UA In the News — May 22

  • May 22nd, 2019

University of Alabama study shows buckling up saves lives in auto crashes
Alabama News Center – May 21
A data analysis study conducted by the University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety using recently released 2018 Alabama crash data showed crash victims who die are often reported as not wearing a seat belt.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – May 21

Fortifying homes for Hurricanes
PBS World (National) – May 21
New mandatory building codes adopted after Hurricane Andrew have improved hurricane resistance in Florida’s new construction. Nationally, the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety created a hurricane fortified standard a decade ago meant as a guideline for builders and owners. But, so far, only 8,000 homes have that designation Those that do have 7% more according to a University of Alabama study.
CNBC (National) – May 21
Puddle Potential Today – Catching a Break This Holiday Weekend?
Minneapolis Star Tribune – May 21
“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest” wrote Ernest Hemingway in ‘A Moveable Feast’. It’s hard not to be impacted by the Sturm and Drang of everyday weather. But if we pin happiness on the state of the atmosphere floating overhead, we’re setting ourselves up to be disappointed on a regular basis … Those that do sell for 7% more, according to a University of Alabama study. The standard has three levels, bronze, silver and gold, with the last being the highest protection.

WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – May 21
As protestors take to the streets in opposition of the statewide abortion ban this week, Gov. Kay Ivey stands firm in her decision to sign the controversial bill into law …Amanda Ross, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Alabama said businesses look at a lot of factors when moving to a new state or city, like taxes, infrastructure and education – but the social atmosphere also plays a big role.

Our silencing of women politicians should have prepared us for Alabama’s backflip on abortion laws
Women’s Agenda – May 22
Australian female politicians barely registered in media coverage of the recent election campaign. In fact, data released by Streem shows that ‘of the top ten most quoted politicians in digital and print articles, there is not a single woman’ … In an article published by The Cut, Susan Pace Hill, a law professor at the University of Alabama, addresses the hypocrisy of conservatives who pedal the ‘pro-life’ agenda: “They love to champion themselves as defenders of children by fighting to make abortion illegal, but when it comes to education, health care and other concerns, especially of our most vulnerable children, wealthier Alabamians and the Legislature couldn’t care less.”

Bay Minette designated as one of ‘Alabama Communities of Excellence’
Gulf Coast News Today – May 21
The Alabama Communities of Excellence announced that Florala and Gardendale will join ACE as the 2019 incoming class and revealed that Bay Minette, Hanceville and Tallassee have earned the designation of an “Alabama Community of Excellence” Saturday, May 4 at the opening session of the Alabama League of Municipalities Annual Convention, held in Mobile … The ACE Partner organizations for 2019 include … The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development.

College of DuPage Robotics Team at Robotic Mining Competition
Glen Ellyn Patch (Illinois) – May 21
Competing against dozens of renowned four-year universities, including Purdue, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Virginia Tech, the College of DuPage Robotics Team had a strong showing at NASA’s 10th Annual Robotic Mining Competition held earlier this month at the University of Alabama.

Excellence in Education
Meridian Star – May 22
Christopher Hicks of Meridian, Mississippi, and Sarah Abston of Gilbertown were among nearly 500 students at The University of Alabama highlighted their research and creative projects during the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference on . . . . . Several local residents were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. . . . Casey Tillery of Bailey and Madison Henslee of Cuba were initiated at the University of Alabama. . . . Caroline Wigley of Gilbertown recently was selected for the Capstone Men and Women group at the University of Alabama. . . .  Avery Watson of Meridian, Mississippi, was inducted into the University of Alabama’s Anderson Society during a recent Tapping on the Mound ceremony. . . . Avery Watson of Meridian, Mississippi, was inducted into the University of Alabama’s Blue Key Honor Society during a recent Tapping on the Mound ceremony during Honors Week. . .  Avery Watson of Meridian, Mississippi, and Caroline Wigley of Gilbertown were recently inducted into Mortar Board at the University of Alabama. . . . Mississippi residents Christopher Hicks and Avery Watson, both of Meridian, and Caroline Wigley of Gilbertown were recently inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa Society. . . . Tatum Dye of Meridian, Mississippi, has been inducted into the University of Alabama’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

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