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U. California system expands COVID-19 exposure app to more campuses

Five campuses in the University of California system are joining the state's COVID-19 exposure notification app effort, the system announced Thursday. The app — California COVID Notify — is spearheaded by the California Department of Health and was previously piloted at two other UC campuses. Using Google and Apple's Exposure Notifications API, the app notifies users when they've been exposed to someone who was later diagnosed with COVID-19. Jake Williams has more.

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Penn State geographers build VR to show climate change effects

A new virtual reality tool developed by Penn State geographers allows users to simulate the effects of climate change on a Wisconsin forest. Through the simulation, users can "walk" through a virtual current day forest, as well as one that displays the impacts climate change will have on the same forest in 2050. Betsy Foresman has the details.


Enabling remote learning with modern access controls

Okta’s Kelsey Nelson joins us to discuss EDUCAUSE’s recent report on top IT challenges for education institutions in 2021. Security for remote learning is among the key issues IT leaders must face. Nelson discusses how technology strategies that capitalize on identity and access management both to mitigate security risks and improve user experience. Hear more from Kelsey Nelson.

AI helps institutions strengthen cybersecurity posture, U. Wisconsin CISO says

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are being used by adversaries to improve their attacks, but universities can leverage the same tools to keep their networks safe, the top cybersecurity leader at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said during a virtual event Wednesday. Bob Turner, the university's CISO, said the use of AI and ML can allow higher education institutions to be more responsive to incoming attacks, and gain key insights into where the next targets may be. Betsy has the details.

Biden focus on higher education could help institutions survive pandemic

Once inaugurated in January 2021, the Biden administration is expected to emphasize more assistance for colleges and universities grappling with the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of higher education experts told EdScoop. In addition to assistance, experts also expect more focus on educational accessibility and broadband investments. Here's what to expect from the Biden administration.

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