UA In the News — May 23

  • May 23rd, 2019

9 Foolproof Tricks to Avoid Tick-Borne Illnesses – May 22
Ticks can be infected with bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Some of the most common tick-borne diseases in the United States include Lyme disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … If you are planning to hike or spend time in a park or recreational area, ask a forest ranger or another official about the current tick situation, says tick expert John Abbott, PhD, director of museum research and collections at the University of Alabama Museums in Tuscaloosa.

House bill would let small town cops enforce interstate speed limit
Anniston Star – May 22
Police in towns with fewer than 19,000 residents could ticket speeders on the interstate if they are within their department’s jurisdiction under a bill Rep. Randy Wood, R-Anniston, has put forward in the Alabama Legislature … Speed was a factor in 794 of the 3,398 fatal crashes in the state from 2013 to 2017, according to data from the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety.
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy: The Rare Mental Health Problem Behind the Gypsy Rose Case
Reader’s Digest – May 21
Based on a true story, the Hulu show “The Act”—starring Patricia Arquette—is shining a light on an unusual form of child abuse known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy … Marc D. Feldman, MD, a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, has devoted his career to understanding the condition and other related disorders.

Grant to University of Alabama establishes Alabama Power Innovation Fund
Alabama News Center – May 22
The University of Alabama has been awarded a grant from the Alabama Power Foundation to support business innovation, entrepreneurship, small business growth and talent retention in the state.

WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – May 22
There were 743 people who were killed in car crashes in Alabama in 2018 and 366 of them were not wearing seat belts. The University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety conducted a study on the importance of buckling up and found that the probability of dying in a car crash is 50 times higher when unrestrained and the probability of being ejected is 500 times higher. – May 22
UA adds 14 electric vehicle charging ports
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – May 22
In Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama has added 14 more electric vehicle charging ports to seven new locations on campus. The new stations can charge up to two cars at a time and the stations are available to a driver for up to four hours that is how long it will take to get a full charge.

Transportation Summit held in Tuscaloosa
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – May 22
Justice Smyth, outreach director for the University of Alabama says seven weekends a year, it attracts hundreds of thousands of people to Tuscaloosa.

The Ohio State takes honors in The EcoCAR Mobility Challenge
Oil and Gas 360 – May 22
The Ohio State University has been named The EcoCAR Mobility Challenge Year One champion, taking the lead in the premier four-year collegiate engineering competition. Rounding out the top three are Virginia Tech in second place and the University of Alabama in third place.
Wired Focus – May 23

On Track for Top 10 Wettest Spring – Salvaging a Pretty Good Holiday Weekend?
Minneapolis Star Tribune – May 21
Some are quick to pounce on meteorologists when the forecast doesn’t work out exactly as advertised. We all know people who LOVE to complain … A decade ago it created a “fortified home” standard to protect against hurricanes and hail. It is a voluntary guideline, and so far only 8,000 homes nationwide have built to that designation. Those that do sell for 7% more, according to a University of Alabama study.

Best Air University research selected at MGMWERX Pitch Night, earns $1.5M SBIR commitment
93.7 The Eagle (Lubbock, Texas) – May 22
Maj. Alexander Criss, a student at the U.S. Air Force’s Air University School of Advanced Air and Space Studies earned first place in academic research for 2019 during the Top Flight Pitch Night hosted by MGMWERX May 21 in Montgomery, Ala … The judges’ panel of four military and industry experts; including, Cotton, Shahady, Mr. Paavo Hanninen from Alabama Small Business Development Center Network at the University of Alabama, and Ms. Likia Hawkins the President and Chief Executive Officer Steel Point Solutions, LLC, concurred on the winner and were encourage by the broader commercial application for this idea.
Fox 40 (Binghamton, New York) – May 22
NBC 29 (Charlottesville, Virginia) – May 22
ABC 7 (Naples, Florida) – May 22
News 6 (Tulsa, Oklahoma) – May 22

Preventing Another Stroke – Annie Smith
American Heart Association (YouTube) – May 15
Stroke survivor and University of Alabama professor Annie Smith shares the steps she’s taking to prevent another stroke.

CAQ awards five grants for audit research
Accounting Today – May 22
The Center for Audit Quality has awarded five new grants to fund independent academic research on audit topics … “A Tale of Two Mindsets: Are Skeptical Judgment and Skeptical Action Facilitated by Contrasting Mindsets?” by Emily Blum, University of Alabama.

Paul W. Bryant Museum gets major upgrade
WALA-Fox (Mobile) – May 22
I took a trip to T-town to take a look at something that might just do the trick. It’s that time of year. The University of Alabama is basically a ghost town.

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