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GEO’s Efforts to Save Lives During COVID-19

By Natalie Vredevoogd

As Calvin University was in the process of shutting down in-person classes and the faculty and students were busy vacating the campus, Prof. Deanna van Dijk became aware through one of her students that there was equipment in the GEO Department’s possession that could be useful during the health crisis.

It was a new idea: Could the equipment that was normally used for checking surface temperatures of earth and snow in Meteorology (GEO 250) and Earth Systems classes and performing labs in Geomorphology (GEO 252) and Geology classes be useful in these times?

Sure enough, after taking stock of the equipment and communicating with Dr. Champion at health services, Prof. van Dijk assembled a stash of equipment:

  • 4 infra-red thermometers
  • 2 unopened boxes (100 count) of vinyl gloves, 1 unopened box (100 count) of latex gloves, and one opened box of gloves.
  • 2 barely-used 32-oz bottles of hand sanitizer.

These items have since gone to good use. They have been used by campus safety and facilities and health services. 2 other infra-red thermometers have also been loaned out to another private medical practice.

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