Science

UA professors' outlooks on online STEM education six weeks into fall semester

 Zoom is known globally as the go-to website for online schooling. Although it has made teaching accessible to millions of students, there is no doubt that the company has had its issues. Three University of Arizona professors have varying levels of frustration when it comes to teaching via Zoom. On a scale from one to 10, 10 being the most frustrated with Zoom, the professors' answers varied from three to 10 to even saying that it depends on the day.  Read more

Infection, isolation, confusion and resilience: The impact of COVID-19 on group homes for people with developmental disabilities

Group homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been one of the hardest hit by this pandemic. The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities defines intellectual disability as “a disability characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills.” Read more

Zoom MD: UA first-year medical students begin their virtual education

After six weeks of rigorous studying, first-year medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine have completed their first course — the Foundations Block. This rigorous six-week endeavor lays the grounds for the study of medicine. Central to this achievement is the advent of Zoom in medical education, a response to the raging COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more

New study finds less than 10% of Americans have antibodies against novel coronavirus

Now nearly seven months into the pandemic, the world has seen a wide gamut of strategies to battle the coronavirus. In Sweden, the futile attempt to induce herd immunity led to a sharp increase in the number of deaths nationwide. In the U.S., despite nearly 7.5 documented infections and over 200,000 reported deaths, a new study published in The Lancet on Sept. 25 found that under 10% of Americans have antibodies against the coronavirus. Read more

Heart-throbbing: Are patients having heart problems post-COVID-19?

Researchers in Germany discovered something odd about the aftereffects of COVID-19, not when the spread of the virus first started stirring global panic, but rather months down the line. The possibility of a heart condition, myocarditis, was found at alarmingly high rates in an MRI imaging study of 100 people who had been recently infected with the coronavirus.  Read more

Green light therapy: Another tool in the toolbox for pain relief

Recent new research from the University of Arizona College of Medicine shows that green light therapy has the potential to be a treatment for painful migraines. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraines are the third most prevalent illness in the world. The Mayo Clinic says the condition is characterized by a “throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head." Read more

Sirius: a bright inspiration in the sky

Every night as you lay to sleep there lies a sky just beyond your roof, full of millions of luminous spheres of plasma, or rather stars. “Sirius,” a star that lies in the Canis Major Constellation, is the brightest star in our sky. Sirius is so bright that despite the massive amounts of light pollution, it can be seen by the naked eye across the U.S.  Read more

Stuck at home and bored? Start making your own masks

For those searching for a DIY quarantine activity, making your own masks may be the solution. Mask-making is a fun activity that goes a long way toward preventing the need to quarantine, helping the environment and allowing people to do everyday activities safely. Read more