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Return to Campus Discussion Series explores Fall Quarter topics

Upcoming session Aug. 20 highlights research enterprise
The Return to Campus Discussion Series is open to the University community.

Preparations for Fall Quarter, focusing on Northwestern’s research enterprise, are the subject of the next session in the Return to Campus Discussion Series.

The event, open to the Northwestern community, begins at noon Thursday, Aug. 20, on Zoom. Register now and submit questions in advance.

Luke Figora, the University’s chief risk and compliance officer, will host a panel featuring:

  • Milan Mrksich, vice president for research
  • Rich D'Aquila, associate vice president for research
  • Ann Adams, associate vice president for research
  • Kelly Mayo, interim dean of The Graduate School

The panel will discuss how Northwestern’s research enterprise has responded to the global pandemic’s challenges, including reduced on-campus research activity, the state of our summer ramp-up, as well as plans for Fall Quarter.

If you have trouble logging on via Zoom, you can watch the livestream on YouTube.

"While planning continues at all levels of the University, we see this series as an important way for us to come together as a community to share progress and demystify the planning process by discussing the rationale behind decisions and addressing questions from members of our community," said Interim Provost Kathleen Hagerty. 

Previous events in the Return to Campus Discussion Series explored student health and safety, Fall Quarter academic planning and general return to campus information. Watch these recordings online.

The discussion series is designed to help Northwestern faculty, staff and students navigate the Phased Return to Campus. Northwestern currently is in Step 4 of its phased return. The current step, Summer Stabilization, closely monitors and builds upon Step 3, in which the University began to reactivate on-campus research, among other programs, and many faculty, staff and students made their way back to the Evanston and Chicago campuses in June.