Faculty of UMD’s largest college threatens to teach online only

DULUTH – Leaders of the University of Minnesota Duluth’s largest college may put all their classes online if administrators don’t meet demands to make the campus better prepared for the pandemic.

“It is difficult to imagine that we will be able to be in person for more than a few weeks with what we know of the current plan,” wrote the department heads of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering in a letter to UMD Chancellor Lendley Black. “We are risking our ability to deliver classes even remotely if we do not achieve these items very quickly.”

The letter, delivered Monday, identifies several “action items” they want the university to implement before classes start Aug. 31, including an on-campus testing site, daily updates on positive cases, notifications if students test positive and clear options for online alternatives for students.

“The incentive for a student to come to class with

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This comprehensive Microsoft Excel training package will teach you everything you need to know about data

TLDR: With the training in the Premium A to Z Microsoft Excel Bundle, you canl go from Excel novice to certified pro status.

Leave it to scientists to take the most pragmatic route to solve a problem. Geneticists were having a bear of a time using Microsoft Excel to catalog and shift through details of various human genes because the names of those genes were being mistaken by the app as dates and automatically reformatted.

Rather than suffer in silence or wait for Microsoft to adjust Excel to their needs, the entire genetics community decided instead to rename 27 human genes like March1 to less confusing, more Excel-friendly names.

That just goes to show that even in the face of major problems, using Excel is still so integral to fields like cutting edge science that they’d make changes rather than get away from the heritage app, still the industry-wide

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What The Reopening Of Europe’s Schools Can Teach The U.S.

Starting in April, 22 European countries began sending children back to school in waves. The specific safety measures implemented across the COVID-ravaged continent differed, but none approached the reopening of schools as anything close to “normal.”

Under strict protocols imposed by the French government, for example, parents were required to take the temperature of their children before arriving at school, lesson and recess times were staggered to avoid student contact, class sizes were limited and ball games were banned. Schools in Germany broke students into smaller groups, implemented one-way systems in hallways to prevent mixing, and kept doors and windows open to help with ventilation. Denmark held some classes outside.

Despite the pressures on teachers, parents and students, the reopenings didn’t lead to a significant increase in coronavirus infections among students, teachers, or staff. The European experience, however, was brief. Schools were open for just a few weeks before

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‘I can’t teach when I’m dead.’ Professors fear COVID-19 as college campuses open

Students' return for fall semester was staggered over 10 days at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, to enforce social distancing during as they settled in. <span class="copyright">(Gerry Broome / Associated Press)</span>
Students’ return for fall semester was staggered over 10 days at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, to enforce social distancing during as they settled in. (Gerry Broome / Associated Press)

When masked students walk back into his Northern Arizona University lab room at the end of the month, Tad Theimer will face them from behind a Plexiglas face shield while holding an infrared thermometer to their foreheads. As they examine bat skulls under microscopes, the biology professor will open windows and doors, hoping to drive out exhaled aerosols that could spread coronavirus.

But as one of hundreds of professors who will be back on campus along with 20,000 students in one of the states hit worst by the pandemic, Theimer is also torn on whether to enter his classroom at all.

“I want to teach and it’s best done in person,” said Theimer, 62, who has been a professor

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Virtual Camp by Walmart Will Teach Your Kids How to Make Slime This Summer (and So Much More)

What’s ooey and gooey and will occupy your kids for hours on end? Slime, of course. The hottest kids’ toy this summer isn’t something you can buy off the shelf. It’s a retro callback to the glorious DIY science messiness of simpler times (anyone remember Nickelodeon’s Double Dare or Slime Time Live?!), and it’s here to stay.

Want to know how to make it at home? It’s really, incredibly easy, especially if you’re using Camp by Walmart on the Walmart app.

Camp by Walmart is a free online destination that just launched this summer and it’s filled with activities, games and challenges for kids and parents. The platform has dozens of fun, hands-on projects—from arts and crafts to science—run by celebrity “camp counselors” (Neil Patrick Harris, Drew Barrymore and LeBron James to name a few), and it features dozens of slime activities.

There’s Neon Glow-in-the-Dark Glittery Green Slime, Oozy

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What COVID-19 Can Teach Us About the ADA and the Future of Accessibility

Woman using laptop at home.
Woman using laptop at home.

The 30th anniversary of the passing of the ADA is here, and to be honest, I can’t help but reflect on how accessible and inaccessible my life has been made recently in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I have a rare genetic condition that impacts all of my joints, organs, ligaments and tendons called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, type 3. Recently, I have had to reckon with developing symptoms of type 6, particularly dramatic hearing loss and an ongoing developmental curvature in my spine and shoulders because of my stenosis and scoliosis. I also have a few mental illnesses and asthma, placing me in the high-risk category for COVID-19.

When I was diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville three years ago, I didn’t fully recognize what the diagnosis would mean for the rest of my life. All I knew was that I was in constant pain,

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How to teach sustainable habits to kids

How to teach sustainable habits to kids
How to teach sustainable habits to kids

In a world of Greta Thunbergs, the ever-looming threat of climate change, and its already disastrous toll, what can you do to ensure your kids understand the state of the world, without overwhelming them, and help them become part of the solution?

The good news is, many young people are already alert to the climate rumblings around them. “They’re more aware today of these broader, complex socio-scientific issues than I think even our generation was when we were younger,” says Carol O’Donnell, the director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center in Washington, D.C.


She thinks that’s because we now have more evidence to show that humans are negatively impacting the environment, pointing to the consensus among 97 percent or more of climate scientists on this conclusion.

“We have evidence that we are depleting a lot of the resources that we know

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School to teach five-hour long lessons on same subject to help with social distancing


Teachers will hold five-hour long lessons on the same subject at a Leicestershire school in an attempt to boost social distancing when students return in September.

The Government set out a range of measures to protect children and staff from the spread of coronavirus ahead of September when schools have been told all pupils must return to the classroom.

Under the guidance, teachers have been advised to distance from each other and older students where possible, with year groups kept in separate “bubbles”.

Manor High School in Oadby has said it will teach day-long lessons on the same subject to avoid students having to move from classroom to classroom during the day.

The school told the Times how it has drawn up a fortnightly cycle of all-day lessons with students learning Maths, English, Science, Geography and Thursday on separate days of the week.

Headteacher Liam Powell said: “The basic

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What Science and Other Countries Teach Us

Returning students have their temperature checked on the first day back at Sawasdee Wittaya Primary School in Bangkok, July 1, 2020. (Adam Dean/The New York Times)
Returning students have their temperature checked on the first day back at Sawasdee Wittaya Primary School in Bangkok, July 1, 2020. (Adam Dean/The New York Times)

As school districts across the United States consider whether and how to restart in-person classes, their challenge is complicated by a pair of fundamental uncertainties: No nation has tried to send children back to school with the virus raging at levels like America’s, and the scientific research about transmission in classrooms is limited.

The World Health Organization has now concluded that the virus is airborne in crowded, indoor spaces with poor ventilation, a description that fits many American schools. But there is enormous pressure to bring students back — from parents, from pediatricians and child development specialists, and from President Donald Trump.

“I’m just going to say it: It feels like we’re playing Russian roulette with our kids and our staff,” said Robin Cogan,

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Make a vaccine? I’m trying to teach my kids the alphabet

By Kate Holton, Emma Thomasson and Stephen Jewkes

LONDON/BERLIN/MILAN (Reuters) – It’s tough to do any useful work when you’re stuck at home, struggling to home-school bickering kids, let alone when you’re trying to produce a COVID-19 vaccine.

British drugmaker AstraZeneca had spent years preparing for a pandemic, but when the moment finally came it was caught cold on a crucial front: stressed parents working from home struggled to focus.

So the company recruited up to 80 teachers to run online lessons and repurposed a car parking app to book virtual classes. It also lined up personal tutoring and helped to locate some childcare spaces for those battling to adapt to the abrupt change to their lives.  

The move by Britain’s biggest drugmaker, and similar efforts by companies the world over to host everything from magic classes to yoga for children, shows the lengths businesses are going to to help

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