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  • February 11th, 2019

MONDAY, FEB. 11 – SUNDAY FEB. 17

RESEARCH

REDDIT STUDY SHOWS HOW GROWTH, AGING AFFECT ONLINE COMMUNITIES – Through studying groups on the website Reddit, researchers at UA found as online groups grow and age, discussion concentrates among fewer contributors and retention of new contributors becomes harder. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA Strategic Communications, at adam.jones@ua.edu or 205-348-4328.

HIGHER RATES OF FORECLOSURE FOLLOW BLACK HOMEOWNERS INTO WHITE AREAS – Even in predominately white areas, black homeowners are more likely to face a foreclosure than their white neighbors, according to research at UA. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA Strategic Communications, at adam.jones@ua.edu or 205-348-4328.

UA TRANSPORTATION STUDY MAPS OPTIONS FOR FUTURE OF STATE ROADS – An analysis of Alabama’s roads and bridges by UA researchers provides future scenarios for the state of transportation infrastructure that vary based on funding. The report, “Addressing Alabama’s Transportation Infrastructure: Roads and Bridges,” is designed to inform state leaders. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA Strategic Communications, at adam.jones@ua.edu or 205-348-4328.

UA TO STUDY CORRECTION’S ASSESSMENT PROGRAM FOR WOMEN – UA researchers will soon begin a four-year, $1.9 million validation study of the Alabama Department of Corrections’ Women’s Risk Needs Assessment process at three prisons across the state. Researchers from UA’s department of criminology and criminal justice will study how WRNA is associated with particular likelihoods of misconduct or recidivism after release and how to ensure fidelity. For more information, contact David Miller, UA Strategic Communications, at 205/348-0825 or david.c.miller@ua.edu.

BEST BETS

REGIONAL AUTISM NETWORK AT UA TO HOST LUNCH-AND-LEARN – The Regional Autism Network, or RAN, will hold a free community lunch-and-learn focused on various topics related to autism spectrum disorder Feb. 12 at the Belk Activity Center off James Harrison Parkway. Dr. Angie Barber, chair of UA’s department of communicative disorders is the featured speaker for the luncheon, which begins at 11 a.m. Participants must RSVP at uaran-lunch-and-learn-autism101.eventbrite.com. The event is part of a bolstered West Alabama regional office of RAN, a state-driven initiative to provide professional training and technical assistance for Alabama residents seeking diagnostic services and autism-specific resources. For more information, contact David Miller, UA Strategic Communications, at 205/348-0825 or david.c.miller@ua.edu.

BLACK HISTORY MONTHUA’s Black History Month celebration includes innovative and informative events. UA Crossroads coordinates the activities each year; for more information, go to https://crossroads.ua.edu/black-history-month/. Included in the activities is University Libraries’ exhibit “Celebrating the Life of Frankie Taylor Thomas; The University of Alabama’s First African-American Faculty Member.” This year is the 50th anniversary of the hiring of Thomas in University Libraries, and the exhibit, which features other accomplishments, will be up throughout February on the first floor of Gorgas Library. For more information, contact Richard LeComte, communications, Richard.lecomte@ua.edu or 205/348-3782.

AFRICAN FILMS, OSCAR-NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY IN SPOTLIGHT AT FILM FESTIVAL – UA’s College of Community Health Sciences will co-sponsor the 7th annual Tuscaloosa Africana Film Festival Feb. 16 at Central High School. The event begins at 2 p.m. with a children’s movie, and regular programming will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. with a showing of four movies, including the Alabama-based and Oscar-nominated documentary, “Hale County This Morning, This Evening.” Tickets for the film festival are $10 for general admission and are available online at Brown Paper Tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4044904. For more information, contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at 205-348-8325 or bryant.welbourne@ua.edu.

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