A&S in the News: April 5-11, 2020

Response to Pandemic

UA researcher studying emotional response to pandemic: CBS 42 – April 6

How are people’s emotions influencing their behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic? That’s the question Dr. Philip Gable, University of Alabama associate professor of psychology, will be studying, thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Rapid Response Research program.

Earth’s Magnetic Field

Origins of Earth’s magnetic field remain a mystery: Science Daily – April 8

Microscopic minerals excavated from an ancient outcrop of Jack Hills, in Western Australia, have been the subject of intense geological study, as they seem to bear traces of the Earth’s magnetic field reaching as far back as 4.2 billion years ago. That’s almost 1 billion years earlier than when the magnetic field was previously thought to originate, and nearly back to the time when the planet itself was formed. Borlina is the paper’s first author, which also includes EAPS Professor Benjamin Weiss, Principal Research Scientist Eduardo Lima, and Research Scientist Jahandar Ramezan of MIT, along with others from Cambridge University, Harvard University, the University of California at Los Angeles, The University of Alabama, and Princeton University.
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Leave It To Us

New program connects Utah’s elderly and at-risk with people ready to help, so they can stay at home: Deseret News – April 8

As Hoang Ha was surfing through the community website nextdoor.com he noticed two trends.  A number of his elderly and immunocompromised neighbors, concerned about going out in public, were looking for someone to do their grocery shopping for them — and a number of his young and healthy neighbors were asking how they could help.  “I wanted to centralize some of the stuff I saw there,” Ha said. “My main goal was to help my neighbors out using the skills that I have.” Haggard was living in the basement of his parents’ home in North Dakota after his classes were moved online. But as the spread of COVID-19 continued to confine his elderly neighbors to their homes, Haggard reached out to Michael Arundel, University of Alabama undergrad and founder of Leave It To Us.

Spring Commencement

UA Spring graduates to commence during Summer ceremony: WVUA – April 10

Here’s some good news for May grads at The University of AlabamaSpring graduates will now be included in the summer commencement ceremonies on July 31 and August 1. The originally scheduled May 1-2 ceremonies had to be canceled as part of UA’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. This plan is still contingent on how the summer health outlook progresses.
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