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: Troubled Water: Wells aren’t regulated and septic tanks aren’t inspected

Most of the 43 million Americans who rely on private wells don’t know if their water is safe to drink because unlike the regulation of public water systems, there is no government monitoring of wells … In areas where proper wastewater treatment is rare, regulation is not enforced “because a… Read more

Sources: TC Palm (Florida)

In The News: App looks to keep UA members safe

Created specifically for The University of Alabama, the UA Safety app contains vital information and tools that members of the University community, Tuscaloosa community and campus visitors can use to remain safe and well-informed during emergency situations. The app boasts a wide array of practical features, according to SGA VP… Read more

Sources: Crimson White

In The News: UA receives grant to train math-based students to be future computer science teachers

Governor Kay Ivey is pushing computer science in her new education plan. The University of Alabama is on board with that initiative. The school just got a $300,000 grant to train math based students to be future computer science teachers. A UA professor says three of the top six jobs… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham), Tuscaloosa News, NBC 12 (Montgomery) , WAFF-NBC (Huntsville), WTVM 9 (Columbus, Georgia)

In The News: 2017 Awards for Excellence in Public Safety GIS Recipients Recognized at the National Geospatial Preparedness Summit

The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce Major General William N. Reddel of the New Hampshire National Guard, Richard Butgereit of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management, and Chad Council of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as recipients of the 2017 Award for Excellence in Public Safety GIS. Awards were… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham), 93.7 The Eagle (Lubbock, Texas), WDAM 7 (Moselle, Mississippi) , WTVM 9 (Columbus, Georgia), Telemundo 2 Kasa , 9 and 10 News (Michigan) , NBC Right Now

In The News: Crumbling pipes, tainted water plague black communities

Deep in the winding mass of crumbling back streets in Campti, Leroy Hayes sets a glass of water from his faucet in a patch of sunlight on the railing of his porch and watches specks of sediment float to the top … Mark Elliott, a civil engineer and researcher at… Read more

Sources: Public Integrity, Wisconsin Gazette

In The News: UA students part of NASA project to capture solar eclipse from near space

A group of students at the University of Alabama plan to launch a balloon to take video of the solar eclipse next week as part of a nationwide science project led by NASA. Similar to a weather balloon, the UA balloon should rise 100,000 feet in the air, high enough to see the curvature of the… Read more

Sources: Alabama News Center , WLTX-CBS (Columbia, South Carolina) , Tuscaloosa News, CBS 42 (Birmingham), ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), YellowHammer News, Fox 6 (Birmingham), NBC 12 (Montgomery), WTVM 9 (Columbus, Georgia), Gears of Biz

In The News: CAPS receives grants to study traffic safety

Governor Kay Ivey’s office has awarded three grants worth nearly $2 million to the Center for Advanced Public Safety at The University of Alabama. The center will collect statewide traffic data, assist with the state highway safety plan and provide software for law enforcement. Funding will also help with a… Read more

Sources: WAAY-ABC (Huntsville), Florence Times Daily, WAFF-NBC (Huntsville), WHNT-CBS (Huntsville), WSFA-NBC (Montgomery), CBS 42 (Birmingham), WDHN - Dothan First, State Scoop, Traffic Technology Today

In The News: Why do people keep driving through flood waters?

Just about every time we have major rain and flooding, we see people who try to plow through flood waters. They eventually get stuck and some have to be rescued. The big question is – why? “Because they want to get home,” Laura Myers said. Dr. Laura Myers is the Director… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham), NBC 12 (Montgomery), ABC 9 (Columbus, Georgia)