From Kevin’s Desk: Continuing to Stay Safe (5/22/2020)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

As you saw in President Schlissel’s most recent communication, we are in the midst of careful planning for a future return to campus for students, staff and faculty. Per the Governor’s order, we are first beginning a phased resumption of in-person, laboratory research, while strictly adhering to the best public health practices. Our Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) colleagues have been working in collaboration with experts across our campus to support this planning and to ensure the safest environment possible for our essential staff who have remained on campus, as well as employees who will be returning to research labs. For the rest of us, work will continue to be performed remotely (or very differently) in the months ahead. We will keep you posted as future plans develop.

In addition to keeping our campus safe, our EHS colleagues also recently helped medical clinicians test two devices to support COVID-19 treatment –a helmet-style respirator that patients can wear and a clear plastic tent that encloses patient beds. Using testing methods developed by EHS, the clinical researchers were able to experiment with many different products and quickly figure out which methods work. You can read more about this cool project on our website. It’s a great example of the ways our B&F teams are going above and beyond to support our campus – so awesome!!

It’s hard to believe, but summer is almost here! I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. While this year won’t include the traditional get-togethers with friends and family that typically mark the occasion, it is still a wonderful opportunity to relax and enjoy the warmer weather. As always, I want to give a special thanks to all the veterans in our B&F community – we are all indebted to you for your service and for the freedoms we all hold dear. I also want to acknowledge and thank everyone on our campus and around the world who has been serving on the frontlines of this pandemic. I will be raising a glass in their honor this year, too.

Thanks to all of you for doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following all of the safety guidelines. As the President said, it is truly an act of compassion for one another.

With much appreciation and gratitude,

Kevin