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UA In the News — Dec. 13

UA receives grant to address state’s opioid overdoses
Tuscaloosa News – Dec. 13
A new effort to curb opioid abuse in Alabama will focus on improving the training rural first-responders receive for treating overdoses. A new effort to curb opioid abuse in Alabama will focus on improving the training rural first-responders receive for treating overdoses, according to a news release from the University of Alabama School of Social Work. The school’s Vital Team, which oversees a trio of state-focused behavioral health projects, will soon begin work on “Project Freedom: First Responder Expansion of Education and Distribution of Overdose Medication.” “Alabama’s first responders have a critical role in the battle against the opioid overdose epidemic,” said David L. Albright, the Vital Team’s primary investigator, in the news release.
ABC 33/40

The Viennese roots of neoliberalism
Der Standard (Vienna, Austria) – Dec. 13

The renowned leftist economist John Kenneth Galbraith is said to have once asked Bruno Kreisky what he thought was the reason why Austria was doing so well economically. The traditional answer of the Social Democratic Chancellor: “That’s because we attach so much importance to exports, and we even exported our economists!” The anecdote is almost too good, to be true, two facts are packed with sarcasm in it. By that time, Janek Wasserman, who teaches the history of ideas at the University of Alabama and was last week for a lecture at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), wanted to look more closely at the Austrian School and its history. The historian was well prepared for this project: He had just finished his dissertation on “Black Vienna”, in which he dealt in detail with the right-wing conservative counter forces to the Red Vienna of the interwar period and as a book – so far only in English – has appeared.
Heartland Institute – Dec. 12

University of Alabama class makes presentation to family of Tuscaloosa fallen police officer
WVUA – Dec. 12
Tonight, a class at The University of Alabama made a presentation to the family of a fallen hero. Dr. Chandra Clark’s class spent the semester doing research on Officer Dornell Cousette’s death.
Fox 6

In England, Coroners Decide What Is Treasure and What Is Not
Atlas Obscura – Dec. 12
THE FAMOUS GRAVE SHIP OF Sutton Hoo was found, undisturbed, in a mound in East Anglia, England, in the 1930s. One of the most spectacular finds in the history of English archaeology, the burial contained no body, but was loaded with artifacts made of gold, silver, and bronze, from Byzantine silverware to a literally double-edged sword. The find is priceless beyond measure, but one thing it is decidedly not is “treasure.” At least that’s what a local coroner—following seven centuries of precedent—officially determined. “The modern role is almost entirely focused on the investigation of deaths, but at the time revenue control was part of that,” says Matthew Lockwood, a historian at the University of Alabama and an expert in early British history, who wrote his dissertation on the coroner’s role in British life. “The responsibility for investigating treasure and wreck of the sea goes sort of hand-in-hand with the investigation of death.

Quick Picks: GJ Symphony holiday pops concert; Face Vocal Band; International Folk Dance; storytelling night
The Daily Sentinel – Dec. 12
The Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra will have a guest conductor as well as a deep selection of holiday music for “Pops: A Colorado Christmas.”  The guest conductor is Blake Richardson, director of orchestral studies at the University of Alabama, and on the program are favorites such as “Christmas Jazz Suite” and “Fantasia on Greensleeves” with guest vocalists singing other selections, such as “Silver Bells,” “Santa Claus is Coming” and “Silent Night.”