A Message for Our Community
Dear Colleagues,

As we near the end of another month and look back over the exhausting and seemingly endless course of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to quantify the many changes and challenges to our lives at work and at home. This past week will be remembered for being particularly difficult at work as we announced a workforce reduction at our Medical Center. While unrelated to the financial pressures created by the pandemic, these personnel actions were necessary now to demonstrate responsible stewardship of our financial resources as a foundation for our goals and work ahead.

As I said in my community letter last week, I remain grateful for the dedication of our staff who have served GUMC for many years. Thank you all.

Looking ahead, we will continue to work together as a community as we deepen our commitment to the financial health of the medical center and further explore our aspirations through the Health Sciences Strategy Initiative to achieve our long-term strategic goals.

Finally, for those in our community celebrating Rosh Hashanah, I wish you a good year – L’Shanah Tovah!

Edward B. Healton, MD, MPH
Executive Vice President for Health Sciences
Executive Dean, Georgetown University School of Medicine
GUMC Stories
Georgetown Lombardi offers the opportunity to participate in clinical trials with the most advanced therapies being studied before they’re approved to patients like Julie Shanholtz, who was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer in 2017.
In recognition of National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2020 starting tomorrow, we celebrate the postdoctoral students at Georgetown University Medical Center. Meet four here.
Each year for nearly a decade, the Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics has convened the Health Informatics & Data Science Symposium, bringing together thought leaders in the fields of precision and molecular medicine, health data analytics and bioinformatics. This year’s event takes place Oct. 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is free on Zoom. Read more here and register here.
Claire Standley, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology in the Center for Global Health Science and Security, teamed up with two friends to write a children’s book explaining COVID-19 to preschool children titled “Coronawho?” It includes a scavenger hunt for children, a discussion guide and resources for adults. It is freely available online.
Research Town Hall
Georgetown Research Town Hall
Thursday, Sept. 24th – 11 a.m. to noon
Brief remarks followed by live chat question/answer session.
Watch your email for Zoom information.
GUMC and Main Campus researchers can submit questions to GUMCresearch@georgetown.edu.
Staff/AAP Vote and Forum
Last Day to Cast Your Ballot for Staff/AAP Advisory Council: Monday, Sept. 21
University staff employees and academic and administrative professionals (AAP) have until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 21 to cast their ballots in the Staff/AAP Advisory Council elections. Check your email for a link to the ballot and click here to preview candidate statements. If you have any issues voting, please email staffaapcouncil@georgetown.edu.

Virtual Staff/AAP Community Forum: Thursday, Sept. 24 at 10:00 a.m.
The next virtual staff/AAP community forum will take place here on Thursday, September 24 at 10:00 a.m. Please RSVP and indicate any topics or issues you would like to discuss at the forum here.
News & Announcements
Jonklaas Honored by American Thyroid Association
The American Thyroid Association awarded Georgetown Professor of Medicine Jacqueline Jonklaas, MD, PhD, MPH, its Distinguished Service Award. The award honors a member who has made important and continuing contributions to the association. As a member of the American Thyroid Association since 1999, Jonklaas serves on the editorial board of the journal Thyroid and on the American Thyroid Association board of directors.
Mental Health and Wellness Resources for Faculty and Staff
Georgetown is committed to supporting faculty and staff through the pandemic. The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) remains open, free and available to help you by phone. Virtual appointments can be scheduled by emailing fsap@georgetown.edu. The GUCares Employee Emergency Fund also provides support for COVID-19 disaster relief and was recently expanded to support Fall 2020 dependent care assistance

The Office of Faculty & Staff Benefits Virtual Wellness page compiles information on wellness, telehealth, mental health support, mindfulness and meditation exercises and more. Finally, the Department of Human Resources COVID-19 Workplace Resources page outlines COVID-19 policies, programs and employment actions, as well as teleworking resources and opportunities for virtual learning.
Press Releases
In a new report commissioned by the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, Georgetown global health experts say the success of any effort to redress pandemic preparedness failures demonstrated by COVID-19 requires a re-centering of governance that would include greater accountability, transparency, equity, participation and the rule of law.
GUMC in the News
Calendar of Events
Tuesday, September 22
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Kylene Kehn-Hall, PhD, professor in the Department of Biomedical Science and Pathobiology, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, presents “Virus Host-Pathogen Interaction Dynamics: Implications for Therapeutic Development.” Sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology. Join via Zoom.
Tuesday, September 22
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Join Georgetown faculty experts for a discussion examining the dynamic relationship between the microbiota and disease expression, particularly in relation to gut health and the novel coronavirus. Co-hosted by Georgetown Health magazine and the Georgetown University Alumni Association. Register.
Tuesday, September 22
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Learn how to upload your CV, add your personal website information, upload a syllabus, publications and more. Register.
Thursday, September 24
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Grace C. Huang, associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School and hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, discusses “Disseminating your Teaching as Education Scholarship”
Thursday, September 24
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

This seminar series addresses the concept of “decolonialization” of academic curricula and research partnerships. Eli Nelson, PhD, assistant professor of American Studies at Williams College, presents “Indigenous Knowledge in Public Health.” Co-sponsored by Science, Technology and International Affairs Program and the Center for Global Health Science and Security. Watch the sessions streamed live via YouTube.
Thursday, September 24
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Featuring Charles Brenner, PhD, Alfred E. Mann Chair in the Department of Diabetes & Cancer Metabolism at City of Hope National Medical Center. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Research. Join online.
Thursday, September 24
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Presented by Michelle A. Roett, MD, MPH. Access code and password provided after registration. Hosted by the Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety.
Monday, September 28
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 4 - 6 p.m.

These online drop-in office hours are designed to provide assistance with and answers to questions about the September 27 changes to Zoom meeting settings. Learn best practices around how to enable and share meeting links with passcodes, and/or how to use waiting rooms to manage participants. Zoom Meeting Link.
Wednesday, September 30
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Sponsored by the GUMC Bias Reduction Improvement Coaching Program. Part of the Teaching for Inclusion and Equity (TIE) summer/fall 2020 series. RSVP.
Wednesday, September 30
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Learn about the new PubMed interface design and functionality. Register.
Wednesday, September 30
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

Join the Office of Technology Commercialization for “The Importance of Data in Patent Applications – From Filing Complete Provisional Applications to Addressing Rejections at the USPTO,” featuring Neil P. Shull, PhD. a senior associate at Medler, Ferro, Woodhouse & Mills. Register by 9/29.
Wednesday, September 30
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

Learn to make the most of Excel for cleaning and/or analyzing your data. Receive step-by-step practice with some of the most helpful formulas, tips, and tools to save you time working with large data sets in Excel. Register.
Thursday, October 1
Time TBD

This seminar series addresses the concept of “decolonialization” of academic curricula and research partnerships. Devaki Nambiar, PhD, of The George Institute for Global Health, India, presents “Health Equity and Reform.” Co-sponsored by Science, Technology and International Affairs Program and the Center for Global Health Science and Security. Watch the sessions streamed live via YouTube.
Thursday, October 1
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Featuring Rebecca Haeusler, PhD, assistant professor of pathology and cell biology at
Columbia University. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Research. Join online.
Friday, October 2
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Via Zoom

This year’s symposium, held virtually, features a live keynote talk by Robert M. Califf, MD, MACC, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration; guest speakers; and this year’s PrecisionFDA Biomarker Discovery challenge winners. Presented by Georgetown’s Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics. Register.
Support for Virtual Instruction
See the Instructional Continuity @GU website for information about office hours, web resources, training webinars and other forms of assistance.
Monday - Friday,
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.;
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

CETS is offering individual Zoom assistance. Meet with a member of the CETS staff via Zoom (meeting ID: 995-332-8350).
CNDLS Instructional Continuity Virtual Office Hours
Monday - Thursday,
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.;
Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

CNDLS holds instructional continuity office hours virtually in this Zoom room. Please stop by if you need help or dial 646-558-8656
(meeting ID: 386 980 1070).
After hours, email cndls@georgetown.edu.
Tuesday, September 22
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Learn how to leverage the functionality of Zoom for teaching remotely. Participants will learn the skills for scheduling online class meetings, managing participants, sharing screens, creating polls and making Zoom meetings secure.
Wednesday, September 23
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Participants in this workshop will learn to use Panopto recorder to record lectures with videos, animations and cursor or pointer movement, use notes in PowerPoint while recording, edit recordings, add quizzes to lectures and add lectures to Canvas.
Thursday, September 24
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Learn how to record live lectures for future use, use polling, breakout rooms and the Zoom web portal.
Thursdays, September 24
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Online office hours with UIS EdTech provide faculty and staff with assistance and answers to Canvas questions and assistance with all Canvas needs. Register.
Friday, September 25
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Online office hours with UIS EdTech provide faculty and staff with assistance and answers to questions about instructional continuity tools: Panopto, Zoom, Voicethread and Canvas. Register.
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