Planning for a safe return of laboratory activities
May 16, 2020
This morning, President Schlissel announced that laboratory research will soon resume on a limited basis as part of the governor’s relaxing of the Stay Home Stay Safe order.
This morning, President Schlissel announced that laboratory research will soon resume on a limited basis as part of the governor’s relaxing of the Stay Home Stay Safe order. This is long-awaited news. The university has been preparing for this development for some time, and leadership has developed guidelines for how to safely re-engage in research activity while remaining in compliance with state and public health guidance.
As President Schlissel noted, the reopening of labs will begin with pilot groups in Ann Arbor, which will test university procedures and heavily monitor performance metrics of safety to ensure that the proper precautions are in place. Our interim Vice Provost for Research, Yi Lu Murphey, is working with colleagues in Ann Arbor to help our researchers get back to doing what they love—discovering knowledge—at the earliest possible time while maintaining the health and safety of our community. Dr. Murphey is now establishing Research Lab Management teams, based in CASL and in CECS, to spearhead this work.
To be sure, reopening will take time, and we thank you for your patience. We should also remain optimistic; this announcement is a signal that we can soon resume important activities that we have had to quickly place in abeyance. We will get through this pandemic while maintaining the quality and excellence that built the reputation of the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
As always, we will continue to keep you apprised of the situation, as developments arise.
Go Blue. Go Dearborn!
Susan E. Alcock