Monday, April 20, 9:50 AM

April 20, 2020

Good morning everyone, I hope you were able to enjoy some of the great weather we continued to have this weekend.

The Writing Center remains available to students. Kate Elias sent an email at 4:26 pm Friday with information on how students can connect with their services.

There will be a workshop for students on adapting to remote learning. It will be 12:30 – 1:30 Thursday, April 23 and more information is available here.

You can cite presentations that were cancelled or moved to online on your CV. I know many of you prepared work that you could not then present or that moved to a fully online format. The American Psychological Association includes ways to reference such work in APA Style, summarized here. There are likely adaptations in other citation approaches.

What you are doing for our students is making a huge difference for them. Here’s something one of our English students shared: You’re wondering what classes look like this quarter. Well, for an English Major I can tell you there are still plenty of books to be read (here are just a few I’m working with this quarter). Many classes are using Zoom to have class lecture and discussion in conjunction with Canvas and supplemental assignments given through email.   One of the reasons I have stayed at Seattle U all four years is the professors. And this quarter has really highlighted that for me. All of my professors have check-ins to see how we’re all doing and have adapted the course in light of the circumstances. They understand the fear, the grief and the loss of our physical space together but they’re doing everything in our power to keep us connected. Just today the head of the English department hosted an impromptu check in for all English majors where you could get into the Zoom chat and vent or talk about what’s going on for you both academically and personally. They care about you both as a student and as a person. It is something I will hold onto and I will keep the connections I have made with my professors as I move onto post-grad life. #hawksup #seattleu #seattleuredhawks


The Seattle Times has a one-stop web site for all their novel coronavirus news, accessible without a subscription here. It includes a new article this morning on how K-12 teachers around Washington state are adapting to online teaching.

Mike Myint Update – Mike talks about contact tracing and the Economist article he cites explains more about how it works on your phone.

Technological and Adaptive components of contact tracing applications

A nice article outlining the worldwide efforts to create technological "enablers" to help to control Covid-19 without comprehensive social distancing efforts that are working, but at the same time, taking a huge toll on the economy.

This article points out that though these can be helpful, they only work in combination in the context of a broader global strategy, the adoption of such technology by enough people, and having a system for this to trigger some action such as testing and then support to self-isolate.

The complexities of all of these necessary components, still will stymie even the best designed applications as experts say at least 60% of the population will need to be on these. One might call it "Nerd" immunity.

This won't come easy in the US. Though there are coalescing strategies of several states banding together, the level of support and coordination to use a more universal application will need to come from national leadership. Further the testing centers referred to in this article would need to be stood up an easily available, which is a challenge during pre-C19 times for healthcare access, especially in rural communities. Home testing, now deployed in WA state for epidemiologic surveillance of C19, may be a solution.

What Taiwan did, and what Massachusetts is developing using public health oriented community health workers may be a necessary adjunct to over-reliance on a tech solution. The article points out that old fashioned gumshoe epidemiologic/infection prevention practices, can replace or significantly supplement tech solutions. This type of combined tech and ground approach would also have the collateral benefit of being in place for other ongoing epidemics of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, even after C19 has run its course.


App-based contact tracing may help countries get out of lockdown   (note – article is free but sign-in is required)