On Nov. 13 the Faculty Council approved the Harvard Summer School course list for 2020 and heard a proposal regarding the Semitic Museum.The Council next meets on Dec. 11. The next meeting of the Faculty is on Dec. 3. The preliminary deadline for the Feb. 4 meeting of the Faculty is Jan. 21 at noon.
In this week’s edition of the “Consider This!” webinar series, Heidi Beidinger-Burnett and Mary Ann McDowell, both faculty in the University’s Eck Institute for Global Health, discussed the epidemiology of COVID-19. The hosts were joined by Alex Perkins, associate professor in the department of biological sciences, and Jenna Coalson, assistant professor of the practice in global health.In preparation for the fifth installment of the lecture series, Perkins and Coalson released short tutorials. These segments helped to further contextualize epidemiological modeling.Officials may have missed out on a crucial opportunity to manage the virus in February, Perkins noted in a 13-minute video. Using epidemiological modeling, he reasoned COVID-19 infections may have been “substantially underestimated” during the initial stages of the virus.Coalson dedicated her preview tutorial to explaining the implications of a virus’ “reproductive number.“ Coalson defined this value as the “average number of individuals directly infected by one infectious case through the total infectious period.” She pointed out the importance of reducing the COVID-19 reproductive number below one in order to slow the spread.The hosts opened the conversation candidly, delving into the backgrounds of the week’s guests. Although Perkins’s research focuses on mosquito-borne diseases, he said he explores “predictive understanding of where and when these diseases occur … and curtailing their burden.”In addition to five years of epidemiological consulting, Coalson has experience in malaria epidemiology research in Malawi and Ghana.The conversation shifted focus to herd immunity and The Great Barrington Declaration. The Declaration shows a divergence from prevailing COVID-19 policies and states that “as immunity builds in the population, the risk of infection to all — including the vulnerable — falls.”Both Coalson and Perkins pushed back against some of the Declaration’s claims, reminding viewers that not enough is known about the virus to corroborate.Coalson acknowledged the lower risks the virus poses to younger populations. Still, she noted that the behavior of young people may inevitably lead to a higher spread of COVID-19.“There are going to be these pockets of high spread of the disease,” Coalson said.Coalson said she has admiration for the efforts of Notre Dame students. She admitted that, in a dense contact network, it can easily become much more of a problem.“We owe so much to our students for it not being worse than it was,” she said.Coalson voiced concerns about managing the virus as temperatures continue to drop. Beidinger responded by asking Coalson to share tips for stopping the spread of the virus during the onset of colder months and the holiday season. Coalson recommended developing a “pod“ that would remind people to limit their social interactions to a defined number of people.Perkins pointed out that the spread of the virus is affected by many of the decisions that individuals control. He suggested that people consider doing things that allow them to stay socially distant.“It’s going to the grocery store or ordering them to your house. It’s going out to dinner or eating in,” Perkins said.Burnett and McDowell closed the lecture in tandem. Reciting their weekly outro, they reminded viewers to consider this: “The more you know, the more good you can do, be informed and act on accurate information, and share reliable information.”Tags: Consider This!, COVID-19, epidemiology, social pods
For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Woakes told BBC Sport that England, the top-ranked one-day-international team, have become close under captain Eoin Morgan as they prepared for the World Cup which gets underway in England at the end of May.”It probably wouldn’t be fair, morally, but at the same time it’s the nature of the international sport,” said Woakes.”If he was to come in and someone was to miss out, it would be extremely unfortunate.”We’ve been a tight-knit group for the last two to three years, played some really strong cricket, won a lot of series.” I wouldn’t want to see any of my mates and team-mates miss out.” But the all-rounder insisted that England would remain focused on the job at hand should Archer get a call-up.” I don’t think it would disrupt the team, because everyone would find a way to move on and we’re trying to win a World Cup for England. That’s the bigger picture,” added the 30-year-old.Archer, who is playing in the IPL for the Rajasthan Royals, has appeared in just 14 one-day matches as a professional, but England coach Trevor Bayliss has said the all-rounder will feature in the ODIs against Ireland and Pakistan in May. Other England pace bowlers have also expressed doubts. David Willey said in March he did not know “whether someone should just walk in at the drop of a hat because they’re available”.Mark Wood said last week that selecting Archer risked changing the “dynamic” of the side.(With Inputs: PTI) London: Jofra Archer may be an exciting prospect, but fast-tracking him into England’s provisional World Cup squad on Wednesday would not “be fair morally”, said fellow paceman Chris Woakes. Barbados-born Archer — described by England all-rounder Ben Stokes as the most “naturally-gifted” bowler he has seen — became eligible for England earlier this year.The 24-year-old Sussex bowler — whose father is English — was the only high-level player to benefit when the England and Wales Cricket Board decided in November to alter residency rules. Previously, players who entered the UK after turning 18 needed to live in the country for seven years to be eligible for England, but the ECB reduced that to three years. Archer arrived in 2015. Archer selection would be morally unfair believes Chris Woakes. Jofra Archer is currently associated with Rajasthan Royals. The upcoming World Cup is scheduled to be played in England and Wales.
In wake of continued flooding affecting many communities in and around Monrovia, it has been prophesied that “Old Road Junction, precisely the Kailondo area, is responsible for the flooding.Prophetess Cathy Jaikwee of Truth Salvation Ministry told reporters Monday, July 7, in Monrovia that she received a divine prophecy from God Almighty revealing that the Creator is “angry with Liberia and the punishment is intensive rainfall.”According to Madam Jaikwee, God spoke to her Sunday night revealing that the outcome of His anger will be the destruction of the land through flooding if the nation does not take steps to prevent this.“The first place the Lord talked about was West Point Community,” Prophetess Jaikwee said.”In my dream, God took me to West Point and showed me the ocean swallowing the entire West Point, where women and children struggled for survival.”“Another place he took me was McDonald Street on Crown Hill, Monrovia. The whole area was covered by water, with people struggling. The Lord warned that there are more we should expect from the flooding. He then revealed that Old Road Junction is responsible for the problems. Old Road is the reason why there is more flooding taking place across the city.”The Lord said to me, Prophetess Jaikwee continued, “I am angry with this nation and am about to destroy it. I love and blessed this country but her leaders don’t have fear for their creator. Too many sinful things are going on in this country and the leaders are responsible. Man sleeping with man while women are doing the same. Public officials using human blood for sacrifices just for power’s sake. These are things for which God is angry with this country and we need to repent.”Prophetess Jaikwee, who worships with the local ministry squatting in the G. W. Gibson School, disclosed that the remedy as instructed by the Creator is intensive prayer. “Until the entire country can pray to ask God to stop this destruction, we can’t do anything about this,” she noted.How could Old Road Junction be responsible for such disaster, the prophetess was asked by our reporter. But she declined to elaborate, adding: “I speak what God asks me to say to the nation. He did not say why Old Road is to be blamed for said disaster.”It remains unclear as to why Old Road Junction was mentioned. But, Prophetess Jaikwee said, that area has become the center of attraction since the Rainy Season and its many residents, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and commuters have fallen prey to the flood.Of late, President Sirleaf’s residence and surrounding areas have been deeply affected by floods, sparking a protest in front of the President’s house by angry residents who believed the President’s compound was constructed in the waterway and must be removed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)