Episode 8: Stressed Out!
COVID-19 is straining frontline workers, laid-off laborers and everyday families. It has changed the way we get our food, sunlight, exercise and sleep. In this episode, the deans discuss how stress affects us, and what we can do about it. From telemedicine to getting a pet, answers are coming from unexpected places.
Episode 7: The Resilience Test
COVID-19 interrupted everything and applied stress to nearly every aspect of our lives as patients, parents, teachers, students, researchers, employers and employees. It has exposed and exacerbated underlying social and economic problems. In this episode, the deans discuss how the effects of COVID have rippled throughout the system — from sleep loss to homeschool challenges — and how UC Davis is showing its resilience.
Episode 6: A Research Hub that’s Aggie Square Shaped
It’s one thing to conduct groundbreaking research. It’s another to deploy solutions to real world problems — which, as a land grant university, UC Davis was created to do. In today’s episode the deans discuss Aggie Square, a planned research hub that will link Sacramento and Davis campuses and bring in businesses and community leaders as well. It’s intended to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration and continuing education. The result might not only usher in new COVID-fighting technologies but also help fuel our region’s growing innovation sector.
Episode 5: Innovation in the Time of COVID, Part 2
There’s so much exciting science going on right now, the deans decided to pick up where they left off last week to further discuss innovations at the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine. Smartphone apps could help make contact tracing more productive and less labor intensive. Scrutinizing air flow within built environments helps us understand how microorganisms make their way through the biome. Plus, we look at how genomic tools could shape our predictions of how this virus will evolve and how we’ll adapt to the next pandemic when it inevitably arrives.
Episode 4: Innovation in the Time of COVID
Responding to a crisis requires creative thinking at a breakneck pace. In this episode, the deans discuss how our multidisciplinary focus is leading to novel solutions—from promising drug trials to scanners that create incredibly nuanced pictures of a patient’s lung damage. UC Davis engineers, mathematicians and even cultural anthropologists are using large data sets and computer modeling to make critical predictions about the behavior of a virus going through a population. Find out how a diversity of minds is solving today’s unique problems.
Episode 3: Medical Education Amid Pandemic
At the UC Davis School of Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine, the coronavirus pandemic disrupted day-to-day learning and all the usual celebrations. But it also presented opportunities to reimagine both training and care practices. In this episode, the deans discuss how their respective schools adapted and applied lessons that may provide lasting improvement to not only healthcare worker effectiveness but also access and safety for patients and pet owners.
Episode 2: The Race for the Vaccine
It’s one of the biggest questions on the public’s mind: How soon will we have a readily available COVID-19 vaccine? In this episode, our deans discuss how public immunization began and how it’s done today. They examine the challenges in producing rapid research while also ensuring patient safety and product efficacy. Discover recent innovations in vaccine delivery systems, including an easy-to-administer skin patch with microneedles. All on today’s Dean’s Discuss: COVID-19.
Episode 1: Testing 1-2-3
In this episode, our deans discuss the race to ramp up testing capabilities to not only diagnose patients but also learn more about the virus and how it is spread through the population. They also consider all the sticky questions that go along with testing: What are the technical and logistical challenges? What’s the difference between a PCR test and an antibody test? How accurate are they? Who benefits from them? Should asymptomatic people get tested? Should pets get tested? Find out why some tests might be useless to individuals but incredibly valuable to vaccine researchers. All that and more in this episode of Deans Discuss: COVID-19.