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UA In The News — Feb. 7

UA Education professor discusses challenges facing HBCUs
National Public Radio – All Things Considered (National) – Feb. 6
Krystal Williams is a professor at The University of Alabama who researches higher education. She says there’s a pattern here. “The unfortunate reality is that these institutions are often times not given equal consideration for funding by foundations and corporations.”

Brown University, Miriam Hospital studying new device that records what you eat
WPRI (Providence, Rhode Island) – Feb. 6
A new study taking place at Brown University takes the expression “watch what you eat” to a whole new level. Associate Professor Graham Thomas said they’re currently researching whether a wearable device can help people lose weight. Thomas said a new device developed at the University of Alabama, called an “Automatic Ingestion Monitor,” can automatically monitor people’s eating habits. The device is a sensor that attaches to a pair of eyeglasses.

UA develops new sensor for monitoring eating
CBS (Providence, RI) Feb. 6
In this study, our collaborators at The University of Alabama have developed a sensor device that attaches to eye glasses and it can automatically monitor people’s eating and what they are eating. Brown associate professor Graham Thomas says the device is called an Automatic Ingestion Monitor, or AIM. He is leading a study involving a team of universities and organizations including the Miriam Hospital Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center.

Link Between Incarceration of a Family Member and Diabetes Discovered
Med India – Feb. 6
Incarceration of a family member during childhood was linked to diabetes in men, stated researchers from the University of Toronto and University of Alabama in a recent study in SAGE-Open Medicine.

UA research team returns from Iowa Caucus
Fox 6 – Feb. 6
A team of researchers from the University of Alabama witnessed the problems that came from Monday’s Iowa caucus first hand. They returned to Tuscaloosa Tuesday and later talked to WBRC about the experience. Cynthia Peacock, an assistant professor in Communication Studies, lead a team that included four graduate students and one undergrad. They attended the Iowa Caucus for a survey project that dealt with the caucuses in general. But it quickly became apparent what would be on voters’ minds were problems getting correct vote totals.

WVUA – Feb. 7

The Office of the Secretary of State hosted educators from around Alabama Thursday afternoon for a cybersecurity seminar at the University of Alabama. Recently, there have been several cybersecurity attacks across the country, even right here in Tuscaloosa with the recent DCH Health System ransomware attack. At the event, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill discussed how he plans to address cyber-attacks moving forward.
Fox 6 – Feb. 6