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Univ. of Alabama, Lockheed to Partner on New Lab

Sep 9, 2014
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Lockheed Martin will work with the University of Alabama to develop an analytics research lab on the UA campus in Tuscaloosa. The Culverhouse College of Commerce will host the first facility of this kind in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to the field of data science. The lab will work to discover meaningful patterns within data. The lab will also provide collaboration and research across government, industry, and academia to help companies anticipate and solve problems. The laboratory is currently being designed and will be located in Bidgood Hall.


The car-hailing service Uber is hoping students around the country, including those at some of the South's largest universities, will make the mobile app part of college life this fall.

The company announced Thursday that it will bring service to 22 college towns, including Tuscaloosa and Auburn - home to the University of Alabama and Auburn University.

The app lets users see a map of nearby drivers using personal vehicles or upgraded black cars and SUVs, get an estimated time of arrival and cost and order a ride. It's all designed to compete with traditional taxis.

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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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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.

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. / 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.

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.

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.

Tuscaloosa School Board Challenge May Chart New Legal Waters

Oct 15, 2013

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.

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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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 ( 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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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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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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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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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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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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Representatives of three sororities say they're investigating their recruitment process at the University of Alabama after some groups were accused of rejecting two potential members because they're black.

   WTVM-TV reported Thursday that Pi Beta Phi sorority, Chi Omega and Alpha Gamma Delta released statements saying their organizations are investigating after the UA student newspaper, The Crimson White, reported members of two sororities were looking to vote on African-American candidates but were blocked from doing so by alumni members.

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The losing candidates in a Tuscaloosa city election are raising claims that University of Alabama students got free drinks to vote for their opponents.

   Denise Hills and Kelly Horwitz both lost city school board races on Tuesday, and each says Alabama students could have wrongly affected the outcome.

   The Tuscaloosa News ( ) reports that members of a sorority allegedly received an email saying they'd get free alcohol at two bars if they voted.

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A University of Alabama journalism professor has been named interim dean of the university's communications program.

   The Tuscaloosa News reports ( ) Jennifer Greer will take the helm of the College of Communication and Information Sciences on Sept. 1. Greer chairs the school's journalism department.

   Greer will replace outgoing Dean Loy Singleton who's set to retire on Oct. 31. She will work with Singleton until his retirement and then will run the college until a permanent replacement is found.

School officials say the University of Alabama will continue its ban on firearms on the campus, with a few exceptions.

   The university released a revised weapons policy on Friday covering possession of weapons on the campus by students, employees and visitors.

   The revised policy, which goes into effect immediately, was issued in response to a new state law that sought to clarify where and how gun owners could carry and transport their firearms.

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It's difficult enough for actors to perform a play in two languages and make sure the audience understands. An Alabama-based partnership of Cubans and Americans is tackling that and more with an unusual engagement in New York.

The cast and crew of "Alcestis Ascending" are preparing for one of just a handful of joint Cuban-American plays to hit the Big Apple since the Cuban revolution of the 1950s.

They'll perform in Tuscaloosa starting Monday, then move the show to New York on July 9. Finally, the production will head to Havana.

University of Alabama trustees are set to consider a proposal that could increase tuition by nearly 3 percent for the 2013-14 academic year.

   The Tuscaloosa News reports ( ) that the board of trustees will consider raising tuition for each of the system's three campuses at its meeting Friday.

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Members of Congress dabbed away tears while visiting the spot where former Gov. George Wallace made his "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door" against racial integration at the University of Alabama 50 years ago. Representatives and senators making a civil rights pilgrimage attended a campus commemoration on Friday.

They included Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, an Alabama native. He and others wiped away tears as Wallace's daughter, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, talked about her father never discussing the event with her before his death.

University of Alabama authorities say the students arrested as part of a massive drug sweep centered around the school will be referred to its judicial affairs process.

University spokeswoman Cathy Andreen said that after the judicial reviews are completed, students will receive sanctions up to and including expulsion.

The students also face criminal charges. Authorities say the drug sweep resulted in the arrest of about 100 people.

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Authorities say a drug sweep centered around the University of Alabama campus has resulted in the arrest of about 100 people, many of them students.

The West Alabama Narcotics Task Force began a series of busts early Tuesday. Authorities say more than two dozen students were arrested on the Alabama campus, many of them in residence halls.

Officials say 99 people were arrested in all, with charges including sale or possession of marijuana. Authorities also confiscated small amounts of cocaine, LSD, ecstasy and prescription medications.

  Mass shootings seem to be on the rise lately. In light of the incident at Sandy Hook Elementary last month, everyone from the president on down to local school systems have been trying to find ways to curb gun violence and prevent such an incident from happening again.

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One of the first black students at the University of Alabama, James Hood of Gadsden, has died. He was 70.

Officials at Adams-Buggs Funeral Home in Gadsden said they are handling arrangements for Hood, who died Thursday. Details concerning Hood's funeral are not complete.

Hood's admission to the University of Alabama in 1963 was made famous by then Alabama Gov. George Wallace's "stand in the schoolhouse door" to keep Hood and Vivian Malone from registering for classes at the University of Alabama.

Montgomery police say a charter bus carrying home University of Alabama cheerleaders from the BCS championship game was involved in a wreck that left one person with life-threatening injuries.

Authorities say the crash happened about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday on Western Boulevard at Interstate 65. Police say the accident involved the cheerleaders' bus, which was carrying 31 people; a car; and a pickup truck.

An Alabama man got a dressing-down and two years in prison for rubbing his genitals on an unconscious LSU fan in a Bourbon Street burger restaurant after the BCS national title game in January. A video of the incident went viral.

State District Judge Karen Herman told Brian Downing of Smiths Station, Ala., that he's a bully who has permanently damaged someone else's life.

Downing declined to say anything before the judge sentenced him as part of a plea deal.

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Thanksgiving is near and that means turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing is on the menu. However, the smell of burgers on the grill is expected to drift over the University of Alabama on Saturday.  The Crimson Tide will be playing arch rival Auburn in the annual Iron Bowl.  For Alabama, the outcome will determine their shot at the SEC title and possible another national championship. For Bama fans, it’s their last chance at tailgating during the regular season.