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UA In the News — July 27-29

TVA and the University of Alabama prepares for future flooding
Flood News Today – July 29
The Tennessee Valley Authority and The University of Alabama are teaming up to fill in the blanks of flood history in the Tennessee Valley. Lisa Davis is an associate professor of geography at The University of Alabama who says they’re digging into the earth to find the history of past floods.

WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – July 28
For thousands of schoolchildren in Tuscaloosa County, this will be the last full week of summer vacation. Meanwhile, Tuscaloosa area college students will have a few more weeks of freedom: The University of Alabama and Stillman College begin Aug. 21, while Shelton State Community College will begin Aug. 19.
The Tuscaloosa News – July 26

UA student develops life skills course for area students
Daily Mountain Eagle (Jasper) – July 27

A life skills course may be implemented in Walker County Schools, thanks to the vision of one University of Alabama student. Rising senior Rolanda Tina Turner completed an internship with the Walker College Foundation (WCF) in Jasper on Friday as part of UA’s New College internship program. One mission of the WCF, which awards scholarships from Bevill State Community College to high school seniors,  is to help students prepare for college.

UA intern explores mental health attitudes in county
Daily Mountain Eagle (Jasper) – Jul 27
One University of Alabama student has completed some eye-opening research on the attitudes toward mental health in Walker County. Rising senior Logan Fenhouse, a New College student at UA, is nearing the end of an internship with Capstone Rural Health Center in Parrish. She has been tasked this summer to find methods to make the center’s telepsychiatry program more sustainable. The service allows patients to come to Capstone in Parrish and see a psychiatrist out of Birmingham through video conferencing.

Joyce Vance comments on Judiciary Committee’s consideration of articles of impeachment (Live interview)
MSNBC – July 26
Former U.S. attorney and University of Alabama law professor Joyce Vance comments on Democrats’ calculations about launching an impeachment inquiry after Mueller’s testimony.

UA to hold summer commencement
ABC 33/40 – July 26
One week from tomorrow is the summer commencement for The University of Alabama. Graduate and undergrad students are going to walk the stage Aug. 3, beginning at 9 a.m. Drivers can expect higher traffic around the coliseum. (Birmingham) – July 26
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – July 26
The Tuscaloosa News 
– July 26

Bama Bug Fest is set for Saturday afternoon
The Tuscaloosa News – July 26

Kids can participate in a cricket-spitting contest, a cockroach tractor pull and more during the Bama Bug Fest from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the Mildred Warner Westervelt Transportation Museum, 1901 Jack Warner Parkway. The free event, designed to demonstrate the diversity of bugs and insects found in the state, is organized by the University of Alabama Museums, the Alabama Museum of Natural History and the Tuscaloosa Public Library.
Photo gallery, Tuscaloosa News – July 28

WVUA (Tuscaloosa)  – July 26

Bryant Mathis, a UA senior majoring in metallurgical engineering, visited the WVUA 23 studio to talk about his experience-based connection app, Locality. Founded in 2019 by four UA students, Locality matches users with others in shared groups who want to do the same thing at the same time. Whether it is students who are looking for a group to study with or young professionals looking for friends at the bar, Locality is a quick, direct way to get together. Locality is currently in development, with plans to launch on The University of Alabama’s campus in fall 2019.

Watch out for these summer bugs, Alabama
Alabama Newscenter – July 27

Alabama is one of the most biodiverse states in the nation, and bugs play a tremendous part in the circle of life here. That’s according to Dr. John Abbott, chief curator and director of museum research and collections for The University of Alabama Museums. Abbott said most of Alabama’s more than 20,000 arthropod species – invertebrates with segmented bodies and jointed limbs such as insects and spiders – don’t cause problems for people. But some can, and summer is the most likely time for humans and arthropods to clash.

Three Alabama HBCUs Participating in Industrial Hemp Research Project
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education – July 26
Historically Black Tuskegee University, Alabama State University, Alabama A&M University, along with two other state universities in Alabama, have been selected by the state of Alabama to grow and study industrial hemp, a non-intoxicating cannabinoid. The other participating universities are Troy University and the University of Alabama.

Senate ‘Shelter Act’ is a welcome step toward fortifying US homes to withstand extreme weather
Washington Post – July 26
One of life’s certainties is that natural hazards will come, bringing predictable destruction from floods, wind and hail. Increased population in vulnerable areas ensures increased costs when they occur. And while work remains to better understand the effect a changing climate has on these events, it clearly adds to the cost. Reducing impacts requires a thoughtful approach on how and where we build. And a study by researchers at Auburn University and The University of Alabama find homes which qualify for the FORTIFIED program.

Rupert students earn University of Alabama honors (Idaho) – July 28
Abigail Slusser and Thomas Slusser, both of Rupert, were named to the University of Alabama president’s list for the 2019 spring term.
Hot Springs Sentinel-Record (Arkansas) – July 28
Rockford Register-Star (Illinois) – July 28
Westerly Sun (Connecticut) – July 28
Bryan (Texas) Eagle –July 28
Fairfield (Calif.) Daily Republic – July 27 (North Carolina) – July 27
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (Wisconsin) – July 27 (Subscription only)