University of Alabama

Science & Health
12:13 am
Mon July 28, 2014

UA Researchers Win Grant for Shrimp/Uranium Project

Shrimp shells contain chitin, which can be used to extract uranium from the ocean.
Gulf of Maine Research Institute via npr.org

The U.S. Department of Energy is rewarding researchers at the University of Alabama with a $1.5 million grant for their work.  It almost seems out of science fiction.  They’re using shrimp in a way that could potentially one day power America’s homes and businesses.  Robin Rogers is chair of chemistry at U.A. and the director of the university’s Center for Green Manufacturing.

Robin Rogers: “We’re taking a polymer that’s in the shrimp shells, and we’re turning it into a material which can remove uranium from the ocean.”

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Alabama-Houndstooth Lawsuit
3:51 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Houndstooth Pattern

The University of Alabama System board of trustees and its president pro tem had filed the suit against Houndstooth Mafia Enterprises over its use of the houndstooth pattern.
Credit Mark Almond / al.com

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit over use of the houndstooth pattern made famous by hats worn by former Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

The University of Alabama System board of trustees and its president pro tem had filed the suit against a Georgia-based company over its use of the houndstooth pattern.

In an order filed Monday, U.S. District Court Judge R. David Proctor dismissed the case, noting the parties had reached a settlement. Details of the settlement weren't immediately available.

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Business & Education
2:08 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Spring Break for Some UA Students an Opportunity to Give Back

This Tuesday, May 21, 2013 aerial photo shows a neighborhood damaged by a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

University of Alabama students are on spring break this week.  But they’re not all partying at the beach.  Some of them are using the break as an opportunity to do some good.  About 16 students are in Moore, Oklahoma to lend a hand to the community as it struggles to rebuild from a massive tornado that struck in May, killing dozens and injuring hundreds more.  UA Community Service Program Director Courtney Thomas says what happened in Oklahoma hit home for a lot of people here.

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The Rolling tide
2:32 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Adapted Athletics in Alabama Part 1: The Rolling Tide

Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball National Championship Trophy 2013
Credit Pat Duggins

The University of Alabama is known for its championship athletic teams. Football, gymnastics, softball and so on; but there is another group of athletes on campus who are also champions, although they do not draw crowds like Coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide football team. They are the Rolling Tide and they are part of the University of Alabama’s Adapted Athletics program.

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Tuscaloosa Housing
4:04 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Consultant Warns Of Tuscaloosa Housing Saturation

A housing study projects that at current growth rates, the private student housing market in Tuscaloosa will outpace University of Alabama student demand by 2015.
Credit ci.tuscaloosa.al.us / City of Tuscaloosa

A housing study projects that at current growth rates, the private student housing market in Tuscaloosa will outpace University of Alabama student demand by 2015.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that results of the study were shared with a city council committee Tuesday.

Consultant Joe Zanola told the committee that the current list of student housing bedrooms that are either planned or under construction "greatly exceeds" forecasts for enrollment growth at the University of Alabama.

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Alabama-Bonner
3:57 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

UA's First Female President Reflects On Her Year

A year after becoming the first female president of the University of Alabama Judy Bonner reflects back on the past 12 months.
Credit npr.org

A year after becoming the first female president of the University of Alabama, Judy Bonner has guided the institution through record-breaking growth, the death of Athletics Director Mal Moore, and the integration of traditionally white sororities.

The 66-year-old president reflected on that year Wednesday in a speech to the faculty and staff in Tuscaloosa.

Bonner said the university is stronger when everyone shows respect. She also said the university's continued growth depends on having a culture of success for everyone.

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Scottsboro Boys-Pardon
3:44 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Ala. Parole Board Sets Hearing For Scottsboro Boys

The state parole has set a hearing next month to consider whether to issue posthumous pardons for the Scottsboro Boys.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

The state parole has set a hearing next month to consider whether to issue posthumous pardons for the Scottsboro Boys.

An assistant professor at the University of Alabama who helped compile the research for the petition, John Miller, says the board will consider the request Nov. 21 in Montgomery.

The Legislature passed a law in the spring to allow the board to issue posthumous pardons for the eight Scottsboro Boys who didn't receive them before they died.

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Politics & Government
1:11 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Tuscaloosa School Board Challenge May Chart New Legal Waters

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EDITOR'S NOTE--- The judge in the case has ruled that Horwitz has met legal requirements and the case can proceed to trial. Pat D.

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UA Trademark-Lawsuit
4:35 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Federal Judge Dismisses UA Trademark Lawsuit

A federal judge has dismissed a trademark infringement lawsuit the University of Alabama filed against artist Daniel Moore.
Credit blog.al.com

A federal judge has dismissed a trademark infringement lawsuit the University of Alabama filed against an artist for painting scenes from school football games and transferring his work to other mediums.

A U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of artist Daniel A. Moore on Friday.

Moore has been painting scenes from UA football games since 1979. In 2002, the school told him that he needed to get their permission before painting the team's uniforms because they're trademarked.

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UA sorority recruitment
8:22 am
Tue September 24, 2013

UA Faculty Senate Continues Sorority Discussion

Robert Sutton/The Tuscaloosa News

The University of Alabama Faculty Senate planned to resume discussions of a statement urging action by the school administration after recent allegations of racial discrimination during sorority recruitment and voter fraud by Greek organizations.

   The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/1gW1alL) that the senate began discussing the statement on Sept. 17. Faculty Senate President Steve Miller said the latest draft will be released Tuesday at a 3:30 p.m. meeting.

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UA Sorority Racism
4:10 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Black Women Accept Bids, Break Racial Barrier At UA Sororities

According to several media reports two traditionally white sororities at the University of Alabama have broken the color barrier.
Credit Michelle Lepianka Carter / AP

Traditionally white sororities at the University of Alabama have broken the color barrier.

UA President Judy Bonner provided an update on the efforts to diversify Panhellenic sororities at Alabama in a video Friday.

Bonner says during the recently reopened continuous open bid process sororities have issued 72 bids this week.

Eleven African American women received bids. Three bids went to other minorities. Eighteen bids have already been accepted. Four of those bids were accepted by African American women and two by other minorities.

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UA Sorority Racism
8:16 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Former UA Student Leaders Back Greek Integration

Pi Beta Phi is one of three sororities officials are investgating after alleged discrimination against two African-American girls during the recruitment process.
Cary Norton for The New York Times

Former student leaders at the University of Alabama are supporting more diversity within the school's racially segregated sorority and fraternity system.

   Kenneth Mullinax says he and 17 other former campus leaders pooled $1,000 to purchase a newspaper ad supporting integration of both white and black Greek-letter groups.

   Mullinax says the advertisement is scheduled to appear in the student newspaper Thursday.

   Sponsors of the ad include former Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley and Rob Riley, son of former Gov. Bob Riley.

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UA Sorority Recruitment
8:16 am
Wed September 18, 2013

People March Against Greek Segregation at Alabama

Hundreds of students gathered on the University of Alabama campus to protest alleged racism among the school's Greek organizations.
Pat Duggins/APR News

Several hundred people were marching at the University of Alabama to oppose racial segregation among the school's Greek-letter social organizations.

   The marchers headed from the university library Wednesday morning to the administration building, where the president's office is. The group was gathered on the steps of the administration building Wednesday morning. They stood behind a large banner that said "Last stand in the schoolhouse door."

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UA Sorority Investigation
4:36 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

UA President Says Sorority Decisions Based On Race

University of Alabama President Judy Bonner is acknowledging that campus sororities have used race to make decisions on new members, and she's ordering changes.
Credit University of Alabama

The president of the University of Alabama is acknowledging that campus sororities have used race to make decisions on new members, and she's ordering changes.

The university posted a video statement Tuesday in which President Judy Bonner says Alabama's Greek-letter organizations are segregated by race.

Bonner says "systemic and profound changes" are required.

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UA Sorority Investigation
8:15 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Alabama Revamps Sorority Rules Amid Racism Claims

The University of Alabama is ordering changes in its sorority system amid charges of racism.
Michelle Lepianka Carter / AP

The University of Alabama is ordering changes in its sorority system amid charges of racism in the Greek-letter organizations.

   A spokeswoman says President Judy Bonner is requiring the groups to begin using a recruitment process where new members can be added at any time.

   The change was announced Monday. It follows reports by the student newspaper, The Crimson White, detailing allegations that alumnae of some all-white sororities were blocking the chapters from adding black students as new members.

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