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Robots for agriculture, health care

University of Illinois researchers are developing semi-autonomous robots to assist industries that have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The robots are hoped to assist health care workers treating COVID-19 patients and fill gaps in disrupted food supply chains. Robots developed before the pandemic have been equipped with arms to complete new tasks, like picking blueberries and wiping down surfaces. Betsy Foresman has the details.

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Bucknell U. takes on mental health

A program showing students, faculty and staff how to identify and speak to peers struggling with mental health issues is encouraging more conversation on touchy subjects, university leaders said. The simulations teach users how to listen and respond to those who are struggling emotionally. “You’re teaching students how to be able to identify signs of psychological distress within their peers, how to approach them and talk to them in a way where they feel comfortable about your concerns and then if necessary kind of motivate them to seek help," said Glenn Albright, co-founder of the program's developer, Kognito. Learn how it works.

Which universities are opening this fall?

As the spring semester concludes, several dozen universities have announced plans to keep classes online for the fall, while a vast majority have announced plans to return to in-person instruction, while others plan for a mix of remote and in-person learning. We updated this list on Friday to reflect the latest announcements about how institutions of higher learning are planning to proceed this fall. See the updated list here.


Remote workforce in higher education

The coronavirus pandemic has forced university leaders and students to work and study from home these past three months, presenting new challenges in how institutions function. In a collection of editorial coverage presented by StateScoop and EdScoop, reports explore how organizations are coping with the changes and their plans for the future. Dive into the report.

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