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Google, Ohio State join to fight COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Faculty at Ohio State University recently announced they’re working with Google on how to limit the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. Thomas Wood, assistant professor in Ohio State’s political science department, said in an announcement last week that it’s important for people receive correct information about the vaccine to increase the public’s confidence in it. Along with two assistant professors from George Washington University and Columbia University, Wood will study what headlines and sources are most effective in correcting COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and whether they can increase willingness to take a COVID-19 vaccine. Betsy Foresman has more.

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How one university is training its health care students virtually

The pandemic has limited students’ access to hands-on learning experiences, but ECPI University, a technical college in Charleston, South Carolina, has developed new simulation software that helps its health care students practice clinical skills. The software, called eHospital, allows students to practice medical procedures in a virtual setting and helps prepare them for careers in the health care industry. And while the simulation has helped students to continue learning remotely during the pandemic, eHospital will continue to be an important educational tool even after in-person classes resume, Erica Jones-Foster, director of educational technology and innovation at ECPI University, told EdScoop. Betsy has the details.

Boston U. to pilot, research state's new contact tracing app

Boston University was recently selected by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to assist in research and development of a new digital contact-tracing initiative. The university will join the Bedford-based nonprofit Mitre to test a COVID-19 contact-tracing application on its campus of 35,000 students and 10,000 employees. According to state procurement documents, the university and its partner are tasked with studying how the technology works, whether it effectively complements the state’s existing contact-tracing efforts, whether residents will be receptive to the app and whether it would reduce spread of the disease. Colin Wood breaks it down.

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