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COVID-19 or not, CSHL workers are on the job

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The entrance to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. CSHL is grateful to all its workers for keeping things running smoothly during the pandemic.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) works to meet all health and safety standards to protect and ensure the well-being of its employees. Essential workers continue to keep research labs, education, and meetings programs running, both on campus and off-site. Here are just some of the many dedicated and talented employees whose work facilitates crucial research:

Ed Campodonico, manager, AV & Digital Art Services, Meetings & Courses Program

Making sure meetings are able to stream smoothly is part of Ed Campodonico’s job, now even more important as these scientific conferences moved to a fully virtual space.

Meredith Cassuto, graphic artist, Meetings & Courses Program

Poster sessions are an important aspect of any scientific meeting, which is why Meredith Cassuto works on creating effective digital versions for the new virtual meetings.

Christina DeDora, manager, Events & Conferences, Culinary Services

Essential workers have to eat too. Christina DeDora makes sure dining feels just as safe and welcoming as it did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wayne Hamilton, clerk, Shipping & Receiving, Facilities

For over 17 years, Wayne Hamilton has kept our labs supplied. So when COVID-19 emptied our labs, offices, and auditoriums, Wayne and his colleagues have remained on campus to keep packages coming to and being sent from the Laboratory.

Jeffrey Klaverweiden, supervisor, Plumbing, Mechanical Services, Facilities

There are a lot of moving parts to keeping a lab like CSHL running. Jeffrey Klaverweiden and his team make sure water and gas go where they are needed so our labs and offices can work smoothly.

Patricia Klieger, programs coordinator, Meetings & Courses Program

One of the draws of scientific meetings is connecting and reconnecting with colleagues and collaborators. Patricia Klieger works on creating opportunities to make this happen online, through video happy hours and meet-the-speaker events.

Pamela Moody, manager, Principal Core Facility

Essential research and crucial projects continue during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to Pamela Moody and her team in the core facilities.

Rachel Rubino, director of Lab Animal Resources/Attending Veterinarian

Even during a pandemic, lab animals need care. Their facilities need to be carefully maintained—a job Rachel Rubino and her team have been doing with added safety precautions.

Jason Williams, assistant director, External Collaborations, DNA Learning Center

Science education can happen anywhere! Jason Williams and his colleagues at the DNA Learning Center made 100 episodes of online learning programs over the past few months to keep students learning wherever they are.

Written by: Sara Roncero-Menendez, Media Strategist | | 516-367-8455

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