Silver Linings

>>The FAU Cares Emergency Fund initiative raised more than $400,000 for students impacted by the economic effects of COVID-19. Between March and May, nearly 15,000 students applied for emergency aid after losing jobs that put them through college; many are still seeking support.

>> A drive-through COVID-19 testing site was established at FAU Tech Runway in Boca Raton, and the Feeding South Florida food bank opened a distribution site on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter.

>> FAU’s nationally ranked Hospitality and Tourism Management program, within the College of Business, offered a free online certificate to workers affected by the pandemic; more than 85,000 students signed up.

>> The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing distributed lifesaving personal protective equipment (PPE) and healthcare services to homeless and low-income individuals who live in a northwest neighborhood near the FAU Community Health Center in West Palm Beach.

>> FAU’s Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies at A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School created 3-D printed PPE. Students ranging from ages 5 to 18, along with two faculty members, printed more than 15,000 face shields, 38 intubation chambers, and 500 ear savers for several hospitals in Palm Beach County.

>> Responding to worldwide shortfalls of PPE for healthcare workers, a team from the College of Engineering and Computer Science and Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems identified a simple solution to rapidly produce more than 16,000 protective face shields — 8,000 went to Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region with 11 hospitals, including Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

>> A team of scientists from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is implementing a three-pronged approach to predict COVID-19 infection in healthcare workers through a study to identify patterns of onset, detection, progression, and recovery from COVID-19. The study observes body temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, as well as illness symptoms such as fever, cough, and fatigue.