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UA In the News — Oct. 12-14

UA researcher studies sleep impact on obesity and chronic diseases
Fox 6 – Oct. 14

We often talk about the importance of sleep, but a University of Alabama researcher is studying how sleep can affect not only your weight but other chronic diseases. UA Health science associate professor Adam Knowlden is looking into how sleep impacts us when it comes to our health. As it relates to obesity, he’s trying to find out if lack of sleep leads to obesity or other health concerns. There’s a two-phase part to this study.

Moundville festival showcases Tuscaloosa’s native history
Crimson White – Oct. 14

The usually quiet, empty grounds of the Moundville Archaeological Park saw dozens of vendors, thousands of visitors and decades of stories told last week. The Native American Festival, which lasted from Wednesday to Saturday, is an event that is looked forward to all year by staff and tourists. Alex Benitez, park director and University of Alabama museum studies instructor, looks forward to this event each year.

Where Buyers Are Cashing In! The Top 10 U.S. Markets for Flipping
SFGate – Oct. 14’s bargain-happy economics team found America’s hottest real estate markets for investors, the cities where the highest percentages of home sales are for flipping or renting out, usually after a rehab. They tend to be more modestly priced cities in the Midwest and South, areas that have a larger selection of older, lower-priced homes, strong economies, and population growth creating demand for housing. “Birmingham is one of those markets that’s not really on the radar for those big multinational companies” or real estate investment trusts, says real estate and finance professor Alan Tidwell of the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa.

Report: Communications leaders get C+ in 2019 report card
PR Daily – Oct. 14

Despite plenty of data on a lack of two-way communication, decision-sharing, gender parity and other issues, the performance of many industry leaders hasn’t improved. The question is: Why? What makes a good communications leader — and how can leaders better serve their organizations? The Plank Center at the University of Alabama has made it its mission to identify great leadership traits among PR professionals and gauge the industry’s performance over time. Its latest report card gives leaders a passing grade but reveals not much has changed regarding the field’s biggest problems.

Miss America 2020: Meet The 51 Ladies Competing For The Crown
International Businss Times – Oct. 14
The Miss America 2020 pageant is getting a new home and date this year, but women from all 50 states, as well as Washington D.C., are still getting ready to compete for the national title and take the crown. Miss Alabama- Tiarra Pennington. College: University of Alabama. Major: Political Science. Social Impact Initiative: National Psoriasis Foundation and Psoriasis. Take Action Alabama. Twitter: @MissAmericaAL

Out of Darkness Walk held at UA
WVUA – Oct. 13
The University of Alabama and the American foundation for suicide prevention partnered to host the Out of the Darkness Walk. The annual walk is dedicated to suicide prevention and awareness. Our very own Danielle Davis was one of the speakers for tonight’s event.

UA Part of Tornado Research Project in Alabama
WVUA – Oct. 12
The study is being sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Severe Storms Laboratory. Students from The University of Alabama are being hired and trained to observe those who volunteer for the study.
WVTM 13 (Birmingham)
ABC/NBC (Mississippi and West Alabama)
The News Courier
NBC (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Times Daily
The Eagle
…and many more

CSL hosts annual Hands on Tuscaloosa day of service.
Crimson White – Oct. 12

Passionate student leaders from the Center for Service and Leadership (CSL) greeted students excitedly when they arrived at the Ferguson Center early Saturday morning to choose a service site for Hands on Tuscaloosa.  University of Alabama students had the opportunity to engage in the Tuscaloosa community as part of the CSL’s Hands on Tuscaloosa event. For the annual fall semester day of service, students met at the Ferg at 7:30 a.m., chose service projects to participate in from several options, and took buses to various locations around the community to get involved and give back in different ways.

The Civil War, Biblical (Re)Considered
Patheos – Oct. 12
George Rable is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama. He is the author of several highly regarded books on the American Civil War. This interview revolves around his book, God’s Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War.

Michigan drones help crops, fight malaria in Africa
The Detroit News – Oct. 11

Jon Carroll knew drones were useful. The assistant professor of anthropology at Oakland University had flown them to locate archaeological sites in North America, Europe and the Middle East.  Beginning a couple of years ago in southeastern Africa, working on a program with researchers and faculty at Michigan State University through the United States Agency for International Development, Carroll used drones to help manage irrigation and monitor crops in Malawi. Joseph Messina, a former professor at Michigan State and now the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alabama, spearheaded the agricultural program in Malawi, along with Michigan State professor Sieglinde Snapp.

College of Continuing Studies to celebrate 100th Anniversary
WVUA – Oct. 11
Our special guest tonight is Antoine Bell from the College of Continuing Studies. What is CCS? CCS offers educational opportunities for a broad spectrum of individuals in our society from high school students all the way to our retirees. We like to call it from cradle to the grave learning.

COLLEGE NEWS: October 13, 2019
Tuscaloosa News – Oct. 13
The University of Alabama National Alumni Association announced the 2019 recipients of the University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching — the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Awards.