UA in the News: July 6, 2012
July 6, 2012 - Filed under: UA in the News
University of Alabama professors selected for more than $1.6 million in grants
Birmingham News – July 6
Three University of Alabama professors have been selected by the National Science Foundation to receive more than $1.6 million for research projects involving medical image, earthquake seismology and solar energy. The CAREER Awards were presented to Yuping Bao, an assistant professor in chemical and biological engineering; Samantha Hansen, assistant professor of geological sciences; and Dawen Li, assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering, the university announced in a release. Bao will use her $493,000 grant to explore a novel technique for creating magnetic nanoparticles and the usefulness of an iron oxide nanowire — a thin worm-like magnetic nanoparticle — to enhance medical imaging. With a $715,000, five-year grant, Hansen will fund an expedition to deploy a new seismic operation in Antarctica, which should enhance scientists’ understanding of the Transantarctic Mountains and the Wilkes Subglacial Basin. The university noted that scientists consider this area of Antarctica to be a prime research location because of its unique geological features.
AL.com – July 5
Air conditioners from Rose Towers to be donated
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – July 5
They may look like trash, but lots of people will treasure these used air condition units. They were pulled from dorm units before Rose Towers on the University of Alabama campus was imploded Wednesday. ”We’re just thankful they thought about our agency with the air condition units because they could have demolished them along with the building. But they were being good stewards to the community and realized we have a problem. “The problem is the record heat. Contractors for the Rose demolition donated 90 used air condition units to Temporary Emergency Services.”
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – July 5
AIME Center promotes research and development
Birmingham News – July 5
The Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs Center teams law, business, engineering and science students with University Of Alabama researchers to study research discoveries to see if that are patentable and marketable. (Video)
Northport honors University of Alabama softball coach
Tuscaloosa News – July 6
Patrick Murphy had a lot to celebrate Thursday. Not only was it Patrick Murphy Day in Northport, as proclaimed by the mayor, the University of Alabama’s head softball coach also joined his assistants in being named National Coaching Staff of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Murphy, a Northport resident since 2001, joined his assistants and a gathering of fans at the Northport Chick-fil-A to celebrate over lunch. The restaurant’s parking lot was full, with the crowd spilling over into the adjacent parking lot in front of Kmart.
Stephanie is Amateur Champ
Carnoustie (Scotland) Guide & Gazette – July 6
Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow is the new Ladies’ British Open Amateur champion. She beat Spain’s Rocio Sanchez Lobato 4 and 3 in the final at Carnoustie on Saturday afternoon with an impressive display of sub-par golf. The 20-year-old from Jordanstown, a student at the University of Alabama and no. 20 in the world amateur rankings, was three up after only six holes against her 19-year-old Spanish opponent, Rocio Sanchez Lobato from Marbella and the University of Georgia, ranked no. 193.
Birmingham News – July 5
New painting of Trent Richardson to hang in Bryant Museum
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – July 5
It all started with this photo.from this past season’s Iron Bowl. Artist Steve Skipper got it from the University of Alabama’s team photographer. Skipper chose it over others because it’s exactly what he wanted to portray of Trent Richardson on canvas. ”Trent had a lot of signature runs during his career. I took the one against Auburn when they cornered him. He pulled away.” It took Skipper 1,700 hours to complete here in his Roebuck studio. He titled it “Relentless” because he says that sums up Richardson as a player. . . .It’s expected to hang next the other Alabama stars at the Bryant Museum.
Volunteer to help disaster victims
Decatur Daily – July 6
Many West Virginia residents are still cleaning up after storms uprooted trees and downed power lines there last week. A Decatur resident is prepared to jump into the fray. Decatur native John Fleischauer, 18, a sophomore at the University of Alabama, leaves this morning for Parkersburg, W.Va., to assist with disaster relief work from the killer tornadoes that pummelled the region June 29. “I’m not totally sure of what I’m walking into,” said Fleischauer, a 2011 graduate of Austin High School who is being deployed by the American Red Cross. “It’s an established operation. I’m probably going in to replace people who are rotating off.”
New irrigation tax break could aid Alabama farmers
Birmingham News – July 6
A new tax incentive meant to help Alabama farmers irrigate crops likely will have a huge impact on agriculture in the state, increasing revenue for farmers and cutting costs for poultry and livestock producers, according to Auburn University. The Agricultural Irrigation Systems Tax Credit signed by Gov. Robert Bentley on May 14 gives farmers a tax credit equaling up to 20 percent of the cost of new or improved irrigation systems, with a cap of $10,000 per farm. . . . Behind the legislation is a decade of collaborative and comprehensive research conducted through the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station at Auburn, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the University of Alabama and Alabama A&M and Tuskegee universities participated in research that led to the passage of the incentive.
The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.