Chocolate to Reduce COVID Spread? Researchers Discuss Their Work in February Webinar

During February’s COVID Information Commons (CIC) webinar, researchers, students, and non-profit leaders gathered to discuss and collaborate on research about COVID. The webinar featured talks from seven scientists from across the nation who shared insights on their NSF-funded research.

Speakers included Naomi Senehi from Rice University, Nicola Sochacka from the University of Georgia, Timothy Oladunni from the University of the District of Columbia, Gregory Bowman from Washington University in St. Louis, Mike Kinzel and Kareem Ahmed from the University of Central Florida, and Paul Westerhoff from Arizona State University. Through their lightning talks, they explained how they are tackling COVID research from their area of expertise. Topics discussed covered students experiences with online learning, the effect of race on COVID cases, the efficiency of different types of masks, a chocolate bar that can help slow down COVID transmission, and more. Researchers also answered attendees’ questions and engaged in further discussion about their topics.

A recording of the February 10 event is available at the Northeast Big Data Hub’s YouTube channel as well as at The COVID Information Commons is an NSF-funded project brought to you by the Big Data Innovation Hubs, led by the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University.

Our next COVID-19 Research Webinar will be in April. Keep an eye out on our events page for the registration link and for more exciting events, sign up for the CIC mailing list, and join the CIC Slack channel for updates on future events and opportunities to engage with the COVID Information Commons community.