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."
After sixteen years of running a transportation company, Michael Saunders '93 was ready for a change that would allow for greater community engagement and was eager to put to use the many lessons he had learned in the service industry. So, he decided to launch a coffee company. Then, a global pandemic hit. And so, he pivoted again, putting the needs of the community first, and has partnered with the GIlman to do a canned food drive and raise funds for meals for frontline workers and those experiencing food insecurity. Learn more on the Spinning Cups Coffee Facebook page.
Parker Knott '16 has organized a community drive-by parade to share our gratitude for the employees at Johns Hopkins Hospital on Thursday, May 7, at 3:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to show these brave and tireless men and women just how much we appreciate their efforts. Participants are encouraged to show their gratitude by being loud and visible, beeping our horns, sharing posters, waving, applauding, and playing music! No celebration is too big or too small; just showing up and being a part of the parade is a wonderful way to pay tribute. Vehicles will meet along Caroline Street beginning at Monument Street beginning at 2:45 p.m. Learn more and join the parade by following them on Instagram at @HospitalHeroes410.
Classmates R Adams Crowley and Jay Brooks, both 2010, have teamed up to launch Feed the Fight MD, which collects donations from generous donors to purchase tasty meals from local restaurants and provide them free-of-charge to healthcare heroes on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. Learn more and support their effort on their Facebook page.
Feed the Fight partners with Brandon Copeland '09 and his Beyond the Basics Inc. to aid their food delivery efforts, and Beyond the Basics is matching all Feed the Fight donations!
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Mark Iwry '68 has been recognized by the Harvard Kennedy School for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen the economic security of working families in the United States with its 2020 Alumni Public Service Award.
The 2020 Edition of Class Notes can be found in the Summer 2020 Bulletin.