As the world responds to the rapidly changing impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak, the MBL has been carefully considering the measures we need to take to prevent the spread of the virus in our community and protect the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students.
As you know, the MBL is taking steps to limit travel and enact social distancing such as suspending public events and non-essential business travel. We are striving to protect all MBL staff by modifying our on-campus operations. Given our responsibility to protect the entire MBL community, we have also decided to cancel the upcoming Analytical and Quantitative Light Microscopy (AQLM) and Frontiers in Reproduction (FIR) courses. We will continually assess the Coronavirus situation in the coming weeks to inform our decisions on future events, courses, and programming.
I recognize the disruption that this pandemic is causing to you and your families, as well as the anxiety and concern that goes along with a crisis of this magnitude. The important work that we do every day to advance science becomes more important at a time like this. The MBL is fortunate to have a talented staff who shares a commitment to our mission. This institution has a long history of evolving through change, and together we will get through this difficult time as well.
We will continue to keep you informed about operational changes on a regular basis as the outbreak evolves. In the meantime, I encourage you to use the MBL’s coronavirus website and intranet pages for updates, resources, and information.
Nipam H. Patel