UA In the News — May 28

  • May 28th, 2019

New dean comes to UA from Michigan State
Tuscaloosa News – May 28
A Michigan State University administrator has been named the next dean of the University of Alabama’s College of Arts and Sciences. UA announced the appointment of Joseph P. Messina on May 22.

University of Alabama greenspaces designed to lure pollinators
Tuscaloosa News – May 28
Tucked into greenspaces along the perimeter of University of Alabama are several patches of wildflowers that stand in contrast to the manicured turf across the rest of campus. The tall meadows aren’t oversights by the grounds crew but deliberate habitats built to attract honeybees and monarch butterflies. The wildflower plots, marked with signs encouraging people to look but not enter, are meant to provide undisturbed spaces for the pollinators.

ABC 31 (Huntsville) – May 26
Two University of Alabama professors — Andrew Beck Grace and Chip Brantley — explore Jim Reeb’s murder, the conspiracies surrounding the case, and the city of Selma itself in an attempt to set straight the historical record.
Florence Times Daily – May 26
Decatur Daily – May 26
Middletown Press (Connecticut) – May 26
The Register Citizen (Torrington, Connecticut) – May 26
Laredo Morning Times (Texas) – May 26
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Bryan Eagle (Texas) – May 26
Dothan Eagle – May 26

Data shows buckling up saves lives in auto crashes
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – May 24
Nearly half of the people killed in crashes on Alabama roads last year weren’t buckled up. A new study from the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety found more than 350 of the nearly 750 people died in 2018 weren’t wearing seatbelts. The study also found the probability of dying in a crash is about 50 times higher when you’re not wearing a seat belt.
WERC-FM (Birmingham) – May 24
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – May 24

The Ohio State Takes Honors in The EcoCAR Mobility Challenge
Electric Energy Online – May 27
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.

Grant to University of Alabama establishes Alabama Power Innovation Fund
Yellowhammer News – May 28
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.

The Best Nursing Schools in the U.S.
Thought Co. – April 25
The best nursing schools are typically found at large research universities that have either their own medical school or close ties to area hospitals … University of Alabama: The University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing offers degrees at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. Nursing is one of the university’s most popular undergraduate majors, with nearly 400 students earning a degree each year. Students gain clinical experiences at health care facilities, home care settings, and schools throughout West Alabama.

Washington State Debuts Unique Tool to Reduce Gun Suicides
The Trace – May 28
Fredrick Vars remembers the moment when the idea for voluntary gun control came to him. It was the fall of 2013 and he was attending a talk by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan at the University of Alabama, where he works as a law professor.

How We Turned Event Planning Into A Major Strategic Asset
Evollution – May 27
The University of Alabama’s College of Continuing Studies has turned its conference services team into major strategic asset, generating partnership opportunities with businesses and organizations in the broader community.

Why deradicalisation programmes are needed for the far right
The Arab Weekly – May 26
New Zealand faced its darkest day following attacks on two mosques that killed 50 people in Christchurch. The assaults led many to question why politicians haven’t been focusing on the steady rise of far-right groups … Erin M. Kearns, from the University of Alabama, reported in a study titled “When Data Don’t Matter: Exploring Public Perceptions of Terrorism” that, from 2006-15, far-right extremists, such as white supremacists and anti-government militias, were responsible for approximately 50% of all terrorist attacks in the United States.

WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – May 27
After the Alabama legislature passed its abortion law, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) took to Twitter to air a warning: “See you in court.” … “The concern is that, or at least the thought is, the court might not even hear the case,” Alan Linken, a professor of political science at the University of Alabama, said. “The lowest court – the first court that hears it – is probably going to overturn the law as being unduly restrictive, a violation of right to privacy.”

FLW Fishing – May 27
The 2019 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship is presented by Lowrance and goes down on the Potomac River in Marbury, Md., June 4-6 … University of Alabama: Caiden Sinclair and Hunter Gibson.

New parking deck to open in August
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – May 24
In west Alabama, the University of Alabama campus may be getting a new parking deck in August. The Capstone parking deck will be across from the Moody Music Building. It will have about 1,000 spaces, and have additional storage for the Million Dollar Band.

Alabama 100 Mile Challenge
WSFA-NBC (Montgomery) – May 26
It’s the Alabama one hundred mile challenge, and it’s a fantastic thing. With me is Brian Rushing. Thank you so much for being with us today. Now you’re with the economic development group there at The University of Alabama. I work with the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development and director of economic development initiatives there. We work to help communities around the state through strategic planning and through technical assistance.

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