March 23, 2020

Here are some things to know about UVA's and UVA Engineering's novel coronavirus response.

UVA’s Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative is in the News – The Biocomplexity Institute team is on the front lines of the national modeling, monitoring, planning and response to COVID-19. Recent news stories featuring Biocomplexity Institute researchers include:

The Biocomplexity Institute is led by Christopher L. Barrett, the institute’s executive director, Distinguished Professor in Biocomplexity and faculty member in UVA Engineering’s Department of Computer Science. Madhav Marathe, a Distinguished Professor in Biocomplexity and faculty member in the Department Computer Science, is director of the institute’s Network Systems Science and Advanced Computing Division. Henning S. Mortveit, associate professor in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment, is also a member of the institute’s team.

Virtual Diversity and Engagement – The Center for Diversity in Engineering is offering a “virtual CDE” on Slack for students. Students are cordially invited to join using this link:

Update on the Request from the UVA Global Infectious Diseases Institute for Supplies for UVA Health The institute says the response from UVA’s research labs to the request for donations of approved supplies has been overwhelming. Labs are asked to hold onto donations until further notice.

Reminder: Donations Drive from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering – The department has jumped on an idea from Claire Culver, MSE’s undergraduate student coordinator. Claire’s husband is a local OB/GYN, and Claire pointed out that while many people shelter at home, local doctors, nurses and other health-care practitioners are doing all they can to keep their offices open to continue serving their patients. However, with medical supplies scarce, these practitioners are in dire need of protective gear for their personnel. John Scully, department chair, jumped into action to assist Claire’s equipment drive. Scully has placed a donation box outside the department office door on the first floor of Wilsdorf Hall, near Wilsdorf Café, to accept designated lab employees’ donations of clean but no longer used protective items. Most needed are protective face masks, because health-care practitioners have been reduced to sewing their own. Donations are welcome through Tuesday, March 24, at noon, as labs across the University finish recalibrating their activities to focus on remote work. Please contact John Scully if you have any questions.

#WeAreUVAEngineering – Don’t forget we’re looking for positive-news stories including:

  • Stories you could share about fellow students, faculty or staff doing something interesting or great or supportive for online instruction or for remote teamwork.
  • Stories about people going the extra mile to help each other.
  • Personal stories of what are you doing to make life fun and interesting for yourself or your families at this challenging time.

Send us your stories on this online form. You can upload photos or short (20 seconds or less) videos. (Yes, photos and short videos of the quality time you’re spending with your cats and dogs are welcome!) We’ll share your stories on our social media channels (#WeAreUVAEngineering) and on our website.

Where to Find and Keep Track of News and Information – UVA Engineering’s novel coronavirus web page archives our school mass e-mail communications related to COVID-19 and includes links to the University’s sites. You can find this page from the Engineering School’s homepage at We’ve also got a new blog with updates, news and tips: