UA In the News — June 1-3

  • June 3rd, 2019

‘Dynasty’: UA robotics team wins NASA’s grand prize for fifth straight year
Yellowhammer News – June 3
UA made the announcement Monday in a statement, explaining that the 60-student Alabama Astrobotics team, mostly from the College of Engineering, won the Joe Kosmo Award for Excellence in NASA’s 2019 robotic mining competition. The University of Alabama’s team previously placed first in the same competition in 2012 and has done so each year since 2015.

In Little Bellas, mentors teach young girls in cycling program
Tuscaloosa News – June 3
Mentor Ashton Greer, who recently defended her dissertation as part of graduate work in civil engineering at the University of Alabama, enjoyed the breaks outdoors from grad school life. Greer said she has been cycling for the past few years. The community of women cyclists in Tuscaloosa helped her get into mountain biking and feel comfortable. “As busy as I was, I found it to be something I genuinely looked forward to each week. I think we all got a lot more than we expected,” she said.

Executive Survey Highlights Gaps in Understanding of Drivers of Company Performance
Fox 40 (Mobile) – June 3
The latest edition of the Leadership Pulsesurvey of 200 leaders from firms around the world suggests widespread misalignment between how the top executives view the drivers of their companies performance and what their direct reports are seeing. . . . “Perceptions of corporate culture initiatives are among the most interesting findings in this survey,” said Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne, Affiliated Senior Research Scientist with the Center for Effective Organizations at the USC Marshall School of Business, Executive Director of the Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute at The University of Alabama, and CEO of eePulse, Inc.
Mediacom – June 3
Virginia Beach shines light on victims, not mass shooter
Associated Press – June 2
The victims of America’s latest mass shooting had been dead for less than a day when police and city officials released a detailed presentation with their names, photos, job titles and the cities or towns in which they lived. . . . A similar tack was taken in March after a mass shooting in New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised to deny a platform for the white supremacist who authorities said gunned down 50 people at two mosques. “The goal is to kind of interrupt the cycle of new mass shooters citing previous ones, and the new mass shooters who are becoming role models for even more attackers,” said Adam Lankford, a criminologist at the University of Alabama.
NewsTrend – June 3
Cryptonews – June 1
Quad City Times (Iowa) – June 2
Cincinnati Bell – June 2
GVTC Communications – June 2
Philadelphia Inquirer – June 2
West Kentucky Star – June 2
Goldstream News Gazette – June 2
The Gleaner (Wisconsin) – June 2
The Oklahoman – June 2
Hot pursuit of permit that ‘isn’t needed’ defines Vigneto development controversy – June 1
In the end, whether the 28,000-home Villages at Vigneto will be greenlighted for development may depend on how the courts deal with two key points. . . . The Corps’ position does seem inconsistent, said University of Alabama law professor William Andreen. Once it’s rejected an alternative as impractical, the Corps can’t use that alternative as an excuse to not analyze the entire project that it does accept, he said. “They have to identify all direct and indirect impacts of the preferred alternative,” he said.

Vote for this year’s legal fiction award
ABA Journal – June 1
The ABA Journal and the University of Alabama Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. School of Law  have named three finalists for the 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction – and readers can now vote to help select the winner.

The Ohio State University Snags EcoCar Mobility Challenge Win And $10,000
Forbes – June 1
The Ohio State team won this year’s EcoCAR Mobility Challenge competition by coming up with a redesign for a 2019 Chevy Blazer to make it more efficient and better adapted for the new age of the automobile. . . . Virginia Tech came in second place and the University of Alabama took third place for this first year.

Boys State held at UA
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – May 31
Actually, Boys State is back in T-Town. Hundreds of young men from around the state are at the UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA for the 82nd annual American Legion Boys State convention. They’ve been listening to speakers, taking tours, and learning about local, state and national government, and each other, and the parts of the state they hail from. Verbatim” Alabama boys state is one of the highest honors granted to Alabama high school students.

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