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MONDAY, AUG. 29 – MONDAY, SEPT. 5  2016

Note: The University will observe the Labor Day holiday Monday, Sept. 5. 

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MEDIA AVAILABILITY: UA GAMEDAY – Roll Tide! Football season arrives soon, and UA’s first home game is scheduled for Sept. 10. Reporters are invited to the corner of Hackberry Lane and Campus Drive at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 30 for an interview about what fans can look forward to on UA Game Days this fall. Media may park in the nearby surface lot at the Campus Drive Parking Deck. For more information, contact Chris Bryant, cbryant@ur.ua.edu, 205/348-8323 or Shane Dorrill, sdorrill@ur.ua.edu, 205/348-8319 for assistance.

ROBOTICS PREPARING FOR NASA CENTENNIAL CHALLENGE – A team of engineering and computer science students from UA is one of only two collegiate teams – and the only one in the Southeastern Conference – set to compete in high-profile NASA robotics contest the first weekend of September. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA media relations, at 205/348-6444 or acjones12@eng.ua.edu.

LAW PROFESSOR’S NEW BOOK EXAMINES IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAMS – Daniel H. Joyner, professor of law and director of international programs, has released a book about Iran’s nuclear program that provides an international legal analysis of the most important questions regarding Iran’s nuclear program, including discussion of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the West. “Iran’s Nuclear Program and International Law,” published by Oxford University Press, aims to clarify how the relevant sources of international law – including primarily the 1968 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and IAEA treaty law – should be properly applied in the context of the Iran case. For more information, contact Monique Fields, UA Law, manager of communications, 205/348-5195, mfields@law.ua.edu or contact Joyner directly at 205/348-5831 or djoyner@law.ua.edu.

ADAPTED ATHLETICS PROFESSOR TO BE FEATURED IN DOCUMENTARY; FREE SCREENING TO BE HELD – Dr. Margaret Stran, UA assistant professor of disability sport, is featured in a soon-to-be released documentary titled “Trials Finding the Medal,” which chronicles the efforts of four para-rowing competitors in their training for the U.S. National Team. A screening of the documentary will be held at 7 p.m, Thursday, Sept. 1 at Cobb Theatre in Tuscaloosa. Admission is free, though donations are welcome. All proceeds will go directly to UA Adapted Athletics. For more information, contact David Miller, UA media relations, at 205/348-0825 or dcmiller2@ur.ua.edu.

WHEELCHAIR TENNIS PLAYER TRAINING FOR PARALYMPICS – Shelby Baron, a Hawaii native and UA communicative disorders major, will compete for the United States Women’s Wheelchair Tennis team in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, which begin Sept. 7. Baron, who is training for her first Paralympics five days a week at UA until flying to Rio on Sept. 1, is available to meet with media. For more information, contact David Miller, media relations, 205/348-0825 or dcmiller2@ur.ua.edu.

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INSIGHT AVAILABLE ON RECORD-BREAKING FLOODS – Since last fall, the U.S. and the world has been bombarded with record-breaking floods, including the latest historic flood in Louisiana. Dr. Sagy Cohen, a UA assistant professor of geography who specializes in global hydrology, is closely monitoring these floods and is available to offer his expert opinion on why they’re occurring. Cohen’s Surface Dynamics Modeling Laboratory research unit received a research grant from the National Water Center to develop a flood inundation map repository using satellite remote sensing imagery. Cohen is also affiliated with the Dartmouth Flood Observatory where he’s been working closely with the National Water Center on developing a new flood prediction system that can warn people about the possibility of a dangerous flood occurring in their area in time for them to seek safety. For more information, contact Jamon Smith, media relations, jamon.smith@ua.edu, 205/348-4956.

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