UA In the News — Aug. 10-12

  • August 12th, 2019

Bicentennial Bookshelf distributes free books to Black Belt schools
The Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 12

Around 10,000 schoolchildren now have access to free books that promote Alabama’s literary history. School libraries in the 13 counties that make up the Black Belt received the books through the Bicentennial Bookshelf program, made possible through a partnership of The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, the UA School of Library and Information Studies and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

UA and Tuscaloosa continue shared goal of growing businesses
NBC 13 – Aug. 12

Officials say they expect new arrangements between the University of Alabama and Tuscaloosa’s business incubator to help entrepreneurs and generate new jobs. Local media reports that the Bama Technology Incubator, which features on-campus support for startup companies, will now be known as Edge Labs. Officials say the name change is significant, as it will emphasize the connection between Edge Labs on the northern end of UA’s campus and the Edge, an off-campus business incubator.
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Special Release: Deviations from the Norm
AGU100: Third Pod From the Sun – Aug. 12

In this special episode of Third Pod from the Sun, five scientists share their stories of “deviations from the mean” – when their fieldwork went awry on the account of everything from uncooperative arctic mollusks, inaccessible food supplies buried in snows of Greenland, overfilled stoves and flammable tents, wayward Turkish donkeys, and inoperative rifles in polar bear country. Josh Speiser: First, our first fail … Well, our first mishap comes from Christine Bassett, a PhD candidate at The University of Alabama. Christine Bassett: My name is Christine Bassett, and I’m a PhD candidate at The University of Alabama. I use the chemistry of seashells to tell me about the environment that they were living in, what the salinity of the water was, the temperature of the water and sometimes even the nutrient flux.

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer
Homeland Security News Wire – Aug. 12
When the world looks at the United States, it sees a land of exceptions: a time-tested if noisy democracy, a crusader in foreign policy, an exporter of beloved music and film.  But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America’s fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many mass shootings?  Perhaps, some speculate, it is because American society is unusually violent. Or its racial divisions have frayed the bonds of society. Americans make up about 4.4 percent of the global population but own 42 percent of the world’s guns. From 1966 to 2012, 31 percent of the gunmen in mass shootings worldwide were American, according to a 2015 study by Adam Lankford, a professor at the University of Alabama.

Column: Mass shooters seek notoriety, and we the media provide it. Is there another way?
Los Angeles Times – Aug. 12

After their son’s death, Teves and his wife, Caren, launched an organization called No Notoriety with the goal of denying mass shooters the fame they often seek. They try to persuade media organizations not to publish the names of the shooters or photos that would make them look impressive or intimidating. These recommendations, which have been adopted in some form by the FBI and many other law enforcement agencies, are based on a growing body of research that says shooters are influenced and inspired by media coverage of other shooters — and that media attention is one of their main goals. “These perpetrators are specifically seeking a legacy,” said Adam Lankford, a professor of criminology at The University of Alabama.
The San Diego Union-Tribune

Alabama’s wild eats: Foraging for your grub
Alabama’s Newscenter – Aug. 11
Believe it or not, food isn’t found only on grocery store shelves and farms. It’s all around, even in the average backyard. In Alabama, there are numerous types of edible plants and fungi growing wild. Dr. Michael R. McKain, assistant professor of biological sciences and curator of the University of Alabama Herbarium, said Alabama is one of the most biodiverse states in the nation, and with that comes a plethora of wild eats.

COLLEGE NEWS: August 11, 2019
Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 11
More than 220 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.
Trussville Tribune Interactive – Aug. 11
Education Achievers
Wicked Local (North Andover, Massachusetts) – Aug. 9
Emma Pyne and Madeline Sibley, of North Andover, were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minnesota) – Aug. 10
Anniston Star – Aug. 9 (Subscription only)

U.S. questions role of divisive politics in mass shootings
CGTN – Aug. 11
There has been an average of more than one mass shooting every day in the U.S. this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Americans are demanding answers once again after a week of horror that saw 36 people killed in two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, and a third earlier in Gilroy, California. “Often, mass shooters perceive themselves to be victims or to have been hurt in some way,” Adam Lankford, a professor of criminology at the University of Alabama told Los Angeles Times.

Burning of Mayan city said to be act of total warfare
Star Tribune – Aug. 10
On May 21, 697, according to Mayan hieroglyphs, Bahlam Jol “burned for the second time.”  But the record remained mysterious. Where was Bahlam Jol? What exactly were the Mayans describing? Alexandre Tokovinine, the fourth author, a specialist in Mayan writing at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, searched records of Mayan texts for the city name, and found that in the nearby city of Naranjo, a stone column specified when the city had burned for the second time.

Early Move-in at UA
Fox 6 – Aug. 9
This is a big week at The University of Alabama. Early move in is happening right now ahead of the start of fall classes. That’s adding to the amount of traffic on campus. Here’s how things looked outside of the Presidential Village student housing dorm.
NBC (Montgomery) – Aug. 10
NBC (Huntsville)

OLLI to hold open house (live interview)
WVUA – Aug. 9
Our special guest with us tonight is Richard Rhone. He’s here from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on the University of Alabama campus.

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