Ohio school district partners with private tech to contact trace

The Wickliffe City School District will use wearable tech that can track a person’s location within a building or campus, down to the very room that person is in

WICKLIFFE, Ohio — The Wickliffe City School District has installed a new contact tracing system using Bluetooth technology in order to track student, faculty and staff movements while on campus and enforce social distancing requirements, in an effort to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

The private company behind the wearable device that will be used within Wickliffe City schools is New Jersey-based Volan Technology, which calls itself the “leader in AI-based safety and contact tracing software.”

The program, called the Volan Positioning System (VPS), can deliver detailed reports and provide real-time 3D location positioning for thousands of people in a matter of seconds, according to the company.

Wickliffe City School District Superintendent Joseph Spiccia called VPS “a critical tool that

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Waymo opening new autonomous vehicle testing site in Ohio

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Waymo plans to open a new testing site in Ohio for its driverless autonomous vehicles that will focus on dense, urban areas, the company said Tuesday.

The new site being built at the Transportation Research Center near Columbus will allow the company to work on motion control testing, heavy-duty truck testing and testing in varying weather conditions, the company said.

Waymo’s main testing facility is near Merced, California. While it has conducted testing in several other states, this will be its first permanent location at a third-party test site.

It plans to open the new center in Ohio sometime in the middle of next year.

Waymo, a unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc., is seen by many as the leader in autonomous vehicle technology. In October, it expanded its ride hailing service in Phoenix to use more vehicles that have no back-up drivers behind the wheel.

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Ohio State back at full football practices

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The Ohio State football team is resuming full practices again in preparation for Saturday’s game at Michigan State.

Ohio State said in a one-sentence statement that the team would “resume organized team activities” on Tuesday afternoon.

The Buckeyes will do so while managing COVID-19 issues, and will be without coach Ryan Day, who tested positive last week. Defensive line coach Larry Johnson is assuming head coaching duties for the week and for Saturday’s game in East Lansing.

Ohio State chose to cancel its game at Illinois last week because of an unacceptable number of COVID cases among players and staff in the program.

No. 3 Ohio State (4-0, CFP No. 4) needs to play this week and next week against Michigan to have enough games in to be eligible for the Big Ten title.


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University of Dayton sociologist awarded Science & Technology Policy fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science : University of Dayton, Ohio

By Dave Larsen

A University of Dayton sociologist is working to reduce gender-based violence around the world through a competitive fellowship program that places scientists in U.S. federal government policy positions.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science awarded Jamie L. Small, assistant professor in the UD Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, a 2020-21 Science & Technology Policy fellowship (STPF). She is one of 284 highly trained scientists and engineers who will spend a year serving professionally in federal agencies and congressional offices, where they learn first-hand about federal policymaking and implementation.

“Particularly in this age of COVID-19, we are proud and grateful to usher in the 48th class of Science & Technology Policy fellows,” said Jennifer Pearl, STPF director. “The present state of the world demands a strong link between science and policy.”

In September, Small started her position at the U.S. Agency for International Development

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Propel Dayton: UD’s new program for entrepreneurs designed to move start-ups forward : University of Dayton, Ohio

With a generous gift from an anonymous donor, the University of Dayton Office of Technology and Entrepreneurial Partnerships has launched Propel Dayton, a program designed to support prospective entrepreneurs in starting a new business around a technology developed at UD.

Propel Dayton was created in response to UD President Eric F. Spina’s inaugural speech calling for the creation of “innovative policies, practices and incentives” to advance entrepreneurship within the University. While the program was created primarily to support UD faculty and staff in commercializing their technologies, Propel Dayton also will work with promising entrepreneurs in the Dayton region interested in bringing technologies developed by the University to market.

“Innovative tech start-ups are important to economic development,” said Mathew Willenbrink, director of technology and entrepreneurial partnerships at UD. “Much of Dayton’s economy was based on entrepreneurship historically, and our goal is to provide opportunities and resources for local entrepreneurs to build

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