June 5, 2020 - IU Research Impact: COVID-19 update

IU leading mega-study of COVID-19 impact on higher education

Almost overnight, roughly 20 million U.S. college students were faced with a new normal this spring: finish all classes via remote learning. IU researchers have begun conducting a nationwide study of the effects of the abrupt switch to inform and improve remote learning techniques.

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Exploring pandemic's influences on sexuality

To inform public health support for sexual health and well-being, IU researchers are studying how the pandemic has affected human sexuality.


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IU School of Medicine launches statewide COVID-19 immunity study

Researchers at IU are studying the immune responses of children and adults to help guide vaccine development and increase understanding of how the virus spreads.

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How is the pandemic affecting the arts?

IU cultural affairs researchers are examining how the pandemic has affected artists, their work, and the arts sector, to shape conversations about the future of the industry.

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Fear drives charitable giving during pandemic

A new study finds that fear amid the COVID-19 pandemic is driving our willingness to donate to charitable organizations.


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Featured Experts

An infectious disease expert, Thomas Duszynski studies local and state public health leadership and practice amid the current pandemic. Featured in numerous radio, TV, and print outlets on topics ranging from COVID-19 emergence and outbreak to contact tracing and the restart of Major League Baseball, Duszynski is director of epidemiology education at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.

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COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

The Social Science Research Council is offering Social Data Research Fellowships to support projects that advance scholarly research on the role of social media in elections and democracy, with an emphasis on the 2020 US elections, and expand best practices and methods for accessing and analyzing relevant data that can inform our understanding of the impact of social media on democracy. Applications that investigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as it intersects with the core themes are particularly encouraged, such as vote-by-mail debates or COVID-19 disinformation campaigns related to the election. Amount is up to $50,000, with application deadline of June 16, 2020.

The Pfizer Global Medical Grants program invites organizations to submit proposals for research to increase knowledge of COVID-19 epidemiology, infection, pathophysiology, and potential prevention measures. Application reviews and approvals done on a rolling basis; application window closes June 17. Approximate range of awards is $50,000 - $250,000.

The Waislitz Global Citizen COVID-19 Response Award will be awarded to an applicant who excels in adaptability criteria (ability to adapt and evolve to changing conditions) and has implemented a specific adaptation, pivot, or new program that addresses the impacts of COVID-19. The prize amount is $50,000; application deadline is June 21, 2020.