COVID-19 Public Health Alert: Case Being Treated at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

This is a message from Dr. Vince WinklerPrins, Georgetown University Chief Public Health Officer on March 9, 2020.

Dear Members of the Georgetown Community,

As you may know, DC Health has announced the District’s first presumptive positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We have learned that our clinical partner, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH), is caring for a patient who has been diagnosed through laboratory and clinical assessment for the COVID-19 virus. The care is being directed by a specialized team of clinicians trained to treat patients with a variety of communicable diseases.

DC Health is coordinating closely with MGUH, where the patient is currently being treated and all infection control protocols are fully implemented. This includes measures that ensure patient isolation, the use of protective equipment and the deployment of infection control and sterilization measures.

While no one in the Georgetown community has tested positive for COVID-19, MGUH is working closely with the CDC and DC Health and following all CDC protocols for patients and any staff and medical students who may have been impacted. Their health and safety is our top priority.  

Since January, Georgetown University has convened regular leadership meetings on this issue, activated an Emergency Response Team and has coordinated closely with DC Health, colleagues at MGUH and higher education partners. We have sent regular updates to the community, all of which are posted on an informational website along with other resources for our community.

We will continue to provide regular updates as we take additional measures to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Earlier this week, all of our faculty members and academic staff were given resources on how to prepare for instructional continuity in the event we need to move to an online teaching environment.

We recognize this announcement may cause great concern and anxiety for members of our community. We encourage anyone who might need support to reach out to university resources, including the Office of Campus Ministry, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) and Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)

As we have shared previously, the CDC and DC Health recommend the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds multiple times a day. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available;
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Stay home when feeling sick;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

We will continue to evaluate the situation on a daily basis and update you as needed. Please be aware that we are working in a rapidly changing environment, and we may need to amend our policies on short notice.

You can find all university updates, answers to frequently asked questions and other resources related to coronavirus on the Georgetown University website.

Sincerely,

Vince WinklerPrins, MD, FAAFP

Chief Public Health Officer

Conservative Faculty, Student Voices Feel Underrepresented at Georgetown University

The national trend for political party registrations and ideological leanings of college professors skews Democratic and liberal, according to data from the Higher Education Research Institute. This increases polarization of academic segmentation which can make nonpartisan discussions difficult. 

Last week, I was interviewed by The Hoya, the Georgetown University student newspaper, about my conservative viewpoint and how that affects the relationship with other faculties and my students. Please check out the article here: https://thehoya.com/conservative-feature/

An Early Announcement Academy of Marketing Science World Congress University of Kent Canterbury, UK, July 20-23, 2021

Kent Business School, University of Kent, UK- World Marketing Congress

The 2021 Congress will provide an opportunity to connect with marketing scholars and colleagues from around the globe. It will provide a supportive forum for insightful ideas and engaging discussions about topics across the marketing spectrum through expert panel sessions, special topic sessions and peer-reviewed, cutting edge research presentations.

The Congress will be held at Kent Business School’s (University of Kent) Canterbury campus located in the historic and picturesque city of Canterbury in the UK. Canterbury is located an hour from London and has equally close connections to continental Europe (it is quicker to get to Paris from Canterbury than it is to get to Manchester!). It is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Canterbury Cathedral and has a unique place in the history of England through these connections and others. Written about and frequented by authors such as Chaucer and Dickens, the City has a long and deep-rooted history. For a small city, it punches above its weight and has much to offer!

Program Chairs 

 Call for Papers (some details subject to change)

In search for the soul of Marketing

Through the poetry of St John Henry Newman and the composition of Edward Elgar, we are offered a vision about the nature of one’s “soul” as the very essence of their living being. In light of rapid technological and societal change, we may ask questions about the “soul” of our discipline; the body of marketing changes shape rapidly, however, we should not lose sight of its soul. “Where is the life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” So asked the great poet TS Elliott in 1934. These questions are more applicable now than ever, in our data-driven world where technology has proliferated and become ubiquitous, and where a myriad of global challenges are at the forefront of our minds.  

Set within the historic City of Canterbury (Kent, UK) we invite you to come and contemplate these challenges in the footsteps of Chaucer, Dickens, Austen and others. Home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and at the center of the “Garden of England”, the Congress offers a unique setting to explore these themes within an hour of London and with close connections to continental Europe. 

The “soul” centers our activities and inspirations. Leading on from prior congress themes about “discovery with social impact” and “enlightened marketing”, the AMS WMC 2021 will provide an ideal opportunity for a marketing “pilgrimage” where scholars can reflect on and share ideas about the changing nature and “soul” of marketing as a discipline, in a collegial and open forum. New knowledge tackling global and economic challenges will be developed, presented and explored, continuing a tradition of collegial debate around the concept of marketing and its contribution to business and society at large, further strengthening our academic community. 

A search for the soul of marketing which in a setting like Canterbury and its Cathedral will certainly provide us with many opportunities for new thought and actions. For any queries please contact the conference committee. We all look forward to seeing you in Canterbury. 

International Business Seminar at the University of Kent in Canterbury, Sign Up Now.

Summer School, sign up now

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The Kent Business Summer School is part of the University of Kent Summer School programme. It will allow you to make lasting connections with students from around the world, studying a range of subjects but sharing your own enthusiasm. International study will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of another culture, make lifelong friends from a wide variety of backgrounds and benefit from globally-renowned academic excellence.

Find out what our students think of the Summer Schools on our Summer School Blog.

For additional reasons to join us, visit our Canterbury Summer Schools overview.