J-PAL North America launches research initiative to focus on Covid-19 recovery

The Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Initiative aims to catalyze evidence-based policy solutions to the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Caroline Garau | J-PAL North America • mit
Sept. 21, 2020 ~4 min

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Animals are picky eaters too – we're trying to discover if parents teach them what's safe to eat

New research shows how tamarin monkeys transfer new types of food to their young.

Camille Troisi, Postdoctoral Researcher in Behavioural Ecology, University College Cork • conversation
Aug. 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: animal-behaviour teaching animal-biology animal-psychology

Kids are bigger coronavirus spreaders than many doctors realized – here’s how schools can lower the risk

Checking for symptoms is just the beginning. Here are 10 ways schools can help keep children, families and faculty safe.

Lucine Francis, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing • conversation
Aug. 18, 2020 ~8 min

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Mixed early progress highlights need for sustained support for pupils with English as an additional language

Newly-arrived pupils who speak English as an additional language (EAL) often make ‘mixed’ linguistic and academic progress during their first years in British

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: education teaching bilingualism

MIT announces plans for fall 2020 semester

Extensive safety protocols will undergird the return of additional students and staff to campus.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
July 7, 2020 ~19 min

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Building a framework for remote making

A decision-making framework and wiki for students developed by MIT Project Manus and MIT Environment, Health and Safety enables safe making from home.

Mary Beth Gallagher | Department of Mechanical Engineering • mit
June 17, 2020 ~9 min

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SEAS students develop customized videoconferencing platform

With the move to online classes, a group of Harvard students quickly formed a team and collaborated over spring break to develop Congregate, a web platform that enables users to host events or gatherings that are broken into many dynamically generated conversation rooms.

Adam Zewe • harvard
April 10, 2020 ~6 min

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Online demos can be as effective as classroom teaching

In a new paper, Harvard researchers show for the first time that research-based online STEM demonstrations not only can teach students more, but can be just as effective as classroom teaching.

Anna Fiorentino • harvard
Feb. 28, 2020 ~6 min

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