COVID Information Commons Newsletter | November 4, 2020
You're Invited: November COVID Information Commons Community Webinar: Lightning Talks, Demo, and Q&A

Join us for our next round of lightning talks and Q&A on Friday, November 13, 1-2pm ET. Learn more about these researchers' ongoing efforts in the fight against COVID-19, including opportunities for collaboration. During this event we will also demo a new COVID Information Commons database providing details on over 900 COVID-related NSF awards. Click here to learn more and register.

November 2020 Featured Speakers:

Debra Laefer, New York University: RAPID: DETER: Developing Epidemiology mechanisms in Three-dimensions to Enhance Response - Funded by the NSF Directorate for Social, Behavior and Economic Sciences (SBE), Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS)

Niema Moshiri, University of California San Diego: RAPID: Real-time phylogenetic inference and transmission cluster analysis of COVID-19 - Funded by the NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), Division Of Environmental Biology (DEB)

Branden Johnson, Decision Science Research Institute: RAPID: Media Exposure, Objective Knowledge, Risk Perceptions, and Risk Management Preferences of Americans Regarding the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak - Funded by the NSF Directorate for Social, Behavior and Economic Sciences (SBE), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES)

Ying Zhong, University of Southern Florida: RAPID: COVID-19: Sterilization Mechanism of Corona Discharge for Masks and Environment - Funded by the NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG), Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS)

Leila Hedayatifar, New England Complex Systems Institute: RAPID: Modeling COVID-19 in the context of optimizing quarantine policy - Funded by the NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), Division Of Environmental Biology (DEB)

Xifeng Yan, University of California Santa Barbara: RAPID: Interventional COVID-19 Response Forecasting in Local Communities Using Neural Domain Adaptation Models - Funded by the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS)

If you would like to present your research at a future CIC community event, please contact the project team.
CIC Session - Coalition for Networked Information Fall 2020 Virtual Membership Meeting

Also tune in for a discussion of the COVID Information Commons with Florence Hudson of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub and Jeremiah Trinidad-Christensen of Columbia University Libraries, on Thursday, November 12, 4-5pm ET. This session is part of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Fall 2020 Virtual Membership Meeting, which convenes members of the over 200 organizations in CNI's network to explore new technologies, content, and applications; further collaboration; analyze technology policy issues; and catalyze the development and deployment of new projects. Click here to learn more.
CIC Session - International FAIR Convergence Symposium 2020

Florence Hudson, Executive Director of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, will lead a session on the COVID Information Commons on Monday, November 30, 10am - 12pm ET, as part of the International FAIR Convergence Symposium organized by CODATA and GO FAIR. This virtual event, taking place from November 30 to December 4, will convene a global community with an interest in combining data across domains for a host of research issues – including major global challenges, such as those relating to the SDGs or the COVID-19 pandemic. Outcomes will directly inform the CODATA Decadal Programme ‘Making data work for cross-domain grand challenges’ and the GO FAIR community’s convergence towards bottom-up development of the Internet of FAIR data and services globally. As part of the CIC session, researchers who have spoken at CIC Community webinars will present lightning talks on their projects. If you would like to present your research at a future CIC community event, please contact the project team.

Click here to learn more about the Symposium and register. Participation is open to all researchers, data experts, funders, and science policy makers.
October CIC Community Webinar Recap

Eight scientists presented their research at the second CIC Community Lightning Talks and Q&A Webinar, covering a diverse scope of topics including bridging the cognitive decline amongst older adults, developing wireless sensor technology to decontaminate n95 masks, defining data utility at the intersection of necessary COVID-19 information and data privacy, and leveraging molecular biology and genomics to understand the microscopic determinants and variable effects of COVID-19. Although their research ranged from societal to molecular, these investigators shared a common goal not only to advance common knowledge on the pandemic but also to pose practical and deployable solutions for vulnerable populations.
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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