Simulation models can do much more than project death rates. One international group of computer modelers, including ASU Professor John Fowler, has called on government decision-makers and their own academic community to be more proactive in using simulations for a pandemic.

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Alana Levine, a director with facilities management, places a social-distancing sticker on a recently installed table outside Hayden Library on Monday, Aug. 10, as work continues during the countdown to the start of the fall 2020 semester. The university is installing additional outdoor seating this week, part of its overall efforts to ensure campus well-being, which includes offering social-distancing directions, alternatives to crowded social spaces and plenty of sanitizing materials. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

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