The University of Alabama

UA in the News: September 19-21, 2009

UA students participate in Day of Peace
Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 21
…In the hopes of introducing the local community to the Peace One Day effort, Barbara Schlichtman, who teaches a conflict resolution course at the University of Alabama’s New College, helped organize the educational event with Apwonjo, a student club that aims to raise awareness about issues in sub-Saharan Africa. The group has scheduled a screening of the film “The Day of Peace” at Lloyd Hall auditorium tonight, and students will have an information table on campus to distribute informational guides and origami peace cranes…

Home foreclosures hit locally and are continuing to rise
Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 20
The nation’s home foreclosure crisis has infected Tuscaloosa County and appears to be getting worse, according to a University of Alabama sociologist who has studied the issue for almost two years. Bronwen Lichtenstein, an associate professor in UA’s criminal justice department, said data she has collected on local home foreclosures shows a continuing rise in foreclosures since she started her research in February 2008…While homeowners in the higher-end neighborhoods have been spared, she said, there have been many foreclosures in Holt, Alberta and outlying parts of the county. Some middle-class subdivisions like Million Dollar Lakes in Lake View have seen more foreclosures than one might expect, Lichtenstein said. “What was surprising was it was very modestly priced houses that were being foreclosed,” she said… 

Ex-UA president says health-care issue requires collaboration
Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 19
The health-care industry must work together with other industries for health-care reform to work, David Mathews, president and CEO of the Kettering Foundation, said at the 10th annual Rural Health Conference on Friday…Mathews was president of the University of Alabama from 1969-1980, and during that tenure served under President Gerald Ford as U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare from 1975-1977…The conference was sponsored by the University of Alabama’s Rural Health Institute, part of the College of Community Health Sciences. This year’s two-day program, held at the Bryant Conference Center, focused on prevention in health care.

Used cars scarce in Montgomery
Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 21
…James Cashman, a management professor at the University of Alabama who specializes in the auto industry, said an increase in used car prices should have been predictable at the start of the Cash for Clunkers program. “You are taking thousands of used cars out of the market,” he said. “For some, those are the only cars they can afford. It just makes it more difficult for those people to afford a car.”…

UA Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Discusses SIDS
MSNBC — Sept. 18
…Dr. Mark Feldman is clinical professor psychiatry at the University of Alabama. “We have to understand a few things about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. One is that there is typically no warning sign…”

On the lookout for positive developments
Birmingham News – Sept. 20
…”It is really hard to spot the green shoots,” admits Ahmad Ijaz, an economic researcher at the University of Alabama…Reasons for optimism? Yes. Reasons to get carried away? Forget it. “You will see some positive signs both for the state and Birmingham’s economy, but any recovery is expected to be very sluggish,” Ijaz says… 

Tuscaloosa unemployment dips slightly
Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 19
…Alabama’s unemployment rate is expected to get worse. The Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama said the state’s economy will continue to weaken in the third quarter this year, although the pace shouldn’t be as rapid as the past nine months…

Lecture to focus on future of finances and education
Crimson White – Sept. 21
David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, will be speaking Tuesday as a part of the James P. Curtis Lecture, sponsored by the College of Education. Jim McLean, dean of the College of Education, said Bronner will be a good person to present the lecture. “The economy and its impact on education has dominated the entire country for over a year,” McLean said in a statement. “With degrees in business, education and law and a position that manages the investment of billions of dollars, Dr. Bronner is in a unique position to help understand how we got here and what the future may hold.” Bronner’s lecture is titled “Leadership…Where Alabama has been and it is going,” it will focus on finances and the future… 

Horgan to deliver lecture
Crimson White – Sept. 21
Terry Horgan, a professor of philosophy from the University of Arizona, will give a colloquium talk, “Mind and Brain: Philosophy of Mind in the 21st Century,” Tuesday in the Philosophy Department in Smith Hall at 7:30 p.m…“I will describe the principal issues about mind and brain that I consider the key agenda items for philosophy of mind in the immediate future.” Horgan said…

College News
Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 21
Twenty-six University of Alabama students have been named to the ambassadors program in the College of Arts and Sciences for the current academic year. The students were chosen based on their academic achievements, leadership qualities, past involvement in service-oriented activities and personal interviews… —  Dr. Wayne J. Urban, professor and program coordinator in higher education administration and associate director for the education policy center at the University of Alabama, has been named the 2009-10 Paul W. Bryant Endowed Professor in the UA College of Education…

New College prof gives health speech to Sierra Club
Crimson White – Sept. 21
Joe Brown, assistant professor in the department of biological sciences and New College, gave a speech Thursday to members of the Sierra Club at Capstone Village titled “Local Sustainable Food in West Alabama.”… 

Flu vaccines help limit spread
Crimson White – Sept. 21
…Seasonal flu vaccines are already available. The Student Health Center is offering vaccines for $20, which can be billed to a student’s account. Students can also get the flu vaccine at the student health fair Sept. 30 in the Ferguson Center Plaza… 

Construction Begins on Temple Emmanuel
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Sept. 18
…the new building is located on the University of Alabama campus near the Moody Music Building…

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