How 18th-century weather diaries shed light on the effects of an Icelandic volcanic eruption on Scotland

New research challenges the idea that Laki caused years of extreme weather in Scotland and has implications for how we deal with sudden, forced climate change today.

Martin Kirkbride, Reader Geography and Environmental Science, University of Dundee • conversation
March 3, 2021 ~8 min

Why herd immunity may be impossible without vaccinating children against COVID-19

With a third of adults saying they likely won't get the vaccine, the US has a herd immunity math problem.

Rodney E. Rohde, Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science, Texas State University • conversation
Feb. 16, 2021 ~7 min

Vaccinating children: Is COVID-19 herd immunity possible without them?

The US has a herd immunity math problem, with a COVID-19 vaccine not yet approved for children under 16 and a third of adults saying they likely won't get it.

Rodney E. Rohde, Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science, Texas State University • conversation
Feb. 16, 2021 ~7 min

Vaccinating children: Is herd immunity to COVID-19 possible without them?

The US has a herd immunity math problem, with a COVID-19 vaccine not yet approved for children under 16 and a third of adults saying they likely won't get it.

Rodney E. Rohde, Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science, Texas State University • conversation
Feb. 16, 2021 ~7 min

How Apple and Google let your phone warn you if you've been exposed to the coronavirus while protecting your privacy

Bluetooth wireless communication makes it possible to track when people have been exposed to people infected with the coronavirus. The right cryptography scheme keeps alerts about exposures private.

David Starobinski, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University • conversation
Feb. 12, 2021 ~11 min

How can I get the COVID-19 vaccine? Here's what you need to know and which state strategies are working

Getting pharmacies more involved could be a game changer, particularly for reaching minorities, older adults without internet access and others left behind.

Steven W. Chen, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, University of Southern California • conversation
Feb. 1, 2021 ~8 min

Why using fear to promote COVID-19 vaccination and mask wearing could backfire

History holds some lessons about when scaring people to change their behavior works. Two public health experts offer a case for caution right now.

Ronald Bayer, Professor Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University • conversation
Jan. 28, 2021 ~8 min

How engineering can contribute to a reimagining of the US public health system

A revamping of health care engineering in the US can help reimagine public health.

Woodrow W. Winchester III, Graduate Program Director, Professional Engineering Programs, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
Jan. 21, 2021 ~7 min

COVID-19 crisis in Los Angeles: Why activating 'crisis standards of care' is crucial for overwhelmed hospitals

States and hospitals are starting to declare 'crisis standards of care' as the pandemic floods their ERs. The orders have consequences – both good and bad, as a medical ethicist explains.

Maria Howard, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Gonzaga University • conversation
Jan. 6, 2021 ~8 min

The cold supply chain can't reach everywhere – that's a big problem for equitable COVID-19 vaccination

So far, the only COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use need to be kept frozen. But there are many places in the world that can't support a cold supply chain.

Charles M. Schweik, Professor of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Jan. 4, 2021 ~7 min

/

8