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SHIELD Program a Model for Effective Pandemic Management, Data Show

Illinois News Bureau: June 9, 2022

Learn about how the Safer Illinois app supported the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s efforts to keep the campus community safe during the pandemic. This article summarizes the findings of a recent journal article published in Nature Communications that provides a thorough report of the University’s SHIELD: Target, Test, Tell program.

Students in Translation Studies Program Translate Safer Illinois to Portuguese and Other Languages

Students at the University of Illinois in the Translation Studies Program are leveraging their unique skills to make open-source contributions to the Rokwire Community. Their professor Kara Warburton, in collaboration with the Rokwire team, has tasked her students with localizing text strings in the Safer Illinois app for other languages. The contribution project counts towards…

Rokwire Directors Receive U of I System Honor

University of Illinois President Tim Killeen on Monday honored 28 key leaders of the system’s COVID-19 response with the Presidential Medallion. The medallion is the highest honor that the system president can bestow. Award recipients from the Rokwire project William Sullivan, professor of Landscape Architecture and director of the Smart, Healthy, Communities Initiative. John M. Paul,…

Safer Illinois: Show Your Vaccination Status

Yes, You Can Upload Vaccines Now Campus life is back — do you have the latest version of Safer Illinois downloaded on your mobile device? Before you head back to campus, make sure you have everything you need to follow the latest health protocols.  Safer Illinois can display your vaccination status for building entry now, as…

Rokwire Leaders Recognized with Award for ‘Research Response to Community Crisis’

Rokwire leaders were honored, along with other members of the University of Illinois, with the Research Response to Community Crisis Award, given by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The award recognizes the innovative and immensely effective SHIELD COVID-19 testing program. The program developed one of the first COVID-19 PCR tests from saliva samples, and organized…

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