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Infectious disease experts and the World Health Organization are denouncing the practice of outdoor spraying of disinfectant in urban areas in an attempt to fight the spread of COVID-19. Chris Schell, urban ecologist, is quoted on concerns that the practice harms wildlife as well as human health.
Maureen Kennedy, assistant professor of quantitative fire ecology and forest management, is quoted on how increased variability of rain due to climate change, coupled with past practices of fire suppresion, is increasing the likelihood of major fires.
Due to COVID-19, Saudi Arabia announced that this year’s Hajj would be dramatically scaled down from previous years. Dr. Turan Kayaoglu, professor of politics, philosophy & public affairs, is quoted on the controversy about Saudi’s role in the Muslim pilgrimage.
Learning the Ropes
A wide-ranging look at the economic history of Tacoma includes many quotes from local historian and part-time lecturer Michael Sullivan. Topics include railroads, the arts, the port, timber, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (citing an economic impact analysis done by UW Tacoma), confectionery and beer.
Interim UW Tacoma Library Director Justin Wadland is quoted on his role reintroducing Cysewski's 1970s Tacoma photography to the region.
Social Work & Criminal Justice Assistant Professor Ken Cruz admonishes three of the four white male Tacoma City Council members for not taking part in a mid-July Tacoma City Council Community Forum, the first since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Prof. Katie Baird is quoted on the status of unemployment compensation as a legal benefit for workers who are let go from their positions.
Prof. Turan Kayaoglu is quoted on the role of Saudi Arabia in determining who can and cannot participate in the annual Hajj pilgrimage, an important rite in the life of Muslim adherents.