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Research Centers

The College of Engineering has several research centers and institutes that capitalize on interdisciplinary research initiatives and advance the University’s mission.

In The News: The Alabama Forfeiture Accountability System created – will collect and report data on state civil asset forfeitures

A bill passed last week by the Alabama Legislature to require law enforcement to report and track the seizures of property connected to drug dealing or other crimes should help reassure the public that law enforcement is using the tool of civil asset forfeiture in a responsible manner, said the… Read more

Sources: Opelika Observer

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), NBC 13 (Birmingham), WERC-FM (Birmingham), Fox 6 (Birmingham), Rome Sentinel (New York)

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: 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)

In The News: Why maps still matter: Working out a big severe weather worry

Veteran Alabama TV meteorologist James Spann touched on a topic — and a nerve — during severe weather coverage over the weekend in Alabama … One of the people taking an in-depth look at the problem — and everyone agrees it’s a problem — is Dr. Laura Myers, the director… Read more

Sources: Al.com

In The News: TV Meteorologist Gets Death Threats After Station Cuts Into Masters Coverage

An Atlanta meteorologist says she received death threats Sunday after her station cut into the Masters coverage to warn viewers of tornado threats … Dr. Laura Myers, director of the Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama, can relate. “I’m a huge Masters fan and was watching Saturday”… Read more

Sources: Weather.com, PJ Media, ClickOrlando.com, NBC 10 (Roanoke, Virginia)

In The News: UA to receive $8 million grant to improve traffic control systems in West Alabama

The University of Alabama is getting an $8 million grant to help improve traffic control systems in west Alabama. The money comes from the US Department of Transportation. It will be used to improve safety, reduce congestion, and help with local transportation systems. Read more

Sources: ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), NBC 13 (Birmingham), WAAY-ABC (Huntsville), Yellowhammer News, WVUA (Tuscaloosa), Travel Wire News, NBC 13 (Birmingham), Fox 6 (Birmingham), ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), CBS 42 (Birmingham), WAAY-ABC (Huntsville), Crimson White, Phone Week, Equipment World