The Asian giant hornet — two inches long, with a nasty habit of stinging humans and decapitating native honeybees (which are vital to agriculture and horticulture) — has landed in North America.
Dubbed the "murder hornet" by The New York Times, the hornet has spread widely in Europe over the past decade and recently been identified in Washington state and western Canada likely after hitching a cargo ride from Asia. Eradicating the pest won't be easy, as its preferred habitat (burrows and hollowed logs in the deep woods) makes its hives near-impossible to locate.
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1, is expected to be a major event. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center forecasts 13 to 19 named storms this summer — including six to ten that could become hurricanes, packing winds of 74 mph or higher, and three to six major hurricanes packing winds of 111 mph or higher. NOAA says these forecasts have 70% confidence. (The average Atlantic hurricane season produces six hurricanes, half of them major.)
When Stevens leadership announced in mid-March that the university's campus would be required to close temporarily by state executive order due to the COVID-19 health crisis, life changed in an instant for reasons beyond the university's control.
Yet operations, instruction and student support continued apace.
When New Jersey governor Phil Murphy, among other governors, announced sweeping public health orders, social distancing measures and travel restrictions in March in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, countless business operations slowed or paused entirely.
Not the Stevens Career Center. It didn't miss a beat.
Patients infected with COVID-19 often develop severe breathing symptoms as their illnesses worsen; this condition, known as acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), also occurs due to a range of other causes. Those in critical condition with ARDS must be treated by mechanical ventilation, which involves physically forcing oxygen into the lungs with each breath.
An 87-year-old grandmother of five, who never got the hang of Skype, clicks a web link on her personal computer and begins chatting with her family of fourteen, for free. An accountant in South Africa shares a link with his clients, who refuse to use Zoom out of security fears, in order to discuss finances. A doctor in the U.S. checks in remotely on a patient's recovery from COVID-19 without exposing herself to the virus.
When the ten story-tall, three football field-long Navy medical vessel USNS Comfort pulled into New York Harbor and docked at Manhattan's Pier 90 on March 30 — on an urgent mission to support the city's response to the growing COVID-19 health crisis — one very interested observer in the Middle East stayed up late to watch it happen online.
It's no secret personal protective equipment (PPE) is in very short supply as the COVID-19 crisis escalates in the U.S. No more so than in New York and New Jersey.
But now, thanks to one very industrious Stevens undergraduate — plus eleven 3D printers in a basement in northern New Jersey, churning out parts day and night — regional medical centers are receiving a much needed boost.
As the COVID-19 pandemic advances globally, nationally and locally, emergency measures are being deployed. Drive-through testing facilities have been rapidly rolled out in both New York and New Jersey; travel advisories and stay-at-home orders have been delivered; new medical facilities are being constructed in locations such as New York City's Central Park and the Javits Convention Center.
Stevens' own experts have also mobilized.
When Stevens Institute of Technology decided to create a pathbreaking new undergraduate degree program to serve the exploding field of quantitative finance (QF) 12 years ago, the university’s first stop was only minutes away: Wall Street, almost directly across the Hudson River from the university’s hilltop campus.