University of Alabama at Birmingham

Newscast
9:57 am
Thu July 16, 2015

Tuscaloosa PD Releases Video, AAA Teen Defensive Driving School

Excerpt from Tuscaloosa Police Department video

Tuscaloosa’s police chief says he hopes releasing more than two hours of video and audio footage dispels any concerns of police misconduct in the death of a man while in custody that occurred Friday.

Yesterday, Tuscaloosa police released footage from the night Anthony Ware died after he was pepper sprayed and handcuffed.

The footage shows a man running into the woods after patrol cars pull up to an apartment block. It later shows officers performing CPR on Ware in the woods. Authorities say the moment Ware was sprayed and detained last Friday wasn't recorded.

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Newscast
9:11 am
Mon June 1, 2015

UAB Football Decision Expected Today, Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins

UAB football team

Today may be the day of reckoning for supporters of football at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

UAB President Ray Watts says he will announce his decision today on whether to reinstate the Blazers football program, as well as the bowling and rifle teams. The initial announcement to cancel UAB football angered students, alumni, and local community leaders.

We spoke to Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin about the situation. He says the loss of UAB football has a wide impact.

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Newscast
9:35 am
Fri May 15, 2015

General Fund Budget Taking Shape, Alabama Unites for Nepal

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Alabama’s general fund budget is slowly starting to take shape after some action in the state house.

The House Ways and Means General Fund Committee has approved a budget that makes deep cuts to state agencies. The budget would cut Medicaid, mental health and state prisons corrections by five percent. Other state agencies would be cut by nine percent.

This proposal would impact the general fund budget. Alabama’s schools are funded by a separate spending plan.

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Newscast
8:59 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Birmingham hosts disease symposium, turkey hunt begins tomorrow and Gulf states talk red snapper

Dr. Bruce Korf, chairman of UAB's Department of Genetics

Experts on rare childhood diseases will be meeting in Birmingham today.

UAB and Children’s of Alabama are hosting a symposium on diseases that hit two hundred thousand or fewer patients a year. Those illnesses are considered rare. The symposium will be in commemoration of last month’s Rare Disease Day to raise awareness for rare diseases.

Dr. Bruce Korf is the chairman of the Department of Genetics at UAB. He says part of their mission is public outreach.

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Newscast
8:27 am
Thu March 5, 2015

SPLC response to Supreme Court decision, Alabama charter schools and food insecurity fundraiser

Richard Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Center

The latest twist in Alabama's same sex marriage controversy drew a quick response from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Alabama Supreme Court ruled that probate judges have to stop issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples. The state’s probate judges will be required to adhere to Alabama law defining marriage as strictly between a man and a woman, even though a federal district court declared that law unconstitutional in late January.

Richard Cohen is the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center. He says he’s disappointed in the court’s ruling.

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Science & Health
6:36 am
Tue August 26, 2014

UAB Launches Online Medical Portal

Credit uabmedicine.org

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has launched an online medical site that will allow physicians to make medical recommendations and write prescriptions.

Director of Primary Care at UAB Dr. Stuart Cohen says the new site is meant to offer convenience for young, otherwise healthy people who develop common and non-urgent conditions like the flu, pink eye or a cold.

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Human Rights-Birmingham
4:25 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

UAB To Launch New Human Rights Institute

University of Alabama Birmingham officials say the school has been approved to move forward with creating a new human rights institute.

University of Alabama Birmingham officials say the school has been approved to move forward with creating a new human rights institute.

The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approved the proposal late last week. UAB provost Linda Lucas tells AL.com university officials believe the site will become an internationally recognized institute that will explore history, justice, public health, the environment and education.

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Marijuana Derivative
4:38 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Bill For Marijuana Derivative Expands Into Study

A bill to allow the treatment of epileptic seizures with a marijuana derivative has turned into a $1 million medical study that will supply the product to Alabama families.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A bill to allow the treatment of epileptic seizures with a marijuana derivative has turned into a $1 million medical study that will supply the product to Alabama families.

Legislators pushing a bill known as "Carly's Law" announced the change on Tuesday and predicted it will win legislative approval in the next few weeks.

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Business & Education
7:44 am
Wed June 26, 2013

UAB to Offer Biomedicine Degree Program

UAB will begin offering a degree program in biomedical sciences starting this fall.
uab.edu/news

The University of Alabama Birmingham has announced it will begin offering a degree program in biomedical sciences.

   AL.com (http://bit.ly/10ja0pa) reported Tuesday that the program will start this fall for incoming freshman and sophomores.

   School officials say the first two years of the program will focus on core liberal arts courses. The final two years will focus more on biochemistry, physiology and pathologic diseases.

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Business & Education
6:56 am
Thu May 9, 2013

UAB, 4 Community College Launch Partnership

UAB President Ray L. Watts, center, announced an admissions partnership with four Alabama community colleges that will allow those that earn associate's degrees at those four colleges to be automatically admitted to UAB
Madison Underwood | AL.com

The University of Alabama Birmingham has launched a partnership with four community colleges allowing students who earn an associate's degree automatic admission to UAB and a $2,000 per year scholarship.

AL.com reports (http://bit.ly/16ijqVT ) UAB President Ray Watts announced the partnership Wednesday with leaders from Gadsden State, Jefferson State, Lawson State and Wallace State-Hanceville.

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Synthetic Drug-Effects
5:11 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Researchers Link Synthetic Drug To Kidney Injury

Researchers at UAB have linked smoking synthetic marijuana — known as Spice or K2 — to kidney injury.
Credit US Drug Enforcement Agency / Wikimedia Commons

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham say smoking synthetic marijuana — known as Spice or K2 — has been linked to kidney injury.

UAB researchers conducted four case studies involving four young men who smoked synthetic marijuana and suffered kidney injuries afterward. Researchers say the men visited the hospital weeks after using the drug and suffered from abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

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UAB President
5:03 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Watts Named President At UAB

Dr. Ray L. Watts has been named UAB's 7th president.
Credit http://www.uab.edu/president/

The dean of UAB's medical school has been named president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Trustees selected Dr. Ray L. Watts for the position on Friday.

The Birmingham native has been dean of UAB's medical school since 2010.

Watts replaces Carol Garrison, who served as president for a decade before stepping down in August.

Watts graduated from UAB with an engineering degree in 1976. He earned his medical degree at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Arts & Life
9:14 am
Thu January 17, 2013

StoryCorps Griot Project Comes to UAB

storycorps.org/initiatives/griot/

The University of Alabama at Birmingham collected several interviews with African-Americans in the area and is sharing 10 of them tonight during an open house at UAB’s Digital Media Commons. UAB students collaborated with the StoryCorps Griot Initiative for the project. “Griot” is a West-African word meaning “storyteller.” Rosie O’Beirne is director of digital media and learning at UAB. She says the process began two years ago.

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UAB-Facebook
5:21 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Facebook Makes Donation To UAB's Cyber Program

Facebook makes donations to UAB's Cyber Program for help fighting a social media virus.
uab.edu Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham

Facebook is donating $250,000 to the University of Alabama at Birmingham for helping stop international cyber criminals. The school's cyber program played a key role in tracking down those behind the social-media virus Koobface. It took three years to end the threat, according to Facebook, which credited then-student Brian Tanner and Gary Warner, UAB's head of research in computer forensics. The $250,000 represents a portion of the money the social media giant recovered from spammers and cyber criminals with the school's assistance.

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