UA In the News — Feb. 9-11

  • February 11th, 2019

UA names residence hall after trustee, judge John England Jr.
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 8
The University of Alabama has named its newest residence hall after UA System Trustee John England Jr. in recognition of his service to the state, campus and community. “Judge, your impact on the system and the state is profound. Thank you for your service and leading with such integrity,” said UA System board President pro tempore Ron Gray.
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – Feb. 9 & 10
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Feb. 8 & 9
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Feb. 8
LEND A HAND: Event offers essential information about autism
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 9
A “lunch and learn” event scheduled for Tuesday in Tuscaloosa will focus on autism … “Autism 101,” organized by the West Alabama Regional Autism Network at the University of Alabama, will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Belk Activity Center, 2101 Bowers Park Drive. Attendance is free of charge and lunch will be provided. Parents, caregivers, educators and service providers of people living with autism spectrum disorder are encourage to attend.

High-tech hub ‘The Edge’ aims to spur innovation in Alabama
Associated Press – Feb. 10
A high-tech facility designed to spur innovation and help new businesses has opened in a part of Tuscaloosa that was hit by a killer tornado nearly eight years ago … It is the result of a collaborative effort of the University of Alabama and its Culverhouse College of Business’ Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute; the City of Tuscaloosa; and the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.
Washington Times – Feb. 10
The Argus-Press (Owosso, Wisconsin) – Feb. 10 
Florence Times Daily – Feb. 10
Decatur Daily – Feb. 10
Moulton Advertiser – Feb. 10
West Plains Daily Mail (Missouri) – Feb. 10
Charlotte Observer (North Carolina) – Feb. 10
San Luis Obispo Tribune (California) – Feb. 10
Wichita Eagle (Kansas) – Feb. 10
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia) – Feb. 10
Raleigh News and Observer (North Carolina) – Feb. 10
Sacramento Bee (California) – Feb. 10
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – Feb. 10
Idaho Statesman – Feb. 10
Myrtle Beach Online (South Carolina) – Feb. 10
‘Fearless:’ How Lindsey Vonn’s career is the dream actualized 
New York Daily News – Feb. 10
There is a beautiful recklessness in alpine skiing, and no one rode that edge better than Lindsey Vonn … Research from the University of Alabama showed that it was the first Olympics in which prime time coverage of women’s sports eclipsed that devoted to men. Not only did NBC follow the medals, it followed the athletes that viewers were invested in.
Bristol Herald Courier (Virginia) – Feb. 10
Rome News-Tribune (Georgia) – Feb. 11
Rochester Post Bulletin (Minnesota) – Feb. 10
Valdosta Daily Times (Georgia) – Feb. 10
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia) – Feb. 10
Hastings Tribune (Nebraska) – Feb. 10
Community Media Group – Feb. 10
University of Alabama report: State’s logistics infrastructure unprepared for new economy
Yellowhammer News – Feb. 10
Officials have been saying for decades that Alabama needs to better fund improvements to its infrastructure but a report from the University of Alabama adds new urgency to the issue, saying the state risks losing ground in economic development if it doesn’t address some key areas.
Alabama News Center – Feb. 8
University of Alabama, AARP partner to study needs of Alabama’s older military veterans
Alabama News Center – Feb. 10
The University of Alabama Office for Military Families and Veterans is partnering with AARP Alabama to assess the needs of the state’s older military veterans in order to develop and deliver outreach and educational interventions.
Crimson White – Feb. 11

The mere threat of another shutdown will do lasting damage to the federal workforce
Washington Post – Feb. 11
For federal workers, these intervening weeks between the end of the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history and the looming Feb. 15 deadline for funding the government might seem like a temporary reprieve … And others say that historically, federal employees have been somewhat accustomed to shutdowns. Jonathon Halbesleben, a management professor at the University of Alabama, said in an email that as he’s talked to people about new research possibilities, that’s what he’s heard, and that comparing them to layoffs in the past would not be equal.
Stamford Advocate (Connecticut) – Feb. 11
Danbury News Times (Connecticut) – Feb. 11
Bridgeport Post (Connecticut) – Feb. 11
Norwalk Hour (Connecticut) – Feb. 11

New charter school could be coming to Tuscaloosa by 2020
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 10
Even as she and others were organizing the Capitol School more than 25 years ago in Tuscaloosa, Barbara Rountree hoped the new school would become Alabama’s first charter school … In addition to offering classes involving different subjects like music, languages and art, Captsone is also seeking gain to STEM accreditation and will offere dual enrollment through the University of Alabama’s Early College.

Opinion | Remembering Feb. 28, 2013, and the politics of contempt
Alabama Reporter – Feb. 11
Feb. 28, 2013 was just another late winter’s day in Montgomery.  The temperature was in the 50’s, the legislature was in session and the State Board of Education was having a work session … Now, six years later we know AAA has diverted more than $100 million from the Education Trust Fund; that research by the University of Alabama shows no academic advantage for students who have gotten a private school scholarship.

Buc-ee’s pricing dispute places Alabama fuel law in spotlight – Feb. 9
Buc-ee’s pricing dispute places Alabama fuel law in spotlig Buc-ee’s arrival into Alabama has been met with enthusiastic crowds and a welcome mat from politicians … Traviss Cassidy, an assistant professor of economics at the Culverhouse College of Business at the University of Alabama, said that laws like the Alabama Motor Fuel Marketing Act might benefit rural areas, but they harm retailers in more urban areas.

Law awarded degree from University of Alabama
Elizabethtown News-Enterprise (Kentucky) – Feb. 11
Brianna Law of Elizabethtown has received a Bachelor of Arts in com­muni­cation from the University of Alabama. UA awarded some 2,065 degrees during its fall 2018 commencement Dec. 15.
Daily Advance (Elizabeth City, North Carolina) – Feb. 10
Community Media Group (West Frankfort, Illinois) – Feb. 10
The Dispatch (Columbus, Mississippi) – Feb. 9
Peoria Journal Star (Illinois) – Feb. 9
Human Trafficking in Alabama
WAAY-ABC (Huntsville) – Feb. 9
A University of Alabama study said as many as 5-thousand victims are trafficked through the state every month but only 900 victims are identified a year.
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Feb. 9
WDHN-ABC (Dothan) – Feb. 9
WZDX-Fox (Huntsville) – Feb. 9
WKRG-CBS (Mobile) – Feb. 9
UA to hold 9th Annual Family Night at the Museum
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Feb. 8
This year’s dinosaur themed event will offer interactive hands-on activities to the community. The event will take place in Smith and Lloyd Halls on the University of Alabama campus, which houses the Alabama Museum of Natural History.
Crimson White – Feb. 9

Making history: Miss University of Alabama crowns first black queen
Crimson White – Feb. 11
Tiara Pennington, the first African-American to be crowned as Miss University of Alabama, knows that the color of a person’s skin should not stop them from reaching their goals, because if she did, she would not be where she is today.

Elizabethtown students achieve dean’s list at UA
Elizabethtown News-Enterprise (Kentucky) – Feb. 11
A total of 12,332 students enrolled during the 2018 fall term 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 As.
Cumberland Link (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) – Feb. 8
Concord Monitor (New Hampshire) – Feb. 8
Wicked Local (Wellesley, Massachusetts) – Feb. 8
The Daily Star (Oneonta, New York) – Feb. 8
Times News Online (Lehighton, Pennsylvania) – Feb. 9
Kent Record-Courier (Ohio) – Feb. 10
Ocala Star Banner (Florida) – Feb. 10
Times Daily (Florence) – Feb. 11
Worcester Telegram (Massachusetts) – Feb. 10
Bachelor’s Degree Center Releases National Rankings of Nutritional Science Degree Programs
WBOC 16 (Maryland) – Feb. 11
Bachelor’s Degree Center (, a free guide to traditional and online bachelor’s degree programs in all disciplines, has released four 2019 rankings of the best nutritional science and dietetics degree programs in the US … Tufts University; University of Alabama; University of Arizona.
ABC 3 (Carterville, Illinois) – Feb. 11
Telemundo Lubbock (Texas) – Feb. 11
NBC 21 (Youngstown, Ohio) – Feb. 11
Temple Daily Telegram (Texas) – Feb. 11
Peoria (Illinois) Journal Star – Feb. 11
Bezos Blackmail Shocker Puts National Enquirer Deal in Jeopardy
Courthouse News Service – Feb. 8
In an extraordinary blog post accusing President Donald Trump’s favorite supermarket tabloid of “extortion and blackmail,” Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos expressed his desire to “roll this log over, and see what crawls out.” … “This set of facts looks like our sort of community understanding of what blackmail and extortion is, trying to get somebody to give you something in exchange for not releasing embarrassing material about them,” said Vance, who teaches at the University of Alabama School of Law after a 25-year stint as the Alabama federal prosecutor.

Metropolitan Community College hosts UA professor Dr. Nikita Harris for Black History Month Series
KMTV-CBS (Omaha, Nebraska) – Feb. 8
Dr. Nikita Harris is challenging college students to become agents of social justice. Dr. Harris, who’s a professor at the University of Alabamabrought her message to students at Metropolitan Community College.

‘Migrations’ theme of 2019 Black History Month at University of Alabama
Alabama News Center – Feb. 9
The University of Alabama’s Black History Month celebration consists of a variety of innovative and informative events including exhibits, tours, forums, games, movie screenings, performances and workshops.
AlabamaWX Weather Blog – Feb. 9

Broccoli Head of State
New Republic – Feb. 11
Pork rinds in Tabasco sauce. Cheeseburger pizza. Well-done steak with ketchup … It’s also possible that, in an era where “Soy Boy” has become a popular alt-right insult, Booker’s conservative opponents will use his veganism to belittle him. “The idea that soy is a phytoestrogen, and thus men who consume it are less masculine than meat-eaters, is often expressed by people on the far right,” said George Hawley, an assistant political science professor at the University of Alabama.

Rivalry drives youngest sibling to water-skiing acclaim
Arkansas Catholic – Feb. 9
Nothing drives a competitor like a rival and when that rival is a member of your own family, the effect is multiplied … The remarkable year goes a long way toward putting Andrew on equal footing with his sisters. Julianna, 21, and Lauren, 18, are both scholarship skiers at the University of Alabama while Brooke, 15, is a top competitor in the junior ranks. All three of the girls competed internationally with Julianna claiming the Pan Am overall. The eldest also is a five-time national champion at the junior level.

Tuscaloosa church honors community members with Unity Awards
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Feb. 10
The Afro-American gospel choir from the University of Alabama provided the music for the service and WVUA’s Tamika Alexander and Jabaree Prewitt along with District Seven Councilwoman Sonya Mckinstry presented the unity awards.

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