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UA In The News — Feb. 15-17

Myron Pope named as UA Vice President for Student Life
WVUA – Feb. 14
The University of Alabama has named Myron pope as the new vice president for student life, filling the spot that has been vacant since July. Pope previously served as the chief of strategic engagement and associate director of the center for student affairs research for the University of Oklahoma. He was a walk on member of the 1992 National championship football team.
Crimson White – Feb. 17
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 14

UA honors Wendell Hudson at Tribute to a Trailblazer Luncheon
WVUA – Feb. 14
Former coaches and players traveled from across the country to Tuscaloosa on Friday as The University of Alabama honored Wendell Hudson at the Tribute to a Trailblazer Luncheon. They talked about his contribution to the sport as a player and a coach. It was 51 years ago when Wendell Hudson arrived here at the University of Alabama as the first African- American scholarship athlete. Today, he’ll leave campus as the first university athlete in any sport to have his number retired.
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 17
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 16 – Feb. 15

Joyce Vance comments on AG William Barr (Live interview)
MSNBC-National – Feb. 16
Joining me now is the author of that article in “Time” former U.S. Attorney and professor at The University of Alabama School of Law and MSNBC contributor Joyce Vance. Joyce, you are not prone to saying things that are designed to fear monger, but this is different. This is the United States Justice Department which we all understand is a branch of the executive.

University of Alabama’s Black History Month spotlights ‘African Americans and the Vote’
Alabama Newscenter – Feb. 15

This year celebrates the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment, which gave black men and other disenfranchised Americans the right to vote, and the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote. In celebration of those anniversaries, and looking toward the 2020 presidential election, the University of Alabama’s Black History Month celebration is themed “African Americans and The Vote.”

Martha Roby: Creating and protecting new ideas
Montgomery Advertiser – Feb. 16

Many colleges and universities in Alabama have established learning environments that give guidance to students who construct innovative works as part of their education.  The University of Alabama is home to the Office for Innovation and Commercialization, and Auburn University houses the Office of Innovation Advancement and Commercialization.  These offices, along with others across the state, provide knowledge and expertise to students who are seeking licensing agreements with commercial entities.

Holocaust Torah holds place of honor in Tuscaloosa
The Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 16

Seventy-five years ago, armies from the United States, England and the Soviet Union ended one of the worst nightmares the world has ever known. Nazi concentration camps fell to the liberators as the tidal wave of victory swept away the remains of the Third Reich, but what soldiers found in those camps would be indelibly written upon their minds and upon the consciousness of the entire world. Jacobs is a professor of religious studies and emeritus Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies at the University of Alabama. He is also the rabbi at the Temple Emanu-El. At 73 years of age, his memory extends through his father to his grandparents who were both murdered in the Treblinka death camp in 1942.

UADM holds Bamathon to raise money for Children’s of Alabama
WVUA – Feb. 15
Bamathon is a continuous dance marathon that The University of Alabama Dance Marathon program puts together every year in the Ferguson Center Ballroom. “While we are doing so, we are raising money and spreading awareness for what Children’s of Alabama does. It’s a bunch of college students coming together to show these children that people are backing them here at Tuscaloosa and that they aren’t alone going through the fight they are going through.” It’s UADMs largest event of the year where their miracle makers come together to raise proceeds for Alabama s local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Birmingham while supporting and showing love to miracle kids and their families.
Crimson White – Feb. 17

Concerns over stretch of Highway 431
Fox (Columbus, Ga.) – Feb. 14
According to The University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety, Phenix City has the highest number of crashes on Highway 431 in east Alabama, followed by Eufaula.

What’s New in HPC Research: Quantum Clouds, Interatomic Models, Genetic Algorithms & More
HPC Wire – Feb. 14

In this bimonthly feature, HPCwire highlights newly published research in the high-performance computing community and related domains. From parallel programming to exascale to quantum computing, the details are here. Linear algebra is a common application in big data and computational science on HPC. These operations are well-optimized when handling regularly shaped matrix inputs with GPUs, but comparatively little literature has discussed irregularly shaped matrix inputs with GPUs. In this paper (written by a team from the University of Alabama, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Sydney), the authors propose two matrix-matrix multiplication algorithms for irregularly shaped inputs on GPUs.