Northwestern University students, senior citizens hold monthly science talks

Olga Ricketts-Peart is not what she calls a “science person.” But she loves science anyway.

The 77-year-old has been attending “Science with Seniors,” a program offered at the Levy Senior Center in Evanston that’s gone online in the past few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The third Thursday of each month, graduate students from Northwestern University meet virtually with seniors from the Levy Center for lectures on science and technology, topics that range from sleep to solar cells.

“It’s a good, brief overview on how these topics affect their lives as adults and seniors,” says Tim Carter, program coordinator of the Levy Center. “And it’s a good way for the Northwestern students to reach out and share what they have learned about their studies.”

The idea for the program came from Suyog Padgaonkar, a chemistry student working on a doctorate at Northwestern. When Padgaonkar started at the university in

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Another state adds online absentee voting option for military and overseas U.S. citizens

As the U.S. grapples with concerns about mail delivery during the pandemic, thousands of military and overseas citizens voting by absentee ballot in South Carolina will for the first time be able to cast their ballot through an online portal — from mobile phones, laptops, iPads or other devices.

Within a week, South Carolina election officials will update their website to include a link to the online portal for voters protected under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, said Chris Whitmire, spokesman for the South Carolina State Election Commission. These voters are commonly referred to as UOCAVA voters.

In 2016, 8,621 UOCAVA voters in South Carolina requested absentee ballots, including 4,615 military voters and 4,006 U.S. citizens overseas, Whitmire said.

Four other states offer online ballot return for all UOCAVA voters: Arizona, Colorado, North Dakota and West Virginia.

For military absentee voters, 25 states allow email return of

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Malaysian ministry to recommend free COVID-19 vaccine for all citizens

CYBERJAYA: Malaysia’s Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry will recommend to the Cabinet that the COVID-19 vaccine is provided free to all Malaysians, said minister Khairy Jamaluddin on Wednesday (Aug 19).

“The Cabinet has not decided yet, but my recommendation is that once we have purchased the COVID-19 vaccine, they should be given to all Malaysians free of charge,” he told a press conference after the launch of the National Technology and Innovation Sandbox.

READ: Malaysia in talks with China over potential MOU for early access to COVID-19 vaccine: Science and technology minister

Malaysia is in talks with China over a potential memorandum of understanding to ensure access to the COVID-19 vaccine when it is safe to use, said Khairy earlier this month.

Khairy said on Wednesday that apart from China, Malaysia is also looking at other vaccine manufacturers.

“The National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Division under the Health Ministry requires

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