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Tag: COVID-19 Response



Virtual Field Trips Take Museum to Students

Morrill Hall’s corridors went silent in March, robbed of their usual spring arrival of curious schoolchildren marveling at the wonders of discovery. It was “kind of heart-wrenching,” said Susan Weller, director of the University of Nebraska State Museum. But staff didn’t let the pandemic stop their mission. They built on a previously established online presence […]

App Could Speed Contact Tracing

A Nebraska researcher’s software could help limit the spread of COVID-19. Bilal Khan, Happold Professor of Sociology and professor of computer science and engineering, developed the contact-tracing application for social science research funded by the National Institutes of Health. “Now, five years later, we have this system that already exists and doesn’t need to be […]

Makers Supply Face Shields

As the coronavirus advanced, Nebraska faced a shortfall of face shields to protect its health care workers. To fill the need, a Husker team partnered with businesses and volunteers to manufacture 21,000 face shields for the Bryan Health system and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. What began as a group of volunteers and staff […]

Drone Images Offer Remote Teaching Solution

The College of Architecture looked to the sky for the answer when it needed a way for students to complete their final design projects in the spring. Instructors worked with University Communication photography director Craig Chandler to use drone technology to capture location images in an iconic alleyway between two well-known buildings in Lincoln’s Historic […]

Partnering to Meet Hand Sanitizer Need

With the nation facing a significant shortage of hand sanitizer amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the university partnered with Nebraska’s ethanol industry to produce sanitizer for thousands of organizations and facilities nationwide. The Food Processing Center on Nebraska Innovation Campus has donated over 200,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to health care workers, nursing homes, schools, businesses […]

Modeling Aids Pandemic Decision-Making

Decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic is fraught with tradeoffs. Business closures suppress transmission but hurt the economy. Mass testing can help contain the virus but strains medical resources. Özgür Araz is developing models that help officials visualize these pros and cons and make cost-effective decisions that maximize public health. Araz, associate professor of supply chain […]

Comics Help Kids Learn About Coronavirus

BIF! POW! BANG! The new coronavirus wreaking havoc on our fair planet is no match for a squad of Husker superheroes. Nebraska researchers joined forces with comic artist Bob Hall to create a series of comics that tells the gripping tale of the virus that causes COVID-19. The one-page comics are designed to both entertain […]

Ventilator Sharing Device a Potential Lifesaver

A potential ventilator shortage sparked widespread concern as the U.S. COVID-19 outbreak intensified. The math suggested that not all people with COVID-induced acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS, would have access to the lifesaving machines that help people breathe. The problem captured the attention of Nebraska engineer Benjamin Terry and Keely Buesing, a University of […]