July 13, 2020

In the News

  1. July 8, 2020
    • Headshot of Avik Basu

    “Think about ADHD, think about overwork and overstress. Is there a relationship here to the kinds of places that we’ve built for ourselves? And how different it is from the environments that our brains evolved in?” said environmental psychologist Avik Basu, lecturer of environment and sustainability, who believes even small doses of nature are better than none at all.

    Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  2. July 8, 2020
    • Photo of Tony Reames

    “Many of the opportunities to improve energy efficiency are connected to rebates and loans. For various reasons these options are unattainable, particularly for low-income Black households,” said Tony Reames, assistant professor of environment and sustainability and director of the Urban Energy Justice Lab. “We need to be more strategic and geographic in how we implement our energy efficiency programs.”

    Energy News Network
  3. July 8, 2020
    • Headshot of Alvita Akiboh

    “I hope at least that the questioning that has started with monuments, because they’re visible, because they’re large and because they’re easy to remove, will continue to happen as we start to re-evaluate the symbols on money, on our stamps. The flags and other symbols that we use. The songs that we sing for our patriotic anthems. And that definitely, we will get to re-evaluate our K-12 curriculum,” said Alvita Akiboh, assistant professor of history and postdoctoral fellow.

    The Guardian (U.K.)
  4. July 8, 2020
    • Headshot of Kao-Ping Chua

    “Families are facing a challenging decision regarding whether to send their children to school for in-person classes in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. … Some families simply don’t have a choice because they need to go to work,” said Kao-Ping Chua, assistant professor of pediatrics, whose research shows that a third of parents are unsure whether they will send their kids to school this fall.

    U.S. News & World Report
  5. July 8, 2020
    • Headshot of Eugene Rogers

    “We had people in the audience rip up their programs and throw them in the trash, right in front of the choir, and walk out,” said Eugene Rogers, associate professor of conducting, who in 2015 led the Men’s Glee Club in the premiere of alumnus Joel Thompson’s “The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” a musical composition of the final words of seven unarmed Black men who were killed during encounters with police.

    The New York Times
  6. July 1, 2020
    • Photo of Elizabeth Tibbetts

    “I was completely shocked to find that social eavesdropping has such a huge effect on wasp behavior. … Insects use their tiny brains to produce surprisingly sophisticated behavior,” said Elizabeth Tibbetts, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, whose research found that paper wasps observe fighting rivals to rapidly assess potential opponents without personal risk.

    Cosmos Magazine (Australia)
  7. July 1, 2020
    • Photo of Rose Cory

    Research led by Rose Cory, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences and of Program in the Environment, shows that organic carbon in thawing permafrost soils flushed into lakes and rivers and converted to carbon dioxide by sunlight could release an additional 30 billion metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere, adding 14 percent to current estimate.

  8. July 1, 2020
    • Headshot of Andrew Ibrahim

    “What’s concerning to me is that if people assume it’s a substitute for hand washing and face masks and that all of a sudden if we have a touchless technology world then we won’t have any infection problems, and (they) throw out the tried-and-true boring stuff of hand washing and face masks,” said Andrew Ibrahim, assistant professor and chief resident of surgery, on hotels investing in contactless technology.

    Fast Company
  9. July 1, 2020
    • Headshot of Apryl Williams

    Apryl Williams, assistant professor of communication and media, cautions against letting the at-times humorous nature of Karen memes minimize the ways in which white womanhood has long posed danger to black lives: “On the one hand, the humor is a way of dealing with the pain of the violence, so in that way it’s helpful, but on the other hand, the cutesy-ness or the laughability sort of minimizes or masks the fact that these women are essentially engaging in violence.”

  10. July 1, 2020
    • Headshot of Holly Jarman

    Unlike in Europe, a fragmented public health system has hurt the U.S. response to COVID-19, says Holly Jarman, assistant professor of health management and policy: “First of all, political leadership really matters, especially the ability of central governments to coordinate responses … between the different systems we think are important for dealing with the pandemic — health care, public health and also systems of social support for people.”