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UA in the News: October 12, 2012

Developing their future
Tuscaloosa News – Oct. 11
The students anticipated learning about the different engineering fields. They even thought they might get to see some interesting demonstrations and maybe try some hands-on activities. What they did not expect were ice cream sundaes made with liquid nitrogen.  The tasty treat was just one of the surprises in store for the more than 700 students participating in the University of Alabama College of Engineering’s annual Engineering Day, or E-Day, on Thursday. From witnessing the impact an earthquake would have on a wood-frame shear wall to learning about dry ice and distillers, the annual open house provided high school students and their families a closer look at the different areas within the engineering field, as well as a realistic idea of what some of those jobs look like in everyday life. “We talk about engineering and what it is, but here the students actually get to see and experience what we do,” said Ken Fridley, department head of civil, construction and environmental engineering. “It’s not just reading a book or hearing a lecture, but experiencing it firsthand.” Students from as far away as Michigan roamed the engineering complex, visiting labs, talking to students and faculty and getting a feel for the university’s engineering school. Many were looking forward to an engineering major, while others were still undecided about their future studies.

Communication Hall of Fame
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – Oct. 11
The University of Alabama held its 2012 College of Communication and Information Sciences Hall of Fame induction tonight. Our own Mike Royer served as the emcee. Inductees included local advertising executive Robert Luckie III, and Birmingham radio broadcaster Joe Rumore. Also inducted: Sue Medina and Dolph Tillotson.

Auto R&D agenda: Attracting research jobs to South stressed at Chattanooga conference
Chattanooga Times-Free Press – Oct. 12
While the South has succeeded in wooing auto assembly plants, the region needs to get better at attracting well-paying industry research jobs, experts said in Chattanooga on Thursday. “I’d like for the Southeast to have the high-paying jobs that stay in other countries or go to Detroit,” said Clark Midkiff of the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies.

Patron of the Arts presents Semplice duo with Ballatori and Chance on Friday
Texas Border Business – Oct. 11
The Patron of the Arts season at The University of Texas of Brownsville and Texas Southmost College is underway at The Arts Center…Semplice Duo with Dr. Cristina Ballatori, on flute, and guest artist of Alabama, Kevin Chance will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. As a duo, they were winners of the Emerging Artist Series Competition in Colorado. Chance, pianist from the University of Alabama was the winner of the National Society of Arts and Letters Piano Competition.


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.