The STAT Conference

The University of Denver held a virtual event to explore the ways in which institutions, researchers and academics have pivoted in real time to respond to the unprecedented challenges of the day.

Higher Education's Response to COVID-19

January 8, 2021

Agenda (1:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m. MST)

  • Opening Remarks and Welcome

    1:00 - 1:10 p.m.

    Corinne Lengsfeld, Ph.D., Sr. Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education, University of Denver

  • Opening Address – An Epidemiological Perspective: What we can expect in the months to come

    1:10 - 1:40 p.m.

    Rachel Herlihy, M.D., Colorado State Epidemiologist, Colorado Department of Public Health

  • Panel A: Innovative COVID Response Science/Public Health on Campuses

    1:40 - 2:40 p.m.

    (Facilitator: Derigan Silver, Ph.D.,  Deputy COVID Response Coordinator and Associate professor in the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies and the Director of the John Madden Center for Innovation in the Creative and Liberal Arts)

    1) CUSew: Campus Sewer Monitoring for SARS-CoV-2: Cresten Mansfeldt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado-Boulder

    2) High Frequency Saliva Testing (1M+): Paul Hergenrother, Ph.D., Kenneth L. Rinehart Jr. Endowed Chair in Natural Products Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry, University of Illinois

    3) High Frequency Testing Protocols:  David Luzzi, Ph.D., Senior Vice Provost for Research and Vice President of the Innovation Campus, Northeastern University

    4) Digital Contact Tracing: Brian Toolan, Sr. Director, Public Sector Strategy at Everbridge

    5) Backwards Contact Tracing: Corinne Lengsfeld, Ph.D., Sr. Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education, University of Denver

    6) Disease Modeling: Erin Kobetz, M.D., MPH, Professor and Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship, University of Miami

    7) Indoor risk mitigation strategies: Shelly Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder

    8)  Using a three-pronged strategy of mass testing, wastewater, and contact tracing: David Larsen, Ph.D.., MPH, Associate Professor of Public Health in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University 

  • Panel B: Elevating Campus Connections

    2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

    1) Leveraging novel institutional partnerships: Jay Finigan, M.D., Professor, Director of the Respiratory Centers of Excellence, National Jewish Health

    2) What’s possible? Engaging students and hosting events during COVID-19: Jodi Silotto, Director of Academic Communications, Public Affairs, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    3) Modalities and Delivery of Courses: Jennifer Francis, Ph.D.,  Executive Vice Provost, Duke University

    4) Building effective campus partnerships: Sarah Enos Watamura, Ph.D., COVID Response Coordinator, Professor, University of Denver

    5) A campus embedded in a community: The Tulane Experience M. Scott Tims, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President, Division of Student Affairs, Campus Health, Tulane University

    6) A Campus Embedded in a Community: Abby Davidson, Program Manager of the Food and Cannabis Section in the Public Health Investigations Division of the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment

  • Panel C: Physical and Mental Health Strategies Winter and Beyond

    3:50 - 4:50 p.m.

    1) Vaccine deployment: Anuj Mehta, M.D.,

    2) Responding to Student Mental Health Challenges: Jacaranda Palmateer, PsyD, Director of Counseling Services, Health and Counseling Center, University of Denver

    3) Opening in Fall COVID19: A Multitude of Student Challenges: Patricia Whitely, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Miami

    4) COVID-19 and College Sports:  A Team Effort: Stuart Halsall, Associate Vice Chancellor/Deputy Athletic Director – Chief Operating Officer, University of Denver

  • Closing Remarks

    4:50 - 5:00 P.M.

    Kim Gorgens introduces Mary Clark, Ph.D., Provost, University of Denver