, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama, tattoos can be beneficial to our health, helping us to fight off colds and other common infections.

West Alabama task force fights human trafficking
Tuscaloosa News – Jan. 10
January is Human Trafficking Awareness month, a national effort to educate the public about what law enforcement officials say is the fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the world … Beams is the head of a new task force of about two dozen officers from agencies across the county. The West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force was created after Tuscaloosa, Northport and the University of Alabama police departments along with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office reached a mutual aid agreement in November.

“Remains of the past” indicated in green
Info Seek (Japan) – Jan. 10
The green part that can be seen in the center of the image is called “Hanny’s Voorwerp” and it is near the spiral galaxy “IC 2497” which can be seen above … Image Credit: NASA, ESA, William Keel (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa), and the Galaxy Zoo team.

The lonely giant: Milky Way-sized galaxy lacking galactic neighbors
Space Ref – Jan. 10
Long ago in a galaxy far, far away, fewer galaxies were born than expected–and that could create new questions for galaxy physics, according to a new University of Michigan study … Smercina’s co-authors include U-M astronomers Eric Bell and Richard D’Souza, who is also with the Vatican Observatory; Paul Price of Princeton University; Colin Slater of the University of Washington and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope; Jeremy Ballin of the University of Alabama.

B.B. Comer Marching Sound of Gold will perform in governor’s inaugural parade Monday
Anniston Star – Jan. 10
The B.B. Comer High School Marching Sound of Gold band is one of 20 in the state that will perform in the 54th Governor’s Inaugural Parade for Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday … Sixteen high school bands from throughout Alabama will participate in the parade, along with four college bands — Auburn University, the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band, Troy University Sound of the South and the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners.

Alexus Cumbie: UA Student combines love of poetry and politics
Birmingham Times – Jan. 10
University of Alabama undergrad Alexus Cumbie has found a way to marry her two loves: poetry and politics. “I never perform anyone else’s poetry, but I have performed the pain that someone has felt before,” she said. Cumbie, 20, addresses issues that include racial injustice, sexual assault, depression, anxiety, and black trauma — “aspects that can be hard to talk about, she said”—through her poetry.
Sign Language Theatre Troupe Performs at UA
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Jan. 10
A unique concert experience was held tonight at the University of Alabama’s Ferguson center. Sunshine 2.0, a professional traveling theatre troupe that uses sign language and vocals, put on performances for those who are deaf and hard of hearing.

With UA’s help, Oakdale Elementary School starts journalism club
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Jan. 10
The program also helps the students learn to speak in public. Thanks to the University of AlabamaOakdale received a grant to purchase this speaking studio. Zaria Simmons is a 5th grader at Oakdale and she’s taking full advantage of the program. She’s been part of the journalism club since she was in first grade.

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