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

Ala. A.G. Marshall Announces Federal Appeals Court Upholds Alabama Voter ID Law
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 21 -- Alabama Attorney General Steve T. Marshall issued the following news release: Attorney General Steve Marshall announced Tuesday that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling in favor of the State in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Alabama's voter ID law. "The federal appeals court decision affirms that Alabama's voter ID law is indeed constitutional," said Attorney General Steve Marshall. "Opponents have repeatedly arg  more

Ala. Gov. Ivey Announces $170 Million for Health Care, Remote Learning in Alabama Public Schools
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 21 -- Gov. Kay Ivey, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Governor Kay Ivey on Monday awarded $70 million to support the Alabama State Department of Education's (ALSDE) Education Health and Wellness Grant Program and $100 million to support the Educational Remote Learning Devices Grant Program. "COVID-19 greatly impacted delivery of instruction within our public schools and, in many cases, exposed our weakest areas of remote learning capabilities," Governor K  more

Ala. Gov. Ivey Announces Statewide Online Driver License Renewal Extension
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 22 -- Gov. Kay Ivey, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday announced Alabama driver license holders will now be allowed to renew online a second time during a 12-year period. Until now, driver license holders were limited to one online renewal every eight years. As part of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's commitment to public safety and in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the agency's Driver License Division has tempo  more

Alabama Attorney General Marshall Issues Statement on Justice Department Report on Alabama Prisons
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 24 -- Alabama Attorney General Steve T. Marshall issued the following statement on July 23 regarding Justice Department's report on Alabama's prisons: "Today, the U.S. Department of Justice released another findings report from its investigation of Alabama's men's prisons," said Attorney General Steve Marshall. "Though the State has been diligently working towards a settlement agreement with the DOJ based on its previous findings, we were ambushed with today's report,   more

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Lathan Issues Statement on Cancellation of Republican National Convention
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 24 -- The Alabama Republican Party issued the following statement by Chairman Terry Lathan on the cancellation of the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida: "We understand and support President Trump's decision to cancel our Party's convention celebration in Jacksonville due to the safety concerns the virus situation has created. As always, health and safety are a priority for our president and Party. "While the event may have been cancelled, this in  more

Alabama State University: Franklin Wins Award!
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 23 -- Alabama State University issued the following news release: An academic panel has recognized Alabama State University's dean of Library and Learning Resources as one of the nation's top library administrators. ASU's Dr. Janice R. Franklin has been awarded the Ann Barnett Service Award by Texas Woman's University (TWU) for exemplary adherence to the principles and purposes of librarianship and professional education as demonstrated by "sensitivity and responsiven  more

Auburn Forest Biomaterials Professor Co-Authors Book on Groundbreaking Uses of Lignocellulosics
AUBURN, Alabama, July 23 -- Auburn University issued the following news article: Maria Soledad Peresin, a faculty member in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University, has co-authored a book that calls attention to the enormous potential of a tiny but powerful nanomaterial. The book, "Lignocellulosics: Renewable Feedstock for (Tailored) Functional Materials and Nanotechnology," explains how the increasing use of lignocellulosics as raw material allows ambitious reconstru  more

Auburn Names Satterfield Head of Education's Department of Educational Foundations
AUBURN, Alabama, July 23 -- Auburn University issued the following campus notice: James Satterfield began his role as the new head of the College of Education's Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology on July 1. Satterfield was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where his father was completing his doctorate, but grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia, where both of his parents had academic and administrative positions at Norfolk State University, their respective alma maters. Satt  more

Auburn University: Marketing Professor's Research Shows Stadium Naming Rights Have Little Risk for Sponsors
AUBURN, Alabama, July 24 -- Auburn University issued the following news article: It's a case where the investment greatly outweighs the risk. A new study has found that there is little downside for large organizations to enter into long-term naming rights agreements with sports arenas and stadiums. Why? Customers' abilities to differentiate between teams and the sponsors, says Brian L. Bourdeau, associate professor of marketing in Auburn University's Harbert College of Business. Bourdeau's co  more

AUM Poll Finds Alabamians Overwhelmingly Favor Face Masks, Safer Voting Measures During COVID-19 Pandemic
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 21 -- Auburn University Montgomery campus issued the following news release: With the general election fewer than five months away and COVID-19 cases rising in Alabama, a new Auburn University at Montgomery poll indicates the vast majority of Alabamians support wearing face masks to curb the spread of the virus and having alternatives to traditional in-person voting in November. The AUM Poll's latest survey findings reflect the viewpoints of a bipartisan group of 575   more

Birmingham Interstate Construction Inspires UAB Civil Engineering Study
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, July 22 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: When the I-20/59 corridor through Birmingham was demolished and rebuilt over a period of 12 months in 2019, travel became a nightmare for thousands of truckers, daily commuters and other travelers. But where most people saw chaos and frustration, a pair of University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers found inspiration. UAB School of Engineering professors Andrew Sullivan and Virginia Sisio  more

Book Highlights Scholarship of New Political Science Chair
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, July 22 -- Samford University issued the following news release: Lee Trepanier, incoming chair of Samford University's Political Science Department, has edited a new book related to 20th century political philosopher Eric Voegelin. Trepanier also contributes his own scholarship to Eric Voegelin's Asian Political Thought, which gathers scholars from Asia and the West to examine a region rising in global affairs. Apart from Voegelin, Trepanier's scholarly interests include   more

Calhoun Foundation Receives $50,000 Anonymous Estate Gift
DECATUR, Alabama, July 21 -- Calhoun Community College issued the following news release: The College Foundation is excited to announce that it has received a $50,000 Estate Gift from an anonymous donor to support continuing education for GED graduates. According to Johnette Davis, Calhoun Foundation Director, "Not only will this generous gift provide our adult learners with the opportunity to advance their skill-sets by obtaining certifications at the College, but it will also assist in creat  more

Gov. Ivey Announces Special Election Dates for House District 33
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 22 -- Gov. Kay Ivey, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday signed a proclamation to set special election dates for Alabama House District 33. This seat was held by Rep. Ron Johnson, who passed away on July 14. Governor Ivey set the special primary election for Tuesday, October 6, 2020; the special primary runoff, if necessary, for Tuesday, November 3, 2020; and the special general election Tuesday, January 19, 2021. "Rep. Ron John  more

Graduate Student Becomes UAB's Fifth Student to Receive Grant
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, July 21 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: University of Alabama at Birmingham graduate student Rylie Hightower has been awarded an F99/K00 grant from the National Institutes of Health, becoming the fifth student from UAB to be named a recipient. The five-year grant will fund Hightower's research in uncovering a key signaling pathway for Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients. The disease affects one in every 5,000 males, and currently   more

Judson College: Stacey G. Parham Named Vice President for Academic Affairs
MARION, Alabama, July 21 -- Judson College issued the following news release: Dr. Stacey Parham, Professor of English and Interim Academic Dean, has been named Vice President for Academic Affairs at Judson College. "Dr. Parham's presence on the President's Cabinet has been invaluable during the tumultuous days of COVID-19 adjustments. She is highly valued by her peers on the Cabinet and commands the respect of the faculty, both personally and professionally," said W. Mark Tew, President, in an  more

Kinesiology Students Win Awards From American Society of Biomechanics
AUBURN, Alabama, July 23 -- Auburn University issued the following campus notice: School of Kinesiology graduate student Hillary Holmes was awarded a Student Grant-in Aid award from the American Society of Biomechanics. The Student Grant-in Aid award supports student members pursuing biomechanics research by offering a source of research funding. The $2,000 grants are distributed on a competitive basis and are intended to offset the costs directly associated with conducting research. Holmes r  more

Morgan State University: Mourning Death of Civil Rights Icon
BALTIMORE, Maryland, July 20 -- Morgan State University issued the following letter by President David Wilson: This morning, we awaken to the unfortunate news of the passing of the Honorable Congressman John Lewis. At a time when our national heroes are few, we have lost a true champion who fought--literally and figuratively---for freedom, equality, justice and fairness for all. He and his leadership will be missed. While growing up in rural Alabama on a sharecropper's farm similar to the one   more

O'Neal Cancer Center Receives Gift to Bolster COVID-19 Response in Black Belt Region
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, July 22 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: The Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation has provided the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center's Office of Community Outreach and Engagement with a $75,000 gift to address the disparate impact of cancer and the COVID-19 pandemic on Alabama's most rural communities. The gift will fund cancer prevention and awareness activities, along with action to address health disparities that are compounded by  more

President Trump Delivers Victory for Ala. A.G. Marshall, Alabama Through Executive Order Prohibiting Illegal Immigrants From Being Counted in Census
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 21 -- Alabama Attorney General Steve T. Marshall issued the following news release: Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall achieved a major victory in his efforts to prevent illegal aliens from being counted in the 2020 Census. President Trump announced on Tuesday an Executive Order to prohibit the counting of illegal aliens in the Census for purposes of Congressional apportionment. Attorney General Marshall led the charge on this issue when he filed suit in 2018 aga  more

Statement From Tuskegee University President McNair Honoring Legacy and Impact of Rep. Lewis
TUSKEGEE, Alabama, July 22 -- The Tuskegee University issued the following statement by President Lily D. McNair on the death of Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia: Like the rest of the world, the Tuskegee University family is deeply saddened by the passing of civil rights icon and U.S. Congressman John Lewis. A native son of Alabama, his unwavering commitment to advocate for equal rights served as a beacon of hope for many African Americans during the Civil Rights era. His efforts to protect human rig  more

UAB and ADPH Enhance Statewide Stroke Response System
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, July 23 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: Modeled on its successful trauma response system, the Alabama Department of Public Health will partner with the University of Alabama at Birmingham to improve a similar system for improved response to stroke across the state. This pioneering effort is a five-year statewide quality improvement initiative that aims to transform the acute stroke care system by coordinating prehospital and inter-f  more

University of Alabama Birmingham: $2.87 Million Grant Studying Varying Presentation of Behavioral Symptoms in Dementia
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, July 21 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: A five-year, $2.87 million R01 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing will study how environmental, personal and disease-related factors contribute to the presentation of behavioral symptoms in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Dementia patients can experience a wide variety of symptoms, and while memory loss is one of   more

University of Alabama Birmingham: County Authorizes $6.4 Million for Expanded COVID-19 Testing
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, July 23 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: The Jefferson County Commission voted to allocate up to $6.4 million in CARES Act funding to increase COVID-19 testing in the county, particularly in underserved communities. The funds will enable the University of Alabama at Birmingham Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center to expand its testing operations throughout the county. The grant will fund eight mobile testing teams th  more

University of Alabama Birmingham: Redefining Chronic Rhinosinusitis to Better Treat and Manage Sinus Disease
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, July 21 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: Chronic rhinosinusitis affects 12 percent of Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior research defines CRS as a sinus disease with or without non-cancerous growths that line nasal passages, known as polyps. Now new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in collaboration with rhinologists across the world, has determined that description is n  more

University of Alabama Birmingham: Two Distinct Circuits Drive Inhibition in the Sensory Thalamus of the Brain
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, July 23 -- The University of Alabama Birmingham campus issued the following news: The thalamus is a "Grand Central Station" for sensory information coming to our brains. Almost every sight, sound, taste and touch we perceive travels to our brain's cortex via the thalamus. It is theorized that the thalamus plays a major role in consciousness itself. Not only does sensory information pass through the thalamus, it is also processed and transformed by the thalamus so our cortex  more