Privacy in Crisis

Author: Sarah Rajtmajer, Ph.D .
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Article Topics: privacy, technology, data As we navigate the COVID-19 crisis and its broad impacts, we are understandably focused on what appear to be our most acute concerns – flatten the curve, save the economy, and develop a vaccine. Daily, we are reminded of the massive toll in lives and livelihoods that the pandemic has exacted worldwide. At the time of writing, more than 10 million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, and more than 500,000 lives have been lost. Economically, we are facing the largest global recession in decades and a historic contraction of per capita income. But as the days and weeks push forward we are…

The Manufacturing And Sterilization for COVID-19 (MASC) Initiative

Author: Timothy Simpson
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Article Topics: innovation, technology, health care For faculty, March represents a big milestone in the academic calendar. It marks the halfway point of the semester and provides a much-needed break to catch one’s breath before the big push to reach the end of the semester. Unfortunately, this spring break will live long in our memories—the Coronavirus started showing up on the shores of the United States, and everything changed. Within the span of two weeks, I went from enjoying time on the beach, relaxing with my family to leading an interdisciplinary team that has grown to over 380 people with the singular aim of helping healthcare workers…

COVID-19 presents a real-time educational opportunity

Author: Matthew Johnson, Ph.D. , Amber Cesare , Tiffany Lewis , Kathleen Hill, Ph.D.
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Article Topics: education, innovation, technology What do you remember about middle and high school science classes? You may remember spending a few weeks learning about what scientists do (like measuring things and the scientific method ). Then, you remember having to memorize things like the phases of mitosis , the chemical symbol of tungsten (W), and the gravitational constant (-9.81 m/s2). You may also remember doing “labs” to verify these concepts. For example, you may have shined light on an elodea plant in an aquarium and observed the carbon dioxide bubbles that form. Or you might remember looking through a light microscope to…

Project ECHO at Penn State College of Medicine

Author: Jennifer L. Kraschnewski, M.D. MPH , Erica Francis, M.S. , Ellie Hogentogler, B.S.
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Article Topics: innovation, technology, education The COVID-19 pandemic and knowledge of this novel disease has pushed our medical communities to identify new ways of learning. When the pandemic hit, medical experts suddenly found themselves facing an illness they knew little about and struggling to rapidly learn about how best to prepare and care for patients. With assistance from Penn State University’s Huck Institute and Social Sciences Research Institute, our Project ECHO at Penn State was rapidly able to mobilize and provide a platform for sharing much-needed, and ever-changing, information on COVID-19. About Project ECHO Project ECHO…