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State Tipoffs Involving Alabama Newsletter for Sunday May 31, 2020 ( 18 items )  

'Spare Parts' Selected as 2020-21 USA Common Read Book
MOBILE, Alabama, May 27 -- The University of South Alabama issued the following news release: The book "Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream" has been selected as the University of South Alabama's 2020-2021 Common Read/Common World book selection. The book, authored by writer and film producer Joshua Davis, was chosen for its potential to inspire, educate and empower students, faculty and staff. Common Read, the voluntary program for a  more

Auburn Employees Launch Luggage Donation Project for Youth in Foster Care
AUBURN, Alabama, May 27 -- Auburn University issued the following campus notice: Julia S. Charles, an assistant professor of African American Literature in the Department of English, and Nicole Linen, a clinical and sport psychologist in Auburn Athletics, launched a project in May to honor National Foster Care Month. The idea for the Loving Luggage Project was from Charles' experiences as a foster care child and her memories of having to shove her belongings into trash bags when transitioning   more

Auburn Professor, Former Student Awarded National Science Foundation Grant to Study New Hawaiian Habitats
AUBURN, Alabama, May 28 -- Auburn University issued the following news article: Auburn University Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences Scott Santos and his former graduate student, Justin Havird, recently received a two-year, $90,055 Rapid Response Research award from the National Science Foundation, or NSF, to study new habitats on the island of Hawaii. When the volcano Kilauea erupted in Hawaii in 2018, the outpouring of lava created new, unusual habitats on the island of Hawaii. The m  more

Auburn University Montgomery Assistant Professor of Economics Discusses Implications of COVID-19 on Alabama's Economy
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, May 28 -- Auburn University Montgomery campus issued the following news release: As Alabama's economy slowly reopens following the shutdown of non-essential businesses and enforcement of social distancing orders to counter the spread of COVID-19, both consumers and businesses should anticipate the recovery effort could be short-lived, according to Auburn University at Montgomery Assistant Professor of Economics Agnitra Roy Choudhury. "The number of COVID-19 cases will rise  more

Auburn University Names Auad Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Faculty Development
AUBURN, Alabama, May 24 -- Auburn University issued the following campus notice: Maria Auad, the W. Allen and Martha Reed Endowed Professor of chemical engineering, has been named to the new position of associate dean for graduate studies and faculty development for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, according to an announcement by Christopher B. Roberts, dean of engineering. The appointment is effective June 1. As associate dean, Auad will be responsible for oversight and coordination of  more

Auburn University Presidential Research Fellow at the Forefront of Promoting Human-Elephant Coexistence in Kenya
AUBURN, Alabama, May 28 -- Auburn University issued the following news article: Lynn Von Hagen, an Auburn University Presidential Research Fellow and doctoral student in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, spent her first semester in a faraway but familiar location--Kenya, where she has worked on the ground for two years researching African elephants, specifically studying crop-raiding, a perilous issue that endangers the lives of both elephants and native populations. In January, Vo  more

Continued Service to Clients is Focus for Troy's Continuing Education & Outreach
TROY, Alabama, May 27 -- Troy University issued the following news: For Marine Col. Chris Richie, Troy University's Continuing Education & Outreach hit more than just a home run for the General "Hap" Arnold Executive Leadership Series - it was more of a grand slam. Richie directs the program as a faculty member within the Air War College, a part of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base. In April, the series was scheduled for two, day-long seminars that normally are conducted in person, and   more

Enterprise State Community College/Alabama Aviation College Plans for Future, Continues Growth
ENTERPRISE, Alabama, May 27 -- Enterprise State Community College issued the following news release: Using four target areas of people, programs, facilities and community, Enterprise State Community College and the Alabama Aviation College are continuing to grow while preparing for a time when students can return to campus. When campuses closed March 17, instruction and student support services transitioned online. "It has been really impressive to see our instructors meet the challenge of   more

Families Contribute to Health Inequalities During Pandemic: University of Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, May 28 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: Families are central to our experience of COVID-19, and they can serve as a mechanism that either exacerbates or reduces the health and economic inequalities our society is currently facing. Mieke Beth Thomeer, Ph.D., associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Sociology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Jenjira Yahirun, Ph.D., assistant professor of so  more

Student Research and Service Learning Highlighted at UAB's First Virtual Spring Expo
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, May 30 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Spring Expo moved to a virtual format to highlight undergraduate research and service learning in April 2020. Students showcased their studies virtually through oral presentations, poster presentations with narration or videos about their work. "All expos are inspirational to me, but this year's Spring Expo was particularly so because of the resilience  more

Troy University: IMPACT Orientation Scheduled for This Summer With New Look
TROY, Alabama, May 29 -- Troy University issued the following news: Troy University's annual IMPACT new student orientation sessions will continue this June and July with enhanced safety protocols on campus and, for the first time, a virtual option. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, several changes are in store for on-campus sessions to ensure the health and safety of participants. "Our on-campus freshman sessions have been shortened to one day from our typical two-day model," said Ryan Cole  more

Tuskegee University: McNair Appointed to Re-Established USDA-1890 Task Force
TUSKEGEE, Alabama, May 29 -- The Tuskegee University issued the following news: Tuskegee University President Lily D. McNair has been appointed along with several other historically black university presidents to the USDA-1890 Task Force. The task force explores cooperative frameworks, partnership opportunities and priority areas. McNair joins Southern University and A&M College President Ray Belton, Kentucky State University President M. Christopher Brown II, Alcorn State University President  more

Tuskegee University: NSF Grant to Study RFID Applications for Indoor Informatics Systems
TUSKEGEE, Alabama, May 25 -- The Tuskegee University issued the following news: Tuskegee University's Computer Science Department has been awarded a two-year grant entitled ""Indoor Moving Object Trajectory Generation and Query Evaluation" from the National Science Foundation to strengthen STEM undergraduate education and research at HBCUs. The grant is awarded through NSF's Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) which assists HBCUs in their effort to meet  more

University of Alabama Birmingham Scientists Present Innovative Research at National Cancer Meeting
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, May 29 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: Physicians and scientists from the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will present the latest in cancer science to the global oncology community in a new virtual format at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology on May 29-31. ASCO represents nearly 45,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. O'Neal Com  more

University of Alabama Birmingham: Maigen Sullivan Awarded the 2020 Society of American Archivists Innovator Award for Invisible Histories Project
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, May 29 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: A University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education graduate student and adjunct faculty in women's studies, Maigen Sullivan has received the 2020 Society of American Archivists Innovator Award for her work as co-founder of the Invisible Histories Project. The Invisible Histories Project works to locate, preserve and make accessible the LGBTQ history of the Deep South. "What IHP is real  more

University of Alabama's Huntsville Scientists Brave Curses, Spooky Anomalies to Unravel Secrets at Skinwalker Ranch
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama, May 27 -- The University of Alabama's Huntsville campus issued the following news: Two intrepid explorers from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), Matt Turner, who holds a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering graduate Kaitlin Russell, visited an extraordinary place last summer to perform experiments for a research team participating in a docu-series called "The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch." The name of the place alone conjures up creepy   more

University of Alabama-Birmingham: Study Suggests Nation's Health Care Providers Need More Education on Medical Cannabis
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, May 27 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: As the public's demand for medical cannabis or cannabinoid therapies grows, health care professionals in the United States are ill-prepared to answer their patients' questions, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The study, published in Epilepsy and Behavior (online before print), surveyed health care providers on attitudes and knowledge regar  more

University of Alabama-Huntsville: Plasma Science Report Co-Chaired by Dr. Zank Urges Better Federal Agency Coordination
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama, May 29 -- The University of Alabama's Huntsville campus issued the following news: Federal agencies should better coordinate their activities in plasma science and engineering (PSE) and jointly support new funding opportunities that take advantage of PSE's overlaps with different science disciplines to maintain U.S. leadership in the field, according to a decadal report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) that was co-chaired by an astrophysicist at The University of A  more