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WPI Researchers Help Design Ventilators During Coronavirus Pandemic

WBZ-TV is the latest to air the work that Greg Fischer, the William Smith Dean's Professor, is doing with other WPI researchers on designing ventilators and making their components publicly available so anyone with a 3D printer and background in electronics and mechanical engineering could use them to produce ventilators for hospitals.

Coronavirus Is Taking Down Warships Everywhere

The National Interest talked to Dmitry Korkin, associate professor of computer science, about how and why diseases, like coronavirus spread quickly on ships.

Time Restrictions Could Increase Infection By Creating Bottle-Necks, Says Epidemiology Researcher

Suhas Srinivasan, PhD student in the Data Science program, was interviewed by Times of News India for this article.

Researchers Working to Make Designs of Ventilators Publicly Available

WBUR interviewed Greg Fischer, the William Smith Dean's Professor, on his spearheading the idea of having teams of WPI researchers make designs of ventilators and their components publicly available so anyone with a 3D printer and background in electronics and mechanical engineering could use them to produce ventilators for hospitals.

Women In Engineering: Danielle Cote

ASM International featured a Q&A with Danielle Cote, assistant professor, mechanical engineering.

Federal Stimulus Would Give $367B in Loans to Small Businesses

Frank Hoy, Beswick Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, was quoted in a Worcester Business Journal article. Hoy discussed the financial focus that is needed to assist small and medium-sized business during the coronavirus outbreak.

WPI employees collect, print medical supplies amid pandemic

The Worcester Business Journal was the latest to cover WPI’s recent efforts to help the medical community, which is facing a supply shortage.

Central Mass. Schools Donate Medical Supplies to Hospitals

The Telegram & Gazette reported on the supplies WPI faculty collected to donate to the medical facilities in the region as colleges and universities across the Commonwealth respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The university is donating roughly 35,000 gloves and 1,000 surgical masks, along with protective gowns, shoe covers and other needed materials.

Mounting Pandemic Data Aiding Local Researchers but Unknowns Still Persist

The Boston Herald reported on the research that Dmitry Korkin, associate professor of computer science, is doing to project how viruses, including the coronavirus, might spread in confined spaces.

Coronavirus Response: WPI Collects Thousands of Gloves and Masks; Begins Process of 3D Printing Supplies for Medical Facilities

In addition to collecting and donating protective supplies like masks and gloves to local hospitals during the coronavirus outbreak, WPI is also offering other services, such as printing supplies via 3-D printers, MassLive reported.

Mass. Hospitals Call Out for Mask, Sanitizer, Financial Donations to Combat Coronavirus

As local hospitals struggle with a shortage of supplies during the coronavirus outbreak, WPI faculty have been collecting Nitrile gloves, masks, and other protective gear to donate, reported WHDH.

Leading Women in Engineering & Science: Making their Mark in Medical History

Medical Design Briefs highlighted Ulkuhan Guler, assistant professor of electrical & computer engineering, in a Q&A​. Guler answered questions about what drew her to engineering, and what advice she would recommend to other women considering the field. ​

WPI Donates Supplies to Medical Professionals as Colleges Navigate COVID-19 Outbreak

WCVB News Center 5 at Noon talked to WPI about supplies faculty collected to donate to the medical facilities in the region as colleges and universities across the Commonwealth respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The university is donating roughly 35,000 gloves and 1,000 surgical masks, along with protective gowns, shoe covers and other needed materials.

WPI Team Develops Way to Project Virus Spread in Confined Spaces

Dmitry Korkin, associate professor of computer science, and his eight-member graduate team, were featured in this article. The researchers developed an artificial intelligence-based computational model that predicts how an infectious disease spreads in a confined space.

When Men Are Victims of Domestic Abuse

Emily Douglas, professor and department head of social science & policy studies, spoke with KCUR (NPR, Kansas) about her research surrounding men who are victims of domestic abuse. She shared that men are less likely to seek help in domestic abuse situations, and that these men often face barriers to seeking help. "But, now the conversation is switching to, 'how do we best serve men who are victims of partner violence'?" she told KCUR. (The clip starts at 1:02)

Team of academics working to develop app to help people with disabilities report abuse

The Boston Herald reported on the work that Krishna Venkatasubramanian, assistant professor of computer science, and Jeanine Skorinko, professor of social science and policy studies, are doing on an app to help people with intellectual or developmental disabilities report abuse.

As I See It: Urgent Action Needed to Protect the Nation's Power Grid

Michael Ahern, director of Power Systems and instructor in the Foisie Business School, wrote an op-ed published by the Telegram & Gazette stressing the vulnerabilities inherent in the U.S. electrical power system. In "Urgent Action Needed to Protect the Nation's Power Grid," Ahern describes the grid’s problematic infrastructure and ways to guard against cyberattack.

Sharing Data Faster to Fight an Epidemic

Bioinformatics professor Dmitry Korkin was featured in an article highlighting a trend in researchers bypassing traditional journals in favor of publishing their findings more quickly online. Korkin and his team built a 3D roadmap of the coronavirus and posted it online to provide a tool for others to use in their own research. “We felt the urgency of this work,” Korkin said.

Here’s how local researchers are helping cure the new coronavirus

A stand-alone story about WPI’s role in developing and sharing a 3D roadmap of the novel coronavirus appears in Boston.com. The story includes quotes from WPI bioinformatics professor Dmitry Korkin and PhD students Senbao Lu and Oleksandr Narykov. The piece also includes several photos, a graphic of the novel coronavirus, and a 30-second video explainer.

 

Coronavirus 3D roadmap: WPI researcher’s model could help find a treatment

WPI professor Dmitry Korkin is interviewed in this story about his role in guiding a research team in developing and sharing the 3D roadmap of the novel coronavirus. The story includes comments from PhD student Ziyang Gao, who has friends in the region most impacted by coronavirus. The story also includes an explainer graphic.

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