Technology’s Role in the COVID-19 Pandemic
From teaching college courses to hosting virtual dinners with family and friends, technology is playing a significant role in our lives right now. It’s how we work and learn, and how we are connecting with each other during a time when communities are instructed to stay at home to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Thomas Finholt, Dean and Professor of Information at the U-M School of Information, explains the impact of videoconferencing, social media, and data collection during a global pandemic.
COVID-19 and Drug Therapies
Jonathan Sexton, U-M Center for Drug Repurposing lead and assistant professor of Internal Medicine at Michigan Medicine, explains how UM-CDR quickly reacted to the coronavirus outbreak and rapidly began identifying and screening drugs that could be effective as therapeutic interventions for COVID-19.
COVID-19 and Social Connections
Normal routines around the world have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and one of the most significant areas of impact is the change in how people connect. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Marcus Collins, lecturer at Michigan Ross, discusses the impact COVID-19 is having on our social communications—from how people are connecting, to how brands have reacted, to how Collins is now interacting with his students.
Pathways to Civic Engagement
In this episode of Michigan Minds, Danyelle Reynolds, Assistant Director for Student Learning and Leadership at the Ginsberg Center, discusses Pathways to Civic Engagement and Community Change, a framework that highlights six ways that members of the community can exercise power to create a just and inclusive society.
Grocery shopping and food waste during the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has required many people to change their grocery shopping behaviors, which in turn has disrupted demand in the supply chain, according to Shelie Miller, associate professor at the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability and director of the U-M Program in the Environment. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Miller discusses how the shock in demand increases panic buying and how that impacts food waste.
School Resources Lost During COVID-19
With schools closed for the remainder of the year due to the novel coronavirus, families are without many of the services and resources the schools normally provide. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Samantha Keppler, professor of technology and operations at Michigan Ross, discusses the other services schools provide beyond educating students.
Stress and Parenting During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Shawna Lee, U-M associate professor of social work, is the lead author of a study that looked at stress and parenting during the coronavirus pandemic. Lee launched the online survey, with colleague Kaitlin Ward, on March 24, shortly after the White House implemented social distancing guidelines. Respondents to the survey self-reported on their parenting behaviors, economic situation, and overall well-being. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Lee shares the details of the study and explains some of the findings and how they are interpreted.
Covid-19 and Social Infrastructure
Along with residents of other states, Michiganders have been advised by state leadership to stay at home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. This means that people are not able to visit many of the places they typically frequent. Those social infrastructure sites where people gather, connect, and socialize are often called “third places”— locations outside the home and workplace that facilitate social interaction, community building, and social support. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Jessica Finlay, postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Social Research, explains how third places provide a social glue to society, and shares her thoughts on how the pandemic is impacting them.
Prisons and Social Distancing
In this episode of Michigan Minds, Nora Krinitsky, director for the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP), discusses how the coronavirus may be impacting prisoners—both physically and emotionally—and explains why prisons might face difficulties trying to follow public health guidelines like social distancing.
Impact of COVID19 on College Athletics, Professional Sports
From individual athletes to entire sports leagues, the sports industry has been among those significantly impacted by the COVID19 pandemic and the public health restrictions implemented to slow its spread. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Ron Wade, clinical assistant professor of Sport Management at the U-M School of Kinesiology, discusses the various ways athletics has been altered by the coronavirus.