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UA In the News — Oct. 18

Alabama reaches record low 3.0% unemployment rate; Cullman County’s rate falls to 2.2%
Cullman Tribune – Oct. 18

Alabama Department of Labor Sec. Fitzgerald Washington announced Friday that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted September unemployment rate is 3.0%, a new series low, down from August’s previous record setting rate of 3.1%, and below September 2018’s rate of 3.8%. September’s rate represents 2,194,158 employed persons, a new record high, up 75,426 from September 2018’s count. There were 66,919 unemployed persons counted in September, setting yet another record low, compared to 70,608 in August and 84,568 in September 2018. Alabama’s economy has gained 55,900 jobs since January 2019.  Economists predicted that 2019 total job growth would measure 22,200 (source: 2019 Alabama Economic Outlook, published by the Center for Business and Economic Research, Culverhouse College of Business, University of Alabama).

Bryan College gets new concussion detecting technology
NBC (Chattanooga, Tenn.) – Oct. 17
Bryan College is one of three universities in the east with this technology. The other two are Boston College and The University of Alabama. Sean Shelton, director of sports medicine, said, “I just assumed that most of the division ones and big power five schools had access to it. And to learn that we are one of three, it’s something that is absolutely groundbreaking for this area.”

UA announces time for Homecoming Parade
ABC 33/40 – Oct. 17
Next Saturday is the Return of the Legends parade. The University of Alabama’s homecoming parade will be at 1:00 o’clock in downtown Tuscaloosa. Then the Tide takes on the Arkansas Razorbacks at 6:00.

UA’s RISE Center Breaks Ground on Upcoming Addition
WVUA – Oct. 17
The University of Alabama’s RISE center will soon be home to a new state of the art sensory suite. A ground breaking ceremony for the new facility was held this morning. The new suite will include an infant classroom and a multipurpose therapy room.
Fox 6
ABC 33/40

University of Alabama part of tornado research project
Alabama Newscenter – Oct. 17
Students at the University of Alabama will observe nearby volunteer households to record how people react to severe weather events. The students will be trained as part of tornado research across the Southeast that is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Severe Storms Laboratory. The goal of the broader study, called Vortex SE 2019, is to gain an in-depth understanding of what vulnerabilities communities face when taking action during severe weather events.

Scientists may now be able to predict forest die-off up to 19 months in advance
PBS – Oct. 7
In July of 2015, California’s forests began to crumple. Parched from more than three years of severe drought, trees died in droves, transforming entire swaths of the Sierra Nevada from vibrant green to dull, lifeless red. Within months, millions of trees had been lost statewide — a massive die-off whose seemingly abrupt onset left researchers like Mukesh Kumar shaken. “It really caught our eye,” recalls the University of Alabama ecohydrologist. “We couldn’t understand…why the trees died so suddenly.”

Lancaster County college news: Oct. 18, 2019
Lancaster Online – Oct. 18
Noah Leichliter was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he is a rising senior, majoring in mechanical engineering. A 2015 graduate of Penn Manor High School, he is the son of Mike and Mary Edith Leichliter, of Millersville.