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Pandemic memes can boost positive emotions, study finds

Memes with captions related to the coronavirus pandemic can have a positive effect on people’s emotions and how they consume information, but how a meme is designed matters, university researchers wrote in a study published this month in Psychology of Popular Media. The results show that forming connections through internet culture could be a strategy for helping people cope with traumatic events, rather than avoiding the subject, Jessica Myrick, a Penn State professor of media studies and one of the study’s authors. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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WGU, NGA partner to 'democratize' higher ed

The National Governors Association last week announced it’s formed a partnership with Western Governors University to develop best practices in state policy that can improve access to higher education. The partnership will consist of four initiatives that meet at the intersection of state governments’ desire to fill skills gaps in the workforce and the university’s interest in training people for those jobs. Colin Wood has the story.

University of California plans public AI database launch

The University of California announced plans last week to launch a public database and assess how the system is using artificial-intelligence based technologies. Administrators said they’ll follow four recommendations from a new “Responsible Artificial Intelligence” report on risks and opportunities in academics, health, human resources and policing. The report sheds light on how the 10-campus, 250,000 student system currently uses AI and includes recommendations on incorporating eight guiding ethical principles for UC’s use of AI in its services, such as procurement, and monitoring the impact of automated decision-making, facial recognition and chatbots. Emily has it.

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