How The University Of Arizona Is Handling COVID-19 On Campus : NPR

NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with mathematical biologist Joanna Masel of the University of Arizona about how the university is testing and tracing students for COVID-19.


Colleges and universities are opening up and sometimes quickly shutting down as the coronavirus takes hold on campus. So what is a school to do? The University of Arizona has a couple of innovations. One involves an app. And the other is a bit less polite. Joanna Masel is a mathematical biologist at the university. And she joins us now. Welcome to the program.

JOANNA MASEL: Thank you.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: You helped develop the COVID Watch app there. How does it work?

MASEL: So you download it. And if all goes well, that’s it. You just activate it. And you never hear from it again. But all – in the background, it’s listening to little anonymous pings to find out who’s near you

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University of Wyoming keeps campus locked down for five more days as it analyzes more testing data | Wyoming News

The school has had a slow and steady increase in cases in recent weeks, though most of the positives have been off campus and there has yet to be a singular, large outbreak. The initial spike in cases was driven by off-campus parties, UW officials have said, which have prompted an internal investigation to determine if students broke university rules amid the pandemic.

In the release announcing the pause, Seidel said that campus was “relatively safe.” But he was critical of students off campus who hadn’t taken proper precautions.

“Unfortunately, it appears that some of our students off campus are not doing the same, based upon community observations and the relatively high number of cases among those students,” he said. “If that situation doesn’t change, it seriously jeopardizes the opportunity to implement our full phased return plan for the fall semester.”

The news Wednesday is the latest change in course

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University warns that ‘serious cyber incident’ could take weeks to fix

Newcastle University has been hit by a cyberattack that it says will take weeks to fix – and while the institution hasn’t confirmed the nature of the incident, a ransomware gang is threatening online to leak the personal data of students.

The university first started reporting issues with IT systems on September 1, which has since lead to almost all university systems used by students and staff becoming restricted or unavailable in an effort to stop further disruption by the attack.

“It is essential that our IT estate is free from any malware and secure before we start the recovery process,” said an update by the university on September 2.

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The type of malware that has infected the systems hasn’t been disclosed by the university, but cyber criminals have claimed responsibility for a ransomware attack against the university – and they’re threatening

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Oakwood University uses CARES Act money to help community through students

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – One of Governor Ivey’s CARES Act allocations was a $72 million check towards higher education.

Oakwood University in Huntsville received $1.4 million of those funds. Oakwood University President Dr. Leslie Pollard said they were fortunate to be one of the schools that received a larger grant.

Pollard assigned three of his top administrators to apply the funds in Oakwood’s main areas of need, including technology, cyber technology, and community engagement.

The money for community engagement, Pollard said, will be used for a Community Health Clinic to help not only students to learn, but help community members as well.

“And of course education for them around health, around health preservation, around health maintenance, around healthy dieting and healthy eating, all of the things that they can do to actually help protect themselves against the virus,” Pollard said.

Pollard said this new endeavor is going to take community engagement

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Oakland University urges Michiganders to ‘Spread Hope, Not COVID’

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At the request of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Oakland University is supporting a new statewide public education campaign called “Spread Hope, Not COVID.” The goal of the campaign is to unite all Michiganders to take three simple actions that will contain the spread of the virus at levels that will enable the state to fully reopen — and stay open.

“In these trying times, it’s so important to remain hopeful and to work together for the betterment of all of us,” said Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D. “The governor’s appeal unites us in the common purpose of making sure we’re acting responsibly, safely and doing everything we can to reopen the state with a thoughtful approach that considers the long-term public and economic health of our residents and economy.”

To help contain the

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Cleveland State University’s Washkewicz Hall receives LEED Gold rating for environmental performance

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Washkewicz Hall, home to Cleveland State University’s College of Engineering, has been awarded LEED Gold certification, the second highest of four levels of certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council, the university said in a news release.


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The LEED system, short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, establishes widely used measurable standards for environmental performance by buildings.

Gold is the second highest of four levels including Platinum, Silver and Certified.

Completed in 2017, Washkewicz Hall was designed by the national architecture and engineering firm of HED, and CBLH Design of Cleveland.

Located on the south side of Chester Avenue at East 24th Street, the building includes teaching and research laboratories, simulation labs for computer modeling, student collaboration spaes and “smart” classrooms, according to CSU’s website.

It earned LEED Gold status for sustainable features that include:

1/4 u00b7 A footprint on its building site

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Documentary on Harrisburg University’s esports team to stream on Amazon Prime, Apple TV

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology has one of the best esports teams in the country, and now they’re getting some cinematic love.

The Harrisburg Storm is the subject of a new 30-minute directory, which will be premiering at the PAX West Convention on Sept. 17 and streaming on Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Google Play afterwards.

“A Rising Storm: The Burgeoning World of College Esports” goes in-depth on the creation of the team, following them as they move up the ranks to become national champions two years in a row — the Harrisburg Storm won the ESPN National Overwatch Championships in 2019 and 2020. Cowboy Bear Ninja, a Harrisburg-based production company, made the movie, which was the creation of both Harrisburg University and Pavone Group.

The documentary will be premiering just as the 2020 HUE Invitational, the largest collegiate esports tournament in North America, begins. HUE is hosted by

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University of Michigan seeks restraining order to end graduate employee strike

ANN ARBOR, MI – As the University of Michigan Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) voted to extend its strike for “a safe and just campus” for an additional five days, the university is seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the union strike.

UM is asking the Washtenaw County Circuit Court to order striking members of the GEO to return to work. The union represents about 2,000 graduate student instructors and graduate student staff assistants.

In the court filing, UM noted that, “Not only are GEO’s members interfering in the university’s mission to educate students by unlawfully withholding their labor, they are encouraging impressionable undergraduate students, over whom they exercise significant authority, to forego their education.”

The strike began Tuesday, Sept. 8, as graduate students marched and chanted at five different locations on UM’s campus. It has gained the support of undergraduate students; graduate student organizations from other colleges,

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Boston University professor crushed to death in elevator accident

A Boston University professor was crushed to death by an elevator in her apartment building when it suddenly dropped, trapping her between floors.

“What my wife said she saw was the lady’s arms like hanging onto her package,” building resident Eric Carmichael told the local FOX-TV affiliate of the Monday evening horror that killed French lecturer Carrie O’Connor, 38.

A man who witnessed the accident had to be taken to the hospital for trauma.

“I heard someone that was bringing in a package out in the hallway, and then I heard an ungodly scream,” resident Leanne Scorzoni told the ABC-TV affiliate.

“Then we ran out into the hallway, and we saw a gentleman who was obviously in distress. He was screaming and hyperventilating, saying, ‘She’s dead! She’s dead!’ ”

A source told the Sun, “He saw things that no one should ever see.”

O’Connor had just moved into the building

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Baltimore-based Laureate Education to sell off South American universities, Walden University

Baltimore-based Laureate Education Inc. is selling off much of its higher education network in Latin America with the planned sale of universities in Brazil, and also is exiting the U.S. market with a sale of Walden University.

a man wearing glasses and a suit and tie: Baltimore, MD-11/14/17 - Eilif Serck-Hanssen is president and CEO of Laureate Education Inc.

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Baltimore, MD-11/14/17 – Eilif Serck-Hanssen is president and CEO of Laureate Education Inc.

The international higher education company said Sunday it has agreed to sell its Brazilian operations to Ser Educacional S.A., a Brazil-based network of educational institutions, in a deal valued at $724 million at the current exchange rate and share value.


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In addition, the company announced Friday it plans to sell Walden University, an online college considered a pioneer in distance learning that offers doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and graduate certificate programs. Laureate plans to sell Walden, its only U.S. business, to Adtalem Global Education Inc. for $1.5 billion in cash.


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