UA In the News — Jan. 18

  • January 18th, 2019

UA to hold “Realizing the Dream” Events
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Jan. 17
The University of Alabamais holding events to celebrate diversity in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day which is Monday, Jan. 21. Tomorrow the University will be hosting a “Realizing the Dream Legacy Banquet” at the Bryant Conference Center at 6:30.
 
Unity Day marks Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
Tuscaloosa News – Jan. 17
On Monday, people across Tuscaloosa will participate in Unity Day, a day of activities connected with the celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday … Meanwhile, the annual Realizing the Dream celebration at the University of Alabama this weekend will feature award-winning gospel singer and songwriter Marvin Sapp and veteran journalist and author Byron Pitts.
Crimson White – Jan. 18
 
ALEA encourages drivers to use seatbelts
WRBL-CBS (Columbus, Georgia) – Jan. 17
A 2018 study published by the University of Alabama found that people who do not wear seatbelts are 40 times more likely to die in wrecks. The same study says only one in 1,000 die in car crashes who use seatbelts. The same study says if all backseat passengers buckled up, an estimated 62 lives per year could be saved in Alabama.

As shutdown drags on, federal scientists scramble to keep insects, plants and microbes alive
York Dispatch (Pennsylvania) – Jan. 17
Three days a week, Don Weber shows up to work at the U.S. Department of Agriculture campus in Beltsville, Maryland … Missing out on a key moment in an experiment can waste months of work, said Meaghan Pimsler, an entomologist at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

‘Is It Ever OK to Lecture?’
Chronicle Vitae – Jan. 17
Last fall, about a month into his first semester of teaching, a graduate-student instructor I mentor came to see me in my office. Before the semester began, he had participated in an intensive workshop on teaching for new teaching assistants in our department … On Twitter in November, Claire Major, a professor of higher-education administration at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, tweeted that “when students are listening to a lecture, they are ‘doing something.’

Alabama’s incentives for Airbus: ‘Public relations donation’ or “investment in future’?
Al.com – Jan. 17
Alabama competing for the SEC championship in college football each year may be the only surer bet than the predictability of bureaucrats offering lavish incentives to large companies in an effort to lure jobs and tax revenue into the state … “In terms of the state of Alabama, they are good at designing these packages but in my opinion, they aren’t much different than what other states are doing,” said Amanda Ross, assistant professor of economics at the Culverhouse College of Commerce at the University of Alabama.

Research shows that daily routines helps children learn and develop
Alpha Galileo – Jan. 18
Research conducted by Valencia’s Catholic University (UCV) has highlighted the need to promote children’s participation in daily routines – whether in school, with the family or in the community -, ‘as they offer opportunities for children to practice and acquire abilities, thus promoting their appropriate education and development’ … This work, headed by María Dolores Grau Sevilla, from the UCV’s Faculty of Psychology, and Robin McWilliam, from the Faculty of Education of the University of Alabama, in the USA, is part of the Campus Capacitas and also part of the UCV’s Risk Factors and Disability and Psychopathology Protection research team work.

On The Young Turks: Discussing how Universal Background checks harm poor minorities
Free Republic – Jan. 18
Dr. John R. Lott Jr. spoke with the Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur about how universal background checks disarm poor minorities. The also debated whether more guns mean less crime. Regarding claims about how crime rates vary across nations see here and how crime rates change after guns are banned see here. In reference to the graph on mass public shootings that Cenk shows see the paper discussed here. Lott wasn’t able to see the graph when he was talking to Cenk Uygur, but he was correct guessing that they were relying on numbers from Adam Lankford at the University of Alabama.

Apple’s Jennifer Bailey to Keynote TRANSACT, Discuss Mobile Payments
Transaction Trends – Jan. 17
ETA is excited to announce that Apple’s vice president of internet services, Jennifer Bailey, will deliver the keynote address at TRANSACT , the world’s largest payments technology event. Bailey, who leads the Apple Pay team, will discuss how Apple is bringing customers and merchants an easy, convenient and secure payments experience … Apple Wallet supports customer loyalty program cards and contactless student ID cards at Duke, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Alabama.
 
OnlineMasters.com Names Top Master’s in Social Work Programs for 2019
Houston Chronicle – Jan. 17
OnlineMasters.com, a trusted source for unbiased college rankings and higher education planning, announced the release of their Best Online Master’s in Social Work Programs for 2019 … 2019 Best Master’s in Social Work Degree Programs (in alphabetical order): Arizona State University; Baylor University … University of Alabama.
San Francisco Gate – Jan. 17
Seattle Post-Intelligencer – Jan. 17

ASU historian presents on first MLK biography
Crimson White – Jan. 17
Alabama State University historian Derryn Moten republished the first biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recently, and he will give a presentation Jan. 17 in Gorgas Library for the public … Who: The College of Communication & Information Sciences is hosting the event.

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