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Next COVID‑19 town hall to focus on research, spring semester

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Washington State University’s next virtual COVID-19 town hall is taking place on Oct. 21.

The hour-long event begins at 11 a.m. and will focus primarily on six topics:

  • Plans for the Spring 2021 semester
  • ProctorU, a service the University is using to supervise testing in a virtual environment
  • COVID-19 research occurring in the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Research in the Paul G. Allen School of Global Animal Health on using bat biology to predict the next pandemic
  • Expansion of the database tracking the world’s coronaviruses
  • Efforts to test and contact trace WSU Pullman students and employees

The town hall will air live on Youtube. Past town halls can be viewed through the Experience WSU website.

The panelists for this town hall include President Kirk Schulz, Provost and Executive Vice President Elizabeth Chilton, WSU Global Campus Chancellor and Vice President of Academic Outreach and Innovation Dave Cillay, Vice Chancellor for Research at WSU Health Sciences Spokane Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, Dean of the WSU Graduate School Lisa Gloss, Michael Letko, an assistant professor of molecular virology with the Paul G. Allen School of Global Animal Health, Stephanie Seifert, an assistant research professor with the Allen School of Global Animal Health and Assistant Director of Environmental Services, Public Health and Sustainability Jason Sampson.

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