Tracking seismic noise and human activity during the time of COVID-19

Alan Kafka

COVID-19 lockdowns are resulting in a reduction of background noise recorded at many seismic stations: We’re seeing quieter seismic stations around the world, including at BC campus and at Weston Observatory.


Tom Lecocq (of the Royal Observatory of Belgium) explains the story very well in the middle of this news report: https://www.today.com/video/how-the-earth-sounds-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic-82956358000


Read the full article in Science
doi: 10.1126/science.abd2438


Read More: BC News | Boston Globe |


Here are some of my findings:

Politics, Markets, and Pandemics: Public Education’s Response to COVID-19

Michael Hartney

Michael Hartney, professor of Political Science, has recently put out a working paper examining school reopening policies across the country. Hartney and Leslie K. Finger, a political scientist at the University of North Texas, found that local political conditions, rather than public safety or COVID-19 severity, generally guided reopening decisions. According to the researchers, “Mass partisanship and teacher union strength best explain how school boards approached reopening.” The findings have been featured in The New York Times as well as BC News.

You can read the full working paper here.

The Case for Masks

Dean Hashimoto

Dean M. Hashimoto, Associate Professor at Boston College Law School and Chief Medical Officer for Workplace Health and Wellness at Mass General Brigham, gave a presentation supporting mask use and further measures during the coronavirus pandemic. Based on his upcoming book, his lecture for the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College explains why masks are the most critical public health tool for controlling the pandemic. His legal research revolves around recognizing and enforcing rules within organizations, primarily hospitals, and has recently focused on coronavirus masking policies.

Watch the Lecture on the Clough Center YouTube.