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Nov. 5, 2020

Terrorism in time of the pandemic: exploiting mayhem

Arie Kruglanski, a Minerva-funded researcher and colleagues’ international study was recently published in the peer-reviewed Global Security: Health, Science, and Policy. This article illustrates and discuss terrorism trends that have manifest during the COVID-19 pandemic and consider the threat these trends pose to the world’s security.

Sept. 2, 2020

Innovative biocontainment unit shows promise to protect healthcare workers

Researchers from UPMC and LUCI fellow, Dr. Cameron Good and colleagues from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory (CCDC-ARL) created an individual biocontainment unit, or IBU, to keep front line health care workers safe while they provide live-saving care. The device is described in a study published today in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Aug. 14, 2020

Research Exposes New Vulnerability for SARS-CoV-2

Northwestern University researchers including VBFF, Monica Olvera de la Cruz have uncovered a new vulnerability in the novel coronavirus’ infamous spike protein which highlights a relatively simple, potential treatment pathway.

Aug. 14, 2020

Coronavirus Misinformation is a Global Issue, But There Are Regional Differences

Minerva-funded researcher, Jacob Shapiro in collaboration with the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project and Microsoft Research began cataloguing COVID-19 misinformation to explore the evolution of specific COVID-19 narratives. Shapiro and colleagues identified a unique feature of COVID-19. Usually, misinformation is focused on specific regions and topics.

July 29, 2020

The Pandemic has Slashed Scientists’ Productivity

Dashun Wang, a Minerva-funded researcher along with nine other researchers disseminated a survey to U.S. and Europe-based researchers in mid-April and received roughly 4,5000 responses that revealed clear patterns around who is cutting back their research the most in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 6, 2020

Machine Learning Can Help Get COVID-19 Aid to Those Who Need it Most

Joshua Blumenstock, a Minerva-funded researcher had a conversation with government officials from the Togolese Republic in West Africa in regards to how big data machine learning might help them to identify households who have been impacted by COVID-19 in order to provide financial assistance.

May 22, 2020

Impact update on VBFF Fellow Professor Supratik Guha’s (c/o 2018) ACS Nano paper “Aerosol Filtration Efficiency of Common Fabrics Used in Respiratory Cloth Masks”

The emergence of a pandemic affecting the respiratory system has resulted in a significant demand for face masks, however, there is limited knowledge available on the performance of various commonly available fabrics used in cloth masks. Late April, VBFF Fellow Supratik Guha published a preliminary study that demonstrated that a combination of masks made of high thread-count cotton with natural silk fabric or a chiffon weave can effectively filter out aerosol particles––if the fit is good.

May 14, 2020

Big Data Analytics and Deep Learning Research Help to Support the Fight Against COVID-19

Funded out of the OSD HBCU/MI program, the Director of the Center of Excellence in Research and Education for Big Military Data Intelligence (CREDIT), Lijuan Qian and his team are actively performing research to help support the fight on COVID-19. Their recent article discusses timely and accurate screening/testing that is crucial to fighting COVID-19.

May 5, 2020

Global Sea Piracy Ticks Upwards, and the Coronavirus May Make it Worse

Brandon Prins is a Minerva-funded researcher who studies maritime piracy. In his recent article he discusses why the coronavirus may make piracy even more of a problem in the coming months and years.

May 4, 2020

What is the Right Strategy to Limit the Spread of COVID-19?

Milind Tambe a Minerva-funded researcher and his research team at Harvard Johnson A. Paulson and Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) in collaboration with Harvard Medical School and MIT developed a model to simulate the impact of different physical distancing strategies on the spread of SARS-CoV2, the virus that caused COVID-19.