UA In the News — June 11

  • June 11th, 2019

University of Alabama student named 2019 Miss Alabama
Tuscaloosa News – June 11
A University of Alabama student has earned the 2019 Miss Alabama title. Tiara Pennington, a Helena native, competed as Miss University of Alabama during the competition held June 8 at Samford University in Birmingham. A total of 47 women vied for the Miss Alabama title. Pennington will go on to represent the state in the Miss America competition. Pennington is a political science major at UA. In November 2018, she became the first black woman to earn the title of Miss University of Alabama.
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Newsweek – June 10
Former U.S. attorney Joyce White Vance told Congress on Monday that former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation should be enough to “obtain a guilty verdict” on President Donald Trump. Vance testified before the House Judiciary Committee along with several other legal experts, including Watergate figure John Dean, on the lessons from Mueller’s highly-contested report. In her remarks, Vance said that Trump would have been charged with a crime if he was not president of the United States. “Based on my years of experience as a prosecutor, if I was assessing that evidence as to a person other than a sitting president… the facts in that report would be sufficient to prove all of the elements necessary to charge multiple counts of obstruction of justice,” Vance said. She added that the evidence is “not equivocal” and that the decision to charge Trump would not even be a “close-call.”
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WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – June 10
University of Alabama officials say spots remain open for a youth forensic science camp on the Tuscaloosa campus. Middle school and high school students are eligible for the camp run by the university’s Office of Archaeological Research in July. The camp offers experience dusting for fingerprints, examining blood spatter and other forensic science techniques. OAR Cultural Resources Analyst Lindsey Gordon said the camp is ideal for students interested in forensic science, anthropology, sociology, human biology and criminal justice.
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – June 10
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – June 10 (Video report)
Tuscaloosa gets civil rights trail
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – June 10
This is just phase one of the civil rights history trail. Organizers say the next phases will include locations in and around Stillman College as well as The UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA. 

New class of Alabama Schweitzer Fellows named
Hoover Sun – June 10
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) of Alabama announced the selection of its 2019-20 class of Alabama Schweitzer Fellows in June. Fourteen graduate students from Samford University, The University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Montevallo will spend the next year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health and developing lifelong leadership skills. In doing so, they will follow the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, for whom the Fellowship is named.

Jennifer Dempsey shares her personal story of juggling a career at Hibbett Sports with completing an EMBA
Bham Now – June 10
After several years working in sporting goods merchandising, Jennifer Dempsey, an Auburn University undergraduate, and now Buyer of Men’s Branded Apparel & Headwear at Hibbett Sports, found herself wanting to further develop her skill set to keep up with her advancing role within the organization. “It was a degree that I really felt I needed to advance myself professionally and personally. I saw this not only as a personal goal to better myself, but something that I could also use to support and develop my current teammates and company”, Jennifer said. Jennifer wanted to gain an MBA while continuing full-time work. In 2011, she sought out the Executive MBA program offered by Culverhouse College of Business at the University of Alabama, which would allow her to pursue both goals. She graduated in 2013.

Task Force to Study Evolving AI Technology in Alabama
Government Technology – June 10
Cows prefer to be milked by machines rather than humans. Facial recognition systems have a hard time recognizing dark-skinned people. Machines can be trained to identify cancerous cells on a slide under a microscope. Those are some of the insights that emerged when the state of Vermont set up a task force to study what could happen as governments and businesses begin putting artificial intelligence to use more often. Alabama is setting up a similar AI task force, created by a legislative resolution last month.

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