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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 will be hub of scientific study of Southern tornadoes

About 40 scientists from around the nation are expected to participate in “VORTEX Southeast,” an upcoming study of the unique characteristics of tornadoes that develop in the South, weather researchers say. Like earlier studies in the Midwest, the research based in Huntsville, Alabama, will include mobile radars, drones and other… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News, The Opelika-Auburn News, Thomasville Times-Enterprise, Chattanooga Times-Free Press, Savannah Morning News, Pittsburgh Tribune

In The News: Student Engineers in Action begin replacing steps at Moundville Archeological Park

Standing 60 feet tall and made up of approximately 112,000 cubic yards of dirt, Alabama’s tallest mound began receiving a make-over on Saturday, Feb. 6. The Mound B steps at Moundville Archaeological Park have taken a beating since being built in 1967, and now, they’re getting replaced. Read more

Sources: The Crimson White, The Tuscaloosa News

In The News: Perfect Chemistry: Yue strives to make a difference through research, environmental initiatives

In January 2016, more than 120 students packed the monthly American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in Shelby Hall, a stark contrast from two years earlier when just 20 students attended the meetings regularly. At the front of the room stood UA’s ACS president Shuwen Yue, a senior with a dual… Read more

Sources: UA Student Affairs

In The News: What’s the Right Age for Kids to Learn to Code?

Imagine if you never learned addition in elementary school — and when you went to middle school, it wasn’t part of the curriculum. Then came high school, where no one breathed a word about it. By the time you were a college freshman, however, you could at long last enroll… Read more

Sources: How Stuff Works

In The News: University of Alabama students create their own comic book company

For more than a year, Ethan Newsome-Jackson and Kris Pearce have been obsessed with the same woman. She only exists on paper, but for the two University of Alabama students, creating the character in the upcoming comic book “Breeze” has been grueling, mainly in how to present the heroine’s duality.… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News, The OA News, Washington Times, Miami Herald, Moulton Advertiser, Rock Hill Herald, Decatur Daily, Macon Telegraph, Houston Chronicle, Myrtle Beach Sun News, San Francisco Gate, San Antonio Express-News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer , The Auburn Plainsman

In The News: The Unique Edge Behind the University of Alabama EcoCAR 3 Team

Like the 2016 Camaro, each team within the EcoCAR 3: Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition possess individual characteristics that make them unique, including the model and design. The UA Camaro will be a Series-Parallel Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) powered by E85. The team’s PHEV has an internal combustion engine, two… Read more

Sources: The Green Garage Blog

In The News: Wanted: AP coding teachers

Alabama is looking for a few good teachers to bring its technology curriculum up to code with the addition of Advanced Placement coding classes. A + College Ready, the nonprofit partner of the Alabama state Department of Education, announced Monday it has partnered with Code.org to facilitate expanding computer science… Read more

Sources: Athens News Courier, Alabama News Center

In The News: Mechanical engineering labs to be offered at UA Gadsden Center

The University of Alabama started offering degrees in mechanical engineering through distance learning at least 20 years ago, according to Clark Midkiff, the department head. Midkiff said the challenge has been providing the hands-on lab experience distance learning students need, in addition to video-streamed lessons and online homework. Starting this… Read more

Sources: The Gadsden Times, WBRC Fox 6, WBRC Fox 6 (Video), WBMA ABC 33/40, WTVM ABC 9