Kansas Schools Reopening | How Masks Protect Us | Language & Space Travel
How Kansas is navigating the impending reopening of its public schools, when and why face masks protect us from coronavirus infection, and how language might evolve during interstellar space travel.
Segment 1, beginning at 4:09: How Kansas is preparing to reopen its public schools.
The Kansas State Board of Education put out a nearly 1,100-page guide to reopening schools for the 2020 academic school year. Meanwhile, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is expected to issue an executive order pushing the first day of school back until after Labor Day.
Segment 2, beginning at 25:03: The science behind face masks.
Four months into the pandemic, people are still debating the effectiveness of masks. But health experts say wearing a mask over your mouth and nose is essential to stopping the virus' spread.
- Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director of infection prevention and control at The University of Kansas Health System
Segment 3, beginning at 45:30: Will language evolve during deep space travel?
A University of Kansas professor recently co-wrote a paper about his expectations for language to change during interstellar space travel trips that take generations to complete. The conundrum could make it difficult for a ship's crew to communicate with humans back on Earth.
- Andrew McKenzie, associate professor of linguistics at the University of Kansas