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In The News

In the News is a summary of articles about The University of Alabama College of Engineering that have appeared in print, online and broadcast media outlets. These summaries, headlines and links are copied exactly as they appeared in the media source.

In The News: ALABAMA STUDY SHOWS IMPORTANCE OF BUCKLING UP

There were 743 people who were killed in car crashes in Alabama in 2018 and 366 of them were not wearing seat belts. The University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety conducted a study on the importance of buckling up and found that the probability of dying in a… Read more

Sources: WVUA (Tuscaloosa), Phys.org, Fox 6 (Birmingham), WAFF 48 (Huntsville), NBC 13 (Birmingham), Alabama News Center , WVUA (Tuscaloosa)

In The News: Tropical storm to category 5: Hurricane Michael shows storms can strengthen with deadly speed

Warning: All four of the deadly Category 5 hurricanes to ever strike the continental U.S. were merely tropical storms three days from landfall, swirling offshore at sea … Laura Myers is a senior research scientist at the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety. Though Michael intensified rapidly, she… Read more

Sources: Florida Today

In The News: In School

Nearly 500 students at The University of Alabama highlighted their research and creative projects during the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference on March 27. Among the participants and presentations were Timothy Foley, of Hampstead, “Determination of Set Point for Alkali-Activated Materials Utilizing Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy” in the Engineering, Transportation and Energy category… Read more

Sources: Carroll County Times (Virginia)

In The News: Occidental Petroleum CEO, a University of Alabama grad, on cusp of outmuscling a rival 5 times as big

The Bessemer native became the first female CEO of a major U.S. oil company when she took the reins in 2016. Hollub graduated from the University of Alabama in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in mineral engineering, petroleum option, and was inducted into the university’s College of Engineering 2016 class of Distinguished… Read more

Sources: Alabama Newscenter

In The News: Human zombie-like cells act alive despite being dead

Scientists at the University of Alabama (UA) have figured out a comical technique, developed human “zombie-like” cells that are technically no longer alive but with membranes continue to bind to useful compounds. That leaves the cells with one useful ability: its walls are still able to interact with active compounds and fish… Read more

Sources: Technology Times, Nano Magazine, Phys.org, SyFy Wire

In The News: Member Voices: Jobsite Safety for Construction Safety Week and Beyond

It’s Construction Safety Week, an important time to highlight concepts and practices that are crucial to the industry year-round … It’s a group effort by Miranda Reed, Anil Cercer, and Ifeanyi Okpala, engineering students at the University of Alabama, discussing important safety topics for this year’s Construction Safety Week. Read more

Sources: ASCE News

In The News: Atmospheric Circulation Patterns Associated with Extreme United States Floods Identified via Machine Learning

The massive socioeconomic impacts engendered by extreme floods provides a clear motivation for improved understanding of flood drivers … Affiliations: Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA – Hamid Moradkhani. Read more

Sources: Nature.com, Phys.org, Smart Water Magazine

In The News: UA hosts Robotics Mining Challenge

The University of Alabama engineering department is hosting the Robotic Mining Challenge  in Tuscaloosa. Twenty-eight teams from colleges all across the country are on campus trying to prove they are the best engineers. The Alabama Astrobotics team has won the competition five times. Read more

Sources: CBS 42 (Birmingham), WVUA at 6 p.m. (Tuscaloosa), Fox 6 at Noon (Birmingham), WVUA at 5 p.m. (Tuscaloosa), Fox 6 at 4 p.m. (Birmingham), Iowa Ag Connection, QNS, Glen Ellyn Patch (Illinois)

In The News: Problems with enforcing the law when it comes to drivers passing stopped school buses

But the University of Alabama’ s Center for Advanced Public Safety says only 1,064 citations were issued for illegal passes of stopped school buses in all of 2018. According to school transportation officials, most Alabama school buses don’t have exterior cameras to catch automobile drivers passing illegally. When the bus… Read more

Sources: ABC 33/40 (Birmingham)