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Tennessee State awarded $1M to recruit minority transfers

Sep. 16, 2020 6:38 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to the Tennessee State University College of Engineering to recruit minority transfer students from regional community colleges. The award will provide 45 scholarships over five years to students who want to earn...

This 2020 photo provided by Tanisha Williams shows her in Lewisburg, Pa. Williams, a botanist at Bucknell University, knows exactly which plants she's looking for. But after being questioned by strangers in public parks, Williams, who is Black, has started carrying her field guides with her. “I've been quizzed by random strangers,” she said. “Now I bring my wildflower books and botanical field guides, trying to look like a scientist. It’s for other people. I wouldn’t otherwise lug these books.” (Tanisha Williams via AP)

Black scientists call out racism in the field and counter it

Sep. 13, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — University of Washington ecologist Christopher Schell is studying how coronavirus shutdowns have affected wildlife in Seattle and other cities. But when planning fieldwork, he also thinks about how he's perceived in neighborhoods where he installs wildlife cameras. “I wear the...

Mathematics teacher Basirat Olamide Ajayi, 36, teaches probability theory with the aid of playing cards, online via her mobile phone from her house in Lagos, Nigeria Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. The teacher from a Lagos public school is helping students across the country, and internationally, learn math virtually during coronavirus restrictions that have prevented most children from returning to class in Nigeria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

In pandemic, Nigerian teacher can 'teach the whole world'

Sep. 7, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — For many 12th graders, the closure of Nigeria’s public schools to combat the spread of COVID-19 presents a particular problem: How to prepare for crucial, final exams? Basirat Olamide Ajayi, a math teacher in Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest city, came up with a solution. She...

Kara Apuzzo poses for a portrait Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in New Haven, Conn. Educational disruptions forced by the coronavirus pandemic are hurting teenagers who also may need to work and help their families care for young kids. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Teens struggle to balance school, family, work amid COVID-19

Aug. 18, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — With her baby brother in her arms, Kara Apuzzo tried to follow along in an online class as he squirmed or slept. Other times, the 18-year-old rushed to get ready for work at a front-line job at Target as her virtual high school lessons were still wrapping up. Last school year was...

In this photo provided by Lauren Shell, Shell poses for a selfie at her home in Leominster, Mass., on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020.  During the pandemic Shell, a breast cancer survivor, arranged a quick video visit through the app Zoom in May with her doctor in Boston. Telemedicine grew explosively after COVID-19 shut down much of the economy earlier this year and forced doctors and patients to connect virtually. (Lauren Shell via AP)

Telemedicine shines during pandemic but will glow fade?

Aug. 10, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

Racked with anxiety, Lauren Shell needed to talk to her cancer doctor. But she lives at least an hour away and it was the middle of her workday. It was also the middle of a pandemic. Enter telemedicine. The 34-year-old Leominster, Massachusetts, resident arranged a quick video visit through the app Zoom in May...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 4, 2020 file photo, Jon Ossoff speaks to the media and supporters after he qualified to run in the Senate race against Republican Sen. David Perdue in Atlanta. The Democratic Senate candidate is in isolation as is his wife, who contracted COVID-19, Ossoff confirmed Saturday, July 25, 2020. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

The Latest: Ga. Democratic Senate candidate's wife has virus

Jul. 25, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

ATLANTA -- Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff says he's in isolation with his wife, who contracted COVID-19. The 33-year-old candidate said his wife, Dr. Alisha Kramer, has mild coronavirus symptoms and that he’s showing symptoms, too. He said he was tested Saturday and is awaiting results...