Information for Whitman Center Scientists

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: Update on COVID-19 to Whitman Center Scientists

Dear Whitman Scientists,

I hope that you, your families, and colleagues are safe and healthy.  I am writing to update you on the Marine Biological Laboratory’s plans for the Whitman Center program during the COVID-19 crisis.  At the moment, the MBL is open and research staff are active, although at reduced levels on campus.  If circumstances force us to close, we will maintain a small number of essential staff to care for animals and essential equipment, but it will not be possible to conduct laboratory research. All buildings are locked and a 2020 MBL ID is necessary to gain access to campus facilities.

While it is impossible to know what will happen in the next few months, it is clear that everyone’s research program will be severely impacted.

  • If you prefer to defer your Whitman Center lab rental to 2021, you may do so at this time. You will need to re-register, as usual, by December 15, 2020. Your current registration will be cancelled and you will not incur rental or housing charges for this year.
  • If you plan to come to the MBL during the 2020 season, we may need to delay your arrival depending on circumstances.  Scientists who have registered to arrive in April or May will need to postpone their arrival to at least June as all on-campus facilities (housing and dining services specifically) will be shut down during that time.
  • ***Please notify your lab assistants, associates and grad students of any changes in plans with regard to your time at MBL (ie: new dates, cancellations etc).***

We will need to work together on arrangements that ensure the health and safety of your group and the rest of the MBL community.  It is likely that not all research facilities and services will be available, and MBL dining and housing may also be affected.  The situation may change quickly at any time before or after your arrival on campus.  We therefor ask for your patience and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented circumstances.

Please communicate your plans to Dana Mock-Muñoz de Luna (dmock@mbl.edu) as soon as possible.  We look forward to hearing from you and wish you all the best during these challenging times.

With kind regards,

Nipam Patel
MBL Director

March 20: Update on COVID-19 to Whitman Center Fellows

Dear Whitman Fellows,

I hope that you, your families, and colleagues are safe and healthy.  I am writing to update you on the Marine Biological Laboratory’s plans for the Whitman Fellowship program during the COVID-19 crisis.  At the moment, the MBL is open and research staff are active, although at reduced levels on campus.  If circumstances force us to close, we will maintain a small number of essential staff to care for animals and essential equipment, but it will not be possible to conduct laboratory research.

While it is impossible to know what will happen in the next few months, it is clear that everyone’s research program will be severely impacted.

  • If you prefer to defer your Whitman Fellowship to 2021, you may do so at this time. We will need a brief statement of interest updating the Selection Committee on your proposal by December 15, 2020.
  • If you plan to come to the MBL during the 2020 season, we may need to delay your arrival depending on circumstances.  Fellows who have registered to arrive in April or May will need to postpone their arrival as all on-campus facilities (housing and dining services) will be shut down during that time.

We will need to work together on arrangements that ensure the health and safety of your group and the rest of the MBL community.  It is likely that not all research facilities and services will be available, and MBL dining and housing may also be affected.  The situation may change quickly at any time before or after your arrival on campus.  We therefor ask for your patience and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented circumstances.

Please communicate your fellowship plans to Dana Mock-Muñoz de Luna (dmock@mbl.edu) as soon as possible.  We look forward to hearing from you and wish you all the best during these challenging times.

With kind regards,

Nipam Patel
MBL Director

 

March 4: Update on COVID-19 to Whitman Center Scientists

Dear colleague,

The MBL is carefully monitoring the ongoing coronavirus outbreak situation. Our authoritative sources of information (likely similar to your home institution’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. As a result, the MBL is planning to hold all of its scheduled programs etc. at this time. 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.

Dana Mock-Muñoz de Luna
Senior Administrator, Division of Research