COVID Information Commons Newsletter | October 2, 2020
You're Invited: October COVID Information Commons Community Lightning Talks and Q&A Webinar

Join us for the second round of lightning talks and Q&As with researchers studying COVID-19 on Friday, October 16, at 12-1PM ET. Learn more about their ongoing efforts in the fight against COVID-19, including opportunities for collaboration. Click here to learn more and register.

October 2020 Featured Speakers:

Rachel Wu, University of California-Riverside: RAPID: Older adults’ learning and adaptation as resilience processes to counter social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sara Rampazzi, University of Michigan: RAPID: SaTC: COVID19: Science of using wirelessly powered sensors to quickly scale up verifiable decontamination of individual N95 respirator masks

Sarah Bowman, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, University at Buffalo: RAPID Enhanced SARS-CoV-2 High-Throughput Crystallization for Structural Studies

Samantha Penta, University at Albany: RAPID: A Multi-Wave Study of Risk Perception, Information Seeking, and Protective Action in COVID-19

Murat Kantarcioglu, University of Texas at Dallas: RAPID: Collaborative: A Privacy Risk Assessment Framework for Person-Level Data Sharing During Pandemics

Ali Rahnavard, George Washington University: RAPID: A novel platform for data integration and deep learning on COVID-19

Jeff Grann, Credential Engine: RAPID: Increasing Healthcare Credential Open Data in Response to COVID-19

Praveen Rao, University of Missouri-Columbia: RAPID: Democratizing Genome Sequence Analysis for COVID-19 Using CloudLab
September CIC Community Webinar Recap

Thank you to all of the presenters and attendees who made the first CIC Community lightning talks and Q&A webinar a success! Ten researchers studying the widespread impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic shared findings, next steps, and collaboration opportunities. Among the many research questions discussed, attendees learned about optimizing the supply chain to increase the accessibility of COVID-19 therapies for underserved urban communities, quantifying factors that impact particle transmission through speech and breathing, evaluating the impact of remote learning on STEM education, and modeling the progress of the pandemic to inform resource allocation.

Click here for a full recap of the event, and click here to watch the recording of the webinar.
COVID Information Commons Website Updates

We're excited to announce a new Meet the Researchers page on the COVID Information Commons website featuring clips of individual research lightning talks and interviews from the 5 Questions with COVID Researchers series on the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub website. If you're interested in sharing your work and reaching potential collaborators by giving a lightning talk at a future webinar or being featured in the 5 Questions with COVID Researchers series, please contact the project team at

Visit the CIC Global Resources pages to keep updated with new COVID-related research funding opportunities, datasets, groups, guides, and news. Check out some of the recently added resources below:

Research Funding: Datasets: Organizations and Networks: Guides and References: News:
The COVID Information Commons (CIC) serves as a resource for researchers, students and decision-makers from academia, government, nonprofit, and industry to identify collaboration opportunities, to leverage each other's research findings, and to accelerate the most promising research to mitigate the broad societal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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