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NIH grant for combating COVID-19 in South Carolina

UofSC Big Data Health Science Center (BDHSC) – one of the recent UofSC Excellence Initiatives – have been awarded a $1,252,550 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop a state-wide data-driven system to fight COVID-19 in South Carolina. The multidisciplinary investigation team for this project are led by Dr. Xiaoming Li and Bankole Olatosi and includes BDHSC faculty members from the Arnold School of Public Health, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering and Computing (Neset Hikmet and Jianjun Hu), and School of Medicine-Columbia. Dr. Hu will be responsible for helping the development of the mobile app, databases, and data analytics.

Tracking the Pandemic effect on Mental Health via Social Media Posts

At the AI Institute of the University of South Carolina, my colleagues and I have processed more than 700 million social media posts since the beginning of March and more than 700,000 news articles about the COVID-19 pandemic. We are monitoring these information sources to capture the evolving human experience in the U.S. during the pandemic. We have found troubling indications of a growing mental health crisis and an increase in social ills such as substance abuse and gender-based violence.

From "We’re measuring online conversation to track the social and mental health issues surfacing during the coronavirus pandemic" by Dr. Sheth.

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