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The complexities of restarting research labs was the main focus of Friday afternoon’s Senate Research Committee meeting.

Research labs to become operational in coming weeks

By Ashton Crawley, Senior Staff Writer May 29, 2020
Rob Rutenbar, the senior vice chancellor for research, said in a Friday email blast that each lab’s principal investigator must submit a plan to their dean or regional campus president for review. The plan must clearly define an approach for scheduling and a process for allocating time and access to address COVID-driven implications, Rutenbar said.
Rob Rutenbar, the senior vice chancellor for research, leads Pitt’s Task Force on Research Restart.

Pitt task force planning research restart effort

By Ashton Crawley, Senior Staff Writer May 14, 2020
Rob Rutenbar, the senior vice chancellor for research, said at Thursday afternoon’s Senate Council meeting that research is restarting now on a rolling basis after originally shutting down in March. He added that due to the pandemic, labs are now required to place pandemic-specific protective measures in place. “That means that in many cases, laboratory environments have to be reconfigured to maintain social distancing,” Rutenbar said. “That may mean that schedules have to be modified in order to not have too many people in the room at the same time. They have to show that they’re ready to do that.”
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