UA In the News — May 29

  • May 29th, 2019

SpaceX Internet Satellites Pose New Headache for Astronomers
Gadgets 360 – May 29
It looked like a scene from a sci-fi blockbuster: an astronomer in the Netherlands captured footage of a train of brightly-lit SpaceX satellites ascending through the night sky this weekend, stunning space enthusiasts across the globe … “People were making extrapolations that if many of the satellites in these new mega-constellations had that kind of steady brightness, then in 20 years or less, for a good part the night anywhere in the world, the human eye would see more satellites than stars,” Bill Keel, an astronomer at the University of Alabama, told AFP.
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Coming off good year in tourism, Tuscaloosa looks to take advantage of bicentennial celebration
Tuscaloosa News – May 29
With a good year in tourism revenue in the rearview window, Tuscaloosa city leaders hope to take advantage of the city’s 200th birthday to bring in more money. During 2018, Tuscaloosa County was one of several counties across Alabama to see a bump in tourism … The biggest day of the bicentennial will be Dec. 13, the date the city was incorporated. On that day, a statue that was commissioned by the University of Alabama will be unveiled at Manderson Landing on the banks of the Black Warrior River.

Here it is most and least evil to be tattooed
ALT (Denmark) – May 28
Kate Moss’ Lucian Freud work worth £ 1 million, Crown Prince Frederick’s shark, and Kylie Jenner’s tribute to Los Angeles hometown. Yes, no one is too fine to get a tattoo, and we use the tattoos more to signal that we are different from others. Or to promote our beauty … And it was also surprisingly new, as in 2016 , several media could report on an American study from the University of Alabama , which allegedly showed that tattoos, if you got more of them, could actually help strengthen the immune system and make the body more robust to stand up to common infections.
 
UA employee prepares for National Senior Games
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – May 28
During the day you can find 53-year-old, Fred Whitt, here, working at the University of Alabama Office of Information Technology. But after work, you can find him here at the UA Rec Center preparing one step at a time for the national stage. The biennial National Senior Games are the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors. In 2017, the games took place in Birmingham Alabama.
 
‘Dancing With the Stars’ host Jordan Fisher and Ellie Woods Are Engaged — See Her Stunning Ring
Yahoo! – May 29
Jordan Fisher‘s dance skills are going to be put to good use — this time at his wedding! … Looking forward, the couple plan to have a year-long engagement as Woods — who graduates from the University of Alabama this summer — begins working as a clinical nutritionist.
People – May 29
 
How to Beat the Heat
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – May 28
The Alabama heat can be dangerous and even deadly. With the state experiencing record high temperatures, experts say it’s important to be one step ahead of the heat. “Just keep the basics simple, stay hydrated,” said Zack Tolbert, assistant director at UA Aquatics. “Drink lots of water. If you start to feel thirsty, it’s time to have some water.”

Heflin City Council recognizes trail’s creators
Anniston Star – May 29
A 15-month effort came to a fitting conclusion here Tuesday night as the City Council recognized those who made the Pinhoti Heflin Spur trail a reality … Brian Rushing, Director of Economic Development Initiatives from the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, was at the meeting to present Dasinger his own award. Dasinger won the outstanding trail leadership award from the American Trails Association’s International Trails Symposium held four weeks ago — Rushing picked up the award for Dasinger at that time.

UPDATE: Pro-choice groups lost in Alabama despite outspending the pro-life side by 100-to-1
Morning Star – May 29
In a vote that helped set the stage for the state’s new law, abortion-rights PACs were on the losing side despite a money advantage … It makes sense that a big money advantage wasn’t enough for the PACs supporting abortion rights to get a win in this conservative state, according to Bill Stewart, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Alabama.

Setting the record straight: Two University of Alabama professors explore Selma murder in new podcast
Montgomery Advertiser – May 24
When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. put out the call to clergy members to descend on Selma after Bloody Sunday, Jim Reeb knew he had to go, despite his wife’s plea to stay. He arrived and protesters took to the streets in a short march. Afterward, Reeb went to a restaurant with a couple other ministers, Clark Olsen and Orloff Miller. “A Change Is Gonna Come,” by Sam Cooke was playing there, on repeat. The three left the restaurant, and, as non-natives, weren’t aware of where they were walking. About 7:30 p.m., a white mob attacked them, and Reeb was seriously injured. “I remember the sound of that club hitting Jim’s head,” Olsen said, years later. “And I remember him crying out when it hit him.”
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Excellence in Education
Meridian Star – May 28
Morgan Ross of Meridian, Mississippi, who studied metallurgical and materials engineering at The University of Alabama, received the 2019 Capstone Engineering Society Outstanding Senior Award. Ross earned 10 scholarship awards during her time at UA. Ross was in the University Honors Program and the Randall Research Scholars Program.

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