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August 14, 2020

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Protect Purdue

Faculty and Staff News

Purdue reports over 99% of students are COVID-free thus far

Purdue announced Wednesday (Aug. 12) that more than 99% of students who have been tested thus far before their arrival for the University’s Fall 2020 semester have tested negative for COVID-19. Of the 15,444 results received, 133 have tested positive for COVID-19, for a 0.86% positive rate. Close to 40,000 students are expected to be tested before the semester begins Aug. 24.

Protect Purdue

Update: Current return-to-campus testing and after-travel guidance for faculty and staff
Gearing up to Protect Purdue: Wellness kits part of the plan
Share your questions, suggestions or feedback with the Protect Purdue Implementation Team
Protect Purdue Plan

Things to Know

Changes to policies and procedures as result of new Title IX regulations
Incoming Purdue students will participate in on-campus and virtual orientation programs; move-in starts today
Foundation construction begins for Engineering and Polytechnic Gateway

Things to Do

Virtual training available for student employee recruitment
Butler Center town hall to focus on leadership challenges, opportunities during the pandemic

In the Spotlight

Dr. Esteban Ramirez

What to know about contact tracing at Purdue

When it comes to stopping the spread of COVID-19, those who are infected are critical sources of information. That’s where contact tracing comes into play: the process of identifying and, when necessary, contacting individuals who have been in high-risk close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Dr. Esteban Ramirez, chief medical officer for the Protect Purdue Health Center, says contact tracing will be a critical tool to curb the spread of COVID-19 as students return to campus this fall. Related video

Additional News

Lusk, Roy and Greene

Professors to receive Purdue’s most prestigious research awards

Three professors -- Jayson S. Lusk from the College of Agriculture, Kaushik Roy from the College of Engineering and Chris Greene from the College of Science -- have been chosen to receive Purdue's most prestigious research and scholarship awards. Each award recognizes recent accomplishments of high significance and impact.

girl at laptop

Online student behavior a focus for teachers, parents this fall

Teachers and parents caught off guard earlier this year by the explosion of online learning in the face of COVID-19 must be ready to work together to support students for the fall semester. So says Purdue University education leader Nancy Marchand-Martella, who has studied support systems for students and at-risk learners.


Researchers in various studies looking for participants


Purdue University Press announces books for 2020 fall/winter season
Photo gallery: A county fair in the time of COVID-19


Purdue Athletics announces 'More Than A Game' campaign
Purdue football ticket update from Director of Athletics Mike Bobinski

Bringing Our Best

Thumbs Up: Staff at Materials Management and Distribution

The staff at MMDC have done an outstanding job under very unusual circumstances over the past five months. Even with most of the campus closed, the team has been able to deliver daily in support of research and daily operations. They’ve also partnered with Procurement Services to pick up, pack, deliver and store critical COVID-19 protection supplies, and assisted Physical Facilities in managing and storing furniture as we de-densify buildings and classrooms. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed. A heartfelt thank you! -- Mark Schock (Materials Management Distribution)

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