Media report on Emera Astronomy Center’s role in COVID-19 research
News Center Maine reported that researchers from the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing are using the visualization computer cluster in Emera Astronomy Center’s Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium to model coronavirus proteins and predict their three-dimensional shapes as part of the Rosetta@home project from the University of Washington. Studying COVID-19 proteins has helped guide the design of novel vaccines and antiviral drugs for the virus. “One of the things the planetarium wanted to do was find a way to contribute during this very challenging time,” said Shawn Laatsch, director of the Emera Astronomy Center. The Bangor Daily News, WABI (Channel 5), Z107.3 and Inside Edition also reported on how researchers are using the visualization computer cluster at Emera Astronomy Center to study the virus.