Summer 2020 Newsletter       View this email in your browser

Spotlight: Georgetown Faculty, Students, Staff, and Alumni Tackle the COVID-19 Crisis

COVID-19 Law Lab Launches
The COVID-19 Law Lab initiative is a joint project of the World Health Organization, United Nations Development Programme, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, the ONeill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and Georgetown University. The lab gathers and shares legal documents from over 190 countries across the world to help states establish and implement strong legal frameworks to manage the pandemic.

Conditional Reprogramming: A Novel Way to Study the Novel Coronavirus

Xuefeng Liu, M.D., professor of pathology and oncology, and his team have been working to figure out how the coronavirus enters healthy cells and whether it’s possible to block that mechanism with antiviral drugs. 

NYC Urban Fellow, Alumnus Responds to Pandemic Housing Crisis

Isaiah Fleming-Klink (SFS’19), an Urban Fellow in the New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, has been working hard since the COVID-19 crisis hit. He has spent the past few months reviewing policies surrounding unlawful evictions of renters by their landlords.

BSN Alumnae Work Together During COVID-19 Response

Catherine Zolbrod Freeman (NHS’17) and Moira Redmond (NHS’17) have been working together to care for adult patients with COVID-19 at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Grad Student Ready to Build a Better World Post-COVID-19

For the past two years of his Master of Arts in Latin American Studies degree at SFS, Marvin Wiley (G’20) has worked hard to center the social and cultural experiences of marginalized Latin American communities in his classwork and research. 


Georgetown Alumnus Applies Education to a United Nations COVID-19 Humanitarian Data Project
Georgetown University in Qatar graduate Obadah Khaled Diab is working to provide the critical data needed to help save lives in vulnerable communities impacted by the pandemic through the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Georgetown Applying Patented Technology to Develop Fast and Accurate COVID-19 Test
Georgetown University Medical Center biochemist Mark Danielsen, PhD, applies patented technology invented by himself and former Georgetown colleagues, towards developing a faster and more accurate SARS-CoV-2 test.

On July 15, Georgetown's Global Health Initiative, Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Policy (GU Politics), the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and the Kalmanovitz Initiative on Labor and the Working Poor co-sponsored "A Conversation with Anthony Fauci."

Expert Answers

COVID-19 Ask & Answer: Alexandra Phelan on Immunity Passports 
Alexandra Phelan, assistant professor with the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University, explains what immunity passports are and the challenges associated with using them.

COVID-19 Ask & Answer: Lawrence Gostin on Preventing the Next Pandemic 
Lawrence Gostin, University Professor and Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law of Georgetown University, shares how to prepare and protect ourselves from future health pandemics like COVID-19.

Watch other videos in the COVID-19 Ask & Answer series

Global Georgetown

U7+ Student Forum Participants Consider Life After COVID-19
How should universities best prepare students for life after graduation, in light of COVID-19 global pandemic? The U7+ Worldwide Student Forum brought together 85 students from 22 universities across the U7+ Network, an international alliance of universities committed to tackling global issues. Five Georgetown students participated in the forum.

Georgetown and the Rockefeller Foundation Launch New Beijing+25 Initiative 
Hillary Rodham Clinton is one of 25 global women leaders to issue new recommendations to accelerate progress for women and girls during and post-COVID-19 pandemic.

Simplifying a Civic Duty

When Andrew Straky (C’20) first registered to vote in his home state of Michigan, he learned that there was a law requiring that state citizens vote in person at least once before they can vote absentee, "an unnecessary barrier,” he recalls.

Fighting for Justice: Three College Alumni Create Positive Community Change 
Rashawn Davis (C’14), Taylor Griffin (C’14), and Justin Pinn (C’13) began engaging in community advocacy during their time at Georgetown and have continued to fight for others throughout their impressive careers.

The Inside Story of the Global 5G Competition between the United States and China

On July 30 the Georgetown University Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues hosted an event discussing how U.S. sanctions against Huawei and others have highlighted the strategic importance of 5G mobile technology. 

Upcoming Events

Election 2020: Left, Right, or Politically Homeless?
Georgetown Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life
September 8 I 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT I Online

Dueling Pandemics: Faith, HIV, and COVID-19
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs
September 10 I 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. EDT I Online

The Ethics and Politics of Guantánamo Bay
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs
September 16 I 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EDT I Online

Recent Events

G20 Interfaith Forum: North America Regional Consultation
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs
Media: Event Video (Opening), Event Video (Closing)

Best Practices and Experiences in Latin America During the COVID 19 Crisis
Latin America Leadership Program
Media: Event Video

Faith and the Faithful in the 2020 Elections: Religion, Racism, and the COVID-19 Crisis
Georgetown Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life
Media: Event Video

Laudato Sí After Five Years
Georgetown Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life
Media: Event Video

How Presidents Deal With Crisis
Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service
Media: Event Video

In Institutions We Trust? The Economics of Institutional Change
Global Economic Challenges Network
Media: Event Video
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