Karen Bannan

Total 4 Posts

“People are looking at the same data but coming to different conclusions”: How Universities are Planning for September

I started reporting this story a month before it was due. My email to every university media relations department was the same: I am writing a story about how colleges and universities are using data to help bring students back to campus safely or to decide on alternate methods of education. I’d like to interview

Tech Volunteering: How Things Get Done During a Pandemic

When the COVID-19 health pandemic first began to spiral out of control, organizations that provide crucial social services such as food stamps and unemployment benefits were inundated. Their IT staffers were equally overwhelmed creating new applications and processes to help people access services online and process transactions faster,doing so in a secure manner.  Help for

No Student is an Island

A University of Chicago plan to bring students back doesn’t do enough to ensure safety, says one student. Where’s the data?  The incoming University of Chicago first year students will be on campus in the fall. They will live in single-occupancy dorm rooms, eat take-away meals from dining halls, and socially distance within the classroom