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UA in the News: May 10-13, 2013

Texas Tech’s Kristy Curry hired as Alabama’s new women’s basketball coach – May 11
Alabama has reached an agreement with Texas Tech women’s basketball coach Kristy Curry to assume the same position with the Crimson Tide. “I am very excited to announce that Kristy Curry will be the next women’s basketball coach at the University of Alabama,” UA athletics director Bill Battle said in a university statement. “When we began our search for a head coach, we sought a veteran head coach that had a proven record as a consistent winner. Coach Curry has produced an impressive record at Purdue and Texas Tech. We are thrilled that she has chosen to lead our program, and we are looking forward to welcoming Kristy, her husband Kelly, and their children, Kelsey and Kendall, to Tuscaloosa.” The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal first reported the story. Texas Tech athletics director Kirby Hocutt later confirmed Curry’s departure.
ESPN – May 11
BamaMag – May 11
KLBK-CBS (Lubbock, Texas) – May 11
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – May 11
KJTV-Fox (Lubbock, Texas) – May 11

UA, Shelton State students team up for robotics contest
Tuscaloosa News – May 13
A team of University of Alabama and Shelton State students has designed and built a robot that could one day help NASA scientists mine on the moon. The team of 19 students will enter the robot, called a Lunabot, in NASA’s Lunabotics Mining Competition held May 20-24 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA started the contest four years ago to encourage designs for excavators that can mine and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms of mock lunar soil. The team began in August and spent two to three months working on the design. They’ve spent just less than $11,000, said team lead Caleb Leslie. “This robot has cost us many late nights and many gray hairs,” he said. Alabama Lunabotics placed first last year, outsmarting more than 50 teams from universities around the world with a front-loading, remote-controlled excavator. The design this year is based on that winning entry, said Kenneth Ricks, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at UA and an adviser to the team.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – May 9

UA Robots (Gallery)
Tuscaloosa News – May 11
Felicia Bailey, a studio art major from Omaha, Neb. throws a bowl on a pottery wheel. Students in Daniel Livingston’s Raku Art 208 class at the University of Alabama spent Friday morning May 10, 2013 in the studio creating pieces for the class. Livingston, who has 40 years of experience with Raku Pottery, is instructing 14 students during the three week interim class at the university.

ACRE announces Mega Real Estate Education Event in Montgomery on May 22nd – May 12
Juanita McDowell, President & CEO of InMotion Real Estate Institute will headline and deliver “Maximum Marketing, Minimum Dollars” at the fourth annual Montgomery ACRE Education & Outreach (E&O) event presented by the Alabama Center for Real Estate at The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce. The Mega Real Estate Education Event, scheduled for Wednesday, May 22nd, at Wynlakes Country Club, includes the marketing course from 1:30pm-4:30pm, and a negotiating class in the morning taught from 8:30am to 11:30am by ACRE education director, Jim LawrenceDr David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) will provide a keynote address at lunch between the two educational sessions. An event related business development & networking reception will be hosted the following evening (Thursday, May 23rd) from 5pm to 7pm, also at the Country Club.

Fishing contest to benefit Rise
Tuscaloosa News – May 11
Westervelt Communities real estate is hosting a bass tournament from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today at the Retreat at Lake Tamaha off 25th Avenue East. Jordan Pilot, the event’s organizer, said the tournament will benefit the University of Alabama’s Rise School, a program that helps children with special needs. “Westervelt Communities wants to manage their bass population in the lake and create awareness of the lake,” Pilot said. “It’s a beautiful spot in Tuscaloosa that a lot of people don’t know about. We’re also partnering with Rise because we want to raise awareness and money for them.” Tournament participants will be asked to make a donation to Rise when they arrive to sign up for the tournament. The person who catches the most fish will win $100. The prize for second place is $50 and third place is $25.
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – May 12

Gadsden woman 1 of 25 selected for D.C. internship
Gadsden Times – May 12
A Gadsden woman is one of 25 recent University of Alabama graduates in the social work master’s degree program to participate in a work study program in Washington, D.C. Jennifer Womack Greene completed a four-month internship program with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., as part of the School of Social Work’s annual internship program in Washington. Greene graduated May 4, just two days after returning from Washington. “She was one of our more prominent master’s-level students,” David Miller, of the University of Alabama’s media relations department, said. The internship gave her a look into the positive impact she hopes to make for military veterans and their families. “I’m very passionate about making a difference in their lives,” she said.

University of Alabama selects Brock for University Fellows Experience, STEM Path to the MBA program
Rome News-Tribune – May 9 

Senior Bailey Brock is one of only 37 incoming University of Alabama freshman selected to be part of The University Fellows Experience, housed in the Honors College. Selected from a pool of more than 620 candidates, this class of University Fellows represents 15 states, two countries and 35 high schools. “The University Fellows Experience is a vibrant community of highly talented undergraduates,” said Stephanie Brewer, coordinator of The University Fellows Experience. “Following the classical purpose of education – the production of good citizens – this program strives to prepare the most able and dedicated students at the University of Alabama for leadership and service to their community, state, nation and world.” According to the university’s website, this program seeks students with a true passion for service and leadership. Those selected will pursue knowledge and action in the classroom, on the campus, in the community, and in the world. Mentored by top professors, supported by their peers, and stimulated by world-class experts in many disciplines, University Fellows will enjoy the richest of college educations, will create enduring personal cultures of learning, and will embrace service to others as a guiding priority.

Discovering Alabama explores the Eastern Indigo Snake tonight – May 12
For 27 years, Dr. Doug Phillips at the University of Alabama has been the host of Alabama Public Television’s popular Discovering Alabama program. Tonight “Dr. Doug” premieres a new one-hour special on APT that explores the wondrous world of the the endangered Eastern Indigo Snake, the largest snake native to North America. These snakes disappeared from Alabama 60 years ago. Now, scientists are bringing them back. The show is scheduled to debut, Sunday, May 12th at 6:00 p.m. Along with tonight’s premiere, check out and bookmark the Discovering Alabama Broadcast schedule.  Not a week goes by without at least one of Discovering Alabama’s 74 episodes appearing on APT.

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