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UA In the News — Jan. 15

The Senate Must Reject Trump’s Privilege Claim on Witnesses
USA News Hub – Jan. 15

President Trump recently said that should the Senate subpoena senior administrative officials to testify in his impeachment trial, he would invoke executive privilege to block them from appearing. He explained that he would take this step “for the sake of the office” and also for the benefit of “any future presidents.” His former national security adviser, John Bolton, has volunteered to testify in the Senate impeachment trial if subpoenaed, and Senate Democrats argue that other high-ranking administrative officials with firsthand knowledge of President Trump’s efforts to extort political dirt on the Bidens from the Ukrainian government should also be called to testify, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff; and former Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. Ronald J. Krotoszynski Jr. is a professor at the University of Alabama School of Law and the author of “The Disappearing First Amendment.”
New York Times – Jan. 15

Miriam to research wearable device for weight loss
Warwick Beacon – Jan. 14
Can a wearable device that monitors what you eat help you lose weight? Researchers at The Miriam Hospital, in collaboration with several universities around the country, will seek to answer that question in a clinical trial funded with a $2.5 million grant from the National Institute of Health. Graham Thomas, Ph.D., a behavioral scientist with The Miriam’s Weight Control and Diabetes Research is the co-principal investigator on the project. He will be using an ingenious device developed in collaboration with researchers at the University of Alabama to test the technology with adults with overweight or obesity.

Dual enrollment classes allow Tuscaloosa City School students to earn college credit
Fox 6 – Jan. 15
Dual enrollment classes start in the coming weeks at Tuscaloosa City Schools like Paul W. Bryant High School.  Teens like Kendarious Hawkins attended a Biology 101 course because they’re thinking about life after high school.  “I love being a student at Paul W. Bryant High School. I also think it’s an amazing opportunity to get college credit,” Hawkins said.  Students enrolled in it can earn college credit to Shelton State Community College, Stillman College, and the University of Alabama.

Tax proceeds to benefit dual enrollment
Fox 6 – Jan. 14
Monday Mayor Maddox announced the Elevate Dual Enrollment Scholarship Program, a part of the Elevate Tuscaloosa plan. High school seniors can take up to six hours of college credit at either The University of AlabamaShelton State or Stillman College. The scholarships will be available starting with the class of 2021.

NASA-funded space radiation studies could save astronauts’ lives
Breitbart – Jan. 15
Physicists are teaming up with computer scientists in a NASA-funded study to help predict solar flares and radiation that can disable spacecraft and potentially kill astronauts. NASA has awarded a $550,000 grant to the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne to begin the three-year machine learning project next month. Computer algorithms will analyze data and imagery from the sun and solar system radiation. Other schools awarded funding are Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.; Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.; Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, and the University of California-Los Angeles.

UA makes U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Online Programs Rankings
ABC (Huntsville) – Jan. 14
Three Alabama colleges were recognized by U.S. News for their online degree programs. Auburn University ranked in the top 20 nationwide for its masters-level engineering programs and MBA program. The University of Alabama was recognized for its master’s level nursing program.
NBC (Huntsville)

Construction starts on new dorm at University of Alabama
The Tuscaloosa News – Jan. 14
Construction is underway on the new $150 million Tutwiler Residence Hall on the University of Alabama campus. The new 365,000-square-foot (33073.48-square-meter) dormitory will be home to 1,285 first-year female students. It will replace the existing Tutwiler Residence Hall, next to the site. Construction is set to be complete by mid-2022, reported. The new facility will be the third residence hall built on the campus over a 100-year time span honoring Julia Tutwiler, an education and prison reform advocate.
West Plains Daily Quill
NBC (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
The Charlotte Observer
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