Information for Advanced Research Training Courses

September 9: Fall Education Update

Dear MBL Faculty & Staff,

Like so many academic institutions around the world, the MBL’s Education Office has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to the resumption of in-person programs and courses. As many of you are experiencing with your own family members, safely bringing students of any age together in an in-person setting requires detailed planning and the coordination of a multitude of factors.

Over the past few months, my team has been working closely with colleagues at the University of Chicago and staff from across the MBL to plan for the return of students to campus, focusing in particular on the Semester in Environmental Science (SES), which would have started last weekend, as well as the UChicago Autumn Quarter.

Due to a variety of constraints including complexities of access to reliable testing, we made the tough decision to cancel this year’s SES program. However, with more time to plan and in close coordination with the University of Chicago, we are preparing to welcome 16 UChicago undergraduates to Woods Hole this fall.

The students will arrive on September 24 at which time they will all receive COVID-19 testing. Individuals who test negative, or who are traveling to the MBL from a lower risk state as defined by The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, will be allowed to transition to a “Stay-at-Home” status meaning they can take their meals or spend time outside on the MBL campus. All others must quarantine in their Swope dorm rooms. Students will be tested weekly throughout their stay. Any student who tests positive while at the MBL will be transferred to a COVID-19 isolation area in Swope.

All Autumn Quarter courses will be held virtually from September 29 – October 2. In-person courses will begin on October 5 and will be conducted in compliance of all MBL mask and social distancing guidelines. Lab work will take place in Loeb. Students will depart on November 21, before the Thanksgiving holiday.

The following courses will be offered:

Microbiomes Across Environments
Faculty – David Mark Welch and Elena Peredo, MBL

Imaging for Biological Research
Faculty – Nipam Patel, Louie Kerr, and Carsten Wolff, MBL

Neurons and Glia: Advanced Cellular and Molecular Topics
Faculty – Bill Green and Rob Carrillo, University of Chicago

I am grateful to my team as well as colleagues in the Housing and Facilities departments and to the faculty for their assistance in planning. I am looking forward to getting back to what we do best—providing transformative educational experiences for students. Please feel free to reach out to Education at education@mbl.edu with any questions.

Best regards,

Linda E. Hyman
Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education

May 27: Update for Brains, Minds and Machines Students

Dear Brains, Minds and Machines Applicant,

It is with regret that I write to inform you that the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is cancelling the 2020 Brains, Minds and Machines  (BMM) course.  As I am sure you are aware, the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus global health emergency have triggered a series of events that require travel constraints and social distancing. Given these circumstances, the MBL has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the entire MBL community, and therefore, has chosen to cancel the course following guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Given complexities of coordinating a course such as this, including the concern that many participants might be unable to come to the MBL even if we did hold the course, it is clear that it would not be possible to recreate the full BMM  experience this fall.

If you are interested in taking the course in 2021 then your 2020 application will automatically be considered. We will contact you in November to inquire about your continued interest and availability and relay any additional relevant information. You may also wish to add and/or update your application at that time.  In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact education@mbl.edu. On a related note, the MBL will be hosting a virtual event in July where you will have an opportunity to meet the Course Directors and some faculty, and learn more about the MBL.  Additionally, the Course Directors are planning some virtual lectures and information will be forthcoming.

The decision and steps being taken to mitigate the spread of the virus are disruptive to all of us and I thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

I hope that most of you will be able to join us in Woods Hole next year.

Regards,

Nipam H. Patel
Director

May 27: Update for Brains, Minds and Machines Faculty and Staff

Dear Brains, Minds and Machines Faculty and Staff,

It is with regret that I write to inform you that the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is cancelling the 2020 Brains, Minds and Machines (BMM) course. As I am sure you are aware, the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus global health emergency have triggered a series of events that require travel constraints and social distancing. Given these circumstances, the MBL has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the entire MBL community, and therefore, has chosen to cancel the course following guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Given the number of participants, many of whom would be unable to come to the MBL even if we did hold the course, it is clear that it would not be possible to recreate the full BMM experience this summer. If you have any questions regarding the cancellation, please contact education@mbl.edu.

The decision and steps being taken to mitigate the spread of the virus are disruptive to all of us and I thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.  Stay tuned as the course directors will be back in touch with you about details for a virtual event that we will be hosting for the course in July.

I hope that most of you will be able to join us in Woods Hole next year.

Regards,

Nipam H. Patel
Director

May 21: Update for Frontiers in Stem Cells and Regeneration Students

Dear Frontiers in Stem Cells and Regeneration Applicant,

It is with regret that I write to inform you that the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is cancelling the 2020 Frontiers in Stem Cells and Regeneration (SCARE) course. As I am sure you are aware, the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus global health emergency have triggered a series of events that require travel constraints and social distancing. Given these circumstances, the MBL has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the entire MBL community, and therefore, has chosen to cancel the course following guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Given the complexities of coordinating a course such as this, including the concern that many participants might be unable to come to the MBL even if we did hold the course, it is clear that it would not be possible to recreate the full SCARE experience this fall.

If you are interested in taking the course in 2021, your 2020 application will automatically be considered. We will contact you in November to inquire about your continued interest and availability and relay any additional relevant information. You may also wish to add and/or update your application at that time. In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact education@mbl.edu. On a related note, we will be hosting a virtual event in July where you will have an opportunity to meet the Course Directors and some faculty, as well as learn more about the MBL.

The decision and steps being taken to mitigate the spread of the virus are disruptive to all of us and I thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

I hope that most of you will be able to join us in Woods Hole next year.

Regards,

Nipam H. Patel
Director

May 21: Update for Frontiers in Stem Cells and Regeneration Faculty and Staff

Dear Frontiers in Stem Cells and Regeneration Faculty and Staff,

It is with regret that I write to inform you that the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is cancelling the 2020 Frontiers in Stem Cells and Regeneration (SCARE) course. As I am sure you are aware, the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus global health emergency have triggered a series of events that require travel constraints and social distancing. Given these circumstances, the MBL has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the entire MBL community, and therefore, has chosen to cancel the course following guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Given the number of participants (as well as instruments and supplies to coordinate), many of whom would be unable to come to the MBL even if we did hold the course, it is clear that it would not be possible to recreate the full SCARE experience this fall. If you have any questions regarding the cancellation, please contact education@mbl.edu.

The decision and steps being taken to mitigate the spread of the virus are disruptive to all of us and I thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. We will be hosting a virtual event for the course in July, stay tuned, Jen and Ina will be back in touch for details.

I hope that most of you will be able to join us in Woods Hole next year.

Regards,

Nipam H. Patel
Director

May 19: Update for Optical Microscopy and Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences Students

Dear Optical Microscopy and Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences Applicant,

It is with regret that I write to inform you that the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is cancelling the 2020 Optical Microscopy (OMIBS) course. As I am sure you are aware, the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus global health emergency have triggered a series of events that require travel constraints, stay at home orders, and social distancing. Given these circumstances, the MBL has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the entire MBL community, and therefore, has chosen to cancel the course following guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Given complexities of coordinating a course such as this, including the concern that many participants might be unable to come to the MBL even if we did hold the course, it is clear that it would not be possible to recreate the full OMIBS experience this summer.

If you are interested in taking the course in 2021, your 2020 application will automatically be considered. We will contact you in November to inquire about your continued interest and availability and relay any additional relevant information. You may also wish to add and/or update your application at that time.  In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact education@mbl.edu  On a related note, we will be hosting a virtual event in July where you will have an opportunity to meet the Course Directors and some faculty to learn a bit more about the MBL. The decision and steps being taken to mitigate the spread of the virus are disruptive to all of us and I thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

I hope that most of you will be able to join us in Woods Hole next year.

Regards,

Nipam H. Patel
Director

May 19: Update for Optical Microscopy and Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences Faculty and Staff

Dear Optical Microscopy and Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences Faculty and Staff,

It is with regret that I write to inform you that the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is cancelling the 2020 Optical Microscopy course. As I am sure you are aware, the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus global health emergency have triggered a series of events that require travel constraints, stay at home orders, and social distancing. Given these circumstances, the MBL has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the entire MBL community, and therefore, has chosen to cancel the course following guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Given the number of participants (as well as instruments and supplies to coordinate), many of whom would be unable to come to the MBL even if we did hold the course, it is clear that it would not be possible to recreate the full Optical Microscopy experience this summer. If you have any questions regarding the cancellation, please contact education@mbl.eduThe Course Directors will be in touch with you about hosting a virtual event in July where students can hear from Course Directors and faculty to learn a bit more about the MBL.

The decision and steps being taken to mitigate the spread of the virus are disruptive to all of us and I thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. We will be hosting a virtual event for the course in July; stay tuned for details.

I hope that most of you will be able to join us in Woods Hole next year.

Regards,

Nipam H. Patel
Director

May 8: Update for Methods in Computational Neuroscience Students

Dear Methods in Computational Neuroscience Students,

It is with regret that I write to inform you that the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is cancelling the 2020 Methods in Computational Neuroscience (MCN) course. As I am sure you are aware, the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus global health emergency have triggered a series of events that require travel constraints, stay at home orders, and social distancing. Given these circumstances, the MBL has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the entire MBL community, and therefore, has chosen to cancel the course following guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Given that there are a large number of participants to coordinate, many of whom would be unable to come to the MBL even if we did hold the course, it is clear that it would not be possible to recreate the full MCN experience this summer.

If you are interested in taking the course in 2021, you will be invited to do so.  We will contact you in November to inquire about your continued interest and availability and relay any additional relevant information. If you have questions, please contact education@mbl.edu. The timing of this cancellation is unfortunate as the course recently received notice of continued funding from the NIH – a testament to how important and successful the course is.  The course directors will be in touch with you about the possibility of offering opportunities to interact with the MCN community through virtual activities this summer.

The decision and steps being taken to mitigate the spread of the virus are disruptive to all of us and I thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

I hope that you will be able to join us in Woods Hole next year.

Regards,

Nipam H. Patel
Director

May 8: Update for Methods in Computational Neuroscience Faculty and Staff

Dear Methods in Computational Neuroscience Course Faculty and Staff,

It is with regret that I write to inform you that the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is cancelling the 2020 Methods in Computational Neuroscience (MCN). As I am sure you are aware, the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus global health emergency have triggered a series of events that require travel constraints, stay at home orders, and social distancing. Given these circumstances, the MBL has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the entire MBL community, and therefore, has chosen to cancel the course following guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Given the number of participants many of whom would be unable to come to the MBL even if we did hold the course, it is clear that it would not be possible to recreate the full MCN experience this summer. All students who have been offered spots in the 2020 class will be deferred to the class of 2021. If you have any questions regarding the cancellation, please contact education@mbl.edu. The timing of this cancellation is unfortunate as the course recently received notice of continued funded form the NIH – a testament to how important and  successful the course is. The course directors will be in touch with you about the possibility of offering opportunities to interact with the MCN community through virtual activities this summer.

The decision and steps being taken to mitigate the spread of the virus are disruptive to all of us and I thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

I hope that you will be able to join us in Woods Hole next year.

Regards,

Nipam H. Patel
Director

May 4: Update for Physical Biology of the Cell Students

Dear Physical Biology of the Cell Applicant,

It is with regret that I write to inform you that the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is cancelling the 2020 Physical Biology of the Cell (PBC). As I am sure you are aware, the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus global health emergency have triggered a series of events that require travel constraints, stay at home orders, and social distancing. Given these circumstances, the MBL has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the entire MBL community, and therefore, has chosen to cancel the course following guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Given complexities of coordinating a course such as this, including the concern that many participants might be unable to come to the MBL even if we did hold the course, it is clear that it would not be possible to recreate the full PBC experience this summer. That said, the course directors Hernan Garcia and Rob Phillips are excited to try an experiment in which they continue with the full schedule of daily talks which will be open to all of this year’s faculty, TAs, staff and applicants, and alumni from previous years.

If you are interested in taking the course in 2021, your 2020 application will automatically be considered. We will contact you in November to inquire about your continued interest and availability and relay any additional relevant information. You will have the opportunity to add and/or update your application at that time. In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact education@mbl.edu.

The decision and steps being taken to mitigate the spread of the virus are disruptive to all of us and I thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

I hope that most of you will be able to join us in Woods Hole next year.

Regards,

Nipam H. Patel
Director

May 4: Update for Physical Biology of the Cell Faculty and Staff

Dear Physical Biology of the Cell Course Faculty and Staff,

It is with regret that I write to inform you that the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is cancelling the 2020 Physical Biology of the Cell (PBC) course. As I am sure you are aware, the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus global health emergency have triggered a series of events that require travel constraints, stay at home orders, and social distancing. Given these circumstances, the MBL has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the entire MBL community, and therefore, has chosen to cancel the course following guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Given the complexities of coordinating a course such as this, including that many of you might be unable to come to the MBL even if we did hold the course, it is clear that it would not be possible to recreate the full PBC experience this summer. That said, the course directors Hernan Garcia and Rob Phillips are excited to try an experiment in which they continue with the full schedule of daily talks which will be open to all of this year’s faculty, TAs, staff and applicants, and alumni from previous years.

The decision and steps being taken to mitigate the spread of the virus are disruptive to all of us and I thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

I hope that most of you will be able to join us in Woods Hole next year.

Regards,

Nipam H. Patel
Director

April 17: Education Update from Linda Hyman, Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education

Dear Friends,

As colleges and universities around the world take dramatic actions to protect the health of their communities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, so too has the MBL had to make difficult but necessary decisions regarding our renowned Advanced Research Training courses.

As was reported last month, courses with April, May, and June start dates have been cancelled. Recently we extended this cancellation to all courses starting in July and one that begins in early August. These include Microbial Diversity, Molecular Mycology, Strategies and Techniques for Analyzing Microbial Population Structures (STAMPS), and Zebrafish Development and Genetics. This decision was made considering many factors, the health and safety of our community first among them.

The MBL has also delayed the start of our undergraduate internship programs (Metcalf, NSF/REU and others) until June 29.  This will be reevaluated as additional guidance from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the CDC, and our local community emerges. Decisions on the remaining Advanced Research Training courses will be considered on a case by case basis in the coming weeks.

I realize that these cancellations are difficult not only for our faculty, students, and staff who have been significantly affected in a variety of ways, but also for the MBL community as a whole. Indeed, there are no parallels in MBL history for the actions this pandemic has demanded.

All accepted students have been offered spots in 2021 courses and we are hopeful that most will join us in Woods Hole next year. In the meantime, my office is working with course directors and faculty to develop a virtual presence for courses so that 2021 will not be the first time these students get to know the MBL. We will continue to update you on future plans and offerings as they develop.

Sincerely,

Linda E. Hyman
Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education

April 16: Update for Molecular Mycology Faculty and Staff

Dear Molecular Mycology faculty and staff,

It is with regret that I write to inform you that the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is cancelling the 2020 Molecular Mycology: Current Approaches to Fungal Pathogenesis (MoMy) course. As I am sure you are aware, the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus global health emergency have triggered a series of events that require travel constraints, stay at home orders, and social distancing. Given these circumstances, the MBL has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the entire MBL community, and therefore, has chosen to cancel the course following guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Given the complexities of coordinating a course such as this, including that many of you might  be unable to come to the MBL even if we did hold the course, it is clear that it would not be possible to recreate the full MoMy experience this summer.

The decision and steps being taken to mitigate the spread of the virus are disruptive to all of us and I thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.  The MBL will host a virtual town hall for all faculty and staff involved in our Advanced Research Training Courses in the next few weeks.

Additionally, we hope to stay in touch with the applicant pool by offering some virtual course content this summer.

I hope that most of you will be able to join us in Woods Hole next year.

Regards,

Nipam H. Patel
Director

April 13: Update for Microbial Diversity Faculty and Staff

Dear Microbial Diversity faculty and staff,

It is with regret that I write to inform you that the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is cancelling the 2020 Microbial Diversity course. As I am sure you are aware, the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus global health emergency have triggered a series of events that require travel constraints, stay at home orders, and social distancing. Given these circumstances, the MBL has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the entire MBL community, and therefore, has chosen to cancel the course following guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Given the number of participants many of whom would be unable to come to the MBL even if we did hold the course, it is clear that it would not be possible to recreate the full Microbial Diversity experience this summer. If you have any questions regarding the cancellation, please contact education@mbl.edu. George and Rachel are hoping to replicate the course schedule, curriculum and design and they will be in touch soon.  It is unfortunate that this cancellation corresponds to the course’s 50th anniversary celebration, but rest assured that an equally exciting event awaits us in 2021.

The decision and steps being taken to mitigate the spread of the virus are disruptive to all of us and I thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.  MBL will host a virtual town hall for all faculty and staff involved in our Advanced Research Training Courses in the next few weeks.

I hope that most of you will be able to join us in Woods Hole next year.

Regards,

Nipam H. Patel
Director

April 2: MBL Children’s Camp Update

In recent weeks, the MBL has taken a number of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our entire community. Among them has been the difficult decisions to cancel our spring and early summer educational programs. To that end, the MBL children’s summer camp has also been cancelled for the months of June and July. At the present time, we are assessing the feasibility of providing programming for the month of August. A second notification will be posted when that decision is made. If you have questions, contact Christopher Morgan-Janes at cmorgan-janes@mbl.edu.

Christopher Morgan-Janes
Stewart-Moore Director of Children’s Programs

March 20: COVID-19 Update for Accepted Students

Dear Students,

It is with regret that I write to inform you that the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is cancelling the following 2020 Courses: Analytical and Quantitative Light Microscopy, Frontiers in Reproduction, Workshop on Molecular Evolution, Neural Systems and Behavior, Neurobiology, Embryology, Biology of Parasitism, SPINES and Physiology. As I am sure you are aware, the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus global health emergency have triggered a series of events that require travel constraints and social distancing. Given these circumstances, the MBL has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the entire MBL community, and therefore, has chosen to cancel these courses following guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Given that there are hundreds of participants (and equipment and supplies) to coordinate, many of whom would be unable to come to the MBL even if we did hold the courses, it is clear that it would not be possible to recreate the full experience this summer.

For those of you who have submitted payment(s), you will reimbursed in full. Wire transfers will be refunded via wire transfer; checks and/or on line credit card payments will be reimbursed via check to whomever made the payment.

If you are interested in taking the course in 2021, you will be invited to do so. We will contact you later this year to inquire about your continued interest and availability and relay any additional relevant information. In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact education@mbl.edu.

The decision and steps being taken to mitigate the spread of the virus are disruptive to all of us and I thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

I hope that most of you will be able to join us in Woods Hole next year.

Regards,

Nipam H. Patel
Director

March 20: COVID-19 Update for Faculty and Staff

Dear Faculty and Staff,

It is with regret that I write to inform you that the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is cancelling the following 2020 Courses: Analytical and Quantitative Light Microscopy, Frontiers in Reproduction, Workshop on Molecular Evolution, Neural Systems and Behavior, Neurobiology, Embryology, Biology of Parasitism, SPINES and Physiology. As I am sure you are aware, the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus global health emergency have triggered a series of events that require travel constraints and social distancing. Given these circumstances, the MBL has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the entire MBL community, and therefore, has chosen to cancel these courses following guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Given that there are hundreds of participants (and dozens of instruments to coordinate), many of whom would be unable to come to the MBL even if we did hold the courses, it is clear that it would not be possible to recreate the full experience this summer. If you have any questions regarding the cancellation, please contact education@mbl.edu.

The decision and steps being taken to mitigate the spread of the virus are disruptive to all of us and I thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

I hope that most of you will be able to join us in Woods Hole next year.

Regards,

Nipam H. Patel
Director

March 12: COVID-19 Update to Accepted Students Regarding Travel

Dear MBL Accepted Trainees,

Due to the fluid situation regarding the coronavirus crisis we recommend holding off purchasing your travel tickets unless they are fully refundable. In the very unfortunate event that the course is cancelled we will not be able to reimburse you for out of pocket expenses. As your course does not begin until at least the end of May (many later than that), we will be updating you regularly and will be sure to have a decision in ample time for you to make travel arrangements. Stay tuned for that. Thanks in advance.

Linda E. Hyman, Ph.D.
Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education

March 12: COVID-19 Update to Course Faculty and Staff Regarding Travel

To all MBL Advanced Research Training Course faculty/staff:

Due to the fluid situation regarding the coronavirus crisis we recommend holding off purchasing your travel tickets unless they are fully refundable. In the very unfortunate event that the course is cancelled it would help us immensely not to have “unusable” tickets. As your course does not begin until at least the end of May (many later than that), we will be updating you regularly and will be sure to have a decision in ample time for you to make travel arrangements. Stay tuned for that. Thanks in advance.

Linda E. Hyman, Ph.D.
Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education

March 9: COVID-19 Update to Accepted Students

Dear MBL Accepted Trainees,

Congratulations on being invited to attend an Advanced Research Training course this summer at the Marine Biological Laboratory. I am writing to inform you that, as of now, all courses are planned to proceed as scheduled. However, given the fluidity of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, I want to alert you to the measures the MBL is taking to address this global health emergency.

Our authoritative sources of information are the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts State Department of Public Health (MA DPH). While we expect travel cancellations of individuals coming from severely affected overseas locations, there are no travel restrictions within the US at this time, and no broad US-wide directives or guidance regarding cancelling gatherings (i.e. in schools, conferences, athletic events etc.) or recommendations regarding social distancing. The MA DPH assesses that the risk to the public from COVID-19 remains low in the state. We require that all visitors to the campus respect the 14-day self-isolation period following travel from a country with a CDC Level 3 travel health notice.

We have established a website mbl.edu/coronavirus-updates that provides additional information and resources. I encourage you to visit this page for updates. We will notify you if any significant changes impact your course. Should your situation changes or you have any additional questions please let us know.

Thank you in advance,

Linda E. Hyman, Ph.D.
Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education

March 9: COVID-19 Update to Course Faculty and Staff

Dear MBL Advanced Courses faculty and staff,

The MBL continues to actively monitor the coronavirus and the impact of COVID-19. As of now, all courses will proceed as scheduled. Any changes to this plan will be communicated to you immediately.

Given the fluidity of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, I wanted to alert you to the measures the MBL has taken to address this global health emergency. Our authoritative sources of information are the CDC and the state health department – in our case, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH). While we expect travel cancellations of individuals coming from severely affected overseas locations, there are no travel restrictions within the US at this time and no broad US-wide directives or guidance regarding cancelling gatherings (i.e. in schools, conferences, athletic events etc.) or recommendations regarding social distancing. The MA DPH assesses that the risk to the public from COVID-19 remains low in the state. We require that all visitors to the campus respect the 14-day self-isolation period following travel from a country with a CDC Level 3 travel health notice.

We have established a website mbl.edu/coronavirus-updates that provides additional information and resources. I encourage you to visit this page for updates. We will notify you if any significant changes impact your course. Should your situation change or you have any additional questions please let us know.

Thank you in advance,

Cheri Gherst
Program Manager of Advanced Training Courses

March 6: COVID-19 Update to Vendors

Dear Friends of the MBL,

MBL Director Nipam Patel and I thought it was important to relay that the MBL is carefully monitoring the ongoing coronavirus outbreak situation. Our authoritative sources of information (likely similar to your company’s) are the CDC and the state health department – in our case, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH). In addition, because of our affiliation with the University of Chicago, we are able to take advantage of their resources and expertise. We are also extending our existing emergency response plans to cover the specific ongoing situation. While we expect travel cancellations of individuals coming from severely affected overseas locations, there are no travel restrictions within the US at this time and no broad US-wide directives or guidance regarding cancelling gatherings (i.e. in schools, conferences, athletic events etc.) or recommendations regarding social distancing.

The MA DPH assesses that the risk to the public from COVID-19 remains low in the state. We require that all visitors to the campus respect the 14-day self-isolation period following travel from a country with a CDC Level 3 travel health notice. Please see mbl.edu/coronavirus-updates for information and any changes should they arise. If you anticipate delays or complications at your end, we would appreciate hearing about it by contacting loanequipment@mbl.edu. As of now, the MBL is planning to hold all of its scheduled courses etc. This is, of course, subject to change depending on how things evolve but these are our current plans. We will continue to update you on a regular basis and we thank you for your continued support of the MBL.

Linda E. Hyman, Ph.D.
Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education

March 4: COVID-19 Update to Course Directors

Dear Course Directors,

MBL Director Nipam Patel and I thought it was important to communicate with you all on the ongoing coronavirus outbreak situation. Please be aware that we are carefully monitoring the situation and our authoritative sources of information (likely similar to your home institutions) are the CDC and the state health department, in our case the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH). In addition because of our affiliation with the University of Chicago, we are able to take advantage of their resources and expertise. We are also extending our existing emergency response plans to cover the specific ongoing situation. While we expect travel cancellations of individuals coming from severely affected overseas locations, there are no travel restrictions within the US at this time and no broad US-wide directives or guidance regarding cancelling gatherings (i.e. in schools, conferences, athletic events etc.) or recommendations regarding social distancing. The MA DPH assesses that the risk to the public from COVID-19 remains low in the state. As a result, the MBL is planning to hold all of its scheduled courses etc. at this time. This is, of course, subject to change depending on how things evolve but these are our current plans. Also, as you consider course participants you might want to consider adding additional domestic students to the “waitlist” should enrollments fall from our international pool. We will continue to update you on a regular basis.

Linda E. Hyman, Ph.D.
Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education