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Telehealth — healthcare and health-related information delivered remotely through telecommunication — has been at the University since the mid-1990s, but COVID-19 has made patients and physicians alike eager to use telehealth in the era of social distancing and personal protective equipment shortages. While this improves access to patient monitoring and specialist care for some, those who cannot afford the technology are left out.
With classes having moved online, the virtual change has not just shifted the undergraduate experience, but also that of medical and biomedical graduate students. While some students are more used to remote learning, others have to complete alternatives to their clinical or laboratory work, as well as adjust to summer research cancellations. Students and faculty alike also struggle with lack of social interaction that is now necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Researchers at the Biocomplexity Institute received a $10 million “Expeditions in Computing” grant from the National Science Foundation on March 25 to use computational and engineering methods to answer fundamental questions about epidemics and pandemics in real time. Although the team has been focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic since late December, the five-year grant aims to answer general questions about how these crises arise and model the best steps to take to minimize transmission and allocate resources.
When University President Jim Ryan sent the email that classes would be held online until at least April 5, I started to panic. It confirmed what I had already seen in multiple group chats, on University websites and on social media. It made it even clearer to me that the enhanced speed of contagion showed how uncertain we all were. Like many other students, I was doing mental gymnastics as to where I would continue classes. The next few days revealed the uncertainty that governments all over the world were also facing in pursuit of a course of action that would protect its citizens.
Since publishing the Nitrogen Action Plan in April 2019, the Nitrogen Working Group — a committee within the Office of Sustainability — has been working on tracking and reducing the University's nitrogen footprint, as well as making steps to research how individuals and Charlottesville as a whole can make changes with individual and community nitrogen output.
Over a hundred students, faculty and community members gathered near the Rotunda Friday to join the Global Climate Strike movement, in which people worldwide striked to demand that the United Nations take serious action to mitigate climate change during its Climate Action Summit Sept. 23. At noon, the participants walked to the Downtown Mall to join the hundreds who attended the concurrent Charlottesville Youth Climate Strike, organized by local seventh grader Gudrun Campbell.
The fizzing pop of bottle rockets and whirring of 3D printers sounded in Thornton Hall’s Darden Court Sunday afternoon, marking the fifth annual Ladies in the Lab event. Hosted by Alpha Omega Epsilon, an engineering sorority at the University, this event featured STEM-related and interactive exhibits from organizations both on and off Grounds, such as Women in Computing Sciences and NASA. The target audience and invitees for the event were high school and middle school girls — mostly from Northern Virginia and the Charlottesville area. Around 65 young women attended the event.
National Geographic visited Grounds Friday and Saturday to offer workshops and lectures focused on scientific and cultural topics, environmental resilience and storytelling. These events gave students the opportunity to practice forming and sharing stories, as well as learn about the impacts of climate change.
“A snail mail, regular mail letter was sent addressed to Mr. James Ryan … President of U.Va., and in this three page letter was a paper check for $1 million dollars,” said Michael Wiener, a researcher in the department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics at the School of Medicine.
A sudden outbreak of norovirus in the University community late January has slowed to normal levels after 2 confirmed cases and 11 suspected cases, according to Dr. Meredith Hayden, director of general medicine of the Department of Student Health and Wellness. As of Feb. 14, there are no new confirmed cases of norovirus.
Helping individual patients with health crises, learning about the constantly changing field of healthcare and being with patients' families in times of emotional stress are a few reasons why University Health System medical social worker supervisors Chris Popish and Lisa Repaske are drawn to their work. Popish, Repaske, and medical social worker Fayola Kojo recently spoke to The Cavalier Daily about social work — or aiding clients who have social or psychological concerns — and its current role in patient recovery. Medical social workers perform a wide variety of tasks, including connecting patients with social resources, communicating with the patient’s family members and offering counseling.
The Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics at the University’s Medical School hosted Captain Scott Tingle — a NASA astronaut who spent 168 days aboard the International Space Station — Monday afternoon.
Wahoos for Sustainability — an organization dedicated to lowering the University’s carbon footprint — launched a petition on Sept. 4 calling on the University to set a goal for achieving carbon neutrality by 2035 . The petition has garnered nearly 1,200 signatures so far from students, faculty and alumni.
The University's Data Science Institute recently incorporated the new Center for Data Ethics and Justice — founded by the University’s Bioethics Chair Jarrett Zigon — in an effort to ramp up its focus on ethics in analysis and interpretation of data. This partnership has created a new course for graduate data science students that specifically addresses ethical issues related to the handling of data and advancement in technology.