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Impact of Papal Visit on Research

In preparation for the World Meeting of Families during the week of September 21, 2015, the Office of Research in conjunction with Office of the Provost is requesting that all research faculty, staff and students plan for and implement the following during this time:

1) RESTRICT RESEARCH ACTIVITY ON THE UNIVERSITY AND CENTER CITY CAMPUSES ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 THROUGH MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28.
Investigators should plan to shut down experiments by Wednesday night, September 23 and not plan to start up again until Tuesday. This guidance for re-starting may be modified depending on information we receive in the coming weeks from the City of Philadelphia and Papal Visit organizers. The most current information will be posted at drexel.edu/papalvisit.

  • INVESTIGATORS AND DEPARTMENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ACCELERATE THEIR PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS. To date, the Office of Research is planning on maintaining the regular (new) deadlines for review and submission. Review the full text of the Proposal Submission Deadline Procedure on our website. For any proposal with a sponsor deadline between September 24 and September 29, it is prudent to act as if September 21—or even sooner—is the functional internal deadline. Please give our expert support staff in the Office of Research ample time to do their jobs efficiently.

  • LABORATORY AND OTHER SUPPLIES SHOULD NOT BE SCHEDULED FOR DELIVERY DURING THE PERIOD FROM THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 THROUGH MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28. This includes laboratory gases, such as O2/CO2, liquid nitrogen and drugs for experimental use in vitro and in vivo.
  • INVESTIGATORS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ASSESS NOW PROJECTED NEEDS FOR SUPPLIES AND ORDER THEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Note that you should plan in advance for necessary supplies during the week of September 28, as activity returns to normal.

2) RESEARCH ACTIVITY AT THE QUEEN LANE CAMPUS.
Research activity is at the discretion of the departmental chairs. Plan on traffic restriction to and from Center City and congestion on the outskirts of the City.

3) UNIVERSITY LABORATORY ANIMAL RESOURCES (ULAR)
ULAR will not place orders for laboratory animals, feed or other materials to arrive the week of September 21st. ANIMAL CARE HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR ALL ULAR SITES DURING THIS PERIOD.

  • For concerns about specialized feeding regimens and other protocols, please contact: Dr. Richard Huneke, Executive Director, ULAR, at 215.762.7970 or richard.huneke@drexelmed.edu.

4) ADAPT EXISTING PLANS FOR POWER OUTAGES AND FLOODING TO RESTRICTED ACCESS AND MOBILITY DURING THIS TIME.
University Facilities has arranged for the necessary support personnel to be available to respond to acute emergencies. Facilities emergency contact information will be provided closer to the event. Please make sure to check that all critical equipment (e.g., freezers, refrigerators, tissue culture systems) that must have electrical power is plugged into emergency outlets to the extent capacity permits and shut down all other equipment to the extent possible. For example, if at all possible, do not plan studies that require continuous processing of data or running HPLC’s or Western blots during this restricted period. Ensure that existing cooperative agreements among departments for sharing of freezer space and other accommodations that anticipate a snowstorm or power outage are reviewed. Plan to have adequate dry ice on hand for regular operations and to plan proactively to protect the contents of freezers. Remember that it is likely that access will be restricted for a prolonged time.

5) HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTION PROGRAM
For those with active and approved protocols, avoid the scheduling of clinical research subjects at any sites within the City’s restricted zone during this time. Remember that guidelines and requirements have been established for the clinical practices during this time.

  • If any questions arise, please contact Dr. Kenny Simansky at 215.762.8141, or HRPP Executive Director Jack Medendorp at 215.255.7859.

Thank you very much for your cooperation and assistance in preparing for this event.