UA In the News — April 20

  • April 20th, 2016

University of Alabama students ready for NASA Micro-g NExt competition
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – April 19
Two teams of engineers are preparing for a 22-school NASA competition. The winners will help send astronauts deeper into space with the equipment they design, and will be one step closer to sending people to Mars. One group designs devices to grab and collect samples from asteroids while the other team designs booms (connecting arms) to help astronauts move from space vehicle to space vehicle. University of Alabama students say this is great hands on experience. “I mean, it feels great to know I’m actually doing something that hopefully NASA can benefit from and the university,” engineering student Alex Mitchell. “Basically all our course work has really prepared us for this project,” said UA engineering student Stephen Peter Rowe said.
KMOV 4 (St. Louis, Mo.) – April 19
ABC 9 (Columbus, Ga.) – April 19 
Virus expert speaks about Zika at UA
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – April 19
A renowned virus expert is warning that it is far to early, to theorize about Zika — because we do not know all the facts. Dr. Michael Oldstone spoke tonight, at the University of Alabama. “I think we know enough to be very concerned,” said Oldstone. “We know enough now to put procedures in place, and we know enough now to know we should have had procedures in place a long time ago.” Oldstone’s presentation — called “Zika’s Kiss: How, When, Where, and consequences” looks at the spread of the Zika virus, ways to control it, and the aftermath.

UA to host free lecture on Zika virus
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – April 19
The University of Alabama is hosting a free lecture on the Zika virus on Tuesday night. An expert on the virus will discuss the virus, its impact, and what’s being done to stop it from spreading. The lecture is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 in room 127 of the Biology Building. The virus is present throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean. So far, there have been three confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Alabama in people who traveled to impacted regions.
Fox 6 Video report – April 19
NBC 4 (Nashville, Tenn.) – April 19
CBS 5 (Saginaw, Mich.) – April 19
ABC 9 (Columbus, Ga.) – April 19

College Choice Releases 2016 Ranking of the Best Online Bachelor’s in Nursing Degrees
Military Technologies – April 19
College Choice (, a leading authority in college search and rankings, has published a ranking of the top fifty online bachelor’s degrees in nursing in the United States ( Georgia College and State University, University of South Dakota, University of Arkansas, University of Texas at Arlington, and University of Alabama occupy the top five spots on the list, which is based on factors such as cost of attendance, each program’s reputation in its field, and return on investment. Other schools include SUNY College of Technology at Delhi, University of North Georgia, Old Dominion University, Ohio University, and University of Wyoming.
ABC 7 (Tyler, Texas) – April 19 – April 19
Art therapy class to help dementia patients offered at the University of Alabama
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – April 19
More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. The deadly disease can be difficult to deal with, for those diagnosed, as well as their family members. Art therapy is a form of treatment that doctors say is on the rise. A special art therapy course is being offered at the University of Alabama. It is a collaboration between the UA Honors College and the Cognitive Dynamics Foundation. It is called Art to Life. It is designed to bring life into those diagnosed with types of Dementia and the students involved.
ABC 33/40 Video report – April 19
WVUA 23 (Tuscaloosa) – Apr 19
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – April 19

Race Car driver brings car to campus to support College of Engineering
WVUA 23 (Tuscaloosa) – Apr 19
To support The University of Alabama’s College of Engineering, race-car driver, John Allen, will be racing his number 16 Porsche Cayman at the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, as part of the Pirelli World Challenge GT’s Class. But today, Allen brought his car to campus for display.
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Apr 19 (video not available)

The University of Alabama’s special collection of cookbooks helps crack ‘The Jemima Code’
Alabama News Center – April 7
If you imagine the book known as “The Jemima Code” as a culture-rich feast of images and stories about the unsung contributions of black cooks, think of the cookbook collection at University of Alabama as an important ingredient. Toni Tipton-Martin’s award-winning book, “The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks,” transforms the image of the black kitchen servant into an inspiring source of culinary wisdom and cultural authority. The book presents years of work and more than 150 black cookbooks from Tipton-Martin’s own collection, ranging from a rare 1827 house servant’s manual to modern classics by Edna Lewis and Vertamae Grosvenor.

Standards dramatically advance streamflow and flood forecasting in the U.S. and elsewhere
American Geophysical Union – April 19
This is a story about how water data standards, computational hard work, high-performance computing, serendipity and synergy led to an operational capability for nationwide forecasting of streamflow and flooding at high-resolution, in near-real-time. This has been evolving for several years now, but has gone into hyper-drive in just the last couple years … In May 2014, the opening of a new building on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa triggered the sequence of events that is improving flood forecasting throughout the U.S. and the world. The new building is the U.S. National Water Center (NWC), built by the National Weather Service (NWS) and federal agency partners U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA).
Chemistry Consortium Uses Titan to Understand Actinides
e-science News – April 19
A multi-institution team led by the University of Alabama’s David Dixon is using Titan to understand actinide chemistry at the molecular level in hopes of designing methods to clean up contamination and safely store spent nuclear fuel.
Global News Connect – April 19
Amanda Hampton recognized at UA
Hartselle Enquirer – April 19
Amanda Joan Hampton of Hartselle was honored recently by the Culverhouse School of Accountancy at the 2016 Honor’s Day at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Lamberth leads UA to SEC MBA Case title
Alexander City Outlook – April 14
Alexander City’s Katie Lamberth took the award for best presenter and helped lead the University of Alabama’s Manderson MBA Case team from the Culverhouse College of Commerce to the 2016 SEC MBA Case Competition title.

Tee Time Fashion Show (gallery)
Tuscaloosa News – April 19
Allie Lowery, a junior majoring in apparel design, makes some last minute stitching adjustments as Sarah Monahan, a junior majoring in nursing, waits to model Lowery’s design before the annual Tee Time fashion show at Doster Hall on the campus of the University of Alabama Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Over 20 students created designs from a variety of repurposed items including playing cards and trash bags.

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