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Friday, October 16
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Tracking cases in Illinois

As COVID-19 spreads, health investigators across Illinois are attempting to track every case in the state. The mammoth effort to provide better information on the pandemic is led by Nick Soulakis, an assistant professor of preventive medicine and an epidemiologist at the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Soulakis heads the COVID-19 contact tracing team as it investigates the disease to help determine how to control its spread even as the state death toll surpassed 9,000 this week.


Nemmers Prize for Economics will be awarded to a woman for the first time

Northwestern has announced the winners of the 2020 Nemmers Prizes in earth sciences, economics and mathematics. The biennial prizes recognize top scholars for their lasting significance, outstanding achievements, contributions to new knowledge and the development of significant new modes of analysis.

Claudia Goldin, the first woman to win the Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics, was honored for insights into the history of the American economy, the evolution of gender roles and the interplay of technology, human capital and labor markets.


Get ready for ‘election week’

A new survey indicates President Trump might lead at the end of election night on Nov. 3, but then Joe Biden could pull ahead to be declared the winner by the end the week. The research team finds a massive increase this year in the use of mail-in or absentee ballots, which will require more time to count.


Testing COVID-19 exposure among young gay and bisexual men and transgender women

Northwestern researchers are examining the impact of COVID-19 on young adult sexual and gender minority communities with an innovative antibody testing study funded by the National Institutes of Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health.

Led by Brian Mustanski, director of Northwestern’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, this new study is one of the first of its kind to evaluate COVID-19 exposure among sexual and gender minorities.

Other News

Northwestern will honor the legacy of music theater alum Kelsey Pharr, Jr. with a speaker series featuring artists of color in celebration of a wider array of artistic perspectives.

The award-winning film ‘Finding Yingying’ by Medill alumna Jenny Shi is available to stream as part of the Chicago International Film Festival. Shi will participate in a special Q&A on the film tonight.

The Wirtz Center online subscription package for fall features a three-play series including ‘AntigoneNOW,’ ‘Call and Response’ and ‘Wine in the Wilderness.’

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