CONAHEC News and Information

Friday, Apr. 17, 2020

California’s crushing five-year drought came to a welcome end after record rain three winters ago. Or did it?

Although forests are greener, reservoirs are fuller and widespread water restrictions are gone, many believe the past few years, in which there was pretty decent rainfall, were just a blip on a troubling long-term skid into drier times.

Friday, Apr. 17, 2020

In the border town of Tijuana, factories are working full tilt to pump out masks, protective gear and ventilator parts as global demand surges because of the coronavirus. And yet, locals say hospitals are desperately short of it all.

Mexico is the eighth-largest supplier of medical devices in the world, but much of it is shipped abroad. International trade rules, an aggressive scramble by wealthier nations to stock up and what critics call a lack of planning on Mexico’s part have drained the nation’s health system of supplies it will need to fight the pandemic.

Thursday, Apr. 09, 2020

ACE continues to provide timely webinars and resources for the higher education community on COVID-19 through the ACE Engage® online learning platform.

Coming up, join ACE’s Philip Rogers and Rick Staisloff, principal of the rpkGROUP on Wednesday, April 1, for a discussion of “Weathering the Financial Storm of COVID-19.” The webinar will be followed by several breakout sessions designed to set the stage for ongoing collaboration on Engage's Budgeting and Finance group to develop solutions over the coming months. Log in or sign up for Engage to register for the webinar.

Thursday, Apr. 09, 2020

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated calls made over the weekend by Minister of Science, Innovation and Industry Navdeep Bains to mobilize the resources and expertise of Canada’s postsecondary institutions in the fight against COVID-19.

“Their laboratories have the resources and the experts to be part of this great fight. We asked them to identify the equipment they have, the masks and the respirators they have. At the same time we are looking at innovative solutions,” said the Prime Minister during his daily press conference.

Thursday, Apr. 09, 2020

College and university presidents are deeply worried that the coronavirus crisis could wreak havoc on their institutions' finances in the near term and, especially, beyond.

But right now, they say they're most concerned about the toll the crisis could take on the mental health of their students and employees.

Those are among the key findings of a survey of 172 campus leaders Inside Higher Ed conducted with Hanover Research last week (March 17-19), as the sweeping scope of the COVID-19 situation began to come into clearer focus in the United States.

Thursday, Apr. 09, 2020

The public-health campaign against the coronavirus began early in Singapore, where An Nguyen and Kaela Seiersen are spending the semester.

Tuesday, Apr. 07, 2020

Using flag-draped memes and military terminology, the Trump administration and its Chinese counterparts have cast coronavirus research as national imperatives, sparking talk of a biotech arms race.

The world’s scientists, for the most part, have responded with a collective eye roll.

“Absolutely ridiculous,” said Jonathan Heeney, a Cambridge University researcher working on a coronavirus vaccine.

“That isn’t how things happen,” said Adrian Hill, the head of the Jenner Institute at Oxford, one of the largest vaccine research centers at an academic institution.

Tuesday, Apr. 07, 2020

At several points in the history of our planet, increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have caused extreme global warming, prompting the majority of species on Earth to die out.

In the past, these events were triggered by a huge volcanic eruption or asteroid impact. Now, Earth is heading for another mass extinction – and human activity is to blame.

I am an Earth and Paleo-climate scientist and have researchedthe relationships between asteroid impacts, volcanism, climate changes and mass extinctions of species.

Tuesday, Apr. 07, 2020

When the coronavirus outbreak triggered travel bans during the Lunar New Year holidays, about 100,000 Chinese students were stranded at home and unable to return to Australia. Siqi Li, a 23-year-old Master of Science student from Guangdong province, was one of them.

“The first thing I felt was really panicked,” said Li, who had to spend two weeks in Malaysia before authorities would let her into Australia. She’s now living in lockdown and trying to study online after the University of Melbourne switched to a virtual campus.

Wednesday, Apr. 01, 2020

Higher education is COVID-19-positive. And in the parlance of triage, the patient needs emergent care.

At many institutions, that means getting just enough instruction and support online to be able to operate tomorrow, and having enough money to do so. Everything else can wait, including faculty hiring. Already, scores of colleges and universities have announced hiring freezes for this year fiscal year and the next one.

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