AJC: University System of Georgia to require masks in classrooms after all

AJC: University System of Georgia to require masks in classrooms after all. “The University System of Georgia announced late Monday it will require students and faculty to wear face coverings in classrooms and other campus facilities if social distancing can’t be done, a reversal of its prior position that faced widespread criticism.”

Hechinger Report: ‘Black At’ Instagram accounts put campus racism on display

Hechinger Report: ‘Black At’ Instagram accounts put campus racism on display. “As protestors marched across the United States in June calling for racial justice, college students and recent graduates amplified their cries on Instagram. Through dozens of new Instagram accounts, they are sharing, often anonymously, what it’s like to be disrespected and harassed for being Black on campus. They’re also highlighting resources for such things as learning about white fragility, who can and cannot say the N-word and which college courses could prepare you to open your mind and check your biases.”

GPB Radio News: Georgia Tech Professors Revolt Over Reopening, Say Current Plan Threatens Lives Of Students, Staff

GPB Radio News: Georgia Tech Professors Revolt Over Reopening, Say Current Plan Threatens Lives Of Students, Staff. “The majority of Georgia Tech professors, including some the university’s most acclaimed faculty members, have launched a revolt over reopening this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying the current plan ‘threatens the health, well-being and education of students, staff, and faculty.’ More than 700 of Tech’s 1,100 faculty members outlined their concerns to the Georgia Board of Regents in a letter titled ‘Statement of Academic Faculty of Georgia Tech on the COVID-19 Crisis and Fall 2020 Semester.'”

New York Times: Colleges Face Rising Revolt by Professors

New York Times: Colleges Face Rising Revolt by Professors. “College students across the country have been warned that campus life will look drastically different in the fall, with temperature checks at academic buildings, masks in half-empty lecture halls and maybe no football games. What they might not expect: a lack of professors in the classroom.”

Phys .org: Study shows nearly no universities ready to deal with social media crisis

Phys .org: Study shows nearly no universities ready to deal with social media crisis. “Not so long ago, social media was a novel way for professionals in higher education to communicate about their institution. Now it’s ubiquitous, and a generation of students are on campus who have never known life without it. Yet, a University of Kansas study shows nearly no institution is ready to deal with a social media-fueled crisis, even if they have policies in place to do so.”

University of North Carolina: New Student-curated Online Exhibition Looks at Women’s Experiences at Carolina

University of North Carolina: New Student-curated Online Exhibition Looks at Women’s Experiences at Carolina. “‘Climbing the Hill: Women in the History of UNC’ focuses on women’s experiences at Carolina, covering a range of intersectional topics, including sexuality, race and age. The exhibition’s timeline begins before the admittance of the first female student, Mary McRae, in 1897, with artifacts including a dance card that men used to record their dance partners’ names when attending balls. Not only does the exhibition encompass the lives of women who lived on the Carolina campus, but it also looks at faculty, staff and the surrounding community. An example of this scope is a selection of books published by a 1970s and 1980s Carrboro-based children’s literature publishing company called Lollipop Power, Inc.”

Washington Post: U-Va. calls students back for fall, with assigned sinks, social distancing and other precautions

Washington Post: U-Va. calls students back for fall, with assigned sinks, social distancing and other precautions. “Wear masks. Keep your distance. Now comes another edict: Use your assigned sink. Students heading to college in the fall know they will face unprecedented pandemic rules meant to safeguard the campus from the spread of the novel coronavirus. Among them is this one spelled out by the University of Virginia on Wednesday: Those who live in residence halls ‘will be assigned to specific sinks, stalls and showers.'”

The Courier: Abertay University opens up the institution’s fascinating collections to a public audience for the first time

The Courier: Abertay University opens up the institution’s fascinating collections to a public audience for the first time. “Hidden treasures, held for years in the archives of Abertay University, are being opened up to a public audience for the first time. The university has launched a new online archive and exhibition site, allowing people to explore its 133-year history from the comfort of their own homes.”

CNN: Universities and high schools are readying high-tech ways to curb the spread of Covid-19

CNN: Universities and high schools are readying high-tech ways to curb the spread of Covid-19. “With the last school year upended by the pandemic and the start of the next school year months away, educators are weighing what they can do to safely welcome students back to classrooms. Some schools like Queen’s Grant High School are embracing bold — and sometimes controversial — technologies to help cut down on exposure to and spread of coronavirus. The methods range from trackable student IDs and ‘exposure alert’ apps to UV lights and thermal cameras that automatically perform temperature checks.”

Chronicle of Higher Education: In Some States This Fall, Masks at Public Colleges Will Be ‘Encouraged’ but Not Required

Chronicle of Higher Education: In Some States This Fall, Masks at Public Colleges Will Be ‘Encouraged’ but Not Required. “Georgia plans to reopen its 26 public colleges and universities this fall without requiring face masks — despite clear evidence that they play a critical role in reducing the spread of Covid-19. The optional policy worries some faculty.”

Masks required and fewer parties (allegedly): What college will look like this fall (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Masks required and fewer parties (allegedly): What college will look like this fall. “As more colleges and universities announce how and when they will resume operations — following the abrupt shutdowns of March — most are making clear that students will share in the duty of protecting classmates, faculty and staff from a contagious disease that has killed more than 100,000 Americans.”

Caltech: Introducing the Caltech Science Exchange

Caltech: Introducing the Caltech Science Exchange. “Through the Caltech Science Exchange, the Institute aims to help visitors make sense of scientific issues that capture public interest and attention, but often are the subject of confusion or controversy. The site currently features multimedia content explaining the science behind COVID-19 and other viral threats. New topics, including voting and elections, sustainability, earthquakes, and genetics, will be added in the months ahead.”

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Historically black colleges work to help students amid coronavirus

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Historically black colleges work to help students amid coronavirus. “It is a perilous time for the nation’s historically black colleges and universities, which have long struggled with less funding and smaller endowments than their predominantly white peers and are now dealing with the financial challenges of the coronavirus. HBCUs have the added challenge of educating a large population of low-income and first-generation students who now need more help than ever.”

Inside Higher Ed: Protecting Art in College Collections

Inside Higher Ed: Protecting Art in College Collections. “University-owned museums are feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in different ways. Like most other units of their universities, they’re closed to the public, having moved their programming online. And like most everyone else in academe, museum staff are planning for lots of different reopening scenarios and waiting to see what comes next.”