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  • Quickies

    Quickies: Double masking, direct payments, and Q

    Hello and happy Monday! With my new teaching schedule, Thursday and Friday are actually my busiest days, so I’m moving my weekly roundups to Monday for the time being. First off, definitely check out this article on double-masking, and other ways to make your masks more effective amid more contagious strains of the coronavirus. Also from NPR, here’s a look…

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  • Science

    Why I Trust the COVID-19 Vaccine

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Hey everybody, it’s time for a COVID vaccine update! I last talked about the vaccine on March 195th, or approximately mid-September using the old Julian calendar. In that video, I talked about how it’s okay to be skeptical of…

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    Quickies: A coup AND a pandemic? Sure, why not…

    If you are in the United States right now, and on the internet, every other site is already pestering you to remember to vote. So, I’m not going to do that. But… The election is big on my mind and in my news feed this week. Preparing for a coup is not something that I thought I’d be doing, but…

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  • Politics

    GOP #SuperSpreader Event is Proof that Amy Coney Barrett Lacks the Judgment for the Supreme Court

    The President of the United States is in the hospital, battling COVID-19, because of a completely predictable series of events. He has openly mocked mask wearing, he has eschewed guidance from the non-partisan scientists and physicians that provide expertise to the government, and he has continued to gather crowds.  No one who understands the basics of disease transmission would recommend…

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  • Science

    The “Herd Mentality” is Not a Public Health Strategy..

    Last night Strange and I tuned into the presidential debate, like many other Americans. Our family has decided (like many readers of this site) who we will support, but it feels like the duty of any responsible American to tune into some basic events – the State of the Union, the Presidential Debates, and statements from the Oval Office. I…

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  • Science

    Personal Tolls of the Return to In-Person Teaching

    I’ve been away from The Chicks for several weeks because I’ve been working on my promotion package. There are lots of people going through some seriously heavy shit right now. I’m more fortunate than most, but I’m not sure I’ll ever forget this summer. Getting ready for faculty promotion is already a high stress gambit. But, I did it in…

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    Quickies: How are all those college openings going?

    It’s only the middle of August, but due to extenuating circumstances, many colleges are starting their fall semesters early! Let’s check in on how that’s going… After one week, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill reversed course and moved to virtual learning. An editorial in their student newspaper points out that they all saw it coming. Notre Dame enacts…

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    Quickies: Fourth of July reflection, COVID fails, but a few spots of bright news…

    A very quick Quickies today, as I’m staring down several immediate deadlines… Watch Fredrick Douglass’s descendants deliver his speech, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” Reading and reflecting on this sounds like a good activity, so here’s the entire text, or you can attend a local live-reading. New COVID-19 cases have grown 90% in the US in…

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