Duke has been working around-the-clock during this unprecedented time to save lives in our hospitals and clinics thanks to the extraordinary preparation, skill, courage, and commitment of our health care workers. Our faculty, staff, and students work every day to discover treatments and cures in our laboratories, and contribute to shaping the policies that will restore our society. Duke is also reinventing education by remotely serving students in every state and around the world. Our faculty and staff support our student population through an unimaginably disruptive time with a focus on preparing them into becoming resilient leaders of tomorrow. Through a commitment to our employees and their families, Duke is anchoring our communities and ensuring that our essential missions of teaching, learning, research, patient care, and service to society survive, thrive, and excel through the challenges we are all facing. To help you find out more about what Duke and the Duke community is doing right now to address the COVID-19 crisis, as well as ongoing happenings to establish a sense of normalcy, we've compiled the resources below.
- President Price created two strategy teams to plan Duke’s post-crisis agenda.
- Duke faculty are sharing their trusted sources for information on COVID-19.
- Duke Faculty Advancement has various resources for faculty to help support them during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Faculty and students are being recognized with the awards and honors that mark the end of the academic year.
- The Duke Student Assistance Fund is taking applications and will soon announce rounds of grants.
- Duke officials have doubled the number of Summer Session course offerings and made them more affordable to accommodate students.
Happenings Within the Duke Community
- COVIDENTIFY is a Duke University study that asks for the help of the public to sign up using smartphones, tablets, or computers and answer questions sent by email on a daily basis for 30 days and then every week for two months. A team of doctors and scientists will use the collected data to determine if participants have a COVID-19 infection and try to predict its severity. For participants with smartwatches, the researchers will also use information collected from smartwatch data to see if any relationships exist.
- Healthy Duke has adopted virtual challenges to keep the Duke community engaged in fitness during the pandemic. They started with a family 5K on the weekend of April 18, and will continue with different themed events each weekend through early May. Sign up to receive their email updates and registration information for these virtual fitness events and more.
- The Duke Campus Farm is changing some of the purpose of their production this summer—they plan to move move away from a retail/subscription box model to one where they distribute produce at no cost to a wide range of community organizations.
- Duke Arts has created a new space where we can share and connect through art—read this post from John Brown about the human need for art and how you can share your voice.
- Student Affairs has put together a magical read-along of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
- All over the world, Duke alumni are tackling COVID-19 in many ways.
- The Duke Pratt School of Engineering has set up a response team to address the clinical equipment needs at Duke Health.
- A nurse in Duke’s MICU shaved his beard—and will shave every day for as long as it takes—so that his team’s specialized PPE go to those who need it most.
- Duke faculty and experts provide commentary and expert knowledge to the media and policymakers—see them in action under the coronavirus section of Duke | News to see them in action.
- The Duke University COVID-19 Digital Lab is doing a weekly survey to understand how North Carolinians are changing their behavior in response to this pandemic.
- The Dedicated Devils series profiles people from all over Duke who are doing their work in new ways.
- Mental Health experts at Duke reminded us that it’s OK not to feel OK.
- Scholars from the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy are releasing policy papers and research to help inform elected officials; they have also participated in briefings with our elected officials and have done round after round of interviews with local and national media.