By mid-summer, the University of Rochester had reopened about 140 lab spaces, allowing bout 675 researchers to go back to work.
Before resuming, however, the lead researchers had to go through a rigorous review process to ensure all COVID-safety guidelines—such as use of PPE and social distancing—would be followed, says John Tarduno, the dean of research for arts, sciences and engineering
One of the biggest challenging was revamping training sessions between faculty researchers and students. When it comes to hands-on training, all involved wear masks, gloves, face shields and other protective equipment while other types of training are now done remotely.
Researchers are also more regularly working at night and on weekends to reduce the number of people in the labs at any one time.
“Everyone realizes that to continue our research enterprise, we have to keep up this diligence,” he says.
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