Message from the Dean, 1 September 2020

The University's Open Days begin this weekend, with prospective undergraduate students joining us on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September, and prospective graduate students following on Monday 14 through to Thursday 17 September. Thank you to all the MDHS staff who have worked hard to plan and prepare for this year's entirely online format.

In this week's video message I also cover:

  • A message from the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) about the establishment of the Pandemic Reset Program, its associated work streams, and where to send feedback and suggestions by email
  • What people are telling us via the MDHS Have Your Say inbox, please continue to send faculty specific ideas and questions through this channel
  • In COVID science news – a recent paper in Nature measured antibodies in the population to get a more accurate measure of varied infection fatality rates
  • This year's MDHS Staff Excellence Awards are now open, I urge everyone to explore the awards and submit a nomination – either for yourself, a colleague or a team – before the closing date of Monday 21 September
  • The Metro Tunnel Project’s tunnel boring machine Joan, named after the late Joan Elizabeth Kirner AC, has been tunnelling from the Arden Station to Parkville Station site and broke-through into the station box at Grattan Street last week
  • Thank you once again to those who have shared their wellbeing stories with me, it's great to hear how everyone is going during the lockdown, this week I share some highlights from Ballarat and the Doherty Institute

Please stay up to date with the latest information on the University's COVID-19 response by regularly checking the dedicated page.

Best wishes from my home to yours.

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