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Texas A&M University has set up walk-up coronavirus testing kiosks to increase the accessibility of COVID-19 testing and to improve data collection, which will be used to inform the university’s outbreak prevention strategy, the university announced this week. The three outdoor walk-up testing locations, created by the coronavirus testing company Curative, are to help the university’s COVID-19 testing program better identify pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. The kiosks will be available to Texas A&M’s more than 64,000 students and approximately 10,000 faculty and staff currently on campus, as well as non-university affiliated individuals, said Angela Clendenin, an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. “If you want to control a pandemic, you really have to have an aggressive testing program, and you need to be able to test everybody,” Clendenin said. Betsy Foresman reports.

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NSA gives HBCUs a workforce boost

The National Security Agency and the Department of Defense announced an initiative on Thursday meant to increase access to cybersecurity education, mentoring and paid internships for students at historically Black colleges and universities. The workforce development program will connect students at eligible educational institutions with internships and mentorship through the Pentagon’s Office of Small Business Programs, officials said during a call with reporters. Students may also participate in exercises at the Maryland Innovation and Security Institute’s virtual cyber range, to gain hands-on technical training that will help them to later provide technical assistance to small businesses. Shannon Vavra has the story on CyberScoop.

U. Illinois-Chicago partners with Army on drone recharging research

Researchers at University of Illinois at Chicago are, though partnership with the U.S. Army, developing a new power supply system that will allow drones to recharge wirelessly from vehicles on the ground. The research initiative, a four-year $8 million partnership announced earlier this month, will focus on creating new systems to recharge drone swarms as efficiently as possible. The proposed technology will enable small battery-powered drones to autonomously return from military missions to unmanned ground vehicles for recharging through wireless power transfer technologies. Betsy has more.

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