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Updates and Guidance Related to COVID-19

In alignment with the phased reopening of campus, the Office of Research along with the Health and Safety and Workforce Task Forces is providing AU researchers guidance on how they can restart on-campus research in a phased approach. Return to Research instructions is available on the Office Sponsored Programs website. 

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COVID-19 vaccination drive for medical personnel in Banyumas, Indonesia.

International ·

Global Herd Immunity Remains Out of Reach Because of Inequitable Vaccine Distribution

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The Lavender Lab, headed by Prof. Ethan Mereish, produces research on the psychological and social determinants of health for LGBTQ individuals and racial and ethnic minorities.

Research ·

Study Shows Links Between Youth Emotional Distress and Stigma Around Sexual Orientation

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Alumni ·

AU Women in Tech: At the Front Line of Cybersecurity

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Chrisraine Gilpin (left to right) Lena Otto, Grace Chen, Nicole Jean-Pierre and John Paul Mejia make up the newest class of Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars.

Achievements ·

Five Changemakers Join 2025 FDDS Cohort

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International ·

To Survive Prison in Guatemala, Male Inmates Rely on Their Visitors

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Title slide for The Age of Surveillance Capitalism Book Review

Technology ·

Book Review - The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

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