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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: NASA Responds to an S.O.S. of Historic Proportions: Rocket technology could save our (historic) structures from earthquakes

The earth shakes millions of times every year. Often, these earthquakes strike in familiar places, such as the recent, deadly quakes in Ecuador and Japan. At other times, a quake may hit in a spot less familiar with the temblors, such as the magnitude-5.8 earthquake that struck Virginia in 2011 and damaged the Washington Monument. Historic… Read more

Sources: Smithsonian.com, Now Space

In The News: Univ. of Alabama says virtual reality therapy could help with storm anxiety

Five years after one of the deadliest tornadoes ripped through Tuscaloosa and other parts of Alabama, people are still dealing with the emotional and physical effects. “A large number of people still have a low level anxiety with it,” Dr. Laura Myers, Executive Director of the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced… Read more

Sources: WBRC Fox 6, WSFA NBC 12, WCFT ABC 33/40

In The News: Construction Technology Pilot Project Prepares University of Alabama Students for Workforce: Partnership Exposes Students to Technology

With graduation looming, many seniors at The University of Alabama are busy preparing for final exams. For a select group of students, wrapping up the semester means presenting the findings from a research project to management at Brasfield & Gorrie. The research project is the result of a partnership that… Read more

Sources: Brasfield & Gorrie, Seattle Post-Intelligencer , Construction Equipment Guide

In The News: Homes can be built to avoid wind damage, but no codes or inspectors in some rural counties: Dr. Andrew Graettinger featured

After Moore, Okla., got hammered by its third monster tornado in 13 years, Mayor Glenn Lewis had had enough. He pushed to make Moore the first U.S. city to beef up its building code for tornadoes and require new homes to withstand 135 mph winds — in the same way… Read more

Sources: Chattanooga Times Free Press, Insurancenewsnet.com, WVUA 23

In The News: Tornado survivors stand together 5 years later: CAPS research mentioned in article

In April five years ago, walls came down. Fences fell, splintered and sprawled. Canopied urban forests blew away in jagged moments; even trees sunk deep in ravines snapped. Growth-marks carved on a wall, names in family Bibles, photographs where memories were stored for safe-keeping, were lost. Our sky opened, and… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News

In The News: University of Alabama student teams on path to start own businesses

A team of engineering students won first place in the University of Alabama’s third annual Edward K. Aldag Jr. Business Plan Competition held earlier this month. The team has a start-up company called SYNSkin, which has a patented synthetic skin material for use by the health care industry. The initial focus… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News

In The News: 2011 Tornadoes: New Research, Old Problems: Dr. Laura Myers from CAPS featured

During severe weather, most people get their forecasts and weather information from TV meteorologists like ABC 33/40’s James Spann. But those forecasts start far earlier. It’s a beautiful spring day in Huntsville now. But a group of forecasters and other scientists are laser focused on what’s coming tomorrow. All their… Read more

Sources: Alabama Public Radio

In The News: Students from around the globe compete in NASA rocket competition

Nearly 50 teams from across the country are in Huntsville this weekend to show, and eventually blast off, their custom-made rockets. Let’s be clear, these aren’t your bottle rockets you can buy at a fireworks tent. University of Alabama Senior, Tom Andreando explains how the Crimson Tide’s rocket works. “A… Read more

Sources: WHNT CBS 19

In The News: University of Alabama students’ work linked to space missions

Two teams of mechanical engineering students at the University of Alabama have spent their senior year designing tools for a NASA competition inspired by the space agency’s plans for human exploration of the solar system. Each of the six-person teams are competing in NASA’s Microgravity Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News, WBRC Fox 6 (article), WBRC Fox 6 (video), KMOV 4, WTVM ABC 9

In The News: University of Alabama, NASA partner on earthquakes

It seems like an unlikely collaboration when it comes to earthquakes: the University of Alabama and NASA. After all, NASA is more commonly associated with the space program, and Alabama isn’t an area notorious for recent, devastating seismic activity. However, NASA is testing what’s known as disruptive tuned mass technology… Read more

Sources: WIAT CBS 42, NASA, WBRC Fox 6, WCFT ABC 33/40, WVUA 23