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Dear students, faculty, and staff,
Good Monday morning.
I hope you all had a good weekend and are ready for the first full week of classes in the Fall 2020 Quarter. Remember to be patient with one another as we work through all the changes we’ve had to make. By Thanksgiving, we’ll surely be an even closer Tech Family.
The COVID-19 pandemic has required innovative work from our faculty and staff to deliver quality academic programs and co-curricular activities that will enrich those programs while adhering to our health and safety guidelines.
For seven years, many have enjoyed the University’s New Frontiers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series. Its co-founders, Dr. Mary Caldorera-Moore and Dr. Jamie Newman, have worked to bring in nationally known researchers and speakers to address the latest topics in medicine, science, and research. The series was designed to bring experts to Louisiana Tech who will help build research programs, expand collaborative networks, introduce students to opportunities in various areas of biomedical research and share knowledge with the community.
This year, there has been a single scientific topic that has impacted everyone in the world – COVID-19. Gathering limits in the wake of the pandemic have forced Dr. Newman and Dr. Caldorera-Moore to reframe New Frontiers. The seminar series will now be online and will focus on the impact and outcomes of COVID-19.
Where in the past we have been limited by proximity and the ability for people to make it to campus, both as invited speakers and members of the audience, this year we are able to expand our guest list. We can also invite colleagues at other universities to join in viewing these events, to submit questions for our guests, or to share the recorded event with their classes at a later date.
The first seminar of the year will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21. It will focus on The Biology and Pathology of SARS-CoV2 and COVID-19. Dr. Barbara Osborne, Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at UMass Amherst will share research on the immune system and its response to SARS-CoV2 and Dr. Gordon Love (Louisiana Tech, ‘73), Professor of Pathology at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans will share his findings related to COVID-19 pathology and the tissue damage sustained by those suffering from the disease.
No matter your area of academic interest, I encourage you to register free for the seminar to learn more about cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research and discovery.
Remember to participate in free COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Argent Pavilion. You can register online at https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/Ruston_LA_1462.html