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Rochester’s Pest House Was an Early Answer to Outbreaks of Disease

As we cope with the various levels of disruption in our daily routines made necessary by the response to the COVID-19 virus, it is interesting to look back at the way contagious disease was handled in our community in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In small communities like Rochester, there were no hospitals at the time. A village … [Read More...]

Op-Ed: Judge Warren Calls for Fundamental School Reform in Light of Coronavirus

The coronavirus has thrown our entire society in disarray, and no less poignant an example exists than our K-12 public schools. The closure of schools across the country has stopped the normal learning process dead in its tracks. In a valiant attempt to continue, many districts have sought to leverage long distance learning. Unfortunately, … [Read More...]

Dear Crabby, What Sports are on TV Right Now?

Dear Crabby, With Everything Being Canceled, What Sports (if any) are on TV Right Now? Sincerely, Missy May Sports   Hello Missy May, I'm missing my sports too! Being locked up (so to speak) without much to watch. I'm already tired of the virus news on TV ... I know, I know ... we're a hot spot. But I just am tired of it all. The kids … [Read More...]

Physics Professor Earns Prestigious CAREER Award

A new scientific wave that could revolutionize the electronics industry has earned Dr. Wei Zhang, an assistant professor of physics at Oakland University (OU), the National Science Foundation (NEF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award. The award is presented annually to non-tenured faculty who has demonstrated the … [Read More...]

Research Could Lead to a Better Understanding of How Pathogens ‘Set Up Shop’ Inside the Human Body

Dr. Sara Blumer-Schuette Earns Recognition in Renowned Journal Dr. Sara Blumer-Schuette, an assistant professor of biological sciences at Oakland University (OU) whose research could lead to a better understanding of how pathogens “set up shop” inside the human body, has been selected for an editorial spotlight in an upcoming issue of Applied … [Read More...]

Neighborhood House in Urgent Need of Supplies

Neighborhood House Food Pantry Open for Business, Accepting New Clients, and in Urgent Need of Supplies Neighborhood House, a food pantry and service center committed to building self-sustainability, is remaining open during Michigan’s executive order to suspend all unnecessary activities. The food pantry is considered an essential service to … [Read More...]

Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order

Governor Directs all Non-Critical Businesses to Temporarily Close, all Michiganders to Stay Home or Six Feet Away from Others During COVID-19 Crisis Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that … [Read More...]

Diary of a Retiree Robert A. Lytle

Diary of a Retiree Robert A. Lytle March, 2020 - Boca Raton, Florida - Sunny, breezy and 80s Up at 8:30. Candy made French toast and I printed the crossword. Opened the e-Detroit News. It’s all about the corona virus. Of course, there is no sports news. A few years ago as I was writing Mr. Blair’s Labyrinth, I read all about the Great … [Read More...]

How the Coronavirus has Exposed the Need to Embrace the Information Age in K-12 Education

With the coronavirus, schools across America are scrambling to put together a hodgepodge of solutions to continue teaching for learning while their buildings are closed. Many are valiantly attempting to leverage technology to create on-line and virtual learning opportunities. Unfortunately, weaknesses in technological infrastructure, teacher … [Read More...]

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