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UC medical student Cassandra Schoborg launched a program in Cincinnati pairing healthy volunteers with seniors and others at risk during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo/provided

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Idled help the isolated: Med students aid homebound seniors

Aspiring doctors in Cincinnati whose studies were interrupted by the coronavirus outbreak have morphed their mission into taking care of people who are especially vulnerable to the pandemic’s dangers. ABC News highlighted the UC medical students who started a “COVID-19 match” program that’s being replicated around the country in which volunteers grocery shop, pick up prescriptions and perform other errands or just send cards and check in. Read more.


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Why did the Maya abandon the ancient city of Tikal?

Smithsonian magazine examined UC research that found evidence of toxic water pollution in reservoirs in the ancient Maya city of Tikal. A multidisciplinary team of biologists, chemists, geographers and anthropologists discovered toxic levels of mercury and blue-green algae that likely would have made people who drank the water sick. The water pollution coincided with a time of severe droughts in the ninth century shortly before the city’s population began to decline sharply. Read more.


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What to expect when a coronavirus vaccine finally arrives

The COVID-19 era is casting light back more than a half century to the time when former UC virologist Albert Sabin developed the live oral polio vaccine. The mass immunization techniques that Sabin pioneered with his associates effectively eradicated polio in Cincinnati. Worldwide media covered the health care hero’s work, including The New York Times.


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UC staffer Nicole Ausmer's children launched a podcast with their mom that's now getting national attention. Photo/provided

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Kids produce Black history podcast

Nicole Ausmer, PhD, created “Hey Black Child: The Podcast” to fill a void that her 10-year-old daughter, Avery, noticed when searching for Black history podcasts geared toward young people. The UC director of Student Activities and Leadership Development was featured on “Good Morning America” with Avery and her 7-year-old brother, Jackson, the stars of the podcast.


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Trisha Wise-Draper is a UC Health oncologist and assistant professor at the UC College of Medicine. Photo/Colleen Kelley/UC Creative + Brand

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The Badass 50: Health care workers who are saving the day

InStyle magazine highlighted health care heroes in all 50 states. Representing Ohio is Trisha Wise-Draper, medical director of the UC Cancer Center’s Clinical Trials Office and associate professor of medicine. Wise-Draper leads two clinical trials to monitor the effects of COVID-19 on patients with cancer. She hopes the studies will help oncologists everywhere better understand how to treat infected patients with compromised immune systems. 


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The culture of policing is broken

During nationwide protests on police brutality, a study co-led by UC about the militarization of police forces continues to be cited in major media outlets such as The Atlantic and The Washington Post. Law enforcement agencies with increased military tools have higher rates of police-involved killings, according to the 2017 research study co-authored by Jack Mewhirter, UC assistant professor of political science.


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Social justice through medicine

Carl Fichtenbaum, a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and one of the leaders in UC’s efforts to combat COVID-19, is still going to protest marches as his passion for social justice, personally and profession- ally, burns as brightly as ever.


Championing science amid adversity

University of Cincinnati epidemiologist Diego Cuadros is used to telling people what they don’t want to hear. The assistant professor runs the Health Geography and Disease Modeling Lab in UC’s College of Arts and Sciences, where he studies global topics such as HIV, malaria and, this year, COVID-19. He condenses data into easy-to-follow maps that predict the future with uncanny accuracy.


Bridging the divide

It’s been said that one should never discuss religion and politics in polite conversation. Similarly, race and gender have long been considered taboo topics best avoided to prevent conflict. That strategy might work at some dinner tables, but for a group of University of Cincinnati women, tackling tough conversations, challenging perspectives and being vulnerable are the keys to growth and understanding.


Remotely possible

When did the COVID-19 pandemic first make an impact on your life? March 10? That was the day the University of Cincinnati decided to change something it has excelled at for 200 years. Teaching. Educating. That day UC announced that all lectures in classrooms, experiments in labs or designing in studios would be suspended. Students started what was expected to be just an extended spring break, but then 12 days later all courses had gone virtual to protect the university community and stop the virus’s spread.

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