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April 2020
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This edition of Emory Update showcases the remarkable resilience of the Emory community, from health care providers and researchers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic to faculty and students embracing the challenge of remote learning and staff who make it possible for all to continue their work.

The end of the academic year is always a time of transition, and this year feels even more poignant, as Emory prepares to celebrate our Class of 2020 without our on-campus traditions. Although we will not be together in person on May 11 when I confer their degrees, I applaud their accomplishments and am inspired by their potential to shape a better future for us all.

The coming months will also mark a transition for the university and me personally, as I embark on the next phase of my own professional journey of contributions to the common good, including my continued involvement with Emory. Gregory L. Fenves will begin his term as Emory's next president in August. I look forward to working with him as he prepares to lead our university.  
 
In community,

Claire E. Sterk
Emory University President
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CARING AND HEALING
 
Emory experts are front and center in the fight against COVID-19 — caring for patients, researching possible treatments and vaccines, and sharing knowledge to help inform and prepare the public.

Emory develops diagnostic blood test to determine antibody-responses to COVID-19
Emory University has developed a sensitive and specific diagnostic antibody blood test that will help determine antibody responses in people who have been infected by COVID-19.

 

Emory named site in NIH-sponsored coronavirus vaccine study
Emory’s Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit is participating in a clinical trial testing a vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19, the first such vaccine to be tested in the United States.

 

FDA: Human trials can begin for Emory COVID-19 antiviral
An oral antiviral discovered and developed at Emory can begin human trials. EIDD-2801 has shown promise for treating COVID-19.
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Emory Healthcare opens COVID-19 drive-through testing site, patients seen by appointment only
Emory Healthcare opens COVID-19 drive-through testing site, patients seen by appointment only

Emory doctors tapped to shape federal COVID-19 treatment guidelines
Emory doctors tapped to shape federal COVID-19 treatment guidelines

COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial enrolling older adults
COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial enrolling older adults

Emory Healthcare expands critical care services for COVID-19 patients to meet increasing demand
Emory Healthcare expands critical care services for COVID-19 patients to meet increasing demand
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COVID-19 in class
 
Across Emory, exceptional teaching and learning is occurring in remote formats, with many professors integrating the pandemic into their courses.

 

Lessons from the pandemic
Courses across Emory have pivoted to examine COVID-19 as a real-time learning experience. Whether discussing crisis management, studying effects on air pollution, hearing from health care providers or collecting supplies to support them, students are learning extraordinary lessons in an extraordinary time.

 

Mathematicians unite faculty, students and countries to fight COVID-19
Professor Alessandro Veneziani and colleagues launched a student contest to create mathematical models that might yield useful data for controlling the pandemic. More than 90 students took on the challenge.

 

Studying bat ecology in the age of disease outbreaks
Emory disease ecologist Amanda Vicente leads a team of students exploring how human pressures on the natural world boost the risk of a pathogen jumping from wildlife to people.
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MORE NEWS
 
Even in a global pandemic, Emory’s educational mission and momentum continue unabated.

Gregory L. Fenves to serve as Emory's 21st president
Gregory L. Fenves, president of The University of Texas at Austin, has been elected as the 21st president of Emory University by a unanimous vote of Emory’s Board of Trustees. Fenves will assume office on Aug. 1.

 

Emory’s WaterHub marks sustainability milestones
As Emory celebrated Earth Day last week, the university's WaterHub marked five years of milestones with more than 300 million gallons of campus wastewater reclaimed and recycled. The WaterHub continues to be a global model for water recycling.

 

40 years of community: Woodruff Scholars and Fellows pay it forward
Building on the 40th-anniversary celebration, Emory is bringing Woodruff Scholars and Fellows together, strengthening their relationships with the larger Emory community and the world.
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 Emory prepares to celebrate the extraordinary Class of 2020
Emory prepares to celebrate the extraordinary Class of 2020

Emory student named 2020 Truman Scholar for promoting economic justice
Emory student named 2020 Truman Scholar for promoting economic justice

 Four Emory College juniors win elite Goldwater Scholarship for math, science research
Four Emory College juniors win elite Goldwater Scholarship for math, science research
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EMORY IN THE NEWS
 
Clinical trials underway for potential coronavirus treatment

 

Clinical trials underway for potential coronavirus treatment
April 13 |  Aneesh Mehta |  NBC Nightly News

Experience with Ebola helps Atlanta hospital handle coronavirus

 

Experience with Ebola helps Atlanta hospital handle coronavirus
April 13 |  Jonathan S. Lewin |  Today Show

Across the South, 'walking a tightrope' while awaiting the worst

 

Across the South, 'walking a tightrope' while awaiting the worst
April 9 |  David Howard and Benjamin Lopman |  New York Times

'Please don’t cry, Dr. Kraft’: How one doctor is handling the coronavirus pandemic

 

'Please don’t cry, Dr. Kraft’: How one doctor is handling the coronavirus pandemic
April 8 |  Colleen Kraft |  Los Angeles Times

What we're learning from online coronavirus screening project

 

What we're learning from online coronavirus screening project
April 4 |  Alex Isakov and David Wright |  ABC News
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