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Provost Persis Drell announced this week that all on-campus summer residential programs are canceled, and Summer Session will be online only. The loss of summer revenue comes as the University braces for financial challenges, with contract workers and graduate students facing the fallout. Over 100 employees contracted through UG2 will be laid off by the end of April, and grad students worry that they won’t receive sufficient funding this summer.
On Friday, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Harry Elam announced that the Sophomore College and Arts Intensive residential programs would be canceled, too — a decision that doesn’t bode well for fall quarter. The cancellation of Sophomore College is because “the university does not feel that they can commit to bringing SoCo students physically to campus in the first three weeks of September,” according to an email from Stanford Introductory Studies Associate Director Dayo Mitchell.
Still, a group of Stanford medical and business students are taking matters into their own (gloved) hands: Their PPE drive at the Stanford Shopping Center last weekend netted more than 4,000 N95 respirators and 10,000 surgical masks for local hospitals and clinics.
Meanwhile, a Stanford-led research team may have found a way to safely disinfect N95 respirators, potentially enabling reuse of the single-use masks that are currently running dangerously low across the country. Using 30-minute exposures to 75 °C, the researchers were able to disinfect respirator fabric contaminated with E. coli up to 20 times without a loss of filtration efficiency and mechanical deformation. However, the team is careful to note that its work is still in progress, and it isn’t recommending its findings to hospitals just yet.
A Stanford professor and a local restaurateur have joined forces to create Meals with Gratitude, an organization providing free meals to Stanford Hospital staff working amid the coronavirus outbreak. Two weeks after its founding, Meals of Gratitude has raised more than $60,000 and is now serving 1,000 meals a week to Stanford Health Care workers.
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