Washingtonian: This Couple Traded a House in the Suburbs for a DC Apartment *Because* of the Pandemic

Washingtonian: This Couple Traded a House in the Suburbs for a DC Apartment *Because* of the Pandemic. “By now, you’ve read something like a zillion stories about people fleeing cities in search of more space because of Covid-19. But Gina Hardin and Chris Hartranft did the exact opposite.”

Arizona State University: New ASU research examines how varying COVID-19 ‘shelter in place’ policies influenced travel

Arizona State University: New ASU research examines how varying COVID-19 ‘shelter in place’ policies influenced travel. “Three Arizona State University researchers in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning sought to find out how people moved through their lives differently due to the pandemic. The new research, led by Sarbeswar Praharaj, assistant research professor with the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience and the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, uses a visual and data-driven lens to see how COVID-19 government policies have impacted public mobility.”

Phys .org: The impact of human mobility on disease spread

Phys .org: The impact of human mobility on disease spread. “In a paper publishing on Tuesday in the SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics, Daozhou Gao of Shanghai Normal University investigated the way in which human dispersal affects disease control and total extent of an infection’s spread. Few previous studies have explored the impact of human movement on infection size or disease prevalence—defined as the proportion of individuals in a population that are infected with a specific pathogen—in different regions. This area of research is especially pertinent during severe disease outbreaks, when governing leaders may dramatically reduce human mobility by closing borders and restricting travel. During these times, it is essential to understand how limiting people’s movements affects the spread of disease.”

COVID-19 impact: Geographer tracks movement with Twitter data (University of South Carolina)

University of South Carolina: COVID-19 impact: Geographer tracks movement with Twitter data. “During historic flooding five years ago across the Palmetto State, faculty members at the University of South Carolina demonstrated how real-time social media data could aid in tracking the extent of a natural disaster. Geography assistant professor Zhenlong Li led that research and has deployed similar methods during the current COVID-19 pandemic, gathering Twitter data to visually map human travel across the country and around the world.”

EurekAlert: Neuroscientists to build video dataset that catches people looking (at everything)

EurekAlert: Neuroscientists to build video dataset that catches people looking (at everything). “To better understand the organization of the brain and the perceptual tendencies in humans, a team of four scientists are recording video from four head-mounted cameras – with eyetracking and head movement – and assembling a massive video database with more than 240 hours of first-person video that can be used by researchers everywhere.”