Seshaiyer studying COVID-19 spread in aircraft cabin setting

Seshaiyer Studying COVID-19 Spread In Aircraft Cabin Setting Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Professor, Mathematical Sciences, College of Science (COS), is serving as a Principal Investigator at Mason on a collaborative proposal with Maziar Raissi of the University of Colorado at Boulder in which they are developing a computational methodology that can predict…

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Higher rates of severe COVID-19 in BAME populations remain unexplained

Higher rates of severe COVID-19 infections in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) populations are not explained by socioeconomic or behavioral factors, cardiovascular disease risk, or by vitamin D status, according to new research led by Queen Mary University of London. The findings, published in the Journal of Public Health, suggest that the relationship between…

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American Airlines Bans Conservative Activist Who Refused to Wear a Mask

A conservative activist who is an ardent supporter of President Trump was barred by American Airlines on Thursday, one day after he was removed from a flight from La Guardia Airport to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport after he refused to wear a mask. The passenger, Brandon Straka, recorded his exchange with an airline employee on Wednesday…

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How Reparations for Slavery Became a 2020 Campaign Issue

When Shaniyat Chowdhury, a Democratic candidate for Congress in New York, was asked about the most urgent concern facing his district, his options were not in short supply. He could have said housing or hunger. Healthcare was certainly on the table. But when prompted in a local news interview to name what he intends to…

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Ida, Maya, Rosa, Harriet: Juneteenth and the Power in Our Names

“SoJo,” the cat of Representative Ayanna Pressley, Democrat of Massachusetts, is a celebrity in her own right. SoJo is a minor Twitter influencer; her appearance there wins likes and replies that include snapshots of admirers’ cats. Her popularity reflects how social media tastes lean toward cute pet clips and also speaks to me as a…

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How to Celebrate Juneteenth

Kenneth Timmons, who works for a federal government agency in Houston, said the first thing he usually does before every Juneteenth is take the day off work. Mr. Timmons usually invites friends over to cook and eat together. “My co-workers know why I’m off, I tell them I don’t work Juneteenth,” Mr. Timmons, 47, said.…

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The Real Women Behind Aunt Jemima

I was just five years old when the vibe in my grandmother Nannie’s kitchen aroused my culinary curiosity. It took 30 years and a dozen other hidden figures of the food world for me to appreciate the kitchen as a site for social change. Quaker Oats announced this week that it will be retiring Aunt…

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Covid-19 Worldwide: Live Updates on Cases and Deaths

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA Covid burial in Santiago, Chile, this week.Credit…Javier Torres/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Key data of the day The outbreak is growing: Two of the highest daily tallies in new global cases were reported this week. The number of coronavirus cases continues to grow globally, with two of the…

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Who Is Opal Lee? Her Campaign to Make Juneteenth a Holiday

When Opal Lee was growing up in Texas, she would spend Juneteenth picnicking with her family, first in Marshall, where she was born, then in Sycamore Park in Fort Worth, near the home she moved into at age 10. She and her family lived in a predominantly white neighborhood in Fort Worth. When Mrs. Lee…

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Scientists Take Aim at Another Coronavirus Study in a Major Journal

A group of leading scientists is calling on a journal to retract a paper on the effectiveness of masks, saying the study has “egregious errors” and contains numerous “verifiably false” statements. The scientists wrote a letter to the journal editors on Thursday, asking them to retract the study immediately “given the scope and severity of…

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