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April 16, 2020 / Modified apr 16, 2020 11:38 a.m.

Spring is NOT cancelled: backyard scientists contribute to "Nature's Notebook".

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Being a UA senior in a year without Commencement; how the Campus Pantry is increasing food security for students and staff; and a public health student fights COVID-19 misinformation on behalf of her family in Puerto Rico.

Madison, birdwatcher Hero Madison is a 17-year old high school student with passion for bird watching.

Arizona Spotlight

April 16, 2020

NPR

Featured on the April 16th, 2020 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

Volunteer scientists Volunteer scientist making observations about a Saguaro in bloom for the USA National Phenology Network's "Nature's Notebook" program.
Brian F. Powell
Hank Verbais Hank Verbais is a Master Gardener and a Master Naturalist, and he volunteers as a docent at Tohono Chul Park, a nature preserve on Tucson’s Northwest side.
Brian F. Powell
Alyssa Rosemartin Alyssa Rosemartin is a volunteer in the USA National Phenology Network’s “Nature’s Notebook” science program.
Brian F. Powell

  • Hear the second episode in a series about food insecurity. This week, a visit to the University of Arizona Campus Pantry, to learn how it is providing food assistance to students and staff during the pandemic.
Bridgette Nobbe UA Campus Pantry coordinator Bridgette Nobbe points to supply of spaghetti, which the pantry buys in bulk for the half of grocery store price.
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Campus pantry during pandemic At the University of Arizona student union, people wait in line for the Campus Pantry to open.
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  • Staying healthy during the pandemic starts with getting the right information. But what happens when that information isn't available in your community? Find out how UA public health student Myrelis Diaz is turning to Facebook to keep her family in Puerto Rico connected to the truth about COVID-19.

Myrelis Diaz Myrelis Diaz, a public health student at the University of Arizona, is fighting misinformation on the COVID-19 pandemic to protect her family in Puerto Rico. Her home country is still recovering from the humanitarian crisis that followed Hurricane Maria in 2017.
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  • And, hear students from the University of Arizona share how current uncertainties regarding graduation are affecting them emotionally, and changing their plans.
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