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Cornell Atkinson has announced its first two Rapid Response Fund grants aimed at helping find solutions to issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Provost Michael Kotlikoff sent a message to the Cornell community April 30 on planning efforts aimed at reopening campuses in the fall.

Miguel Gómez, an expert on food markets and supply chains, says food supply chains must become more flexible so that goods can be more easily directed to either supermarkets or food service establishments, wherever the need is greatest.

Alexander Colvin, Ph.D. ’99, an employment and labor expert, says businesses affected by the pandemic will weather the economic storm more successfully if they collaborate with their workforces.

Ian Kysel, visiting assistant clinical professor of law, helped draft principles for protecting migrants and refugees during the pandemic that have been endorsed by more than 800 scholars.

To help protect farmworkers and slow the spread of COVID-19 in rural New York, the Cornell Farmworker Program is mobilizing local support to make and distribute face masks across the state.

Rachel Beatty Riedl, an expert in international studies, says Africa is the first place to look for an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic, given Africa’s success in dealing with the Ebola virus.

In lieu of its normally full slate of live events, the Department of Music is sharing a variety of current faculty and student projects online.

Essentials

A Cornell faculty member is part of a core team that has organized the Tompkins County COVID-19 Food Task Force, a nerve center working to ensure that those in need have access to food and that food producers stay in operation during the crisis.