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Using molecules left in the mud of an Illinois lakebed by long-dead bacteria, Samuel Muñoz, an assistant professor of marine and environmental sciences, and his colleagues have reconstructed ancient climate conditions in the Midwestern United States. Their results could help us anticipate what’s in store for our future as the planet continues to warm.
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The first step should be to establish a shared set of values, rather than target specific populations, according to Mark Wells, a visiting lecturer of philosophy who studies how ethical theories can inform public policy. The second step, says Wendy Parmet, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law, “is figuring out a way to implement a plan without stumbling over existing inequities.”
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“The reason you wouldn’t label somebody as a superspreader is that often there isn’t anything they’re doing that’s necessarily reckless, right? And you don’t want to put a stigma on them,” says Sam Scarpino, a mathematical biologist at Northeastern University who studies Covid-19 transmission dynamics.
While the health crisis has forced studios to pause production, screen writers have used the time to think about crafting engaging stories in the era of COVID-19 and racial injustice protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd. “I believe we'll have a golden era of storytelling,” says Bobette Buster, a professor of the practice of digital storytelling at Northeastern.
To guide the flow of emergency funding in New England during the pandemic, the federal government has turned to Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute. “They're doing a service to our country,” says Jim McPherson, the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force Leader for Region 1 of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency.