2022 community projects grapple with COVID-19 impacts
With support from the Office of Community Engagement, Stanford faculty are joining forces with community organizations to help remedy pandemic-related challenges.
A university panel has selected several projects for seed funding to encourage collaborations created by faculty and community organizations. These projects, which fall in the areas of health and education, continue to concentrate on reducing the impacts of COVID-19 affecting communities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
Data-Driven Tools to Modernize COVID Outbreak Detection
Faculty: Daniel E. Ho, School of Law and School of Humanities and Sciences, with Jenny Suckale, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
Community Collaborator: Santa Clara County Department of Public Health
The Santa Clara County Department of Public Health and Stanford’s RegLab and Future Bay Initiative developed a partnership in 2020 around COVID-19 response. The collaboration helped to pilot, test and scale interventions to slow the spread of COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara County and brought modern machine learning and data science to frontline COVID-19 response, with a particular view toward the impact on vulnerable populations. Now RegLab and the county’s public health department will assess contact tracing efforts for COVID-19 and data-driven tools for outbreak detection based on genomic sequencing data. OCE funding will support this assessment.
Digital Assessment System to Explore New Approaches of Literacy Development
The Brain Development & Education Lab at Stanford University has developed a new, automated reading assessment tool that runs in a web browser and allows children to quickly complete a reading assessment in the classroom or from home on a personal computer. The goal of this proposal is to craft this tool to meet the assessment challenges of partner schools in both counties. The lab will build out a full-featured dashboard of assessments that can be quickly administered and provide interactive reports to teachers and school administrators. OCE funding will support a graduate research assistant and web development to build and refine the dashboard through a tightly connected research-and-design cycle to support the schools’ students, teachers and administrators.
Contact: Amy Burkhardt
Micro-Internships with nano@stanford
nano@stanford is partnering with Foothill College’s Science and Learning Institute to introduce Foothill STEM faculty and students to the field of nanotechnology and its ubiquity in STEM research. This project creates an opportunity to engage an untapped population of students with the STEM research community, allowing students to explore research careers while addressing the well-documented need for diverse local technical talent. Foothill STEM instructors and students will experience the innovation environment of state-of-the-art, open-access facilities, like the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility and Stanford Nano Shared Facilities, where university researchers, start-up companies and industrial users have access to staff expertise and precision instrumentation. OCE funds will support micro-research internships for up to 30 students. Outcomes from this program will serve as a model for nano@stanford’s workforce development programs across the Bay Area.
Contact: Daniella Marie Duran
Social Science Research Assistant Internship Program for Community College Students
The Stanford Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS) and Stanford Media and Personality (MAP) Lab are partnering with Foothill College and Mission College to support positive academic outcomes among community college students who are underrepresented in higher education. The project aims to obtain a better understanding of the particular challenges facing community college students from vulnerable populations in the Bay Area who have been especially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. OCE funds will remove barriers to participation by supporting up to 20 community college research assistants who will be interns and/or staff within the program in 2022. As a core part of the project, the students will play an important role in a participatory research study focused on understanding how everyday digital media can be harnessed to reach their goals.
Contact: Carolyn Ybarra