UA In the News — June 5

  • June 5th, 2019

New law expands computer science in all Alabama schools
Tuscaloosa News – June 4
Within the next couple of years, every elementary, middle and high school in Alabama will offer computer science classes, giving students exposure to a field that is growing every day around the world … Jeff Gray, a professor in the University of Alabama’s computer science department, said the bill would make computer science more available to students who may not have ever considered the subject before. In addition to his work at UA, Gray also serves on Ivey’s Computer Science Advisory Council.

Experts weigh in on Apple’s private sign-in feature
Engadget – June 4
Apple’s WWDC 2019 was full of announcements, but few of them garnered as big a cheer from the crowd as when Sign in with Apple was introduced … Matthew Hudnall, PhD, associate director and assistant professor of management information systems at the University of Alabama: “‘Sign in with Apple is a much-needed feature that fits in well with [Apple’s] evolving user-centric ecosystem.
Yahoo! – June 4
BruDirect – June 4
Denying mass killers ‘sick, twisted fame’: Public officials refuse to name them to avoid copycats
Las Cruces Sun News (New Mexico) – June 4
If Virginia Beach authorities have their way, the gunman who killed 12 people and injured four others in Friday’s shooting rampage won’t join the ranks of infamous mass murderers in U.S. history … “What you often see is they’re basically saying, ‘This person was a nobody who became famous or got a lot of attention, and I want to get that same reward, even if I go about it in a somewhat different way,’ ” said Adam Lankford, an associate professor of criminology at the University of Alabama who has studied mass shootings.
Reno Gazette Journal (Nevada) – June 4
Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon) – June 4
Deming Headlight (New Mexico) – June 4
Silver City Sun News (New Mexico) – June 4
Kitsap Sun (Washington) – June 4
Record Searchlight (Redding, California) – June 4
Carlsbad Current-Argus (New Mexico) – June 4
Springfield News-Leader (Missouri) – June 4

Applied Information highlighting V2X technologies at ITS America Annual Meeting
Traffic Technology Today – June 4
During North America’s biggest event for the smart transportation industry, which is taking place this week from June 4-7, Applied Information is taking part in four presentations on connected V2X technologies and their deployment, as well as showcasing some of the company’s latest systems and equipment. The sessions with AII involvement are … Technical Paper Session ‘Co-Deployment of DSRC Radio and Cellular Connected Vehicle Technology in Tuscaloosa and Northport, Alabama’ – presented by Dr. Alex Hainen, assistant professor at the University of Alabama; and featuring AII’s Bryan Mulligan.

Steve Flowers: Legends of Girls State
Alabama Today – June 4
For almost 100 years one of, if not the best annual event for young Alabama High School leaders in Alabama has been the Alabama Boys State and the Alabama Girls State programs … In fact, when these young female leaders meet next week at the University of Alabama for the 79th time, Kay will address them as their Governor and fellow Girls Stater.
Alabama Daily News – June 4
Tecno Blog – June 5
Dothan Eagle – June 4

Dam on Tallapoosa River being removed this week
Anniston Star – June 4
A rapid-fire jackhammer attached to an excavator chiseled away at the weathered concrete of the historic Howle and Turner Dam on the Tallapoosa River Monday afternoon … An extensive study of the dam and the surrounding area was done by the University of Alabama Archaeological Research Department which documented the dam and the surrounding buildings, Spadgenske said. The dam area is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, he said.

Astronomers call for urgent action on Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites over fears the SpaceX broadband network will blot out the night sky
Daily Mail (UK) – June 4
Experts have condemned the launch of Elon Musk’s Starlink project over fears it will blot out the night sky and make scientific research more difficult … University of Alabama astronomer Bill Keel told the AFP on May 29 that experts were already trying to work out what effect the artificial constellation will have. He said: ‘In 20 years or less, for a good part the night anywhere in the world, the human eye would see more satellites than stars.’

Two University of Alabama students in fishing championships
Tide Sports – June 4
The nation’s top collegiate bass-fishing anglers are competing in the YETI FLW College Fishing national championship on the Potomac River, which started Tuesday. Caiden Sinclair and Hunter Gibson, both from Hoover, are competing for the University of Alabama.

Charlotte Metro ‘Wear Orange’ Events To Protest Gun Violence – June 4
Don’t be surprised to see a sea of orange shirts, shoes, socks and headbands in and around North Carolina this weekend. Nearly 750 grassroots events are planned nationwide from Friday through Sunday to call for an end to gun violence … Americans make up just 4.4 percent of the world’s population but own 42 percent of the world’s guns, according to a 2016 study by Adam Lankford, an associate criminology and criminal justice professor at the University of Alabama.

Hemp research at UA
WHNT-CBS (Huntsville) – June 4
Five Alabama universities have new state licenses to grow and study Hemp. Research will focus on the uses of the plant’s hundreds of thousands of compounds. One lab at The University of Alabama will look for treatments for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

The Alabama Forfeiture Accountability System created – will collect and report data on state civil asset forfeitures
Opelika Observer – June 4
A bill passed last week by the Alabama Legislature to require law enforcement to report and track the seizures of property connected to drug dealing or other crimes should help reassure the public that law enforcement is using the tool of civil asset forfeiture in a responsible manner, said the Alabama District Attorneys Association (ADAA) … The University of Alabama’s Center for the Advancement of Public Safety created the AFAS database, which is operated by ACJIC.

Local women competing in Miss Indiana contest next week
The Herald Republican – June 4
It’s time for Kendallville’s Lydia Tremaine to pass her Miss Indiana crown … Jordan Axel, 20, of Kendallville, is Miss Fort Wayne. A student at The University of Alabama majoring in public relations and marketing, Jordan’s talent is tap dance and her social impact initiative is “Project Limitless.”

Prince William County Students – Names in the News – May 2019
Prince William Times (Virginia) – June 5
Serena Ralph of Bristow participated in the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference at The University of Alabama.  . . . Kira Wence of Manassas Park participated in the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference at The University of Alabama. . . . David Hanggi of Manassas Park was inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at The University of Alabama. . . . Dorka Picard of Woodbridge was inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at The University of Alabama.

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