July 24, 2020 - IU Research Impact: COVID-19 update

Creating better face masks using nanoscale tech

IU researchers work on creating a mask fabric enhanced by nanotechnology.

IUPUI researchers are applying a patented technology to manufacture reusable face masks that use copper to trap and disable coronavirus particles.

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Research progress continues in rapid response to COVID-19 pandemic

IU researchers have played key roles in the ongoing fight against COVID-19, focusing on ways to detect, treat, manage, respond to, and ultimately eradicate the threat of the deadly coronavirus. To foster this important work, the Office of the Vice President for Research partnered with schools and campuses to provide modest funding support to 26 initiatives.

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Chatbots can ease burden for providers, patients with COVID-19 symptoms

Research from the IU Kelley School of Business finds that chatbots can assist health care organizations struggling to meet user demand for screening services and offer trusted guidance to those with COVID-19 symptoms.



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Predicting the spread of COVID-19 infection

An IUPUI researcher is collaborating to develop a predictive model of COVID-19 to give public health officials and the general public a chance to react to a coming surge.



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Going remote: Survey offers actionable insights from transition to remote instruction due to COVID-19

A full-census survey across all IU campuses examined student, instructor experiences of the transition to remote instruction and offers insights that may improve instruction in the future.

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Featured Expert

Co-leader of The Pandemic Parenting Study, Jessica Calarco examines inequalities in education and family life. She has written about these inequalities in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and Inside Higher Ed. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Calarco has drawn insights from her research on parent involvement, homework, and technology access to write and speak about how school reopening plans may exacerbate inequalities in school. The Pandemic Parenting Study uses longitudinal surveys, daily diaries and interviews to understand how families with young children are responding to the pandemic and making decisions about social distancing and returning to work, childcare, and school. Calarco is also co-lead on The Social Networks and Parenting Study, which uses longitudinal surveys and interviews to identify factors shaping decisions about vaccines, breastfeeding, co-sleeping and screen time. Calarco is an associate professor of sociology at IU Bloomington.

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COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

To further address the unmet medical need in COVID-19, Gilead Medical Affairs is launching the COMMIT (COvid-19 unMet Medical needs and associated research exTension) program to support well defined individual projects that demonstrate clear objectives, defined timelines, a comprehensive operational plan, and propose data that has relevance to the medical community. Note: Projects will not have objectives/endpoints that overlap with studies that are known to be currently underway as of the day of the approval of the proposal, including those studies that are sponsored by either Gilead and/or third parties. Grants of no more than $250,000 USD. Deadline August 3, 2020.