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UA In the News — Aug. 9

Minorities Suffer From Unequal Pain Treatment
New York Times – Aug. 8
Roslyn Lewis was at work at a dollar store here in Tuscaloosa, pushing a heavy cart of dog food, when something popped in her back: an explosion of pain. At the emergency room the next day, doctors gave her Motrin and sent her home. Her employer paid for a nerve block that helped temporarily, numbing her lower back, but she could not afford more injections or physical therapy. A decade later, the pain radiates to her right knee and remains largely unaddressed, so deep and searing that on a recent day she sat stiffly on her couch, her curtains drawn, for hours … The therapy was part of a study of low-income patients led by Beverly E. Thorn, a University of Alabama psychology professor, to see how the therapy relieved pain compared with only medical treatment. The participants were patients at Whatley, a partner in the study, and about 70 percent were black. According to Dr. Thorn’s preliminary findings, the group that received cognitive behavioral therapy had significantly less pain and fewer depressive symptoms afterward than a control group that got medical treatment.
ABC Tell – Aug. 8

Group of UA student working to clean up Moundville Archaeological Park
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Aug. 8
Some University of Alabama students want to make a difference in their community. A group of 40 UA students were working Monday morning at the Moundville Archaeological Park. They were picking up tree limbs from recent storms.  The student will also be helping maintain the park’s nature trails as part of UA’s Honors College’s Outdoor Action Program.
WVUA 23 (Tuscaloosa) – Aug. 8
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Aug. 8

Rick Bragg to be inducted UA communication hall of fame
Anniston Star – Aug. 8
Pulitzer Prize-winning Calhoun County native Rick Bragg can add hall-of-famer to his list of accomplishments in October. The University of Alabama’s college of communication and information sciences will induct Bragg and three others during its annual event. The hall of fame dinner will be held Oct. 6 in an event hall at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 9

The story of the man who gave Bear Bryant his job back
Al.com – Aug. 8
In 1969, Paul “Bear” Bryant’s Crimson Tide was coming off of a disappointing 6-5 season when an upstart NFL team came calling. The Miami Dolphins reportedly offered Bryant an astonishing five-year contract valued at $1.7 million, including stock options, housing and a car. In his autobiography, Bryant discussed meeting with team-owner Joe Robbie in a Birmingham hotel room and his decision to accept the NFL job. But first, he would have to break the news to the University of Alabama president. At 30, David Mathews had become the youngest university president in school history. Today, he still remembers the night he got the news from Bryant.

UA’s PAL phone line helps parents
WVUA 23 (Tuscaloosa) – Aug. 8
If you’re a parent that’s having trouble with your little ones, The University of Alabama’s PAL phone line is here to help. PAL is a collaborative service for parents proving support, a listening ear, and how to find services. The phone line is for parents across the state who find themselves needing more guidance.

Registration for Big Al’s Kids Club is open
WVUA 23 (Tuscaloosa) – Aug. 8
He’s the biggest Bama fan around, and he wants your kids to join his club. Registration for the 2016-2017 Big Al’s Kid’s Club is open. Kids receive a Big Al’s t-shirt, pictures with Big Al and the cheerleading team and coupons from McAllister’s who sponsors the club. Kids will get free admission to select Crimson Tide games and will even get to meet some players.

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.