When Nick Polydefkis '18, a junior water polo player at George Washington University, made the difficult decision not to go back to GW this year, his parents encouraged him to be "part of the solution." So, rather than simply continue his studies - which already included research on viruses in the Department of Emergency Medicine - virtually, Nick didn't just get one job. He got three! Nick currently works as a full-time EMT and a transport safety officer at Johns Hopkins, and volunteers his weekend time as an EMT for the Baltimore County Fire Department and at George Washington University EMS. While his work has brought him face-to-face with the harsh reality of this pandemic, Nick has also been witness to a number of inspiring moments including childbirths and life-saving CPR resuscitations. Read the full story here.
Garrett Weinstein '14 has developed CareFull, the only peer-to-peer app connecting diners to COVID-safe establishments.
Gerry Brewster '75 currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society, a nonprofit whose mission is to educate Maryland’s youth and to promote and showcase Maryland’s agriculture industry. Since the pandemic's onset, however, the organization has shifted gears to help those with the greatest and most immediate needs. Read more.
POLITICO Health Reporter Dan Diamond '98 sat down with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, to talk about the coronavirus outbreak for a new episode of the podcast Pulse Check. In this wide-ranging conversation, they discussed how Dr. Fauci views the outbreak, what he thinks average Americans must do to fight the virus, and how Dr. Fauci is trying to protect his own mental health during the pandemic. Listen to the interview.
This was going to be a big summer for Eno Umoh '04 and Austin Brown '05, founders of Global Air Media, whose Drone Academy uses drones to get kids interested in science, technology, engineering, art, and math careers. But, the pandemic forced them to rethink their summer camp. The result, Drone Camp in a Box, flips the paradigm, so rather than the kids coming to camp, they take the camp to the kids. Their goal is to provide 500 kids with a box, free of charge. To do this, they need to raise $62,500. Click here to read more and see a video of the story.
Dr. Andy Sabatier DPT '01 is the lead physical therapist in a mixed ICU in Central Oregon. While far from the patient surge levels of places like New York, he and his team are all adjusting to life in the new reality and are proud to report that, "thanks in part to the innovative involvement of rehab services, we currently maintain a 100% survival rate for all COVID patients, even the sickest ones who are on ventilators for weeks." While most folks think of doctors and nurses in an ICU, the work of critical care PT can be the difference between life and death, or survival and returning to a full life. He is pictured wearing a CAPR system that allows patients to see the faces of their clinicians, thereby fostering more effective communication, which he describes as "truly a difference-maker."
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The Washington Post has announced that Dan Diamond '98 will join its Health and Science desk as a reporter focused on federal health agencies and leaders.
The 2020 Edition of Class Notes can be found in the Summer 2020 Bulletin.