One LI college’s struggle with COVID-19

LIU Post in Brookville goes remote after rising cases

According to a letter issued by LIU President Kimberly R. Cline, the decision came after rising cases among students attributed to off-campus parties.

She said additional cases were reported in recent days by students who were in contact with those at the off-campus gatherings.

“While our numbers are well below the mandated thresholds for remote learning, we have chosen to act now,” she wrote in the Wednesday night letter. “This gives us the best opportunity to reverse the trend and welcome you back in two weeks.”

While other local universities have relied heavily on remote instruction, LIU — which according to its website instructs nearly 15,000 students with main campuses in Brooklyn and Brookville — opted to offer most classes

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Two new tropical waves forecast to emerge

Tropical activity is expected to kick up in the Atlantic basin over the weekend and into next week, forecasters said.

The National Hurricane Center is watching for two disturbances to form. Each has been given a 20% chance of development in the next five days.

The first is expected to form this weekend several hundred miles southeast of Bermuda and is likely to travel west next week, on a path midway between Bermuda and the Lesser Antilles.

It is forecast to move over warm water creating favorable conditions for development, but it is likely to encounter wind shear by midweek, AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said.

Also under observation is a broad area of low pressure that is forecast to move over the southwestern Caribbean early next week.

Its path is uncertain, but “there is a chance it could affect Cuba, the Bahamas and perhaps the Florida Peninsula either directly

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MU will continue in-person classes after Thanksgiving

University of Missouri officials are so pleased with how the Columbia campus is managing the coronavirus that Thursday they announced that they will drop a previous proposal and continue with in-person and hybrid classes after Thanksgiving break.

They had originally said it was possible that after the break students would not return to campus and would finish out the semester with all classes online, as the University of Kansas and Kansas State University are planning.

“We’ve been very pleased with how our students, faculty and staff have responded to the new campus requirements,” said Mun Choi, UM System president and MU chancellor. “We have demonstrated that we can have in-person classes at Mizzou and do so safely.”

University officials said holding students to a promise to abide by safety rules — wear masks, avoid large groups and wash hands frequently — is working to keep infections low.

University officials boast

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Sexual assault is not often talked about in the context of elementary, middle and high schools.

The Education Department found that reports of sexual violence at schools rose from about 9,600 in the 2015-2016 school year to nearly 15,000 in the 2017-2018 school year. That’s an increase of more than 50 percent.

“We hear all too often about innocent children being sexually assaulted by an adult at school. That should never happen. No parent should have to think twice about their child’s safety while on school grounds,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in an issue brief that was published alongside the report.

The discourse around sexual assault has typically revolved around college campuses, where surveys found that up to one in five women experience sexual violence. Under President Barack Obama, the Education Department stepped up enforcement of civil rights laws that required colleges and universities to investigate claims of sexual assault.

But it has gotten far less attention in the K-12 setting, where administrators are far

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Luminous Zebra Fish Wins Contest for Microscopic Photography

The human eye is a limited organ. The portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that we can see is about 0.0035 percent of the total light in the universe. Without any aid, a normal human eye with 20/20 vision can clearly view up to only about five kilometers (about three miles) in the distance and can distinguish an object as small as about 0.1 millimeter. Just as spyglasses and telescopes extended our range of sight across Earth and into the cosmos, light microscopes allow us to peer at scales hundreds of times smaller than we would otherwise be able to detect. Such technology has bred innumerable discoveries in medicine, biology, geology and plant science.

For 46 years, camera company Nikon has run its Small World contest, which prizes excellence in photography at the tiniest scales—achieved with the aid of the light microscope. Scientists make up a substantial proportion of contest entrants

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SUNY Oneonta President Resigns After 700 Students Test Positive for Coronavirus

Although the university did not directly tie Dr. Morris’s resignation to its handling of the outbreak, state and local officials at a news conference on Thursday announcing the change praised the efforts of Mr. Craig, who guided a successful reopening plan at SUNY Purchase, which is in Westchester County, just north of New York City.

SUNY Purchase has reported just seven cases at its campus of more than 4,000 students.

“SUNY Purchase has one of the best plans out of the SUNY system,” the system chancellor, Jim Malatras, said at the news conference. “They brought back about 25 percent of their students and they have had regular testing and a very low positivity rate. President Craig led the way on that.”

Mr. Malatras said Dr. Morris informed them last week of her decision to resign.

When asked if Dr. Morris’s resignation was related to her handling of the virus outbreak,

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Students Accuse The University Of Miami Of Using Facial Recognition To Identify Student Protesters. The University Denies It.

Last month, Esteban Wood and eight other University of Miami students received an ominous email. The message only contained a Zoom link and a one-sentence explanation: Dean of Students Ryan Holmes wanted to discuss the “incident that happened on September 4, 2020 at the Whitten University Center.”

Wood and the others attended a peaceful protest that day against the university’s reopening plan, but no one knew why Holmes wanted to talk to them. The message was vague, but what was even more confusing was the choice of recipients. None of the students actually organized the protest. Three were student journalists who covered the demonstration. And only two were part of an activist student group, UMiami Employee Student Alliance, that participated.

“We got to thinking, how did they choose those nine students?” Wood, a member of UMESA who

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Modern aircraft ventilation systems aren’t spreading viruses, DoD study suggests

A new study released Thursday suggests that people don’t need to worry about circulating air spreading coronavirus on airplanes.

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The US Department of Defense study supports earlier research showing the ventilation systems on aircraft filter the air efficiently and take out particles that could transmit viruses.


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The study, which was released without peer review, did not take into account other ways that people could catch the virus on aircraft — including from others coughing or breathing directly on them, from surfaces or from confined spaces such as restrooms.

The US Transportation Command, The Defense

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Suffolk, Brookhaven Town officials at odds over overdue $10.8M college tuition bill

Suffolk and Brookhaven officials are engaged in a spat over $10.8 million in out-of-county college tuition reimbursement payments that the county says are owed by the town.

The county said Brookhaven has failed to make the payments for the past three years, adding to Suffolk’s budget woes.

Brookhaven officials said Wednesday that they expect to pay the bills after they are authenticated by town and county budget officials.

“Our residents are entitled to make sure that when we pay our bills that the supporting documentation is there,” Matt Miner, Brookhaven’s chief of operations, said in an interview. “As soon as that happens, we will certainly expedite the payment.”

Counties in New York pay out-of-county tuition rates for students who attend community colleges in other parts of the state. Suffolk typically passes on those costs to its 10 towns.

Brookhaven is the only Suffolk town that owes tuition reimbursements, county officials

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CPS expected to reopen schools to pre-kindergarten and some special education students next month; others will continue remote learning

Chicago Public Schools plans to bring its youngest students back to classrooms next quarter, according to sources briefed Thursday on the district’s plan.

While the district has not released details to the public, sources say their plan would involve in-person learning in some capacity for prekindergarten and some clusters of special education students. All other students would continue with remote learning full-time when the second quarter begins Nov. 9.

The Chicago Teachers Union has not issued a formal response but tweeted, “We have learned that a 3 p.m. meeting has been called for principals today, presumably for CPS and the mayor to inform school administrations of their plans to return SPED and early childhood ed students back to unsafe school buildings in November.”

District officials did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.

Earlier this week, CPS CEO Janice Jackson and Mayor Lori Lightfoot promised families a plan would

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