CONAHEC News and Information

Thursday, Jun. 11, 2020

When Divyansh Kaushik first came to the U.S., his goals were straightforward: to do computer-science research and earn his Ph.D. But over the past three years, he’s become more politically and socially active, first around science policy, and then on a broader swath of issues, including DACA, food insecurity, and optional practical training, the work program for international graduates. 

Tuesday, May. 26, 2020

 

INTRODUCTION

In December 2019, a viral outbreak of pneumonia of unknown origin occurred in Wuhan, China. On 9 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially announced the discovery of a novel coronavirus: SARS-Cov2. This new virus is the pathogen responsible for this infectious respiratory disease called COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease).

COVID-19 spread quickly around the world and was declared a pandemic by the WHO on

11 March 2020.

Tuesday, May. 26, 2020

In an open letter to a top Trump Administration official, 77 Nobel prize-winning American scientists say they are "gravely concerned" about the recent abrupt cancellation of a federal grant to a U.S. non-profit that was researching coronaviruses in China. The laureates say that the move, announced on April 24, "sets a dangerous precedent by interfering in the conduct of science" and "deprives the nation and the world of highly regarded science that could help control one of the greatest health crises in modern history and those that may arise in the future."

Friday, May. 22, 2020

Right now, across the country, millions of high-school graduates and their families are facing an undeniable fact: The pandemic has thrown their plans for the future into complete disarray. Some of these families were hoping to send their kids to out-of-state institutions that are now barely operational. Others were hoping their kids would find jobs right out of high school, and those jobs are almost certainly gone now.

Friday, May. 22, 2020

The coronavirus test wasn't as bad as Celeste Torres imagined. Standing outside a dorm at the University of California, San Diego, Torres stuck a swab up a nostril, scanned a QR code, and went on with the day.

"The process itself was about five minutes," Torres says, "I did cry a little bit just because it's, I guess, a natural reaction."

Thursday, May. 21, 2020

Growing numbers of U.S. colleges are pledging to reopen this fall, with dramatic changes to campus life to keep the coronavirus at bay. Big lectures will be a thing of the past. Dorms will will be nowhere near capacity. Students will face mandatory virus testing. And at some smaller schools, students may be barred from leaving campus.

Wednesday, May. 20, 2020

Two Chinese academics are under investigation by their universities and a third has been arrested in recent weeks for criticising the handling of the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown in China. COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province, at the end of last year. 

Wednesday, May. 20, 2020

From Emergency Response to Planning for Future Student Mobility

Tuesday, May. 19, 2020

Classes will take place in the fall—but how? There’s still no consensus on what next semester will be like. Not even close.

Tuesday, May. 19, 2020

In education, it is a commonly held belief that a student’s success in learning comes from a student’s talent and merit; that success can come to anyone provided they persevere above all trials and tribulations. If everyone is going to get a fair start in life, the best place to apply one’s self is in school. This mindset is generally extrapolated into a view of society as a whole, that in a free country one can climb the social ladder simply through achievement regardless of wealth or social class.

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