UA in the News — Sept. 11

  • September 11th, 2019

Thinking inside the box: Challenge for UA students could lead to job
The Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 11
Solve the challenge, get a job. That’s the concept behind Lockheed Martin’s 14-foot-tall Challenge Box, which arrived Monday at Ferguson Center on the University of Alabama campus. “It is an engagement tool with university students to come and solve problems to see if they have what it takes to come to work for Lockheed Martin,” said Bill Brotherton of Lockheed Martin, an aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company. Each day through Wednesday, the box presents a science, engineering, math or physics problem for UA students to solve.
Fox 6 – Sept. 10

University of Alabama organizations to honor 9/11 victims with flag display, stair climb
Yellowhammer – Sept. 10
Organizations from the University of Alabama will honor the 2,977 victims who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a flag display and a stair climb on Wednesday.  According to a press release from the University of Alabama’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter, the group will present the 9/11: Never Forget Project. This project is in collaboration with Young America’s Foundation (YAF) and is “the largest nationwide campus activism project of its kind, students at schools across the country annually display 2,977 American flags to remember those murdered at the hands of radical Islamists more than a decade ago.”
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School leaders on seat belts and safety on Alabama school buses
Fox 6 – Sept 10
A deadly school bus crash in Mississippi that killed the driver, and hurt eight children raises questions about seat belts and safety on Alabama school buses. Most buses in Alabama do not have seat belts. Craig Pouncey, Jefferson County School Superintendent said, “The state of Alabama does not require that. In fact studies have shown students are safer on standard school buses.” The University of Alabama conducted a study on seat belts on school buses ten years ago. While seat belts are considered safer, some leaders say the cost of retrofitting schools buses would be greater than the benefits.
Fox (Columbus, GA)

ABC (Meridian, Miss.)
NBC (Montgomery) – video not available

CCDC’S road map to modernizing the Army: air and missile defense
Defense Visual Information Distribution Service – Sept. 10

A fleet of unmanned aircraft systems moves into an area while Soldiers on the ground maneuver into position. Several Soldiers are armed with the latest laser weapon system, while others are tracking enemy missiles using heads-up displays on their helmets. Attack helicopters carrying rockets and missiles fly overhead, waiting with ground-based launchers for the signal. ARL has also established a cooperative agreement with Penn State University to develop advanced fiber lasers, and the CCDC Data and Analysis Center has a biannual agreement with the University of Alabama Industrial and Engineering Management Department.

Climate and change: In farming, questions of heat and water
Montgomery Advertiser – Sept. 10

Three priorities guide Mike Dee’s decisions for his farm: sustainability; the markets and minimizing risk. He practices no-till agriculture on his 10,000 acres in western Alabama and eastern Mississippi, aiming to keep the nutrients in the soil. Heather Elliott, a professor at the University of Alabama School of Law who is writing a book on water law and policy, said not having some sense of water management could have effects on available water and wildlife that depend on the rivers to survive.

Benefits of Music Education
NBC (Wilkes Barre – Scranton, Pa.) – Sept. 10
So as a parent and as educators, we decided to learn more about the benefits of music education for kids. So we committed an independent study with University of Georgia and University of Alabama, of parents of kids 7 to 17 who are taking music lessons. And what we found was really powerful. Kids who are taking music lessons got increased problem solving skills.

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