In the Harvard Gazette
COVIDU models the spread of COVID-19 in college settings
As universities wrestle with the question of when and how to safely bring students back to campus right now, IQSS director Gary King and incoming CDC director Rochelle Walensky have launched the simulation app COVIDU to help inform their decisions.
Latanya Sweeney received a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, to engage a nationwide network of scholars and students and scientifically investigate the unforeseen consequences of technology. With data privacy issues emerging as one of the thorniest challenges societies face in the digital age, the findings of Sweeney's grant-funded research should not be underestimated.
Researchers at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and the Center for Geographic Analysis at the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences present a public dashboard for congressional representatives as well as their constituents on key COVID-19 metrics for the congressional districts of the United States, as identified by the 116th United States Congress.
Photo credit: Ken Banks, kiwanja.net
Helping Treat Malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa
Professor Caroline Buckee worked with the IQSS Data Science Services team to analyze cell phone data from 15 million individuals over the course of a year to track the spread of malaria. The data analysis detailed the movement of individuals through sub-Saharan Africa and beyond to track the spread of malaria and recognize the origin of malaria-carrying mosquitoes, which informs the individuals and organizations in Africa who can provide tools to prevent further spread of the disease.