Coping With Covid-19 Archive

School of Public Policy Associate Professor Julia Melkers and her colleague, Eric Welch of Arizona State University, are embarking on a two-year study of how scientific teams — particularly those collaborating internationally — adapted and innovated during the pandemic.

As we cross the midpoint of the semester, people across campus are looking for ways to stay connected and socialize safely. Whether you want to take advantage of increasingly warm weather or are simply trying to make new friends, opportunities abound.

For Marlon Ellis, research and continuing education are part of the daily routine that allows him to successfully execute his job responsibilities. The same quest for knowledge helped Ellis understand the benefits of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Nine month after courses first moved to a virtual format, chemistry faculty and students reflect on the unexpected teaching and education discoveries from virtual learning. 

As the winter continues and the temperatures remain cool, students are trying to find new ways to socialize safely. While virtual gatherings are still the safest way to spend time with friends, those wanting to do so in person still have options with lower risk of transmitting the virus.

President Ángel Cabrera offers a welcome back message as students, faculty, and staff prepare for the start of the Spring 2021 semester.

Social distancing in the college classroom during the Covid-19 pandemic can be tricky. Getting to the correct number of students for a room sounds a lot like a math word problem you might see on an SAT test. Lauren Steimle and a team of researchers across a number of disciplines at Georgia Tech are trying to solve this problem, and there is more than just math that must be considered when coming up with the safest spacing out of students. 

From walk and talks and outdoor coffee chats to innovative e-learning, instructors are creating personal touchpoints with students amid the challenges of the pandemic.

International engagement is a big part of the Georgia Tech student experience, with more than 50 percent of undergraduates studying abroad or having international internships before graduating. So when international travel was halted last spring because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Office of International Education (OIE) had to alter its itinerary.

When faced with the spread of Covid-19, Georgia Tech’s entire community sprang into action to develop and implement an ambitious saliva-based surveillance testing program on campus. Meet a handful of the hundreds of people who have been working to ensure that the testing program runs smoothly.

Yukina Yajima, a third-year undergraduate student in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Georgia Tech and Emory University, is adjusting to sleeping during the day in order to attend classes in real time instead of viewing recordings.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the entertainment field, bringing a halt to in-person performances from local theaters to Broadway. Georgia Tech Arts has been working with the Recovery Task Force to develop a plan to safely invite students, artists, and audiences back to campus.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced everyone to change their usual behaviors, and musicians are no different. Though the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Marching Band isn't marching right now, its members have found ways to keep playing music, staying safe, and having fun.

First-year student Katherine Book answers questions about her first few weeks as as out-of-state student at Tech and the benefits and challenges of campus life in the age of Covid-19.

Elif Kulaksizoglu, a second-year student in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Georgia Tech and Emory, is as close as can be to her family, taking classes virtually from her home in Turkey.

Twenty Clark Scholars from across the Georgia Tech College of Engineering recently had a challenge extended to them: identify a non-profit responding to Covid-19 and convince a panel of judges that their organization was the most deserving of a $25,000 grant. The team of engineers that won the challenge chose the Midtown Assistance Center (MAC) as their non-profit.

Students entering the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Georgia Tech and Emory for the first time are the vanguard of a new reality for higher education, an age of virtual learning and hybrid classes, an answer to a global pandemic. Through this series, BME students share how they are navigating this brand new college landscape.

President Cabrera welcomes the entire Georgia Tech community back to campus.

Experiencing the pain points of virtual meetings firsthand led a team of students to create Gatherly – a new virtual meeting platform that the team says is more familiar, natural, and engaging for online users.

This summer, 23 first-year College of Sciences students in China faced a delayed start to their academic careers, with pandemic and travel visa restrictions postponing fall trips to Atlanta and the Georgia Tech campus. Now, those students are part of a group of first-year students who are keeping up with their peers by starting classes and the college experience at Georgia Tech-Shenzhen.

The Covid-19 pandemic forced schools and businesses to shut down, left millions out of work, and cooped up many families inside their homes for months on end. It is a combination that has led to an increase in child abuse and neglect and domestic violence — often in families with no history of such problems, according to School of Public Policy Assistant Professor Lindsey Bullinger.

From finding a work-life balance to embracing uncertainty, veteran online learners of Georgia Tech Professional Education's online degree programs provide their best tips for managing a learn-from-home experience.

Scheller College's TI:GER program offers the only practicum to date giving students the opportunity to work directly with tech companies offering public health and economic recovery solutions in immediate response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Housing and Residence Life’s inaugural “Week of Welcome” adapts to connect new students despite distance.

The course puts the concept of positive mental health at its forefront, and equips students with a toolkit for stress management, positive coping strategies, and resilience. A second pilot of the course will be offered for the Honors Program for the Fall 2020 semester.

Georgia Tech's Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) program continues to provide valuable summer internship opportunities for students amid the global pandemic.

C.D. Wright, clinical case manager at the Center for Assessment, Referral, and Education (CARE), points out, “It is imperative that we remind ourselves that the current situation is not permanent.”

As a team that regularly hosts meetings via web conference and online platforms, Georgia Tech Professional Education shares practical tips for making your next virtual meeting more effective and productive.

Teams need to be resilient as they work from home during the Covid-19 crisis. GT Scheller College of Business Professor David Sluss (with Ned Powley) provides evidence-based strategies in a recent Harvard Business Review article. It comes down to people and perspective.

Veteran remote workers from Georgia Tech Professional Education, a leader in innovative online educational delivery, share their best tips and advice to ensure your transition to working from home is successful.

As Georgia Tech shifts to full-scale online instruction, Provost Rafael Bras encourages each of us to communicate clearly, collaborate with flexibility, exercise patience, and, above all — stay connected.

As the nation transitions from traditional classroom instruction to online instruction, the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI) is providing resources and instructions for creating accessible documents.

Cyber criminals are taking advantage of the fact that more of us are working from home, away from the safeguards we may have at work. To stay safe, assistant professor and cybersecurity expert Brendan Saltaformaggio offers five tips while teleworking under these special conditions.

From his front porch, President Ángel Cabrera shares a message of gratitude and optimism with the Georgia Tech community as we continue to face the challenges of an unprecedented public health threat.