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UA In The News — Jan. 24

UA on list of best employers for diversity
The Tuscaloosa News – Jan. 24

The University of Alabama is the second-highest ranked employer in the state for diversity, according to Forbes magazine. UA was also the only institution of higher education in the state to make Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity. Among universities, UA was ranked No. 21 in nationally in terms of diversity. G. Christine Taylor, UA’s vice president and associate provost for diversity, equity and inclusion, called the ranking “an honor.”

Selling Your Home? It’s What’s on the Outside That Counts A new study quantifying the impact of curb appeal found that the attractiveness of a home can boost its value by 7% or more
Mansion Global – Jan. 23

Want to get top dollar for your house? Mow the lawn. In a recent study in the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, researchers at the University of Alabama and the University of Texas at Arlington used deep learning and Google Street View to determine just how much curb appeal contributes to a home’s value.
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In Defense of Donald Trump
Internewscast – Jan. 23

On Monday, President Trump’s chief lawyers in his impeachment trial, Jay Sekulow and Pat Cipollone, submitted a 110-page brief to the Senate laying out the case for his acquittal. The articles of impeachment, they say, are “an affront to the Constitution” brought about by a “rigged” “crusade” against a president who “did absolutely nothing wrong.” Critics of Mr. Trump’s legal defense argue that it is his blanket refusal to comply with Congress, and within the context of impeachment, that elevates his conduct to the level of obstruction. “If the Senate takes seriously Mr. Trump’s absolutist position,” writes Ronald J. Krotoszynski Jr., a professor at the University of Alabama School of Law, “the chamber will be establishing a startlingly dangerous precedent: that Congress lacks the constitutional authority to investigate effectively criminal wrongdoing within the highest levels of the executive branch, in this instance, allegations of bribery and misuse of government office for personal gain.”

WVUA – Jan. 23

A new virus similar to SARS has made its way from China to the Western U.S. The coronavirus outbreak has so far spread to at least five different countries including Thailand, Japan, South Korea and Washington state in the U.S. University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences Chair of Community Medicine and Population Health Dr. John Higginbotham said the person in Washington who contracted the virus was traveling in China recently.

12th Annual ADHD Conference held at Bryant Conference Center
WVUA – Jan. 23
The University of Alabama is presenting the 12th annual Southeast Regional ADHD conference. The event, held at Bryant Conference Center, is happening today and Friday. The conference features a group of experts sharing their research and interventions on ADHD.