Remote Learning | Animal Disease Transfer | Machine Learning . Radio

Remote Learning | Animal Disease Transfer | Machine Learning . Radio

Rhiannon Chamberlain (left) helps her son Henry, 8, work on math problems at their home in Portland, Ore., Friday, March 27, 2020. Statewide school closures have left many parents in charge of their children's education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rhiannon Chamberlain (left) helps her son Henry, 8, work on math problems at their home in Portland, Ore., Friday, March 27, 2020. Statewide school closures have left many parents in charge of their children’s education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • With Oregon schools closed at least until April 28, schools are trying to figure out how to comply with the “Distance Learning For All” strategy just released by the Oregon Department of Education. Districts had been charged with providing supplemental educational material. Now, they are faced with a more complicated task, where equity and access is an even greater challenge. We are joined by Jennifer Patterson with the Oregon Department of Education, Bandon School Superintendent Doug Ardiana, and John Peplinski with the Beaverton School District.
  • Experts believe COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease that originated in animals before it was transmitted to humans. Bats are believed to have been the source of COVID-19, as well as some other deadly zoonotic disease outbreaks like MERS-CoV and SARS. We hear from Oregon State University professor and veterinarian Christiane Löhr about how infectious diseases can jump from animals to humans.
  • Artificial intelligence can be kind of dumb when it comes to common sense things we usually take for granted as humans. That’s according to Alan Fern, the associate head of research at the Oregon State University School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is working on a project to help machines learn the same way human babies do, in the hopes of making them more intuitive about the world around them.

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