Information for Advanced Research Training Courses

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