COVID Information Commons Newsletter | September 4, 2020
Announcing the First Round of COVID Research Lightning Talks

Meet the researchers seeking new insights on COVID-19. Starting in September, we're hosting a monthly series of lightning talks by researchers studying wide-ranging aspects of the current pandemic, to share their research and answer questions from our community. Learn more about their ongoing efforts in the fight against COVID-19, including opportunities for collaboration, and join us at our next event on Wednesday, September 16, at 2-3PM ET. Click here to learn more and register.

September 2020 Featured Speakers:

Erick Jones, University of Texas at Arlington: EAGER: AI-Enabled Optimization of the COVID-19 Therapeutics Supply Chain to Support Community Public Health.

Howard Stone, Princeton University: RAPID: Flow Asymmetry in Human Breathing and the Asymptomatic Spreader.
Michael Pazzani, University of California San Diego: RAPID: Explainable Machine Learning for Analysis of COVID-19 Chest CT.
Ashok Srinivasan, University of West Florida: Collaborative: RAPID: Leveraging New Data Sources to Analyze the Risk of COVID-19 in Crowded Locations.
Dominique Duncan, University of Southern California: RAPID: COVID-ARC (COVID-19 Data Archive).
Debbie Kim, University of Chicago: RAPID: Pandemic Learning Loss in U.S. High Schools: A National Examination of Student Experiences.
Nora Garza, Laredo College: RAPID: Using real life COVID-19 Data to teach quantitative reasoning skills to undergraduate Hispanic STEM students.
Ajitesh Srivastava, University of Southern California: RAPID: ReCOVER: Accurate Predictions and Resource Allocation for COVID-19 Epidemic Response.
COVID Information Commons Website Updates

We're excited to introduce the addition of a curated collection of resources from our collaborators and networks to the COVID Information Commons website. These resources will be continuously updated, so check back frequently for new information and opportunities. Also visit our new Events page to learn about upcoming COVID research-related virtual events. If you have resources or events you would like to share, please email

Browse the new pages on the CIC website below:
Research Funding
Global Datasets
Groups and Guides

Check out more COVID-related resources from the Hubs and our partners:
Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
    - Read about COVID-related research from the Midwest region
Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub
Researchers throughout the Northeast are using data to mitigate the widespread impacts of COVID-19. In a new interview series on the Northeast Big Data Hub blog, learn about their ongoing work and new insights, including opportunities for collaboration that could enable further progress in the fight against the pandemic.

Our series launches this month with conversations with the following 11 researchers. Look for more stories to come! Are you a researcher in the Northeast studying COVID-19? Email the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub team to learn how to be featured in this series.
If you haven't already, join the COVID Information Commons Community on Slack to exchange insights and develop collaborations with stakeholders in academia, industry, nonprofit, and government invested in finding solutions to the wide-ranging effects of COVID-19.
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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Thanks!  —The CIC Project Team
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