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University Preparing to Restart On-campus Research

By Maryland Today Staff

A plan to resume research activities on the Maryland campus remains in Phase 0, a planning and preparation phase to ready the campus for the resumption of laboratory work, Vice President for Research Laurie Locascio said in an email today to the UMD community.

The work to be done before research activities can be resumed in stages includes the preparation of buildings, the development of campus health screening and testing guidelines, the completion of a screening (symptom monitoring) tool, and the production of a contact tracing plan, she said. “We are working in concert with the University System of Maryland (USM) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore to address these needs and to complete the development of appropriate tools and methods,” said Locascio, who oversees research operations at both institutions.

To help plan for building reopening, she urged researchers to fill out a survey as soon as possible, and said Phase 1—which includes a limited research presence on campus—would begin as soon as all health and safety requirement can be met. For more information, click here.

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