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Afternoon News Update, 10/9/20

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

By Eris Lowdermilk

This week, October 4th-10th is National Fire Prevention Week. Watauga County Forest Ranger Andrew Harsley reminds the residents of Watauga County what it looks like to have a healthy relationship with fire prevention. With the population in Watauga County rising brings wildfires at a higher risk. The ways in which a wildfire could start are: debris, stove ashes, children, fireworks, woods arson, and a campfire.

From Appalachian Today, Dr.Jennifer Burris, Department of Physics and Astronomy has been recognized by The Optical Society for: “facilitating systemic changes that have improved diversity and inclusion for her department, university and community.” She is one of three recipients to be internationally honored with OSA’s Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Recognition of 2020.

During her time at App State, Burris has worked to increase the number of underrepresented students in her department and support her students throughout her teaching, mentorship, and one-on-one research engagement. She has also helped students receive grants and fellowships, and she was one of the professors who have worked with faculty, staff, and donors to secure funding to develop a free food pantry for students in the department.

According to ABC News, The 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to American poet Louise Glück for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal. Glück will be awarded a $1.11 million U.S. dollar cash award as the prize winner this year.

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