Arizona State University: Create your own planetary adventure with ASU’s new 3D terrain app

Arizona State University: Create your own planetary adventure with ASU’s new 3D terrain app. “… the Mars Space Flight Facility teamed up recently with Assistant Professor Robert LiKamWa and graduate student Lauren Gold of the Meteor Studio in ASU’s School of Arts Media and Engineering to launch a new smartphone app called JMARS AR Viewer. In developing the app, they were assisted by ASU undergraduates Hannah Bartolomea and Shaun Xiong, and Hamilton High School student Alexander Gonzalez. Downloadable for free from the Apple and Android stores, the JMARS AR Viewer allows users to virtually project planetary terrains from Mars, Mercury, Earth and the moon onto their physical environment.”

Arizona State University: ASU researchers launch blog series exploring equitable research practices

Arizona State University: ASU researchers launch blog series exploring equitable research practices. “As public attention has turned to systemic inequities in institutional cultures like those in police forces, medical care, school systems and food production, some researchers at Arizona State University are turning their attention to academic culture to explore how researchers might embody more equitable research practices. This week, ASU postdoctoral scholar Schuyler Marquez launched a new series, ‘Embodying Reciprocity: Relationality and Redistribution in Anthropology,’ on the collaborative blog Footnotes, along with ASU doctoral candidate Taylor Genovese and University of Chicago doctoral candidate Sonia Grant.”

Arizona State University: Low-cost sterilization units combat N95 shortage, help businesses

Arizona State University: Low-cost sterilization units combat N95 shortage, help businesses. “Students in the Arizona State University Luminosity Lab have created two versions of a low-cost, small-scale sterilization unit that is effective on general personal protective equipment, including increasingly scarce N95 masks.”

Arizona State University: ‘To Be Welcoming’ curriculum offers tools to counteract bias

Arizona State University: ‘To Be Welcoming’ curriculum offers tools to counteract bias. “Two years ago, Starbucks asked Arizona State University to develop an online curriculum for all Starbucks employees that is intended to drive reflection and conversation on the topic of bias. Now Starbucks is making those courses available to the public at no cost. The curriculum, a set of 15 modules, is called ‘To Be Welcoming’ and was rolled out in September 2019. The interactive courses were created by ASU faculty experts to share research and information that can help people to think about how they view the world and to consider how other people experience it. “

Arizona State University: Data-driven disease modeling could improve regional response

Arizona State University: Data-driven disease modeling could improve regional response. “A multidisciplinary team of Arizona State University researchers with expertise in networked systems, time-series modeling, statistical modeling, machine learning and geospatial analysis received Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding from the National Science Foundation to develop a data-driven model for predicting the spread of COVID-19 over time across different locations. The model is intended to help communities proactively design intervention measures to combat diseases.”

Arizona State University: ASU develops state’s first saliva-based COVID-19 test

Arizona State University: ASU develops state’s first saliva-based COVID-19 test. “Diagnostic tests detect an active COVID-19 infection by measuring the amount of virus present in the body. Because it can take as long as eight to nine days for an individual to develop symptoms after infection, a diagnostic test is the only test that can accurately detect an early infection. But individuals with early infections can still spread the virus. The saliva diagnostic test starts with a collection kit that is as simple as spitting into a screw-top tube through a straw, making collections possible at drive-thru sites, doctors’ offices, the workplace, and even at home. This will not only make the supply chain of test kits easier to maintain, but could also help bring the cost of testing down.”

Arizona State University: Using Twitter to track epidemics

Arizona State University: Using Twitter to track epidemics. “Researchers at Arizona State University are harnessing the power of technology to track and predict trends in everything from disaster response to epidemic outbreaks in real time, using data collected from Twitter. Their website, where users can see visualizations of daily and weekly flu counts by city, state and region, recently went public.”

Arizona State University: ASU, Crash Course partner for series of educational YouTube videos

Arizona State University: ASU, Crash Course partner for series of educational YouTube videos. “Arizona State University will expand access to its academic content to a vast new audience through a new partnership with Crash Course, a YouTube channel of educational videos that has 10 million subscribers. EdPlus, the ASU unit that creates technology and partnerships to develop new ways of teaching and learning, is working with Crash Course to create a series of entry-level course videos, starting with English composition.”

Slate: How Not to Be an Influencer During a Coronavirus Outbreak

Slate: How Not to Be an Influencer During a Coronavirus Outbreak. “Arizona State University has been on edge since the Arizona Department of Health Services announced on Sunday that someone at the school had been diagnosed with the 2019 novel coronavirus…. But ASU also found itself containing something else this week: a foolhardy joke about the coronavirus scare by an undergraduate with a famous dad and a considerable social media presence. The result was a lesson, maybe, in the limits of Twitter hijinks amid an actual health panic—that, or an example of how to win followers and influence people during a coronavirus outbreak.”

Arizona State University: Social media text mining can predict a company’s ‘brand personality’

Arizona State University: Social media text mining can predict a company’s ‘brand personality’. “‘Brand personality scales’ have been around for many years, using consumers’ feedback to attribute human characteristics to companies. These scales, which find that Cracker Barrel is ‘wholesome’ and Sephora is ‘contemporary,’ have proven to be reliable marketing tools. Now, a team including an Arizona State University professor and IBM researchers have harnessed machine learning to accurately predict brand personality ratings by analyzing hundreds of thousands of social media posts.”

Arizona State University: New grants advance focus on truth in public life

Arizona State University: New grants advance focus on truth in public life. “Americans today are being assailed by the rise of ‘fake news’ and a growing combativeness around democratic principles, including freedom of the press and religion, that have long been considered settled. From basic facts to fundamental democratic values, a lot seems up for grabs. To understand and challenge these trends, faculty affiliated with Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict have received two grants for projects that will put ASU at the forefront of new conversations about truth in the public sphere — how we know it, recognize it and identify it.”

Arizona State University: Research project aims to build geospatial artificial intelligence for landform detection

Arizona State University: Research project aims to build geospatial artificial intelligence for landform detection. “Earth is enormous, and while humans have done a decent job of being able to map out the boundaries of countries and states, the roads in our cities and the location of geological sightseeing destinations, there remains a lot of the world that isn’t precisely figured out. But a new project from Wenwen Li, associate professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, aims to learn more about our world and its varying terrain by applying artificial intelligence.”

ScienceBlog: Clickbait Secrets Exposed! Humans And AI Team Up To Improve Clickbait Detection

ScienceBlog: Clickbait Secrets Exposed! Humans And AI Team Up To Improve Clickbait Detection. “Humans and machines worked together to help train an artificial intelligence — AI — model that outperformed other clickbait detectors, according to researchers at Penn State and Arizona State University. In addition, the new AI-based solution was also able to tell the difference between clickbait headlines that were generated by machines — or bots — and ones written by people, they said.”

Arizona State University: Scientists map food supply chains for every US city

Arizona State University: Scientists map food supply chains for every US city. “No matter where you are in the United States, the food on your plate probably started its life in Fresno, California. Vegetables follow a complex supply chain that moves bumper crops of delectable lettuce, tomatoes, fruits and nuts from where they’re grown to where they’re used. How do we know? New data from the FEWSION Project, led by Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University scientists, can now illustrate how every corner of America is connected.”

Arizona State University: Go ahead, try this at home

Arizona State University: Go ahead, try this at home. “From phone apps that measure light pollution to crowdsourced maps that track parasites, the process of collecting scientific data has never been so accessible or so scalable. ‘Scientists are looking for information, and people like to contribute. Citizen science is making that happen on a major scale,’ said ASU Librarian Dan Stanton, who specializes in citizen science and is coordinating Arizona State University’s participation in the fifth annual Citizen Science Day, a global event scheduled for Saturday, April 13.”