UA In the News — June 8-10

  • June 10th, 2019

University of Alabama Robotics Team wins NASA’s grand prize for fifth consecutive year
Alabama News Center – June 8
Can you say dynasty? For the fifth consecutive year, the student robotics team from the University of Alabama won NASA’s grand prize in its Robotics Mining Competition. “When the final results came out, it was a huge relief to finally see that all the hard work my team and I put in was worth it,” said Max Eastepp, a senior from New Orleans who serves as team lead of the squad, known as Alabama Astrobotics.
Tuscaloosa News – June 9
St. Claire News-Aegis – June 7

Trump Lawyer’s Message Was a Clue for Mueller, Who Set It Aside
New York Times – June 9
As the special counsel’s investigators pursued the question of whether President Trump tried to impede their work, they uncovered compelling evidence — a voice mail recording and statements from a trusted witness — that might have led to him … Joyce Vance, a professor at the University of Alabama School of Law and a former United States attorney, said she would have wanted to use all tools available to learn whether Mr. Trump told Mr. Dowd to make the call.
Asia Pacific Daily – June 10
All USA News Hub – June 10 – June 9
F3 News – June 9
Spots open for UA forensic science camp, which teaches crime-solving skills to middle- and high-schoolers
Tuscaloosa News – June 10
Dusting for fingerprints and examining blood splatter are some of the skills students will learn in this summer’s Forensic Science camp. Spots are still open for middle and high school students who want hands-on experience learning forensic science techniques. Two sessions of the camp run by the University of Alabama’s Office of Archaeological Research will be held in July.

Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Trail being unveiled Monday
Tuscaloosa News – June 10
The Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Trail will officially open Monday. The Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Task Force will host an event beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, 620 Greensboro Ave., to celebrate the opening of the 18-site trail … The trail will eventually be expanded to include sites around Stillman College and the University of Alabama.

Tiara Pennington wins 2019 Miss Alabama
WTVY – June 10
Tiara Pennington is now the new Miss Alabama. She won the crown Saturday night at Samford University. She competed as the 2019 Miss University of Alabama. Pennington is the first African-American to win the title of Miss University of Alabama.
WAFF 48 (Huntsville) – June 9
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – June 9
ABC 9 (Columbus, Georgia) – June 9
Trussville Tribune – June 8
WAFF-NBC (Huntsville) – June 9
WTVY-CBS (Dothan) – June 9
WTOK-ABC (Meridian, Mississippi) – June 9
WDFX-Fox (Dothan) – June 9
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – June 9

COLLEGE NEWS: June 9, 2019
Tuscaloosa News – June 9
University of Alabama: Courtney Petersen of Tuscaloosa, of The University of Alabama, is among several graduating seniors and graduate students accepted for admittance to the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. . .   The University of Alabama Honors College has selected 41 incoming freshmen for the Randall Research Scholars Program. …More than 280 University of Alabama students are receiving hands-on, innovative and advanced educational experiences with dozens of companies and organizations across the United States through UA’s Cooperative Education Program for summer 2019.
Gadsden Times – June 9

To deter shootings, Americans shun naming suspects, weigh demolishing sites
Free Malaysia Today – June 9
As the superintendent of Jefferson County School District in Colorado, Jason Glass oversees one of the most troubled pieces of property in the United States: Columbine High School … Adam Lankford, a professor of criminology at the University of Alabama, said some mass shooters get as much media attention as Hollywood movie stars. “That’s a reward that imitators are pursuing,” he said. “Some mass shooters explicitly said that infamy is better than obscurity.”
Urdu Point – June 9
Breitbart – June 9
Daily Mail (U.K.) – June 8
Yahoo! – June 8 – June 9 – June 9
This is Money – June 8

Libraries get more money in 2020 budget, still not enough to fill the gap
Anniston Star – June 9
Amber Clements doesn’t have a working computer right now, but she does have Anniston’s public library … Bharat Mehra, professor of library and information studies at the University of Alabama, said his research reflects a need for libraries to document the impact they make on their communities. “Libraries have expanded the impact made on their communities, but there is little documentation of that impact,” he said. “Under the crunch of resources and funding, we need to increase the number of stakeholders.”
The Cutoff News – June 9

Alabama task force to study artificial intelligence
Anniston Star – June 9
Cows prefer to be milked by machines rather than humans. Facial recognition systems have a hard time recognizing dark-skinned people … Fei Hu, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alabama, said the adaptation of AI is necessary for the growth and future of  Alabama’s economy. He said that the state should focus on training the workforce and students how to work with this technology.
The Cutoff News – June 9

2019 ALABAMA GIRLS STATE: 17 Tuscaloosa County students are delegates
Tuscaloosa News – June 9
Seventeen junior class outstanding girls from schools throughout Tuscaloosa County have been chosen as delegates to attend the Alabama Girls State program at the University of Alabama, June 9-14, sponsored by the Alabama American Legion Auxiliary including the two local units, McCray-Moody Unit #34 and Alberta City Unit #123.

LEND A HAND: Guild provides support to UA opera program
Tuscaloosa News – June 8
A check for $80,139.85 was presented to Paul Houghtaling, director of the University of Alabama Opera Theatre and professor of voice, by the UA Opera Guild at its annual meeting in June.

The Pulse And Parkland Shootings: Why Was 1 Cop Called Hero, The Other Arrested? – June 9
When Orlando police Officer Adam Gruler saw a shooter at the gay nightclub Pulse three years ago, he fired his handgun at him but did not pursue him inside, even as the gunman blasted a dance floor full of clubgoers with bullets from a high-powered rifle, killing 49 … Adam Lankford, a University of Alabama criminology professor who studies mass shootings, said the “sub-optimal response” in both Pulse and Parkland led to a delay in confronting the gunmen in the crucial initial minutes when the shootings started. Acting sooner “could have saved lives” in both cases, he said.
Sacramento Bee – June 8 – June 9 (California) – June 8
Union Bulletin (Walla Walla, Washington) – June 8
Leader Telegram (Eau Claire, Wisconsin) – June 8
Gazette Extra (Janesville, Wisconsin) – June 8
Lewiston Tribune (Idaho) – June 8

Volunteers to help nonprofits, schools on Day of Action
Tuscaloosa News – June 8
United Way of West Alabama will host its seventh annual Day of Action volunteer project on June 14 … Participating teams include: Alpha Kappa Alpha alumni … the University of Alabama Capstone International, the University of Alabama Community Affairs.

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