UA In the News — Feb. 2-4

  • February 4th, 2019

Startup incubator, accelerator opening in $11.7M facility in Alabama
Birmingham Business Journal – Feb. 1
An $11.7 million business-based facility is gearing up to open in downtown Tuscaloosa. The Edge Incubator and Accelerator is opening in a 26,000-square-foot facility. Occupants are moving in, and an open house is planned for Feb. 6 … Located at 2627 10th Ave., the center began as a collaborative project between the University of Alabama, the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and the city of Tuscaloosa in 2012. Construction work on the facility began in 2017.
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 4
Why do terrorists claim credit for some attacks but not others?
The Economist – Feb. 1
TWO TERRORIST attacks hit the southern Philippines in the final days of January. The first, a double bombing at a Roman Catholic church on January 27th, killed at least 20 people … A forthcoming paper by Erin Kearns of the University of Alabama, covering 102,914 attacks committed in 160 countries between 1998 and 2016, reveals a consistent pattern to these claims and attributions.

A Trio of African Americans Who Have Been Selected to Receive Prestigious Honors
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education – Feb. 1
Mercy Mumba, assistant professor in the Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama, has received the Early Science Investigator Award from the Southern Nursing Research Society.

LEND A HAND: Campaign collects books for students in Black Belt
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 2
The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development is in the middle of its 14th Books for the Alabama Black Belt drive. UA students, faculty and staff, as well as people in the community, can donate new or gently used classic and award-winning books found on school reading lists for K-12 children in the Black Belt.

Remembrance runway: Holocaust victim’s sketches inspire designs
Crimson White – Feb. 4
Hedy Strnad was not only a Jewish dressmaker, but also a Holocaust victim. Although Strnad did not survive, the sketches of her designs live on in to this day … Strnad wanted her sketches to be sent to America to get a job as a designer before she was captured by Nazis. Her sketches were discovered later in The United States and are now recreated by nine students at The University of Alabama.

University of Alabama student Bailey Coats working on singing career
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 3
Ask Melinda Coats when her daughter, Bailey, first began singing and she’ll tell you it all started in the crib. Melinda remembers how as a baby, her daughter would sing herself to sleep while holding her blanket … Today, Bailey is a senior at the University of Alabama majoring in marketing, but she still has her sights on trying to be a working singer, something she began pursuing seriously when she was a teenager.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Feb. 1
Officer John Preston of the University of Alabama Police Department has been awarded first responder of the month by the Punishers Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.
Rebecca Buswell of Oxford Named to President’s List
Oxford Patch (Connecticut) – Feb. 4
Rebecca Lynn Buswell of Oxford, CT (06478), was named to The University of Alabama President’s List for fall 2018. A total of 12,332 students enrolled during the 2018 fall term at UA 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).
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 3
Cape Cod Today (Massachusetts) – Feb. 4
Steamboat Pilot and Today (Colorado) – Feb. 2
The State Journal (Kentucky) – Feb. 2
Santa Maria Times (California) – Feb. 2
Troy Daily News (Ohio) – Feb. 2
Piqua Daily Call (Ohio) – Feb. 2
Yuma Sun (Arizona) – Feb. 2
Daily Citizen-News (Georgia) – Feb. 3
Lewiston Tribune (Idaho) – Feb. 3
The Courier Times (New Castle, Indiana) – Feb. 4
Madison Eagle (New Jersey) – Feb. 4
Northern Virginia Daily – Feb. 3
Tap Into Scotch Plains (New Jersey) – Feb. 2
The Times Record (Maine) – Feb. 1
Daily News (Newport, Massachusetts) – Feb 1
Wicked Local (Wareham, Massachusetts) – Feb. 1
Allied News (Grove City, Pennsylvania) – Feb. 2
Randolph Resident Recognized for Deans List at University of Alabama BFA Program
Tap Into Randolph (New Jersey) – Feb. 3
After auditioning for 28 BFA Theatre Acting Concentration Programs and being accepted to 21 of them , Gillian C Grenz of Randolph accepted an offer to join the Inaugural BFA Program at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
Students design apps to improve everyday life
Crimson White – Feb. 4
Since last semester, computer science students, Logan Jordan and Bailey Gulsby, have been working on an app. Jordan said he cannot elaborate on the details of his app until the team comes up with a final product. However, the production of the app is University-sponsored as Jordan and Gulsby use the UA Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs Center (AIME) resources.

Multicultural Leadership Summit
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Feb. 2
University of Alabama students gathered at the Ferguson Center ballroom today for the annual multicultural leadership summit. The theme for this year was #HereToLead: Exploring Leadership Through Social Injustice. Two keynote speakers discussed what it meant to be a leader in the social media age.
State needs to invest at least $600 million annually in infrastructure, study finds
Democratic Underground – Feb. 4
A report from the University of Alabama’s Alabama Transportation Institute and Alabama Transportation Policy Research Center found that the state needs to invest between $600 million and $800 million annually for the next 20 years to meet infrastructure needs.

Are female CEOs more likely to be fired than men?
Human Resources Director (Canada) – Feb. 4
No matter how successful female CEOs are in their role, they are still more likely to be fired by their employers compared to their male counterparts, according to a new report. While women constituted only about three per cent of CEO departures from 2000 to 2014, they had a higher likelihood (5%) of being fired from their job compared to men (3%) in the same position, researchers from the University of Alabama found.
Human Resources Director (Asia) – Feb. 1

Peace Studio Announces A New Musical Theater Camp For Teens
Broadway World – Feb. 1
This July, teens ages 13-17 with a passion for singing, dancing and acting can hone their skills at Peace Studio: Broadway … Stacy Alley is head of Musical Theatre and an associate professor of musical theatre/dance at the University of Alabama.

‘Meet Your Legislators Night’ is Monday
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 2
The upcoming state legislative session will be the focus of “Meet Your Legislators Night.” The free event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Birmingham Central Room on the second floor of the Bryant Conference Center, 240 Paul W. Bryant Drive, on the University of Alabama campus.

WGRC hosts stalking awareness speaker series
Crimson White – Feb. 4
Madison Hall was stalked while working as an intern in Washington, D.C. and was frustrated by how little police could do to stop it … Hall, a junior majoring in public relations, worked with the UA Women and Gender Resource Center (WGRC) to host a series of events and panels to raise awareness and train students on how to prevent stalking and handle the issue if they are being stalked.
Krispy Kreme Challenge will raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 4
Two thousand and four hundred calories, 12 doughnuts, two miles, one hour. The seventh annual Krispy Kreme Challenge will tests its competitors’ mettle while serving as Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama’s biggest annual fundraiser … ″(University of Alabama mascot) Big Al comes out, and he leads the race every year,” McInerney said. “It’s just a lot of fun.”

Artists celebrate start of Black History Month
Crimson White – Feb. 4
The Arts Council Gallery’s Black History Month Exhibition will be on display through Feb. 25. The University of Alabama will also be holding a range of events throughout February. Historical tours, movie nights and campus dialogues are being sponsored by several campus organizations. For a calendar visit

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