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Iowa State is developing COVID-sniffing sensors

Researchers at Iowa State University recently announced they’ll collaborate with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to develop a sensor platform capable of detecting the coronavirus and other toxic biothreats. The agreement with DHS, worth as much as $2.5 million over five years, is targeted at the creation of sensors that can be deployed in government buildings or airports. Researchers said they can have a working prototype by 2026. Jake Williams has more.

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With over 1,500 institutions and hundreds of thousands of students who use AWS Educate, we wanted to take you on a trip around the world and highlight how students are learning and innovating with the cloud. Learn more.

A new edtech podcast

On the first episode of EdScoop's PrioritiesEDU podcast, two university CIOs explain why aligning technology priorities with university business goals is essential in the pandemic age. “Our students, faculty, the administration — in fact, the entire university — is very much facing uncharted waters,” Lev Gonick, the CIO of Arizona State University says on the podcast. “The challenge for IT ... is fundamentally not only around alignment in the sense of making sure that we’re relevant and engaged and consequential to where the university is going, but also to help the university understand the art of the possible going forward.” Tune in to the first episode.

Nice to tele-meet you

Finding a way to safely train nursing students is one of many educational tasks made more difficult by the pandemic, but a new program using robots at the University of Texas at Arlington may prove a viable alternative to in-person training. The university announced last week that it will expand its fleet of “telepresence robots” to assist nursing students who are training remotely. The robots, which are essentially tablets on wheels, allow remote users to navigate a clinical environment and meet with patients. Colin Wood has the story.


Rethinking the hybrid learning environment for K-12 schools

The pandemic revealed the shortcomings for school districts to provide distance and hybrid learning. Though there was an initial rush to implement cloud tools, Cisco’s Brad Saffer says now is a good opportunity for district officials to look at their long-term technology investment strategies. How are they working together and are schools equipped to meet today’s security challenges? Read more from Saffer.

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