UA In the News — June 6

  • June 6th, 2019

UA robotics team is getting national NASA recognition
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – June 5
The University of Alabama’s robotic engineering team started in 2010, with just 5 students and a goal to be competitive. Now, in 2019, the team is 60 members strong and dominating the competition.
WTVY-CBS (Dothan) – June 5
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – June 5
 
UA students start business with the help of the EDGE (live interview)
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – June 5
Two University of Alabama students have launched their own business and have plans for growth. The business – Blenz Bowls – was started by two UA students and friends, Riley Voce and Zac Rogers, in September 2018.
 
Pride Month: Filling the missing social history of the LGBTQ community in the South
Grantmakers in the Arts – June 5
Invisible Histories Project (iHP) is a non-profit based in Birmingham, Alabama with a mission to collect and preserve the material history of the Queer South … “Archiving is resistance. Every time we identify something, we are resisting the notion that we don’t exist,” says Josh Burford, an archivist and LGBTQ educator, who launched the project with Maigen Sullivan, an LGBTQ educator and the gender and sexuality diversity coordinator at University of Alabama.
 
Mission in space is to save the night sky
The Standard (Hong Kong) – June 6
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, stunning space enthusiasts … “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,” says Bill Keel, an astronomer at the University of Alabama.

Alabama duo 19th at fishing championships
Tide Sports – June 6
University of Alabama fishing team members Caiden Sinclair and Hunter Gibson are in 19th place at the FLW College National Championships on the Potomac River in Charles County, Maryland.
Tuscaloosa News – June 5

Virginia Beach killings: Suspect ‘resigned hours before mass shooting’
GK Men – June 5
A disgruntled employee who went on a shooting rampage at a municipal centre building in the USA state of Virginia, killing 12 people, had resigned just hours before the tragic incident which also claimed his life, officials said … “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.

‘Appalling & Heartless’: Law Prof Rips Trump Admin for Cutting Aid to Unaccompanied Child Migrants
Law and Crime – June 5
The Trump Administration has announced that it’s cutting legal aid, English classes, and recreational programs for unaccompanied migrant minors detained at federal migrant shelters, according to The Washington Post … Here’s how Joyce Alene, a law professor at the University of Alabama and a former US Attorney, responded to the report.

Miss Alabama 2018 Callie Walker talks about her year, and what’s next (live interview)
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – June 5
I have a year of school left. I will return to the University of Alabama to finish my degree. Then I plan to move to Chicago or New York City.

Miss Alabama 2019: Talent, evening wear winners of Wednesday’s preliminary
Al.com – June 5
Miss Alabama 2019 hasn’t been crowned yet, but this year’s competition kicked off Wednesday night with the first preliminary round in Birmingham … Wednesday’s preliminary winners were: Tiara Pennington, Miss University of Alabama, received the top score in the talent competition for her vocal rendition of “Nessun Dorma.”

CMSI Selects New Cohort of MSI Aspiring Leaders, Presidential Mentors
Diverse – June 5
The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania has selected the next cohort of mid-career aspiring leaders for the second MSI Aspiring Leaders Forum … Also, Pamela Payne Foster of the University of Alabama, Tonia Perry Conley of Mercer County Community College.

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE: Some of Alabama’s top leaders have participated in Girls State
Tuscaloosa News – June 5
For almost 100 years, two of the better — if not the best — annual events for young high school leaders in Alabama have been Boys State and Girls State … Girls State and Boys State bring the brightest high school students together every June on the campus of the University of Alabama.
Sand Mountain Reporter – June 5
 
Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Trail to open in June
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – June 5
There are 18 locations on the trail. It includes stops like the first African Baptist Church and the old jail and landmarks that call attention to stories of people who experienced injustice. The next phases of the project will expand the trail to include locations around Stillman College and the University of Alabama.

OLS students honored at Duke TIP ceremony
Homewood Star – June 5
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School (OLS) students were recently honored by the Duke University Talent Identification Program at the University of Alabama as a part of an annual recognition ceremony for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT.

Annapolis ‘Wear Orange’ Event To Protest Gun Violence Planned
Maryland Patch – June 5
Don’t be surprised to see a sea of orange shirts, shoes, socks and headbands in and around Annapolis 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.
New York Patch – June 5
Virginia Patch – June 5

Ohio State Takes First-Year Honors in EcoCAR Mobility Challenge
The Shop Mag – June 5
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.

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