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State Tipoffs Involving Alabama Newsletter for Sunday July 12, 2020 ( 26 items )  

Ala. A.G. Marshall Applauds Supreme Court Decision Upholding Federal Ban on Robocalls
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 6 -- Alabama Attorney General Steve T. Marshall issued the following news release: Attorney General Steve Marshall applauded a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding a federal law banning robocalls that has been in effect since 1991. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in the case Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants, Inc., that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)'s ban on robocalls will remain law despite a legal challenge from robocallers. "  more

Ala. A.G. Marshall Hails Religious Liberty Victories in 2 Key Supreme Court Cases
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 9 -- Alabama Attorney General Steve T. Marshall issued the following news release: Attorney General Steve Marshall hailed separate U.S. Supreme Court rulings Wednesday in support of employers' and religious schools' ability to exercise their religious and moral beliefs. "The First Amendment rightly recognizes that one of the unalienable rights all men and women possess is the right to exercise their faith. And today the Supreme Court has reaffirmed that fundamental tr  more

Ala. Gov. Ivey Announces $100 Million Small Business Grant Program 'Revive Alabama'
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 9 -- Gov. Kay Ivey, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced the Revive Alabama grant program to support small businesses in Alabama that have been impacted by COVID-19. Revive Alabama will reimburse small businesses up to a combined $100 million for expenses they have incurred due to operational interruptions caused by the pandemic and related business closures. "In many ways, our small businesses were hit the hardest fro  more

Ala. Gov. Ivey Announces Alabama Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Final Report, Recommendations
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 11 -- Gov. Kay Ivey, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Governor Kay Ivey on Friday announced the final report and recommendations of the Alabama Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The final report provides recommendations to enhance Birth to Age Eight Systems; Family Engagement; Health and Well-Being; Learning Outside the Classroom; and Special Education, English Language Learners and Struggling Readers. Governor Ivey and campaign leaders have developed an   more

Ala. Gov. Ivey Awards $18.27 Million for Coronavirus Testing for Alabama Nursing Homes
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 8 -- Gov. Kay Ivey, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday awarded $18.27 million of the Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide baseline testing for coronavirus and proactive surveillance of the virus for health care personnel and residents of nursing home facilities across Alabama. "During the pandemic, it is critical we take care of our seniors and most vulnerable residents," Governor Kay Ivey said. "Some of our largest outbreaks of C  more

Ala. Gov. Ivey Awards $48 Million to Alabama Department of Education, Up to $50 Million for Higher Education
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 7 -- Gov. Kay Ivey, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Governor Kay Ivey on Monday awarded $48 million of the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEERF) to the Alabama State Department of Education in response to challenges related to COVID-19. This allocation will enable schools to enact policies established in the Alabama State Department of Education's Roadmap to Reopening Schools. As schools across Alabama are navigating increased challenges rel  more

Alabama State University's Entomology Team to Host Webinar Series
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 8 -- Alabama State University issued the following news release: The Alabama State University Entomology Team, housed in the department of Biological Sciences, will host its Summer 2020 Webinar Series beginning July 1. This series is based on topics surrounding several fields of agriculture, including entomology and horticulture. Dr. Michelle Samuel-Foo, an assistant professor of Biology at ASU and a trained entomologist, is the principal investigator responsible for   more

Auburn Professor Helps Lead 'Nurdle Patrol,' a Multinational Citizen Science Project on Microplastics Spanning the Gulf of Mexico
AUBURN, Alabama, July 8 -- Auburn University issued the following news article: Kelly Dunning, an assistant professor in Auburn University's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, was part of a team that created and implemented a volunteer-driven citizen science project called "Nurdle Patrol," which measured microplastic pollution across the Gulf of Mexico. The project's open-access findings, "Measuring plastic pellet (nurdle) abundance on shorelines throughout the Gulf of Mexico using citi  more

Auburn to Add NPHC Legacy Plaza in Front of New Classroom Building
AUBURN, Alabama, July 10 -- Auburn University issued the following news article: A plaza recognizing the legacy of the Black Greek organizations and African-American culture at Auburn University will be erected in front of the new Academic Classroom and Laboratory Complex. The Auburn University Board of Trustees on Thursday during its annual meeting supported the creation and naming of the National Pan-Hellenic Council Legacy Plaza. The symbolic and functional space will include one marker for  more

Auburn University Montgomery: Associate Professor Michel Aaij Edits New Book Examining Church Reformer Boniface
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 7 -- Auburn University Montgomery campus issued the following news release: Associate Professor of English and Philosophy Michel Aaij has edited a new book on eighth-century English missionary and church reformer Boniface, a highly influential figure in early medieval Europe. The book, "A Companion to Boniface," is a collection of the latest scholarship on Boniface and examines his impact on the regions -- Hessia, Thuringia, Bavaria, Frisia, and Francia -- of Europe w  more

Auburn University: Ariccia Cucina Italiana Earns Wine Spectator 'Best of Award of Excellence'
AUBURN, Alabama, July 8 -- Auburn University issued the following campus notice: Ariccia Cucina Italiana has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator's 2020 Restaurant Awards. The annual program, which recognizes restaurants around the world as the top destinations for wine lovers, successfully moved forward this year despite the effects of COVID-19. "This year's Wine Spectator Restaurant Award program celebrates restaurants' resilience, dedication and bravery during the  more

AUM Senior Joins Black Lives Matter March 'To Be a Part of Something Bigger'
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 7 -- Auburn University Montgomery campus issued the following news release: On a hot, sunny day in June, the words "I can't breathe" stretched boldly across the face of Auburn University at Montgomery senior Dameyune Smith as he stood on the steps of the state capitol to protest the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd while in police custody. With his stand on that day, Smith joined the growing number of young people across the nation participating in Black Liv  more

Gadsden State Continuing Education Program Offers Four Summer Courses
GADSDEN, Alabama, July 7 -- Gadsden State Community College issued the following news: Gadsden State Community College's Continuing Education Program is offering four classes this summer - CPR training, drivers education, ACT test prep and photography classes. "While offering the in-person courses, we will follow all guidelines in place to help curb the spread of the coronavirus," said Pam Clough, director of Continuing Education. "This includes wearing a mask, practicing social distancing as   more

Georgia Southern Theatre Professor Appointed Regional Chair of Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
STATESBORO, Georgia, July 11 -- Georgia Southern University issued the following news release: Georgia Southern University theatre professor Lisa Abbott has stepped into a new role as the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) region 4 chair. As chair of region 4, Abbott works with a leadership team that puts together the regional KCACTF festival for Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Puerto Rico and the U.S  more

Grant to Expand the University's Research and Education Capabilities
MOBILE, Alabama, July 10 -- The University of South Alabama issued the following news release: The University of South Alabama's research efforts are merging into the internet passing lane thanks to a $730,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant is called, Campus Cyberinfrastructure Regional: Southern Light Rail Promoting research and education at Small Colleges in Alabama through Network Architecture Enhancements. School of Computing Assistant Professor, Dr. David Bourrie r  more

Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law: Professor Jones Receives Scholarship Grant
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, July 8 -- The Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law issued the following news: IU McKinney Professor Joshua Jones has received a $5,000 Scholarship Grant from the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute. He was chosen for his proposal, "Change the Rhetoric, Change the Profession: Narrative Psychology to Improve Law Student and Attorney Career Satisfaction." Professor Jones is a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law a  more

New AUM Poll Shows Tuberville Leading Sessions in Senate Runoff Election
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 10 -- Auburn University Montgomery campus issued the following news release: A new poll conducted by Auburn University at Montgomery's Department of Political Science and Public Administration shows Tommy Tuberville leading Jeff Sessions in next Tuesday's Republican U.S. Senate runoff. According to the survey results, Tuberville enjoys support among 47 percent of Republican voters surveyed while Sessions has 31 percent of voters' support. Five days from the election,   more

Samford Announces Membership of New Task Force on Racial Justice
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, July 10 -- Samford University issued the following news release: The university announced the membership of the new Task Force on Racial Justice, which was formed in June and charged with advancing racial justice at Samford. With the support of the Office of the Provost and the Vice President for Student Affairs, Phil Kimrey, the group is co-chaired by Samford Assistant Provost for Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives Denise Gregory and Samford Board of Trustees Vice Cha  more

Spring Hill College, Bishop State Community College Sign Articulation Agreement
MOBILE, Alabama, July 10 -- Spring Hill College issued the following news: Spring Hill College and Bishop State Community College announce a partnership between the institutions governing the enrollment of associate degree graduates to the related baccalaureate degree programs in order to foster a seamless transition for students transferring to Spring Hill from Bishop State. The agreement was signed in a virtual meeting of the Colleges' Presidents, E. Joseph Lee II, PhD of Spring Hill and Regi  more

Troy University Offering New 3D Printing Classes Starting This Fall
TROY, Alabama, July 8 -- Troy University issued the following news: A new series of classes aims to give Troy University students the tools necessary to enter the growing world of 3D printing. 3D Printing for Art and Industry, a series of classes being offered as a University minor starting this fall, helps students build the knowledge and skills required to digitally design objects for 3D printing and manufacture. These courses, the first two of which are available as general studies electiv  more

University of Alabama Birmingham: A Complex Gene Program Initiates Brain Changes in Response to Cocaine
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, July 9 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: The lab of Jeremy Day, Ph.D., at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has used single-nucleus RNA sequencing approaches to compare transcriptional responses to acute cocaine in 16 unique cell populations from a portion of the brain called the nucleus accumbens, or NAc. This molecular atlas is "a previously unachieved level of cellular resolution for cocaine-mediated gene regulation in this   more

University of Alabama Birmingham: A Dual Antenatal Therapy Benefits Extreme Preterm Babies Better Than Either Alone or None
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, July 10 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: Tiny infants known as extremely preterm children have very low birth weights, underdeveloped organs, and risks of long-term problems or disabilities. Antenatal treatment of the mother and fetus -- therapy given before birth -- offers an opportunity to improve outcomes in preterm children. Antenatal magnesium sulfate or antenatal corticosteroids have known benefits to reduce problems like cere  more

University of Alabama Birmingham: Expansion Stress Enhances Growth and Migration of Breast Cancer Cells
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, July 9 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: Expansion stress can have an alarming impact on breast cancer cells by creating conditions that could lead to dangerous acceleration of the disease, an interdisciplinary team of University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers has found. As breast tumors grow, biomechanical forces in the tumor microenvironment, or TME, cause elevated compression at the tumor interior, tension at the periphery a  more

University of Alabama Birmingham: Neonatal Exposure to Antigens of Commensal Bacteria Promotes Broader Immune Repertoire
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, July 8 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have added fresh evidence that early exposure to vaccine-, bacterial- or microbiota-derived antigens has a dramatic effect on the diversity of antibodies an adult mammal will have to fight future infections by pathogens. This antibody diversity is called the clonal repertoire -- basically different single cells with distinct antibody potential tha  more

University of Alabama-Huntsville Alumnus Elrod Joins Ascend Board
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama, July 10 -- The University of Alabama's Huntsville campus issued the following news on July 9: The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) alumnus, Dr. David Elrod, has been tapped to join the board of directors of Ascend Federal Credit Union. Based in Tullahoma, Ascend is the largest credit union in Middle Tennessee, boasting 26 branches, 213,000 members and more than $2.87 billion in assets. Dr. Elrod earned his doctorate in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engine  more

University of Alabama-Huntsville: Detection of Electrical Signaling Between Tomato Plants Raises Interesting Questions
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama, July 9 -- The University of Alabama's Huntsville campus issued the following news: The soil beneath our feet is alive with electrical signals being sent from one plant to another, according to research in which a University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering participated. UAH's Dr. Yuri Shtessel and Dr. Alexander Volkov, a professor of biochemistry at Oakwood University, coauthored a pape  more